Port Newark Container Terminal enhances container handling capabilities


The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has announced the addition of three super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to the terminal.

These cranes will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will improve the terminal’s capacity, creating economic growth within the region.

“PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September,” said PNCT president James Pelliccio.

“These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the US trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-tonne twin 20’ lifting capacity.”

In addition to the cranes, PNCT currently is undergoing major improvements, including the development of additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment.

PNCT has completed the upgrade of its entire fleet of container-handling equipment.
As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT is investing more than US$500 million in its expansion before the year 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility.

The Port Authority also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by April 2015.

PNCT also has taken delivery of three new rail-specified, rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes (see photo) as part of the next phase of the terminal’s on-dock rail yard expansion, a change from its current reach-stacker operation.

Located on the Newark Bay, PNCT maintains 19 percent of the market share in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest container port on the US East Coast.

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