Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent port development happenings we’ve been keeping our eye on. Click on the links below to learn more!
US Army Corp of Engineers 2017 port development projects.
There are 14 coastal navigation channel improvement projects authorized by Congress at an estimated federal cost of $2.9 billion – and 3 are currently underway.
US funds have been slated to deepen the ports of Charleston, Jacksonville and Boston. This will assist larger ships in transiting the Panama and Suez Canals. Part of the fiscal budget for 2017 also includes the engineering and design of deeper channels at Port Everglades, FL and the Sabine-Neches Waterway serving Port Arthur and Beaumont, TX. The corps also allocated $29.25 million to complete deepening of the Delaware River channel from 40 to 45 feet, allowing the Port of Philadelphia to potentially host ships of up to 14,400 TEU – some of the largest on the East Coast.
NYNJ Port Bayonne Bridge project ahead of schedule.
Raising the Bayonne Bridge roadway will allow the New York – New Jersey port to accommodate some of the world’s largest container vessels. It was recently announced that the existing lower roadway of the Bayonne Bridge will be removed six months ahead of schedule and the project should be completed by June 30th.
The low Bayonne Bridge draft clearance prevented larger ships from entering the port of NYNJ. With a navigational clearance of 151 feet, only ships up to 9,000 TEUs were allowed passage. The new roadway will provide a clearance of 215 feet, allowing ships with up to 18,000 TEUs access to terminals located in New Jersey and Staten Island. The Port of New York and New Jersey is already the busiest port on the East Coast and the third busiest in the country after Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Barge delays at Rotterdam World Gateway Terminal.
Barge delays have been a major problem at the Rotterdam World Gateway Terminal as ocean carrier alliances introduce new services at Europe’s largest container hub. Barges are continually being hit by week-long delays and any timely improvement is still some way off as the terminal continues to restructure sailing schedules.
Port improvements across the board in Mexico, despite current delays at Laredo port of entry.
Mexican port improvements lined up this year include a construction project on the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz, that is planned to increase its 900,000-TEU capacity five-fold by 2030 – one the nation’s biggest infrastructure investments in 100 years. The country also finalized construction of a semi-automated marine terminal at the Port of Lazaro Cardenas and the completion of a tunnel providing 24-hour containerized rail service at the Port of Manzanillo.
Cargo operations the Laredo port of entry will be limited for at least two more weeks as authorities work to repair damage caused by a devastating storm on May 21. This forced U.S. and Mexican authorities to close the World Trade Bridge connected Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas – a major supply route for the automotive industry. Logistical operators of auto suppliers and other companies are quick adjusting, many electing to divert shipments to alternate border crossings.