Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey received its first cargo vessel at the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn this morning. The New York Container Terminal on Staten Island also reopened today, with the first ship scheduled to arrive Tuesday night.
Longshoremen are now back at work at Red Hook loading approximately 180 container terminals onto the vessel Conrad S and more ships are scheduled to arrive throughout the week. Workers also have reported to work at the New York Container Terminal where the Port Authority expects the first container ship late Tuesday night, with four additional vessels scheduled to arrive at NYCT during the week.
Port Authority staff, engineers and their partners are working 24 hours a day to restore the ports to full service. They faced unprecedented challenges as a result of Hurricane Sandy, with the storm surge dumping nearly four feet of water throughout the port. Currently, crews have repaired damaged roadways, fixed hundreds of displaced shipping containers, rail lines and electrical systems.
The New York ports are a gateway to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world. With quick access to major population centers, the port industry from the New York Harbor has the ability to reach approximately 20% of the U.S. population in fewer than 8 hours. The port industry is responsible for more than 269,000 jobs in the region.
In 2011, the ports major import commodities included furniture, beverages and apparel. The dollar value of all cargo that moved through the regions ports exceeded $185 billion.