NY-NJ deepening research gets the blessing of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

NY-NJ navigation restrictions force ships to sit outside the harbor until the tide is full. Photo courtesy of:

Dredging New York Harbor and New Jersey Harbor to 55 feet reduces waiting times for vessels facing navigational constraints, with more post-Panamax vessels calling at Box Harbor, the busiest port on the east coast of the United States. Being able to do this is an “important step” in mitigating supply chain problems. According to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

USACE Commander Lieutenant General Scott Spellman last week approved a four-year study on the benefits of deepening the port from the current 50 feet in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). did. We support it as being deep, inherently environmentally and economically sound.

The commander’s approval of the investigation prepares USACE for Congressional funding under the Water Resources Development Act of 2024, which helps pay for dredging. As a co-sponsor, PANYNJ will also contribute to the project.

A USACE study also recommends widening all turns on the 35-mile route to NY-NJ Port to accommodate longer vessels. In addition, it is recommended that the Ambrose Channel, the main entrance to the bottom of New York Harbor where the ship is moored, be deepened from the current 58 feet depth to an unspecified amount.

The USACE said large vessels coming to NY-NJ face navigation restrictions due to their narrow routes and shallow depths. As a result, vessels will need to enter the port with fewer containers or idle in the Ambrose Channel until tidal restrictions are relaxed. The tide and its effect on the depth of the waterways mean that the ship has to wait 8 to 24 hours.

“Today, the fleet of container vessels that regularly call at New York and New Jersey ports experience inefficiencies in maneuverability at the corners of existing routes and at depths at existing routes. It includes restricted, long and deep vessels, “says USACE. In a statement supporting the study. “This causes light loads and economic inefficiencies on the vessel.”

Colonel Matthew Rusat, commander of the New York area of ​​the USACE, said in a statement that deepening and expanding the NY-NJ port, where roads and railroads reach 17 states, is important for economic activity on the east coast of the United States. It will be a driving force. ..

“Signing the Chief Report is an important step in mitigating the supply chain problems we are facing and is one step closer to accommodating large vessels after Panamax in the port,” he said. Said.

In a statement, PANYNJ Port Authority Director Bethann Rooney said her agency was ready to work with other port officials to proceed with the proposed dredging. We will continue to handle record cargo volumes and growth. ” NY-NJ deepening research gets the blessing of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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