Global Container Terminals issued details of a 70-acre expansion that will open in 2014 and use cargo-handling technology to squeeze more productivity from limited space at the Bayonne, N.J. terminal.
“Our expanded Global Terminal facility will come on line precisely in time to meet the demands of larger vessels transiting the Suez Canal and new wider Panama Canal,” said James Devine, Global’s president and CEO.
Unlike the other large terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey, Global is seaward of the Bayonne Bridge and has no restrictions on ships’ vertical clearance. The terminal’s channel has been deepened to 50 feet.
The terminal’s new section will use 20 remote-controlled rail-mounted gantry cranes to sort containers in 10 diagonal stacks, each with capacity of 1,665 twenty-foot-equivalent units, including plugs for refrigerated equipment.
Global’s new gate facilities will be expanded to 29 lanes from 16 lanes and will use optical character recognition and imaging technology to speed operations. The gates will serve both the new section and the existing 110-acre terminal.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is developing the adjacent Greenville rail yard into an intermodal rail transfer facility capable of working 32 five-well rail cars on eight tracks. The rail facility will have annual capacity of 250,000 lifts.
The new terminal will have capacity of 1.7 million TEUs a year.
The International Longshoremen’s Association has criticized Global’s technology plans. ILA President Harold Daggett has listed automation among the union’s top issues in current negotiations for a coastwide master contract.
The ILA’s existing contract allows employers to introduce new technology on six months’ notice. The union cannot block introduction of technology but can negotiate the impact on jobs.
Devine said Global will continue to use ILA labor. He said improved productivity will help ensure future jobs and that technology will improve safety. “We anticipate adding more advance job opportunities as we improve the competitiveness and throughput of the port,” he said. “We will provide the training as well as the job opportunities for ILA workers to transition into the next generation of container handling.”