NEW YORK -- The two big container terminals in Port Elizabeth, N.J. on Sunday began handling the first container ships to enter the Port of New York and New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy closed the port on Monday.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Maher Terminal and APM Terminal would begin receiving ships Sunday morning.
Four vessels were supposed to call at Maher Terminal and one at APM Terminal. Maher and APMT had power restored on Saturday and worked all day to ensure all systems are in place to receive their first vessels on Sunday.
The port agency said longshoremen would be back to work and unloading cargo at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday. The containers to be unloaded were expected to provide a wide array of products and materials to the area.
The port authority said the restoration of power continues to be a key requirement in returning the port to full operations. All roadways are cleared for safe passage and the port authority police were directing traffic for all port employees.
The tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy flooded the port’s terminals with nearly four feet of water. Round-the-clock cleanup efforts have repaired damaged roadways, hundreds of displaced shipping containers, fixed rail lines, damaged electrical systems and other port cargo.
New York Container Terminal on Staten Island, the Port Newark Container Terminal, Global Terminal in Jersey City and the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn remained closed on Sunday.
The port authority said the clean-up of the port is continuing round-the-clock to ensure that all port partners are brought back to full operation. It said all employees should check with their respective employers for reporting to work assignments.