A fraudulent article purporting to have been published by The Journal of Commerce was being circulated at Global Terminal and New York Container Terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey on Friday.
The article falsely quotes Jim Devine, president and CEO of Global Container Terminals, the parent of the two terminals, as saying he wants to replace the two terminals’ longshoremen with robots.
“This article does a disservice to our hard-working longshore people who are vital to working our docks,” Devine told The Journal of Commerce.
The Global Terminals CEO has been vocal about the port’s need to reduce its container-handling costs to stay competitive with mid-Atlantic container ports such as Baltimore and Norfolk that are positioning themselves to take some of its share of discretionary cargo bound for the Midwest.
Global is expanding its Bayonne, N.J., terminal and installing technology that includes remote-controlled rail-mounted gantry cranes to shuttle containers between ship and container stacks.
The fraudulent article, entitled “NYCT & Global: Dinosaurs-vs-Robots, the future of today’s ports,” bears the byline of Bob McIntyre, who is not a writer for The Journal of Commerce and is not known to anyone at the JOC Group. The article, dated March 12, 2013, claims to be from “JOC Magazine,” a phrase the JOC does not use on its articles.
“The ‘article’ obviously aims to generate controversy within the port under the guise of a legitimate JOC report. It fails to meet multiple standards in JOC reporting, and we were taken aback by it,” Executive Editor Chris Brooks said. “The JOC has never employed, nor published anything by, a ‘Bob McIntyre.’ ”
Devine said he had never met the man alleging to be McIntyre or toured the two terminals with him.
The article, which is full of grammatical and typographical errors, does not appear in the JOC’s electronic archives, and an Internet search turned up no record that it has appeared in the public domain.
The writer, who claims to have toured both terminals with Devine, quotes him as saying: “You can’t have dinosaur’s (sic) operating machinery when you have computers aka robot’s (sic), operating these same machines for pretty much of no cost.”