Maher Terminals said it will extend gate hours and waive free time and demurrage for another week because of delays that have caused four ships to be diverted to competing terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The port’s largest terminal struggled all last week with problems caused by glitches in a Navis terminal operating system installed to replace an in-house system that had been in place for years.
Four ships that arrived between Friday and Sunday were diverted to other terminals — the Guangdong Bridge, APL Egypt and MOL Destiny to APM Terminals’ facility next door to Maher, and the Hanjin Kingston to New York Container Terminal in Staten Island, N.Y.
Truckers have been confronted with hours-long delays and long lines aggravated by intermittent gate closings at Maher’s terminal.
Maher said its main terminal and off-dock facilities would be open this week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and that free time and demurrage would be waived through Friday, June 21. Free time and demurrage also were waived last week.
Drayage companies say waiving free time and demurrage helps but does not offset all of their operating losses. The terminals’s problems also have been costly to owner-operators, who comprise most drivers at the port and are paid by the trip.