‘Untraditional peak’ a good thing at Port of New York/New Jersey

The Port of New York and New Jersey expects container volumes that have rebounded sharply from the height of the coronavirus pandemic to remain strong through the rest of the calendar year.

Canceled — or blanked — sailings commonplace during the economic shutdown in the spring and early summer have waned. The port said there are only two more blanked calls on the books for this year.

And last month the port welcomed the CMA CGM Brazil, the largest container ship to call a U.S. East Coast port, with a capacity of 15,072 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The return of cargo in huge quantities helped the Port of NY/NJ achieve a monthly container record in August, moving a total of 688,365 TEUs, a 1.3% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date volume through Aug. 31 totaled 4,661,453 TEUs.

The port also set a record for intermodal rail volume in August. “At almost 65,000 lifts, the portwide intermodal ExpressRail system handled 7.8% more volume than August 2019, with overall rail volume up 1.4% year-to-date through August 2020,” the port said.

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Source: American Shipper