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International Cargo Seaport: Port of New York

Posted in International Seaport - 23 May 2022, 3:18 PM

The Port of New York is the largest port on the East Coast and the third-largest in the United States. The port is the gateway to one of North America’s most populous consumer markets. The Port of New York serves a wide range of shipments, from container and roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) cargo to bulk and special project cargo. It has six terminals and docks that handle all types of shipments and accommodate the world’s largest ships.

About Port of New York

The Port of New York’s location is at the mouth of the Hudson River, which empties into New York Bay, near the tidal mouth of the East River, then to the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of the United States. The harbor is part of the port district in the New York-Newark metropolitan area. This place is about 25 miles (40 km) from the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

The port also includes a navigable aqueduct system in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. This system of waterways stretches along more than 770 miles (1,240 km) of coastline around New York City and northeastern New Jersey.

The History

The Port of New York has initially been a location for the natives to fish, which is their primary source of livelihood. Then, after Giovanni da Verrazzano occupied the region in 1524, European ships occasionally entered this natural harbor area to fish or capture territory and obtain enslaved people. Before finally being overtaken by the British, the port came under Dutch authority in the 1600s.

The Port grew even more in the 19th century, in the era of industrialization. This port is also growing rapidly and adding terminal network facilities to place goods.

Furthermore, along with tourism development, this port began to have a dock where ships docked. Meanwhile, during World War I and World War II, the Port worked for the military industry.

It was only at the end of the last century that there was a significant reorganization. As a result, the Port of New York has a new terminal and tourist support facilities, such as park zones and scenic embankments, walking trails, and access to water.

Volume of Transaction in Port of New York

Cargo transaction volume in the Port of New York tended to be stable and strengthened in early 2022. In this case, in February, the total volume increased by 21.5% compared to the previous year.

At the beginning of this year, the port moved 759,248 TEUs or 417,332 containers. In the previous year, this port moved 625,120 TEUs or 347,635 containers. Thus, the total cargo transaction volume at the Port of New York for this year as of February was 1,524,298 TEUs or 839,293 containers.

Interesting Facts

The Port is said to be the largest natural harbor. This port is also famous for having a complex and extensive infrastructure. Its infrastructure network includes airports, container terminals, sea terminals, and rail and truck networks.

There is a replica of the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, the Port of New York. The 9.3 feet (2.8 meters) tall statue was shipped on July 1, 2021, from France to the United States. In this case, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris lent a replica of the Statue of Liberty for ten years as a symbol of strengthening French-American friendship.

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