The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently endorsed a four-year study done by USACE and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), which recommends deepening the port to 55 feet, from its current depth of 50 feet.
To accommodate longer, larger ships, the study also recommends widening all bends in the channel leading to the port.
Likewise, the study proposes deepening Ambrose Channel — from its current depth of 58-feet — to help ease supply chain issues.
As the main entrance into the lower New York Harbor, a deeper Ambrose Channel would allow ships to enter the harbor with more containers, generate less idle time due to tide restrictions, and allow more post-Panamax ships to call on the East Coast’s busiest box port.
The port has road and rail reach into 17 States and is a key driver of East Coast economic activity.
USACE’s endorsement of the study allows the agency to seek congressional funding in the 2024 Water Resources Development Act to help pay for the recommended projects.
PANYNJ will also contribute funds.