Growth in maritime business, driven by global trade, is expected to generate new users along the City’s waterfront. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the third largest port in the United States and the largest port complex on the Atlantic Coast.
PortNYC plays a crucial role in supporting and developing economic activity at this and other of New York City’s maritime interests. We are dedicated to ensuring that New York’s seaports continue to remain competitive in an ever-changing shipping market.
In summer 2006, NYCEDC commenced the Maritime Support Services Location Study focusing on the tug and barge industry, ship repair/dry-dock industry and government services with the goals to develop a sufficient background about these industry sectors to understand their size and economic importance, to define the needs of these industries through 2016, and to identify appropriate assistance to these industries, if needed, to protect their vital functions.
On December 3, 2013, Patrick Foye, Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, announced the creation of a Port Performance Task Force to provide an industry roundtable where all port constituents can discuss efficient performance at the Port of New York and New Jersey and attempt to identify and recommend potential solutions to challenges to the port's efficiency.
Marine Freight Terminals
New York City’s port facilities are America’s gateway to the largest and wealthiest consumer market in the United States. PortNYC also supports the local economy by bringing goods to market by vessel, the most efficient freight transportation mode. Over 500,000 containers and 235,000 tons of cargo are shipped annually through the City’s seaports. The City promotes and incentivizes the maritime industry by designating these facilities as Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas.