Shipping terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey are set to re-open after a two-day shutdown caused by Winter Storm Juno, leaving truckers facing congestion and extended waiting times due to a backlog of containers waiting to be picked up or dropped off.
“All Marine Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be opening on Wednesday, 28 January at 8am., with the exception of (Global Container Terminal) Bayonne, which will open at 6am.,” stated an advisory issued by the Port Authority, referring to collective name for terminals in Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Bayonne, Staten Island and Brooklyn.
“As a reminder, in order to keep traffic flowing on the roadways and for the safety of everyone, there is no queuing on the public roadways,” the agency said. “Truckers should plan accordingly and not queue in the early morning hours and stagger their arrival in the morning to help limit potential congestion.”
Juno, which has brought snow and gale force winds to the North East Coast of the United States, has caused severe disruption to shipping across the entire coastline. With snow accumulation likely to exceed two feet, closures were in place on Tuesday at the Port of New York & New Jersey and Long Island Sound Point Judith Pilot Station.
The severity of the storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning and Coastal Flood Warning for Southeastern New England. Predictions estimated sustained north-northeast winds as high as 40 knots, with gusts up to 65 knots along the coast. In Northern New England, the U.S. Coast Guard has set port conditions to X-Ray for coastal Maine and New Hampshire.