The Port has invested in three ZMPC super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the terminal, a move that is expected to help create economic growth within the region.

James Pelliccio, president of PNCT, said: "PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September.

"These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the U.S. trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-ton twin 20′ lifting capacity."

The cranes investments form part of a wider improvement project at the PNCT, which includes the development of additional acreage, berth deepening, strengthening the docks, and also the expansion the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment.

The port is committing more than $500 million in its expansion before 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility.

In addition, the Port Authority is also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four. This move will give the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year.

According to Pelliccio, the comprehensive port improvements will have a positive impact on the ports and the region.

He added: "The community receives many benefits from a robust maritime operation that serves as a driving economic engine for the region.

"Our improvements and investment in infrastructure not only allow us to handle larger vessels that will supply the area with greater volumes of goods, they will help reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and travel time for the surrounding community."