The Port of New York and New Jersey has been witnessing congestion owing to a surge in the number of port workers in quarantine for Covid-19.
“We have seen a spike in the number of labor going out into quarantine,” stated Port of New York and New Jersey Authority Director Sam Ruda, in an interview.
The average waiting time for containerships at the port had boosted to 4.75 days in the last week of 2021 compared 1.6 days as an average for the year, according to the port authority’s website. The number of longshoremen not available for work was noted to be running at nearly 350 per day.
As of 7 January the port authority announced that 11 containerships were presently at anchor waiting to call its terminals. Two of the vessels had been waiting since 1st January.
The port has a witnessed a noticable growth in volumes over the pre-pandemic year of 2019 with in handling 8.12 million TEU by the end of November 2021, in contrast to 7.47 million TEU for the whole of 2019.
In contrast to US west coast gateway ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which have been witnessing congestions throughout 2021 and into 2022, the east coast port has remained greatly unmoved by congestion and delays last year.
On top of it, the port also witnessed disruption to operations from heavy snow storms.