Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, a major component of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is the principal container ship facility for goods entering and leaving New York metropolitan area and the northeastern quadrant of North America. Located on Newark Bay, the facility is run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Its two components—Port Newark and the Elizabeth Marine Terminal (sometimes called “Port Newark” and “Port Elizabeth”)—sit side by side within the cities of Newark and Elizabeth.
The height of ships serving the port is limited by the Bayonne Bridge over Kill Van Kull. This limitation has become more serious in light of the 2016 opening of the Panama Canal expansion project. The canal expansion allows bigger, new Panamax ships to reach the port from Asia. In 2012 the Port Authority announced plans to increase the height of the Bayonne Bridge’s roadway to 215 feet, which will solve the problem. The project is expected to cost around $1 billion. Other improvements are expected to cost additional billions of dollars, including larger cranes, bigger railyard facilities, deeper channels, and expanded wharves. New cranes arrived in May 2014.