The head of one of the fastest-growing ports said the days of U.S. ports gateways unwilling or unable to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure to become a top 10 port are limited. Without major investments in deeper harbors, larger terminals, taller cranes and extensive rail and highway infrastructure, ports will literally miss the boat in the era of big ships, said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.Here's the part that is a little vague and makes it looks like CA (with NY-NJ) is struggling:
“If you are not a top 10 container port, you will not stay in the container business in the future,” Newsome said Monday in his annual state-of-the port address
The three largest U.S. ports — Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York-New Jersey — have learned the hard way the past two years that mega-ships cause cargo surges of 4,000 to more than 10,000 container moves per vessel call, creating huge problems in the container yards, at the gates and on intermodal connectors in the harbor area. Those ports have well-documented problems with terminal congestion and clogged infrastructure.