Howland Hook Marine Terminal

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Northern entry gate and container cranes
Looking northeast from the Chemical Coast across Arthur Kill, with Howland Hook Marine Terminal on far right, and Port Newark in distance

The New York Container Terminal is a container port facility in the Port of New York and New Jersey located in northwestern Staten Island in New York City. It is situated on the east side of the Arthur Kill, at the entrance to Newark Bay, just north of the Goethals Bridge and Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge.

Built by American Export Lines, the terminal was purchased in 1973 by the New York City for $47.5 million. In 1985, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leased the terminal from the City for a period of 38 years. The Port Authority currently contracts with New York Container Terminal, Inc. to operate a container terminal on the site. The original facility is 187 acres (757,000 m²) in size, but it is undergoing expansion with the acquisition in 2001 of the adjacent 124 acre (502,000 m²) Port Ivory, a former shipping port operated by Procter & Gamble.[1]

The terminal operates a 3,012 feet (918 m) long wharf on the Arthur Kill, with three berths for container ships. The wharf depth is 45 feet (13.8 meters) for 1,200 feet, 41 feet (12.5 meters) for 1,100 feet, 35 feet (10.7 meters) for 700 feet.[2] A fourth 1,340 feet (410 m) long berth with 50 feet (15 m) depth is planned on the old Port Ivory site.[3] Facilities include container storage, deep-freeze, refrigeration and United States Customs Service inspection.

The terminal includes an on-site five-track intermodal rail facility [4] that connects via the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge to New Jersey and the national rail network. The rail facility opened in mid-2007 and uses part of the once-abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway, which leads into the Arlington Yard, and the Travis branch, along the West Shore. [5]

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Coordinates: 40°38.3′N 74°11.3′W / 40.6383°N 74.1883°W / 40.6383; -74.1883