American Society of Civil Engineers

Waterfront Wharf and Crane Rail Improvements Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT)

by Jonathan E. Thomas, P.E., M.ASCE, (Associate, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, 219 W. Bryan St., Suite 202, Savannah, GA 31401) and Patricia L McNeal, P.E., (Associate, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, 104 West 40th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018)
Section: Waterfront Structures: Various Types, pp. 1-10, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Ports 2004: Port Development in the Changing World
Abstract: The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) is a newly constructed 64-hectare (158-acre) modern state-of-the-art container terminal in Port Newark, New Jersey. The multi-million dollar upgrade involved consolidating two existing terminals into a single terminal capable of handling "beyond Post-Panamax" container vessels. Consolidation of the facilities included a series of three different contracts, one of which included upgrading the 1,350-meter (4,430-feet) long waterfront wharf. This paper will provide a discussion and results of the structural analyses and models developed to determine the adequacy of existing facilities to support future operations, and the design for upgraded facilities. Design and construction issues will be presented including specific examples such as: the king pile toe wall which was required to allow berth deepening; bracing the existing timber piles supporting the waterside crane beam where the beam was to be retained; the new waterside and landside crane beams which needed to be installed without impacting adjacent structures; the fender system and the concrete buildouts utilized to provide sufficient offset to avoid the toe wall; and strengthening portions of the existing waterside crane beam to remain using an innovative approach consisting of externally bonded carbon fiber reinforcement (FRP) plates.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Waterfront structures
Rail transportation
Marine terminals
New Jersey