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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 48 Journal of Commerce | August 28, 2023 www.joc.com NEW YORK–NEW JERSEY TRADE AND LOGISTICS ADVENT EMODAL (AEM) is a leading provider of SaaS platforms and applications that streamline the operations of key stakeholders moving cargo through the landside supply chain. The eModal ® platform is the world's largest port community system serving intermodal operators in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom. Active in every US port, AeM's solutions are at the core of operations in eight of the top 10 largest port communities in North America. Based in Somerset, NJ, AeM takes great pride in belonging to New Jersey's intermodal and logistics community. With unwavering commitment, AeM is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that drive supply chain optimization, benefiting not only the regions of New York and New Jersey but also spanning across the globe. AeM is constantly upgrading and evolving systems to meet the industry's changing requirements. Our applications offer execution tools and APIs that improve cargo visibility, appointment scheduling, payment processing and data-enabled business intelligence. More than 85 global port authorities and container terminals, over 200 inland depots and 310,000 active users trust AeM and its SaaS platforms such as eModal.com, Chassis.com and Envio360.com to optimize daily operations and process over 250 million monthly cargo transactions. Throughout the East Coast, AeM has strong relationships with port authorities and terminal operators and is known for having a loyal customer base, deep institutional knowledge and a reputation for excellence. From Massachusetts to New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and most recently South Florida, AeM helps stakeholders optimize operations, reduce turn times, drive efficiency and increase throughput. AeM developed a common system of record, the first of its kind in the US, for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to enhance cargo velocity for all port stakeholders. Today, the Port of New York and New Jersey use an AeM-developed Port Truck Pass (PTP) system to issue and manage radio frequency identification tags. AeM has also completed the first New York and New Jersey marine terminal appointment system go-live for the Global Container Terminals (GCT) automated facility in Bayonne, NJ, resulting in reduced turn times. The trusted platform for intermodal excellence "We will be changing the configuration of the roadway to really make it safer and more fluid and more efficient, and by doing so, increasing the capacity of the waterway," Rooney said. "It's a major, major undertaking." The port is also planning to build charging stations in Port Newark for drivers operating electric drayage trucks. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year and should be operational within six months. The port authority has also been working on other big infrastructure projects, including an effort to deepen and improve its navigational channels. In December 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the Water Resources Development Act of 2022, which included the authorization of the multi-year project, which involves deepening from the entrance to New York Harbor all the way into Port Newark, Elizabeth and Port Jersey to 55 feet. There are also a number of areas for navigational improvement, including Kill Van Kull, the strait that separates Staten Island and Bayonne, New Jersey. "We will be using the opportunity to straighten out the channel where it can be done, where feasible, and widening the channel … again all making room and preparing for what I'll call the next generation of ships that will eventually start calling New York Harbor and the East Coast," she said. The port authority is also looking to bolster the fluidity of its on-dock rail system, which has the capacity to handle 1.5 million rail lifts. The port is teaming up with Norfolk Southern- and CSX-owned Conrail, Maher Terminals, APM Terminals and other partners on a project to establish a southbound corridor for the ExpressRail Elizabeth facility, the port's largest on-dock rail facility. "Instead of making the right and going to the north with everybody else, we want to allow these trains to come out of the facility and make a left and go to the south," Rooney said. "By doing so, we will create capacity and fluidity for the rest of the ExpressRail facilities by not having everybody congregate and cluster in one area." The project is in the second phase of design, which is expected to be completed later this year or early next year before going out to bid for construction, Rooney said, adding that the port has been able to leverage some regional freight assistance grant money from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. These projects are a big part of what the port plans for the future, Rooney said. "All of this is part of what I would call the transformation for the next big thing in the Port of New York and New Jersey," Rooney said. email: karen.robes@gmail.com "We will be ... preparing for what I'll call the next generation of ships that will eventually start calling New York Harbor and the East Coast."

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