APM Terminals North America takes New York-New Jersey complaint to FMC
APM Terminals North America, part of Danish industrial and freight transportation conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a contract breach related to land-leasing agreement at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.
APM Terminals alleges that the port authority failed to deliver an additional 84 acres, as part of an agreement effective August 2002, which were to be leased to the Danish company by the end of 2003, but only transferred over to APM Terminals on Christmas Day 2005.
Also, APM Terminal alleges that during this time, the port authority allowed the premises to be used by rival terminal operator Maher Terminals, to the detriment of its business.
The terminal operator is asking the FMC to order the port authority to pay reparations for any violations of the Shipping Act of 1984 plus interest, costs, attorney’s fees, and any other damages to be determined.
The FMC said it would issue its final decision on the case by May 7, 2008.