Due to the impending storm, the Long Island Sound Point Judith pilot station has been closed with effect from 18:00 hours local time yesterday, January 26. It is anticipated that the station will remain closed until a tentative time of 12:00 noon on Wednesday 28 January. Pilots will monitor conditions and advise the actual date and time the pilot station will re-open.
APM Terminals to retain full ownership of Port Elizabeth facility
APM Terminals announced today that it will not pursue the proposed joint venture for the ownership and operation of APM Terminals’ Elizabeth, New Jersey facility.
Eric Sisco, President of APM Terminals North America, stated: “APM Terminals and Brookfield worked closely with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey to address the needs of each party. Despite the good faith efforts of all involved, a commercially viable solution was not achieved”.
APM Terminals will continue to operate its Elizabeth facility under its long-term lease with the Port Authority.
“Our Elizabeth terminal is our premier U.S. east coast facility”, commented Sisco.
“We have operated in the port since the beginning of containerization and we will continue to operate here for many years to come.”
Source: APM Terminala
Royal Caribbean Set to Launch Terminal Dedicated for Quantum in New Jersey
On Oct. 24 Royal Caribbean and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey dedicated the new cruise terminal at a small gathering at Cape Liberty Cruise Port, which will be the home for Quantum of the Seas starting on November 10.
CGT’s Newly Expanded Facility in Bayonne (New Jersey) Opens
GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded, semi-automated facility in Bayonne, New Jersey on June 18th, which is expected to become the most productive marine terminal on the US East Coast once complete this summer.
Port Newark Container Terminal gears up for Super Post-Panamax cranes
The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has announced the addition of three super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the terminal. These cranes will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will improve the terminal’s capacity, creating economic growth within the region. PNCT President James Pelliccio described the purchase and capability of the new cranes. “PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September,” said PNCT President James Pelliccio. “These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the U.S. trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-ton twin 20’ lifting capacity.” In addition to the cranes, PNCT currently is undergoing major improvements, including the development of additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment. PNCT has completed the upgrade of its entire fleet of container-handling equipment. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT is investing more than $500 million in its expansion before the year 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility.
The Port Authority also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by April 2015.
Ships entering US ports to slow to 10 knots due to whale calving season
Ships entering US ports will have to slow to 10 knots to accommodate whale migration calving season in Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Areas from New York to Savannah between November 1 and May 1. The Southeast US Seasonal Management Area that includes the ports of Brunswick, Fernandina and Jacksonville, will become effective on November 15 and run to April 15, reports GAC Hot Port News. In addition to the speed restrictions, vessels of 300 gross tonnage or more, operating into the ports of Brunswick, Fernandina and Jacksonville must also comply with the Mandatory Ship Reporting System rules November 15 and will remain effective until April 15.
As of November 15 and running until April 15, mariners are strongly encouraged to use recommended two-way routes to reduce the likelihood of vessel strikes in those areas where routes have been established in the Southeast Seasonal Management Area off Brunswick, Fernandina and Jacksonville. Source : Schednet
Hapag-Lloyd Urges Shippers to Reroute From NY-NJ, recommends Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk
Hapag-Lloyd is recommending that shippers to reroute cargo from the Port of New York and New Jersey to avoid delays that the carrier said it expects will continue until mid-September.
It was the strongest public statement yet by carriers in response to two months of operational delays that have forced truckers to endure almost-daily waits of up to several hours at New York-New Jersey container terminals.
In a letter to customers, Hapag-Lloyd cited marine terminal system updates and rollouts, trucking shortages accompanying new hours of service regulations, vacation-season shortages of ILA labor, and construction and bunching of ship calls at marine terminals.
“Both local and rail cargo are affected,” Hapag-Lloyd told customers. “In efforts to minimize commercial exposure to NY/NJ and restore our service to our customers, we strongly suggest rerouting cargo where possible.”
Hapag-Lloyd recommended using Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from Europe and the Mediterranean; Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and Norfolk, Baltimore or Savannah for Latin America cargo
Port of NY & NJ Agree Bayonne Cruise Terminal Expansion
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne – a major public investment that will spur continued growth in the New Jersey cruise business.
As part of its expansion plans, Royal Caribbean also agreed to base its new Quantum of the Seas vessel – the largest cruise ship serving the New York-New Jersey region – at Bayonne beginning in 2014. The new vessel, which can accommodate up to 4,180 passengers, will sail to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Bermuda.
The Port Authority acquired the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in June 2010 as part of its purchase of the 131-acre portion of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne. More at www.panynj.gov/pr...
US east coast ILA strike averted, dockers agree to tentative contract
The US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has announced that a tentative agreement has been reached by US east and Gulf coast United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) on a new labour contract. But no details were issued the following the FMCS statement on the labour negotiations between the USMX and the ILA.