Oil Spills After Tug Strikes Fuel Terminal in Bayonne
The U.S. Coast Guard was continuing to monitor oil recovery operations in the water near the International-Matex Tank Terminal (IMTT) in Bayonne, New Jersey on Monday after a tug allided with fuel terminal pier over weekend.
The Coast Guard said it was notified by IMTT personnel at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday from of an oil spill as a result of the allision.
As of Monday afternoon it was estimated that less than 1,000 gallons of oil entered the water and contracted crews were in the process of recovering the product. Coast Guard pollution responders and IMTT crewmembers launched more than 2,500 feet of containment boom and secured the source of the oil.
No wildlife has been affected as a result of the oil at this time, the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard crews will continue to monitor the oil spill and assist contractors in recovering the product in the water.
A woman threw herself overboard the Staten Island ferry into the East River as it was docking in Manhattan on Sunday, officials said. The 48-year-old woman was spotted in the water a few feet away from the ferry as it was pulling into Whitehall Terminal around 12:10 p.m., authorities said. A Coast Guard escort boat—which commonly rides alongside the ferry—was able to quickly throw the woman a board to latch onto and pulled her out of the water, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said.“At the time they spotted the woman in the water she was just a short distance from the ferry, it was just a few feet, but as the ferry turned to line up to go straight in it the distance was increasing,” said the spokesman. The woman was taken to Battery Park where EMS rushed her to Bellevue Hospital.Prior to her jump the woman had made statements that she was trying to commit suicide, sources said. The woman was not in the water very long and showed no visible signs of injury, officials said. Source : NY times
The Zim Tianjin is the first ship of its size to call at the Port of Savannah. The ports of New York-New Jersey and Savannah have handled the first container ship with capacity of more than 10,000 20-foot-equivalent units to call on the U.S. East Coast.
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