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.
US Port Strike Averted: NRF Welcomes 30 Day Talks Extension
A port strike threatening the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts when the so called "container cliff" talks deadline was set to expire on December 29, 2012, has been adverted after agreement in principal was reached over the key issue of container royalty payments, the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) said in a statement today.
As a result, talks have now been extended by 30 days through January 28, 2013. shipandbunker.com...
U.S. port workers set to strike on December 30, 2012
Dock workers on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts are set to strike on December 30, 2012 after talks between the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) broke down on Tuesday, Ship & Bunker reports.
Both parties blame the other for failing to agree a new extension for talks, which are nearing the end of a 90 day extension agreed in September averting a strike on September 30, 2012.
A key issue in the current impasse is over container royalty payments to ILA workers.
USMX says it wants to cap but not eliminate the per-container payments to workers and ILA says it is the one key issue it considers untouchable.
ILA, representing some 14,500 jobs, says it had offered to extend the talks deadline through the end of January 2013 providing USMX takes the container royalty issue off the table, but that USMX had declined to do so.
Bunkering in Port of New York and New Jersey remains a challenge after operations were suspended last week in the aftermath of storms that caused severe disruption and damage to the area. "Bunkering is difficult," a supplier told Ship & Bunker on Nov. 5, as terminals were still without power, with only one berth currently available for bunkering. More at shipandbunker.com...
The Port of New York and New Jersey is open to all vessel transits with the exception of the Arthur Kill south of the Goethals Bridge. Vessel entry to the Port of New York and New Jersey and anchorage use is limited to vessels with an approved facility berth or orders to bunker or lighter at anchor. Vessels must contact Vessel Traffic Service New York on VHF radio channels 12 or 14 or calling 718-354-4088 to request an exemption to these transit restrictions.
Recreational vessels are authorized to depart or transit within the Port of New York and New Jersey to seek safe haven.