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.
US Allows Foreign Tankers to Ship Gasoline to NY-NJ
As JOC reports, the Department of Homeland Security is waiving the Jones Act to allow other-than-U.S.-flag tankers into New York harbor to provide gasoline to the gas-starved region, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Friday morning.
Cuomo said the Coast Guard is allowing gasoline tankers into the Port of New York and New Jersey, which remains closed to other vessel traffic because of hurricane damage to container terminals. www.joc.com/port-...
As JOC reports, the Port of New York and New Jersey is slowly returning to normal following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy’s tidal surge on Monday night.
After two terminals in Port Elizabeth, N.J. started receiving calls by container ships on Sunday,Nov. 4, 2012, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said two more terminals, Port Newark Container Terminal and Global Terminal would reopen on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Both PNCT and Global will open their gates for truckers at 7 a.m. Monday. The first ship is expected to arrive at the Global Terminal at 7 p.m. Monday. Port Newark Container Terminal also is expecting vessel traffic to resume Monday night.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, four cargo vessels were expected at Maher Terminal and one cargo vessel was expected at APM Terminal, both in Port Elizabeth.
US-East Coast Ports struggling to resume operations
After being hit by super storm Sandy earlier this week, terminals on the US-East Coast are struggling to resume operations. The port condition Yankee – possible gale force winds – has now been set for New York and New Jersey leaving all marine facilities of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed. This includes Port Newark container terminal, APM Terminal, Maher terminal, Global terminal, New York container terminal, Red Hook container terminal and the Port Authority Marine terminal.
Staten Island Ferry service impacted by Hurricane Sandy
In the wake of the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island Ferry service remains suspended until further notice, according to a tweet by New York City Department of Transportation. In a Twitter post, NYCDOT said it was working hard to restore service, MarineLog reports.
The South Ferry Station, which connects subway commuters to the Ferry Terminal, remains flooded.
Meanwhile, NY Waterway resumed limited service on its commuter ferries. It restarted service from Port Imperial, Lincoln Harbor, North Hoboken and Paulus Hook in New Jersey to Midtown Manhattan, as well as Port Imperial, Port Imperial and North Hoboken to the World Financial Center.
Its East River Ferry service, however, will remain closed on October 31st due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. “We are continuing to work with the City of New York to get the East River ferry system up and running as soon as possible, with a goal of being up and running within the next couple of days,” said NY Waterway.
NY Waterway said its terminals at Liberty Harbor and Port Liberte sustained siginificant damage.
New York and New Jersey’s maritime facilities closed until further notice.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s maritime facilities closed at midnight October 28, 2012 and remain closed until further notice.
The port terminals that will be closed are Port Newark Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Port Jersey Marine Terminal, Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island and the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal. More information at www.panynj.gov/al...
Progress in talks aimed at ending U.S. port dispute
OCTOBER 24, 2012 — There looks to be some positive progress in talks aimed at resolving a labor dispute that could close 14 ports on the U.S.East and Gulf coasts.
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued a statement today on negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance and International Longshoremen's Association. Read more at www.marinelog.com...