Port of New York and New Jersey beefs up workforce, aims to add more
Employers in the Port of New York and New Jersey have hired 935 longshoremen, marine clerks and mechanics in the last 20 months and are working to add more, said John Nardi, president of the New York Shipping Association.
The NYSA is compiling data from marine terminals in preparation for a request to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor for permission to hire additional workers. Nardi said the number of proposed new hires will be determined soon.
Additional International Longshoremen’s Association workers are needed in order to keep up with rising volume and for the NYSA and ILA to implement a “relief gang” system that was to have been created under the six-year labor contract they signed in 2013. www.joc.com/port-...
Howland Hook terminal gets $31M for flood protection
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- With Staten Island's shipping container facility positioned along the Arthur Kill, it's susceptible to flooding damage and needs protection against future massive storms.
That's why New York Container Terminal in Mariners Harbor — formerly known as Howland Hook Marine Terminal — will get almost $31 million to protect against future storms like Hurricane Sandy.
The port container facility will get the funding for a flood resiliency project for a 12-acre portion of the 187-acre site.
The storm drainage system will be reconstructed, as will utilities. Materials will be replaced and the area will be resurfaced.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will give $23 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the property and leases the land to New York Container Terminal.
About $2.9 million of that will be used for design work and $20.1 million for construction.
The Port Authority and New York Container Terminal will contribute $7.8 million to bring the total funds to $30.8 million. www.silive.com/ne...
Port Authority Approves $56M Ship-To-Rail Project In NJ
Law360, New York (October 23, 2015, 5:25 PM ET) -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has signed off on the $56 million construction of a ship-to-rail facility set to debut in Jersey City in 2018 as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to give its major marine terminals direct access to rail, the agency said Thursday.
During its regular business meeting Thursday, the agency’s Board of Commissioners approved a lease supplement agreement with the intermodal facility Global Container Terminals Bayonne in which the Port Authority will design, build, operate and maintain a new...www.law360.com/ar...
APM Terminal’s Elizabeth terminal at the Port of New York-New Jersey will reopen 6 a.m. Monday after closing Friday because of the death of a dockworker.The inbound gate cut-off will be extended until 5 p.m. for refrigerated container and until 5:30 p.m. for dry containers, according to a terminal notice to customers. Free time for containers impacted by the Friday closing will be extended one day. The unnamed 40-year-old female employee died about 1:20 p.m. after being struck by a top loader, according to NJ.com. APMT Elizabeth sent out a notification that operations had halted roughly an hour later.The Port Authority police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Source : Journal of Commerce
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.