Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Bayonne Bridge and the mystery of the missing half-scissors

NY Daily News: "The span Down Under was the now-world famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. Though it opened a little later and was a few feet shorter than its American counterpart, bridge builders on opposite sides of the world decided to celebrate the spans as sister bridges, and commemorate the occasion by using the same pair of shears in both ribbon cuttings. Afterward, the plan was to split the scissors in half and send one part back stateside and let one part stay in Australia, according to the Port Authority blog."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

60 Seconds with Michelle Brown, Choose New Jersey, Inc. "While completion of the $1.3 billion project to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge from 150 to 215 feet to accommodate the largest vessels is scheduled for late 2017, there have been a series of infrastructure improvements at the Ports and beyond to ensure New Jersey will be ready for the super-containerships. For example, concurrent to the bridge raising project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Army Corps of Engineers have been working on a $1.6 billion harbor dredging project. The ExpressRail project at Port Newark will double its intermodal capacity to facilitate smooth sea/land connections; roads into and out of the Ports also has been expanded. Additionally, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has invested $2.3 billion on a widening project that is the largest ongoing roadway project in the Western Hemisphere. The project, which includes approximately 35 miles of road improvements to alleviate potential traffic from the Ports as well as points north and south, is nearing completion."

The Port of Los Angeles gives a lesson in mega ships

WUNC: "New York just passed the halfway mark on its $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, set to open in 2017. The aim is to attract mega ships, the ones now able to move through the expanded Panama Canal to the East Coast. But making room for these vessels with taller bridges and deeper harbors is just the beginning. The challenges start all over again when a giant ship actually docks."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WATCH Progress On New York Harbor's Bayonne Bridge

gCaptain: "At the moment, the span presents a difficult obstacle to large container ships passing under it on the way to and from Newark Bay. Its clearance of between 151 to 156 feet (46–48 m) above the Kill Van Kull depending on the tide means that today’s largest ships, which can reach 175 feet (53 m) above the waterline, must fold down antenna masts, take on ballast and/or wait for low tide to pass through. The problem will become more serious now that the Panama Canal expansion project allows larger new-Panamax ships through the canal."

Sixth Boro Details 8 | tugster: a waterblog

Sixth Boro Details 8 | tugster: a waterblog: "Crew here work on re-elevating the antenna after clearing the Bayonne Bridge for sea.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Water falling from Bayonne Bridge prompts noon response "Police and the FDNY responded to a report of debris falling from the Bayonne Bridge around noon on Monday, but the substance turned out to be water used in the Raise the Roadway Project."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to close overnight, reopen during day this weekend "The Port Authority will close the bridge at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and reopen the bridge Saturday at 10 a.m.

The bridge will then close again Saturday at 11:59 p.m. and reopen Sunday at 10 a.m."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Panama Canal Expansion: Challenges for NYNJ

Global Trade Magazine: "The problems for the port of New York and New Jersey, according to BMI, will be how it is going to handle a presumed increase in volumes. The project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, which will allow larger vessels to transit the channels connecting New York Bay with container terminals in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, will not be completed for a year and half."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Update

Hudson TV: "Gertrude Street was closed during part of the second week of August.  A portion of 1st Street will be closed in the very near future. No date is available at this time."

What the bigger Panama Canal means for Australia and international shipping

Lloyd's List Australia - OPINION & ANALYSIS: "This has had its difficulties, such as the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway by 20 metres, a US$1.3 billion project due to be completed in late 2017 that is the key to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s efforts to attract larger container ships. Extensive and environmentally sensitive dredging is required at a number of East Coast ports to accommodate the larger vessels as well as extending the booms of ship to shore container cranes in order to service the wider container vessels."

Increased Traffic from Expanded Panama Canal Will Be a "Major Challenge" for New York-New Jersey, Says BMI

Ship & Bunker: "However, becoming able to handle this increase in trade volumes will be a major challenge for New York-New Jersey," said BMI, adding: "one of the major obstacles facing the port is the slow progress on a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, which is not expected to be completed until late 2017."

BMI Research: US East Coast ports & Panama Canal expansion – no short-term benefits

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: "One of the major obstacles facing the port is the slow progress on a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, which is not expected to be completed until late 2017. This project will allow the larger 14,000 TEU vessels which can pass through the expanded Panama Canal to enter the harbour. While investment in infrastructure needed to handle these larger ships has been underway at New York-New Jersey since 2010, numerous delays to the Bayonne Bridge project continue to limit the extent to which the port will be able to receive these vessels. Some major international shipping companies, including AP Moller-Maersk and Hapag Lloyd, have consequently elected not to change their routes, as the inability to access New York-New Jersey with larger ships means they are unable to achieve necessary economies of scale by plying East Coast rather than West Coast routes."