Friday, September 30, 2016

Two more Hanjin ships set to call NY-NJ "The South Korean bankruptcy court eventually freed funds for the work. But the ship then faced another problem: although it could fit under the Bayonne Bridge on its way into the terminal fully loaded, it would not be able to do so on its way out of the port after discharging its cargo. That was resolved by loading 800 empty containers owned by other CYKHE Alliance members onto the Hanjin Miami, which departed the port on Friday. The same issue, however, is likely to emerge with the Hanjin Switzerland, which is larger than the Hanjin Miami."

PANYNJ Port Industry Day

AJOT.COM: "Captain Schoenlank noted larger container ships need to be handled differently. Their sheer size and draft have to be considered when planning a port call inside the Bayonne Bridge. Maneuverability becomes an issue as vessels navigate access channels."

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Watch the Gap | tugster: a waterblog

Tugster: a waterblog: "As of six days ago, that gap was all that seemed to remain for a complete span. Who knows . . . by now, that may be bridged as well.  Here are some of the posts that show the project of modifying the soon-to-be 85 year-old icon I’ve had on my blog since day 1.  Here were a set of posts I did when the bridge turned 80."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bayonne Bridge contractor admits to drawing water from hydrant without meter "Asked about the photo, Skanska said one of its employees "failed to use" a meter that morning when filling a water truck at a hydrant near 175 Ave. A in the area of the former A&P store. Skanska said it was issued a citation by the Bayonne Police Department on Sept. 9, and has been working with SUEZ to pay for the water that was used."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: "The Bayonne Bridge is closed until 7pm Sunday, September 25th, 2016. Please plan an alternate route."

Container ship passing under the Bayonne bridge in fog.

YouTube: "Container ship passing under the Bayonne bridge in fog."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

'This is a joke, right?': Gondola idea draws priceless reactions "Our readers were not impressed.

The high-flying gondola concept proposed by the Staten Island Economic Development Corp. didn't take off among our audience Tuesday.

The story spawned several jeers and puns, as well as suggestions on how to help commuters heading to Manhattan."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Hanjin ship to call US East Coast port since bankruptcy "The terminal agreed to work the ship after discussions with officials from labor, the terminal, and others involved resulted in the ship paying up front, and the parties came up with a plan to resolve a second  problem — the fact that once unloaded, the ship would be too high to get under the Bayonne Bridge.

That will be solved by loading containers from other carriers on the ship to weigh it down enough to fit under the bridge, port authority said."

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to take space at 80 Pine St. in lower Manhattan

Crain's New York Business: "The new space will house the Port Authority's office of major capital projects, including the World Trade Center construction department, managed by Steve Plate, the agency's chief of major capital projects. Staff such as construction managers, architects, engineers and administrative personnel working on the WTC site and other undertakings, including a planned redevelopment of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Gateway tunnel and an ongoing project to increase the height of the Bayonne Bridge, will relocate to the space by the end of the year."

Bayonne Briefs

Hudson Reporter: "Before the opening of the skate park, skaters were relegated to what was essentially a parking lot with a few ramps – a far cry from the real street features of today’s park. The Bayonne Bridge is only a few hundred feet away, enhancing the park’s “street” style. The park includes a concrete mini pipe, four-set staircase, and enough rails to keep grind-happy skaters from tearing up private property. "

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aerial gondola designer proposes route from Staten Island to Bayonne "After the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) looked to the skies for a solution to the borough's transportation issues, a Colorado-based company came up with a design for an aerial gondola that runs from Elm Park to Bayonne in six minutes."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Schedule: September 19-25, 2016

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform a full weekend closure. The bridge will close at 9:00 pm Friday, September 23, and reopen by 7:00 pm Sunday, September 25."

Port Strategy | PANYNJ eager to attract ‘discretionary cargo’

Port Strategy: "Bethann Rooney, assistant director of the Port Commerce Department, added that once the project to raise the Bayonne Bridge is complete – providing an airdraft sufficient for 12,000 teu vessel calls - PANYNJ's maritime focus will be on densifying and automating facilities in the absence of land for expansion."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FMC Commissioner Doyle Addresses Hanjin

FMC Commissioner Doyle Addresses Hanjin: "With respect to empties there is a problem with the vessel HANJIN MIAMI that is afloat outside of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The vessel is scheduled to be unloaded at the Maher Terminal. The MIAMI, provided there is funding to unload the ship, could indeed be unloaded at Maher. However, there are so many disputes right now attached to empty containers that the terminal is not going to load the empties back onto the ship. And, if the empties cannot be reloaded on the vessel, then the ship will not be able to depart the harbor because it would not have the air clearance to navigate under the Bayonne Bridge-- even at a dead low tide. The empties act as additional ballast weighting the ship down so it can navigate under the bridge. One solution discussed could be that empty containers owned or controlled by other ocean carriers could be loaded on the MIAMI."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to be closed this weekend "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 9 p.m., and it will remain closed until Sunday at 7 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Friday, September 16, 2016

Alchemy: Shipping and commodities go mainstream at New York Maritime Forum

Seatrade Maritime News: "The presenters from the PANYNJ, a political body now in the spotlight due to its ongoing “Bridge-gate” scandal, talked about the port’s move to compete in the East Coast arms race- attracting “discretionary cargo”. Bethann Rooney, assistant director of the PANYNJ’s Port Commerce Department, said that after the raising of the Bayonne Bridge (not the site of Bridge-gate), with late 2017 expected completion, 12,000 teu vessels would be expected to be the new “workhorse” in the port, with some 14,000 teu vessels, and possibly some 18,000 teu ships) making calls at the port."

Shippers question why Hanjin ships call some US ports but not others "However, terminal operators in the United States are refusing to load Hanjin export containers, and empty containers, onto vessels, and that presents a problem for Maher. In order for the Miami to proceed outbound under the Bayonne Bridge, it needs loaded export containers aboard to weigh it down sufficiently in the water so it can fit under the bridge. A Hanjin vessel has also been drifting off the coast of Georgia, but there was no word from the Georgia Ports Authority as to when the vessel will proceed to berth."

New rail facility to extend Savannah’s Midwest intermodal reach "Charleston is now deepening its harbor to 52 feet, strengthening its Wando Welch terminal to handle ship-to-shore cranes that are 155 feet high, compared with traditional cranes’ height of 115 feet, and implementing an automated gate system at the terminal. The harbors of the ports of Miami and Virginia are already 50 feet deep; Virginia is considering going even deeper, recently announcing a new $350 million investment to increase container capacity at one of its terminals. The Port of New York and New Jersey earlier this month completed its 50-foot deepening and work to raise the Bayonne Bridge roadway to allow larger ships to service the port’s largest terminals is expected to be finished by the end of 2017."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Container-on-barge launches across NY-NJ port harbor "The service is intended to provide an alternative to the truck traffic that has sporadically choked the port with serious congestion, slowing the movement of goods and raising questions about the port’s ability to handle the growing volume of containers. About 15,000 truck trips a day go in and out of the port, and that is expected to increase as container volume rise, especially when a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge and allow larger ships into the entire port is completed late next year."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Art Gallery set to open A bridge to the community

Hudson Reporter: They’re naming their gallery after the Bayonne Bridge, both for the neighborhood’s proximity to the bridge, but also because of the symbolism of the bridge. “Art can be a bridge in a community,” said Cheryl. “We want to be that bridge for people who live outside of Bayonne who have never been here, to bring them in and show them how wonderful Bayonne is.”

Charleston doubles down on investment to handle New Panamax ships "The largest vessel serving the South Atlantic port today has a capacity of 11,000 TEUs, and soon after the Bayonne Bridge in New York-New Jersey is raised, 14,000-TEU ships will be calling at East Coast ports, he said."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How the world's largest landfill became New York's biggest park

Curbed NY: "We move on to another hilltop, a section called North Park. From there I can see the arch of the Bayonne Bridge and the petrochemical landscapes of Carteret and Perth Amboy, New Jersey, across the Arthur Kill. Way off in the distance is the Manhattan skyline, which looks as if it would fit neatly on a platter. All around are yellow butterflies."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bayonne commemorates 15th anniversary of 9/11 ""They tell us we have to remember. We don't have to remember, because we live it every single day," said Mayor James Davis. "Anywhere you go in the city of Bayonne -- whether you're driving over the Turnpike or the Bayonne Bridge, -- you see the Freedom Tower and that's a reminder to every single one of us what happened 15 years ago.""

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Daily Schedule: September 12 - 16, 2016

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform a full weekend closure. The bridge will close at 9:00 pm Friday, September 16, and reopen by 7:00 pm Sunday, September 18."

Bridge and tunnel use in city is rising thanks to better economy

New York Post: "The Goethals added over a million new drivers in the past 12 months, a 9 percent increase. It likely stemmed from construction closures at the nearby Bayonne Bridge, where traffic fell 28 percent in that same period."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Port Authority Alerts & Advisories

Port Authority Alerts & Advisories: "The Bayonne Bridge is closed until 7pm, Sunday, September 11th, 2016. Please plan an alternate route."

Friday, September 9, 2016

Man jumps from overpass of Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway "In a dramatic scene, construction workers taking part in the nearby Bayonne Bridge project saw the man -- believed to be in his 30s -- dangling from the overpass at approximately 1:15 p.m., sprinted over and opened up a tarp in an attempt to break his fall, spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the Advance."

My 9/11 story: James K. Aumack | Building Industry "In the months that followed, my wife and I, as a custom, would go for a walk in the evening. We liked to walk in the park by the Kill Van Kull near the Bayonne Bridge. Here we saw the barges that carried the rubble from the towers to a remote and protected site on Staten Island, where it was sorted to find body parts and personal identification."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Harbor deepening project ends Big ships to bring new trade

Hudson Reporter: "The deepened harbor surrounds most of the peninsula of Bayonne, including the Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill Channel to the south, the Port Channel and Anchorage Channel to the east, and the Newark Bay Channel to Port Elizabeth and Port Newark to the west. The deeper channel also extends into the Ambrose Channel under the Verrazano Bridge and into the Atlantic. "

Friday, September 2, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to remain open for Labor Day weekend "In observance of Labor Day weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will remain open from 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6."

APMT Rolls Out Major Scheme for ‘Future Trade’

Port Technology: "Wim Lagaay, President of APMT at North America, said: “We applaud the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Port Department who have been instrumental in deepening the harbour, heightening the Bayonne Bridge and listening to the changing needs of terminal operators and customers."

NY: Port Authority Prepares for 7M Passengers this Weekend "Weekend construction and repair projects will be canceled this weekend at the George Washington Bridge. Construction on the Bayonne Bridge also is being suspended, and the bridge will remain open from 5 a.m. Sept.  2, through 9 a.m. Sept. 6."

Port Authority, Army Corps complete $2.1B harbor deepening project "Funded by the Army Corps and the Port Authority, the project deepened the Ambrose Channel; the Anchorage Channel; the Port Channel; the Kill Van Kull; the main Newark Bay Channel to Port Elizabeth and Port Newark; Port Elizabeth and South Elizabeth tributary channels; and the Arthur Kill Channel."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Closing Schedule

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Friday, September 2 – Labor Day Weekend – no closure until Tuesday, September 6 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm until 5:00 am the following day."

APM Terminals to invest in new berth at NY-NJ port "APM Terminals said it will issue a private tender for construction of the berth in the fall of 2016. That would give the company roughly a year before the largest ships able to pass through the Panamas Canal can call at New York-New Jersey. Ships calling the port must currently fit under the Bayonne Bridge, which is being lifted so larger ships can fit underneath it. That work is scheduled to wrap up in late 2017."