Saturday, July 30, 2016

Panama Canal Expansion: Maritime Battles

Spend Matters: "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spent more than $1 billion to raise the level of the Bayonne Bridge to allow for big ships to pass under the roadway."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to be closed Saturday, will reopen Sunday morning "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 11:59 p.m., and it will remain closed until Sunday at 8 a.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to be closed this weekend "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 11:59 p.m., and it will remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Total Impact of Panama Canal Widening May Be Delayed "Hotchkiss echoed Breeze’s sentiments about global skepticism and the port upgrades in Savannah, Charleston and Richmond having some impact on business. “They’re working hard to deepen their ports. Also, in the New York and New Jersey ports, there are issues with the Bayonne Bridge, so shippers may have to wait to use that port because they won’t be able to get into it.”"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Panama Canal Puts Pressure on U.S. Ports

Construction Equipment Guide: "The port authority of New York and New Jersey is in the process of raising the Bayonne Bridge from 151 ft. (46 m) to 215 ft. (65.5 m) to allow for the passage of cargo vessels below it. Other cities on the east coast, such as Miami, Charleston, Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale, also are in the process of renovations to their facilities to accommodate the ships coming in from the Panama Canal."

Saturday, July 16, 2016

PANYNJ and the Panama Canal

PANYNJ: "“The Panama Expansion Project coupled with the significant infrastructure investments made by the Port Authority and our container terminal operators allow bigger ships to call the PANYNJ,” said Bethann Rooney, assistant director, Port Performance Initiatives, Port Authority."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to close this weekend for construction "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 11:59 p.m. and reopen the bridge on Monday at 5 a.m."

Container Ships Pass Under Bayonne Bridge

Video: "Day to night transition timelapse, with large container ships passing under Bayonne bridge, NJ, en route towards Newark Harbor."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Port Welcomed Largest Container Ship Ever To Call On New York/New Jersey

Global Trade Magazine: "To prepare for the new larger ships, the Port Authority and its private-sector tenants have invested $6 billion in projects to prepare the port complex. The most critical investment is the raising of the roadway on the Bayonne Bridge, a $1.3 billion project that will increase the navigational clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet. The bridge’s navigational clearance will be in place by the end of 2017, allowing all terminals to serve the largest ships calling the port. Ships docking at GCT Bayonne do not have to travel under the Bayonne Bridge."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Massive Container Ship Arrives at Port of NY/NJ "PANYNJ and its private-sector tenants have invested $6 billion in projects to prepare the port complex. The preparations includes raising the roadway on the Bayonne Bridge, increasing the navigational clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet. The change will be in place by the end of 2017, allowing all terminals to serve the largest ships calling on the port."

HMM to deploy larger ships on trans-Pacific service calling US East Coast

JOC.Com: "These newbuilds are particularly noteworthy in that their air draft — the space between the top of a ship’s bridge and an object such as a bridge or crane — should allow them to transit under the Bayonne Bridge, according to industry analyst Alphaliner. The bridge prevents most mega-ships from reaching the majority of container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey, but the port is currently working to the lift the bridge so larger ships can fully access the port, and that work is expected to wrap up in 2017."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ship upsizing no guarantee of trans-Pacific capacity glut "The only terminal in the largest East Coast port complex that is not affected by the height limitation of the Bayonne Bridge right now is Global Container Terminal, but Zaninelli cautioned that carriers “can’t dump too much freight on Global” without overtaxing the yard and gates. "

Bayonne welcomes largest container ship to ever call on Port of N.Y. and N.J. "The Port Authority noted that while the largest ships cannot travel under the Bayonne Bridge until 2017, ships can still dock at GCT Bayonne — just not at all the terminals at the port.
The $1.3 billion "Raise the Roadway" bridge project, which began in May 2013, is designed to raise the navigational clearance under the crossing from 151 feet to 215 feet to allow larger ships to travel under it.
The project was originally slated to achieve navigational clearance this year in time for the completion of the Panama Canal's expansion, but that was pushed back to late 2017, the Port Authority announced last fall."

Friday, July 8, 2016

Panama Canal Update: New Locks, Bigger Ships

JDSupra: "Ports on the West Coast saw a shift to the Panama Canal during 2015 labor disruptions, but have since regained a lot of that business. Some of this container traffic may shift to the Panama Canal now that it can handle larger vessels. However, the new classes of vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEUs will continue to use West coast ports and will be able to call at U.S. East coast ports via the Suez Canal when infrastructure improvement projects, such as the raising of the Bayonne Bridge between New Jersey and Staten Island, are completed."

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "The Bayonne Bridge will close at 11:59 pm Friday, July 8, and reopen by 5:00 am Monday, July 11."

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Largest ship to call at NY-NJ highlights port productivity challenges "The opening of the Panama Canal’s new locks is the first of two events expected to result in bigger ships coming to New York-New Jersey. The second — the completion of a $1.3 billion project to raise the clearance under the Bayonne Bridge from 151 feet high to 215 feet — is expected by the end of 2017. That is expected to have a far larger impact — many neo-Panamax vessels, and a sizeable number of even smaller ships, can’t fit under the Bayonne Bridge. GCT Bayonne is the only major New York-New Jersey terminal that is outside the bridge and can accept the largest ships calling the port."

Assessing the Impact of the Panama Canal Expansion

Global Trade Magazine: "Over the next decade South Carolina will invest $700 million in port-related infrastructure projects, on top of $1.3 billion in federal aid. The Port of Miami spent $43 million on four super-sized cranes to handle cargo from larger ships, while in New York and New Jersey, the Bayonne Bridge is being raised from 151 feet above the water to 215 feet, to allow bigger ships to pass through Port Newark and other local ports."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Thrashers shred fresh pavement at new skate park Extreme sports get support in Hudson County

Hudson Reporter: "The Bayonne Bridge is only a few hundred feet away, enhancing the park’s “street” style."

Bayonne Bridge Update

Hudson TV: "Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority has provided the City of Bayonne with updated information on the Bayonne Bridge construction project."

Another Port Authority toll hike? (editorial) "And, to be fair, we can't say that the authority isn't spending the money. They are raising the Bayonne Bridge and building a Goethals Bridge twin, to name just two projects that will impact Staten Island. But even with that being said, the Bayonne raising is aimed primarily at helping the Port Authority itself, by allowing the new generation of larger "supercontainer" ships to pass underneath it, thus increasing business for the port. Not that Islanders won't appreciate the bridge's wider lanes and the bike and pedestrian walkways."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Truck driver failed to pay Bayonne Bridge toll, but had $6,900 on him: cops "Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the man was pulled over at around 3:15 p.m. when he failed to pay the toll. Police then found that he had $6,900 on him, Pentangelo added.  Furthermore, police learned the company that owns the truck -- KTR Hauler of Perth Amboy -- is responsible for $113,000 in unpaid EZ Pass tolls, Pentangelo said. "

Permanent fix needed for Transportation Trust Fund "Expanding rail freight capacity and dealing with increased truck traffic will be especially important because Port Newark cargo is going to double once the Bayonne Bridge is raised to accommodate the new Panamax super freighters."

Friday, July 1, 2016

Gas tax fallout: What projects would a Christie stop-work order affect?

NJ101.5: "What road projects will come to a halt as a result of Gov. Chris Christie’s late-night executive order stopping work until the Transportation Trust Fund gets more money? So far — none.

Work on long term projects such as the Pulaski Skyway in North Jersey and the Port Authority’s project to raise the Bayonne Bridge already were taking off the long holiday weekend, although lane closures and construction equipment will in place."

The $5.4B Panama Canal Project Completion Proves Anticlimactic

National Real Estate Investor: "However, on the less growth side, the East Coast ports—though busy with tens of billions of dollars of new port improvements to get ready for these new ships that can handle twice the cargo—just didn’t make the deadline. Dredging projects are still ongoing, or even still on the planning table. The most impactful project that would bring products to the millions of consumers—improvements to the New York/New Jersey port that include the $1.3 billion plan to lift the Bayonne Bridge—is stalled until late 2017."

Port Authority to Replace Toll Equipment, Making Way for Cashless Tolls

Video | NJTV News: "Two years ago, the Port Authority voted to have cashless tolls on the Bayonne Bridge starting in 2017, once crews complete the raised roadway."