Tuesday, February 28, 2017

APM Terminals to Invest $200 Million in NJ Port

Global Trade Magazine: "This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These larger vessels are expected to start calling the port with recently announced completion of the project to raise the Bayonne Bridge roadbed by 64 feet. The raising of the Bayonne Bridge, combined with the widened Panama Canal, enables ULCS liner services to call and be handled efficiently at the advanced APM Terminals facility."

Monday, February 27, 2017

Little time for reflection as Charleston ports agency celebrates 75th anniversary

Postandcourier.com: "Once a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is completed later this year, Newsome said he expects the 2M Alliance, a consortium of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping, will add a second weekly service to Charleston featuring a similar-size vessel. The bridge is currently too low to let Post Panamax ships access the Port of New York and New Jersey, and shipping lines have been reluctant to deploy those vessels on East Coast routes until the span is raised."

Bayonne Bridge Schedule: February 27 - March 4, 2017

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an Extended Friday Closure (EFC). The bridge will close at 9:00 pm Friday, March 3, and reopen by 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 4.

Regular daytime 9:00 am – 3:00 pm closures will be suspended for the time being. Further use of daytime closures may be necessary and scheduled in the future to advance BBNCP construction, but for the immediate future, the roadway will remain open during daytime hours."

Cashless tolls: A proposal for Staten Island 11 years ago has become a reality

SILive.com: "Flash forward to 2017 and the technology is quickly becoming a reality across the borough. The Bayonne Bridge became the Port Authority's first cashless tolling facility on Monday, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge expects to go cashless by this summer. "

Port Authority chair: Christie's influence pivotal in infrastructure spending

Opinion | NJ.com: "Christie's personal involvement also drove the Port Authority to raise the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge to maintain the leadership position of the agency's port facilities in Newark, Bayonne and Elizabeth. "

Saturday, February 25, 2017

First lanes open on Bayonne Bridge’s newly elevated deck

Bridge Design & Engineering: "The 85-year-old arch bridge is being given the new deck as part of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s “Raise the Roadway” initiative, a major operation to raise the level by 19.5m. The aim is to provide sufficient navigational clearance for the larger container vessels now using the expanded Panama Canal."

Simulation confirms Port of NY & NJ can handle ULCVs through 18,000 TEUs

Portnews.com: "Notably, the simulation factored in the new controlling depth (50 feet) of the port’s major navigation channels as well as the new working height of the Bayonne Bridge once the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey completes its “Raise the Roadway” Program in 2017."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories: The bridge will be closed from Friday, February 24, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 10 p.m. Saturday, February 25.

East Coast Container Terminal Investment Almost Trebled by Operator

Handy Shipping Guide: "APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at the port complex. The vessels are expected to start calling the port after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year."

Retailers urge labor, management to avoid port shutdowns; ILA says may be inevitable

TheTrucker.com - America's Trucking Newspaper: "Riley predicted that with the raising of New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge to let larger shipping vessels go through, more and more port workers will be needed but that it’s hard to get workers who are qualified by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. He said the Waterfront Commission was “unnecessarily interfering” and is turning qualified workers away."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bridge project a marvel of modern engineering

Real Estate Weekly: "The project represents a unique engineering achievement, during which the new roadway was built while the existing roadway remained in service with limited disruption to traffic."

New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge Reopens Ready for Larger Containerships

Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News: "But Dan Smith, principal at the Tioga Group, a freight transportation consulting company, said he believes that the changes in shipping patterns will be gradual rather than instantaneous. “It’s like the Panama Canal itself. You saw all the excitement over the opening of the expanded canal, but the change so far has been incremental. You don’t see all of a sudden a line of 13,000 TEU ships attempting to get through,” he said. “You’ve had persistent overcapacity in the industry, unsustainable rates and weak demand, so there are too many things going on for this to have an immediate impact. They’re making a change for the decades to come, not the weeks to come"

All aboard? Bayonne officials to meet with Port Authority to discuss ferry plan

NJ.com: "The ferry has a lot of obvious value, and then a lot of hidden value," DeMarco said. "Should you have to evacuate the city, right now you're limited to the light rail, the Turnpike and the Bayonne Bridge. We don't really have water access."

APM Terminals boosts investment at Port Elizabeth facility

Logistics Business Review: "The heightening of the Bayonne bridge, along with the expanded Panama Canal, will allow ULCS liner services to operate effectively at the APM Terminals facility.   APM Terminals North America president Wim Lagaay said: “Our goal is to make APM Terminals Port Elizabeth safer, easier to use and faster for our trucker community, more productive for our shipping line clients and more reliable for our clients’ supply chains expectations."

Strike threat to port of New York as dockers' union hits out over jobs

The Loadstar: "The additional funds will go towards four next-generation ship-to-shore cranes to handle ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) at the US’s second busiest port, with the larger vessels expected to start calling at the port after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed later this year."

APM Terminals Nearly Triples Port Investment

Port Technology International: "APM Terminals is increasing its Port Elizabeth investment plans from US$70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large container ships (ULCSs) that will be able to visit the port once the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Elevated Roadway Writes New Chapter in Bayonne Bridge History

PANYNJ|: "To a triumphant chorus of honking horns at 5 a.m. yesterday, the first passenger cars from New York and New Jersey drove over the new, elevated roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, 215 feet above the Kill van Kull and 64 feet above the original bridge deck."

WATCH: The New Bayonne Bridge is Now Open

Global Trade Magazine: "It’s one step toward allowing the major terminals of the port of New York and New Jersey, located in Newark and Elizabeth, to handle the new class of mega containerships. The bridge is being raised from 151 feet above the water to 215 feet, to allow bigger ships to pass under it."

Residents who live under Bayonne Bridge say they are ready for construction to be over (Video)

News 12 New Jersey: "The agency says that the bridge project should be completed on time. Two lanes on the newly completed upper deck of the bridge were opened to traffic Monday.
Work should begin soon to demolish the lower deck of the bridge."

Watch: Tour New Bayonne Bridge (Videos)

Port Technology International: "One lane of traffic is now flowing in each direction on the raised roadway, standing 215-feet above the water between Staten Island and New Jersey, after construction raised the level of the bridge 64-feet higher. Cashless tolling has also been implemented."

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Bayonne Bridge Roadway - Opening Day

Vintage photos: A look back at construction of the Bayonne Bridge

NJ.com: "The span, which is not complete, was built while the original roadway was still being used. Now that the new bridge -- 215 feet above the Kill Van Kull, is allowing traffic, the lower span will be taken apart piece by piece."

Bayonne Bridge reopens after years of construction work (Video)

abc7ny.com: "The Bayonne Bridge officially reopened Monday, after years of construction to raise its deck."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

How Port Authority’s ‘suicide squad’ fights for others' lives

NY Daily News: "No suicides were reported on the other bridges run by the Port Authority in 2016, which include the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing — all in Staten Island."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to open one lane in both directions

Hudson Reporter: "Initially, one lane will be open in each direction, but by the bridge’s expected full completion in 2019, four twelve-foot lanes will span the bridge along with a ten-foot shared pedestrian and cyclist path, inner and outer shoulders, and a median barrier. "

Bayonne Bridge - February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

The new roadway opens to the public on Monday and this will also become a "Cash-Less Crossing

Bayonne Office of Emergency Management: "The Bayonne Bridge’s new elevated roadway will open to drivers on Monday at 5 a.m., ushering in a new era for the 85-year-old arch bridge that will now become the Port Authority’s first all-cashless tolling facility."

Cashless Tolling - Bayonne Bridge (Video)

The Port Authority of NY & NJ: "On February 20, 2017, the Bayonne Bridge will begin a Cashless Toll Collection operation and no longer accept cash toll payments. The toll booths will be replaced with overhead equipment that instantly reads a vehicle’s E-ZPass tag. If a vehicle doesn't have an E-ZPass tag, a photograph will be taken of its license plate and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle."

Port Authority $32.2B spending includes Goethals, Bayonne bridges

SILive.com: "The 2017-2026 capital plan approved Thursday includes what's needed to complete the $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge replacement project, as well as funds to finish rebuilding the Bayonne Bridge, a $1.6 billion project that raises the bridge so larger ships can pass underneath."

Bayonne Bridge's new elevated roadway set to open

NJ.com: "On February 20, we will make history,'' Steven Plate, the Port Authority's chief of major capital projects, said in a statement. "The Bayonne Bridge, a marvel of 20th century engineering, will become a groundbreaking innovation of the 21st century."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories: The bridge will be closed from Friday, February 17, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 5 a.m. Monday, February 20.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cashless Tolls Coming To New Bayonne Bridge

CBS New York: "Instead of slowing through toll booths drivers will maintain their speed. Electronic devices will collect money from drivers through E-ZPass, or a bill will be sent in the mail for those who pay with cash."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, re-open Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weather 10

Tugster: a waterblog: "Here are previous weather posts, and although today the sixth boro and surrounding land masses are experiencing the first serious snowfall this season, this post is not about that.  Rather, it’s about something I saw and felt yesterday, when it was 65 degrees F for a few midday hours.  65!!"

Bayonne Bridge to stay open during snow storm

SILive.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will remain open on Thursday morning during the snow storm."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NY-NJ terminal doubling capacity ahead of bridge raising

JOC.com: "A major upgrade that will double the capacity at one of the four main terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey is unfolding as the port nears the end of a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, enabling big ships for the first time to dock at the terminal."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Daily Schedule: February 6 - 11, 2017

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an Extended Friday Closure (EFC). The bridge will close at 9:00 pm on Friday, February 10, and reopen by 10:00 pm Saturday, February 11."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, re-open Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday, Feb, 4, at 10 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

A Look at the Timeline for Restoring the George Washington Bridge

New York YIMBY: "We are living in a bit of a renaissance for New York City-area bridges. New spans are under construction for the Goethals, Kosciuszko, and Tappan Zee bridges, and the deck of the Bayonne Bridge is being raised. The world’s busiest bridge, the George Washington, is also having work done."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Port facility in Bayonne creates appointment system to alleviate long truck lines

NJ.com: "The problem had been exacerbated due to a 10 percentage increase of cargo containers from 2014 to 2015 that local commerce was responsible for transporting into marine terminals. Meanwhile, the Bayonne Bridge improvement project -- which will raise the bridge's span to allow larger ships to pass beneath it -- is also expected to increase the volume of cargo shipments at the port. "

Global port terminal rises from edges of the Cooper River

SC Biz News: "The widening of the Panama Canal, which was completed last summer, and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge between New Jersey and New York, which is slated to be finished in mid-2019, are expected to bring more and bigger ships to the East Coast, including to the Port of Charleston. "

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

US port deepening fight intensifies on funding worries

JOC.com: "Ports that aren’t able to allow ocean carriers to bring in larger ships risk being kept off service loops that favor ports than can. Carriers are bringing larger ships to call the East Coast after the expanded Panama Canal locks opened in June, but they have held off on deploying more large ships because only one marine terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey can handle them. When raising the Bayonne Bridge is completed in late 2017, carriers will have more of an incentive to deploy larger ships, since all marine terminals at the largest East Coast port will be able to handle them. The ports of Miami, Baltimore, and Virginia can handle ships loaded up to 14,000 TEUs since their harbor depths are at least 50 feet."