Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Port of NY/NJ posts record volumes in April

American Shipper: "   The port said its share of total U.S. containerized cargo slipped to 14.8 percent in the first four months of 2017, compared with 15.5 percent in the first four months of 2016. But it may have a chance to gain market share once again with larger ships now able to call container terminals in Newark and Elizabeth New Jersey and Staten Island because of the removal of the lower deck of the Bayonne Bridge."

MTA commits $4M for West Shore light rail "The MTA's "alternate analysis" of the light rail would look at the 13-mile route along the West Shore from Richmond Valley to Elm Park, carrying Staten Island commuters over the Bayonne Bridge to connect with New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel lane closures scheduled next week: Port Authority "From Tuesday, May 30, through Thursday, June 1, the bridge will close from 7 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. On certain weekdays the bridge will open at 4:30 a.m. to provide an alternate route for drivers affected by traffic holds on the Goethals Bridge. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction on the "Raise the Roadway" project, the Port Authority said."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

FL officials approve $437M expansion of Port Everglades

Construction Dive: "Ports across the U.S. have either made or are in the process of making the changes necessary to support the larger post-Panamax ships. The Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is underway with a $1.6 billion renovation and should be able to accommodate the bigger vessels in July, giving them access to the nearby port, which has some of the largest container terminals in the region. Crews raised the bridge, increasing clearance from 151 feet to 215 feet."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7 things you need to know before Memorial Day weekend "Port Authority officials have estimated about 3.4 million travelers overall would use the bridges and tunnels for commute. Construction on bridges such as the George Washington Bridge will be suspended during the holiday weekend. The Bayonne Bridge, which has undergone work recently, will also be open from Friday until Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Urban Coast Institute to Research Sediment Contamination in New York Harbor Channels "This project will provide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other harbor stakeholders the scientific information they need to plan future dredge projects in a manner that fully considers the health of marine environments,” said UCI Director Tony MacDonald, the project’s administrator. “With the Panama Canal expansion complete and the Bayonne Bridge being raised, New York and New Jersey can expect to see far larger vessels at their marine terminals. The maintenance of our navigation channels will be more important than ever to safely accommodate these megaships and ensure our ports remain economically competitive."

WATCH: Old Bayonne Bridge dismantled in under 2 minutes "A time-lapse video provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows the entire dismantling process of the nearly 100-year-old Bayonne Bridge in under 2 minutes."

Unbuilding the Bayonne Bridge

PANYNJ: "With the Port Authority’s close supervision and the dedication of scores of demolition workers and engineers, the removal of the Bayonne Bridge’s original span is happening at record speed. The old bridge took 38 months to build, and carried traffic for 85 years . The dismantling of the old roadway will take four months. In fact, the disassembly should be done six months ahead of schedule."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dawn of the Neopanamax era "The SPA, however, isn’t alone in its ambitions. Other East Coast ports are rushing dredging and expansion projects to get a jump on the competition. The Virginia Ports Authority is pouring money into its operations, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is working to raise the Bayonne Bridge to enable Neopanamax ships to pass under it."

'The bum from Bayonne' Chuck Wepner puts the Peninsula City on the big screen "Although the picture wasn't filmed there, there were plenty of references to the peninsula city. The movie opened up to rousing applause when the iconic Bayonne Bridge appeared in the opening sequence."

Port Authority PD conducts rescue drills at Bayonne Bridge "On Tuesday, the PAPD ESU and Bayonne Fire Department Rescue performed an extrication of a trapped worker pinned under a skid container, according to PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.  On Thursday, PAPD ESU, NYPD ESU, and FDNY Rescue 5 lowered rescuers and equipment from the upper roadway level to the old roadway to aid a victim who was trapped with life threatening injuries when a steel plate broke free from a crane and pinned a worker's lower extremities, Pentangelo said."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lane closures scheduled next week for Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed overnight on Monday, May 15, to Thursday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The bridge will open at 4:30 a.m. on certain weekdays to provide an alternate route for drivers affected by traffic holds on the Goethals Bridge, the Port Authority said."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday

Staten Island Advance: "The Bayonne Bridge is scheduled to close Friday night, May 12, but will re-open Saturday morning, May 13."

Open thread: Which NYC transportation proposal do you love (or hate) the most?

Curbed NY: "Staten Island’s Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is hoping to convince the masses that the borough is in need of an aerial tram that runs parallel to the Bayonne Bridge, connecting to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, where commuters would then connect to a PATH train to Manhattan."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Philadelphia port sees growth in cargo imports "The nation’s largest port for container handling is Los Angeles-Long Beach, in California, followed by the Port of New York which is expected to see accelerated growth later this year when the Bayonne Bridge raising project is completed and the port can handle vessels up to 18,000 TEUs from 9,800 TEUs previously."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

VIDEO: Time-lapse chronicles 64-foot raising of Bayonne Bridge roadway in NJ

Equipment World: "New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge is nearing the completion of a $1.6 billion project that is increasing the height of its roadway. You can watch a time-lapse of the roadway’s elevation in the video below. The roadway is being raised in order to allow for larger container ships to pass beneath the bridge to reach ports at Newark, Elizabeth and Staten Island. By raising the roadway 64 feet, clearance has been increased to 215 feet allowing for the passage of ships with up to 18,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The new roadway opened to traffic in February. Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that the project will be completed by June 30, six months ahead of schedule."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Port of Charleston has its 2nd-busiest month ever in April "The SPA has projected that vessels of that size will become more common sights along the East Coast once the raising of the Bayonne Bridge is finished in June, giving the bigger ships access to the mammoth Port of New York-New Jersey."

Record Container Ship Visit for U.S. East Coast

The Maritime Executive: "The ship's next stop will be Savannah, followed by Charleston, her last East Coast port before heading back to Asia. The voyage didn't include the Port of New York/New Jersey, the largest East Coast port, as its Bayonne Bridge only allows clearance of ships up to 9,800 TEU. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced last week that the $1.6 billion project to raise the bridge would be completed by June 30, six months ahead of schedule. Then ships up to 18,000 TEUs will be able to pass under it."

Did Friday's bad weather force the Bayonne Bridge to close? "The Bayonne Bridge was scheduled to be closed Friday night for continuing construction on a project that raised the bridge roadway to allow larger container ships to pass underneath it to access the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth.

However, that work was canceled due to the bad weather, Buccino said."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" Newsletter

PANYNJ: Spring 2017.

What the Bayonne Bridge update could mean for shipping

The Strategic Sourceror: "If your company wants to save all it can during procurement, it needs to be flexible enough to adjust to new projects that affect travel. Just as the recent I-83 disaster represented some possible repercussions for logistics in Atlanta, an update to the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey can bring new opportunities for companies that want to increase shipping value."


LVB: "To accommodate this new generation of giant vessels, so-called neo-Panamax ships, and the glut of goods expected to be arriving from Asia, American ports began expanding and deepening their ports, and in one case, raising a bridge. In July, the Port of New York and New Jersey is expected to be able to receive the enormous ships when the $1.6 billion project to raise the 85-year-old Bayonne Bridge will be largely completed."

Rough seas: Shipping alliances making their way to Charleston even as they draw scrutiny from federal legislators "The additional vessel calls might come sooner now that a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey will be finished by June 30, months ahead of schedule. The taller bridge will allow the alliances' biggest vessels to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey, and shipping lines might increase service to the East Coast as a result. "

Friday, May 5, 2017

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Christie tries to change subject on infrastructure neglect "Christie on Tuesday was offering himself now as the infrastructure governor, standing amid a small mountain range of cargo containers with the Bayonne Bridge across the Newark Bay in the distance, its new span giving super-tankers  an extra 100 feet of clearance. This "marvel" of engineering, Christie argued, will bolster the Port's competitive edge and sustain the state's economy."

On Staten Island, community activists push for a High Line-style park

Curbed NY: "After crossing above the busy traffic of Richmond Terrace, the train line passes through the ruins of two abandoned train stations, where trees and shrubs obscure empty passenger platforms. This section of the viaduct offers expansive views of the Bayonne Bridge and the homes of historic Port Richmond, with the tracks traveling above backyards and over quiet residential streets. After less than a mile, the tracks begin a gradual descent back to ground level, near a new residential community being constructed west of Nicholas Avenue, before sinking into an open-cut trench beneath the streets."

The Biggest Ship Yet Just Traversed the Panama Canal

Atlas Obscura: "Photos show the ship barely slipping through the canal, pulled by a (comparatively) tiny tugboat. Next, she’s off to set another record—becoming the largest ship to ever arrive on the East Coast."

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bayonne Bridge revamp will wrap up six months early

Curbed NY: "New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that the plan to raise the bridge, which connects Port Richmond in Staten Island to Bayonne in New Jersey, will finish six months ahead of schedule, the Wall Street Journal reports."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Gov. Christie: Bayonne Bridge lower level removed by June 30 "The bridge will have four 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction, outside and inside shoulders and a shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists."