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Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

PATH transit service between Jersey City’s Exchange Place and the World Financial Center in Manhattan, will be shut down almost every weekend this year to make much-needed repairs and upgrades – snarling transit for thousands of riders.

Photo: ©John Skelson

To help commuters who rely on the PATH link, the Port Authority has announced in a press release, the launch of a new weekend ferry service, beginning today March 29, 2014.

The 6-week pilot program will run weekend ferry service between Jersey City, NJ and Lower Manhattan. Photo: ©John Skelson

The weekend-only ferries will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Paulus Hook Terminal  in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Terminal in Lower Manhattan from now through the weekend of May 4.

Kids 5 years and under, ride free. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Ferry tickets are priced the same as a PATH ride – $2.50 one-way; $5 round-trip – which is less than what a ferry ride across the Hudson River would typically set you back.

Bring your bike aboard. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Children five years and under ride free. Bicycles are allowed onboard for an additional $1.00 charge. Read more from The Port Authority here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

St. George Ferry Terminal parking lot. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Drivers who park at the Department of Transportation (DOT) parking lot next to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, found the parking signs and the muni-meters removed from their usual parking spot yesterday.

Missing muni-meters. Photo: Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo

Should I park there, and risk being towed? What about my paid-in-advance season parking pass? Commuters milled about the empty lot, confused and concerned.

Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Apparently the parking lot adjacent to the St. George Ferry terminal has changed hands. BFC Partners – the developer who will build the new mall and ferris wheel complex on the North Shore – has leased the space from the city for a 99-year term, and now controls the lot.

Staten Island Borough Hall. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Motorists will pay a $7 daily fee and $125 for a monthly pass, once the new signs and meters are fully installed over the coming week.

Until then, parking is FREE. Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

The Bayonne Bridge. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The Bayonne Bridge ‘Raise the Roadway’ Project to lift the span 60 feet higher above the Kill Van Kull was proposed in 2009 to allow for larger post-Panamax ships anticipated, once the Panama Canal expansion project is completed in 2015.

Gateway to the 3rd largest port in the country. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Without the height adjustment, these larger container ships wouldn’t be able to pass under the span, effectively barring them from our port.

Squeaking under the Bayonne Bridge. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The decision to lift the current span rather than build a new bridge or tunnel, was driven by cost and project duration as expected, but we “civilians” know little about the reams of regulatory reviews and studies that can impact a project like this.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The New York Times reports: the Port Authority’s “fast-track” approach to a project that will not alter the bridge’s footprint has generated more than 5,000 pages of federally mandated archaeological, traffic, fish habitat, soil, pollution and economic reports that have cost over $2 million. A historical survey of every building within two miles of each end of the bridge alone cost $600,000 — even though none would be affected by the project.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

After four years of work, the environmental assessment was issued in May and took into consideration comments from 307 organizations or individuals. The report invoked 207 acronyms, including M.B.T.A. (Migratory Bird Treaty Act) and N.L.R. (No Longer Regulated). Fifty-five federal, state and local agencies were consulted and 47 permits were required from 19 of them. Fifty Indian tribes from as far away as Oklahoma were invited to weigh in on whether the project impinged on native ground that touches the steel-arch bridge’s foundation.” Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

What do you do when you get a shipment of spoiled goods? You refuse the delivery, of course.

Photo via Hadley Holistics

This week when Green Brazil arrived in New Jersey full of 110,000 cartons of rotting bananas, the owners were left with an entire cargo unsaleable fruit.

Del Monte Fresh Produce claims the bananas weren’t kept properly refrigerated on the 4-day journey from Guatemala, and has sued Seatrade Group for damages.

Green Brazil, Santa Marta, Colombia. Photo: Wil Weijsters via

The Maritime Executive: (Reuters) A cargo ship with 110,000 cartons of overripe bananas will remain docked at a U.S. port while their owner and the shipping company battle in court over who let them go brown.

Del Monte Fresh Produce earlier this week sued Netherlands-based shipping company Seatrade Group for $1.5 million, claiming that in their four-day trip on the Green Brazil from Guatemala to Gloucester City, New Jersey, the tropical fruit became “no longer fit for human consumption.” Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Weather being what it was this week, I’ve dug into my archives for photos. Among this collection, the former Kosnac Fred K II later became the Freddie K Miller. Catherine C Moran never worked NY harbor but rode out a storm at Caddell’s while on her way to delivery in Louisiana. Fireboat John J Harvey welcomes the schooner Anne back to New York after a world cruise.

MSC Ornella and Marie J Turecamo. Photo: ©John Skelson

Fred K II 2010. Photo: ©John Skelson

Freddie K Miller a.k.a Fred K II. Photo: ©John Skelson

Alfalfa and Spanky…hmmm! Photo: ©John Skelson

Catherine C Moran, “out of the box” new, riding out a storm in the KVK, on her way to Louisiana 2009. Photo: ©John Skelson

Fireboat John J Harvey welcomes back schooner Anne from her world cruise 2010. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tug Crow in push gear. Photo: ©John Skelson

I’m hoping the storm clears out by early this afternoon so I can get some shooting in today (Wednesday). Happy Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Black Friday.

Until next week… John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee


Norwegian Getaway via Norwegian Cruise Line.

When the brand new Norwegian Getaway arrives in New York in January, it will temporarily become a floating hotel/event space for Super Bowl XLVIII weekend sponsored by Anheuser-Busch InBev beer brand Bud Light.

Norwegian Getaway-Bud Light Hotel New York will be docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River Jan. 30-Feb. 2nd.

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

USA Today: Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship will be transformed into a Bud Light-themed hotel — if only for a few days.

USA TODAY’s Laura Petrecca reveals in an exclusive report, corporate party plans for Super Bowl XLVIII, Anheuser-Busch InBev will turn the soon-to-debut, 4,028-passenger Norwegian Getaway into a massive “Bud Light Hotel” lodging space and entertainment venue for the event.

The ship features a spa spread over two decks. Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Getaway will be docked in New York for the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the Bud Light Hotel will encompass the ship and the adjacent Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

USS Intrepid. Photo via Panoramio

Lodging will be available Thursday before the game through Monday morning.

Photo via AdWeek

As part of the transformation, A-B will plaster the Bud Light moniker on thousands of pillows, hand towels, shampoo bottles and other shipboard items, and will host concerts, business meetings and other gatherings in its event area.

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

That space will include the Getaway, the deck of the retired military ship the Intrepid, its pier and the surrounding area.

Currently under construction at a shipyard in Germany, the 146,600-ton Norwegian Getaway is a sister to the six-month-old Norwegian Breakaway and is scheduled to debut in January.

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Like the Norwegian Breakaway, it will feature a sprawling, deck-top fun zone with five water slides; a restaurant-lined boardwalk; large production shows including Broadway’s Legally Blonde; and a giant, two-deck spa. 

Following pre-inaugural events and the Super Bowl, the Norwegian Getaway will head to Miami, where it will be based year-round for seven-night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

For a while I have been hearing a tug named “Miss Niz” on the marine radio but was unable to catch a photo of her, until now.

Miss Niz, what a cool name. Who is she? A tug owned by Marquette Towing of Louisiana. Finally, here she comes at me, I turn around and there is the Containership MOL Encore also coming at me. They are going to pass and block my shot, maybe? Miss Niz appears at the stern of the MOL ship, and I get the shot.

Again I ask who is she, maybe Mister Jim knows her, or Amy C McAllister or Robert IV. Maybe they get together and party at night?

MOL Encore eastbound KVK out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

MOL Encore about to swallow up Miss Niz. Photo: ©John Skelson

Miss Niz push gear west in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Mister Jim, a friend of Miss Niz? Photo: ©John Skelson

Amy C McAllister barge on the hip. Photo: ©John Skelson

Robert IV heading for the party? Photo: ©John Skelson

USACE Survey Boat NYSB-1. Photo: ©John Skelson

USACE Survey Boat NYSB-3. Photo: ©John Skelson

Don’t let the cold keep you indoors, get out and Ship spot!

Until next week…

John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

We had a brilliant day out on the WHC Circumnavigation of Staten Island tour last Sunday. The weather was brisk and bright as we boarded a New York Water Taxi with an enthusiastic crowd. Here are some of their photos from the WHC tour around the Isle of Staten.

Have some photos you’d like to share? Head over to Working Harbor’s Photo Pool on flickr and add your favorite shots to the stream!

Getting ready to get underway on our NY Water Taxi. Photo: ©David Grill

Bruce A. McAllister on the hip in the KVK. Photo: ©David Grill

Safety. Pride. Professionalism. New York Container Terminal. Photo: ©David Grill

Ships Graveyard at Witte. Photo: ©David Grill

Ellen McAllister and Megan McAllister at their home dock. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

Ships Graveyard. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

Our vessel was packed with photographers. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

Bering Dawn assists the Great Lakes dredge. Photo: ©Phyllis Featherstone

Barbara McAllister plys the channel by New York Container Terminal. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Great Lakes dredge deepening the kill. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Rare views of our working harbor, past and present, from behind the scenes. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Ships Graveyard – weathered wreck tagged “SS Meow Man” Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Rich Taylor narrating the tour on his birthday. Thank you, Rich! Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

It was a beautiful day on the water! Thanks for being a part of Working Harbor Committee’s 2013 tour season. We’re taking a break from touring for the holidays and will be back in the new year to plan our 2014 schedule.

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

It’s been quite a photo-op week around the harbor with the arrival of the USS New York for Veterans Days festivities, and the Working Harbor Circumnavigation of Staten Island. Add to that a first time sighting of a (new) McAllister tug and a couple of great sunsets.

USS New York at the Statue, Robert E McAllister at her stern. Photo: ©John Skelson

Friday morning was picture perfect for the arrival of the New York, but as luck would have it she was late. The skies turned dark and gray, and the mighty gray warship appeared. Never discouraged, I stuck it out and got my photos. Assisting the ship, tugboats from McAllister, Robert E., Ellen, and Shannon were on hand. This was the first sighting of Shannon McAllister, a new arrival in NY. She was built in 1991 and was known as Alice Winslow, owned by Winslow Marine of Maine. McAllister Towing and Transportation acquired her in 2012 applied a new coat of paint and gave her a new name.

Shannon McAllister, ex Alice Winslow at the Battery. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sunday was brisk, to say the least, but was a great day for Working Harbor Committee’s Circumnavigation of Staten Island tour. A highlight of the trip was getting up close and personal with the Great Lakes dredging operation at Howland Hook in the Arthur Kill, near the New York Container Terminal. Passing the Ship Graveyard, (Don Jon aka Witte) also on the Arthur Kill, I noticed that most of the wrecks are now just a pile of rubble, having been broken up by storms. Don Jon’s yard is also the final resting place for the John B Caddell, waiting to be broken up.

Pusher Tug Buchanan 12 outbound of the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Joyce D Brown ex John P Brown at Mariners Harbor, SI. Photo: ©John Skelson

Twin Tube, a Stick Lighter, at Port Ivory, SI. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bering Dawn assisting the dredge GL 51 at Howland Hook. Photo: ©John Skelson

Bering Dawn and GL 51. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker Alpine Marie at Bayway Terminal NJ. Photo: ©John Skelson

John B Caddell, one year later, waiting to be broken. Photo: ©John Skelson

New York Water Taxi Marian S Haskell and US Parks Service launch at sunset. Photo: ©John Skelson

Suez Canal Bridge assisted by Charles D McAllister arriving at sunset. Photo: ©John Skelson

Until next week… Happy Ship Spotting!

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Back in April, the dockworkers union and the New York Shipping Association signed a deal that would add 682 port jobs. Not only are more than 300 workers about to take a 2014 retirement package, labor needs have also been on the rise.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The new labor contract allocates 51% of these future jobs for veterans. 10% of our veterans are unemployed, a substantially higher number than the 7.2% national average. But both the NYSA and the unions say the Waterfront Commission is dragging its feet, while 300 New York Harbor positions set aside for returning U.S. military heroes remain unfilled.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

New York Daily News: More than 300 New York Harbor positions set aside for returning U.S. military heroes remain as empty as a ghost ship, with angry charges and finger-pointing over who’s to blame.

“These men and women are over there risking their lives for this country,” said an irate Dennis Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen’s Union Atlantic Coast District. “This is a great opportunity to reward them. Who deserves it more?”

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The union and the New York Shipping Association, a coalition of port businesses, are the unlikely allies matched against the watchdog Waterfront Commission in the maritime mess.

The dockworkers union and the NYSA, after reaching a six-year labor deal in April, proposed adding 682 port jobs as labor demand increases and more than 300 workers prepare to take a 2014 retirement package.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The new contract designated 51% of future jobs for veterans — and they could use the work. More than 10% of post 9/11 vets are unemployed — significantly above the 7.2% overall rate.

The corruption-busting Waterfront Commission, established in 1953, needs to approve the potential hirees. But the longshoremen’s union and the NYSA charge the agency lacks the sense of urgency needed to bring in new blood.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The two groups requested the new hirings nearly two months ago, with nobody yet on the docks.

“We knew there would be job shortages last summer,” said NYSA President John Nardi. “And now we have to wait to find out what’s going on? It’s unbelievable.”

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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