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Moran tug Cape Cod and the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

The Port Authority has announced that the Bayonne Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic for the next 3 weekends.

Tight squeeze. Photo by John Skelson

Starting this Friday at midnight and lasting through Sunday at 4 p.m., the bridge roadway will close for the next 3 consecutive weekends – August 1-3, August 8-10 and August 15-17.

Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

The closure is necessary to conduct work on the Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project – allowing for the safe removal of portions the bridge structure, subsequent reinforcement of the span and support towers, as well as the safe lifting of huge sections of steel and concrete onto the bridge.

Should be quite a sight!

Maryland navigating Stolt Effort under the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

More weekend closures are expected as the project progresses. To get the latest, register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at, call 511 or visit or for updates on traffic conditions.

I am going to miss this spectacular view. Photo by John Skelson

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge project will lift the bridge span 64 feet to allow the larger post-Panamax ships to enter our port. Read the complete Port Authority Press Release here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee. All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Tug Mary Alice (foreground) and Ellen McAllister cruise by our tour boat at Port Newark Container Terminal. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman


Miss the last Hidden Harbor Tour®?

You’re in luck, Working Harbor Committee in partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises will cruise the container port terminals of Port Elizabeth/Port Newark, this Saturday 28 June.

Ellen McAllister soon pulled along side our boat. Photo: ©John Skelson

Leaving from Circle Line’s iconic Pier 83 at West 42 Street/ 12 Avenue – the two and a half hour, fully narrated cruise travels down the majestic North River, along the working waterfront of Brooklyn, through ‘tugboat alley’, and behind-the-scenes of our port – the 3rd. largest in the nation.

Caitlin Ann with barge tow at Port Newark. Photo ©John Skelson.

USS Slater is about to leave Caddell Dry Dock after a long refurb project. The work is almost done, and she’s getting ready to journey back to her home port in Albany. If she doesn’t leave town before the 28th., it’ll be the last chance to see her in all her restored glory, moored in Staten Island.

USS Slater getting her colors at Caddell Dry Dock. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Finishing touches being put on USS Slater. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Guest Speakers on June 28th include Ed Kelly, executive director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/ New Jersey and Captain Maggie Flanagan, maritime educator at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Get insider stories and learn about our maritime heritage, its history and  importance today and into the future.

A big one’s coming in! MSC container ship escorted by two Moran tugs. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman


Saturday 28 June Hidden Harbor Tour
departs from Pier 83, West 42nd Street and 12th Ave
Boarding @ 10:30 a.m. –  Cruising 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Contact for group sales (15+ people)

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee




I am constantly amazed by Darwinism at work.

As reported by The New York Post, late Saturday night, a fishing boat entered restricted waters and crashed into Runway 22’s lights at LaGuardia Airport. The alcohol-fueled captain and his 2 passengers had apparently decided to … get amorous, mid-cruise.

Photo via The New York Post.


But beyond marveling at the stupidity of some people, this incident has raised much bigger security concerns.

Cost-cutting has reduced the PA Police boat operations to daylight hours only, and although the Port Authority Police Department spotted the boat on surveillance cameras, they were unable to send a police vessel out to investigate.

The New York Post: Police were unable to reach the boat to determine whether it was a threat for about 30 minutes, even though a Port Authority police vessel was tied up at a nearby dock. There was no crew available to operate it because, in a money-saving move, the PA had decided to operate its navy only during daylight hours.

The PA Police Department finally had to call for help from the NYPD’s Harbor Unit.

LaGuargia Airport. Photo via

The New York Post reports that a PAPD official said that if there had been terrorists on board, they would had plenty of time to act on bad intentions.

Paul Nunziato, head of the PAPD union, was furious. “The boats were purchased with federal money. They are not being deployed 24-7 — as the public would expect them to be,” he said.

Read more at The New York Post  here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Just a quick post today with a couple of videos profiling the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the 3rd largest port in the country and the largest on the eastern seaboard – here 5.5 million TEU’s of cargo move through 6 container terminals, every year. Here’s a peek at them in operation.

America’s Front Door/AgileTVProductions:


Profile of the Port of NY and NJ /portnynjmedia:

Enjoy your Sunday!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


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

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