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March 29, 2014 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: Billybey Ferry Company, closure, commuter ferry, Hudson River, Jersey City, Lower Manhattan, NY Waterway, PATH, Paulus Hook Terminal, supplement, weekend, World Financial Center | Leave a comment
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.
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 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.
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.
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
January 7, 2014 in Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Waterfront Revitalization Program, Working Harbor | Tags: BFC Partners, DOT, Empire Outlets, new management, North Shore, NY Wheel, parking lot, St George, Staten Island, Staten Island Ferry Terminal | 1 comment
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.
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.
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.
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…
January 4, 2014 in Environment, Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: Bayonne Bridge, Panama Canal Expansion Project, Port of NY/NJ, Post-Panamax, Raise the Roadway, red-tape, regulatory review, span elevation | 1 comment
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.
Without the height adjustment, these larger container ships wouldn’t be able to pass under the span, effectively barring them from our port.
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.
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.
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…
December 21, 2013 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: cargo ship, Del Monte, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Green Brazil, Guatemala, lawsuit, refrigerated, rotten bananas, Seatrade group | Leave a comment
What do you do when you get a shipment of spoiled goods? You refuse the delivery, of course.
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.
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
November 29, 2013 in Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: Donjon, fireboat John J Harvey, Hanukkah, John Skelson, Miller, Moran, schooner Anne, Ship spotting, Staten Island, Thanksgiving, Tugboat Alley | 1 comment
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.
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
November 25, 2013 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bud Light Hotel New York, floating hotel, Hudson River, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Getaway, Pier 88, Super Bowl XLVIII | 1 comment
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.
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 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.
Lodging will be available Thursday before the game through Monday morning.
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.
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.
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
November 22, 2013 in Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: John Skelson, Louisiana, Marquette Towing, McAllister, Miss Niz, Ship spotting, Staten Island, survey boat, Tugboat, Tugboat Alley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | 3 comments
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?
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors, get out and Ship spot!
Until next week…
November 16, 2013 in Historic Ships, History, Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: Allegheny River, circumnavigation of Staten Island, David Grill, Great Lakes Dredging, Hidden Harbor® Tours, McAllister, Meow Man, Mitch Waxman, New York Water Taxi, photo pool, Phyllis Featherstone, Rich Taylor, Staten Island, Staten Island Ships Graveyard | 1 comment
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!
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
November 15, 2013 in Environment, Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: Arthur Kill, Bayway Terminal NJ, circumnavigation of Staten Island, Don Jon, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Howland Hook, John B. Caddell, John Skelson, Mariner's Harbor, McAllister, New York Container Terminal, New York Water Taxi, Ship spotting, Ships graveyard, USS New York, Veterans Day, Witte | 1 comment
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.
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.
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 , (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.
Until next week… Happy Ship Spotting!
November 12, 2013 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: dockworkers, International Longshoremen’s Union, job shortage, labor contract, military heroes, New York Shipping Association, port jobs, unemployment rate, veterans, Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor | Leave a comment
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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