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April 23, 2013 in Environment, Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: Army Corps of Engineers, Bayonne, Channel Deepening Project, dredging, Kill Van Kull, Post-Panamax, Staten Island | Leave a comment
The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a public information session about scheduled dredging and blasting an area along the north side of the Kill Van Kull. The session will be held at the Bayonne Senior Center, 16 W. Fourth St., Bayonne – Monday, April 29, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ask questions and get information directly from representatives of the Army Corps and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.
From Dredging Today: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are improving the main shipping channels in the Port by deepening them to a depth of 50 feet, allowing more efficient access to the world’s largest oceangoing ships.
The Army Corps will hold a public information session (Monday, April 29, 2013) to advise the public about dredging and blasting to take place in a localized approximately two acre area off Collins Park, Bayonne, New Jersey along the north side of the Kill Van Kull Federal Navigation Channel.
This work will be performed for the purposes of enhanced navigational safety by easing a bend in the channel. To remove underlying bedrock in the channel, this contract involves precision controlled underwater staggered detonations to fracture the rock in order for it to be dredged.
Blasting in a localized area is expected to begin no earlier than mid-May 2013 for approximately two weeks.
Residents of Bayonne, particularly those south of 3rd Street between Humphrey and Ingham Avenues, and those near Richmond Terrace between Port Richmond and Heberton Avenues, Staten Island, New York, are encouraged to attend to learn greater details of this project. Read more here…
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee
October 25, 2012 in History, Kill Van Kull, New York Harbor, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: Bayonne, Caddell Dry Dock, circumnavigation of Staten Island, FDNY, Goethals, MCNY, Outerbridge Crossing, Sandy Hook Pilots, Verrazzano-Narrows | 2 comments
photo: Mitch Waxman
Circumnavigating Staten Island – The Essential Waterfront
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Departs 11:00 am – Returns 2:30 pm
Slip 5 at Battery Maritime Building – 10 South Street
Staten Island is the gateway to New York Harbor. Even though it is geographically closer to New Jersey than to the other boroughs, the island’s coastline figures large in the city’s marine history– both strategically and economically. How will Staten Island and its waterfront figure in the city’s future? In conjunction with the Museum of the City of New York’s current exhibition From Farm to City: Staten Island, 1661-2012, the Working Harbor Committee and the Museum co-present a three-hour boat trip around Staten Island that will explore its past, present and future.
From a unique offshore vantage point, participants will explore the shoreline, coves and lighthouses; view the site of the newly-proposed, 625-foot-high Ferris Wheel in St. George; and engage in conversation about the future of the waterfront, the harbor, and the ferries. The trip will head down Kill van Kull, passing by Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Company and other marine service enterprises; sail under the Bayonne, Goethals, Outerbridge Crossing and Verrazano-Narrows bridges; and pass the village of Tottenville on the southwest shore, and Stapelton, home of the Sandy Hook Pilots and New York City’s fireboats. Our onboard guides include historians, city-planners, and waterfront professionals.
Co-sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York
Tour meets at the Battery Maritime Building, Slip 5 located at 10 South Street in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry.
By subway: 1 to South Ferry; 4, 5 to Bowling Green; R to Whitehall St.
By bus: M6, M9, M15
By car: There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. There is garage parking across the street from the Battery Maritime Building (for a fee).
Our vessel has a snack & beverage concession on board, but guests are welcome to bring their own.
Brought to you by Working Harbor Committee
June 4, 2012 in History, New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: artificial reefs, barge, Bayonne, Firefighter II, Flight 1549, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Jamaica Bay, JFK, Kathleen, Miracle on the Hudson, MTA, Port Elizabeth, Red-Bird, Shelby, Shuttle Enterprise, Statue of Liberty, tugboats, U.S. Airways, Weeks Marine, World Trade Center | Leave a comment
Weeks Marine transports the Shuttle Enterprise across Jamaica Bay. photo: collectSPACE/Ben Cooper
Who is Weeks Marine? Like the many working vessels on our harbor, most may not know that they are one of the leading marine construction, dredging and tunneling organizations in the United States. While you may not have heard their name, Weeks Marine is actually no stranger to NYC residents.
In 2009, when the “Miracle on the Hudson” U.S. Airways flight 1549 made its emergency landing in the Hudson River, it was Weeks Marine who lifted the submerged plane from the icy waters and towed the flooded fuselage to Jersey City. When the MTA was retiring their “Red-Bird” subway train cars to create artificial reefs, it was Weeks Marine who “planted” those reefs in the harbor.
Red-bird subway cars on a Weeks Marine barge. photo: © Rich Galiano
Now, Weeks Marine has the very public and auspicious role of transporting the Shuttle Enterprise from JFK airport to the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.
From The Star Ledger: Weeks Marine, a Cranford-based maritime contractor, is overseeing the orbiter’s nautical odyssey from its temporary dwelling at John F. Kennedy International Airport to its summer residence, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan.
Yesterday, the shuttle sailed on the first leg of her sea-journey, delighting people from Jamaica Bay to Bayonne, NJ. Coney Island beach-goers had an extra treat, as Firefighter II joined to lead the convoy, spraying her water jets in the air.
Firefighter II leads the transport, spraying water ahead of the Shuttle Enterprise by Coney Island. photo: collectSPACE/Ben Cooper
From The Star Ledger: The Enterprise will get some beauty sleep in Jersey City, berthed amid the boxcars and shipping containers of the Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal. There is nothing ceremonial planned for the shuttle’s stay in the Garden State. It’s more of a layover than a visit, with limited media coverage and public access.
youtube user Karel Jaros uploaded this video as the shuttle passed, illuminated by a rainbow.
LATE BREAKING UPDATE FROM THE INTREPID MUSEUM:
Tomorrows final leg POSTPONED due to weather – Tentatively set for Wednesday, June 6.
Barring any weather delays, Tuesday Wednesday (tentative) morning at 9:15AM the Shuttle Enterprise will leave her berth at Weeks Marine in Port Elizabeth and journey up the Hudson River to her final destination at the Intrepid.
The shuttle is scheduled to loop around the Statue of Liberty at 9:50AM, pass the World Trade Center site at 10:40AM and arrive at the Intrepid, at 11:30AM. where she will be lifted by crane onto the flight deck and into position facing the Hudson River.
I suspect there will be a few surprise escorts to greet her arrival. Make sure your camera batteries are charged and ready to capture this historic event!
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee