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Record annual cargo volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2015 are up by more than 10% over the record set in 2014. What’s more, there has been a 33% reduction in port emissions since 2006.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

Two consecutive years of record port growth have resulted in more jobs and increased economic activity.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

MM&D: The port handled 6,371,720 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) (or 3,664,013 cargo containers) in 2015, an increase of 10.4 percent over the previous record set in 2014.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

ExpressRail, the Port Authority’s ship-to-rail system serving New York and New Jersey marine terminals, also set a new record, handling 522,244 containers for an increase of 12.2 percent over the previous annual record set in 2014.

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On the labor front, 181 new longshoremen, 44 checkers and 62 mechanics were hired in 2015 to work at port facilities, supplementing the 568 dockworkers hired in 2014 for a total of 855 new dockworkers over the last two years. Read more from MM&D here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

MS Anthem of the Seas. Photo by Dickelbers (CC 4.0)

 

A bad storm has forced Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas to cut their cruise short and instead head back to home port in Bayonne, NJ. “Extreme wind and sea conditions” prompted the Captain to confine passengers to their cabins for their safety while the ship battled hurricane-force winds and rough seas.

Anthem of the Seas. Photo by ariesa66 (PD)

 

USA Today: A buoy in the Atlantic about 260 miles south of Cape Hatteras reported wave heights of 30 feet and wind gusts of 74 mph late Sunday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The captain of the vessel made an announcement at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday as the storm raged that passengers should remain in their cabins.

Rough Seas. Photo by NOAA (PD)

 

On Monday, Royal Caribbean said the decision was made to return to home port.

“We are also sensitive to the fact that our guests have already been through an uncomfortable ride,” the statement said. “Returning to Cape Liberty minimizes the risks of further bad weather affecting our guests’ voyage; we are optimistic that they will have a smooth sail home.” Read more from USA Today here…

Watch her come in on MarineTraffic.com or NYHarborWebCam.com

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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