Digging warning stake of Buckeye Pipe Line near the right bank of Newtown Creek a hundred yards or two downstream from Greenpoint Avenue Bridge. Photo by Jim Henderson (PD)


 
On January 31st, an Allocco Recycling barge transporting construction aggregate sank in Newtown Creek. The barge came to rest on a sediment mound, atop of part of the huge system of petroleum distribution pipes that carry gasoline and jet fuel for the city’s airports, gas stations and for NYPD’s helicopters.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

DNAinfo: The 260-foot Allocco Recycling vessel was carrying construction stone and tied to a Greenpoint, Brooklyn bulkhead when it sank on Jan. 31. The six pipelines crossing under the Newtown Creek are part of the 6,200-mile system operated by Houston, TX-based Buckeye Partners, a petroleum product distribution company.

As is routine with all maritime accidents, the Coast Guard will conduct an investigation, Rowe said, adding that the process could take days or months. Read more from DNAinfo here…

To get all the nitty-gritty details, I highly recommend you head over to The Newtown Pentacle, where Mitch Waxman aka Mister Newtown Creek has covered this event with his trusty camera and eloquent explanation.

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

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