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Maher Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson


The Port of New York and New Jersey cargo volume increased a record-breaking 13.1%, with more than 1.5 million loaded containers handled between January and June of this year.  [The Journal of Commerce]

In addition to shipping containers, vehicle imports handled is up 31%, and intermodal rail facilities have experienced a 15.2% surge in volume in the first six months of 2015.

RoRo Mignon. Photo by John Skelson


The Journal of Commerce: “We’re reaping the benefits of a strong regional economy and labor uncertainty on the West Coast,” said Port Commerce Director Richard Larrabee.

Container ship Najran heading out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson


Increased import volume also means an increased number of empties. In the first 6 months of this year, empty container box volume is up 30.5%.  Port terminals loaded 165K empty containers compared with 115K loaded with exports last month.

Photo by Jason Sohi via Fortune Magazine


JOC: Larrabee noted that the port’s growth has been accompanied by steps to reduce the port’s environmental impact. The port authority said that between 2006 and 2013, tons of pollutants emitted at the report have declined 33 percent despite a 7 percent increase in cargo.

ExpressRail Elizabeth intermodal rail terminal – Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Photo AAPA via gCaptain


Record cargo volumes are partly attributed to investments in channel dredging, intermodal rail, improved terminal roadways and expansion of port terminals.

Read more from The Journal of Commerce here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

2011 Japanese tsunami debris photographed from the air on the east side of Core Point, Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation via ABC News Australia


Hundreds of tons of tsunami debris from the 2011 Japan quake, has washed up on Alaska’s shores.

Everything from docks and shipping containers to fragments of buildings and their contents, insulation, fuel tanks and drums, and of course, plastic in all shapes and sizes.

Japanese housing stakes among debris collected off Alaska

Japanese housing stakes, washed away in the 2011 tsunami, are among debris collected off Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation via ABC News Australia


Alaskan environmental agencies have launched a massive month-long clean-up project, where tons of marine debris will picked-up from the coastline and transported to a reconfigured, football field-sized barge for eventual sorting and processing in Seattle, Wa.

The shorelines of Alaska are strewn with 2011 Japanese tsunami debris. Photo via The Daily Mail.


The month-long clean-up is estimated to cost up to $1.3 million, with some 3,000 helicopter trips plucking 600 pound bags from the rugged Alaskan coast.

A Coast Guard helicopter lifts one of several bags of collected marine debris. Photo courtesy Sitka Sound Science Center via KCAW FM


US News: Foam disintegrates, which can seep into salmon streams or be ingested by birds, Janna Stewart, state tsunami marine debris coordinator said. There’s concern, too, with the impact of broken-down plastic on marine life.

What’s not picked up can get swept back out, she said.

“It’s like it never really goes away unless we get in there and actively remove it,” Stewart said.

Read more from US News here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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