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An ice-covered ferry on Pier 11 along the East River in New York on Feb. 20, 2015. Photo via CBS News


East River Ferry service was completely suspended again yesterday due to the giant ice floes filling the waterway. [NY Post]

Heavy ice shut down service last Saturday for the first time since ERF launched in 2011, followed by an alert announcing suspended service on Monday, and again on Tuesday.

It’s been one hellava winter, that’s for sure.



NY Waterway who operates the East River Ferry said this is the worst winter they’ve seen in their 28-year history.

I don’t think anyone will disagree with that!


The New York Post: The East River Ferry, unlike boats on the Hudson River and the Staten Island Ferry, uses a jet engine. They have a harder time with ice than engines with propellers. Its boats are also smaller than other ferry services, which makes it difficult to push through ice.

A New York Waterway ferry navigates through ice on the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in New York. Richard Drew / AP via The Times Union


“The funny thing about the East River … is that the tide changes multiple times per day, enabling ice to enter from different major bodies of water, making it nearly impossible to predict what it’s going to do, or where it’s going to be,” the company said in a statement, adding that it hopes its passengers won’t hate it.

Chunks of ice in the East River have been causing water-commute havoc. AP photo via The Daily Mail


NY Waterway has been using tugboats to clear ice for service on the Hudson River, but it has suspended service to Edgewater, New Jersey, and there are delays on its routes to Midtown.

Read more from The New York Post here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip WHC steering committee member Chris Berg

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The Hudson PD issued a warning for people to stay off the frozen river in Hudson, N.Y. after security cameras at the Hudson Boat Launch captured footage of 4 individuals trotting onto the frozen surface of the Hudson River, to “help a stuck barge”. [ABC News 10]

What? Did they think they could give a 400′ barge and tug a little push? *shaking my head*

Tug & barge pictured was not involved with the incident. Photo by Anthony Quintano via wikipedia


ABC News 10: Cameras set up at the Hudson Boat Launch captured video of a group of four people running onto the frozen Hudson River to help a barge that was temporarily stuck. But police and fire officials said the river is not as solid as it may seem.

“Folks walked out very close to where the channel was being opened up,” Police Chief Edward Moore said. “Very dangerous situation.”

Ice Rescue Training. NJ DEP photo


Whether they were simply looking or trying to help, in the case of an emergency, Schermerhorn said they were ultimately putting their lives at risk.

“Walking across the ice, the ice could crack and it could fall through, and yes, it would put all the emergency services in jeopardy – rescue squad, EMS, fire and police agencies,” he said.

Watch the video and read more from ABC News 10 here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to John Skelson

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