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February 5, 2015 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Working Harbor | Tags: barge-to-rail, Bayonne Bridge, container volume, dockworkers, economic growth, ExpressRail, Greenville Rail Yards, hat tip Charles Smith, intermodal, Panama Canal Expansion Project, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Port of New York-New Jersey, Raise the Roadway, record-breaking, RoRo, ship-to-rail, vehicle shipping | Leave a comment
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey handled a record 3.3 million cargo containers in 2014, an increase of 5.6% from the previous year. [JOC.com]
The Port of New York-New Jersey continues to be the busiest port on the East Coast, handling 30% of the market.
ExpressRail, the Port Authority’s ship-to-rail system, also set a record this year. Up 9.3% from 2013, the ExpressRail facility handled a whopping 465,405 containers last year.
Automakers have shifted vehicle transport to the Ports of Baltimore and Philadelphia in recent years causing vehicle shipment volumes to take a fall last year, down 12.8% to less than 400,000 vehicles from 2013.
JOC.com: “Our port is continuing to reap the benefits of an uptick in the economy, which has resulted in the hiring of more dockworkers and economic growth for the region,” Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said in a statement.
Foye said the port authority is “equally proud of the efforts put forth by all of our terminal operators, the Waterfront Commission and the ILA workers who have all stepped to the plate and allowed us to efficiently handle this record level of cargo.” Read more from JOC.com here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to WHC member Charles Smith.
January 29, 2015 in New York Harbor, Port Authoriity, Waterfront Revitalization Program, Working Harbor, Working Harbor Committee | Tags: $90 million, affordable housing, Atlantic Basin, boat repair, boat yard, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Brooklyn Maritime Center, Durst Sunset LLC, maritime commerce, New York Water Taxi, Red Hook Brooklyn, redevelopment plan, renovation, Tom Fox | Leave a comment
The founder of New York Water Taxi has proposed a $90 million plan to the city to renovate Red Hook’s waterfront. The ambitious proposal includes a new Brooklyn Maritime Center with an upgraded ferry hub, a new school, affordable housing and more parks for the community. [DNAinfo]
DNAinfo: “[The Brooklyn Maritime Center] will create new maritime jobs, support the growth of the ferry industry and maintain industrial commerce on the Red Hook waterfront,” according to his [Tom Fox, a partner at Durst Sunset LLC] proposal.
One of Fox’s primary goals is for the center to serve as the new home port for New York Water Taxi as well as a full service boat yard for repair and maintenance.
He is also planning a Governor’s Island-Brooklyn ferry for construction material to travel back and forth, access to the waterfront for faculty and students of the New York Harbor School, 83 units of affordable workforce housing and roughly 6.5 acres of park space.
Read more from DNAinfo here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee