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The Port Authority of NY/NJ has launched a new container-on-barge service linking Brooklyn’s Red Hook Container Terminal with the Port Newark Container Terminal in New Jersey. The new route is part of an effort to reduce truck traffic and pollution in and near port terminals.

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JOC: The barge service is designed to bring goods to and from Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, rather than take them by road through New Jersey and New York.

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“We have a lot of interest, and everyone is asking the same question — when is it going to start?” he [Mike Stamatis, RHCT president and CEO] said. “Obviously, it has numerous benefits to the environment, numerous benefits to reducing the highway maintenance and repairs to roadways and bridges.

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And as more volume of cargo moves into the port, moving cargo in and out of terminal facilities by water will be a beneficial and efficient means of moving freight across the harbor.” Read more from JOC here…

 posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee
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It’s done! The Port Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced that the harbor deepening project that began back in 2004, is finally done.

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The $2.1 billion endeavor even came in under budget according to authorities, as reported by The Jersey Journal.

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The Jersey JournalThe Main Navigation Channel Deepening Program, which began construction in 2004, will allow larger ships to access the Port’s container terminals, including Port Newark, GCT Bayonne and the Howland Hook Marine Terminal.

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“This $2.1 billion project was executed in a manner that allowed for over $800 million in savings and all the dredge material was used beneficially to enhance the environment,” he said. [Col. David Caldwell, the Army Corps’ New York District Commander]

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Funded by the Army Corps and the Port Authority, the project deepened the Ambrose Channel; the Anchorage Channel; the Port Channel; the Kill Van Kull; the main Newark Bay Channel to Port Elizabeth and Port Newark; Port Elizabeth and South Elizabeth tributary channels; and the Arthur Kill Channel. Read more from The Jersey Journal here…

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