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Photo by John Skelson


The company that owns IMTT Bayonne on the Kill Van Kull has bought the land beneath the adjacent Bayonne Energy Center plant and plans to expand both facilities. Those of you who have followed John Skelson’s photography work will be familiar with the site.


Photo by John Sklelson


Staten Island Advance: The BEC is situated on 7.9 acres along about 290 feet of frontage on the Kill Van Kull, and the additional water frontage is expected to benefit IMTT by enabling Macquarie to expand the storage company’s docks, the release stated.

In addition, Macquarie plans to build a 7,000-foot-long pipeline across IMTT land that would provide the BEC with additional access to natural gas and facilitate the development of gas-using businesses. Read more from the Staten Island Advance here…

Posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee – photos courtesy of the late John Skelson

John Skelson at his office on the Kill Van Kull. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)


The Staten Island Advance published John Skelson’s obituary in the paper today. Beautifully written, with many tales of his accomplishments, his talent, and his family…

But this quote from his partner Phyllis really hit home – it encapsulates John’s spirit perfectly.

“He was a quiet, peaceful, happy man who lived his life doing exactly what he wanted to do,” said his partner of 30 years, Phyllis Featherstone. “He was a very talented photographer and artist and generously shared his knowledge with others. And he was loved and admired by many – his students, friends, comrades and family.”

Happy. Peaceful. Talented. Generous. Loved.

Read John’s obit at SILive here and make sure to watch the embedded video.


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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