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Delayed NJ bridge project could hamper other Eastern ports' plans for bigger ships

From an Associated Press report on 680 News:

Delays on a project to raise a bridge in New Jersey could lead to other East Coast ports losing out on larger cargo vessels that are expected to begin passing through an expanded Panama Canal next spring.

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge elevation is aimed at [...]


NY-NJ port OKs clean-air measures amid criticism

The Port Authority of New York has agreed to several anti-pollution measures while it continues work on future phases of a program to replace older trucks at the East Coast’s largest port. But environmentalists aren’t content.

In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the port authority pledged to provide $200,000 to help replace [...]


Chassis provider announces restrictions as shortage continues in NY-NJ

From the Journal of Commerce:

Direct ChassisLink Inc. said it is temporarily restricting use of its intermodal chassis in the New York-New Jersey area to truckers hauling containers for three of DCLI’s main ocean carrier customers.

In a notice to truckers Thursday, the company said that effective July 24, any motor carrier using a DCLI [...]


N.J. Assembly votes 75-0 to pull out of bi-state Waterfront Commission

A bill to pull New Jersey out of the bi-state Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor now goes to Gov. Chris Christie to sign, after the state Assembly approved it 75-0 Monday afternoon following the state Senate’s overwhelming approval in December.

The author of the bill, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), whose district includes the [...]


Bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission approved by N.J. Senate panel

A bill to dissolve a bi-state commission created to guard against unfair hiring practices and organized crime infiltration in the shipping industry was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), and Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), whose districts include shipping terminals in Elizabeth [...]


Deal to hire 225 dockworkers seeks to avert port labor shortage

In a temporary truce to prevent a labor shortage at the East Coast’s busiest port, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and the port’s main employers group have agreed to hire 225 new dockworkers out of the nearly 700 sought by the group, both sides announced.

The International Longshoremen’s Association, the union that represents [...]


NY-NJ Port Authority Buys Out Terminal Lease

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bought out the 10-year lease that American Stevedoring International held on the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn.

The port authority acquired ASI’s cranes and other terminal equipment and turned facility over as a turnkey operation to one of the terminal’s customers, Phoenix Beverage Co., which [...]


NY-NJ Terminals to Close on Friday

The Journal of Commerce reports that:

All marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be closed Friday, April 22 because of the Good Friday holiday observed by the International Longshoremen’s Association, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Truck Replacement Program Center will also be closed [...]


NY/NJ ports unveil port truck rules a la L.A.

The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey unveiled a clean truck program Wednesday that will eventually require all trucks visiting the port to have 2007 model year engines. The program will ban trucks with pre-1994 model year engines by January 2011 and will ban pre-2007 model year engine trucks by 2017.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers [...]


Cheapest Route to Walmart From China May Skip West Coast

The $5.25 billion Panama Canal project, scheduled for completionin 2014, may take business from ports including Los Angeles and Seattle, and railroads including Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. It costs as much as $1,000 more per cargo container to use trains than ships. “It is inevitable that railways, such as Burlington Northern, will lose some [...]