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Monday, February 19, 2018

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The Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime College offers state-of-the-art brown water training to SUNY cadets and industry professionals alike. (CREDIT: SUNY)

Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime

For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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NY/NJ Cross Harbor Freight Program Enters Second Review Phase

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  awarded a $23.7 million agreement to Cross Harbor Partners, a joint venture of STV Incorporated/AKRF Inc., to undertake the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Program at the port. The aim of the Cross Harbor Freight Program is to reduce roadway congestion attributed to goods movement across the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The Tier II review is expected to take up to three years; it will provide more…

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Fitch: U.S. Port Growth Steady as NAFTA Decision Looms

U.S. ports are positioned for another solid year of growth, though the Trump administration's evolving stance on both domestic and international trade is a long-term development worth a close watch, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest sector briefing. This after a strong 2017 in which ports on both coasts saw overall growth through the year. "Moving to larger ships and implementing operational alliances have helped drive volume growth on both coasts in 2017," said Emma Griffith, Director.

Crew members aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) man the rails and present honors while passing The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum as the ship arrives in Manhattan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton/Released)

SS New York Arrives in NYC to Commemorate 9/11

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Sept. 6 that amphibious transport dock ship USS New York will participate in numerous events throughout the city honoring the victims and responders from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association, which includes families of victims and first responders, embarked USS New York for the transit from Norfolk, Va., to New York Harbor. "I am grateful…

$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders…

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

NY-Area Seafarers to Join MM&P

New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote to Join New Union. New York-area watermen who operate tugboats, dredges, tourist boats and ferries, members of Staten Island-based Local 333, have voted by an overwhelming margin to support a merger between Local 333 and the Maryland-based International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. By a more than 2 to 1 margin, 1,300 New York and New Jersey mariners voted to affiliate with the larger national union of deck officers who serve on ocean-going ships…

USS New York En Route to Commissioning

The future USS New York departed Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Avondale Operations Oct. 13, sailing away from the building yard manned for the first time by the ship's crew. This milestone marks the government/industry team's production completion of LPD 21, the fifth ship of the San Antonio class. The ship will now transit to her homeport of Norfolk, Va., before sailing to New York City for the commissioning ceremony. "New York is a product of continued improvement in LPD 17-class construction…

An offshore wind farm proposed to deliver 350 to 700 MW is proposed for the scenic shores of Long Island.(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Long Island Offshore Wind Project: $2.7 to $4.7B

The Long Island–New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative, consisting of Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) filed a lease application with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). This application furthers Governor Cuomo’s clean energy agenda. Earlier this year, the Governor announced the latest awards under New York's Renewable Portfolio Standard program, providing contracts valued at $191 million to 17 renewable energy projects statewide.

CG Responds to Increased Security Zone Violations

The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to an increased number of security zone violations around bridge abutments within the past month in New York Harbor. Coast Guard Sector New York and Station New York watchstanders have deployed several boarding teams in recent weeks to interdict boaters who were inside the 25-yard security zone around bridge abutments. The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters in New York Harbor that the 25-yard area around bridge abutments remains a restricted part of the waterway.

Navy League Honors Prominent Leaders

America's Navy League to honor prominent industry, navy, city and financial leaders at their 111th New York City annual dinner. The following individuals are to be honored by the Navy League  formed 111 years ago in New York City with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt). Daniel F. Admiral William E. Gortney , U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Honorable Raymond W. Joan E. "We are extremely pleased to recognize these individuals," stated Rear Admiral J. Robert Lunney , NYNM (Ret.) president of the New York Council.

Eye on the Navy

On Nov. 2 The amphibious dock landing ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) transits New York Harbor past the World Trade Center site. The ship has 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow and will be commissioned Nov. 7 in New York City. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric M. Durie/Released)  

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

MM&P Hopes to Pad Ranks with Brown Water Mariners

Uniting with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will bring added clout, resources and training to local mariners and open the door to opportunities beyond the East Coast, the union said. Ballots are arriving in the mail this week at the homes of 1,300 area mariners for an election to decide whether local watermen will join a large national union of deck officers who serve on ocean-going ships, and which also represents captains and crews on inland waterways beyond New York Harbor. Ballots will be tabulated and results announced in mid-November.

Riverkeeper Commends Dumping Bill

Riverkeeper, a New York clean water advocate, commended the New York City Council for passing Int. 54-A, a bill substantially increasing penalties for illegal dumping in New York City Waters. The bill, passed unanimously by the City Council, creates a new civil penalty for dumping into the waterways where none currently exists, setting fines at not less than $1,500 or more than $10,000 for the first violation, and not less than $5,000 or more than $20,000 for each subsequent violation.

A USNA Yard Patrol Craft passes the Statue of Liberty as part of the parade of ships, kicking off Fleet Week New York 2015. (Photo courtesy nyonair.com)

Fleet Week Kicks off in New York

Three U.S. Navy ships, two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters, and four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats have arrived in the New York Harbor to participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships. Participating ships include the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Stout (DDG 55), 703-class USNA Yard Patrol boats, and U.S. Coast Guard cutters Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109) and Spencer (WMEC 905). Named in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on Sept.

SUNY Maritime to Host STEM Academy for City Schools

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s fourth annual STEM Academy, which runs July 27 to 31 in Throggs Neck, will provide inner city high school students with a five-day, practical, hands-on program intended to increase student participation and achievement in the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM Academy is open to students attending maritime themed high schools and will build upon the schools’ curriculum. Along with an emphasis on STEM disciplines…

Brfian Stratton, director, Canal Corporation

Volunteers Pitch In for 'Canal Clean Sweep'

Events Linked to Earth Day. More than 100 groups of volunteers are expected to join in for the seventh annual "Canal Clean Sweep" on the weekend of April 20-22, 2012. Sponsoring partners for the "Canal Clean Sweep" are the New York State Canal Corporation, the non-profit Parks & Trails New York, and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. The events along the 524-mile-long Canal system help celebrate Earth Day, April 22, and prepare the canals for the 188th consecutive navigation season, scheduled to begin May 1, weather permitting. Brian U.

EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into the river by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area. The EPA has reviewed the state petition and found that there are adequate facilities around the St. Lawrence for boats to pump out their sewage, rather than dumping it in the water.

Staten Island Ferry Seeks Design Consultant

The New York City Department of Transportation (“DOT”) released an RFP (PIN – 84112SISI627)  on behalf of its Ferry Division for the total design and construction support services for the construction of new and modified Staten Island Ferries. DOT intends to construct new ferry vessels to replace the existing Barberi and Kennedy class ferries based on the design developed by the consultant selected through this RFP. The selected consultant could also be tasked with designing enhancements to the existing Molinari class ferries.

Richard Tomer

Tomer Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Richard Tomer has been named a Regulatory and Permitting Specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Tomer will provide technical regulatory services throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region for resiliency and waterfront projects, with an early focus on post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding. Mr. Tomer comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff from the U.S.

New York, London Juxtaposed by New Maritime Event

On November 13, the newly formed New York Maritime Consortium, a coalition of leaders from New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA), the Maritime Law Association (MLA) and the Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (ASBA), will host an event entitled “New York and London: Perception and Reality”. According to the event’s organizers, key industry figures from the areas of finance, arbitration and law from both sides of the Atlantic have been invited to illustrate the strengths of each jurisdiction, and how the two relate to each other.

Coast Guard Photo

In this photo by the U.S. Coast Guard, a boat crew from Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team Boston escorts the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York as the ship sails into New York Harbor Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. The amphibious transport dock (LPD 21), laid with seven and a half tons of steel from the World Trade Center in its bow, will be comissioned in a ceremony at the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum Nov. 7th. It is the sixth Navy ship to bear the name New York. The…

Staten Island Ferry Strikes St. George Terminal

A team of Coast Guard investigators and inspectors was on scene at the Staten Island Ferry terminal after a ferry struck the pier around 9:30 a.m. on May 8. The ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi reportedly lost propulsion and struck the pier, resulting in serious damage to the facility's ramps and the main decks of the boat above the waterline. There were 252 passengers and 18 crew members onboard at the time of incident. There have been reports of minor injuries. There have been no reports of pollution. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station New York was also on scene after the incident.

Coast Guard: Tanker Runs Aground on Hudson River

NEW YORK - The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a motor tanker running aground on the Hudson River near Stuyvesant, N.Y. Coast Guard Sector New York was notified just after 9 a.m. that the 600-ft.motor tanker, Stena Primorsk, ran aground after it reportedly lost steering while transiting from Albany, N.Y. via the Hudson River, carrying light crude oil. The tanker is currently at anchor nearby Stuyvesant Anchorage. The tanker crew reported that no pollution or injuries resulted from the incident.

NY-NJ Port & Maritime Impact Study

The Significant Economic Impact of the New York-New Jersey Port and Maritime Industry. More than 279,200 jobs generated by activity in the Port of New York and New Jersey, according to a study released today. The independent economic impact study of port operations, prepared by A. Strauss-Wieder Inc., of Westfield, New Jersey, showed that jobs directly associated with port activity increased by nearly 3.5 percent, despite turbulent economic conditions, since the last time a similar comprehensive economic impact analysis was conducted in 2008.

Industry, Government Collaborate on Long Island Sound Casualty Simulation

On September 17, McAllister Towing and Reinauer Transportation will be partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Sector New York in a major simulated marine accident and pollution incident on the waters of Long Island Sound. Responders will be faced with a simulated grounding and subsequent oil spill impacting the waters and shoreline of Connecticut and New York. The exercise is part of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP), a voluntary…

Clay Maitland, NYMAR Chairman

NYMAR’s Celebrates a Milestone

On November 21st, NYMAR (New York Maritime, Inc.) will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary at the offices of Seward & Kissel (1 Battery Place, New York). It was 10 years ago that a group of maritime attorneys, concerned about the changes in business either coming to New York, or originating there, that prompted them to create an organization whose mission is to promote the New York Maritime Cluster (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) as a lucrative and productive forum for international maritime business.