NMMA, MRAA Make Joint $10,000 'Sandy' Contribution
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) today announced a joint donation of $10,000 to the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ)’s Recovery & Relief Fund to provide aid to recreational marine businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. NMMA estimates that the recreational boating industry creates $1.6 billion in annual economic impact in New Jersey. Making up part of the robust marine industry economic impact in New Jersey are approximately 1,140 marine businesses throughout the state that generate an estimated $224 million in labor income for employees. What’s more, these businesses serve an estimated 160,000 registered boats in New Jersey.
NY/NJ Close To Resolving Port Budget
New York and New Jersey are close to reaching an agreement that would break a 17-month deadlock over a port lease that has paralyzed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, according to press reports. Neither New York Gov. George Pataki nor New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman had signed off on the deal as of early Wednesday evening, but both sides expressed hope that the feud might be near an end. According to those with knowledge of the discussions, some of the major terms of the tentative agreement include: Pataki's signing of a 30-year lease for Maersk Sealand's cargo hub at Port Newark-Elizabeth in New Jersey; Whitman's agreement to let the Port Authority spend $250 million on New York transportation projects.…
US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey
The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports. U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS New Jersey. The vessel itself will be seaworthy by 2021, Mabus estimated. It is a nuclear-powered vessel that will never need refueling and should serve in the fleet for 40 years, Mabus said.
Coast Guard, NJ State Marine Police Form Partnership
Rear Adm. David Pekoske, Commander, First Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Sally Brice O’Hara, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District and New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey will formalize an important maritime security partnership at a signing ceremony to be held Liberty State Park at 2 p.m. Thursday. The partnership, known as a Memorandum of Agreement, allows Coast Guard law enforcement crews and New Jersey State Marine patrol officers to better work together to ensure the safety and security of New Jersey’s waters and waterfront facilities, including those in the ports of New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia/Camden. Under the terms of the agreement…
DHS Awards NJ Almost $11m
The U.S. Preparedness (OHSP) Richard L. Cañas said. Another $2.7 million in port funding went to New Jersey private companies and a municipality in the two port areas. $27.3 million for the New York/New Jersey port region. grant for this port. awarded almost $4.8 million, a portion of which will be spent on security projects that will benefit New Jersey. In the Delaware Bay region made up of ports in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, Cañas said that OHSP was awarded almost $3.1 million, the largest single grant of a total of nearly $13.3 million provided to the port region. its police and fire departments and four private energy companies received a total of $242,500.
Agreement to Boost Asian Trade for Port of NY/NJ
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Panama Canal Authority will sign an agreement designed to boost trade between Asia and the Port of New York and New Jersey at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 17, at the Newark Club in downtown Newark, N.J. Asia is the leading trading partner of the New York-New Jersey port, providing a wide range of goods for this region's 18 million consumers, including furniture, sporting goods, footware and toys. There currently are 13 shipping lines that provide service between Asia and the port through the Panama Canal.
Seastreak New Jersey To Be Christened
Local and state dignitaries will converge on the Monmouth County waterfront to take part in the official unveiling and christening of the M/V SeaStreak New Jersey. and East 34th St. in Manhattan. The christening ceremony will be held on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, Pier 6 in Atlantic Highlands. Honoring an ancient tradition and officially naming the vessel will be its Godmother, Miss New Jersey Julie Barber. Among those participating in the ceremony will be a representative of the Coast Guard Reverend Peter Larom of the Seaman's Church in Manhattan. Highlands and South Amboy have also been invited to participate in the festivities.
Seastreak Launches M/V Seastreak New Jersey
Seastreak America Inc. has added another catamaran ferry to its service within the New York City commuter market with the December 10, 2001 launch of M/V Seastreak New Jersey. The 141-ft. (42.9-m), 400 passenger high speed catamaran will provide daily commuter ferry service from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, N.J. to Pier 11 near Wall Street and East 34th Street in Manhattan. SeaStreak New Jersey is the sister ship of SeaStreak New York and joins the fleet of the 300-passenger SeaStreak Manhattan and SeaStreak Liberty, which also provides commuter services between central New Jersey and Manhattan; the 149-passenger Seastreak Brooklyn accommodates commuters between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Congress Approves More than $130M for Port of NY/NJ Projects
Critical channel-deepening and environmental projects at the Port of New York and New Jersey will continue to advance under a funding bill approved this week by Congress. The deeper channels will allow new, larger ships to enter the harbor, maintaining the port’s competitive edge as the leading port on the east coast of North America. The fiscal year 2004 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which funds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, includes $110 million for channel-deepening projects in the port. The funding will allow for the continuation of federal channel-deepening projects under construction in the Kill van Kull-Newark Bay, the Arthur Kill and Port Jersey channels.
Port of NY/NJ has Record-Breaking Year
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey today joined Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal to hail a record-breaking year for the Port of New York and New Jersey as he announced the 2003 international trade statistics. The largest port on the east coast of North America saw its container volumes grow by more than eight percent and the value of total cargo in the port increased nearly 12 percent. Governor McGreevey said, “Now more than ever, the Port of New York and New Jersey is a vital economic engine for the state of New Jersey and the entire region. These impressive statistics for 2003 are not just cold numbers on a balance sheet. They represent real jobs for New Jerseyans and opportunities for New Jersey businesses.
BOEM and New Jersey Pact to Identify Sand Resources
As a part of President Obama's continuing commitment to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and promote resilient coastal systems, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of New Jersey signed a two-year cooperative agreement totaling $400,000 to identify sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning. The agreement will help BOEM and New Jersey conduct research that will help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy…
Two Bills from New Jersey
Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 89, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the New Jersey State Legislature to legalize riverboat gaming if a bordering state authorizes casino gaming. Also, Assembly 983, sponsored by Assemblymen Kenneth C. LeFevre (R) and Francis J. Blee (R), would prohibit cruise-to-nowhere gaming from New Jersey. Both bills are carried over from last year, and were referred to the Assembly Commerce, Tourism, Gaming and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee,
State Assembly to Hear Port Concerns
A dispute over the pending takeover of major U.S. shipping terminals, including Port Newark in New Jersey, will be addressed February 27 by state lawmakers. The state Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee is to consider a resolution condemning the Bush administration's approval of a deal permitting a firm owned by the United Arab Emirates government from taking over operations at the northern New Jersey container terminal. The committee will also consider other resolutions demanding that President Bush reconsider and reverse the decision involving Dubai Ports World. The Bush administration has been assailed in Congress by Republicans and Democrats for permitting Dubai Ports World to assume port operations.
NEWS:NY/NJ to Receive Federal Funds
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide approximately $54.8 million for ferry-related projects in the New York City-Northern New Jersey metropolitan area to support the expansion of interstate ferry services due to the loss of Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. This funding for ferry-related projects supplements $100 million that was previously approved by FTA and distributed to the region for emergency transit capital improvements, and is a part of President Bush's $20 billion commitment to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan. "Today we are providing $54.8 million dollars in funding to support the much needed expansion of interstate ferry services," said Mineta.
Corps Awards Second Contract to Deepen Arthur Kill Channel
The U.S. deepening the Arthur Kill channel to 41 feet. Island, New York. here in the Port of New York and New Jersey," said Col. Richard J. Jr., the Corps New York District Engineer. harbor to meet the growing economic need for goods and services. quality of this very important estuary. the environment. York and New Jersey. Deepening project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2007. performed by Donjon Marine Co. of Hillside, New Jersey. Jersey and then used beneficially to close area landfills. cubic yards of rock to be deposited at an artificial reef site. Jersey. emission control systems. New Jersey area. increase of 12 percent in just a year. associated with transporting the goods into the region by landside methods.
News:Congress Approves More than $130M for Port of NY/NJ Projects
Critical channel-deepening and environmental projects at the Port of New York and New Jersey will continue to advance under a funding bill approved this week by Congress. The deeper channels will allow new, larger ships to enter the harbor, maintaining the port's competitive edge as the leading port on the east coast of North America. The fiscal year 2004 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which funds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, includes $110 million for channel-deepening projects in the port. The funding will allow for the continuation of federal channel-deepening projects under construction in the Kill van Kull-Newark Bay, the Arthur Kill and Port Jersey channels.
New Jersey Bans
New Jersey's governor signed into law a bill prohibiting the operation of gaming "cruises to nowhere" from the state. The gaming prohibition does not apply to "gambling activity conducted on U.S.-flagged or foreign-flagged vessels during travel from a foreign nation or another state or possession of the U.S. up to the point of first entry into New Jersey waters, or during travel to a foreign nation or another state or possession of the U.S. from the point of departure from New Jersey waters." Assembly No. 983, sponsored by Assemblyman Kenneth LeFevre (R-Atlantic) and Francis Blee (R-Atlantic) took effect immediately upon signing.
Giant Container Terminal Expansion for U.S. Port
Global Container Terminals Inc. Global Container Terminals Inc., a leading North American marine terminal operator with facilities on both coasts, has unveiled final plans for a multi-million dollar expansion project to develop a 70-acre technologically advanced container terminal on the Bayonne, NJ, waterfront. When complete, Global Terminal at Port Jersey will be the most advanced marine terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The expanded facility, scheduled to open in 2014, will improve the competitiveness of the Port of New York and New Jersey with a world-class terminal designed to handle the largest container vessels at greater throughput density per acre.
US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that 343,833 acres offshore New Jersey will be offered for commercial wind energy development in a competitive lease sale on November 9, 2015. If fully developed, the New Jersey Wind Energy Area could support at least 3,400 megawatts of commercial wind generation, enough to power an estimated 1.2 million homes, according to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
ExxonMobil Announces NJ Floating Offshore LNG Terminal
Exxon Mobil Corporation announced plans to seek regulatory approval for BlueOcean Energy, a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal that will create a gateway to global supplies of clean-burning natural gas to help meet the growing energy needs of New Jersey and New York. The project will have the capacity to supply about 1.2 billion cu. ft. of natural gas per day. Anchored approximately 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey – and reportedly not visible from the shore – the more than $1 billion terminal will be far from shore and away from shipping lanes…
NJ Governor Christie: $11M Ferry Building Deal for Tuckahoe Shipyard
New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore and Yank Marine President & Founder John C. Yank Jr. of Tuckahoe today announced an $11 million contract to build two state-of-the-art ferries, the first NY Waterway ferries built in the Garden State since the Weehawken-based ferry service started service December 3, 1986. The new catamaran ferries, financed by NY Waterway…
U.S. seeks records on NY-NJ Port Authority chairman
(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records regarding the business dealings of the agency's chairman, David Samson, according to media reports on Monday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is interested in particular in any potential conflicts of interest between Samson's role as chairman and his private law firm, Wolff & Samson, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. Pressure has been building on Samson, an appointee of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, since his name surfaced in documents related to September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, which caused gridlock over four days as an alleged act of political retribution against a New Jersey mayor.
Entertainment Cruises Plans Cruise Boat Renovation
Spirit of New Jersey Schedules $1.5 Million Renovation for Completion in Spring 2012. Entertainment Cruises, the largest harbor cruise company in the United States, today announced that plans are underway for a $1.5 million renovation of the Spirit of New Jersey, scheduled for completion in time for the spring/summer season. It will feature quality improvement initiatives aimed at modernizing the vessel and providing a fresh and trendy dining and entertainment experience. The Spirit of New Jersey renovation will showcase a contemporary design featuring innovative lighting and a delightful composition of color, patterns and texture in its new bars, carpet, chairs and overall atmosphere.