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Ports & Terminals — By on November 1, 2012 at 11:52 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, New Jersey – New York/New Jersey ports status update (1 November)
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Anchorage open for lightering
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Post-Sandy update (1 November 2012)
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Conditions at transportation facilities
  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Terminal Holiday Schedule – Election Day (Tue, 6 November) 

 DATE: November 01, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New Jersey New York/New Jersey ports status update (1 November)

As of 0930 hours local time today (1 November), the situation at ports is as follows:
– Stapleton and Bay Ridge Anchorages are being certified and will hopefully be opened by this evening.
– Port Jersey Channel and the North River up to Pier 92 are being surveyed for obstructions. We are hopeful that this will be completed soon.
– KVK and Newark Bay will be surveyed next.  Port Elizabeth and Newark Berths have been surveyed and results are pending.
– Sunken Containers remain an issue – the Buttermilk Channel is closed because of this and the Arthur Kill channel by NYCT is also blocked until further notice of container retrieval.
– East River is Open for tug and barge traffic.
– North River to Albany is open to tug and barge traffic.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Sandy Hook Pilots’ iupdate dated 1 November 2012

DATE: November 01, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Anchorage open for lightering

The Graves End Anchorage in New York is now open to all vessels interested in lightering.
All vessels shall adhere to the usual entry procedures (E-NOA submittal, VTS Approval for entry, Boarding/Exam procedures if necessary, etc.).
Vessels shall work with Sector NY VTS Office at 718-354-4088 to coordinate all arrivals and anchorages. This should not be interpreted as permission to enter the Port without first contacting the VTS Office for approval.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: November 01, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Post-Sandy update (1 November 2012)

The Port of New York remains closed to vessel traffic pending completion of surveys and clearance of any obstructions in the waterways.
Channels: NOAA and US Army Corps of Engineers are in the process of surveying channels to ascertain any underwater obstructions. Waterside access to the Port’s channels is restricted  by US Coast Guard until the surveys and any remediation actions are completed. It is anticipated that the surveys will be completed by this weekend.
Berths: The Port Authority is in the process of surveying berths for any underwater obstructions caused by Hurricane Sandy. It is anticipated that these surveys will be completed this weekend.
Terminals: All terminals sustained damage to varying degrees. They are in the process of assessing damage to cargo and equipment on terminal.  Power has not yet been restored and once it is restored  the terminals can assess the operating capabilities of their equipment.  Estimated time line for restoration of power is at earliest this weekend.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP): CBP is assessing functionality of  portable equipment presently on terminal and will test once electricity is restored. Customs exams stations (CES) are currently reviewing their operational status.
Rail Service: Rail service to and from the Port remains suspended. Rail carriers are in process of assessing any damage to their lines in the area impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Arthur Kill: No survey can currently be conducted in the Arthur Kill. There are many significant spills in the Arthur Kill and oil spill clean-up is udnerway. No indication is yet available yet as to when the spill will be contained and/or when the channel may be available for survey.
New Jersey: Most facilities in New Jersey are still completely without power. Many can still not be assessed as the roadways are obstructed, making it impossible to view the site. Container facilities are starting to clear debris. However, as none have power, there is no way to start the gantry cranes to receive vessels. Once power is restored, at least 8-10 hrs are required to charge the gantry cranes and the channels will need to be cleared by the USCG COTP before they can start receiving vessels.
The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting that communications to the VTS be limited to emergencies only.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: November 01, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Conditions at transportation facilities 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports the following update on conditions at its transportation facilities as of 8:15pm [on 31 October]:
AIRPORTS LaGuardia Airport will open both runways tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, at 7:00am, however carriers will be providing limited service. JFK International, Newark International, and Stewart International Airports are open, but flight service is not fully restored and varies by carrier. Teterboro Airport is open for service during daylight hours. As airports ramp up service this week, passengers are strongly urged to confirm with their individual carriers regarding flight status in the coming days before traveling to the airports. Rail service on AirTrain Newark is fully operational within the airport and to the Northeast Corridor Rail Station. AirTrain JFK remains suspended until further notice. Bus service will be provided to and from the airport and AirTrain JFK stations.
TUNNELS & BRIDGES The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing remain open. The Lincoln Tunnel remains open. The Holland Tunnel is closed under further notice.
PATH All PATH service is suspended until further notice.
PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL Limited bus service resumed this morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Passengers are urged to check with their carrier before leaving for the bus terminal.
WORLD FINANCIAL FERRY TERMINAL Ferries are running between New Jersey and New York from 7am until 6:30pm, starting from Paulus Hook, Weehawken and Hoboken North at 14th Street and going to the World Financial Ferry Terminal in Battery Park City. For further information, customers should go to nywaterway.com.
PORTS The Port Authority’s maritime facilities are closed until further notice. Port Authority staff and engineers remain on site at all Port Authority facilities to inspect conditions and assess damage. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our workers and those who use our facilities. We will resume operations at our facilities as early as possible, but only when it is safe to do so.
For up-to-date information on our facilities, follow us on Twitter @PANYNJ. For further information for New York State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch. For New Jersey, visit www.ready.nj.gov.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Press Release No.173-2102 dated 31 October 2012

DATE: November 01, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Baltimore, Maryland Terminal Holiday Schedule – Election Day (Tue, 6 November)

The Terminal Holiday Schedule listed below is provided by the individual Terminal Operators and is subject to change….
Dundalk Marine Terminal – Amports: OPEN – BalTerm: OPEN – Ceres Marine Terminal: CLOSED – Mid-Atlantic Terminals: CLOSED – Ports America Chesapeake: CLOSED – Ports America Packaging: OPEN – Premier Automotive: OPEN – U.S. Customs: OPEN – WWIB: OPEN – WWL Vehicle Services: OPEN
Seagirt Marine Terminal – ICTF-CSX Corporation: OPEN – Ports America Chesapeake: CLOSED
North Locust Point – Firestone: OPEN – Project Stevedoring: OPEN – Westway: OPEN
South Locust Point – BalTerm: OPEN – U.S. Customs: OPEN
Masonville – Mercedes Benz: OPEN
THERE MAY BE VESSEL ACTIVITY
THE DUNDALK GATE PLAZA WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 5PM
THE MPA BADGING CENTER WILL BE CLOSED
In observance of the Presidential Election Day, State offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 6, 2012
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Maryland Department of Transportation – Port Administration newsletter dated 31 October 2012

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