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Ports & Terminals — By on November 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Immingham – Maintenance closure of jetties
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Conditions at NY transportation facilities
  • United States, New York, NewYork – New York/New Jersey port status update 

DATE: November 02, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Immingham Maintenance closure of jetties

The Immingham West Jetty Berths will be closed for maintenance from 0900 on 19 November to 2100 hours on 20 November (36 hours).
To ensure that the closed berths are clear of shipping, berthings prior to the above times will be restricted, dependent on expected cargo handling times and sailing windows.
For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: November 02, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Conditions at NY transportation facilities

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports the following update on conditions at its transportation facilities as of 2:45pm [on 1 November].
AIRPORTS LaGuardia Airport opened both runways today at 7:00am. Carriers are providing limited service but are continuing to ramp up operations throughout the day. JFK International opened a third runway today and the airport is fully operational. Airlines are continuing to restore full flight schedules; however, flight service will vary by carrier. Newark Liberty International is fully operational and airlines continue to increase service. Stewart International Airport is operating normally. Teterboro Airport is open for service during daylight hours, with both runways operating.
We remind all airline passengers to confirm flight times, departures and arrivals with the airline carriers before traveling to the airports.
AirTrain JFK has resumed limited service. Service is available between Jamaica Terminal and Federal Circle, and from Federal Circle to Howard Beach Station. Port Authority buses will provide shuttle service between Federal Circle and the passenger terminals. In keeping with the State of New York’s transit emergency status, AirTrain JFK fares are suspended Thursday, November 1, and Friday, November 2.
AirTrain Newark continues to operate at full service taking passengers to the NEC where they can take Amtrak (limited services) to Newark Penn Station and Philadelphia. AirTrain Newark fares are suspended Thursday, November 1, and Friday, November 2.
TUNNELS AND BRIDGES The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and Lincoln Tunnel remain open. Motorists are advised that the City of New York is not allowing vehicles with fewer than three passengers to cross the Lincoln Tunnel and enter Manhattan between the hours of 6 AM and midnight. The Holland Tunnel remains closed until further notice.
PATH All PATH service is suspended until further notice.
PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL Greyhound Bus service into and out of the PABT resumed today. Commuter bus carriers continue to add service, and all PABT retail tenants are open for business. Passengers are urged to check with carriers 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, assess damage, and perform repair work. 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 quickly as possible consistent with safe operations.
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.174-2102 dated 1 November 2012

DATE: November 02, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork New York/New Jersey port status update 

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Post-Sandy Update No.4 issued at 21:00 hours on 1 November 2012 reports the following:
QUOTE…. CHANNELS NOAA and US Army Corps of Engineers have completed surveys of approaches to Port and major channels east of the Kill Van Kull (KvK) and have not found any major obstructions. Results of KvK, Arthur Kill to New York Container Terminal and Port Newark Channel to Elizabeth and Port Newark results should be available tomorrow.
BERTHS We have completed approximately 75% of the soundings for all berths at Port Authority facilities and results should be available tomorrow.
TERMINALS Clean up of Sandy damage has progressed to point that terminals are ready to power up their equipment once electricity is restored to the Port facilities. It is expected that power to several major terminal operators will be restored tomorrow by PSE&G.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) CBP’s mobile equipment is ready for operation. Radiation inspection portals will be tested once power is restored. Three of the four Customs Exam Stations are in operation and CBP cleared cargo through them today.
RAIL Conrail and major rail carriers are ready to provide service to Port once terminals have restored power and are moving cargo.
Port Authority facilities are still closed to traffic not associated directly with current terminal and facility operations. ….UNQUOTE.
Further: – Lower Bay, East River and North River are OPEN to all commercial traffic – Upper Bay is OPEN to all commercial traffic with the exception of: Bay Ridge Channel, Red Hook Channel and Buttermilk Channel which are CLOSED to all traffic – Kill Van Kull is OPEN to LIGHT TUGS ONLY – Arthur Kill is CLOSED to all traffic. The Arthur Kill spill cleanup is still underway. Commercial transit through this region is not permitted, however heavy lift equipment with permission from USCG is being permitted in some cases at their own risk and understanding of the spill for emergency purposes. It will be some time until the spill will be cleaned and available for survey. – Stapleton, Bay Ridge and Gravesend Anchorage are OPEN – Ambrose to Narrows to Manhattan cruise terminal is surveyed and open – Ambrose to Bayonne Cruise Terminal is surveyed and open – Port Jersey has been surveyed and is being evaluated – Ambrose and Sandy Hook channels are being surveyed – No recreation vessels are permitted in New York Harbor.
Below is the list of terminals currently able to receive barges in New York Harbor: BP Brooklyn Hess Port Reading Lefferts Oil Castle Port Morris in the Bronx Hess First Reserve Hess Bronx Bayside Fuel Shore Parkway Bayside Fuel Grand Street Fred Schildwater, Bronx Con Ed 59th, Brooklyn
Please coordinate with VTS for any movements through these terminals.
NO OTHER TERMINALS ARE AVAILABLE YET.  Assessments/surveys continue in the remaining channels and at facilities.
Most New Jersey facilities remain without power and/or have sustained damage of some sort.
Rail is coming online in many locations and continues to be assessed at others for possible obstructions.
There are no restrictions for Albany, Philadelphia or Baltimore.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

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