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20-Dec-2017

GOETHALS BRIDGE DEMOLITION OPERATIONS (REVISION NO.6)
New York, United States
NO CHANGE TO PORT TARIFF FOR 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden
Goethals Bridge demolition operations (Revision No.6)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, New York, United States

KWMJV/R.E. Pierson Construction has begun demolition of the old Goethals Bridge. The contractor is currently preparing the Suspended Span for lowering to barges in the navigable channel.

This phase of the demolition will entail hot work and periodic crane operations at a maximum of 130ft inside the navigable channel. The contractor will have a spotter monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13 to facilitate the suspension of hot work during vessel transits underneath the bridge.

The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges.

The Suspended Span will be lowered to barges in the center of the navigable channel over a 36-hour period in late December 2017. This lowering operation will result in a 36-hour maximum closure of the navigable channel.

The tentative, revised time frame for this 36-hour channel closure is TENTATIVELY scheduled for the following dates:

  • Primary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 29th to 0600 on Sunday Dec 31stVessels will not be able to transit between Morses Creek (south of the Goethals Bridge) and the Arthur Kill Railroad Bridge (north of the Goethals Bridge) during these times.

Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) will be establishing a VTS Measure enforcing a No Meeting/No Overtaking Zone as the main span is transported from the Goethals Bridge site to Berth 36 at Port Newark. The transit time is fluid and may be impacted by on-scene wind speeds. This transit is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 30, from approximately 1200-1800. VTSNY will provide updates once the final transit times are established.

From January 2018 through June 2018 the Cantilevered Span on each side of the navigable channel will be dismantled via crane barge. Dismantling operations will take place first on the New Jersey side of the waterway, then transition to the New York side of the waterway. Barge placement will be a maximum of 155 ft inside the navigable channel on the New Jersey side of the waterway, and 265 ft inside the navigable channel on the New York side of the waterway. The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges. While vessels will move on demand when requested to promote safe navigation in the area, mariners are reminded that excessive movement requests that do not increase safe navigation may result in the bridge demolition operation taking longer than expected to finish.

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, New York Sector, Advisory Notice (CGAN 2017-009) dated 19 December 2017

No change to port tariff for 2018
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg Port Authority has opted to keep the port tariff unchanged for the third year in succession. The charges for 2018 will thus be on the same level as 2015.

Port charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg. The charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety…

The Port Tariff is available at www.portofgothenburg.com/porttariff

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extract from www.portofgothenburg.com

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