The Port Authority’s Engineering Department constantly studies traffic patterns at all Port Authority facilities to troubleshoot future problems.
“It’s an incredibly proactive approach,” says Tom Clyne, Program Manager for Port Planning. “Roads are not a static thing. They have to grow in order to fit the evolving needs of their region and community.”
Port Authority engineers routinely examine existing traffic conditions and forecast what those conditions will become based on projected increases in population, commerce, technology, and so on. Working with the tenants’ business projections, they predict when the current system of roads will reach their capacity and develop a project outline to address the situation in a timely manner.
“The goal, of course,” says Clyne, “is to maintain our system of roads so the flow of imports and exports is never unduly affected.”
Whether it be at LaGuardia, JFK, Stewart International, the George Washington Bridge, or the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels … name a Port Authority facility and the Engineering Department is on the scene, coming up with new ideas to help the region grow. So what does this mean for the Port of New York & New Jersey?
A comprehensive Port Authority study of the entire roadway system at Port Newark and the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal (EPAMT) was completed in 2007. This study identified numerous locations that required realignment, widening and/or traffic signalization improvements to increase capacity and enhance safety.
According to Clyne: “The harbor’s waterways are on track to receive the new Super Post Panamax freighters that will carry larger cargo quantities than ever before. Our roads are the circulatory system of our port, so we have to make sure they’re capable of handling this increase in volume. The focus for planning moves inland now. From this point forward, we’re investing approximately $400 million in the port’s system of roads over the next ten years.”
This shift in funding represents more than a tenfold increase in funding for the port’s roads. Separate from the roadway capital investment is the authorization of $1 billion to raise the roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge.
Already underway is the realignment of the McLester Street Curve; approximately $30.5 million has been allocated for this undertaking. The existing turn from North Avenue onto McLester Street is currently 90 degrees with a grade. Trucks driving too fast at the turn risk flipping over. If an accident occurs, it threatens to shut down the entire southern portion of the Port of New York and New Jersey for significant periods of time. The current plan calls to super-elevate the curve so that gravity slows trucks coming from either direction as they ascend the grade. The curve will also feature a slight bank that, in tandem with the truck’s velocity, will help to prevent any cargo shifting that might occur as the vehicle negotiates the turn.
At the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors on June 30, 2011, $3.7 million was authorized for planning and preliminary design work in connection with the reconstruction and realignment of portions of Port Street, Corbin Street, Kellogg Street, the Corbin Street ramp, and related intersections at Port Newark. Collectively, this project is known as the Port Street Capacity Improvements Project. The project will enhance the safety of a critical access point into and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and dovetails with another major project, The North Cargo Area and Port Street Improvement Program, which received an authorization of $34.5 million at the Board meeting that took place on December 7, 2010.
The North Cargo Area and Port Street Improvement Program improves the network of roads serving Port Newark, as well as Newark Liberty International airport’s long term parking. The project’s many facets include widening and realigning parts of the existing road to three lanes to improve throughput and sight lines, while adding a fourth lane dedicated solely for turning. The North Cargo Area and Port Street Improvement Program area lies immediately to the west of, and abuts, the Port Street Capacity Improvements area.
When completed, both projects will provide local capacity and safety benefits stemming from the replacement of outmoded structures, as well as a more efficient traffic flow from U.S. Routes 1 & 9, Interstate 78, Doremus Avenue, and the New Jersey Turnpike to Port Newark and the EPAMT.
Brian Kobza of the Port Authority recently presented an award to Mr. Herbert Lin (left), Executive Vice President for Evergreen Lines. In 2010, Evergreen became one of four ocean carriers to participate in the Port Authority's Low Sulfur Fuel program (other participants included Yang Ming, MOL, and APL).
The Low Sulfur Fuel Initiative seeks to green the environment surrounding the Port of New York and New Jersey by having participating vessels reduce their speed when entering the Port of New York and New Jersey. Lowering vessel speed from approximately 14 knots to 10 reduces pollutants, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, vessels participating in the Low Sulfur Fuel Initiative switch to cleaner 0.2 percent sulfur diesel for travel within 20 nautical miles of the NY/NJ Harbor, as well as while they are berthed at a Port Authority marine terminal. This provides more than a 92 percent immediate reduction in sulfur pollutants. For more information on the Low Sulfur Fuel Initiative, please visit here.
A generation before the Civil War – in the days of daguerreotypes, clipper ships, and muskets – members of the Philadelphia Young Men's Auxiliary and Missionary Society conceived the idea of offering church and mission services specifically geared toward seamen.
One of the Society's first ventures was a 75-foot high, 600-seat church that floated on the Delaware River. Built in 1848, the floating chapel was moored at Dock & Spruce Streets in the Society Hill district of Philadelphia. In New York City, two more floating chapels, The Floating Church of Our Savior for Seamen and The Floating Church of the Holy Comforter, were added at Dey Street, North River and the Pike Street slip, East River respectively.
From left to right on the dais: Mr. David S. French, Chairman of the Board, The Seaman's Church Institute; The Right Reverend Mark Beckwith, Bishop of Newark; (at the podium) The Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director, The Seamen's Church Institute; Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director, PANYNJ; Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor, NJ
Today, more than 175 years later, the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) plays in integral role in a community of 150 port ministries throughout the shores and waterways of North America, and 750 port ministries internationally. The old floating churches have faded away, but SCI continues to pursue its mission with such projects as its newly-constructed Chapel of the Redeemer.
Located inside the SCI Center, the new worship space now serves visiting seafarers, the maritime industry, All Souls' Church of the Deaf, and the local community. According to a dispatch by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, "[The Chapel of the Redeemer] will offer the more than 15,000 annual visitors to SCI an inspiring non-denominational chapel where they can reflect and worship together and individually."
The Seaman's Church Institute's "Chapel of the Redeemer," as viewed from the outside.
Seamen's Church Institute is a non-profit, ecumenical service agency called by faith to provide for the human needs of seafarers, always without prejudice and in the spirit of God's grace. Per the Institute's website: "We recognize the invaluable service members of the maritime community provide for us and our local economy, and we are proud to befriend and defend them in times of need or hardship."
On July 5, Robert LaMura joined the Port Commerce Department of the Port Authority of NY & NJ as Manager, Ocean Carriers and Beneficial Cargo Owners in the department’s Strategic Analysis and Industry Relations Division.
A veteran with over thirty years in the maritime field, Mr. LaMura brings experience in operations, sales, marketing, and business development at the district, regional, and corporate levels for existing and startup maritime companies. He has held positions at U.S. Lines, Sea-Land, CMA-CGM (America), and MOL (America). Most recently, he was Marine Stevedoring Commercial Director at Port Newark Container Terminal, Ports America in Port Newark. Mr. LaMura earned a Masters Degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts and his Bachelors of Arts from Tarkio College in Missouri.
In his new position, Mr. LaMura will manage Port Authority staff responsible for developing and maintaining contact with ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners in the container, break bulk, bulk, and vehicle shipping business. He will also develop marketing programs and business initiatives to promote business at the Port of NY & NJ. Please join us in welcoming Robert LaMura to the Port Authority and wishing him well in his new position!
Federal grant funds for the original Truck Replacement Program (TRP) expire on September 30, 2011 and cannot be extended. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey invites independent owner-operators and trucking companies that own trucks Model Year 2003 and older to participate in the TRP. In order to complete the process in time, applications to take advantage of this latest round of grant funding are due on August 1, 2011 and must be submitted to The Truck Replacement Center (TRC), near the new SeaLink office at:
1180 McLester Street, Suite 8
Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal
The Port Authority held a Grant Workshop on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The workshop helped truck owners learn how to apply for a TRP grant and low-interest financing. Participants also had the opportunity to meet and network with members of the TRP Dealership Network to see what's new in the latest truck inventory.
Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase a newer, more fuel-efficient truck before time runs out!
For more information, or to start the application process and receive expert assistance, please call 877-309-1680 or visit www.replacemytruck.org.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN TRC HOURS:
In order to provide additional assistance to our applicants and to respond to interested participants, TRC Helpline hours have been extended on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.
For the week of July 18 – 22, the TRC will be open Monday and Tuesday (July 18 and 19) only, 9 – 5 p.m.
For the week of July 25 – 29 (one week before the application deadline), the TRC will be open 9 – 5 p.m. on Monday (7/25), Wednesday (7/27), and Friday (7/29).