New NYK Panamax Vessels Arrive at NYCT

Robert Gaffney with the Captain of the NYK Delphinus and Peter Mastandrea, NYK's Executive Vice President Operations.

The Port Authority's Robert Gaffney, Manager Industry Relations, presented the traditional maiden voyage plaque to the Master of the M/V NYK Diana upon the vessel's arrival at the New York Container Terminal on February 21, 2008. The vessel, which is operated by NYK Line, is one of seven newly built container ships that will be serving the Port of New York and New Jersey from the Far East on a weekly basis. M/V NYK Diana discharged and loaded a total of 1,755 containers at the NYCT facility prior to departing for other stops en route to the Panama Canal.

On board the M/V NYK Demeter, Robert Gaffney presents the traditional maiden voyage plaque to the vessel's Captain. With them are Gregory Tuthill, Senior Vice President Operations, Dan Sheehy, Director Marine & Terminals.

Upon the arrival of the M/V NYK Diana to the Port of NY & NJ, Robert Gaffney made a presentation to the vessel's Captain and Peter Mastandrea, NYK's Executive Vice President Operations.
A few weeks earlier, the Diana's sister ship, the 965-foot, 4,900 TEU NYK Demeter arrived at NYCT. One month earlier, Gaffney presented a similar plaque to the Master of the NYK Delphinus, also upon arrival at New York Container Terminal after a 21-day voyage from Shanghai via the Panama Canal. The vessel discharged 1,246 TEU's, mostly originating from China. These are three of seven new NYK vessels. They are all Panamax ships built to the maximum size allowed through the canal: 965 feet long, 106 feet wide, with a canal draft of 39.6 feet.

Industry Briefing Event Held in Melville, Long Island

Augie LoBue, representing FAPS, Inc, an auto processor located at Port Newark, gave a brief presentation in Melville, Long Island.

The first Port Industry Briefing of 2008 was held on February 21 at the Melville Marriott Long Island, in Melville, NY. Approximately 40 customers attended the luncheon co-hosted by the New York Shipping Association (NYSA). There is a large amount of cargo coming through the port from shippers based on Long Island. The purpose of this briefing was to thank them for their support and to advise them of the terminal redevelopment, channel deepening, rail infrastructure improvements and the 2008-2017 Port Authority Capital Plan, which will continue those activities. In addition to Port Authority staff, representatives of NYSA, American Stevedoring, FAPS, Inc., East Coast Warehouse and Harbor Freight also made presentations.


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