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  • Infrequent kayaking might be New York mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio's only interest in the waterfront

    Sprint to the finish


    We are in the home stretch for the mayoral race in New York, with my candidate John Catsmitides shut out - he lost in the Republican primary to Joe Lhota.

  • Houston was one of few US ports to benefit from TIGER funding. Credit: Roy Luck

    Funding without a strategy


    The interactions of politics and port commerce make for some strange stories: in early September, the US Department of Transportation awarded more than $100m in grants to a dozen recipients in port related projects - with more than half for infrastructure specifically at the ports.

  • Representative Nydia Velazquez, sponsor of the Wterfront of Tomorrow bill

    Welcoming the waterfront of tomorrow


    A New York area Congressional representative, Nydia Velazquez, has introduced the ''Waterfront of tomorrow'' act, legislation that, if it moves forward, would have important impacts on the waterfront around New York, and other ports that are balancing their roles as transport hubs with the concerns of the local citizenry.

  • The local port community needs to voice support. Photo: Dirk Ingo Franke.jpg

    Energy needs a port voice too


    Living in the Northeastern US, it’s impossible not to be thinking about energy issues; in spite of decreases in overall net energy imports, this part of the country is still dependent on imported oil and gas.

  • Will ports and rivers get the short end of the stick? Photo: Kofler Jürgen

    Attention focused on water resources


    From New York, where the Coast Guard has now signed off on the modifications to the Bayonne Bridge, maritime people turned their eyes south to Washington, DC, as the US Senate approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

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    Waterfront issues top the political agenda


    In New York, last year’s Hurricane Sandy has been a game-changer in many ways: a recent panel featuring candidates in the upcoming Mayoral race showed that waterfront issues have moved to the top tier of issues facing the candidates.

  • Shipping's great and good gathered at this year's CMA. Credit: Chris Preovolos

    The shipping industry CMA reboot


    This spring’s Connecticut Maritime Association conference, one of the mainstays of the New York event circuit, suffered from having too many good speeches/sessions happening simultaneously - a happy problem, I guess, for the organisers.

  • The NY Working Harbor Tour puts the port in the public eye. Credit: Tom Giebel

    Putting ports centre stage


    Over the past few years, the New York/New Jersey Working Harbor Committee, a diverse group of local stakeholders, has come together in a big way.

  • New York was all about strike action at the start of the year

    The need to look ahead


    New York is all about labour actions, or so it has seemed at the beginning of 2013. At the start of the year, a possible school bus driver strike garnered more attention than the lurking dockworker strike, but by mid January - with the third “deadline” approaching - negotiations between ...

  • PANYNJ's Port Elizabeth was up and running in no time after Sandy hit

    Make preparations that count


    Shortly after an early July, 2012 ceremony marking the change in command, the newly anointed Captain of the Port in New York, Gordon Loebl, suggested to his team that preparedness plans for hurricanes should be cleaned up, just in case.

  • Will both US presidential candidates keep infrastructure funding on the front burner? Credit: DonkeyHotey

    Election fever takes hold


    As this article is being submitted, the US is in the thick of the election cycle; by the time it appears, the early November election will have been decided. Instead of listening to pundits and debates, shopping and holiday partying will begin in earnest.

  • News

    Learning east coast lessons


    The September ''event season'' included back-to-back appearances by executives from the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation, one aboard “Pier 66”- an old cross-harbour railcar barge converted into a floating restaurant in Chelsea - and the other at the appropriately named Captain’s Ketch, downtown near Wall Street.

  • Fast-tracked US infrastructure funding needs to carefully consider its targets

    Shoot first, aim later


    Vessels presently described as post-panamax will be the new panamax class three years from now when the works are finished in Panama.

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    The positives of private investment


    Port authorities and governmental bodies have a great deal to gain when the deep pockets of big corporate entities are opened up.

  • Drayage must be factored into to US port planning

    A relevant four letter word


    In the world of port logistics, one consistent “four letter word” is D-R-A-Y, which refers to trucking of containers between a yard facility and a link to railways where boxes can move hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles around the country.

  • Space-constrained New York certainly qualifies for automation

    Consider the wider transport system


    Automation is a big thing in the ports business, sometimes crucial to growth, and sometimes less so. At box terminals in New York, where the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post has put labour practices under a microscope, it is vital.

  • Good port lighting aids productivity, which in turn aids local businesses. Credit: Abhijit Patil

    Security funding needs local support


    Port security is full of challenges. The Port of Everett is set to install lighting, courtesy of a $1.3m free ride, fully funded by US port security grants covered within ARRA - a Federal infrastructure funding initiative.

  • John Mica's five-year transport funding plan extols the virtues of a national freight policy. Credit: US Coast Guard

    RAMPing up American port potential


    An important piece of legislation, the Realize America’s Maritime Promise proposal that could free up money for harbor maintenance, is kicking around Washington, DC.

  • Obama administration streamlining might bode well for ports

    Streamlining TWIC and the TSA


    One recent news item in the “streamlining of government” category caught my attention: the Obama administration wants to consolidate a handful of business-facing agencies into the Department of Commerce.

  • With LNG-fuelled ships now becoming a reality, port planners need to consider how to accomodate and supply these newcomers

    A gassy on-dock debate


    Maritime issues, by their nature, always cross boundaries - geographical, economic, or other.