On Thursday, May 20, the CMA CGM Marco Polo sailed through the Kill Van Kull on its way to Port Elizabeth. The Marco Polo is the largest ship ever to call on an East Coast port. When it was launched in 2013, the Marco Polo was the largest ship in the world. The vessel is five city blocks long. It is longer than the height of the Empire State Building.
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and representatives from the Port Authority walked up the new walkway of the Bayonne Bridge to get a view of the Marco Polo. While up there, the Mayor met little Vincenzo Robert Biancho and his parents Robert Flannery and Kristy Cranston. Vincenzo is the grandson of Robert Flannery Sr., who was the Harbor Pilot guiding the Marco Polo through the Kill Van Kull. Mayor Davis said, â€œIt was very exciting to see such a large vessel pass under the Bayonne Bridge and transport consumer goods to a New Jersey port. The occasion should remind all of us of the importance of shipping to our regional economy.â€
The escort vessels were provided by the Moran Towing Corporation. New York Police Department boats provided maritime security. Helicopters provided protection overhead.
The Marco Polo, a container vessel, was carrying well over 200 containers that bore the names of such shipping companies as Evergreen, China Shipping, Cosco, APL, and CMA CGM, the French company that owns the ship. CMA CGM has 566 vessels that do business at 420 ports in 160 countries.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey highlighted the arrival of the Marco Polo. The ship was able to sail through the Kill Van Kull to Port Elizabeth due to the Port Authorityâ€™s recent raise-the-roadway project at the Bayonne Bridge.
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided new information to the City of Bayonne about the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
Construction at most bridge piers on the Bayonne side of the bridge has been completed.Â At Piers N6 and N7, between 1st and 2ndStreets, pipe struts are being installed.Â The gantry should launch to this location during February. At Pier N8, which is between 2nd Street and Gertrude Street, the roadway segmentsâ€™ closure pour is in process. Continue reading Bayonne Bridge Construction Update→
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided the City of Bayonne with updated information on the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
At Pier N2, south of 1st Street, by the Kill Van Kull shoreline, work continues onÂ constructing footings.
At Piers N3, N4, and N5, south of 1st Street, work has been completed for now.
Â At Piers N6 & Pier N7,Â north of 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Streets), the PortÂ Authority will be working in this area until December.Â Drill shaft work and excavationÂ are under way for sixteen footings. Continue reading Bayonne Bridge Construction Update→
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised the City of Bayonne concerning the latest developments in the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
The assembly of the gantry is 95% complete.Â The gantry will have a load and performance test on December 8. This gantry will carry the pre-cast roadway slabs to the new piers.Â The piers are the columns that will hold up the roadway.Â The crane height will start at 120 feet and then grow to 300 feet once it gets closer to the Kill Van Kull.Â The crane started constructing new piers on November 14 near Margaret Street and 5th Street. The gantry base is at 6th Street and travels the entire length of the bridge.Â Sometime this fall, another crane will be in service working on the south end of Bayonne near 1st Street. Continue reading Bayonne Bridge Construction Update from the City of Bayonne→
Â The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised the City of Bayonne that the Bayonne Bridge will have a â€œhold and pullâ€ traffic operation on Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days.Â Â â€œHold and pullâ€ means that the Port Authority will stop traffic in each direction for fifteen minutes.Â Â The Port Authority is using this alternating traffic pattern for those two days, in order to install delineators, which were knocked out. Delineators are rubber devices that separate traffic into lanes.Â Â
Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the Bayonne Bridge for part of the morning of Sunday, October 14, for an emergency drill. The drill scenario is a head-on collision between a box truck and a passenger vehicle, creating a fully engulfed fire along with cascading accidents on the approach roadways. This drillwill require a full closure of the bridge and its pedestrian sidewalkbetween the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 9:00 am at the Bayonne Bridge on Sunday, October 14. During the hours that the Bayonne Bridge is closed that day, drivers and pedestrians who use the bridge will need to seek alternate routes or change their travel times. Continue reading Bayonne Bridge to Close for Part of Morning on October 14 for Emergency Drill→
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