June 23, 2008
Study: New York needs more dry docks
The New York City area's maritime industry is thriving. So much so, that there is a desperate need for increased dry dock capacity.
The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port on the East Coast and the third largest port in the U.S. For each of the past eight years, the Port has grown at an average of seven percent, representing an overall growth rate in container trades of 54 percent. This increase leads directly to increased demand for maritime support services. For example, a container vessel arriving at the Port might require the services of a pilot boat, two tugs, a fuel barge and a sludge barge. Support service vessels and facilities ideally are available within a reasonable distance from the primary vessel and are expected to operate around the clock seven days a week.
Earlier this month, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the findings and recommendations of its Maritime Support Services Location Study.
SUNY Maritime College was commissioned by NYCEDC and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to conduct the study to examine the economic impact of New York City's maritime industry and associated support services. It was funded in part by New York State’s Department of State through its Environmental Protection Fund.
Based on the expected increase in port activities in New York Harbor, the study found that it is likely that additional dry-dock capacity will be needed to meet future growth. Currently, there is an 18 month waiting time for repair and maintenance for the East Coast tug fleet, forcing many to go out of the region for service. According to the study, about 25 single occupancy dry docks will be needed by 2016.
Among the studies findings:
The study also recommends:
You can download a copy of the full study, HERE