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Crane On Barge Strikes Scaffolding On NYC Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Crane Accident A crane being towed on a barge has struck scaffolding attached to the underside of New York City's Brooklyn Bridge.The Fire Department of New York says there are no reports of injuries in Tuesday night's accident. Officials say there doesn't appear to be any structural damage to the bridge, which crosses the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn.About 20 feet of scaffolding on the underside of the bridge was damaged. The scaffolding was being used by workers to repaint the bridge, designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark.The accident caused heavy traffic delays on the bridge and its approaches.Source: Huffington Post

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NY-NJ Port to Spend $361 Million on Maritime Projects

Port authority's 2012 budget calls for spending $15.2 million to raise Bayonnne Bridge The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2012 plans to spend $345.9 million on seaport projects and another $15.2 million on work related to the planned elevation of the Bayonne Bridge.The capital budget is part of the agency's preliminary $3.66 billion budget for capital spending on all projects next year, including bridges, tunnels, airports and the World Trade Center. The authority's preliminary budget for all spending totals $7 billion, which it said keeps operating expenses "virtually flat and maintains headcount at the lowest level in 40 years."The agency allocates the largest amount of spending, $87.4 million, on development of the Global Terminal on the Port Jersey Peninsula in Bayonne and Jersey City. The money will also be used to improve intermodal rail and roads to 98-acre terminal.The second-largest capital project involves spending of $58.3 million on the development of a rail ramp at the Greenville Yards, which the authority acquired in 2010.The budget allocates $36.3 million for capital projects at the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island, including $29 million on dredging. The agency plans to spend $12.4 million on the revival of ...

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Canada Ramps up Pressure on NY over BWT

Canada has no intention of allowing the state of New York to dictate ballast water regulations Well-attended ballast water policy teleconference briefing by the Canadian Minister of Transport served notice that Canada has no intention of allowing the state of New York to dictate ballast water regulations, nor impede commerce on the St. Laurence Seaway.The message delivered by Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Pierre Poilievre, was simple enough: we do not agree with the state of New York on ballast water issues and we will not allow our ocean commerce to suffer because of it. The teleconference, broadcast from Ottawa, provided a briefing on ballast water requirements on the St. Lawrence Seaway.Poilievre told journalists on Thursday morning, "Canada is very concerned with the New York ballast water standard." Referring to New York's position of a ballast water treatment standard that is 100 times more stringent than the IMO's soon-to-be-ratified benchmark, he added that New York's position, if enforced, could shut down traffic, domestic trade and trade with the United States. Today, Poilievre is scheduled to be in New York to discuss Canadian concerns with ...

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