As part of the Port Authority’s bridge construction program, the Board of Commissioners today awarded a $743.3 million contract to Skanska Koch, Inc. / Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (JV) team as part of a $1.29-billion program to increase the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge. The project will raise the deck by 64 feet and provide drivers with a new, modern roadway with safer 12-foot lanes, shoulders, a median divider and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway. It also will provide the capability for future mass transit options across the span.
With the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) stated there are both positive and concerning aspects of the budget pertaining to ports and the efficient and secure movement of freight.
Rentech, Inc., a NYSE-listed international supplier of wood chips and nitrogen fertilizer, announced its acquisition of Georgia-based Fulghum Fibres, Inc. and the acquisition of two facilities to produce wood pellets in Ontario, along with contracts for the sale and transport of more than four million tonnes of wood pellets over ten years. The acquisition provides Rentech with a platform to launch into the growing and complementary global wood pellet industry. The acquisition also brings with it a joint venture with Graanul Invest, a large European producer of pellets, for the development and construction of pellet plants in the U.S. and Canada.
By Mark Cardwell
Major repairs over the next three years to the quay used by the Canadian Coast Guard in Quebec City is forcing Port officials to consider alternative docking spaces for the dozens of cruise ships that visit the picturesque provincial capital annually. “It’s created a bit of a logistical challenge,” said the Director of Cruise Ship Operations at Port of Quebec, Nancy Houley. “We have had to juggle things around – but we’ll be ready.”
The federal government is launching a second round of funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program to improve air quality at Canadian ports. Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the local electrical grid in order to power their on-board systems while docked.