US Consortium Launch Port Bridge Project
In a bid to boost cargo flows, Tappan Zee Constructors, a collaborative project between Fluor, American Bridge, Granite, Traylor Bros. and HDR Engineering, is to build a new ‘Tappan Zee’ highway bridge over the Hudson River in New York, US, according to the JOC.
The project is part of a US$3.9 billion contract with the New York State Thruway Authority, where 30 miles of steel girders are being delivered to build the new bridge.
The girders are being delivered from North Carolina, where they are stored, before being moved onto the Port of North Carolina, and then onto the Port of Coeymans, New York.
Lance Kenworthy, Director of Bulk and Breakbulk Business Development at the Port of North Carolina, said: “They don’t want any scratches or nicks, there’s not a lot of room for error. We had the space and storage to offer them a flexible solution.”
This is the biggest project that the Port of Coeymans has handled, but Coeymans has served as staging area for two other New York-area bridge projects in recent years.
The US and the UAE recently opted into a new port partnership in a bid to strengthen its trading relationship. A Joint Declaration of Collaboration and Cooperation was signed by the Canaveral and Sharjah port authorities.
The Port of Long Beach’s $1 billion Middle Harbor Terminal expansion is also due to open soon, which aims to double the old terminal’s throughput capacity.