OHNY’s program coordinator, Hae-In, recently took a boat tour run by the Working Harbor Committee. Departing from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport aboard the Zephyr, the tour takes you from the Brooklyn waterfront to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. On the way the boat passes by Staten Island and the tugboat companies, oil docks, and marine repair facilities in Kill Van Kull, as well as Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Red Hook Channel, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Although Manhattan’s waterfront used to be a major shipping port, container ships now dock in New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn, due to the size and capacity of modern container ships, which now carry much larger loads and need more space to unload.

New York harbor with Statue of Liberty, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Kill Van Kull is the narrow waterway between Staten Island and Bayonne and is also the industrial center of today’s working harbor. All the container ships headed for Newark Bay pass through this area and it is home to several tugboat companies and repair facilities, including Moran and Reinauer.

Moran tugboats

Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, located on the Newark Bay, serves as the principal container ship facility for goods entering and leaving the metropolitan and Northeast area. The two components, Port Newark and the Elizabeth Marine Terminal (or “Port Elizabeth”), work side by side and are capable of handling the new, wider ships. With dozens of cranes and tractor trailers, they run a very efficient and clean cargo transportation system.

Port Elizabeth, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

During this year’s 8th Annual OHNY Weekend, Bernard Ente will be leading a walking tour along the historic Kill Van Kull waterfront on the north shore of Staten Island to explore one of the busiest shipping channels in New York Harbor. Look for it in October!

I'm on a boat!


2 Comments to Field Trip Friday: Hidden Harbor Tour

  1. April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    It is sad that Bernie Ente, who contributed the photos for this article, passed away on April 7. He will be greatly missed by many.

  2. April 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Pierce,

    We are so sad to hear this news. Bernie was such an amazing friend to OHNY and the boat tour we did with Working Harbor started as his idea. He led great tours during our OHNY Weekend event and was so generous with his time and his wonderful photographs. He will definitely be missed by many.


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