The NYHarbor Shipping Cooperative is working with many good people: come aboard!
What do we have?
sloops and schooners*
dories, workboats, kayaks, dinghies
We are surrounded by water. Watertransport of cargo is the most efficient method of tranport, above rail and most definitely above trucking. (Studies & illustrations to come.)
Manhattan is in red, amid the waters that have always nourished it.
Westward are the indomitable salt marshes, the silting arteries of the Passaic and Hackensack, the very busy Kill van Kull and Arthur Kill, the Raritan river which once connected us to Delaware via a canal now long gone.
The East river mingles with the Bronx River, and flows out into the mighty Long Island Sound and beyond. Or, runs inland as the Newtown Creek and the Gowanus. Out the Narrows, the waters flow through Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook…and out to sea.
Short Sea Shipping, Harbor Shipping, Blue Highway, Marine Highway…however you say it, please bring it here!
Currently, our freight comes in as containerized cargo to New Jersey (Port Elizabeth, Port Newark, Jersey City-Bayonne), Staten Island (Howland Hook), and Brooklyn (Red Hook). Everything is then mostly trucked around, with only some things moving off by rail.
Short Sea Shipping is the use of smaller vessels to bring goods from the central container terminals to various little ports around our city to get it all off the streets, and to you, via the water.
Your computer. Your clothing. Your chair. Your shoes. Your cup. The beverage in your cup (unless it’s good ol’ NYC tap–the best!). The dinner you will have tonight (unless you grew it yourself on your fire escape or illegally shot it in the park): all these things we consume do not truly reflect what it cost to bring to you if we were to factor in the work and maintenance on roads, bridges, tunnels alone. (Not even going onto the topic of stress on the Mothership, yet.)
We are behind. Roughly 40% of freight in Europe moves by short sea shipping. And in Hongkong: mid-stream operation.
Notice, above, how many piers there were in 1933? A bit of history here on how we lost it.
Here is what it might look like. As long as I am allowing my imagination to run amok and it is all theoretical, I shall be generous:
oh, and while i’m fantasizing:
More information to come. Please check back soon! Thank you!
source: Texas Transportation Instituteship