"The maritime industry supports over 36,000 jobs and $3.4B in personal income in New York City."
“It is the mission of the Tug & Barge Committee to promote and represent the interests of tug boat operators and harbor carriers in local issues relevant to the tug and barge industry in the New York/New Jersey Port area and approaches”
Marine Construction and Heavy Lift are the cornerstones of Bridge Construction, Bulkhead Restoration, Beach Replenishment, Dredging,
Petroleum, petroleum products and chemicals account for 71 percent of the domestic waterborne traffic in New York. One mid-sized coastal tanker can carry 100,000 barrels of petroleum—the equivalent of 523 loaded trucks or 167 loaded railcars. •• New York ports handle over 21 million tons of North American petroleum and chemical product shipments annually. Fifty percent of New York’s petroleum products are transported by water.
New York ports and waterways move $15.7 billion per year in essential building materials such as steel and $13.6 billion worth of chemical products critical for manufacturing Heavy dry bulk including but not limited to Sand, Gravel, Stone, Cement, Salt, and much more are moved by barges removing thousands of truck off our roads and bridges.
American-crewed tugboats in New York are the eyes and ears on the state’s waterways and stand ready to provide critical assistance in the event of a national security threat or natural disaster. The United States is a nation of rivers as well as the world’s preeminent maritime power.
On September 11, 2001 hundreds of thousands of people rushed to southern Manhattan to escape the devastation at the World Trade Center. Chronicled in the 2011 documentary film Boatlift, more than 500,000 people were evacuated across the water by New York vessel operators—the largest maritime evacuation in history. The evacuation of Manhattan was the largest Marine Evacuation in world history.
Nearly 100,000 containers were moved by Tug and Barges in 2017 removing trucks from NYC roads and bridges. The future of short sea shipping is bright within the Harbor and along the East Coast from the New York Harbor Hub.