US Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District

New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study

Published Nov. 6, 2018
Updated: June 5, 2019

A map image depicting the NY & NJ Anchorages
Anchorages Overview Map
A map image depicting the NY & NJ Anchorages
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a Draft General Reevaluation Study (GRR) with an integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) that evaluates environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives related to the improvement of the anchorage(s) included in the New York and New Jersey Harbor Federal Navigation Project. The study takes into account changed conditions and/or assumptions since the original feasibility study was completed in 2000.  The GRR addresses the need for anchorage area(s) capable of safely accommodating the vessels navigating the anchorages at present and reasonably projected to be navigating them in the future.

Currently, existing federal anchorages in the harbor are insufficient in meeting the variety of functions (ex. security and U.S. Coast Guard inspections, lightering, bunkering/refueling, waiting areas, and emergency “bailout” areas) they are used for as part of normal harbor operations, which reduces vessel safety and cargo transportation efficiency. 

Multiple issues have been identified by key harbor users and stakeholders. There is not enough anchorage area to accommodate all of the vessels that need to anchor for various reasons. The dimensions of existing anchorages cannot accommodate vessels larger than 1100 foot length overall, which is a significant portion of the vessels that regularly call on the harbor and anchored vessels regularly swing out into the navigation channel. Vessels are currently forced to wait outside the harbor in the ocean due to a lack of anchorage availability and/or anchorage areas designed for larger vessels. 

USACE is the lead federal agency and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the non-federal sponsor for the study.  The GRR addresses the primary problem of the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages by studying all reasonable alternatives and determine the federal interest in cost-sharing for those alternatives. 

As required by Council on Environmental Quality's Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies all reasonable alternatives to the proposed federal action that meet the purpose and need was considered in the draft EA. These alternatives will include no action and a range of reasonable alternatives for improving navigation in the New York & New Jersey Harbor Anchorages.  The tentatively selected plan (TSP) is to expand and deepen only the Gravesend Anchorage to accommodate a 3,600 foot diameter circle which will provide sufficient anchorage and turning radius for a 1,200 long container vessel.  The TSP is also the least environmentally impacting alternative considered, with the least dredging volume and smallest area needed to be deepened out of all anchorages considered.  A draft Finding of No Significant Impact  on the TSP is included with the draft EA.


NEPA Scoping Meeting Graphics

 

A graphic depicting the public input being sought during the National Environmental Policy Act's scoping process.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Public Input During Scoping
A graphic depicting the public input being sought during the National Environmental Policy Act's scoping process.
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A graphic depicting the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule
A graphic depicting the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule.
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A graphic explaining the  the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study authorizations.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Authorizations
A graphic explaining the the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study authorizations.
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Graphic laying out the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations of the Port of New York and New Jersey Anchorages Study
Port of NY & NJ Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations
Graphic laying out the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations of the Port of New York and New Jersey Anchorages Study
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Graphic explaining the Port of New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study's potential measures and project alternatives
Anchorages Study Potential Measures and Project Alternatives
Graphic explaining the Port of New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study's potential measures and project alternatives.
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Graphic depicting the Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study's topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement.
Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement
Graphic depicting the Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study's topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement.
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Graphic explaininng where the potential dredged material placement areas are for the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study.
NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Potential Dredged Material Placement Areas
Graphic explaininng where the potential dredged material placement areas are for the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study.
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VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0107

 

 

 


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Public Comment Sought

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting your comments on the Draft GRR/EA.  To be considered, all comments must be received by July 12, 2019.  Hard copies or electronic compact disk copies of the Draft GRR/EA will be made available upon request.  Comments to the Draft GRR/EA or requests for a hard copy or electronic compact disk copy of the Draft EA must be submitted to david.m.schulte@usace.army.mil or by mail to Mr. David Schulte, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510.  If you need more information or require special assistance, please contact Mr. David Schulte at (757) 201-7007.