Erie Basin Bargeport, New Facility, To Open For Ship Repair, Marine Services

The now-idle Erie Basin-Port Authority Marine Terminal on the Brooklyn waterfront will be returned to maritime use as a marine support services center for tugboats, towboats and barges, Port Authority chairman Richard C. Leone recently announced.

The commissioners of the bistate agency approved the purchase of the site by the Erie Basin Marine Corporation (EBMC), a joint venture of Hughes Brothers, Inc. and Reinauer Transportation Companies, for $2,350,000. EBMC will create a facility, to be known as the Erie Basin Bargeport, that will consolidate many of the docking, maintenance and repair services currently offered to towboat, barge and commercial vessel operators at several locations throughout the harbor.

Services offered at the Erie Basin Bargeport will include mooring, inspection and repair of tugs and barges, and other activities that will increase the ability of the local marine support services fleet to operate efficiently in the harbor. The development of the Bargeport will also complement the activities of the New York Shipyard, located directly to the north of the proposed facility.

Hughes Bros., Inc., with headquarters in lower Manhattan, operates a fleet of barges available for rental by marine contractors and is a charter agent, distributor or broker for many types of maritime equipment. The family-owned firm has operated in the metropolitan region for more t h a n a century.

Reinauer Transportation Companies, with administrative offices in Newark, N. J., has facilities throughout the New England area. For nearly 70 years it has offered ship docking, marine construction and repair services to the maritime industries and transportation services to the petroleum industry.

An estimated 150 tugboats and 300 to 400 barges move in and out of the New York-New Jersey harbor on a daily basis.

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