Bayonne delays request for box hub proposals

Bayonne delays request for box hub proposals

The agency overseeing a planned container terminal in Bayonne, N.J., has delayed its requests for development proposals.

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority had planned issue requests for Proposals (RFP) in late March or early April, but postponed the move to permit additional planning regarding off-site infrastructure, said Dan Kurtz, the agency's deputy executive director.

Royal Caribbean Cruise, which is occupying part of the site on an interim basis, also contributed to the delay, Kurtz added.

The terminal would be built on the site of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, now known as The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. Royal Caribbean is using the area as the seasonal homeport for two of its cruise vessels, which are scheduled to begin operations next month.

The agency has not set a new date for issuing requests for proposals, but it's expected to happen in May. Some of the world's biggest container lines and terminal operators have expressed interest in the site, including A.P. Moeller-Maersk's APM Terminals North America; Ceres Terminals, China Ocean Shipping Co., Maher Terminals, CSX World Terminals, Hutchinson Port Holdings, Mediterranean Shipping Co., and SSA Marine.