Proposals sought for Brooklyn terminal

Proposals sought for Brooklyn terminal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking proposals for maritime uses at the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn. The request for proposals grew out of a joint study by the port authority and the New York City Economic Development Corp. of alternate uses of land on the Brooklyn waterfront.

The lease of Red Hook's current operator, American Stevedoring Inc., expires April 30, 2004. The port authority said the terminal is available for lease for at least five years after the current lease expires, and that proposals are being sought "from businesses that have demonstrated experience operating marine terminal facilities and the financial capacity to undertake the obligations of a lease agreement."

The 80-acre Red Hook terminal, which opened in 1979, has been eclipsed by larger container terminals at Port Newark/Port Elizabeth, N.J. Red Hook currently handles about 45,000 TEUs a year. The terminal also handles bulk and breakbulk cargo, including cocoa beans, and has 1 million square-feet of warehouse space.

The port authority said it has received inquiries from a number of maritime businesses interested in operating on the Brooklyn waterfront and felt that a request for expressions of interest "was the fairest way to both solicit and evaluate specific business proposals."