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NYC Piers Are Currently Underutilized Due to Cumbersome Process for Ships; NYCEDC Issued RFP for “Single Operator” to Manage Seven Sites to Streamline Process
NYCEDC Announces BillyBey Marina Services Has Been Selected To Manage Sites
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the selection of BillyBey Marina Services, LLC, in partnership with Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, to serve as the operator for seven of its berthing sites to better activate several of its key waterfront assets. The initiative will operate under the name “DockNYC.” One operator allows for increased efficiency and will allow NYCEDC to better accommodate demand for berth space for transportation, maritime operations, recreation, educational, commercial, non-profit, historic, and cultural related opportunities. The diversity of the various berth locations could potentially accommodate a wide variety of uses including, but not limited to tug and barge operators, excursion operators, recreational vessel owners, cultural, historic and educational ships.
The existing permitting process is administratively cumbersome for the City and for ship operators. NYCEDC issued a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to streamline its berthing process in March 2012. Selecting a single operator transfers permitting to an experienced operator who will operate, maintain and market the berths so the City is better able maximize these resources. Today’s announcement will not only allow these piers to reopen following damage sustained due to Hurricane Sandy, but also see far more use than previously.
“The New York City Economic Development Corporation is pleased to select BillyBey as the single operator for seven berthing sites across New York City, which will increase efficiency by streamlining administrative functions at these sites,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kyle Kimball. “BillyBey’s experience will help attract new commercial, transportation, and recreational opportunities to the waterfront, advancing the City’s strategy to reconnect New Yorkers to the waterfront while allowing the City to maximize resources along the coastline.”
“We are excited to partner with NYCEDC and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance on the launch of DockNYC as a way to link all the diverse users of these marine facilities,” said Paul Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of BillyBey Marina Services, LLC, the manager of the DockNYC program. “We look forward to activating these key locations and working with local communities and businesses to encourage expanded use of the city's waterfront.”
“I look forward to working with BillyBey and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance to ensure that our waterfront, where the Skyport Marina is located, is welcoming and engaging for residents and visitors to our community, consistent with our East River Blueway Plan,” said Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh.
BillyBey and Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s involvement will enable streamlining of licensing, scheduling and other administrative functions in order to activate the waterfront and provide greater potential for more local economic development and programming. BillyBey Marina Services, LLC was selected as the operator for the EDCs berthing sites and will be responsible for operating all seven locations, which it will do under the name DockNYC. BillyBey’s responsibilities will include managing, maintaining, licensing and marketing the multiple berthing facilities. As an experienced ferry and marine facilities operator – including operations of the East River Ferry and World Financial Center ferry terminal – BillyBey will bring expertise to this area.
Choosing a single operator for the EDCs berthing assets compliments New York’s Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), which was released in March 2011. In accordance with WAVES, designating a single operator will reconnect New Yorkers and visitors to New York’s 520 miles of waterfront.
A list of piers involved in the agreement is below:
1. Piers 11 and 12, Atlantic Basin
2. Pier 4, Brooklyn Army Terminal
3. West Harlem Piers Park Excursion Pier and Spud Barge, Hudson River
4. Pier 36, East River
5. Skyport Marina, East River
6. Stuyvesant Cove Mooring Location, East River
7. Homeport Pier, Staten Island
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.