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NYCEDC and Borough President Adams Tour Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to Celebrate New Investments, Modernization

Oct 27 2017

Borough President Adams Commits $2.2M to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Spurring $15 M commitment from Ports America to Increase Capacity for Larger Vessels, Modernize Cruise Operations

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Critical Component of NYC Economy and Strengthens Pathway to Good Maritime Jobs in South Brooklyn – Home of NYC’s First Maritime Career Awareness Fair

NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams toured the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Regal Princess Cruise Ship to celebrate new capital investments and modernization efforts. Photos from the tour are available here.

“New York City’s cruise industry is a critical piece of South Brooklyn’s economy and the City’s efforts to build a vibrant working waterfront," said NYCEDC President James Patchett. "We’re grateful to Borough President Adams and Ports America for this important funding, which will allow us to expand the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal’s role as an economic engine for the community.”

"I am excited that the $2.2 million in capital grants that my administration allotted to the modernization of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was able to be leveraged into an additional $15 million commitment by Ports America, which will have a tremendous impact on attracting more ships, revamping operations, and creating quality maritime jobs," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. "This long-awaited project will help us attract additional tourism to Red Hook and throughout the borough, as we showcase all that Brooklyn has to offer through new wayfinding initiatives. I thank the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), local stakeholders, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for their continued partnership on this venture."

“Ports America is excited about the future of the cruise industry in Brooklyn,” said Steve Loevsky, Vice President - Cruise, Ports America. “We believe that these investments will increase vessel calls and passenger volumes, while enhancing the overall guest experience, asset utilization and safety. Ports America looks forward to our continued partnership with NYCEDC and our cruise line partners to provide a world-class facility at the Brooklyn Cruise terminal.”

“Borough President Adams and the de Blasio administration have been committed to keeping Brooklyn’s waterfront a center for economic growth and employment," said Louis Pernice, President, International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1814. "This public private partnership will provide the capital commitment needed to bring larger ships and more jobs to Brooklyn. This investment will help unleash the tremendous value our waterfront provides to our city.”

This initiative comes as part of a $17.2 million investment to the cruise terminal, led by Borough President Adams, who made a $1.2 million capital allocation in Fiscal Year 2016 and provided an additional $1 million grant in Fiscal Year 2017. The funds will be dedicated to improvements that increase the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal’s capacity and connectivity. The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal’s new operator, Ports America, will also contribute $15 million for additional capital improvements.

In order to accommodate larger and more modern vessels, Ports America and NYCEDC will use this funding to construct a new apron up to 500 feet long, a passenger viaduct, and two new gangways. The new investments will also allow for the design and implementation of a multifunctional, high-capacity wireless network at the terminal to improve the passenger experience and operating efficiency.

Cruise has long been a critical player in New York City’s economy. In 2016, over a million passengers cruised through New York City and the industry accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic impact. New York’s cruise industry is also an important piece of South Brooklyn’s industrial sector, and accounts for over 1,000 full-time jobs through the International Longshoremen’s Association, the Port Police and Guard Union, and employees in accommodation, retail, and food and beverage sectors.

In order to help expand the reach of these opportunities, NYCEDC hosted the first Maritime Career Awareness Fair at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which connected more than 150 students from local high schools from around the city with two dozen organizations specializing in maritime-careers, including colleges, labor unions, ferry and excursion boat operators, major trade associations, plus the Coast Guard, FDNY, and NYPD.

In May 2017, NYCEDC announced the selection of Ports America to operate both Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminals through 2029. As part of the new agreement, Ports America has agreed to invest $38.5 million in capital improvements across both terminals, strengthening New York City’s position as one of the country’s premiere cruise ports.

The designation of a single terminal operator will lower costs and streamline operations between the two terminals, which will create new opportunities to secure long-term agreements with cruise lines. Ports America has managed and operated the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in successful partnership with the NYCEDC for two decades, generating substantial growth in cruise volumes.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.