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Red Hook Container Terminal Damaged by Superstorm Sandy’s Storm Surge; Electrical Systems, Power Transformers, & More Needed to Be Repaired & Replaced

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, Velázquez Announce Over $1.6M in FEMA Funding for Repairs at Con-Ed Blockhouse, Substation No.1, Substation No. 2 & Substation No.3 at Port Authority’s Red Hook Container Terminal

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and  Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez today announced $1.6 million in federal funding to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for permanent repairs of the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Heavy rains and storm surge from Superstorm Sandy flooded the facility, which handles container ships and bulk cargo. The federal funding is being obligated by Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance for permanent repairs.

“Superstorm Sandy damaged Red Hook Container Terminal, a major shipping port here in New York that is so important to our local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “I am pleased that FEMA is providing the reimbursement for these much-needed repairs to the container terminal.”


“The Red Hook Container Terminal suffered damage caused by Superstorm Sandy when this vital shipping port was flooded,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This is an important federal reimbursement that will ensure the cost to repair and replace equipment won't be left on the backs of New York families.”


"Superstorm Sandy caused major damage to the Red Hook Container Terminal," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler.  “Red Hook's container port is critical to Brooklyn's economy and to our region's overall shipping capacity. This facility is the only container port on the East Side of the Hudson River, and it must be preserved to ensure that the New York side of the harbor can continue to receive goods by means other than truck.  I welcome this FEMA funding to ensure the continued economic prosperity of this vitality important container facility."


“Red Hook’s role as a major shipping location is critical to Brooklyn’s and our entire city’s economy.  I’m pleased to see these federal resources dedicated to repairing this installation and ensuring it fully recovers from Hurricane Sandy,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).


The FEMA award provides $1,620,594 to PANYNJ for Red Hook Container Terminal. FEMA funded work at the Con-Ed blockhouse that included permanent repair/replacement of the outdoor switchgear, metal clad switchgear, outdoor protected aisle substation, high-voltage cables, splices, sealants, shields, and cable stress relief materials. FEMA funded work at Substation No.1 that included permanent repair/replacement of oil-filled power transformers, metal enclosed walk-in metal clad switchgear, and HV cable connecting Substation No.1 to Con-Ed’s Block House. FEMA funded work at Substation No.1 that included permanent repair/replacement of power transformers, 3-Phase volts, oil-filled power transformers rated and enclosures, electrical/components inside walk-in metal enclosed 5-compartment metal clad switchgear, and HV cable connecting Substation No.2 to Con-Ed’s Block House. Additionally, FEMA funded the installation of new underground conduit pipes encased in concrete, waterproof electrical manholes and electrical various electrical components. FEMA funded work at Substation No.3 that included permanent repair/replacement of metering devices, cables, wiring, pressure switches, circuits, protection devices, transition panels and lighting panel boards.