Defining and Analyzing the Maritime Support Service Industries

by Philip C. Sears, Allee King Rosen & Fleming Inc, New York, United States,
Kimberly A. Beasley, Allee King Rosen & Fleming Inc, New York, United States,
Eva Hanhardt, Allee King Rosen & Fleming Inc, New York, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Maritime support service firms are critical to the operation of a port but have been little studied. A formal definition has never been developed. A working definition could include firms that provide essential services to port operation, transport goods locally via water, employ shallow draft vessels, and require a waterfront location. These firms can be divided into segments that include towing companies, barge lines, ship service firms, contractors, and shipyards. Each segment has distinct requirements for its waterfront and upland facilities and its labor force. These firms compete for waterfront locations with other uses that have higher economic returns. Several mechanisms could allow these firms to continue to operate and remain competitive. The maritime support service firms in the Port of New York and New Jersey cluster in one area. This area could retain its uses through zoning or restrictions on discretionary actions by governmental agencies. Unused lands owned by government agencies could be offered at competitive rates to firms in need of a base. In addition, anchorages could provide berthing space for certain types of firms.

Subject Headings: Industries | Terminology and definition | Government | Water supply systems | Freight transportation | Shallow water | Contractors and subcontractors | Shipyards | United States | New York | New Jersey

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