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Port of Brownsville Cargo Dock Completed

Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new marine cargo dock at Texas’ Port of Brownsville was held today, marking the completion of a $27.5 million project aims to increase cargo capacity and efficiency and help to mitigate congestion in port operations.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) supplied $12 million for the project via its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive infrastructure grant program. The Port of Brownsville also provided funds for road, lighting and other improvements.   “The Department is proud that this TIGER Grant is strongly supporting the Port of Brownsville’s rise as a regional and international trade hub,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Guaranteed funding is essential for Brownsville and communities across the country so that projects like this one can be built – helping the country remain strong and competitive today and into the future.”   In attendance at the ceremony along with state and local officials was U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen, who said, “This is a great example of transportation providing opportunity,” Administrator Jaenichen said. “This new dock will help the Port of Brownsville keep American exports flowing smoothly to foreign markets, while delivering jobs and spurring economic growth for South Texas businesses and communities."  


Centurion Terminals building U.S. Condensate Export Terminal

Centurion Terminals begins construction at Port of Brownsville Photo Centurion

  A private logistics company is building an export terminal at the southernmost tip of Texas in Brownsville to receive super-light crude and process it into fuel components for export. Centurion Terminals also is building its Delaware Basin Express, which includes two terminals in far West Texas to receive condensate, a very light form of crude oil, that will reach its Port of Brownsville terminal via rail, a company executive said.


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


US Navy Awards Contract To Dismantle Constellation

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The Navy competitively awarded a contract to International Shipbreaking Limited of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, dismantling and recycling of conventionally powered aircraft carriers stricken from service, June 13.   Under the contract, the company will be paid $3 million for the dismantling and recycling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Constellation (CV 64). The price reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking


MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


BP Marine and Houston Marine Team Up On Bunkering Venture

BP Marine and Houston Marine Services (HMS) are joining forces to begin a new chapter in ship bunkering in the western U.S. Gulf. Effective, April 2, HMS became BP's dedicated logistics provider in an area from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, La. BP Marine will serve as the marketing arm for bunker sales on behalf of the joint venture and will supply bunker fuel across a broad geographic area of the Gulf.


81st Vessel Departs James River Reserve Fleet

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The Gage departed the James River Reserve Fleet in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.  The approximate travel time to Texas is 14 days.


Texas, Virginia Companies Win Dismantling Contracts

According to a report from the Contra Costa Times, Ship recycling facilities in Texas and Virginia have been awarded dismantling contracts for three more Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet mothball vessels. Esco Marine, of Brownsville, Texas, was given the award to recycle the SS Dawn for about $551,000 and the USNS H.H. Hess for about $452,000. The SS Bay's $397,000 dismantling contract, has been awarded to the Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Va.


Labor Leader Clyde Fitzgerald Appointed Port of Houston Commissioner

Clyde Fitzgerald: Photo credit Port of Houston Commissioners

Harris County Commissioners Court has appointed longtime labor leader Clyde Fitzgerald to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Fitzgerald's appointment fills the seat of former Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, who submitted his resignation to Commissioners Court in April, indicating his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Clyde Fitzgerald, who started his career at age 16 working on the wharves of the Houston Ship Channel


Port Dues Concession for Box Ships at Singapore

Courtesy  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

  In light of the current shipping downturn and to demonstrate the government’s commitment to maintain Singapore as a global hub port, MPA will grant an additional 10% concession on port dues payable by ocean going container vessels carrying out cargo works with port stay of not more


Indiana Governor Proposes State Add 4th Port

Governor Mike Pence (Official photo)

 In the 2016 State of the State Address, Governor Mike Pence called on the Ports of Indiana to "vigorously explore" building the state's fourth port in southeastern Indiana.    In Tuesday's State of the State Address, Governor Pence said


China Merchants to Take 21.05% Stake in Dalian Port

Image: Dalian Port

 China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, has announced that it has signed a share subscription agreement with Dalian Port (PDA) Co., under which Dalian Port will issue 1.1bn new shares to China Merchants for HK$4.3bn ($554m).   


Ports America to Operate Intermodal Transfer Service

Seagirt Marine Terminal Photo Maryland.gov

  Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals today announced a new agreement designed to immediately enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Baltimore and position it to capture additional freight business through more efficient service


Cargo Movement to and from Iraqi Ports

Ports of Iraq Courtesy Ports Asia

  DP World UAE Region in their Circular dated 3 January 2016 have informed all Shipping Lines, Agents and Traders that no cargo or container movement will be allowed to / from Iraqi Ports except the following: City (Port) Name: Abu Foloos UN Port Code: IQFLN DPW Port Code: FLN


Abu Dhabi Opens Upgraded AI Mirfa Port

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Rulers Representative in the Western Region, H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, officially inaugurated Al Mir

   Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, recently completed extensive redevelopment work at Al Mirfa Port, upgrading its infrastructure and facilities to better serve the community.  


Upgraded Al Mirfa Port Opened

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, officially inaugurated Al Mirfa Port in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi


Guam Port Improvement Project Completed

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

The $50 million Guam Commercial Port Improvement Project, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), has been completed, transforming Guam’s strategic commercial sea port into a world-class


West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres

West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.    “The additional property will increase port acreage to more than 200 acres


Antwerp Port on exploratory mission to Iran

port alderman and chairman of Antwerp Port Authority

  A delegation from the port of Antwerp headed by port alderman and Port Authority chairman Marc Van Peel paid a visit to Iran last week. The delegation which was made up of petrochemical and shipping experts met in Tehran with various ministries


USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling


Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   


Advent Intermodal Delivers eModal Wharfage Module for NSW Ports

Image: Advent Intermodal Solutions

 NSW Ports has successfully deployed Advent’s eModal wharfage module for Port Botany in Sydney and Port Kembla in Wollongong, says Advent Intermodal Solutions, a leading provider of IT-based intermodal solutions.    The wharfage solution is part of eModal’s Port


Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   


Sydney Ports Closed

Sydney Harbour is Australias premier cruise ship destination and the only port in Australia with two dedicated cruise passenger terminals

  Sydney Ports advises that all pilotage services have been suspended at Port Botany from 0630 hours local time September 23, and at Sydney (Port Jackson) from 0730, due strong winds and high swells of up to 7 meters. Sydney Ports advises that all pilotage services have been suspended at






 
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