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SC Ports to Invest US$123-Million in 2014 Plan

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board of Directors approve its fiscal year 2014 financial plan. During its regular monthly meeting, the Board approved the SCPA's fiscal plan for the coming 12 months. From July 1 to June 30, capital spending of $123 million will fund major infrastructure investments such as the new container terminal at the former Navy Base, new equipment to handle the increased size of ships in the port as well as other upgrades to existing facilities.   The largest single area of spending is for the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, SC, with $29.1 million planned to cover the remaining SCPA share of the project. The new facility is slated for a September 2013 opening. "Our public seaport system is an economic engine, spurring opportunity all across South Carolina," said Bill Stern, chairman of the SCPA Board. "The inland port will further expand the port's connection to the Upstate and will drive job creation and investment to that region." The financial plan also projects a nearly six percent increase in container volume on the strength of new, weekly services commencing this summer and increased volume from existing services.  


Tognum Has a New Major Shareholder

approximately 22% stake in Tognum AG – which it held through the company Seeker Rekees S.à r.l. – to Daimler AG. Daimler’s Supervisory Board approved the acquisition of this shareholding. Furthermore, Daimler AG has informed us that it intends to acquire a blocking minority (25% plus one share) in Tognum AG. The entire transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust and other authorities.


Vessels Change on Route

A conventional ferry will replace one of the PacifiCats on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route starting February 1 to allow the fast ferries to be phased in more gradually, BC Ferries' board chair Michael Francis and president Bob Lingwood announced. The BC Ferries' board of directors has reviewed the fast ferry implementation program, taking into account concerns of reliability, customer issues and financial considerations


NY/NJ Port Authority Launches New Cargo Distribution Plan

Use of Barges, Trains to Move Cargo Will Reduce Truck Traffic, Improve the Environment The Port Authority launched a unique barge and rail cargo distribution network that will provide jobs and economic activity for the region, speed the flow of goods to consumer markets in the region and help reduce highway truck traffic. The Port of Albany will become the first Northeast port to participate in the program. The Port Inland Distribution Network will move containerized cargo by barge or


Board Approves Waterborne Security Barriers

Authorizing the expenditure of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Port Security Grant Funds, the Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an agreement with Siemens Building Technologies for waterborne security barriers. The $2.9m design-build agreement includes the design, fabrication and delivery of 10,000 feet of floating security barriers. The Port of Los Angeles is taking the lead on this joint Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach project which was approved in Round 3 of the


Harvey Gulf Announces Plans for 3 New LNG-Powered Boats

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Initial deal worth $165 million; $300 million for 6 additional newbuilds and another $500 million for acquisitions also approved.   Harvey Gulf International Marine announced Saturday that it will sign a deal for three LNG vessels to be built by Signal Shipbuilding. At a Harvey Gulf board meeting held on Satruday afternoon, the Louisiana-based operator's management team approved the $165 million deal, said Harvey Gulf International Marine Chairman & CEO, Shane J. Guidry


NTSB Reauthorization Act Approved

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved S. 579, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Reauthorization Act of 2003. The bill would authorize appropriations for the NTSB through 2006, including $76.7 million for FY 2003.


GL: New shareholder Structure to Safeguard Independence

At a shareholders' meeting, Germanischer Lloyd's Executive Board announced the successful defense against the hostile takeover bid by a French competitor. The binding purchase offer by the Hamburg entrepreneur G√ľnter Herz, with secure long-term perspectives for the Society, met with the approval of shareholders who were willing to sell. More than 40% of the shares changed hands. The Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd has already approved the transfer of these registered shares.


Alphatron Introduce Onboard PABX System

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Alphatron Marine introduces the Alphaconnect Hybrid, a type-approved on board Telephone System (PABX) with integrated IP facilities. The new Alphaconnect 48/128 hybrid uses well known Alphaconnect technology in combination with cable saving IP technology to provide internal marine communications. The Alphaconnect Hybrid offers: • 24 DNV approved analogue stations expandable up to 256 • 24 VoIP telephone ports with POE expandable up to 500 and more


All Items Approved at Stolt-Nielsen Meeting

Photo courtesy Stolt-Nielsen Limited

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that all agenda items were approved and all nominated directors were elected at its Annual General Meeting of shareholders held yesterday in Bermuda. The final dividend for 2013 of $0.50 per common share recommended by the Board of Directors on February 7, 2014 was also approved and will be paid on May 8, 2014 to shareholders of record as of April 24, 2014. stolt.com  


GPA Marks 14.2% Growth in Containers

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.   "The additional cargo attracted to Georgia speaks to the reliability and ease of doing business


Marine Claims Insurance Reminder by Danish Authority

Need to take insurance to cover maritime claims

  If you own a ship with a gross tonnage (GT) of or above 300, you must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about your insurance for maritime claims by 31 March 2015. The requirement does not apply to foreign ships. It is about time to check your insurance for maritime claims.


Hapag-Lloyd CFO Ganz Steps Down

Peter Ganz (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd CFO Peter Ganz steps down from position; CSAV CFO Nicolas Burr appointed his successor   Peter Ganz will step down from his position as company CFO effective April 1, 2015, also leaving the company on the same day, as announced during today’s meeting of Hapag-Lloyd’s


Port of Cleveland Taps Chris Ronayne to Lead Board

Chris Ronayne will lead the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (photo courtesy of the Port Authority).

The Board of Trustees for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority today unanimously elected Chris Ronayne as new board chair.   As President and CEO of University Circle, Inc., which oversees the growth and direction of one of Ohio’s fastest growing employment district


Panama Canal Authority Holds Hearing on New Toll Structure

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  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is holding a public hearing today on a proposed toll structure change. The proposed restructuring, which the ACP Board of Directors approved on December 24, calls for each ship segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement


This Week's Top Stories

     Concept art for the Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyards LNG powered towboat

  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge Set for Merger

Pic by Knightsbridge Shipping Limited

 Dry bulk shipping companies Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) and the listed dry bulk shipping company in John Fredriksen's business empire Knightsbridge Shipping have chosen March 26 to hold a special general meeting and finalize the merger talks.  


Richmond Ferry Service to Become a Reality

Nina Rannells of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Courtesy SFBT

  At its meeting of March 5, the Board of Directors of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) approved a Cooperative Agreement with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Richmond to provide operating subsidy for proposed Richmond ferry service


Philippines' First-Gen Seeks Partner for $1bln LNG Terminal

Photo by First Gen Corporation (First Gen)

 Lopez-led First Gen Corp (FGC) has started scouting for local and foreign partners for the construction of its $1-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Batangas, to secure supply for its expanding portfolio of gas-fired power plants.  


RCS' EAL Earns Additional Approval

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RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic  802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended


SUNY Maritime Approved as NY Tax-free Site

Photo courtesy of Suny Maritime College

The State University of New York Maritime College is officially open for business, after receiving formal designation as a tax-free area under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY program. In a March 2 letter to Maritime College President Michael A. Alfultis, Ph.D


Long Beach Extends Congestion Relief Depot

Image: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach continues temporary off-dock storage on Pier S to speed cargo flow   To help Port of Long Beach terminals quickly work through a backlog of cargo, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously approved an extra six months of operation for a temporary


Aleutian Islands Gets Shipping Protection Zone

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved protective buffer zones (“Areas to be Avoided”) around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, approximately 10 years after a shipping disaster occurred off its coasts. In December 2004


SC Ports Report Cargo Volume Growth

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SC ports achieves second consecutive month of 18 percent volume growth; port education program builds understanding, awareness of maritime industry    February marked the second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth at the SC Ports Authority


San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved






 
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