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USCG Conducts Port Access Routes Study

The U.S. Coast Guard has initiated a Port Access Routes Study to evaluate the continued applicability of and the need for modifications to current vessel routing measures or the creation of new vessel routing measures in the approaches to Chesapeake Bay, Va.

Antwerp Port Improves Access With S.E. Netherlands

Port of Antwerp

Last year the Antwerp Port Authority carried out a strategic hinterland analysis with a view to improving the port’s intermodal presence, which is currently sub-optimum. A call for project proposals was issued to the extended port community, with external parties being able to propose new or improved rail and/or barge connections for better access to the network of inland terminals in South-East Netherlands. In this way the Port Authority seeks to further improve the port’s access

AAPA: Study Proves Need For Improvement

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) "Report to Congress on National Highway System (NHS) Intermodal Freight Connectors." The report, requested by Congress under the provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), reviews connectors to seaports, airports, and major intermodal terminals to determine: (1) their condition; (2) improvements or investments made or planned; and

Austal Commences JHSV Construction

Photo courtesy Austal

Austal has received authorization from the U.S. Navy to commence construction on the first of up to ten 338-ft Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV). After Austal successfully completed the Production Readiness Review (PRR) and necessary DoD approvals were obtained, the Navy authorized Austal’s Mobile, Ala. facility to immediately begin construction of Fortitude (JHSV 1). As the US Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform

Austal Awarded Contract for JHSV 4 & 5

Austal received word to move forward with the construction contract for the fourth and fifth vessels of the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over $1.6b. Austal received funding previously from the Navy, valued at $99,557,548, to acquire long lead-time material, to include diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears, for these two vessels in June 2010

Austal-built JHSV 2 Completes Navy Acceptance Trials

JHSV 1 on Sea Trials: Photo courtesy of Austal

Joint High Speed Vessel 'USNS Choctaw County' (JHSV 2) has successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the performance of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.  It was the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in June. 

USNS Fall River Delivered by Austal USA

USNS Fall River: Photo USN

The Navy informs it has accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future 'USNS Fall River' from the Austal USA shipbuilder. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S. Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).
 "Today the Navy received a tremendous asset," said Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager Capt. Henry Stevens

NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the region. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey will use data collected by two of its own ships, Rainier and Fairweather, as well as the U.S

Austal Launches Trenton (JHSV 5)

Trenton (JHSV 5). Photo courtesy of Austal USA

Second Joint High Speed Vessel to be launched at Austal in 2014 On September 30, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of Trenton (JHSV 5) - the second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) launched by Austal in 2014. This 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program worth more than $1.6 billion. The launch of Trenton was conducted in a multi-step process that involved

Port Metro Vancouver’s Re-opens to Inbound Containers Trucks

Port Metro Vancouver’s Re-opens to Inbound Containers Trucks

  Port Metro Vancouver has re-opened its Clark Drive access gate to inbound container trucks destined for the Centerm container terminal. Inbound access had been closed since 2010 due to unacceptable levels of congestion and traffic management issues along Clark Drive and on port property. Until the re-opening, all inbound container trucks entered Port Metro Vancouver’s south shore at Commissioner Street.

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 17 pct

The CMA CGM Bougainville is the worlds largest containership under French flag. (Image: P. Plisson / CMA / CGM)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 17.3 percent to $259 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

ICTSI Colombia Gears for 2016 Launch

SPIA staff and officials welcome the arrival of the terminal’s first four quay crane

  Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), a unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Colombia, recently received four super post Panamax quay cranes (QC) and five rubber-tired gantries (RTG) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the

Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

  Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18

Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

  On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

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.   

Asia-Europe Box Rates Drop 31 pct

A Maersk containership in port (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 31 percent to $313 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Cleveland Reports Persistent Cargo Growth

Photo: Lower Lakes Towing

Buoyed by increasing returns from its creation of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, the Port of Cleveland continued to see record numbers in August, particularly in containerized cargo, the port announced.   While numbers for containers were up 300 percent through June

Asia-Europe Box Rates Drop 22.4 pct

A Maersk Containership underway (file image, credit: Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers on the world's busiest route have dropped by more than 20 percent for the second consecutive week and are now at their lowest level since July 24. Spot rates fell 22.4 percent to $456 from ports in Asia to Northern Europe after a fall of 22

APM Terminals Liberia Sees Economic Recovery

George Adjei at New York Investment Conference

  Addressing the US - Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York City, APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei points to a 30% increase in import container traffic at Liberia’s largest port as a reason for great confidence in Liberian investment.  

Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Underwater listening station launched to better understand impact of ship noise on at-risk whales   Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of

China Merchants, China COSCO Buy Turkey Terminal

Photo by Kumport Terminal

 China Merchants Holdings (International) Co. Ltd.  along with Cosco Pacific Ltd., a unit of China Investment Corp. and Euro-Asia Oceangate will pay US$919.9 million to buy a 64.5% stake in Fina Liman from Fina Holding.   Fina Liman is an investment-holding company that owns and

Richmond Now Destination for CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has signed an agreement with the Port of Virginia to add the Port of Richmond as a destination for shippers booking cargo on its ships.   The Port Virginia announced a cooperative effort with ocean carrier CMA CGM that will greatly enhance service at the Port of Richmond

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

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