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MarAd Names New Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development

The Maritime Administration has appointed H. Keith Lesnick its new Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development.  In his new role as associate administrator, Lesnick will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation; the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services; the Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities; the Office of Shipper and Carrier Outreach; and the agency’s nationwide Gateway offices in New York, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va.  Lesnick joined the Maritime Administration in 1995 as a special assistant to the maritime administrator and, prior to this promotion, served as director of the agency’s Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities.  As such, he was responsible for overseeing the authorization, construction, and operation of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil receiving facilities in the .  He also provided oversight to the Direct Surplus Federal Property Port Conveyance/Land Redevelopment Program, a conveyance program that transfers surplus federal real property to state and local public entities for port-expansion purposes.

Banks Won't Fund Coal Port Expansion near Reef

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank AG, has declared it will not finance a controversial coal port expansion in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, responding to calls from environmental groups and tourism operators. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, also signalled on Friday it would be unlikely to finance the project. Deutsche Bank's stand marks a win for those opposed to $26 billion worth of coal projects that plan to use the Abbot Point port

Thailand Port Expansion Opposed by Residents

Residents oppose construction of the third phase of the Laem Chabang deep-sea port, demand a halt in the project The move comes after the Transport Ministry proposed a 120-billion-baht (US$ 3.7-billion) project over seven years to expand the busy Chon Buri port. The port has undergone two development phases, and Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan is calling for a third phase, advised by Team Group. The proposed expansion will increase the port's annual cargo-handling capacity to 18

Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to expand a coal port but will make them pay for it themselves.   "The Queensland Government is restarting the approvals process for expanding the Abbot Point coal terminal in north

Indonesia Port Dredging Contract for Van Oord

Tanjung Priok: Photo courtesy of Van Oord

Van Oord wins contract with PT PP (Persero) TBK for deepening the port and reclaiming land for a new terminal area in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. The contract is part of the Kalibaru North Container Terminal Phase 1 Project, which will expand the port of Tanjung Priok by 4.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units). The client for the large port expansion is IPC, Indonesian Port Corporation. The entire project will take approximately three years to complete and provides a sustainable

AAPA Testifies on Seaport Security

Kurt J. Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), testified on seaport security before the House Transportation and Infra­structure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. On the issue of the proposed acquisition of P&O Ports by DP World, Nagle indicated that in reviewing a transaction of this type, “it is the appropriate role of the federal government to determine if there are national security concerns with any

Port Completes Purchase of World Trade Center Tacoma Building

The Port of Tacoma has completed a $6.8 million purchase of the World Trade Center Tacoma Building. Located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, the 70,000-square foot building had been owned by a local, private partnership. The land was -- and will continue to be -- owned by the Port of Tacoma. Bob Emerson, the Port's Director of Real Estate, notes that the modern, five-story office building is wired with fiber optic connectivity and a desirable location --

Jaenichen Visits Port of Hueneme

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen met today with Port of Hueneme officials and Port customers for an industry stakeholder meeting and tour of the Port of Hueneme and Navy Base Ventura County. BMW, Global Auto Processing Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Chiquita, Del Monte, Yara, the ILWU and Port Stevedores participated in a strategic round table discussion focusing on partnership opportunities, marine highway trade and Port priorities moving forward.

Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching. Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate, the reports says.

ECO to Add 40-Plus Vessels, Expand Port Facilities

The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies announced plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. New Vessels The Chouest newbuild order book contains more than 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S.-affiliate shipyards: North American Shipbuilding (Larose, La.), LaShip (Houma, La.), Gulf Ship (Gulfport, Miss.) and Tampa Ship (Tampa, Fla.), as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

Image: DP World

 DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.   DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall

New Chair for Townsville Port

Renita Garard is the new chair of Port of Townsville

  The Palaszczuk Government has appointed one of Queensland’s most respected businesswomen, Renita Garard as the new Chair of the Port of Townsville. In a statement released earlier today, Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said that Ms Garard was being appointed at a pivotal time in Port

Sacyr Says Will Deliver Panama Canal expansion on Time

Photo credit: Laestrella

 The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016.   The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)

EBRD buys into Turkish Port Operator

Photo credit: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has acquired stake in Turkish cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH), one of the world’s largest port operating companies.   In a statement, the bank said the minor stake would be used to finance GPH's

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

Container Growth Up at GPA

Photo: GPA

Geargia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.    The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the

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.  

Kalmar, RCI JV Begin Jetty Construction in Taicang, China

RCI jetty ground breaking ceremony

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate the ground breaking of a new jetty at RCI's facilities in Taicang, China today.   RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China

Savannah Harbor Dredging Begins

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 The dredging project in the Savannah Harbor began on Monday. The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency overseeing the harbor expansion, says that the project started on Tybee Island as crews on a 220-foot dredging barge worked about 5 miles offshore.  

King’s Lynn, Ipswich Ports Record Grain Exports

The Alexandra Silo Complex at the Port of King’s Lynn

  ABP’s ports of King’s Lynn and Ipswich have handled record levels of grain exports.   Following extensive levels of investment in facilities, both ports enjoyed the highest number of exports in the month of August.  

APM Terminals Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service

APM Terminals Pipavav handles RORO vessel

  With 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles loaded onto the Grand Dahlia on August 27th for delivery to Mexico, a new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav commenced. The 59,217 gross ton roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) vessel was the first to call Western India’s

China Merchants Profit up 29pct

Photo:  China Merchants Holdings (International) Co., Ltd

 While China’s ports continue to face growth pressure, the country’s largest port operator is reaping the rewards of years of investments in overseas projects.   China Merchants Holdings (International) reported first-half net profit rose 29 per cent to HK$2

Break Bulk in Rotterdam on the Way Up

Liebherr mobile crane being delivered at the new break bulk terminal of Pacorini Metals in the Merwehaven.

  The opening of a new break bulk terminal is one of the many developments and investments in the break bulk sector in the port of Rotterdam; a sector that has been very much on the up in recent years. The new Liebherr crane helped Pacorini establish itself, on 1 August, on a 12

Sri Lankan Shipping Firm to Launch Vizag, Yangon Service

Image: Visakha container terminal

 Sri Lanka based shipping company- Herbilan Shipping Pvt Ltd is all set to launch Colombo-Vizag-Yangon (Myanmar)-Colombo service from September 1, reports the Hindu.    “One of the main reasons for Herbilan Shipping to launch the service is to give direct connectivity with

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