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Coast Guard Sets Security Zones for Passenger Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard is implementing a 100-yard security zone to include passenger vessels operating in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. This includes, but is not limited to, the Washington State Ferries. Post-Sept. 11 security zones prohibited boaters from approaching within 100 yards of U.S. military vessels and tankers; and operate at minimum speeds within 500 yards. The Coast Guard is now also imposing security zones in the vicinity of all passenger vessels more than 100 feet in length. “The U.S. Coast Guard is taking appropriate security measures consistent with the change in the Homeland Security Advisory System level,” said Capt. Danny Ellis, Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office Puget Sound. “We are working closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; port leaders; and industry representatives to safeguard the security of the port, waterways, and facilities.”


The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities: OECD Synthesis Report

A new OECD report, The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report, outlines the role of ports in urban and national economies. The report, to be released in Rotterdam on 9, September 2013, provides policy recommendations to increase the positive economic impacts and mitigate negative impacts related to environment, land use and traffic congestion. OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves LETERME and Mr. Olaf MERK, the main author of the report, will outline key findings


Port Leaders To Focus on Trade and Security at Convention

Port authority leaders from across the Western Hemisphere will gather from September 22 - 26, 2002, at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, to address issues such as trade trends, maritime security, financing requirements at ports, and cruise operations. The 91st Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is expected to attract up to 800 delegates and guests to Palm Beach. The Port of Palm Beach will serve as host and plans a number of social events to


TWIC Enrollment Deadline Draws Near-South Carolina

Starting December 1, port workers must have a TWIC to gain unescorted access to facilities in all port facilities. A TWIC is required for any individual requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, such as vessel crewmembers, longshoremen, truckers, agents, and contractors. It can take four to six weeks from the time of enrollment to the time that an applicant receives their TWIC, so port workers need to enroll as soon as possible to meet the December 1enforcement date.


AECOM to Design New South African Port

Transnet awards AECOM a US$3.4-million contract to initiate the design of the Durban Dig Out Port in South Africa. The project is a brownfield redevelopment for a new seaport complex to be built by excavating nearshore vacated land that will serve as a gateway for containers destined for the Greater Durban Area and the Gauteng Industrial Complex. It will also accommodate the region’s liquid bulk and motor vehicle handling.


AAPA Honors Three for Port Industry Service

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – a trade group representing ports throughout the Western Hemisphere – today at its 103rd Annual Convention and Expo in Houston honored three port industry leaders. Receiving AAPA’s Distinguished Service Award were former Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani and Dr. Bory Steinberg, founder and principal of the water resources advisory firm of Steinberg & Associates, and a former U.S


Cruise Ship To Host E8 Leaders

A luxury liner called "The European Vision" which will act as a floating hotel for leaders of the world's top industrialized nations next month docked in Genoa on Wednesday. With the exception of President George W. Bush and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, all Group of Eight (G8) leaders will have a berth on the 58,500 ton cruise liner during their July 20-22 summit. This means Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Japan, Germany, France


Port of New Hampshire Enhances Security

Security at the Port of New Hampshire is expected to be enhanced by the acquisition of a boat, which would be used to fight maritime fires and help in other water-based emergencies, the Union Leader reports. The vessel is expected to be ready by the fall of next year. The future city fireboat is one portion of the port's overall security plan. Other security improvements at the port include the construction of a new guard shack, the installation of perimeter lighting


$29m in Grants for Port Security in Washington

The funding for these grants was included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.  Senator Murray, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and a national leader on port security, fought to include $400 million for this grant program nationwide.  The funding included in the bill will be distributed to the following ports: Puget Sound (Ports of Seattle and Tacoma): $27,263,241; Port of Grays Harbor, WA: $178


Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka: Photo Port of LA

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he had chosen Seroka for the job concluded a global search to fill the Port’s top management post.


Some Roads Reopened in Brazil, Truck Strike Persists

Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Road blockages were reported at 59 locations across six states on Friday down


LA, Long Beach Ports Cooperation Approved

Federal regulators approve expanded working pact for Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles to cooperate on congestion relief   The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles received federal approval Thursday to cooperate more vigorously on finding new ways to prevent congestion and cargo


Indian Ports to Set Sail on Corporatization

Image: Indian Ports Association

 Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Union Budget 2015 that government-run ports in India will be encouraged to corporatize and become companies under the Companies Act.    In an attempt to professionalize Indian ports


Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton


Status of US West Coast Port Dispute Unclear

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The status of a dispute between shipping executives and union leaders for dock workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports was unclear on Friday, with the Journal of Commerce, which earlier reported a deal may have been reached, saying conflicting reports had emerged on the status of the nine-month-old


Brazilian Grain Trucker Blockade Continues, Threatens Harvest

Truckers protesting high diesel prices in Brazil used road blocks to restrict the flow of soy, corn and other commodities in a key grain-growing region for a third day on Friday, threatening what is expected to be a record harvest. A group of transport companies and independent truckers are


U.S. West Coast Ports Reach Tentative Deal

Photo Port of Los Angeles Courtesy Port of LA

  A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union clinched a tentative labor deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.


USCG, Australian Leaders Ink Deal

Coast Guard logo

  Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Federal Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters to highlight common missions, interests, capabilities, and opportunities for collaboration.


Refinery Strike Affects One-Fifth of U.S. Capacity

The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Sources familiar with the negotiations said talks may resume by mid-week to end the walkout by 6


NOIA: Don’t Freeze US Opportunity with Arctic Regulations

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposed Arctic Regulations on offshore oil and gas production, stating the U.S. must take steps to become a leader in Arctic Energy.  


Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


Investment Now Means Continued Prosperity in the Future

(Photo: United States Department of Transportation)

Our transportation network consists of different modes like roads, railroads, ship channels and ports. But when it comes to transporting food, building materials, bulk commodities, items used in manufacturing and finished products, each of those modes must be firing on all cylinders and in sync


U.N. Calls for Maritime Support to Libya

Image: Libya Shipping Co

 According to United Nations, Libyan authorities need an international maritime force to help as they are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, says a Reuter's report.   UN likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fell 6.5 pct

image: file photo

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.5 percent to $938 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Crowley Crew Aids Ill-fated Catamaran

Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393-foot, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran Rainmaker during a routine transit from Progresso, Mexico, to Halifax, Canada.






 
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