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AAPA's 'U.S. Port Person Of The Year' Award

 AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle

Award to precede speech on grant opportunities for reducing diesel emissions.   Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will be honored in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 7 as the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) “U.S. Port Person of the Year” at a special luncheon given by the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society.  AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle will present the award in recognition of Sen. Carper’s many contributions toward improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure, including its deep-draft navigation channels.  The award also credits Sen. Carper for his work on enhancing U.S. port security and reducing harmful diesel emissions at seaports and other transportation facilities.   AAPA’s Port Person of the Year award is presented to honor an individual or individuals whose outstanding work or service has made a significant contribution to public port authorities and/or maritime commerce in the Western Hemisphere. Nominees may be recognized for positive contributions with international impact or for benefits to ports within a country or region. “Senator Carper is one of our country’s leading public servants dedicated to advancing and growing the competitiveness of the nation’s transportation system and the maritime industry,” said Mr. Nagle


USCG Issues Traffic Management Plan for NY/NJ

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a revised Traffic Management Plan for the Port of New York and New Jersey Vessels may not approach within 150 yards of Liberty and Ellis Islands. Vessels may not approach within approximately 175 yards of the United Nations complex on the East River. Vessels are to remain at least 25 yards away from bridge piers and abutments, overhead power cables, and tunnel ventilators. Vessels and persons may not enter the waters in the immediate vicinity of Piers 84-96 in


Port Workers Begin Enrollment for Port Security Credential

Port workers, longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of Huntington/Tri-State will begin to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat. Nationwide


NYSA's Curto Honored by NY/NJ Forwarders and Brokers Assn

Joseph C. Curto, President of the New York Shipping Association

Award dinner is January 25, 2012 at Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC.     Joseph C. Curto, President of the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) has been chosen by the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc. to receive the 2012 Person of the Year Award. The prestigious award will be presented during the 95th annual dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on January 25, 2012


One dead, Dozens Missing as S.Korean Vessel Sinks

One person was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region officials said on Monday. "When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a wave," said Artur Rets, the head of the maritime rescue service in Russia's far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, adding the South Korean vessel Oriong-501 had sunk at 0530 GMT.


Maritime Quarantine & Isolation

ebola1 WEB.jpg

Seven years ago, I authored an article on quarantine and isolation.  With the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, it is time to dust off and update that article.  The concepts of quarantine and isolation lie at the juncture of medicine, law and public safety.  When these concepts intersect with the maritime community, things quickly get both interesting and complicated. Quarantine and isolation have been invoked in cases of communicable diseases throughout


USCG Allows Cosco Busan to Depart

The Coast Guard has authorized the COSCO BUSAN to resume maritime commerce. The customs hold and all orders requiring the vessel to remain in San Francisco issued by the Captain of the Port have been lifted. Required temporary repairs to the vessel have been completed, the vessel and crew have been verified safe to sail, and the vessel operator has provided a satisfactory load plan for cargo operations. Earlier issues regarding operation of the ship that were of concern have been addressed


Gunmen Attack Shipbuilding Facility

Gunmen riding in two boats attacked a waterside shipbuilding company Tuesday in Nigeria's southern oil region, injuring one person, according to an AP report. The gang escaped with spare parts as the military moved in to restore order, the report claimed. The attack in the Borokiri area of the southern oil center of Port Harcourt happened shortly after midnight, she said.


Ron Person Joins Klüber

Photo: Klϋber

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announced that Ron Person has joined its North American operations as director of business development for oil and gas. In his new role, Person will be responsible for further developing application-specific support and customer service initiatives designed to better position Klüber Lubrication as a specialty lubricant producer in the oil and gas market


One Missing After Collision on Sabine Lake

A personal craft is capsized after a collision with a tug and barge Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard, Port Arthur Fire Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are searching for a 56-year-old man after a collision occurred between the tug and barge Father Seelos and the missing man's pleasure craft about 500 feet west of Goat Island in Sabine Lake, Sunday. Missing is John Tran of Bridge City, Texas. The captain of tug Father Seelos contacted Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur at approximately 2:30 p.m. notifying them of the collision.


Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine


Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine


USCG Makes Change in Fort Pierce Inlet Safety Zone

Courtesy Coast Guard News

  The Coast Guard has made a change in the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone Thursday afternoon. Recreational vessels with less than six-foot draft are now allowed to transit through the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone upon receiving clearance from the on-scene representative.


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


OP/ED: Knowing the Rules of the Road

Michael Borgstrom, President of Chicago-based Wendella Sightseeing Boats.

Mitigating Risk of Dangerous Interactions with Recreational Rental Vessels   I am increasingly concerned about the interaction between commercial vessels and recreational craft on the Chicago River.  Even more frequently my operation is encountering people in short-term rental craft


Rescue at Sea Guidelines Updated

The updated and revised “Rescue at Sea:  A guide to principles and practice as applied to refugees and migrants” is now available for download.   The guidelines, jointly prepared by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)


Port Corpus Christi MD Retires

Port Corpus Christi.  Managing Director, Frank Brogan,

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority announces the upcoming retirement of Frank Brogan, Managing Director. Mr. Brogan will retire on February 2, 2015. He has been actively involved with the Port for over 40 years. "Frank Brogan has been the grand architect of all the port's significant


US Revises Cuba Sanctions Regulations

The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has publish revised Cuba sanctions regulations opening trade with Cuba for the first time in decades


22 Dead as Tug Capsizes in Eastern China

A total of 22 people were confirmed dead after a tugboat with 25 onboard sank on the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday afternoon. Rescuers found the body of the last missing person in the tug's cockpit at around 2pm Chinese Time according to the Jiangsu Maritime Safety


Broome Port Prepares for Cyclone

A Severe Tropical Cyclone approaching

  In preparation for a possible tropical cyclone, Broome Port was closed to shipping at 1700 hours local time yesterday (18 January) and Port Hedland is considering port evacuation from today (19 January). A Tropical Low is currently over land in the northern Kimberley and is tracking


Australian Ports on Tropical Cyclone Alert

  The ports of Port Hedland, Broome and Dampier have advised of precautions being taken in light of a Tropical Low which is expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone last night. The Tropical Low is positioned just east of Derby and tracking WSW'ly towards the coast


USCG to Address Cruise Ship Security Regulations

Photo: Cruise Port of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will hold a public meeting on February 9, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2014, under the title “Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations


LEEVAC Launches First PSV for Tidewater

LEEVAC Shipyards launched hull 367 for Tidewater Marine on Tuesday, January 27 (Photo courtesy of LEEVAC Shipyards)

On Tuesday, January 27, LEEVAC Shipyards Jennings, LLC launched hull 367, a platform supply vessel (PSV) designed by LEEVAC Design Services, LLC (300 DE-52 HAB PSV).   Hull 367, the first of a two-vessel newbuild program for Tidewater Marine, is LEEVAC’s first launch in 2015


Hundreds Sick, Royal Caribbean Cruise Cut Short

Grandeur of the Seas (Pic: Royal Caribbean)

More than 200 people who became ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are back in Baltimore, after a stomach-turning bout with norovirus.  Royal Caribbean cut short the Grandeur of the Seas' scheduled nine-day cruise trip to Jamaica, after 193 passengers and 9 crew members became ill


Rescue Crews Respond to Overturned Vessel

Picture shows the ship sinking

  Coast Guard rescue crews rescued four men from the water after their vessel capsized one nautical mile east of Port Everglades inlet Wednesday evening. An additional male was taken to Broward General Hospital for a higher level of care.






 
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