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U.S. Partners for Sea Freight Security

The United States will work with six nations in Asia, Europe and the Americas to improve port security and prevent nuclear-related smuggling by using advanced detection tools to scan containers for nuclear and radiological materials. The Secure Freight Initiative - unveiled December 7 and supported by the departments of Homeland Security, Energy, State and others - will spend $60 million to put sophisticated detection equipment in key ports to protect international commerce from the threat of nuclear weapons or the spread of radioactive contamination from an exploding dirty bomb, according to Homeland Security. Specialized X-ray equipment and optical scanners will be sent to Pakistan's Port Qasim and Honduras' Puerto Cortes in February 2007. By summer 2007, detection equipment will be operating in the British port of Southampton. The effort will expand later in 2007 to South Korea's Port Busan, Oman's Port Salalah and the Port of Singapore. Partnerships for Safe Ports Implementing the Secure Freight Initiative will address congressional requirements - established by the Safe Ports Act of 2006 - to scan 100 percent of the U.S.-bound cargo located in at least three overseas ports. The equipment bound for the ports will scan for radioactivity as well as concealed suspicious cargo. Separately, U.S. Customs and Border Control announced December 7 that the United States and Colombia will work together to prevent nuclear material from being smuggled into U.S. ports


Port Leaders to Respond to FY08 Budget Request

A news conference will be held on February 5, responding to President Bush’s FY’08 budget request and how it could adversely affect U.S. seaport security, trade and waterside access to U.S. public ports. Discussing these issues will be Kurt Nagle, president/CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities, and Warren McCrimmon, who is the seaport director for the Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Port Authority and AAPA’s 2007 U.S. Delegation chairman.


Port Leaders to Question Administration Proposed Funding

At a news conference beginning at the National Press Club, the top two leaders representing public port authorities in the United States will respond to the Bush Administration’s recommended appropriation levels for the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant program and the portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program that provides crucial navigation access to ports. Representing the American Association of Port Authorities will be Kurt Nagle


Controlling Maritime Security Cost

It is expected that the USCG will begin stepping up compliance measures and holding companies more accountable to the codes and regulations of the Maritime Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The anticipated actions by the USCG, combined with the current cost of normal security procedures, will make it increasingly more difficult for companies to balance compliance with manageable security budgets. In addition, companies that lack the knowledge and experience to maintain full compliance run the risk


Port Terminals Risk Millions with Lame Grant Strategies

Rick Eyerdam

Forget 2012; work on the funds already awarded. Port terminals risk losing their one last shot at millions in FEMA/DHS Port Security Grant Funds if they don’t act decisively before Sept. 2012.   As of Jan. 31, 2012 FEMA reports that the most at-risk port communities in America have banked $303,980,061 of the $1,369,263, 074 awarded to ports, terminals and security agencies from FY 2007 through 2010, “leaving a balance of $1,065,283,014.”


3D Vessel Tracking: A New Course in Port Traffic Control

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Marine operators and entities have long struggled with the most efficient, effective means to monitor and manage traffic in increasingly busy ports around the world. The marine industry, unlike the airline industry, is unique in that mixed with high levels of commercial traffic is a broad and ever changing mix of personal watercraft of varying sizes, with equal variables in terms of operator experience. Thus the ability to rapidly collect, compute


Concordia Orders New P-MAX Tankers

Concordia has now exercised its option at Brodosplit Shipyard in Split, Croatia, to order a further two Stena P-MAX product tankers at a predetermined price. This means that Concordia now has six vessels on order at the shipyard for delivery in 2005-2006. Superior economy, safety and environmental friendliness The vessels, called Stena P-MAX, are conceptually similar to the two V- MAX tankers utilised by Concordia to transport oil from West Africa to


Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Net Arthur Kill Contract

Arthure Kill Channel Area: Image credit US ACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) contract is for deepening NY/NJ Arthur Kill Channel to 50 feet. The contract area for this project is along Newark Bay, New Jersey and the Arthur Kill, Borough of Staten Island, New York, N.Y. Its  value is $41,368,100, cost-shared with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The project includes drilling, blasting, dredging, and disposal of rock. The Army Corps anticipates that drilling and blasting work on this


CMA CGM Announces New Dry Port in Baghdad

After more than thirty three years of continuous presence in Iraq, the CMA CGM Group will open a new bonded Dry Port near Baghdad in the Abu Ghreib area, in Iraq, in June 2013.   Exclusively managed and operated by CMA CGM, the Dry Port will be the only one in Iraq, giving customers the opportunity to custom clear their cargo near Baghdad instead of Umm Qasr, according their convenience time.   The Dry Port will connect to CMA CGM’s inland transportation network


LR to Support LNG Bunkering in Portsmouth

Aerial view of Portsmouth and ferry terminals (Photo: LR)

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is working with British port to develop operational procedures and technical standards required for safe LNG bunkering operations. LR has commenced a project to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in Portsmouth International Port. The project will position Portsmouth to develop its ambitions to become an LNG bunkering facility and hub – the first in the United Kingdom.


MNZ Opens New Office in Port Taranaki

Port Taranaki: Photo CCL 3

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) informs that for the first time in 5 years it has a permanent presence in New Plymouth on the opening of a new office at Port Taranaki staffed by full-time maritime officer Michael Vredenburg. Opening the office, MNZ Director Keith Manch said the move reflected the


USCG Closes Ports in Hawaii

  The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Hawaii Pacific, has closed ports for Big Island, Maui County to include the islands of Molokai and Lanai, and Oahu to all traffic. According to a News Release issued, all cargo operations at these ports were to be secured by 6pm yesterday.


Disabled Tankship 'Pine Galaxy' Arrives San Francisco

Pine Galaxy: File photo

According to the US Coast Guard, the disabled mixed-products tanker 'Pine Galaxy' has arrived in San Francisco for repairs. Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco


Wilmington Wharf Fire: Port of LA Update

Fire fighting: File photo

With the wharf fire in Wilmington now more than 90 percent contained, terminals at the Port of Los Angeles plan to resume full operations Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. informs the Port. Only the Pasha terminal at Berth 177, the location of the fire, will remain closed


GofM Tropical Storm Karen Fizzles Out

Image courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Satellite imagery indicates that the center of KAREN is no longer well defined and as a result it is no longer a tropical cyclone. In New Orleans cargo operations continued at Port docks Saturday as Tropical Storm Karen weakened in the central Gulf of Mexico


Port of Redwood City Receives Homeland Security Grant

Photo: Port of Redwood City

The Port of Redwood City has received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant that will enable it to conduct maritime security training and exercise planning to remain compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and to protect port personnel, property and cargo


New L.A. Harbor Commissioners Hold First Meeting

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

The newly assembled Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners held its first meeting, with four of the five-member panel newly appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Three of the commissioners are Harbor Area residents.  The Harbor Commission is expected to elect its president and


Maritime Safety & Environment Rule Changes Clock In

Image courtesy of IMO

The International Maritime Organization informs that a number of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)  and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol  entered into force or


Oil Spill Minimally Impacts Port of New Orleans

Photo: Port of New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the portion of the Mississippi River, which falls within the Port of New Orleans’ jurisdiction today at 10 a.m. The Coast Guard restricted vessel traffic on the Mississippi River Feb. 23 following a vessel collision and oil spill Feb


Research on the Passing Effects on Ships (ROPES): Results

File photo

Bechtel says it announced the results of its research at the PIANC World Congress in San Francisco, confirming that in restricted waters, the wash from passing ships can exert large forces on moored vessels, mooring lines and fender loads, creating dangerous conditions.


Oil Tanker Missing Off Ghana Coast Amid Report Of Piracy

Possible Attack by Pirates

A Liberia-flagged oil tanker has gone missing off the coast of Ghana and a senior port official told Reuters on Saturday the captain sent a distress call to say the vessel was attacked by pirates. The Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis last made contact with its manager


Ships Calling at Dubai to Comply with Environmental Norms

  Ships calling DP World/PCFC ports in Dubai are required to strictly comply with PCFC-EHS Ports and Maritime Regulations and IMO Marpol Annex VI –Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, as amended to maintain the port environment cleaner and safer for the port


Coast Guard Medevacs 19 Crew from Cargo Ship

Medevac by helicopter: Photo USCG

Nineteen sick crew-members, thought to be suffering from food poisoning aboard the 584-foot cargo ship 'JS Comet' have been hoisted from their anchored vessel 3 miles off Port Canaveral, Florida. USCG informs that two MH-60 helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater safely hoisted


ABS, MPA to Collaborate on Maritime R&D

ABS Vice President of Operations, Pacific Division Derek Novak and MPA Chief Executive Andrew Tan sign the memorandum of understanding. (Photo: ABS)

ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to promote maritime research and development (R&D) and innovation. Over the next five years, ABS and MPA will collaborate on maritime R&D in the areas of alternative/clean fuel


Port Manatee's 3 projects to get underway

Port Manatee Aerial view

Port Manatee has been awarded a $1,837,500 security grant, allowing the port to proceed with three significant projects. The award, the second-highest for any Florida port in the latest round of grants offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency






 
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