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AAPA Lauds Committment to Fix HMT Inequity

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In a May 23 guest editorial on Politico.com, titled How to Fix American Transportation, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) called on his Congressional colleagues to "...act now to craft legislation that can help create long-term jobs, reduce the massive federal bureaucracy, streamline project delivery and provide flexibility to states so they can address their infrastructure needs."  He specifically addressed the federal harbor maintenance tax issue by stating "...despite growing maritime infrastructure needs, these funds are not being used for their intended purpose of maintaining our ports." Chairman Mica's vision for reauthorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation goes beyond the traditional "highway bill" approach and is expected to address road, rail, transit and maritime for a comprehensive solution to many of the transportation problems the nation faces. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has urged the committee to include a maritime title in the transportation bill to address the harbor maintenance tax problem and navigation project development inefficiencies. In meetings this year with Chairman Mica, AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle stressed the need for full use of the tax to meet dredging needs nationwide and called for a solution to ensure that the annual revenue collected would be fully used for maintaining the nation's ports and harbors at


Senate O.K.s U.S. Waterways Improvement Bill

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to improve transportation on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for Midwestern farmers shipping bulk commodities. The legislation provided $2 million for the initial phase of the Upper Mississippi and Illinois waterway system navigation modernization project. The project will redesign and expand seven locks -- five on the Mississippi and two on the Illinois -- that currently delay shipments on the river because the locks are too small to handle


Senator Collins Won't Support New Port Security Measure

According to reports, proposed legislation that would require mandatory screening of all maritime cargo is being called overkill by some leaders. Senator Collins, a ranking member of the Homeleand Security Committee, says the proposed legislation goes too far and would bog down waterfront commerce. Legislation now being proposed in congress would require all cargo moving through our ports to be scanned for dangerous materials.


CMK’S Furman Authors Security Pamphlet

 Photo courtesy Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC

Richard L. Furman, Esq., member of Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC (CMK) of New York, has authored “Cargo Transportation Security: Legislation and Regulation Through 2009,” a pamphlet published by Matthew Bender.   The terror attacks on September 11, 2001, made clear the need for comprehensive and integrated cargo and transportation security laws and regulations. Furman’s pamphlet discusses the principal legislation and regulations currently in effect, directed at cargo


Gov. Christie Signs Bill to End Cargo Fees

Photo: Global Terminal & Container Services

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S2747/A4170 into law. This legislation, which received unanimous bipartisan support from the entire legislature, will eliminate the Port of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) cargo facility fee.  In 2011, the PANYNJ  became the only port agency in the country to impose a cargo facility charge on all containers, including empties.  The fee charged is $4.95 for 20-foot containers, $9.90 for 40-containers, and $1


WCI Names Zea as Director

Tracy Zea (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has named Tracy R. Zea as its Director-Government Relations, effective August 4.  He will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will primarily advocate for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system.  Zea will also work to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Maritime Security Legislation Passed

Public port authorities commend Congress for passing S. 1214, the “Maritime Transportation Security Act,” which sets out a framework on how to protect America from terrorism threats in the marine environment. "We commend Congressional leaders from both parties for making passage of Federal Maritime Transportation Security legislation a priority in the lame duck session. Chairman Hollings (D-SC), Senator McCain (R-AZ), Senator Graham (D-FL), Senator Breaux


AAPA Lauds Focus of Senate Transportation Proposal

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle

Senate EPW’s 2-year reauthorization proposal includes much of AAPA’s platform. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) supports a number of the provisions included in legislation marked up today by the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. S.1813—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21— would fund highway programs at $85.3 billion over two years, contains no project earmarks


NGA Hears Plea to Strengthen US Transportation Infrastructure

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At the recent National Governors Association meeting, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) spoke with the nation's governors about strengthening the country’s transportation infrastructure. Shuster highlighted his committee’s plan to consider a bill to reauthorize the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) next month.  He describes the legislation as an unprecedented effort to reform water resources policy in a


Bill Promotes US LNG Vessel Transport

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5270, the Growing American Shipping Act, which aims to modernize U.S. LNG shipping export laws and strengthen the maritime industry. The Subcommittee’s Chairman, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50), joined the legislation as an original cosponsor.


CSX Plans $272 Million Intermodal Rail Terminal in NC

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 Florida-based transportation giant CSX Corp. is planning a $272 million intermodal rail terminal in North Carolina serving the Raleigh region that it envisions as a major transportation hub to make the state’s ports more competitive.  


Ferries: An Economic Driving Force

Serge A. Buy

While most people know that ferries are a method of transportation, few have a good understanding of the nature of the sector and its importance. In Canada, ferries transport more than 55 million passengers, over 19 million vehicles, billions of dollars’ worth of goods and they employ close


U.S. Senate Starts Debate on Broad Energy Bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began debate on the country's first major energy bill in over eight years, featuring measures aimed at protecting the electric power grid against cyber attacks and speeding the export of liquefied natural gas.


More than 100 Graduate from SUNY Maritime

Morton Bouchard III, President & CEO of Bouchard Transportation

More than 100 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees at State University of New York Maritime College Jan. 29.   Graduates represent 15 fields of study, a quarter of them at the graduate level. More than 60 of them will also graduate with U.S


TIGER Revs Up the Hoosier State

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Since 1985, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville has played an important role in handling millions of tons of steel, grain, fertilizer, salt and other bulk cargoes for both inbound and outbound markets – domestic and abroad.   Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky


Interferry Leads Search for Ro-pax MRV Solution

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In an initiative led by trade association Interferry, a special correspondence group has been formed to recommend sector-specific metrics for ro-pax vessels under pending implementation rules for European Union (EU) legislation on the monitoring


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

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VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard


Bauer Gear Motor Hosts Energy Efficiency Tech Forum

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Electric motors are estimated to consume 70 percent of all the energy used in industry. Bearing this in mind, it’s no small wonder that there is an ongoing process of legislation requiring new technologies to adhere to ever higher standards of efficiency


House Passes Bill Axing Oil Export Ban, Obama Veto Looms

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging bill on energy reforms on Thursday that includes a measure to repeal the 40-year-old oil export ban, but the legislation did not get enough votes to overturn a potential veto by President Barack Obama.  


Royston Diesel Power Wins UK Support

L to R - Dr Kayvan Pazouki of Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science & Technology with Lawrence Brown, managing director of Royston Diesel Power. (Photo: Royston)

UK-based Royston Diesel Power has secured funding support from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, for its flagship $2.2 million Managing Energy on Marine Vessels technology program.   The program aims to develop a new system for whole-vessel energy monitoring and usage


White House Opposes Moves to End Crude Oil Exports Ban

The White House said on Tuesday that it continues to oppose legislation that would lift a longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports, and urged Republicans to focus on funding the government without attaching unrelated measures ahead of a looming deadline.


NOIA Rebuts “Red Herring” Study on Atlantic Development

(NOIA) Randall Luthi President of the National Ocean Industries Association

  NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement regarding a report released today by SELC which attempts to discredit an earlier study by Quest Offshore:   “The Quest Study estimates the potential for jobs, economic activity and government revenue that could be


Sound Energy Reports Progress On Moroccan, Italian Licences

James Parsons, Sound Energys Chief Executive Officer Photo Sound Energy

  Sound Energy, the European/Mediterranean focused upstream gas company, is pleased to provide the following update on its Moroccan and Italian gas portfolio.   Tendrara, Morocco Further to the recently announced signatures with Schlumberger of both the strategic partnership across


SUNY Maritime to Honor Mort Bouchard

Morton S. Bouchard (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Company)

The State University of New York Maritime College will confer the honorary degree of doctor of science degree on Morton S. Bouchard III, the president and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., during winter 2016 commencement exercises Friday, January 29.   


House Votes to Sink WOTUS Rule

Bill Shuster (Photo: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 253-166 Wednesday to eliminate a recent Obama Administration rule that gives the federal government new authority to regulate virtually all waters or wet areas in the United States.   The House approved S. J






 
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