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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

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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

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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.


AWO, Stakeholders 'Barge In' at Capitol Hill

American Waterways Operators discuss U.S. jobs, vessel discharges and national security with members of Congress during annual Barge-In. (PRNewsFoto/American Waterways Operators)

American Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry Urged Support for American Jobs, Vessel Discharge Reform, and Waterways Infrastructure.   Members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Shipping Sector Emissions: LNG, Methanol Lead the Pack

Greenhouse gas emissions of EUs shipping sector are substantial, representing 4% of the EU’s total GHG emissions in 2013.  Photo: Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change.   


Senate Approves Strong Funding for USACE

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

The FY ’17 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill has been approved by the U.S. Senate in a 90-8 vote, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program.  


Gender Identity Spat Sinks Spending Bill

The rancorous political debate over sexual identity unexpectedly prompted the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to rejected an energy and water spending bill on Thursday after Democrats attached an amendment to protect the rights of transgender people.


Bouchard's Newest ATB Christened in New Orleans

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Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the naming of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and the B. No. 272 at the christening ceremony held on Thursday, February 18 in New Orleans.   The ceremony began with remarks from Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President/CEO, Morton S


US to Award $800 Mln in Transport Grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program. The FASTLANE program is a new program in the Fixing America’s Surface


One Small Step toward Sustainable Coastal Shipping

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Short sea shipping is alive and well on America’s East Coast.   In the United States, counties and states directly on the shoreline constitute less than 10 percent of the total land area (not including Alaska), but account for 39 percent of the total population


Legislation Passed to Protect Great Lakes

Senator Gary Peters. Photo: Official Website.

 The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, in addition to improving safety and oversight.   The bill increases standards for pipeline workers operating near or in the


Kuwait to Let Private Sector Manage Ports

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Kuwait's government plans legislation that will let the private sector manage commercial ports and the country's international airport, with the government retaining its ownership of the assets, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday.  


Avoiding Snags from Container Weighing Rules

Thomas Juchum (Photo: EUROMOVERS International)

Moving company network making sure new legislation does not stop transferees having a smooth relocation   Every human resources professional who is involved in relocating key staff internationally will know how important the smooth movement of household goods can be for transferees


Long Beach Port Appoints 3 Directors

Harbor Commission fills positions by promoting from within Photo Port of Long Beach

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the appointments of new directors for the Port of Long Beach’s Finance, Surveys and Transportation Planning divisions. Maurina Lee, previously the Harbor Department’s controller, will become the Director of Finance


Cyprus Pushes Through Limassol Port Privatisation

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 The Cyprus government managed to push through parliament legislation finalizing the privatization of commercial operations at the island's primary Limassol port despite lacking a majority in parliament, reports Famagusta Gazette.  


VT Halter Launches Tug for Bouchard

Frederick E Bouchard launch Photo Courtesy VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces the launch of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, at its Moss Point Marine Shipyard Facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi on Thursday, March 31, 2016. M/V Frederick E


AWO President Champions the Jones Act

Tom Allegretti (File photo)

On April 14 in testimony before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators (AWO), will press for continued defense of the Jones Act and a uniform federal


DP World Ready for Container Weighing Globally

DP World will ensure customers will continue to have a seamless port user experience across its global network Photo DP World

DP World is prepared for the implementation of the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation which comes into effect on 1 July, 2016. The new regulation mandates that shippers of goods must obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of laden export






 
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