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U.S. Foreign Waterborne Transportation Statistics Released

On February 27, 2002, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released November 2001 official U.S. foreign waterborne transportation statistics. Year-to-date figures through November 2001 show an increase in volume of 3 percent for imports and a 5 percent decrease in volume for exports over the same time period for 2000. The figures are all derived from the Waterborne Databank, detailed public U.S. foreign waterborne transportation cargo files, which are now available from MARAD.


BTS Releases 2001 Statistics

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released National Transportation Statistics 2001. The report notes that there are 8,379 U.S. self-propelled vessels (of which 454 are oceangoing vessels of 1,000 gross tons or more). There are 33, 387 U.S. non-self-propelled vessels and 12,738,271 recreational vessels. U.S. vessels comprise approximately 2 percent of the world's international fleet. While a large number of U.S


U.S. Ranks Second in Maritime Container Traffic

The United States ranks second in world maritime container traffic with one in nine maritime containers in the world either bound for or coming from the United States, according to “America’s Container Ports: Delivering the Goods,” a new report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that U.S


Can Fracking Waste be Carried on the Water?

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The barging industry has the answer. It’s nowhere near as complicated as it seems. As shale gas production continues to ramp up across the United States, millions of gallons of wastewater is created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That waste, referred to as shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW), or frack water, needs transport to storage and reprocessing facilities around the U.S., including disposal sites in Louisiana, Texas and Ohio


Algoma Central Chief Challenges Marine Industry

During the annual Marine Club Dinner, Peter Cresswell, president and CEO of Algoma Central Corp., told 1,200 shipping and marine industry executives the future of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway is in peril. "Deregulation in both the rail and trucking industries, and U.S. subsidies favoring the Mississippi marine route, have threatened the economic viability of this transportation wonder," Cresswell said. "In turn


AWO Announces Record Low Oil Spills as Earth Day Approaches

As Earth Day approaches, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) announced that 2010 saw the lowest-ever recorded number of tank barge oil spills.  The 2010 spill statistics newly released by the U.S. Coast Guard show that the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry had a record low of 75 spills and a record low volume of 919 gallons spilled.   AWO is recognized as the industry’s safety leader, with its members required to comply with the AWO-developed Responsible Carrier


Big Box Segment Carries Most US Loads Say IANA

Image courtesy of IANA

Domestic container volume continued its steady performance in the second quarter of 2013 with 9 percent year-over-year gains, largely attributable to a strong big box segment, with total intermodal traffic rising by 2.4 percent for the quarter, reports industry trade association IANA. International volume was unable to build on its solid Q1 growth, falling 1.3 percent in Q2 after posting 3 percent gains in Q1. This decline can be attributed to surprisingly weak shipments in June


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

Photo courtesy of Siemens

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project. The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015. SMC, based on the UK Yorkshire coast, have been working offshore undertaking marine coordination for the 80 turbine site. SMC provides specialist services to the offshore renewable and oil and gas sectors


Waterborne Freight in the UK

The latest (2007) annual National Statistics on waterborne freight in the UK produced by the Department for Transport, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority, shows that: •    Traffic on UK domestic waters accounted for 5 per cent (126 million tonnes) of all goods lifted in the UK, and 20 per cent (51 billion tonne-kilometres) of all goods moved in 2007. •    Over the decade to 2007


ISU Publishes Annual Review and Statistics

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The International Salvage Union has published is Annual Review for 2013 which formally sets out the governance and work of the ISU which is the global trade association representing the interests of its members who are marine salvors. The ISU Annual Review includes a summary of the annual statistics collected from its members to provide an overview of the state of the salvage industry. The 2013 figures show a substantial industry with total revenues, not profit, of more than $700 million


MOL’s Coal Carrier for Tokyo Electric Power

Coal carrier Hakutaka

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the coal carrier Hakutaka, which will serve Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. was delivered at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation on March 26, 2015. The vessel jointly developed by Sanoyas Shipyard and MOL


Senate Confirms Doyle to Another Term

William P. Doyle

The United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle to another term in office as a Federal Maritime Commissioner on the evening of March 23, 2015.  The vote was a unanimous 89 in favor, 0 opposed, and 11 senators not voting.   Upon confirmation, Commissioner Doyle said


EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter


Transport Sector to Give Lift to Oil Demand

Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies. Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for 71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to the U.S


Richmond Ferry Service to Become a Reality

Nina Rannells of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Courtesy SFBT

  At its meeting of March 5, the Board of Directors of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) approved a Cooperative Agreement with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Richmond to provide operating subsidy for proposed Richmond ferry service


Egypt on a War Footing to Expand Suez Canal

Image by Suez Canal Authority

 The Suez Canal Authority is in a race to quickly expand the vital waterway for two-way traffic by August 2015, says an Associate Press report. Workers dig round the clock on Suez Canal expansion, hoping for surge in East-West trade.  


Indonesia: Port Operation to Go Online in September

Port of Tanjung Priok (Image by PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia)

 The Indonesian government is expected to start operation of a new online system at the country’s four major ports in September this year.   The operation of the long awaited Inaportnet system, which will allow traders to request clearances and permits online to move cargoes will


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


CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

Picture by the CMA CGM Group

 French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets.   Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)


Taiwan's Lighthouses Major Tourist Attractions

Pengjiayu Light (Photo: Directorate General of Customs)

 The government of Taiwan is planning to open another two lighthouses to the public since such structures have become major tourism attractions in the country, the Maritime and Port Bureau informed.   By 2015-end Chimei Yu Lighthouse on Penghu and Fukwei Chiao Lighthouse in New Taipei


Transportation Sec., Maritime Administrator, VP Biden Visit Charleston Port

 Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen at the Wando Welch Terminal Project in Charleston as part of the secretary’s four-day, five state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour aimed at encouraging Congress to act on


Kvichak Delivers 2 Boats to West Coast Launch

Photo: Capt. Doug Davis of West Coast Launch Ltd.

Kvichak Marine delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ crew/pilot boats to West Coast Launch, Ltd. (WCL), which operates year-round as a water transportation company in Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada.    The new vessels, Lelu and Kitson


"Hyperloop" Development Underway: Forbes

Space-X founder Elon Musk proposed the hyperloop in 2013 (Photo from Musks Twitter profile)

The next phase of transportation technology, which could eventually replace the entire shipping industry, is under development, Forbes reported today. In a 3,500 word feature that will appear in the March 2nd issue, Forbes staff writer Bruce Upbin examines two companies that are racing to design


Maersk Axes Capacity on South America-Europe Trade

Photo credit: Maersk Line

 Danish liner giant Maersk Line has cut capacity by 10 percent on the trade between the east Coast of South America and Europe and the Mediterranean in response to the “steady decline” in market demand.   It has decided to axe the capacity as it battles with an


USCG Launch Redesigned Boating Safety Website

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  The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety has officially launched its redesigned Boating Safety website to provide easier navigation for recreational boaters to locate the information they need. "The newly redesigned website has a fresh look that is aligned






 
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