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Port Manatee Gains Funding for Harbor Deepening Study

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Port Manatee and its stakeholders look to benefit from full federal funding of a feasibility study related to deepening of its channel and harbor area, the port said. Manatee Harbor, near the Gulf of Mexico entrance to Tampa Bay, is one of only 10 waterways in the continental United States identified for such U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding in the fiscal 2016 civil works budget announced by President Obama Monday, February 2. “Port Manatee is deeply appreciative of this funding, which represents a milestone in our efforts to reach our target harbor depth of 45 feet, which will allow us to accommodate the majority of vessels transiting the expanded Panama Canal,” said Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee, the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the canal, where a new, larger traffic lane is slated for opening in early 2016. Manatee Harbor, which currently has a depth of 40 feet, is targeted to receive $700,000 in feasibility study funding in the federal budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2015, covering the complete expense of the study. In addition, the budget includes $300,000 for maintenance and $100,000 for operation of Manatee Harbor. “We are thrilled at the prospects of being able to serve larger ships for generations to come,” Buqueras said

More Money Given to Civil Works Budget

Waterways Council, Inc. expressed its appreciation to Congress which, in the recently completed lame duck session, passed an omnibus spending package which allocates $4.7 billion in FY 2005 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program. The bill includes $331.5 million for the Inland Waterways Users Board’s priority navigation projects – a $61 million increase over last year’s appropriations and $64.6 million over the President’s FY 2005 request for these projects.

Ports – US Harbor Maintenance Funding

House of Congress budget debate includes discussion on problem of underfunded harbor maintenance Some detail of the discussion follows: Unlike the past several years, this year's budget debate included some discussion of the longstanding problem of underfunded harbor maintenance.  This recognition of the harbor maintenance issue by the House Budget Committee is a positive small step forward.  The text of H. Con. Res

UK Shipping Carbon Budget Decision Deferred

UK Government announce its decision on international aviation and shipping emissions. Government will defer a decision on whether to include international aviation and shipping emissions in carbon budgets until the setting of the fifth carbon budget in 2016, by which point there should be more clarity on how aviation emissions will be tackled at an EU and global level. Last month, the European Commission proposed that it would suspend international aspects of the aviation EU Emissions

U.S. Port Security and the Impact of Sequester & Budget Woes

Coast Guard transportable port security boats attached to Port Security Unit 308 and riverine command boats from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 practice maneuvers together in the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Brunson)

Impact of the Sequester and Budget Showdowns on Ports and Port Security & the Outlook for WRDA   This article describes the impact of the “sequester” and budget showdowns on ports and port security, and also gives a preview of the House-Senate Conference on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  On the one hand, ports and port security have been severely hampered by the ongoing budget battles, as has the rest of the U.S. Government and economy

Omnibus Bill Boosts Funding for USACE Projects

Michael J. Toohey, President/CEO, WCI

Upon review of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is pleased with the FY 2014 Energy & Water Development Appropriations funding level of $5.467 billion, a $748 million increase over the FY 2013 post-sequester enacted level. Within the Civil Works budget, the Construction General Account receives $1.656 billion and provides $163 million for the Olmsted Lock and Dam project

Shipbuilding Industry Bears Brunt of Cuts in Pentagon Budget

Strained by the demands of a major ground war and a sweeping overhaul of U.S. forces for an uncertain future, the Pentagon faces a severe budget challenge. According to the Providence Journal, while Congress and the Bush administration are working on a very large spending program for the military, the outlay for shipbuilding will be tight -- a prospect that is hurting the industry. The Navy's problem, says one Washington analyst, is not a lack of ships

FY’09 Federal Budget Proposal Falls Short For Ports

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced it is disappointed that the Bush Administration has proposed still another annual budget that would significantly underfund the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) 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. While the Administration did increase its funding request for a key program that provides incentives to reduce

AAPA: Mixed Reaction on Proposed 2013 Budget

With the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) expressed both accolades, and some disappointment, over various aspects of the budget pertaining to ports and the efficient and secure movement of freight. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, said that, even though the Administration’s budget includes cuts in order to meet the Budget Control Act passed by Congress last year, there are bright spots for seaports

Harbor Commission Approves Port Budget - Long Beach

Capital improvement projects move ahead with $579 million in funding for Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, July 14, approved an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for a robust building and modernization program. For the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2014, the Harbor Department plans to spend $579 million on capital projects ? part of a decade-long, $4 billion investment in Port upgrades and efficiency improvements

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

Allowing US Oil Export Could Push Crude Prices Higher -CBO

Lifting the ban on U.S. crude exports could push the price of domestic oil up roughly $2.50 a barrel in the coming decade, a report from the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday.   "CBO estimates that authorizing exports of domestically produced crude oil without restrictions

Indonesian Parliament Okays Subs from Russia

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 Indonesia signaled its intent to purchase two submarines from Russia to bolster its current fleet, reports the Jakarta Post.   The government's plan to purchase Kilo-class submarines from Russia has received support from the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defence and

Sacyr Says Will Deliver Panama Canal expansion on Time

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 The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016.   The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)

EMGS 2Q Revenue Falls

EMGS reports second quarter 2015 results

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) recorded revenues of USD 12.1 million in the second quarter 2015, down from 32.3 million in the previous quarter and from USD 42.5 million in the second quarter 2014. Contract sales ended at USD 4

ASRY 2015 Strategy Combats Challenging Market

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Up to May 2015, ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), was seeing encouraging results from it’s 2015 strategy to combat the widespread challenges facing the maritime repair market, particularly shipowners reduced repair budgets. In terms of revenue

Draft Increase at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River

The draft for the Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River has been increased from 45 to 47 feet following dredging, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. In early August, heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels reduced the

Keppel Delivers Jackup to UMW-OG

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Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered UMW Naga 8, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Malaysia’s UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Berhad (UMW-OG). It was completed 32 days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record

Hornblower Cruises & Events names Loebl Sr VP, Marine Operations

Gordon Loebl

  Hornblower Cruises & Events (HCE) has just named Gordon Loebl Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, according to Chairman and CEO Terry MacRae.  Loebl will be responsible for supporting Hornblower Cruises & Events’ multiple home ports; overseeing facilities

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Receives Final Approval

Press Release - The 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project announced receipt of its Chief's Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their final substantive approval required for the project to progress through construction. The report by Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick

Tough Times Loom for Offshore Energy Insurance -IUMI

Speaking at this year’s IUMI conference in Berlin, Simon Williams, Chairman of IUMI’s offshore energy committee reported continuous growth in the sector with 2015 capacity reaching around $7 billion, though he cautioned that $5.5 billion was more realistic.  

BCG Debuts Desktop Ship Simulator

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Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. launched a turnkey desktop ship simulator that adds a visual component to the company’s existing line of radar and communication simulation products.   The system represents the integration of BCG products with third party software for a complete

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Emerging Tech of Online Education and Training

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The emerging technology tool is embraced by award winning West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Inland Logistics and Marine Institute and its students. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a

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