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Port Manatee Gains Funding for Harbor Deepening Study

Photo courtesy: Port Manatee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Statoil Follows Shell out of Alaska

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska's Chukchi Sea, just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned the treacherous waters there after spending billions on oil exploration work.   The latest pullback comes as oil companies slash spending on expensive offshore

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Seaspan's Vancouver Office

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO. Courtesy Seaspan

  Seaspan hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce it has officially started construction on a new head office in North Vancouver. The 7,800 square metre (84,000 square foot) corporate headquarters, scheduled for completion in late 2017

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium:    Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway

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

Image: Russian Navy

 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

Photo credit: Laestrella

 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)

BMT Wins Contract with US Navy Environmental Program

BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (BMT), an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced it has won a three-year contract to support the U.S. Navy’s environmental and conservation programs.  

Norsafe Introduces Maintenance Agreements

Photo courtesy of Norsafe

Norsafe, a  leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy. Called the Norsafe CARE Plan

GAC Takes Care of ‘Maersk Deliverer’ at Ngqura

Maersk Deliverer at Ngqura port South Africa

   A massive drilling rig has completed its latest Special Periodic Survey and is now back in active duty off the coast of Angola. GAC South Africa was appointed to take care of the behemoth during its five-week stay at the deep water port of Ngqura.

New Damen Shoalbuster Named

Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa (Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Mr Sam Montsi (Chairman, Damen Shipyards Cape Town), Mr Paul Maclons (Managing Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Dr Rob Davies (Minister of Trade & Industry, South Afric

  The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Mrs Jenny Coltman, Spouse of the Chairman of De Beers Group Services

ICTSI 9M Profts Above Expectations

Photo International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

  International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first nine months of 2015 posting revenues from port operations of US$792.0 million, an increase of two percent over the US$779

Marine Engineering Award for Maasvlakte 2

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The construction of Maasvlakte 2 has been recognized by the award of the prof. dr. ir. J.F. Agema prize, which is awarded every five years to an innovative marine engineering work that was designed or constructed by a Dutch party. The prize, the initiative of the KIVI (Royal Institute of Engineers)

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work

Donors to Bangladesh: Raise Infrastructure Spending

Bangladesh should raise spending on infrastructure to $12 billion annually, particularly in energy, transport and ports, development partners have told it, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Monday.   Bangladesh currently spends just 3 percent of GDP in this sector.  

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