ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status
ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies, requiring AWO member companies to undergo periodic management and vessel audits conducted by an independent third party. Towing vessel operators serving the inland waterways, coasts and harbors are looking closely at their fleets to determine the best way to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations establishing vessel safety and inspection requirements.
Long Beach Port Wins SCAQMD Clean Air Award
The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Container Terminal have received a Clean Air Award for working to reduce pollution in Southern California with the Middle Harbor redevelopment project. Given by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the award in the category of Business Leadership in Air Quality Achievement is for outstanding effort to advance effective solutions to the problem of poor air quality in the region. It was presented today at the SCAQMD’s 28th annual Clean Air Awards luncheon in Riverside.
Caribbean’s Largest Mobile Harbor Crane Delivered
Liebherr Maritime Crane has delivered the largest mobile harbor crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size. In November 2015 Kingston Wharves ordered the first Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550 high rise version. The crane is the biggest mobile harbor crane in operation in Jamaica. In order to further increase operation efficiency the company now ordered an even bigger Liebherr MHC…
CMA CGM Suspends Terminal Handling Charges in Ghana
CMA CGM informed its customers that the collection of Terminal Handling Charges (THC), which was introduced in Ghana on July 20th, 2016, has been temporarily suspended, effective October 4th, 2016. CMA CGM will communicate on the resumption in due course. Earlier, the transport ministry has suspended the implementation of the THC being proposed by the various shipping lines in Ghana. It, however, stated that shipping companies are at liberty to increase their freight rates in accordance with increased operational costs.
Port Canaveral Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane Matthew
With forecasts indicating severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Matthew, Port Canaveral CEO John Murray today issued an evacuation order for landside operations, including Jetty Park campers, marinas and all port businesses and tenants. The evacuation deadline is set for noon on Wednesday. In addition to the landside evacuation, the U.S. Coast Guard has given notice that the Canaveral harbor will close by tomorrow afternoon. Under the Captain of the Port order, no vessel traffic…
Boskalis JVs Order two LNG Dual-fuel Harbor Tugs
Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) joint ventures Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime have ordered two innovative LNG dual-fuel harbor tugs, which marks a breakthrough for realizing clean environmentally friendly harbor towage services in the Singapore port. The tugs, which are expected to be delivered in 2018, will run entirely on LNG. For this reason, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will award a grant of up to SGD 2 million for each tug under its LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme.
TraPac to Double Terminal size at Oakland Port
TraPac, LLC has reached agreement to nearly double its marine terminal size at the Port of Oakland. Wilmington, CA-based TraPac said today it plans to lease an additional 57 acres and two vessel berths on the Port’s Outer Harbor. If the deal is approved, it would greatly strengthen TraPac’s position as the second-largest terminal operator in Oakland. TraPac disclosed its plans at a meeting of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners last night. The proposed 14-year lease agreement with the Port becomes final if the Board approves it at a meeting Oct. 27.
Rolls-Royce to Equip ECO’s New Tugs
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) worth more than $41 million to deliver propulsion and deck machinery for 13 new tugs, including five which will have a direct bollard pull of around 150 metric tons. The 13 tugs are being designed and built at Chouest-affiliated shipyards in the U.S. with support from Damen’s Technical Cooperation program. The five most powerful tugs will be 45 meters long and 17 meters wide, making them the world’s largest of their kind to date.
Canada Announces Harbor Investments
Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse Harbor. The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall. Funding for this project is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbors across Canada. This includes $66 million in regular program funding and an additional $40 million over two years, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2014.
Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors. Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see 1 million or more tons in traffic per year - often forcing small community harbors to fund their own dredging or be forced to shut down operations. The Harbor Equity Act will drop the minimum tonnage requirements and prioritize smaller harbors for dredging rather than just larger, commercial harbors.
Canada Invests in Harbor Grace Project
Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador. The project consists of the extension of a finger pier wharf to create a protected area for larger fishing vessels, to be completed over two years. This work will ensure that fishermen have additional safe berthing and offloading facilities. Construction is planned to start this fall and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Funding for this project is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbors across Canada.
USCG Reopens Port Allen Post Hurricane Ana
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened Port Allen in Kauai Monday morning after surveying crews deemed it safe for transit. The maritime public is advised to be vigilant when entering ports and harbors and to cooperate with the direction of the Coast Guard and local harbor masters. Mariners seeking additional information on port and harbor openings should contact Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600 or monitor VHF Channel 16 or the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/.
Excavator May be LHWCA Harbor Worker
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an excavator was a harbor worker under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) when he was killed while excavating a utility line trench as part of a project to renovate three submarine berths at Pearl Harbor. The work was being done ashore, but directly adjacent to, the berths. The court held that the term “harbor worker” includes workers directly involved in the construction of a maritime facility, even though their specific job duties are not maritime in nature. Source: HK Law
Marport and Harbor Wing Establish Alliance
Marport and Harbor Wing Technologies, Inc., a developer of unique wind-powered Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessels (AUSVs), announced a strategic alliance agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Marport and Harbor Wing will explore strategies and opportunities for integrating their capabilities to perform military and homeland defense missions and assist commercial companies in offshore oil, gas and minerals exploration. To initiate these operations, Marport will install and deploy its Software Defined Sonar (SDS) technology platform on Harbor Wing’s advanced prototype HWT X-1 AUSV operating from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Honolulu Harbor Gets New Security Sign
Construction will be completed Friday of a new sign informing mariners of the 24/7 security zone in the Honolulu Harbor and whom to contact for permission to enter, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said in a press announcement. The sign, measuring 12 x 24 feet, is worded with large letters created using highly reflective tape, will be lit at night and is oriented so that mariners will be able to read the sign while still offshore, outside the security zone. Located on the Diamond Head side of the Honolulu Harbor entrance…
Ohio Senator Co-sponsors Harbor Maintenance Act
U.S. Senator Rob Portman supports legislation to help ensure funds for harbor maintenance etc. are used as intended. The Senator co-sponsored the Harbor Maintenance Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Carl Levin (D-MI) to help ensure that funds collected for maintaining and operating federal ports, harbors, and channels are fully used for their intended purposes. “Ohio’s many ports and harbors, including those in Cleveland, Toledo, and across the Great Lakes, are critical to ensuring robust commerce,” said Portman. “We commend Senator Portman and his co-sponsors, and urge their colleagues to support this bill to help continue our nation’s economic recovery,” said William D. Friedman, President and CEO of the Port of Cleveland.
Baldwin Named Director of Business Development, Harbor Services
Barry Baldwin has been named the new Director of Business Development, Harbor Services for Foss Maritime Company. Baldwin, previously Regional Director, Southern California and an 18 year veteran of Foss will be based in Long Beach and report to Steve Scalzo, President and CEO of Foss Maritime Company. “Baldwin’s in-depth experience and knowledge of the Harbor Services market will significantly augment the development and expansion of current and new Harbor Services opportunities,” said Scalzo. Dave Selga has been promoted to Regional Director, Southern California to replace Baldwin. Selga, previously Marine Superintendent, has held various positions within the company over the last 20 years.
73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Dec. 7, 1941 is a day that America will never forget. Claiming more than 2,400 American lives, 21 ships sunk or damaged, and more than 300 aircraft lost, the attack on Pearl Harbor goes down as one of the worst attacks on American soil. The Japanese attack came in two waves. During the first wave, six Japanese carriers launched 181 planes carrying torpedo bombers, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters. Only 30 minutes later 170 more aircraft launched their attack on the Harbor. The U.S. was able to repair all but three of the ships sunk or damaged.
Canada Invests $18.4m in Small Harbors
Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador. Shore protection improvements at St. Maintenance dredging at Trout River. “In Newfoundland and Labrador, where the fishing industry is part of the daily fabric of society, small craft harbors play a significant role,” Manning said. “Our Government is pleased to invest in these facilities to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the commercial fishing industry and stimulate local economies. The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans…
Flaws Hinder US Harbor Maintenance Fund -Report
There exist serious flaws in U.S. infrastructure funding practices that hinder the maintenance and improvement of American ports and harbors, according to a new report, “Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund: Broken or Misused?” released by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii). “Insufficient funding is a constant issue for large-scale infrastructure projects, but the shortfall in harbor funding is particularly problematic since waterborne cargo shippers pay an excise tax specifically aimed at solving this problem…
Oxnard Harbor District Wins Honor
The American Association of Port Authorities has given an award of excellence to the Port of Hueneme Oxnard Harbor District for its extraordinary cooperative project to clean sediment from the harbor floor. Crafted through a partnership between the Oxnard Harbor District, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Port of Hueneme Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) Facility project is an example of a harbor-wide contaminated sediment management strategy that provided a complete solution to the needs of all three project proponents. Located approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the Port of Hueneme is the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area and is the United States Port of Entry for California's central coast region.
Burger Hosts Great Lakes Gathering
Burger Boat Company held its first Great Lakes Gathering July 22-24, 2011 at Bay Harbor Resort, Bay Harbor, Michigan for yacht owners, their guests, captains and crew. A variety of yachts, ranging from a 1937 36’ Burger to a 2003 127’ Tri-Deck Burger, cruised to Bay Harbor for the three-day event. Owners and their guests had the opportunity to meet the Burger staff and join other attendees at various events, including a dinner with a bonfire on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, a private luncheon in Harbor Springs, a Saturday evening Yacht Hop and an Owners and Captains Roundtable discussion.
National Harbor Safety Committee Conference
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee are hosting the Fourth Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference in Galveston on March 3-5, 2002. Items on the agenda include a review of harbor safety in the Port of New York/New Jersey following the terrorist attacks; contemporary port security issues; port risk and vulnerability; and harbor infrastructure issues. Source: HK Law