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Monday, January 16, 2017

TFI Acquires National Fast Freight

Image: National Fast Freight

TFI International Inc., formerly known as TransForce Inc., a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, has announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TFI International has acquired Brampton, Ontario based National Fast Freight (NFF) from Calyx Transportation Group, Inc. Founded in 1992, NFF is a non-asset Canadian-based transportation company providing LTL intermodal services across Canada. NFF will increase TFI International's density in the Canadian intermodal segment…

Secretary LaHood Addresses MTSNAC

Secretary LaHood for the Department of Transportation addressed the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council on July 23, 2009. Consistent with America’s Marine Highway Program’s mandates to reduce congestion, conserve energy, and improve the environment, the Secretary charged the Council to better integrate the Marine Transportation System into the surface transportation system. By relocating freight from highways and urban corridors to commercial waterways (where applicable), the same system which provides the transportation of individuals and families in and between cities can provide a more efficient means to move goods to the shelves of retail stores throughout the United States.

Solstad Wins Contract with CUEL Thailand

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

Norway’s Solstad Offshore ASA has been been awarded a contract with CUEL Limited, Thailand for the derrick lay barge DLB Norce Endeavour in the Gulf of Thailand. According to the contract the 2011-built unit will be used for the provision of transportation and installation for Phase 4 of JDA Block B-17-01. The DLB Norce Endeavour will install 3 new wellhead platforms, 3 subsea pipelines and host tie-ins for CUEL Limited with the offshore work to start in Q3-2017 and comple in Q1-2018 with a combined forecast utilization of the DLB Norce Endeavour of around 60 days.

TSA, Coast Guard to Facilitate Exercise

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard will facilitate a port security exercise on August 31 in Baltimore to evaluate preparedness, prevention and the ability to respond to and recover from a terrorist-related incident. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee. The committee assists the captain of the port in writing, reviewing and updating an AMS Plan in addition to supporting other transportation entities that depend upon the port being secure. The exercise will involve the entire port community, including both public governmental agencies and private industry.

Global Container Fleet Market to Grow 3% in 2017-21

Photo by CMA CGM

A report forecasts the global container fleet market to grow at a CAGR of 3.19% during the period 2017-2021. The report says key vendors in the market are Maersk, CMA CGM & MSC. To calculate the market size, the report by Research and Markets  considers volume based on container fleet capacity for the respective region or the container type. It considers freight volume based on the freight volume shipped by the vendors operating in the market making use of the containers. The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is increasing use of fleet management system.

Field hearing on Delaware River Spill

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing in Philadelphia regarding circumstances surrounding the November 26, 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. The Committee also released the Opening Statement of Representative LoBiondo (R-NJ), chair of the Subcommittee. At the same time, the Coast Guard issued a Press Release the included photographs of an anchor removed from the Delaware River. The anchor will be examined to determine whether it was involved in the holing of the tanker ATHOS I. source: HK Law

TRW Selected to Perform Port Vulnerability Assessments

The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected TRW Inc. to assess the vulnerability of the nation's most critical commercial and military seaports, under a 5-year contract worth up to $31 million. "Securing our nation's ports and maritime transportation system is a vital component of our overarching transportation security mission," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta in announcing TRW's selection. Under contract to the Coast Guard, TRW will develop model port security guidelines, conduct assessments of at least 55 U.S. ports, and develop a port vulnerability self-assessment methodology to help local port stakeholders evaluate and improve security conditions.

MOL: LNG Carrier Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and deliveryceremony on January 6 Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the LNG carrier CESI Qingdao — ordered by a joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) — was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on January 6. The CESI Qingdao is the second vessel to serve the China FOB Transportation Project” (*1) announced in April 2013, and will sail under a long-term charterto transport LNG that SINOPEC purchases from the Australia Pacific LNG project. A total of 6 LNG carriers will be built at Hudong for the project.

Port Infrastructure and the Role of Government

The new South Harbor of America’s Central Port, located just north of downtown St. Louis in southwestern Madison County, Illinois. Significant TIGER grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation helped make this possible. (Photo: America’s Central Port)

We are in the midst of a revolution over port infrastructure. This revolution is not about the role of ports as silent engines for our economy and the need for better intermodal infrastructure. Rather, it is about why governments – local, state and federal – believe ports exist, and whether or not public and private entities, other than those directly responsible for ports, should help build or improve port infrastructure and their intermodal connectors. Ports are rightfully linked to a maritime industry that is steeped in tradition.

Sino-Global Shipping Enters Agreement With COSCO

Image: Sino Global

Sino-Global Shipping America, a non-asset based global shipping and freight logistic integrated solution provider,  has announced the signing of an Inland Transportation Agreement  with COSCO Beijing International Freight Co in which COSFRE Beijing will utilize the Company's full-service logistics platform to arrange for the transport of its container shipments into US ports. In addition to the Agreement with COSCO Beijing, the Company has entered into a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Sinotrans Guangxi, a subsidiary of Sinotrans Limited.

Crowley Companies Move into Secaucus, NJ

Crowley companies - Crowley Liner Services, Marine Transport Lines (MTL), Mormac Marine Enterprises (MME) and Intrepid Ship Management (Intrepid) - have moved to a new location in Secaucus, NJ. Jersey 07094. transportation services and MME and Intrepid's ship management services. and transportation services segment. The phone number for Crowley is (201) 821-7100 or (800) 443-0548. number for MTL and Intrepid is (201) 821-7000, MME is (201) 821-7070. Information about all can be found online at www.crowley.com.

DHS Call for Biometric ID Proposals

After three years of little movement, the plan to furnish transportation workers with biometric ID cards is suddenly on the fast track, Washington Technology reported. The Homeland Security Department in May will solicit proposals for widespread deployment and make an award in July. But concerns remain about how the program, known as the Transportation Workers Identification Credential, will be funded and structured. Several large federal contractors, including BearingPoint of McLean, Va. and Lockheed Martin Corp., have confirmed they are interested in bidding for the fourth phase of the contract, which is production and deployment of cards for 850,000 port workers nationwide.

Innovative Financing Increases Infrastructure Unvestment

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Last July, President Obama announced the Build America Investment Initiative, an Administration-wide effort aimed at boosting private investment in our nation’s infrastructure. And Friday, Vice President Biden announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on improving our nation’s roads, bridges and broadband networks. These actions and announcements are the first steps that the Administration is taking as part of the Build America Investment Initiative’s two-year action plan. These steps highlight important progress within DOT.

Asia-Pacific Nations Pledge Cooperation on Clean, Energy-Efficient Transportation

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Transportation, Energy Ministers from Asia-Pacific Nations Pledge Cooperation on Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Transportation. Transportation and energy ministers from 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region today agreed to continue progress on initiatives to make transportation in the region cleaner and more energy-efficient, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today. The announcement came during the first-ever joint Transportation and Energy Ministerial Conference held by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)…

President Bush signs Marine Highway Legislation

On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program within the federal government. Under the new law, marine highway or "short sea" transportation refers to the carriage by vessel of cargo in containers, loaded on the vessel by cranes or by means of wheeled technology. Specifically, the new law requires the establishment of a program and the designation of transportation projects to mitigate landside congestion. The program will encourage the development and expansion of vessels, shippers, port and landside infrastructure, and marine transportation strategies by state and local governments.

ACL Delivers on Time in 2007

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced that it achieved an 86% on-time delivery performance during 2007 for scheduled service. In addition to being the lowest cost, cleanest, safest and most fuel-efficient mode of transportation in the U.S., ACL has now established its scheduled barge transportation service as a reliable source of transportation. Commenting on this performance, Mark R. Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "This is perhaps our most important achievement over the past three years, transforming ACL from a barge operator into an advanced transportation company. By establishing barge transportation as a reliable source of transportation, we broaden our available markets.

Iran, Kazakhstan Deal for Shipping JV

Photo: IRISL GROUP

The chief executive officers of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company- signed an agreement for establishing a joint company. The deal could lead to the creation of a new transport corridor connecting Iran’s southern ports to the upper parts of Central Asia - and even possibly Russia and China. On the sideline of Iran's president visit to Kazakhstan, an agreement for establishing a joint…

Port of Long Beach Uses Education to Boost its Competitiveness

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach said it has not lost sight of the significance of professional development in supporting the Port‘s decade-long, $4 billion investment in upgrades and efficiency improvements. The port’s commitment to boosting its competitiveness in the long term extends beyond rebuilding and replacing outdated facilities and infrastructure, to ensuring its human resources are prepared to help build the port of the future. “Having a full understanding of all the operations…

Where are Rivers and Ports in Obama’s Plan?

One of the two miter gates of the auxiliary chamber close behind the MV Sir Robert at Locks 27 in Granite City, Ill. Photo courtesy USACE

Waterways Council’s Inc. (WCI) and its more than 200 members were surprised and disappointed with President Obama’s announcement on September 6 that he intends to ask Congress for at least $50 billion in funding for infrastructure but made no mention of waterways infrastructure projects. Roads, rails and runways — why not Rivers? WCI issued a press statement reacting to the Obama announcement: “While the nation celebrated Labor Day and all that the workforce has done to make America great…

Ray LaHood Accepts 2013 WTS Navigator Award

L to R: WTS President & CEO Marcia Ferranto, Transportation YOU student Sabrina Gantt, Ray LaHood, Deputy Transportation Secretary for the NYS Governor's Office Karen Rae, WTS Chair, Dana Hook, P.E.

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood accepted the 2013 WTS Navigator Award—the first ever awarded by WTS International--at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, Tuesday night. The Navigator Award was created by WTS, the association for building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, to recognize the achievements of an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in the transportation industry. “WTS was honored to have Mr.

Ross & Baruzzini Appoints Transportation Director

Allan Shapiro has joined Ross & Baruzzini as Vice President and Director of the Transportation Group. In this role, he is responsible for managing the firm’s aviation, seaport, rail transit, and surface transportation practice. Allan brings to Ross & Baruzzini over 35 years of experience in the transportation field.  He recently served as the Senior Transportation Manager for L-3 Communications and previously as the Officer-in-Charge and as the senior transportation management professional for several national architectural, engineering and program management firms. (www.rossbar.com)

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mineta To Announce Grants

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will announce $92.3 million in grants to 77 seaports to enhance the security of the maritime transportation system. The Secretary will be joined in making the announcement today by Congressman Bill Young (FL), U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins, U.S. Maritime Administrator William Schubert, Rear Admiral Richard E. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Joseph J. Seymour, Executive Director, and Charles A. Authority of New York and New Jersey. The announcement will take place at 2:00, p.m., at Battery Park in New York. Congress provided funding for the grant program to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for security in all modes of transportation.

Mineta to Address Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council

On Thursday, October 18, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will deliver opening remarks at the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council meeting in Baltimore. The Secretary will brief council members on marine transportation system capacity and port security issues. The council meeting is open for public observation. The council is comprised of leaders from over 30 commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, recreational boating interests, academics and environmental groups. Its purpose is to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues involving the Marine Transportation System – a system of waterways…


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