A port authority operates ports and other transportation infrastructure for a special-purpose district. Whether operated directly by the government or in cooperation with government agencies, North American port authorities are public entities and are governed by a board or commission. Most port authorities are financially autonomous. Port districts may also operate shipping terminals, airports, railroads, and irrigation facilities. The port authority often owns land, dictates fees, and collects taxes.
Kiel Cruise Ship Visits Up 10%
The 2011 cruise shipping season in Kiel ended today with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. The port was visited 120 times this year by nineteen different ocean-going luxury liners. Some 375,000 cruise ship passengers embarked or disembarked in the port. Compared to last year, this is another 10% increase. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said “we are looking at a successful season
This Day in Navy History
1776 - Revolutionaries fight the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, N.Y. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters.
1824 - Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his yearlong tour of America. He returned to the yard October 12, to continue his visit.
NOAA’s Newest Chart to Support Puerto Rico Maritime Economy
The Port of San Juan, which is experiencing a tremendous growth of maritime traffic and planning for more, received an additional economic boost today when NOAA debuted a new nautical chart that will make ocean-going vessel traffic safer and more efficient through San Juan Bay and the port area. “There is not only more traffic, but larger vessels are making San Juan their port call,” said Capt. John Lowell, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey
Saipem Buys into Brazil
Saipem has agreed the acquisition of 100% of TPG (Terminal Portuário de Guarujá S.A.), a company which fully owns, as a perpetual concession, an area of 35 hectares in Guarujá, within the industrial hub of Santos, the largest port of South America, in the state of São Paulo. The area is strategically located, approximately 350 km from Santos Basin, the offshore Brazilian region where ultra-deep water pre salt fields are being discovered, and approximately 650 kilometres from Campos Basin
CMA CGM Upgrade its ASEA Service
CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the upgrading of its ASEA service connecting Asia, Kenya and Tanzania, effective since October 12th, 2011. The new ASEA weekly service will deploy 6 ships of 2500 TEU (4 provided by CMA CGM Group and 2 provided by Emirates Shipping Line) and will allow the Group to provideits customers with below pluses:
- Direct weekly service to Kenya and Tanzania gateways
- Deployment of bigger vessels
MSG Contracts with Imtech to Cover ECDIS Training
MSG MarineServe GmbH contracts with Imtech Marine to cover their ECDIS training requirements worldwide.
MSG is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Imtech Marine for the provision of ECDIS training services worldwide. Imtech had already reached agreement with MSG’s sister company, Safebridge, in March 2011 to entrust them with the creation of an E-learning training platform linked to their own ECDIS software for internet delivery; this new agreement now entrusts its complete equipment training obligations to MSG and its worldwide support organization, ETC (ECDIS Training Consortium)
M/V's SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and SIGNET CONSTELLATION Christened
Vessels Christened at Trinity Shipyard amid Fanfare Befitting the Occasion, Attended by a Host of Dignitaries and Featuring a Luncheon to Celebrate the Event.
Trinity Offshore, LLC and Signet Maritime Corporation christened M/V SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and M/V SIGNET CONSTELLATION yesterday at the Trinity Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. This extraordinary affair included many of Signet Maritime’s and Trinity Offshore’s valued customers and employees in addition to many local, state and national political figures. The Christenings occurred at 10:30 A.M. Mrs. Gayle L. Wicker, wife of The Honorable Roger F
Maritime Academy of Toledo Educates Community Leaders
Need to Educate More People for Maritime Jobs Stressed at Meeting with Community Leaders.
Officials with the Maritime Academy of Toledo met with area community leaders Wednesday and stressed that more has to be done to call attention to job opportunities in the maritime industry, ahead of a predicted shortfall by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Representatives from Toledo City Council; the Board of Community Relations for the City of Toledo; and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority received a briefing from Ms. Renee Marazon, Superintendent of The Maritime Academy of Toledo.
WESMAR Introduces Precision Beam Stabilization
Advanced design holds sonar beam steady even in rough seas adding effective distance and increasing search coverage.
WESMAR, long the leading U.S. sonar manufacturer has never lost sight of the need for electronic soundbeam stabilization. Today, after four years of intensive design, drawing on the company’s five decades of sonar leadership, President Bruce H. Blakey announced the introduction of a new sonar, the HD860 series, with Precision Beam Stabilization. “The value of this advancement cannot be overstated,” said Blakey
Fairmount Glacier Positions FPSO Offshore Nigeria
Fairmount Marine’s powerful tug Fairmount Glacier has successfully assisted in the installation of the floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Usan, offshore Nigeria.
For this operation Fairmount was contracted by Saipem Energies, which needed a 200 ton bollard pull tug for this job. FPSO Usan is one of the largest of its kind: 320 metres long and 61 metres wide. The unit is build by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The Usan oilfield is discovered about ten years ago. The field is situated 100 kilometres south of Port Harcourt, with water depths up to 850 metres