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FMC Upholds Decision

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an order upholding the earlier decision of the administrative law judge (ALJ) in favor of the Board of Commissioners of Port of New Orleans in its dispute with a stevedoring company. The company had alleged that the board violated the Shipping Act of 1984 by unreasonably refusing to deal or negotiate with the company and by providing an unreasonable preference or advantage. The ALJ found that the board did not violate the law. The company filed exceptions to the decision. The Commission found that the company failed to provide any basis to warrant reversing the ALJ's initial finding. New Orleans Stevedoring Company v. Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans Source: HK Law


Port of New Orleans Head LaGrange to Retire

Gary LaGrange (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners announced today that port president and chief executive officer Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April 2017.The board is expected to name the port’s current chief operating officer, Brandy Christian, as LaGrange’s successor.   LaGrange, a 40-year veteran of the maritime industry, served as president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans since 2001


AAPA Names LaGrange Chairman

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has named Gary LaGrange, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, as Chairman of the AAPA Board for 2004-2005. The appointment was made today at AAPA's 93rd Annual Convention, held September 26-September 30 in Long Beach, California "Gary LaGrange is extremely well respected by his colleagues in the port industry," said AAPA President Kurt Nagle


Port of New Orleans Signs MOU with Lithuania

Arvydas Vaitkus, Director General of Klaipeda Port Authority in Lithuania (Right) and Daniel Packer, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, sign a memorandum of understanding between the two ports today at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building. The agreement aims to grow trade and investment between the Port and Lithuanias Klaipeda Seaport.

On Wednesday, March 12, an eight-person delegation of transportation and economic development officials from Lithuania visited the Port of New Orleans to sign a memorandum of understanding to exchange market and operational information. The agreement hopes to grow trade and investment between the Port and Lithuania’s Klaipeda Seaport. The group participated in a roundtable discussion regarding trade and transportation issues and toured Port cargo facilities


Port of New Orleans Awards Terminal Build Contract

An aerial view of the Ports existing intermodal terminal, which will be transformed into a modern and more efficient intermodal container transfer terminal.

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans awarded a $13.3 million construction contract to Metairie, La.-based Hard Rock Construction LLC today for the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal improvement project at its monthly meeting. Hard Rock Construction was the lowest of eight bidders. The 12-acre project will result in a modern and efficient intermodal container transfer terminal to facilitate the movement of marine and rail cargo


New Orleans Port, CORBA Join forces‏

L-R Robert Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, Eric Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA), Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and Robert Landry, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of New Orleans, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Port and CORBA to jointly market and share information in an effort to build commerce between the two regions.

  An agreement signed today by Port of New Orleans officials and industry leaders from the Central Ohio River corridor could help spur commerce between the two regions. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a working alliance to enhance cooperation and grow new business between the region and the Port


Edmonds Reappointed as Chairman of Port or Houston Authority

James T. Edmonds, chairman of the Port of Houston Authority Commission, was reappointed to a second two-year term by a vote of the combined members of the Houston City Council and the Harris County Board of Commissioners. Edmonds, who joined the Port as a commissioner in October 1996 and was appointed chairman in June 2000, was recognized in the joint session for growing the Port's position as the Gulf of Mexico gateway,


Carnival To Deploy Larger Cruise Ships To New Orleans

Carnival Dream

Citing strong performance and growing consumer demand, Carnival Cruise Lines today announced its’ largest and newest line of ships will sail from the Port of New Orleans beginning in April 2014. First, Carnival will deploy the 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine to New Orleans Nov. 18, replacing the current 2,984-passenger Carnival Conquest. The Carnival Sunshine recently underwent a massive $155 million transformation


Long Beach Port Offers Discounts To Attract Cargo, Clean Air

Long Beach ‘Free parking’ for pollution-cutting ships, cash for new business

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has given preliminary approval to two incentives that officials expect will bring additional cargo to the Port while also encouraging the use of air pollution-reducing shore power and on-dock rail. The incentives are designed to help the Port compete with other West Coast ports that have already cut fees to grow their business. By encouraging the use of shore power or another approved system for cutting at-berth ship emissions


Former FedEx Canada President to Head Long Beach Port

Jon Slangerup to be appointed Chief Executive

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday, June 30, to name Jon W. Slangerup, a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies, as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive. “After an extensive, nationwide search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is very pleased to recommend the appointment of Jon Slangerup as the Port’s new Chief Executive


Port Everglades to Buy Additional Gantry Cranes

Broward County's Port Everglades said it is purchasing three low-profile Super Post Panamax container-handling gantry cranes at $13.8 million each to meet demands from current customers and new services anticipated from the port's multi-million-dollar expansion program


ESPO Pushes Decarbonisation in EU Ports

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

In the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)’s annual conference entitled “Ports in a changing Climate, a Changing world” Alvaro Rodriguez, high level Climate Reality representative, inspired the audience with an eye opening presentation on the impacts of climate change and a


Long Beach Moves Ahead with New Fireboat Stations

(Image: Port of Long Beach)

The Port of Long Beach said it has taken another step toward building two new stations to house fireboats and provide emergency response for one of the nation’s major commercial gateways.   On Monday, Harbor Commissioners approved engineering design services for Fireboat Stations Nos


India Approves Major Port Authorities Bill

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Press Information Bureau

 The government of India has approved a draft bill to empower 12 major ports in India by providing them full autonomy in decision-making for greater efficiency.   According to Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 once enacted


Newmar Battery Chargers for Restored PT Boat

Photo: Newmar

A U.S. Navy World War II PT boat, which was recently restored and rebuilt by volunteers at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, has been equipped with modern state-of-the-art battery chargers from Newmar.   After more than a decade of volunteer-provided planning and restoration work


FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

Mario Cordero. Photo: Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director.   Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney


Warship INS Chennai Set to Sail

Photo: Indian Navy

 INS Chennai, a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer of Indian Navy, was dedicated to the city of Chennai in the presence of Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr D Karthikeyan IAS, Commissioner of Chennai and Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief


Seattle Kicks Off Its Biggest Cruise Season

Photo: Don Wilson / Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle has kicked off its biggest cruise season yet with more than one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.   The cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region


U.S. FMC Unanimously Rejects Proposed Tripartite Pact

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued the following statement regarding the FMC Decision:     Yesterday, I voted to reject the Tripartite Agreement proposed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL); and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)


Royal Caribbean Will Return to New Orleans

Vision of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International announced it will return to New Orleans with a seasonal home-based cruise ship in late 2018. The 915-foot Vision of the Seas will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula from the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street


Riverboat American Duchess to Launch in August

Artist rendering of American Duchess, the company’s latest riverboat (Image: American Queen Steamboat Company)

 The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen and American Empress, will launch service on its new American Duchess when it sets sail from New Orleans on Aug. 14, 2017, following its christening a day earlier.  


New Drydock Arrives at Bollinger Algiers

Drydock Mrs. Jody arrives at Bollinger Algiers. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

 U.S. shipbuilding and repair company Bollinger Shipyards said it has taken delivery of a new drydock at its Bollinger Algiers facility. The new drydock Mrs. Jody adds 4,000 tons total lifting capacity to the New Orleans shipyard.  


New Orleans Joins Cold Treatment Pilot Program

Photo courtesy of Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans announced a new opportunity for shippers looking to transport perishable cargo from South America. Port NOLA received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inclusion in the Southeast U.S. In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program


BMT Secures New Orleans Passenger Ferry Contract

Photo courtesy of BMT

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Nigel Gee has secured a new contract with sister company BMT Designers & Planners and Louisiana based shipyard Metal Shark for two 32m high speed/low wake wash, 149-passenger aluminum catamaran ferries for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA). 


Rolling on the River with CORBA

Image Credit: Carlisle & Bray

As the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) pushes commerce on the Ohio River, stakeholders are beginning to take notice.    On January 19, in an office tower overlooking the Ohio River, Eric Thomas convened the first meeting of 2017 for a business group working in the 13th






 
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