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Port of Brownsville Cargo Dock Completed

Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new marine cargo dock at Texas’ Port of Brownsville was held today, marking the completion of a $27.5 million project aims to increase cargo capacity and efficiency and help to mitigate congestion in port operations.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) supplied $12 million for the project via its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive infrastructure grant program. The Port of Brownsville also provided funds for road, lighting and other improvements.   “The Department is proud that this TIGER Grant is strongly supporting the Port of Brownsville’s rise as a regional and international trade hub,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Guaranteed funding is essential for Brownsville and communities across the country so that projects like this one can be built – helping the country remain strong and competitive today and into the future.”   In attendance at the ceremony along with state and local officials was U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen, who said, “This is a great example of transportation providing opportunity,” Administrator Jaenichen said. “This new dock will help the Port of Brownsville keep American exports flowing smoothly to foreign markets, while delivering jobs and spurring economic growth for South Texas businesses and communities."  


Centurion Terminals building U.S. Condensate Export Terminal

Centurion Terminals begins construction at Port of Brownsville Photo Centurion

  A private logistics company is building an export terminal at the southernmost tip of Texas in Brownsville to receive super-light crude and process it into fuel components for export. Centurion Terminals also is building its Delaware Basin Express, which includes two terminals in far West Texas to receive condensate, a very light form of crude oil, that will reach its Port of Brownsville terminal via rail, a company executive said.


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


US Navy Awards Contract To Dismantle Constellation

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The Navy competitively awarded a contract to International Shipbreaking Limited of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, dismantling and recycling of conventionally powered aircraft carriers stricken from service, June 13.   Under the contract, the company will be paid $3 million for the dismantling and recycling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Constellation (CV 64). The price reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking


BP Marine and Houston Marine Team Up On Bunkering Venture

BP Marine and Houston Marine Services (HMS) are joining forces to begin a new chapter in ship bunkering in the western U.S. Gulf. Effective, April 2, HMS became BP's dedicated logistics provider in an area from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, La. BP Marine will serve as the marketing arm for bunker sales on behalf of the joint venture and will supply bunker fuel across a broad geographic area of the Gulf.


81st Vessel Departs James River Reserve Fleet

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The Gage departed the James River Reserve Fleet in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.  The approximate travel time to Texas is 14 days.


Texas, Virginia Companies Win Dismantling Contracts

According to a report from the Contra Costa Times, Ship recycling facilities in Texas and Virginia have been awarded dismantling contracts for three more Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet mothball vessels. Esco Marine, of Brownsville, Texas, was given the award to recycle the SS Dawn for about $551,000 and the USNS H.H. Hess for about $452,000. The SS Bay's $397,000 dismantling contract, has been awarded to the Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Va.


Labor Leader Clyde Fitzgerald Appointed Port of Houston Commissioner

Clyde Fitzgerald: Photo credit Port of Houston Commissioners

Harris County Commissioners Court has appointed longtime labor leader Clyde Fitzgerald to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Fitzgerald's appointment fills the seat of former Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, who submitted his resignation to Commissioners Court in April, indicating his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Clyde Fitzgerald, who started his career at age 16 working on the wharves of the Houston Ship Channel


High-tech VTS System to Guide Iron Ore Giants

John Sugarman (Photo: Australian Maritime Systems Group)

One of Australia’s most important economic gateways will soon house a state-of-the-art shipping management control system to be installed at Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export port.    The system includes a command and control system integrated with advanced radar


First Ocean Vessel of 2017 Arrives at Port of Indiana

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The first ocean vessel of the year arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marking the official opening of the international shipping season. Port officials welcomed the 413-foot general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc and presented the captain with the Ports of Indiana Steel Stein.


Essar to Develop LNG Terminal at Haldia

Photo: Essar Official FB Page

 India's Essar Ports has won a contract to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in West Bengal  under the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) at an investment of Rs 450 crore (USD 70 million).   A Press Trust of India report said that the LNG project is expected to be


Shanghai Grapples with Traffic Congestion

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) zhu difeng)

The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.  


Clean Fortnight Activities in Chidambaranar Port

Photo: V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust

 As per the directives of Government of India, the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada” (fortnight-long cleanliness) activities are being executed on priority basis by V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust.    As per the scheduled Swachh Pakhwada Action Plan, today, on 20.03


Rotterdam Port Signs MoU with Brazilian Port of Pecém

Map: The port of Rotterdam

 Port of Rotterdam signs a ‘memorandum of understanding’ (MoU) with the State Government of Ceará with the purpose to jointly study a potential cooperation. This may lead to the joint venture Industrial Port Complex of Pecém.  


JSW to Invest USD 1.1bln on Ports

Photo: JSW Infrastructure Ltd

 JSW Group will invest INR 7,000 crore (USD 1.1bln) more in the ports sector over next three years to create assets in the country as well as abroad, PTI reported.   The company is also looking at diluting up to 15 percent stake in the ports operating company, JSW Infrastructure


Antwerp Focuses on India, China and Eastern Europe

Map with international representatives: Port of Antwerp

 Malini Dutt, Robert Feng and Martin Hubenack have recently been appointed to represent the port of Antwerp in India, China and Eastern Europe respectively.   This brings the number of port representatives to 12, reinforcing Antwerp's presence in its core hinterland and important


Capacity Augmentation in Indian Ports

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari pinning a flag on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the week of National Maritime Day. Photo: Official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Ports development and capacity augmentation is a continuous process in India, says the ministry of shipping.   Government is regularly monitoring the Port projects to modernize and upgrade to increase capacity of the Major Ports and also to bring them to the international standards


USS Independence on Time & on Course

USS Independence tow position (Photo: EMR Group)

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Independence has just passed by Costa Rica on its final mission, from Bremerton and onward to Brownsville, Texas. This is the first leg of a long 16,000 mile journey that will take the 60,000-ton super carrier around the tip of South America


Singapore, Japan to Collaborate in Development of Ports

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan and Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reaffirming their strong bilateral relations at MOC ceremony. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) at the sideline of the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan


Thessaloniki Completes 20 Years as EcoPort

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

 EcoPorts, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.    The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published an interview with the Port of Thessaloniki, one of the first ports in the EcoPorts Network


Greece Calls for Improved Thessaloniki Port Bids

Map: Thessaloniki Port Authority (THPA)

 Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) asked for improved financial bids from short-listed investors seeking to buy a majority stake in its second-largest port, reports Reuters.   Greece’s privatization agency (TAIPED) got three offers last month for the sale of a 67


Rotterdam Port Anticipates Climate Change

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

 Right now, Rotterdam’s port area is effectively protected against floods. While most of the port area is situated outside the dikes, these port sites are elevated relatively high above sea level and are partly protected by storm surge barriers.   


Indian Ports Register 6.79% Growth in Traffic

Image: Indian Ports Association (IPA)

 The twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping, India handled a record 647.43 MT of traffic in 2016-17, registering an annual growth rate of 6.79 percent, as against 4.32 percent last year.    With this, these ports have out- performed private ports for the second






 
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