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MarAd Names New Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development

The Maritime Administration has appointed H. Keith Lesnick its new Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development.  In his new role as associate administrator, Lesnick will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation; the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services; the Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities; the Office of Shipper and Carrier Outreach; and the agency’s nationwide Gateway offices in New York, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va.  Lesnick joined the Maritime Administration in 1995 as a special assistant to the maritime administrator and, prior to this promotion, served as director of the agency’s Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities.  As such, he was responsible for overseeing the authorization, construction, and operation of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil receiving facilities in the .  He also provided oversight to the Direct Surplus Federal Property Port Conveyance/Land Redevelopment Program, a conveyance program that transfers surplus federal real property to state and local public entities for port-expansion purposes.


Tema Port To Be Expanded

President cuts sod for work on Tema Port project. Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

 Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports.   This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport. The project is a Public Private Partnership between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), representing the Ghana Government and Meridian Ports Services (MPS).  


Banks Won't Fund Coal Port Expansion near Reef

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank AG, has declared it will not finance a controversial coal port expansion in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, responding to calls from environmental groups and tourism operators. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, also signalled on Friday it would be unlikely to finance the project. Deutsche Bank's stand marks a win for those opposed to $26 billion worth of coal projects that plan to use the Abbot Point port


Thailand Port Expansion Opposed by Residents

Residents oppose construction of the third phase of the Laem Chabang deep-sea port, demand a halt in the project The move comes after the Transport Ministry proposed a 120-billion-baht (US$ 3.7-billion) project over seven years to expand the busy Chon Buri port. The port has undergone two development phases, and Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan is calling for a third phase, advised by Team Group. The proposed expansion will increase the port's annual cargo-handling capacity to 18


Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to expand a coal port but will make them pay for it themselves.   "The Queensland Government is restarting the approvals process for expanding the Abbot Point coal terminal in north


Indonesia Port Dredging Contract for Van Oord

Tanjung Priok: Photo courtesy of Van Oord

Van Oord wins contract with PT PP (Persero) TBK for deepening the port and reclaiming land for a new terminal area in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. The contract is part of the Kalibaru North Container Terminal Phase 1 Project, which will expand the port of Tanjung Priok by 4.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units). The client for the large port expansion is IPC, Indonesian Port Corporation. The entire project will take approximately three years to complete and provides a sustainable


AAPA Testifies on Seaport Security

Kurt J. Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), testified on seaport security before the House Transportation and Infra­structure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. On the issue of the proposed acquisition of P&O Ports by DP World, Nagle indicated that in reviewing a transaction of this type, “it is the appropriate role of the federal government to determine if there are national security concerns with any


Port Completes Purchase of World Trade Center Tacoma Building

The Port of Tacoma has completed a $6.8 million purchase of the World Trade Center Tacoma Building. Located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, the 70,000-square foot building had been owned by a local, private partnership. The land was -- and will continue to be -- owned by the Port of Tacoma. Bob Emerson, the Port's Director of Real Estate, notes that the modern, five-story office building is wired with fiber optic connectivity and a desirable location --


Jaenichen Visits Port of Hueneme

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen met today with Port of Hueneme officials and Port customers for an industry stakeholder meeting and tour of the Port of Hueneme and Navy Base Ventura County. BMW, Global Auto Processing Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Chiquita, Del Monte, Yara, the ILWU and Port Stevedores participated in a strategic round table discussion focusing on partnership opportunities, marine highway trade and Port priorities moving forward.


Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching. Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate, the reports says.


TCM Gearing Up for Panamax Ships

Port of Maputo aerial view. Photo: Grindrod Limited

 The recent dredging to the Port of Maputo, Mozambique, access channel, early this year, from -11 to 14.3 meters served as an enabler to other infrastructure projects, some already taking place at the Port.    According to a press release


NITC: Tanker Shipments to Europe Increasing

NITC, Iran's leading oil tanker operator, said on Monday its shipments to Europe were increasing daily and it plans to upgrade its fleet to support expansion.   International sanctions on Iran were lifted in January 2016 and NITC is looking to come in from the cold after years of isolation


IADC’s René Kolman: 'Primus inter pares'

NOUVELLE ROUTE DU LITTORAL, FRANCE (Photo: Société de Dragage International / Jan De Nul Group)

The world of dredging is an ever changing and endlessly fascinating niche of the global marine industry, an indispensable activity essential to keeping world commerce flowing. For insight on recent trends we visited last month with René Kolman, Secretary General


Dredging: Digging Deep for a 'WIIN'

© Nancy Hochmuth / Adobe Stock

In the waning days of 2016, the outlook brightened dramatically for the big U.S. dredging contractors. Just before Congress dispersed for the Holidays, then-President Obama signed a pivotal piece of legislation – the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, S612


Inmarsat Enhances Installation Support Network

Logo: Inmarsat

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L) has responded to demand for its ground-breaking Fleet Xpress service by boosting from six to 33 the number of ports where a complete service installation with a flat fee is available. Fleet Xpress installation will now be available at 12 Asia Pacific ports


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


BP to supply LNG to Indonesia

Photo: BP

 BP has signed an agreement with Indonesian state-owned power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to supply 16 LNG cargoes annually from Tangguh project during the period 2020 to 2035, Reuters reported.   The Indonesian oil and gas regulator SKKMigas said that the supply will be


KotugSmit, MOL Team up for Smart Operations

Photo courtesy of KotugSmit / Andrew Sassoli-Walker / Dietmar Hasenpusch

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions) and KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) signed long term towage agreements, effective early 2017. The two have agreed upon a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing


Savannah Port Welcomes Record Cargo Ship

Photo:  Georgia Ports Authority

 Governor Nathan Deal, Port of Savannah officials and the maritime community were on hand to welcome the COSCO Development, the largest containership to ever call on the U.S. East Coast as it handled 5,500 containers, a record for Georgia’s ports.   


New Container Facility at DP World London Gateway

Solent Stevedores to open five acre facility at DP World London Gateway. Photo: DP World

 A new off-dock empty container storage yard is to be opened at DP World London Gateway Port.    The five acre yard will be operated and managed by Solent Stevedores, an award-winning stevedoring company with a broad range of bulk and general cargo handling and storage services at


Largest Ship To-date Transits Expanded Panama Canal

The COSCO Development transiting the Panama Canals Cocoli Locks, making it the largest vessel to transit the Expanded Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The 13,092 TEU Neopanamax containership COSCO Development, which measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam, today became the largest vessel both in dimension and capacity to transit the Expanded Panama Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016.  


Louisiana Cat Expands in New Iberia

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and General Product Support Manager Troy Matherne of Louisiana Machinery Company announced the company will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations. Known as Louisiana Cat, the company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine


Hutchison Port Q1 Profit Slumps 70%

Photo: Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH)

 Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) suffered a 69.9 percent plunge in first-quarter net profit to to HK$166.9 million ($24.4 million USD) from the corresponding period a year earlier.   The Hong Kong-based port operator said it was largely due to the absence of a government rent and


World's Largest Containership in Shanghai

MOL Triumph at Yangshan Port in Shanghai. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)

 MOL Triumph, the world's largest containership with a carrying capacity of 20,170 TEU, successfully arrived at Yangshan Port in Shanghai on April 10, 2017, said Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)   MOL took delivery of MOL Triumph, the first of six 20


KotugSmit Towage Starts Towing in Southampton

(Photo courtesy: Andrew Sassoli-Walker)

On April 1, 2017 Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) commenced towage activities with four powerful tugs in the port of Southampton, United Kingdom. The tugs ‘ZP Boxer’ and ‘SD Salvor’ performed their ‘first’ assistance on the River Test






 
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