Coast Guard Medevacs Tanker Crewman with Severed Finger
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man Wednesday afternoon from the 392-foot Maltese-flagged tank ship Emek-S, approximately 28 nautical miles southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call from the captain of the Emek-S at 3:08 p.m. stating that a crewmember, who was a Turkish citizen, had lost part of his left hand's middle finger two hours earlier. The watchstanders notified the Air Station Borinquen flight surgeon…
Giuliani to Receive Port Security Award
The U.S. Port Police will present former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with the inaugural Fred V. Morrone Memorial Award this evening in Washington, D.C. The Morrone Award will be delivered during the 38th annual International Port Security Conference of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (IAASP). The award commemorates the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our nation's airports and seaports. It is awarded to individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership and contributions in helping to strengthen our nation's airport, seaport, cargo and transportation security. Morrone was the highest ranking police officer killed in the September 11 attacks in New York…
China to Invest in Greek Transport Infrastructure
China wants to invest in Greek airports and railways as well as the busiest port, officials said on Friday, as the country where the euro debt crisis began seeks a role as China's gateway into Europe. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on a three-day trip to Greece to boost economic ties between the nations, who have drawn closer since China's Cosco Paficic won a 35-year concession in 2009 to upgrade and run two cargo piers at the Piraeus port. Greece, which relies on bailout loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund…
Leavitt Heads Seattle Port's Environment Protection, Development
After an extensive national search, the Port of Seattle has promoted Elizabeth Leavitt to lead its work to protect and enhance the environment. The Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability is a newly created position leading a center of expertise that consolidates environmental, sustainability, and planning functions. Leavitt will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will serve on the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team. “It is impressive that, within the large candidate pool, the Port’s own staff provided excellent people who rose to the top,” said Port COO Dave Soike.
Port of LA is Top Gateway
The Port of Los Angeles became the top U.S. international freight gateway by shipment value in 2003, according to a soon to be released report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. America’s Freight Transportation Gateways shows that Los Angeles’ water port handled $17 billion in export trade and $105 billion in imports, totaling $122 billion in business handled by the port. Los Angeles handled $10 billion more than the $112 billion in freight that moved through JFK International Airport, now the second-ranked international freight gateway in 2003. JFK held the number one position on the list of international freight gateways since 1999, but was overtaken by the Port of Los Angeles last year.
Tenants Sign on PDX Logistics Center Phase III
The Port of Portland Commission today approved a 14-acre, 50-year lease with locally based Capstone Partners and its investment partner PCCP, LLC to develop Phase III of the PDX Logistics Center. At more than one million square feet, the PDX Logistics Center will have a total of five state-of-the-art buildings; two of which are already fully leased to trade and logistics tenants. The project, located within the Portland International Center (south of Northeast Airport Way), provides tenants with immediate access to I-205, close proximity to airport freight and transportation services near Portland International Airport, and is within walking distance to TriMet’s Airport Max light rail line and mixed-use Cascade Station (shopping center, office buildings and hotels).
Kinton to Depart Massachusetts Port Authority
Thomas J. Kinton Jr., the chief executive officer and executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, a 1,200-person agency with more than $500 million in annual revenue derived from owning and operating Boston Logan International Airport, two other airports, the public terminals in the Port of Boston, and hundreds of acres of real estate, announced in a letter to employees that he was retiring from the Authority to pursue other interests. With Kinton’s departure, effective June 1, Massport will lose a leader with unrivaled understanding of Massport and how its facilities operate. The Winchester, Mass. resident came to Massport in 1976 filling a temporary job in the engineering department…
HK International Airport Nearshore Contract for Fugro
Fugro inform that the Airport Authority of Hong Kong has awarded them a contract to carry out a major nearshore geotechnical and environmental ground investigation programme in the waters near the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. The contract, which is worth approximately EUR 8.8 million, will provide essential engineering and environmental information and will run until November 2014. Fugro will carry out the works using a fleet of up to five vessels. The company says that having performed several projects in the waters around Chek Lap Kok in recent years, it is very familiar with the challenges caused by the restrictions of working adjacent to one of the world’s busiest airports.
Ship Helps Restore Air Traffic Control
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced continued progress in rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast’s transportation system, including the return of passenger flights to the area and the arrival of the first Department of Transportation ship to aid recovery efforts. “Every day we are making more progress in repairing the transportation systems destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” Mineta said. Commercial flights began serving the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport today, the first since the airport was severely damaged last Monday. Northwest and Mesa Airlines each flew one round-trip flight between Mississippi’s Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Memphis, Tennessee.
Globe Express Strengthens Local Market Presence
Market strategy focuses on delivering innovative supply chain solutions that complement Kuwait’s growing reputation as a major logistics hub. Globe Express Services announced that it has intensified its regional growth plans by providing a full array of innovative supply chain solutions in Kuwait. The company is consolidating its presence in Kuwait to take advantage of the government’s aggressive investments in large-scale logistics and transport infrastructure projects, including…
Coast Guard Calls off Search for Pilot Missing in GoM
The U.S Coast Guard has called off the search for missing pilot Bill Kinsinger, 55, and his Cirrus aircraft that vanished over the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, Kinsinger had plans to land in Georgiatown, Texas from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. When the plane failed to land, air traffic controllers attempted to reach Kinsinger, but received no response. Investigators said the plane continued on course past its destination, and was last observed on radar over the Gulf of Mexico, about 219 miles northwest of Cancun.
Dachser in Rio de Janeiro: Great Optimism for Brazil
When Dachser, the German multinational corporation and international logistics operator, announced the opening of its newest office in Brazil at Rio de Janeiro in June, the company did so with great optimism about the future of its market. The Brazilian market is experiencing a time of significant visibility, which has been enhanced by the upcoming world sporting events to be held in the country--the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Collectively, the events have begun to lead to both investments, which may come to reach 30 billion dollars and business opportunities in different fields. The state of Rio de Janeiro, where the new Dachser branch is situated…
Empire WaterLink Offers Alternative Airport Transportation
In order to ease the inconvenience of the New York-Metro area's congested roadways due to an increased passenger base, Empire WaterLink (Empire) has leased a building located in downtown South Amboy, N.J. to handle the expansion of its planned fleet of high-speed intermodal ferry operations for airport passengers and parcel airfreight throughout the tri-state area. The new high-speed low-wake ferries, each with a five-member crew, are capable of carrying 300 passengers plus luggage. In due time, the vessels will operate on an hourly basis to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from each terminal - seven days a week, 17 hours a day.
IMO Joins International Ebola Task Force
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs it has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease. IMO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)…
Giuliani Rolls Out PortStat Program
During the port security conference of the International Airport and Seaport Police last night, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani announced his intention to implement a new port security law enforcement program based upon the widely praised "CompStat" initiative he launched as mayor of New York City. As with Compstat, the "PortStat" initiative would gather statistics on arrests, complaints, suspicious activities and other intelligence information that would detect criminal, security-breach and terrorist activity trends at airports and seaports around the country. The resulting intelligence data would assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in adjusting their security strategies in an ongoing and pro-active basis.
Moose Boats Delivers Rescue/Response Boats
Moose Boats delivered two M2-37 rescue/response boats to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police. The M2-37 vessels are 37.5 ft. aluminum catamarans powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. These rescue/response boats can attain a top speed of over 35 knots and are custom outfitted with 33 18-person life rafts. Each boat can deliver enough raft capacity to handle a water-based aircraft rescue mission for the largest aircraft landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. These two boats comply with the 2004 FAA Advisory that provides guidance to airport operators in the preparation for water rescue operations.
Video: USCG Medevacs Man from Cruise Ship
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it medevaced a 66-year-old man Wednesday from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles east of Wilmington, N.C. after receiving reports that the man was in medical distress. The USCG’s video can be seen here: Coast Guard Medevacs 66-Year-Old Man From Cruise Ship off North Carolina Coast. Personnel aboard the 950-foot cruise ship Carnival Splendor notified watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center of the man’s condition at approximately 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Midwest Rescue Airboat Delivered to Boston-Logan
Kansas-based Midwest Rescue Airboats delivers a MMCP airboat to Massport Fire Rescue at Boston-Logan International Airport. The new 8' x 20' MMCP boat will be used for Search and Rescue as well as for Airport/Port Security. According to Midwest Rescue their MMCP provides access to areas inaccessible to the fire department until now! Midwest Rescue Airboats also manufacture ice rescue airboats built to withstand ice and extreme harsh environments without the need of additional internal structure.
Thai Speedboat Plan to Beat Resort's Traffic Congestion
Thai authorities seek new ways to get people from Phuket International Airport to their destinations on the Andaman Sea island. One possibilty discussed at a recent meeting would be to build a quay pier next to the airport in order to carry passengers by speedboat or hydrofoil the 13 miles to Patong, reports The Phuket News. Phuripat Theerakulpisut, Director of Marine, Phuket Branch, explained, that they had drawn up a plan and were were waiting for approval and budget for the project, etimated to cost around B180 (US$ 605-million).
Crowley Acquires Ace Fuels Assets in Anchorage
Anchorage-based Crowley Fuels yesterday completed an asset acquisition of the aviation fuels business of Ace Fuels, LLC, a fixed base operator (FBO) headquartered at Merrill Field in downtown Anchorage offering Jet A and AV 100LL fuels. The acquisition includes the company’s six, 24-hour self-service aviation fuels pump stations (cardlocks) and associated buildings located at the Merrill Field Strip, Merrill Field Main Airport, Willow Airport, Wasilla Airport, Lake Hood Strip and Fairbanks International Airport.
Operations Resume at Typhoon-stricken Port
The Philippines' Ports Authority has resumed full commercial operations at the port of Tacloban which was closed for about 12 days after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck. The Ports Authority and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) worked round-the-clock to restart operations at the port, which is expected to become the relief hub. Cargo handling equipment from ICTSI to help temporarily run the port of Tacloban until it recovers from damage caused by the storm is due to arrive today.
IMO Joins International Ebola Task Force
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease. IMO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Travel and Transport Task Force. IMO has issued a circular letter (No.
Woodside LNG DWP License Application
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that it has extended the scoping comment period regarding the Woodside liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) license application until October 31. The application proposes construction and operation of an LNG DWP in federal waters of the Pacific Ocean approximately 27 miles southwest of Los Angeles International Airport. 72 Fed. Reg. 58937. (HK Law)