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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Improvement Project News

USACE Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers has extended, until September 4, the comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the Matagorda Ship Channel improvement project. A meeting to receive public comment on the plan will be held in Port Lavaca on August 9. Source: HK Law

USACE Propose L.A. Marine Terminal Improvement Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice of intent to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for a permit application for the proposed West Basin Marine Terminal Improvement Projects in the Port of Los Angeles. One portion of the proposal would involve dredging the channel to 53 ft. A public scoping meeting will be held at the Port of Los Angeles on July 16, 2002. Written comments should be submitted by August 5, 2002.

Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project to Hold Meeting

The US Army Corps of Engineers will host a meeting in Port Lavaca, Texas on June 5 to receive public comment on the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project. Written comments should be submitted by July 2. 72 Fed. Reg. 28032 Source: HK Law

Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

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Ten new research institutes from Europe, North America and Australia have joined the Nereus Program research partnership, bringing the total to 17. Launched in September 2011, the program is an international collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia with the aim to make comprehensive forecasts of the ocean’s future, the program has grown into one of the world’s largest research initiatives in its field. Principle investigators from eight…

St. Lawrence Seaway Introduces New Computerized Vessel Tracking

The St. Lawrence Seaway has debuted its new Traffic Management Improvement Project (TMIP). The project is a joint venture between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation on the Canadian side and the U.S.-based St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Installed at the St. Lambert, St. Catherine and Massena control centers, the system is able to monitor and schedule vessel traffic on both sides of the border. Via transponders placed aboard the ship as it enters the Seaway, the system provides controllers with vital information such as the vessel's inbound position, course and destination.

Canada Announces Harbor Investments

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse Harbor. The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall. Funding for this project is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbors across Canada. This includes $66 million in regular program funding and an additional $40 million over two years, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2014.

Port of Los Angeles Terminal Improvement Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it is examining the feasibility of waterside, terminal, and transportation improvements at Berths 136-147 in the Port of Los Angeles. A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared and made available for public review at a later date. 68 Fed. Reg. 61191 Source: HK Law

Mannelly Promoted to Director of Port Planning at Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma has promoted Brian Mannelly to Director of Port Planning. In this position, he oversees Port capital improvement projects, including terminal design and facilities development. In addition, he is responsible for long-range Port planning, road and rail system planning and policy Mannelly joined the Port in 2005 as a Planning Specialist and was promoted to Manager of Terminal Planning in 2007. He was previously employed in private engineering consulting by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) of Boston.

Canada Invests in Harbor Grace Project

Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador. The project consists of the extension of a finger pier wharf to create a protected area for larger fishing vessels, to be completed over two years. This work will ensure that fishermen have additional safe berthing and offloading facilities. Construction is planned to start this fall and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Funding for this project is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbors across Canada.

PHA Budgets $ 275 mi for Capital Improvements

Courtesy Port of Houston

In 2015, the Port of Houston Authority has budgeted $275 million for various capital improvement projects. About $184 million is being allocated to its container terminals for continuing development of Bayport and modernization at Barbours Cut, and another $35 million is for improvements at the Turning Basin’s general cargo and bulk terminals. The remaining 2015 capital budget funds will be used for railroad improvements, channel development, port security, building renovations and information technology.

$12.3 Mln TIGER Grant for Hueneme Port Project

TIGER 2015 AWARDS

Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael J. Rodriguez today announced that the Department of Transportation will provide $12.3 million for the Port of Hueneme Intermodal Improvement project in Port Hueneme. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states selected to receive a total of $500 million under the Department’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced project selections for this round of TIGER grants on October 29.

Go Ahead for Brownsville Ship Channel Deepening

President Barack Obama signed into law the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, authorizing the Brownsville Ship Channel deepening project, making it eligible for federal funding, as announced by the Port of Brownsville. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project was one of 28 water infrastructure projects nationwide included in the WRDA and submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Congress for approval. The project calls for the Port of Brownsville channel to be deepened to 52 feet from its current design depth of 42 feet. When complete, the Port of Brownsville will become one of the deepest ports in the Gulf of Mexico. “The deepening of the channel strengthens the port’s infrastructure and increases our global competitiveness.

AAPA Commends House for WRRDA Bill

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)  lauded leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, leaders of its Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) for their efforts in advancing H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The House passed the legislation by a vote of 417 to 3. “AAPA commends T & I Committee Chairman (Bill) Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member (Nick) Rahall (D-WV)…

Freeport Harbor Improvement Project Meeting to be Held at Port

Representatives of Port Freeport will meet with a delegation of Congressional staffers and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to tour the Port and discuss the viability of the Freeport Harbor Improvement Project that includes the plan to deepen the federal channel up to 60 feet and widen it up to 600 feet. Thus far, Port Freeport has received wide-spread, bi-partisan support for this critical project from the Texas delegation as well as the Governor's office of Federal Affairs in Washington. At 60 feet, Port Freeport will be the deepest-draft port on the Gulf of Mexico. Project plans will also include the feasibility of widening the Port’s Jetty and Entrance Channel to accommodate larger vessels and two-way vessel traffic.

Port Everglades to Deepen, Widen Channels

Members of the Broward County Congressional Delegation, local elected officials and community leaders gather for a press conference to celebrate the signing of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Photo Port Everglades

The Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project has received federal authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with deepening and widening the Port's navigation channels as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act signed into law December 16, 2016, by President Barack Obama. The project is currently in the preconstruction engineering and design phase, and can now proceed through the permitting and federal funding processes.

ACP and TPA Renew Memorandum of Understanding

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the Tampa Port Authority (TPA) have signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase cooperation, such as joint marketing, between the Panama Canal and the Port of Tampa. It will also seek to bolster trade along the “All-Water Route,” the route from Asia to the U.S. Gulf Coast via the Panama Canal. The two entities first signed an MOU in 2005, which was renewed in 2008. The latest agreement is renewable for an additional five years. ·         Technological Interchange of advanced technology capabilities and programs to spur cutting-edge initiatives in the shipping and maritime community.

Burger Boat Gets $2.9m Assist

Governor Jim Doyle announced a $2,880,128 project that will support improvements to the Burger Boat Company’s facility at the . The award is positioned to spur economic growth in the city of and the surrounding area. “The Burger Boat Company is a valued partner in ’s economy, and a valued part of ’s history,” Governor Doyle said. Burger Boat Company will receive $2,304,102 for the project from the state’s Harbor Assistance Program, and the company will provide the required 20 percent match, $576,026.

Port of San Diego Plans 'Cold Ironing' Facility

Dole Ship at Port Terminal: Photo credit Port of San Diego

Port of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal proposes shore-to-ship power provision (subject to project's public approval). The project would allow vessels such as container ships and refrigerated cargo ships to "plug in" and use electrical power from San Diego Gas & Electric , rather than run off their own diesel engines while at berth. The Port has accordingly prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the shore power project, per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Canada Invests $18.4m in Small Harbors

Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador. Shore protection improvements at St. Maintenance dredging at Trout River. “In Newfoundland and Labrador, where the fishing industry is part of the daily fabric of society, small craft harbors play a significant role,” Manning said. “Our Government is pleased to invest in these facilities to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the commercial fishing industry and stimulate local economies. The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans…

Guam Port Improvement Project Completed

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

The $50 million Guam Commercial Port Improvement Project, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), has been completed, transforming Guam’s strategic commercial sea port into a world-class facility ready to meet the demands of the future, MARAD announced today. “As Guam’s only commercial port, these facilities are key to unlocking a more prosperous future for the people of the territory – and the whole of the Western Pacific Region,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. U.S.

MARAD Funding Available for Small Shipyards

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The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has made available nearly $10 million in grant funding for improvements to small shipyards. There is currently $9.8 million available under the Small Shipyard Grant Program for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations and quality ship construction, repair and reconfiguration, MARAD said. “Waterways and small shipyards are a critical component…

M/V Columbia Returns to Service

M/V Columbia, reported to be the largest ship in the Alaska Marine Highway’s fleet, returned to revenue service on June 5 with its scheduled sailing southbound from Ketchikan. The Columbia begins weekly round trip service between Bellingham, Wash. and Skagway, Alaska, with intermediate stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersberg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway with additional southbound stops in Sitka. Columbia left Cascade General Inc., (CGI) shipyard in Portland, Ore., on May 30 on schedule and within budget, after a major improvement project. In recognition of CGI’s efforts, the AMHS Vessel operations manager, Captain Jack Meyers, presented Bruce Dummer, senior V.P. of Finance, with an oversized replica of a $14,000 incentive check in a ceremony at the yard just prior to the ship’s departure.

Rail Access for Port of Vancouver

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that work can begin on the West Vancouver freight access project in Washington State now that an agreement has been signed between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Port of Vancouver. The project, which received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, will make safety and efficiency improvements for the entire Port by creating access and eliminating a freight chokepoint. “Building better access for the Port will help move goods in and out of Vancouver more quickly,” said Secretary LaHood.

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