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Port Canaveral Names German as Director

Dave German (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University.

Cyber Shoal Waters

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Over the past two months the world has been rocked by three major hacking events that have garnered international notice. These included the EQIFAX event in which 140 million individuals were reported to be possibly compromised, the WannaCry attack and the NotPeyta event. In the past two years the emphasis on the cyber security of the Marine Transportation System, a vital economic cog to the world has come under increasing scrutiny. In August, trade journals and major international…

CSA Honors Environmental Achievement Award Winners

Kathy J. Metcalf, President of CSA

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) this week announced the 2017 Environmewntal Achievement Award Winners. At a dinner ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on November 8, 2017, CSA awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement to 1,810 ships owned by seventy-two companies with a total of 15,307 years of environmental excellence. The average number of years operating without incident for ships and vessels that received awards is 8.1 years. Two hundred and eighty-six of the vessels have logged sixteen or more years of environmental excellence.

MarAd Names Council Members

The initial members of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation were announced by U.S. Maritime Administrator Clyde J. Hart, Jr. The council will address strategies to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and secure Marine Transportation System (MTS) that improves the global competitiveness and national security of the U.S.; issues and concerns raised by the marine transportation industry; and other matters at the Secretary's request.

MarineCFO Unveils Commercial Release of MarineCFO

MarineCFO Inc., a provider of marine transportation solutions announced the commercial release of MarineCFO for the marine transportation industry. MarineCFO, Inc. offers industry leading solutions to the global Marine Transportation Industry. Built upon the UA Financial Management and Business Framework Software Platform, MarineCFO boasts the benefits from the expertise and experience gained in over 6,000 customer installations worldwide in most major industries.

Shell Trading, Harvey Gulf ink LNG Transport Contract

An artist's depiction of a Q-LNG transport vessel (CREDIT: Harvey Gulf)

Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO Shane Guidry announced today the formation of new marine transportation company, Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, LLC (“Q-LNG”), owned 70% by Shane Guidry and 30% by Harvey Gulf. Q-LNG will own and operate assets providing marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), a critical component of U.S. LNG infrastructure, commencing with a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company (“Shell”) to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean. Mr.

Mineta to Address Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council

On Thursday, October 18, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will deliver opening remarks at the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council meeting in Baltimore. The Secretary will brief council members on marine transportation system capacity and port security issues. The council meeting is open for public observation. The council is comprised of leaders from over 30 commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, recreational boating interests, academics and environmental groups. Its purpose is to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues involving the Marine Transportation System – a system of waterways…

Foss Maritime Opens Houston Office

John Tirpak will lead the Houston office (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime has opened a new office and the formed a project management group aiming to support its customer base headquartered in Houston. John Tirpak of Foss has been appointed Vice President of Business Development & Contract Services and will be relocating to Houston to develop business in the region and lead the business development function of the entire Marine Transportation division from the new office. There he will oversee domestic and international business development, sales and marketing.

GAO Issues Report on Federal Financing of Marine Transportation System

The General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its Report entitled Marine Transportation: Federal Financing and a Framework for Infrastructure Investments. This Report provided the basis for the agency's recent testimony at the Congressional hearing reported in yesterday's Maritime Items. The Report, which provides an excellent overview of maritime, highway, and aviation funding and expenditures, recommends that national goals be established regarding the marine transportation system, the federal role be defined, funding tools be developed, and results be evaluated. While the federal government spends an average $3.9 billion annually on the marine transportation system, it collects approximately $15.2 billion in customs duties on imports arriving by ship.

Maritime Research and Technology Development Releases Report

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today released a report entitled, "Maritime Research and Technology Development." The report reviews U.S. transportation research and technology development with special emphasis on the marine transportation system. The report reviews the history and future needs of U.S. In summary, the report notes that more maritime research and development is needed to improve the ability to move goods, commodities and people. Future improvements in production and business transactions critical to the nation’s economic success cannot be fully realized without innovations in the efficiency and quality of the marine transportation system. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y.

MN 100: Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), together with its subsidiaries, is one of the largest petroleum product refiners, marketers and transporters in the United States. Supporting all of these is a large fleet of company owned, chartered and operated barges. Marathon Petroleum’s Marine Transportation provides services that meet the marine transportation needs of Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC). Marine Transportation’s inland river fleet is one of the largest private domestic fleets of inland petroleum product barges…

Soles Joins Glosten Associates

Peter Soles

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects. “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation, voyage and cargo logistics, navigation, and tug/towing operations,” said Justin Morgan, PE, Glosten Principal. Prior to joining Glosten, Soles contributed to marine projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska for over 13 years as a tug operator and marine operations manager for two local marine transportation companies.

Marathon Ashland Petroleum Garners USCG Award

Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC’s (MAP) Marine Transportation group has received the U.S. Coast Guard’s prestigious William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Accepting the silver award on behalf of MAP Marine Transportation was Bruce Tilton, manager, Marine Transportation. “This is indeed an honor, and we are truly thrilled to receive this award, says Tilton. “Because this is the U.S. Coast Guard’s premier national award, recognizing marine environmental excellence, the competition is fierce- there are rigorous and demanding standards that a company has to meet to be considered,” adds Tilton. Tilton accepted the award from Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul J.

USCG to Co-Sponsor Conference

The U.S. The conference focuses on the importance of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and how the MTS structure can assist policy- and decision-makers operate efficiently, effectively, and consistently throughout the nation. Key topics will include: Harbor Safety Committee contributions to the Marine Transportation System, strategies for coordination and stakeholder participation at the port level, MTS outreach, port security, and the latest tools and technology available to the ports. The conference will be held at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco, on March 19-20, 2001. An evening reception will be held on March 18. For more information, contact LCDR Greg Case, 202-267-0386 or Karen Bradley, 703-394-4125.

MARAD Releases Guide on Research

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released its Guide to Market Research for Marine Transportation Services. The Guide contains market research procedures for the determination of market potential for new or enhanced marine transportation services. Source: HK Law

Secretary LaHood Addresses MTSNAC

Secretary LaHood for the Department of Transportation addressed the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council on July 23, 2009. Consistent with America’s Marine Highway Program’s mandates to reduce congestion, conserve energy, and improve the environment, the Secretary charged the Council to better integrate the Marine Transportation System into the surface transportation system. By relocating freight from highways and urban corridors to commercial waterways (where applicable), the same system which provides the transportation of individuals and families in and between cities can provide a more efficient means to move goods to the shelves of retail stores throughout the United States.

MarAd Charters MTS Advisory Council

The Maritime Administration has chartered the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), an outgrowth of Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater's 1999 report to Congress, "An Assessment of the U.S. The council will provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation, via the Maritime Administrator, on the current and future needs of the marine transportation system (MTS) and recommended strategies, policies, and goals for meeting them. The council will consist of no more than 30 representatives from non-federal organizations representing a broad cross-section of MTS stakeholders, including: vessel owners and operators…

Canada Invest in Marine Training Center

The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario’s marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound. “Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate our ships,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley. The province is investing $3 million dollars to help the centre, located at Georgian College, purchase state-of-the-art visual navigation simulators, upgrade existing engineering equipment and improve distance-learning capabilities. The centre was established in 1969 and is the only accredited marine training institution in Ontario.

Scorpio Bulkers Acquires Four Vessels

Image: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

Scorpio Bulkers, announced that it has entered into two separate agreements with unaffiliated third parties to acquire three Ultramax dry bulk vessels and one Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel. The deal was for an aggregate of $90 million, of which $77.1 million is payable in cash and the remaining consideration is in the form of approximately 1.592 million common shares of the Company to be issued to one of the sellers. All of the Ultramax vessels were built at Chengxi Shipyard Co Ltd in China, of which two were delivered in 2014 and one was delivered in 2015.

GLMRI to Receive $2M in Federal Funding

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a joint effort by the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota Duluth, will receive $2 million in federal funding. This is the second year of funding for the GLMRI collaboration, which now totals $2.75 million. Congressman James L. Oberstar (MN-8) secured the original authorization for the initiative, and Congressman Obey secured the funding in the recently-passed transportation appropriations bill. The Institute’s goal is to help maintain and promote maritime transportation on the Great Lakes. Initial research will focus on the economics and development of the Great Lakes marine transportation system…

Kirby Q2 2009 Results

Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) announced net earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009 of $33.7 million, or $.63 per share, compared with net earnings of $40.3 million, or $.74 per share, for the 2008 second quarter. Kirby's published 2009 second quarter guidance range was $.52 to $.62 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2009 second quarter were $272.7 million compared with $348.3 million reported for the 2008 second quarter. Joe Pyne, Kirby's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The decline in our marine transportation and diesel engine services demand reflects a difficult economic environment. Our 2009 first quarter actions focused on early retirements, staff reductions, cost reductions and efficiency initiatives.

U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

Official portrait of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.

MarAd Issues Concept Paper

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a concept paper – A Vision for the 21st Century – discussing the future of the US Marine Transportation System.

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