Horizon Lines Expands Board of Directors
Board to expand to eleven from eight; seven New Board Members Join Four Existing Directors; Four Directors Retire. Horizon Lines, a domestic ocean shipping company, today announced that it will expand its Board of Directors to 11 members from eight, effective November 25, 2011. In conjunction with the expansion, seven new directors will be appointed and four of the existing eight directors will retire. • Jeffrey A. Brodsky, Kurt M. Cellar, Carol B. Hallett, James LaChance, Steven L. Rubin, Martin Tuchman and David N. Weinstein will join the board as independent directors.
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…
News: More Ghost Fleet Ships Contracted for Scrap
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) recently awarded a contract for the disposal of obsolete ships in the James River Reserve Fleet. Post-Service Remediation Partners (PRP) of New York will be awarded a payment of $14.8 million to remove a total of 15 ships from the James River Reserve Fleet. This is the largest removal of obsolete ships in a single year from the National Defense Reserve Fleet since 1993. "As stewards of the environment, the responsible disposal of obsolete ships is a high priority for the Department of Transportation," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. The PRP award was the result of a negotiated Program Research and Development Announcement (PRDA) proposal that offered the removal of fifteen ships.
Portland Gets Boost from Oil Rig Project
Portland’s marine commercial shipbuilding industry is getting a boost thanks in part to construction of the “Pride Portland” and the “Pride Rio de Janeiro,” two huge oil rigs built by crews working for Cianbro and funded with a $342 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert recently visited the “Amethyst Project” at the terminal where the two 12,000 ton oil rigs that symbolize the city’s revitalization efforts were constructed.
Portland Waterfront Gets Boost from Oil Rig Construction Project
Portland’s marine commercial shipbuilding industry is getting a boost thanks in part to construction of the “Pride Portland” and the “Pride Rio de Janeiro,” two huge oil rigs built by crews working for Cianbro and funded with a $342 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert today visited the “Amethyst Project” at the terminal where the two 12,000 ton oil rigs that symbolize the city’s revitalization efforts were constructed. Captain Schubert called the working waterfront an asset that will provide jobs and keep America moving. “This project alone has employed close to 1…
MARAD Approves Deepwater LNG Port
It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system, which will carry the natural gas ashore for distribution to U.S. markets. "This new facility will improve efficiency by eliminating the need for a carrier to come all the way into a shore side port and save money in the process," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta.
MarAd Approves Deepwater LNG Port Off Louisiana
It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system, which will carry the natural gas ashore for distribution to U.S. markets. “This new facility will improve efficiency by eliminating the need for a carrier to come all the way into a shore side port and save money in the process,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Honors U.S. Merchant Marine on National Maritime Day
As part of the celebration of National Maritime Day, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today honored the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine who risk their lives on wartime seas. This year’s ceremony at Navy Memorial Auditorium paid special tribute to the action of mariners during World War II. Following the presentation of the colors and a moment of silence, Secretary Mineta spoke of WWII merchant mariners who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. "They traveled unarmed, often into dangerous waters, to support our Armed Forces overseas. Merchant mariners crewed the Liberty ships, the Victory ships, and thousands of other ships that carried troops and many tons of materiel for the Allied cause in World War II. Nearly 215,000 people served in the U.S.
MarAd Disposes of More Ships
Three ships will leave the James River Reserve Fleet this summer, thanks to domestic ship dismantling contracts announced today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert. Marine Metals of Brownsville, TX, has been awarded three contracts valued at $3.1 million to dismantle the American Banker, the Mormacmoon, and the Santa Cruz. All three ships are considered high-priority vessels for dismantling and recycling. "This Administration is working very hard to get these ships out of the James River and on their way to qualified ship breaking yards," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. "We are all very anxious to reduce the number of ships in the fleet," he added.
More Passengers take to the Sea
Fueled in part by a spate of luxurious newbuildings such as the Queen Mary 2, the cruise industry, according to government statistics, is growing by leaps and bounds. Reflecting a rise in the popularity of passengers departing from ports closer to their homes, cruise lines carried 2.3 million passengers on North American cruises in the first quarter of 2004, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported today. The figures reflect a 13.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2003. The majority of cruises are still destined for the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Cruise Passenger Travel Grows 13.6%
Reflecting a rise in the popularity of passengers departing from ports closer to their homes, cruise lines carried 2.3 million passengers on North American cruises in the first quarter of 2004, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported today. The figures reflect a 13.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2003. The majority of cruises are still destined for the Caribbean and the Bahamas. However, there has been important growth in new and emerging "drive market" ports -- departure ports closer to home. For example, last year, during the first quarter, four ports -- New York, Jacksonville, Houston, and Norfolk – offered no departures. Now, these cities are currently among the top 15 departure ports in the nation.
DOT: New Initiative for Loan and Credit Programs
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the establishment of a department-wide Credit Council to enhance oversight and management of the Department’s direct loan and loan guarantee programs that are administered by the Maritime Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Currently, the Department’s four credit programs are responsible for $7.5 billion in outstanding loans and guarantees (including pending commitments). "As we continue to build a transportation infrastructure and transportation assets that keep our economy moving…
Mineta Surveys Future Home of SuperFerry
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta got a first-hand look at Honolulu Harbor’s infrastructure needs during a tour with Gov. Linda Lingle and Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Rodney Haraga. Secretary Mineta visited the Pier 19 terminal facility, which was built with the help of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and heard from state leaders about plans for the Superferry project. “For many Americans, our maritime industry and our port infrastructure network go largely unnoticed,” Secretary Mineta said. Secretary Mineta toured the Pier 19 shoreside facility planned as the future home of the Superferry in Honolulu. “Governor Lingle understands the importance of maritime transportation and its ability to move the economy,” Secretary Mineta said.
Schubert Named as Maritime Administrator
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta welcomed Captain William G. Schubert to the U.S. Department of Transportation as the Senate unanimously A former maritime industry consultant and Maritime Administration official, Captain Schubert brings 27 years of professional maritime experience to his new post. “During these extraordinary times it is important to have someone like Bill Schubert on our team at the Department of Transportation,” said Secretary Mineta. Captain Schubert underscored the important role the Maritime Administration and the U.S.-flag merchant marine will play in the nation’s war against terrorism. “Now more than ever…
U.S. Secretary Of Transportation Welcomes Vessel To The U.S.-Flag Fleet
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and Maritime Administrator Bill Schubert today announced that Industrial Maritime Carriers will transfer a Challenger Class heavy-lift vessel from the Bahamian flag to the U.S. flag. The 8,000 DWT vessel has two 200 metric ton electro-hydraulic cranes, a service speed of 16 knots and is ideally suited for project and heavy lift cargo. The M/V INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGER is the latest ship to benefit from an agreement between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) that significantly reduces the time required to reflag certain vessels into the U.S. registry. "The addition of heavy-lift capacity to the U.S.-flag fleet will be a valuable asset to the U.
Transportation Security Administration Meets First Security Requirements
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has successfully met the first security requirements mandated by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The Act, passed November 19, 2001, contains deadlines for specific actions within the first 30 days of enactment. “The Department of Transportation continues its dedicated efforts to deliver to the American people the world-class security they deserve and expect as they move about the country,” said Secretary Mineta. · Issued qualification standards for federal airport security screeners. In order to be hired, screeners must be U.S. citizens, have a high school diploma and pass a standardized examination, among other requirements.
Secretary Of Transportation Will Address Workshop
The Maritime Administration, in collaboration with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, is sponsoring a two-day Workshop on Maritime Energy and Clean Emissions on Jan. 29-30 in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will deliver the keynote address on Jan. 29. The first day of the workshop will look at how ports and other transportation modes deal with energy and environmental issues and will examine the impact of state, federal and international policies. The second day will focus on various technologies and methods being explored to improve energy efficiency and reduce air pollution. In addition, several international speakers will discuss policies affecting maritime energy and emissions in their countries.
DOT Offers Insurance For Commercial Ship Owners
Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert today announced that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is now accepting applications for war risk insurance to cover commercial ship operations in the Middle East. President Bush authorized the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide the insurance at the request of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. U.S.-flag vessels are eligible, as are ships owned by U.S. companies. Other vessels may be covered if their cargoes are considered to be in the security interests of the United States. The insurance covers cargoes as well as the ships and crews. It is underwritten by DOT in return for a premium from shipowners.
President Nominates Collins as Commandant of USCG
President Bush today nominated Vice Admiral Thomas H. Collins, 55, to be the 22nd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, the Coast Guard’s Service Secretary, praised the President’s nomination, saying, “Admiral Collins reflects the best leadership traits of the dedicated men and women of the United States Coast Guard. He is the right person to lead the modern Coast Guard through today’s challenges to tomorrow’s promise of a safer, more secure American coastline and maritime transportation system. “Tom Collins brings a combination of scholarly intelligence, practical experience at sea, and Washington policy expertise to the critical job of commandant at a time when the Coast Guard is facing a host of new missions,” Secretary Mineta said.
USCG Awards Contract for Response Boats
The U.S. Coast Guard today awarded a contract of up to $10 million to SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Wash., for ports and waterways response boats. Funding for the boats, which will help the service perform Homeland Security missions, was provided in the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2002. The initial order is for 18 boats with an option of procuring additional craft and essential spare parts over the next 18 months. "The Coast Guard is currently operating the largest port security program since World War II alongside other federal, state and local agencies," said Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. in key economic and militarily strategic ports.
Rear Admiral Bennis Will Lead Maritime and Land Security at TSA
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta named Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis, USCG, (ret.) as the Associate Under Secretary of Transportation for Maritime and Land Security at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Admiral Bennis, who led Coast Guard response in New York to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, will direct TSA exercise of security responsibilities for the nation’s seaports and land transportation assets. In his last Coast Guard assignment as captain of the Port of New York, Bennis directed the successful evacuation by water of approximately 500,000 people from lower Manhattan. “Rear Admiral Bennis’ leadership during an unimaginable situation was remarkable,” said Secretary Mineta. Under Secretary of Transportation for Security John W.
U.S. Port Security: Full Steam Ahead
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TRW Selected to Perform Port Vulnerability Assessments
The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected TRW Inc. to assess the vulnerability of the nation's most critical commercial and military seaports, under a 5-year contract worth up to $31 million. "Securing our nation's ports and maritime transportation system is a vital component of our overarching transportation security mission," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta in announcing TRW's selection. Under contract to the Coast Guard, TRW will develop model port security guidelines, conduct assessments of at least 55 U.S. ports, and develop a port vulnerability self-assessment methodology to help local port stakeholders evaluate and improve security conditions.