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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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USCG Conducts Port Access Routes Study

The U.S. Coast Guard has initiated a Port Access Routes Study to evaluate the continued applicability of and the need for modifications to current vessel routing measures or the creation of new vessel routing measures in the approaches to Chesapeake Bay, Va.

Chesapeake Bay Port Access Routes Study Proposed

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that it has completed the Port Access Routes Study for the Approaches to Chesapeake Bay. The study recommended various changes, some of which will require approval of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and USCG rulemaking. Those projects will be commenced soon. 69 Fed. Reg. 3869 (HK Law)

Immigration Ops Nets 14 Illegals in Port of Tampa

Paul I. Perez, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Steven J Trent, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Frank Cioffi, Resident Agent-in-Charge, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG), Lance Newman, Special Agent-in-Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), today announced the unsealing of indictments and the arrest of 14 individuals on charges that include social security fraud, possession of counterfeit alien registration card, and unlawful re-entry following deportation. This has been a yearlong investigation that culminated early today as federal, state, and local law enforcement began rounding up those individuals indicted.

North Atlantic Right Whale – port access routing study

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a port access routing study to analyze potential vessel routing measures and consider adjusting existing vessel routing measures in order to reduce vessel strikes on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. The areas under consideration include Cape Cod Bay and possibly Race Point and the Great South Channel in the northern region and approaches to Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, and Brunswick in the southern region. Comments should be submitted by April 19. 70 Fed. Reg. 8312 (HK LAW)

AAPA to Testify at National Surface Transportation Commission Meeting

Stressing port industry concerns over the growing volume of freight moving over America’s already congested transportation system, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jean Godwin will go before the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission on March 19 to urge Commission members to recognize the importance of efficient port access when making recommendations to Congress to address future surface transportation needs. In her oral presentation and written remarks, Godwin will outline the freight infrastructure needs that U.S. public ports have now and will have in the future to guard against gridlock in the goods movement network.

USCG Port Access Study: Off San Francisco

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it will conduct a meeting in Oakland on December 10 to receive public comments for its Port Access Route Study: Off San Francisco. The goal of the study is to assess whether the current vessel routing system is effective in its predictability of vessel movements, which may improve marine safety. 75 Fed. Reg. 56919 (September 17, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Townsville Port charges to rise 5.5%

Port of Townsville

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL), Australia, has advised that a 5.5% increase will apply to port charges at the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda effective 1 July 2014. The Lay-up Concession will continue to operate and its effectiveness will be monitored and reviewed through the Port Advisory Body. More than $500 million has recently been invested in port and transport connections. Notably, the Townsville Port Access Road, upgrades of Berths 8 and 10 and channel and berth dredging works at the Port of Townsville have provided significant enhancements…

MSC Upgrades IPAK Service

IPAK SERVICE UPGRADE

As part of our objective to continually improve their services to customers, MSC has included a new mainline call to Hazira from July 2015. MSC Tomoko will be the first vessel to call at Hazira on 2nd July 2015. Seven MSC 9,000 TEU vessels will be deployed on the upgraded service, offering fixed day weekly service to and from Hazira. Port Rotation: Nhava Sheva-Hazira-Mundra-Salalah-Gioia Tauro-Valencia-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Felixstowe-King Abdullah- Salalah-Port Qasim-Nhava Sheva. MSC has been serving Hazira Port with a dedicated feeder since early 2013, when this port opened for operations.

Port of Indiana Welcomes First Ship of The Season

PORTAGE, Ind. – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomes the first ship of the 2011 international shipping season with a ceremony on Tuesday, March 29, at noon, local time. A small group of invited guests and media will board the M/V Avonborg for a brief ceremony and a presentation of gifts to the ship’s captain. The Avonborg was the first ship through the St. Lambert lock in Québec, Canada, as the St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 53rd shipping season on March 22. The vessel carries…

PVA Says Phooey on FUPAC

Many vessel and port workers for PVA members in Florida not only have to contend with the Coast Guard-required Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), but they also must obtain the Florida Uniform Port Access Credential (FUPAC). This state-mandated requirement was authorized before the TWIC rule went into effect, but in many ways the background checks associated with the two credentials are duplicative. Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida will introduce an amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit a state from requiring security background checks for maritime workers that duplicate those already performed by the federal government. She wants to add the amendment to H.R. 2200, a bill authorizing funds for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Acteon Opens Singapore Service Center

Photo: Acteon

A custom-built service center at the new Offshore Marine Center in the Tuas industrial area of Singapore will boost Acteon operations and improve its customer service in Southeast Asia. Due to open in July 2013, the new $11 million, 10,000-m2 Acteon Singapore Operations Center will support the offshore operations of Acteon companies across the region. It will be the first purpose-built Acteon center to service multiple operating companies. The base will provide engineering, design…

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres

West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Hohensee noted that the port expansion would not have been possible without the financial assistance via a $750,000 capital outlay grant from the Louisiana State Legislature. “Most of the credit for procuring the capital outlay grant goes to Sen. John Smith, Sen. Ronnie Johns, Rep. Mike Danahay and the rest of our Southwest Louisiana delegation,” he added. “We believe these elected officials recognize the importance of the port expansion to our regional economic growth.

NASSCO, Mobile Landing Platform Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $3.5m design contract for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Ship (MLP) program. Under the contract, NASSCO will develop a preliminary ship design based on Navy requirements. A contract for the detail design and construction of up to three ships could be awarded next year. The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Force of the Future (MPF(F)) program. The ship is intended to serve as a transfer station or “floating pier at sea,” improving the U.S. military’s ability to deliver equipment and cargo to areas where port access is limited or unavailable.

Antwerp Port Improves Access With S.E. Netherlands

Port of Antwerp

Last year the Antwerp Port Authority carried out a strategic hinterland analysis with a view to improving the port’s intermodal presence, which is currently sub-optimum. A call for project proposals was issued to the extended port community, with external parties being able to propose new or improved rail and/or barge connections for better access to the network of inland terminals in South-East Netherlands. In this way the Port Authority seeks to further improve the port’s access to its core hinterland.

NOAA Deploys Survey Ships for Arctic Charting Projects

NOAA ships spent the last several days preparing for their Arctic missions. Here, Chief Bosun Jim Kruger (front) works with Jason Kinyon and Lindsey Houska on NOAA Ship Rainier as they get ready to depart this week for the summer's first Arctic survey project, in Kotzebue Sound.(Credit: NOAA)

NOAA announced the official launch of its 2015 Arctic hydrographic survey season took place this morning, in Kodiak, Alaska, in a World Ocean Day ceremony which showcased the deployment of the NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather. “Most Arctic waters that are charted were surveyed with obsolete technology, with some of the information dating back to Captain Cook's voyages, long before the region was part of the United States,” said NOAA deputy under secretary for operations Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany in remarks directed to the crews of NOAA ships.

GPHA Gets $1.5 bln for Tema Port Expansion

The Port Of Tema. Photo by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has received 1.5 billion dollars for the expansion of the Tema Port. The authority today signed a 35-year Concessionary Agreement with the Meridian Port Services (MPS) to boost expansion activities at the port. The Minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor who witnessed the signing in Accra said the project will enhance the efficiency of the Port and make it more competitive. The expansion project which is scheduled to be completed in three years includes plans for the potential construction of additional terminal facilities…

Government Urged to Improve UK Port Intermodal Links

Image courtesy of UK Parliamentary Transport Committee

The Department for Transport (DofT) must become a keener advocate for UK ports, urges the Transport Committee, in a new report looking at policy for improving road and rail access to ports. “The Department has brought forward a new high-level strategy on ports, but ministers must now provide more detail about how it will be implemented to prioritise the removal of constraints to port development caused by inadequate transport infrastructure. “Transport links – especially roads and rail – are crucial to the economic prosperity of our major ports.

Jeffersonville Port Sets Cargo Record in 2014

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville (Picture by: Ports of Indiana)

The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year, according to a news release from the port. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded two million tons in the port’s 29-year history. The 2014 total was 464,000 tons higher than the previous record set in 2006. Another outstanding harvest in 2014 helped push grain tonnage to its highest volume ever breaking the previous record set in 1993. Steel and salt shipments also set all-time records, up 72 percent and 51 percent from 2013, respectively.

AAPA: Study Proves Need For Improvement

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) "Report to Congress on National Highway System (NHS) Intermodal Freight Connectors." The report, requested by Congress under the provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), reviews connectors to seaports, airports, and major intermodal terminals to determine: (1) their condition; (2) improvements or investments made or planned; and, (3) impediments and options to making improvements. According to AAPA President Kurt J. Nagle, "The study confirms concerns that ports have expressed for years that freight projects are not getting a fair share of investment dollars.

AAPA: Study Proves Need For Improvement

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) "Report to Congress on National Highway System (NHS) Intermodal Freight Connectors." The report, requested by Congress under the provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), reviews connectors to seaports, airports, and major intermodal terminals to determine: their condition; improvements or investments made or planned; and, impediments and options to making improvements. According to AAPA President Kurt J. Nagle, "The study confirms concerns that ports have expressed for years that freight projects are not getting a fair share of investment dollars.

North European Containerport Markets to 2025

The North European container port market bounced back strongly from the economic downturn. Total demand reached 57.9m TEU in 2011, representing an increase of 22 per cent since 2009. The eastern Baltic is seeing particularly strong growth. Transshipment demand is increasing. Inland transport costs are increasing rapidly and this – together with increasing environmental pressures – is highlighting the need for intermodal transport solutions. Much larger vessels have entered the Europe-Far East trades, and more are. The container shipping market is in crisis, with severe overcapacity resulting in lines recording huge losses. The position of the lines as customers and as users of North European container terminals is generating considerable uncertainty.

Svitzer Salvage Americas Inc. Signs Florida Warehouse Lease

Netherlands-based maritime services firm Svitzer Salvage Americas Inc. has signed a 22,961-square-foot storage warehouse lease for a strategic operations center in Dania Beach, FL, announced Morris Southeast Group/CORFAC International Principal Ken Morris, SIOR. Morris represented Svitzer Salvage in the five-year lease for two adjacent bays located at Broward International Commerce Center (BICC), 345-349 N. Bryan Road, Building 500 in Dania Beach, FL. The company intends to use the space as a storage warehouse for its salvage operations and occupancy is projected for September 2012. Dania Beach is south of Ft. Lauderdale, north of Hollywood and about 22 miles from Miami.

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