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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) released the latest version of its U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report. The report, which relies on voluntary reporting by U.S. ports, indicates that capital expenditures by U.S. ports in 2003 totaled $1.7 billion. This included spending on improvements to marine terminal facilities and related land and waterside connections, as well as meeting needs for enhanced port security. Source: HK Law

Acquisition Boosts RINA Development Services

 Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA

Acquisition strongly boosts RINA offshore and port development services. By taking control of the D’Appolonia Group, a global engineering consultancy, international classification society RINA has increased its group turnover by almost 50 per cent and significantly strengthened its expertise and range of services in the offshore and port development fields. Says Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA, “By bringing the D’Appolonia Group’s 580 multidisciplinary staff and Euro87m turnover into RINA we have made a quantum jump in size and capability.

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Prospects

Image: King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Rabigh aims at being part of the overall development of the Saudi economy, which is the largest economy in the region and among the top 20 in the world, said Abdullah Hameedaddin, managing director of Ports Development Company (PDC), according to a report in the Arab News. “King Abdullah Port also takes pride in its high-tech superstructures, as they are some of the most advanced in the world and already optimized to service vessels and operate terminals for decades to come,” Hameedaddin said.

IPC and Ashdot Port Launch Patrol Boat

According to port2port.com, Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd. (IPC) and Ashdod Port Co. launched last week a new fast patrol boat at the port which intends to beef up security in and around the port.The boat which was purchased by IPC and operated by the port of Ashdod is identical to the type purchased by the Israeli naval defense forces. Yiftah Ron-Tal, Chairman of Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd. (IPC), said in the launching ceremony that IPC considers ports security as a strategic element to Israel's security and would take all necessary steps to strengthen Ashdod port security. He added that in 2008 further investment, some NIS 40 million, would be made to strengthen the port area and its surroundings. Ashdod Port Co. CEO, Mr.

Port Names Environmental Mitigation Coordinator

The Port of Los Angeles announced the appointment of Marisa Trutanich as environmental mitigation coordinator, a position designed to serve as the critical link between the Port of Los Angeles and Port Community Advisory Committee. The environmental mitigation coordinator manages mitigation, funding and proposals for specific Port development projects, monitors the implementation of approved mitigation measures and reviews environmental studies and reports. "Marisa is the appropriate choice for this position," said Commissioner Camilla Kocol. Trutanich has worked as a management analyst in the Port's Planning Division since January 2003, where she managed the planning aspect of various Port development projects.

Sydney Deep Water Port Project Named NOVAPORTE

The Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) and the Port of Sydney announce the new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE. “The name reflects the international nature of our project”, said Albert Barbusci, Chief Executive Officer of HPDP. “NOVA is Latin for new and port is spelled with an E to recognize that this will be both a gateway and transshipment hub”, he added. The adjacent Logistics Park will be known as NOVAZONE. Both will operate within a recognized Foreign Trade Zone. Sydney has set aside nearly 2,000 acres for development of this project. The harbor is dredged down 16.5 meters and can accommodate even the largest Ultra Large Container Vessels.

China Approves Plan for Port Development

The Chinese government on Wednesday approved the national plan for the distribution of sea ports and the medium and long-term plans for the shipbuilding industry. The two plans were approved at a meeting of the State Council chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. It was agreed at the meeting that a reasonable distribution of ports along the Chinese coast is of great importance to the national transport networks and to the expansion of China's foreign trade. The plan calls for improved coordination between regions in the development of ports and stresses the importance of ports raising their capacity to achieve economies of scale. The meeting decided that port development shall focus on coal, crude oil, iron ore and container systems before 2010.

New generation Transas simulator for Broome Maritime Simulation Centre

Kimberley TAFE Broome Maritime Simulation Centre has extended its range of services by selecting a Transas Full Mission Transas Simulator. The Transas Marine will upgrade the existing simulation centre to provide one of the most advanced marine trainings and R&D tools in the Australia. The simulation suite includes a main bridge and a tug station for a new port development, training of pilots and tug masters. Kimberley TAFE has a significant list of clients who already use the facility for a new port development environmental research…

BMT Acquires JFA Consultants

BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy is set to broaden its capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region with the successful acquisition of port and harbour engineering specialists, JFA Consultants Pty Ltd based in Perth, Western Australia. This acquisition will help to enhance BMT’s offering, whilst complementing its existing expertise and knowledge through well-established subsidiaries already in the region including BMT WBM and BMT Design & Technology. Founded in 1999, JFA Consultants has provided vital support for a number of major port developments in Western Australia,…

Site for Indiana's Fourth Port Being Examined

The Ports of Indiana announced that Indiana Michigan Power has agreed to sell its recently retired Tanners Creek coal plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to a brownfield redevelopment company that is working with the Ports of Indiana to evaluate the site for use as the state's fourth port. "Infrastructure critical to our state's economy includes more than just roads," said Governor Mike Pence. "Indiana's ports and waterways have been tremendous catalysts for economic growth in this state for decades, and there is great potential here in southeast Indiana to develop a fourth port that will further energize our economy. St. Louis-based Commercial Development Company, Inc.

Port of Antwerp Wins IAPH Award

Drydyck Area: Photo credit Port of Antwerp

At the annual meeting of the International Association of Ports & Harbours in Los Angeles, Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, was presented with the bronze Environment Award. With its presentation “Creating Space for Port Development by Proactive Nature Management” Antwerp was able to convince the jury of the important place given to proactive nature protection measures in the long-term strategy for port development. A considerable part of the Antwerp port area is subject to the EU Habitats directive and Birds directive.

Sagarmala Aims to Promote Port-Led Development in India

Sagarmala Project. Image by Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India

To exploit the potential of India’s approximately 7,500 km long coastline and 14,500km of potentially navigable waterways the Sagarmala Programme aims to promote port-led development in the country, says the government of India. Sagarmala is a long term programme. The objectives of the Sagarmala Programme are Port modernization & new port development, enhancing port connectivity to hinterland, port led Industrialization and coastal community development. The programme involves drawing up a National Perspective Plan(NPP) for Port Modernization & New Port Development…

FMC Chairman Addresses PEMA Ports Program

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero addressed the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) at its Annual Ports Program held in Seal Beach, California. The Chairman spoke on the subject of congestion at U.S. ports and the vital role of sustainable development of ports and related transportation infrastructure. Chairman Cordero described causes of, and the need for solutions to congestion, with a focus on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Chairman Cordero also explained the Commission’s efforts to facilitate discussions among stakeholders.

Malaccan Ports to Become Specialised Hubs

Strait of Malacca. Map: Google

Plans are underway to convert seven Malaccan ports into specialized hubs for various sectors to spur the state's economic development, reports the Star. The Malacca Port Development Masterplan is expected to increase investments and economic activity by creating jobs in the manufacturing, tourism and industrial sectors. Malacca Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the project under the Malacca Port Development Masterplan entailed upgrading six existing ports besides building the Malacca Gateway Port.

BMT Completes Hong Kong Port Study

BMT completes Hong Kong Port Strategic Development Study‏

BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is pleased to announce the completion of The Strategic Development Plan for Hong Kong Port 2030 (HKP2030) on behalf of the Hong Kong Government. The Study is a key element in guiding local port development policy and planning investment for the future. Following an in-depth review of the containerised cargo market in Hong Kong, BMT developed a plan to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s port sector via a series of staged improvements to the existing container terminals and facilities…

New Ship Lift for Casablanca Port

TTS Group ASA said it has secured a new contract for delivering a 10,000-ton ship lift to Casablanca Port in Morocco with an order value of approx. MNOK 135.    The contract is with Civils Contractor Somagec for its Casablanca Port development project.      TTS’s delivery includes design and key component package for a ship lift and transfer system, with completion slated for the first quarter of 2018.

UK Seeks Views on Ports Consultation Paper

The UK Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) issued a News Release stating that it is seeking views on ways of identifying and assessing alternatives to proposed port developments and on how the government’s objectives for transport in terms of safety, economy, environment, integration and accessibility can be taken into account in the appraisal. In conjunction with the News Release, DTLR has issued its draft Project Appraisal Framework for Ports. Comments should be submitted by April 5, 2002. Source: HK Law

New Bridge Simulator For Mexican Coastal and Port Development

Polaris ship’s bridge simulator for The Instituto Mexicano del Transporte (IMT).

A new Multi-Purpose Kongsberg Maritime Polaris ship’s bridge simulator has become a key coastal and port development resource for The Instituto Mexicano del Transporte (IMT) following the opening of its new research facility in August 2013. Based in Queretaro, Mexico, IMT is the leading Research Center for Ports and Coasts in Mexico. The organization is using its new Polaris simulator, which was ordered in April 2013, within its maritime research, development and project planning activities.

Los Angeles Port Fellows Program Makes an Impact

Julio Miranda, left, Shelton Shi and Emily Yen Photo Port of Los Angeles

As the maritime industry continues to evolve, the need for developing well-trained, knowledgeable and tech-savvy port leaders of the future has never been greater. Last April, the Port of Los Angeles announced its first-ever Fellows Program, an educational initiative focused on developing the next generation of maritime and port leadership. The one-year, on-the-job experience for graduate students officially kicked off in June with the selection of three fellows from some of the region’s top universities.

MARAD, Public Port Development Expenditure

The Maritime Administration has released its new U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report (FYs 2006/2007-2011) (February 2009). This report is the only one of its kind in the port industry that covers capital expenditures at U.S. ports. It is used by port authorities, federal and state policy makers, industry associations, and other entities interested in the marine transportation industry. The February 2009 U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report includes fiscal year (FY) 2006 and projected five year 2007-2011 expenditure data, along with the funding sources used to finance those expenditures. It aggregates data by geographical region, type of facility, on- and off-terminal infrastructure, dredging, security, and by new construction and modernization/rehabilitation.

Queensland's Ports Strategy

The Queensland Ports Strategy to protect the Great Barrier Reef, grow jobs and sustainably develop the state's port network was released yesterday. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney, the strategy outlines 18 actions that will provide a rigorous, systematic approach to balance economic development with protection of the environment. Central to the strategy is the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas for the ports of Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane. For the next decade, the Queensland Government will prohibit dredging within or adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for the development of new…

India Seeks Greater Belgian Participation in the Maritime Sector

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo in New Delhi. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari met the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, in Mumbai to discuss bilateral issues concerning the maritime sector. Gadkari sought greater participation of Belgian companies in Sagarmala projects, inland waterways and development of industrial clusters. He talked about the immense opportunities that exist in India in the areas of coastal shipping, inland water transport, cruise, new port development, smart-port industrial…

Port Issues RFI for Future Development

The Galveston Economic Development Partnership issued a Request for Information (RFI) in which the partnership is seeking input and responses to the future long-term development of the Port of Galveston. The RFI is for information purposes only, and the information will be used by the 21st Century Port Development Task Force to assist in their evaluation of available development options for the Port. The RFI is for planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or as an obligation on the part of the GEDP to acquire any products or services. All submissions and accompanying documentation become the property of GEDP and will not be returned.

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