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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Kinder Morgan to Purchase Terminal Assets at Port of Vancouver

Partners, L.P. of British Columbia. on a 139-acre site. which allow the terminal to handle over 3.5 million tons of cargo annually. to shippers in western and central Canada, and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007.

Intermodal Short Sea Barge Operation Completed

The Great Lakes Towing Company completed an Intermodal Short Sea barge move utilizing the Port of Cleveland’s Rail Loop and the Port’s switching line, Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad. Norfolk & Southern interchanged the rail car carrying the 114 metric ton transformer to Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad to bring the railcar via the loop to the dock-face under the Port’s heavy lift crane. The cargo was transferred to a barge and was towed by the Tug OHIO to Marysville, Michigan for delivery to DTE Energy Electric Company (formerly The Detroit Edison Company).

CP Ships Secure Long-Term Agreement

Canadian Pacific Railway and CP Ships have reached a long-term agreement that will see CPR continue as the shipping company's exclusive Montreal Gateway rail carrier well into the future. The two companies have extended their existing agreement, originally due to run until 2004, for another 10 years to 2014. The new agreement secures CPR's position as the leading rail service provider in the Port of Montreal, handling the majority of the port's containerized rail traffic. CPR and CP Ships had agreed in principle to the terms of the agreement before their recent spin-off from Canadian Pacific Limited."This long-term partnership preserves CPR's strong and secure position in one of North America's busiest container ports," said Rob Ritchie, CPR's President and CEO.

Ingram Barge to Participate in EPA’s SmartWay

Ingram Barge Company announced its participation in the new Barge Freight component of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the country’s leading private industry freight carriers and freight users aimed at reducing carbon, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter emissions. Ingram has been involved with the EPA in helping to develop, test and pilot the tool since 2010 and Ingram hopes that others will follow its lead in committing to improve efficiency and reduce pollution. SmartWay, currently composed of more than 3,000 truck and rail carriers and the shippers that hire them, is adding a new Barge Freight component this year.

Improved Information Flow for Shipping Clients by Data2Logistics

Global freight bill processor, auditor and advisor Data2Logistics announce the launch of their Claims & Audit Review System (CARS), improving information flow for shipping clients. The system invigorates the company’s money-saving freight bill auditing ability with enhanced speed, resulting in faster audit cycles. CARS’ functionality optimizes the presentation and navigation of shipment data requiring auditor review, caches client freight bill data and distributes the information contiguously to Data2Logistics auditors. The result streamlines a potentially time-intensive portion of Data2Logistics’ audit services. The ability comes amid Data2Logistics’ further expansion of the company’s transportation cost-savings portfolio of freight bill auditing…

Ocean Carrier Can’t Use Carmack Amendment

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Carmack Amendment does not apply to ocean carriers that utilize an intermodal bill of lading. In the instant case, plaintiff cargo owner contracted with defendant ocean carrier for the transport of cargo from Rotterdam to Colorado via the port of Houston. The cargo arrived in Houston. Plaintiff directed defendant to hold the cargo because the consignee had not yet tendered payment. Defendant negligently released the cargo to the consignee, which shortly thereafter declared bankruptcy. Plaintiff sued defendant ocean carrier for its loss. Defendant moved for partial summary judgment to limit its liability under the Carriage of Goods at Sea Act (COGSA)…

Georgia Ports' Box Volume Jumps 14%

Rubber tired gantry cranes handle cargo at the Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the Port of Savannah. The Georgia Ports Authority's Mason Mega Rail project will double rail lift capacity to 1 million contai

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved 14 percent growth in March container volumes, moving 355,208 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers. For the fiscal year to date (July-March), TEU container trade grew by 9 percent, or 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million, a new record for Savannah. "Savannah's continued strength is a reflection of our customers' commitment, Georgia's leadership, and the many dedicated service providers, GPA employees and ILA members who come together every day to achieve great things," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

US Rail Jams Force Rush to Roads and Rivers

Photo: Susannah Skiver

U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low by the widespread bottlenecks on rail networks. The shift in how coal is being delivered to some power plants from mining regions such as Illinois Basin and comes amid persistent railroad delays that began during last year's severe North American winter. The delays have been perpetuated also by a surge in rail deliveries of crude oil and grain…

Ala. Port Issues RFEI for Intermodal Terminal

The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) has issued a request for expression of interest (RFEI) in the 74-acre Garrows Bend Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) in which the Port Authority is seeking private sector participation from terminal operators/developers in the development of the intermodal terminal. “This is the first step in the process by the Port Authority to initiate efforts to identify a private sector partner for development of the intermodal facility and is a continuation of the Choctaw Point project that started in early 2000…

The Hearsay Portal: part 2 of 2

Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.)

Dr. Jim Giermanski (Chairman, Powers Global Holdings, Inc.) and Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.) weigh in on the balance between facilitating trade and guaranteeing cargo identity and quantity - and what CPB needs to do to achieve just that. Part 1 of this 2 part report ran online on Marinelink on Tuesday, July 3rd. The motor carrier, rail carrier, or vessel carrier  simply don’t know what is in an already loaded, sealed conveyance. The carrier takes the word of the shipper about the contents from a document provided by the shipper.

Norfolk Southern Handles Largest Coal Loading

Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) has loaded the largest volume cargo in the history of its Pier 6 coal transloading facility at Lamberts Point in Norfolk. Early yesterday morning, Norfolk Southern finished loading 159,941.45 net tons (145,097.931 metric tons) of metallurgical coal into the M/V Cape Dover, destined for China. That quantity can be used to make about 207,000 tons of steel – enough to build 230,000 automobiles. The coal was shipped by Xcoal Energy & Resources in conjunction with CONSOL Energy, from mining operations in Virginia, in 1,561 railroad coal cars. T. Parker Host was the ship agent/broker. Norfolk Southern employees loaded the 951-foot vessel in fewer than 48 hours in order to accommodate a tight schedule for the receiver.

US Port Projects Awarded $44.3 Mln in Grants

Oxnard Harbor District (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

After evaluating 627 applications, 50 of which were from ports, for the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced 39 awards for $500 million in funding to be made in the seventh round of this multimodal, discretionary grant program. Of those, five awards totaling $44.3 million, or about 9 percent of total funding, are going to commercial seaports or to projects that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from America’s ports.

EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide than rail or truck on a per ton mile moved basis. But, it’s one thing to claim that metric, and another altogether to prove it to shippers and other freight stakeholders. The time to do that, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is now.

Truman Strike Group Enters European Theater

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman  160615-N-NX-690-003 Photo US Navy

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations April 18, 2018 as part of a routine deployment in support of NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. The presence of the HSTCSG demonstrates the multi-mission capability of the U.S. Navy’s globally deployed force and is part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

Flex LNG Charters New LNG Carrier to Enel

Photo: Flex LNG Management Ltd

Flex LNG , a global shipping company  specializing in the ownership of LNG carriers, announced that through a  separate wholly-owned subsidiary,  it has entered into a time-charter agreement  with Enel Trade, a company of the Enel Group, a multinational  power company and one of the world's leading integrated electricity and gas  operators. The time charter period of 12 months will commence during the second half of  2019. Enel also has the option to extend the contract by an additional 12 months  subsequent to the firm period.

Wärtsilä Engines for Bulk Carriers

Wärtsilä Corporation was awarded contracts to supply RT-flex50 common-rail low-speed engines, propellers and Auxpac generating sets to Goodearth Maritime Ltd of Chennai, India, for six 53,000 tdw handymax bulk carriers. For each ship, Wärtsilä will deliver a six-cylinder RT-flex50 common-rail low-speed engine with a maximum continuous power of 9720 kW at 124 rpm, together with a Wärtsilä fixed-pitch propeller and three 645 kWe Wärtsilä Auxpac generating sets. The ships have been contracted by Goodearth Maritime at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. in Visakhapatnam, India, for delivery in the summer 2007. They are of the Diamond 53 design of the Cardiff-based Graig Group, a double-hulled, geared highly-flexible handymax bulk carrier.

Barge-Rail Effective, Draws Additional Trains to Portland Port

Courtesy Port of Portland

Piggybacking on the success of the Upriver Container Barge-Rail Shuttle program, Northwest Container Service announced they would increase rail service from twice a month to weekly starting in April. The improvement will benefit shippers in Central and Eastern Oregon. The Port of Portland and other stakeholders have been working to increase the frequency of rail service between Boardman, and Portland, Ore. since upriver barge service resumed in November 2015. The Barge-Rail Shuttle Service starts in Lewiston, Idaho with containers loaded with agricultural goods.

Wärtsilä Powers Largest Dry Bulk Carriers

The RT-flex common-rail technology brings benefits to ship owners in terms of great flexibility in engine setting for lower fuel consumption, lower minimum running speeds, smokeless operation at all running speeds, and better control of other exhaust emissions. The RT-flex common-rail technology will also play a key role in meeting the need for tighter emissions control under the forthcoming IMO regulations. The ore carriers will be built by Rongsheng Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries of China. Each vessel will have a 7-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex82T low-speed engine with a contracted maximum continuous power of 29,400 kW at 76 rpm. The first of the ships is due for delivery in early 2011 and the twelve ships are expected to be completed in 2012.

Barge-Rail Service on Upper Columbia, Snake Rivers

Columbia-Snake River System Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Container barge service is back on the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Up river Container Barge-Rail Shuttle will help importers and exporters in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho move containerized agricultural products to markets in Asia. An informal partnership including Northwest Container Service, Tidewater Barge and the ports of Morrow, Lewiston and Portland helped facilitate the return of this service. The first barge is currently loading at the Port of Lewiston this week and expected to get underway Thursday.

Orders For Low-Speed Engines For Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä reports orders for Sulzer RT-flex diesel engines for two multi-purpose carriers to be built at Shanghai Shipyard in China. The order consists of low-speed marine engines to have common-rail fuel injection. These engines reduce emissions and they lack visible exhaust smoke at any operating speed. The customer is Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co (Chipolbrok). For each vessel, Wärtsilä will also supply three Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines. Sulzer RT-flex is the world's first low-speed marine engine to have common-rail fuel injection. In the course of this year, Wärtsilä has received orders for totally six Sulzer RT-flex engines. The first of these has already been delivered in the bulk carrier Cypsym Centennial.

Georgia Ports: Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground

From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. Photo courtesy Georgia Port Authority

The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Monday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. "Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The Mega Rail ground breaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal's signature projects designed to…

Wärtsilä Sales Success, RT-flex82 Engines

Seven-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex82T low-speed engine at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Korea. It develops 31,640 kW at 76 rpm. (Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation)

Wärtsilä reports sales success with its newly introduced Wärtsilä RT-flex82T low-speed engine. - Six engines for VLCCs to be built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. - Two engines for VLCCs to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.Ltd. The engines have been contracted by the licensees of Wärtsilä Corporation. Wärtsilä enjoys a global market share of approximately 50 percent in electronically-controlled low-speed engines. During the past two years, orders for 140 of the company's 82-cm bore marine engines have been placed. Of these, some 120 are for the RT-flex common-rail version.

PayCargo Re-introduces its Logistics Credit Program

PayCargo logo

Provider of electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the shipping industry, PayCargo, LLC, says it has brought back its highly successful PayCargo Credit Program. PayCargo provides a global, online freight payment system that allows shippers, carriers and freight brokers of all sizes to settle accounts faster and more safely than ever before. Since being spun out of a major financial services company earlier this year, PayCargo has been expanding into other transportation segments such as air cargo, trucking, rail, and warehousing.

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