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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Op/Ed: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Should Include Inland Waterways

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

Bryan Day, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, weighs in on President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan, calling for U.S. policymakers to consider inland waterways and ports in America’s infrastructure plan. President Donald Trump and members of Congress continue to discuss plans for a major infrastructure spending plan for our country. With calls from leaders from across the country, members of the federal government are coming together to embrace the importance of maintaining America’s infrastructure.

32 VLCCs to Fly Saudi Arabia’s Flag

Photo: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) said that the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of Amjad, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia. The announcement comes as part of Bahri’s plans to register all of its 37 VLCCs by the end of 2017, and falls in line with the remarkable shift and growth the transportation sector in the Kingdom has witnessed in the recent past. This also marks another achievement for PTA as an initiative completed as part of its national transformation program.

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.

TSA, Coast Guard to Facilitate Exercise

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard will facilitate a port security exercise on August 31 in Baltimore to evaluate preparedness, prevention and the ability to respond to and recover from a terrorist-related incident. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee. The committee assists the captain of the port in writing, reviewing and updating an AMS Plan in addition to supporting other transportation entities that depend upon the port being secure. The exercise will involve the entire port community, including both public governmental agencies and private industry.

Field hearing on Delaware River Spill

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing in Philadelphia regarding circumstances surrounding the November 26, 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. The Committee also released the Opening Statement of Representative LoBiondo (R-NJ), chair of the Subcommittee. At the same time, the Coast Guard issued a Press Release the included photographs of an anchor removed from the Delaware River. The anchor will be examined to determine whether it was involved in the holing of the tanker ATHOS I. source: HK Law

CMA CGM to Tap Indonesian Market

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM aims to increase its market share in Indonesia to 20 percent by year-end from the current 13 percent, reported The Jakarta Post. The company's senior vice president in Asia, Jean-Yves Duval said that with aggressive marketing, as well as longer and more efficient routes, we believe we can have 20 percent of the market by end of 2017. Recently, the Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II President Director Elvyn G Masassya welcomed the arrival of the largest container ship CMA CGM Otello which berthed at Jakarta International Container Terminal.

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.

Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017. The vessels were built in 2013 and are ECO-design tankers. They will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products, light chemical and vegetable oils. The overall fleet comprises about 60 MR vessels. “The arrangement is fully in line with our fleet and chartering strategy. We are exploiting…

Vard to Build Live Fish Transport Vessel

Image: Vard

Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of one live fish transportation vessel for Fjordlaks Aqua in Ålesund, Norway. The new live fish transportation vessel of VARD 8 50 design is scheduled for delivery from Vard Aukra in Norway in 3Q 2018. The hull will be built at Vard Braila in Romania. The VARD 8 50 is live fish transportation vessel with a flexible diesel electric propulsion system. The vessel with a length of 60.5 meters and a beam of 14 meters is developed for efficient, safe and sustainable operations.

Senate Hearing on USMMA Issues Scheduled

The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on 5 April to examine protecting midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.   Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) will chair the meeting.   Details of the event can be found HERE   Witnesses will include:   Mr. Joel Szabat / Executive Director / U.S. Maritime Administration Rear Admiral James Helis / Superintendent / U.S. Merchant Marine Academy The Honorable Calvin Scovel, III / Inspector General / U.S. Department of Transportation

Crowley Companies Move into Secaucus, NJ

Crowley companies - Crowley Liner Services, Marine Transport Lines (MTL), Mormac Marine Enterprises (MME) and Intrepid Ship Management (Intrepid) - have moved to a new location in Secaucus, NJ. Jersey 07094. transportation services and MME and Intrepid's ship management services. and transportation services segment. The phone number for Crowley is (201) 821-7100 or (800) 443-0548. number for MTL and Intrepid is (201) 821-7000, MME is (201) 821-7070. Information about all can be found online at www.crowley.com.

China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests, People’s Daily reported. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges…

DHS Call for Biometric ID Proposals

After three years of little movement, the plan to furnish transportation workers with biometric ID cards is suddenly on the fast track, Washington Technology reported. The Homeland Security Department in May will solicit proposals for widespread deployment and make an award in July. But concerns remain about how the program, known as the Transportation Workers Identification Credential, will be funded and structured. Several large federal contractors, including BearingPoint of McLean, Va. and Lockheed Martin Corp., have confirmed they are interested in bidding for the fourth phase of the contract, which is production and deployment of cards for 850,000 port workers nationwide.

Innovative Financing Increases Infrastructure Unvestment

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Last July, President Obama announced the Build America Investment Initiative, an Administration-wide effort aimed at boosting private investment in our nation’s infrastructure. And Friday, Vice President Biden announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on improving our nation’s roads, bridges and broadband networks. These actions and announcements are the first steps that the Administration is taking as part of the Build America Investment Initiative’s two-year action plan. These steps highlight important progress within DOT.

New Coal Carrier Enters Service for JERA Singapore

Isuzu Maru (Photo: NYK Line)

On April 14, newly constructed coal carrier Isuzu Maru was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai, Japan. The new vessel will be operated by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK group company located in Singapore, for the transport of coal for JERA Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd., a coal trading corporation owned by JERA Co., Inc. (67 percent) and EDF Trading Limited (33 percent). JERA Co., Inc. The delivery and naming ceremony held at the shipyard was attended by Tomohiko Ono…

CMA CGM Otello Largest Box Ship to Call Indonesia

CMA CGM Otello. Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Otello has arrived Indonesia as the largest container vessel to call the country at the Jakarta International Container Terminal. The occasion also celebrated her impending maiden voyage for the industry’s first direct service from Indonesia to the United States (U.S.) on 24 April. Officiating the event was Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi. He joined some 350 guests including various government officials as well as industry stakeholders at the milestone celebration.

Asia-Pacific Nations Pledge Cooperation on Clean, Energy-Efficient Transportation

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Transportation, Energy Ministers from Asia-Pacific Nations Pledge Cooperation on Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Transportation. Transportation and energy ministers from 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region today agreed to continue progress on initiatives to make transportation in the region cleaner and more energy-efficient, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today. The announcement came during the first-ever joint Transportation and Energy Ministerial Conference held by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)…

President Bush signs Marine Highway Legislation

On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program within the federal government. Under the new law, marine highway or "short sea" transportation refers to the carriage by vessel of cargo in containers, loaded on the vessel by cranes or by means of wheeled technology. Specifically, the new law requires the establishment of a program and the designation of transportation projects to mitigate landside congestion. The program will encourage the development and expansion of vessels, shippers, port and landside infrastructure, and marine transportation strategies by state and local governments.

ACL Delivers on Time in 2007

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced that it achieved an 86% on-time delivery performance during 2007 for scheduled service. In addition to being the lowest cost, cleanest, safest and most fuel-efficient mode of transportation in the U.S., ACL has now established its scheduled barge transportation service as a reliable source of transportation. Commenting on this performance, Mark R. Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "This is perhaps our most important achievement over the past three years, transforming ACL from a barge operator into an advanced transportation company. By establishing barge transportation as a reliable source of transportation, we broaden our available markets.

Port of Long Beach Uses Education to Boost its Competitiveness

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach said it has not lost sight of the significance of professional development in supporting the Port‚Äės decade-long, $4 billion investment in upgrades and efficiency improvements. The port‚Äôs commitment to boosting its competitiveness in the long term extends beyond rebuilding and replacing outdated facilities and infrastructure, to ensuring its human resources are prepared to help build the port of the future. ‚ÄúHaving a full understanding of all the operations‚Ķ

Where are Rivers and Ports in Obama’s Plan?

One of the two miter gates of the auxiliary chamber close behind the MV Sir Robert at Locks 27 in Granite City, Ill. Photo courtesy USACE

Waterways Council‚Äôs Inc. (WCI) and its more than 200 members were surprised and disappointed with President Obama‚Äôs announcement on September 6 that he intends to ask Congress for at least $50 billion in funding for infrastructure but made no mention of waterways infrastructure projects. Roads, rails and runways ‚ÄĒ why not Rivers? WCI issued a press statement reacting to the Obama announcement: ‚ÄúWhile the nation celebrated Labor Day and all that the workforce has done to make America great‚Ķ

Ray LaHood Accepts 2013 WTS Navigator Award

L to R: WTS President & CEO Marcia Ferranto, Transportation YOU student Sabrina Gantt, Ray LaHood, Deputy Transportation Secretary for the NYS Governor's Office Karen Rae, WTS Chair, Dana Hook, P.E.

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood accepted the 2013 WTS Navigator Award‚ÄĒthe first ever awarded by WTS International--at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, Tuesday night. The Navigator Award was created by WTS, the association for building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, to recognize the achievements of an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in the transportation industry. ‚ÄúWTS was honored to have Mr.

Marquette Reviews Crewing Processes

In an effort to further enhance the crewing/personnel module in MarineCFO Endurance, MarineCFO product managers spent two days at Marquette Transportation in Harahan, La. observing the crewing processes employed by Marquette staff. Currently, Marquette utilizes the complete MarineCFO Enterprise suite, with plans to implement a hybrid solution that combines features of MCFO Enterprise and MCFO Endurance to take full advantage of a more mobile workflow. Marquette crew manager Steven Estep said, “As crew managers here at Marquette, our daily duties typically include sifting through massive amounts of personnel data and scheduling. MarineCFO allows us to navigate quite efficiently. Having the MarineCFO team on-site with us allowed us to collaborate on current uses and plan future workflows.

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