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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Various Ports News

Rotterdam Port Signs Pact for Maintenance of Roads, Greenery

From left to right: Leendert Ripping, Director of Aannemingsmaatschappij Van Gelder; Ronald Paul, Director of Infrastructure & Maritime Affairs (COO), and Olaf Janssen, CEO at BTL. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed agreements with two contractors relating to what is known as the port’s dry infrastructure. One contract covers maintenance of the roads in the port and the other maintenance of the green spaces. Following a tendering procedure, Van Gelder emerged as the best choice for the road infrastructure. The green spaces will be maintained by BTL. Both contracts run for two years and an express wish has been made for them to be extended by eight years. The combined sum of the contracts comes to over 14 million euros for the first two years.

Various Ports Instill Security Measures

Security measures have been imposed at ports around the United States. As a result, Masters should therefore be prepared for a more extensive security control of their vessel prior to calling at U.S. ports: PANAMA CANAL: The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has advised that security has been intensified but the transits remain unchanged. SUEZ CANAL: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) confirmed on September 12 that Suez Canal movements are normal. Sources: Worms Services, Paris; C. Fernie & Co., S.A., Cristobal

TWIC Enrollment Begins at Various Ports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has commenced the enrollment of port workers in Port Canaveral, Florida and Ontonagon, Michigan for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). For those not intimately familiar with Michigan, Ontonagon is a community on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Source: HK Law

Bharati Shipyard Gets $43.4m Deal

Bharati Shipyard Ltd. (BSL), one of India's private sector shipyards, won a $43.4m deal from Norwegian firm Sea Cargo Skips AS to design and construct two vessels. These vessels are meant to operate between various ports of Scandinavian countries and Britain. BSL owns three shipyards, which are located at Ghodbunder and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and Kolkata. It is in the process of building a greenfield shipyard at Mangalore with a capacity nearly four times higher than the existing yards. Source: India Enews

Svitzer Orders Pair of Damen ASD Tugs

On September 10, Svitzer and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem signed a contract for the construction and delivery two Damen ASD Tugs 2411. Although Svitzer already operates a few Damen Tugs in their fleet of over 500 vessels, this contract represents the first direct order. The deliveries are scheduled for respectively end July and end October 2008. Both tugs will have a bollard pull of approx. 70 metric tons and will be built according to the UK MCA requirements and are well equipped for various port operations.

Broere Shipping Wins Dow Deal

Broere Shipping won a contract from Dow Benelux, a unit of U.S. group Dow Chemical Co., to transport 800,000 to 900,000 tons of fluid chemicals per year to various ports in Northwest Europe.

TSA – TWIC enrollment – Various Ports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that maritime workers may commence enrollment for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in the ports of Peoria and Joliet (December 20); Memphis (December 27); and Buffalo. source: HK Law

House Hearing on U.S. Port Security

The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary conducted an oversight hearing on U.S. port security. Representative Howard Coble (R-NC) stated that the purpose of the hearing was to focus on the operations and effectiveness of the agencies charged with inspecting ships and cargo entering U.S. ports and on methods used by the public and private sector to enhance the security of the ports. Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, testified regarding various activities utilized by the agency to target and inspect sea cargo, including the smart box initiative, non-intrusive inspection technology, and the automated targeting system.

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.

TTS Wins Translifter Contract

Finland’s TTS Liftec Oy, Tampere, part of the Port and Material Handling Division of Norway’s TTS Marine ASA, Bergen, has won a contract to supply two ports in northern Europe with Translifters for new Transfennica services from Finland. Transfennica, one of Finland’s largest shipowners, uses cassettes as part of the loading/unloading operation for cargoes throughout Europe. As from January 1, Transfennica is starting new services between various ports in Finland, the largest being Hanko, Hamina and Rauma, to Rostock (Germany) and Gdynia (Poland). In both ports, the cargo handling companies – Poland’s Idal Group in Gdynia and Germany’s MSB in Rostock, have ordered two Translifters each from TTS Liftec.

Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Schechtman will work with managers in the nine states that comprise Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Southeast region to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts. He will work in the firm’s Atlanta office.

USCG Implement Security Guidelines

Vice Adm. Ray Riutta, commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, instructed Coast Guard Captains of the Port west of the Rocky Mountains to apply the guidelines as an interim step while new regulations are being developed by Coast Guard Headquarters, a regulatory process that may take a year or more. While Coast Guard Captains of the Port currently have authority to take actions based on security threats, the new guidelines provide consistency among the various ports and address the heightened threat conditions experienced after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Consistency in the guidelines is vital in creating a level playing field for the numerous commercial facilities and ports that compete economically for trade.

AIG Global to Purchase P&O's U.S. Marine Terminal Operations

On December 10, 2006, a member company of AIG Global Investment Group entered into an agreement in Dubai to purchase P&O Ports North America (POPNA) from P&O Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of global marine terminal operator, DP World for an undisclosed price. East and Gulf Coasts and a passenger terminal in New York City. other customary conditions. quarter of 2007.

Godrej Conferred AILBIEA's Lifetime achievement Award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries (at left) receiving the award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries Ltd., was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA) during its 15th Anniversary celebration held on 1st April 2016 in Mumbai. AILBIEA, whose members are responsible for most of the liquid bulk cargo that pass through various ports of India and which has hit a whopping volume of over 200 Million tons this year, made this rare gesture of conferring this momentous award on Mr Godrej for his monumental role in bringing up the country's liquid bulk business to its present status.

Int’l Responses to DOS Weapons Demarche

The US Coast Guard posted a summary of the responses received to date from various port states to the Department of State (DOS) demarche requesting information regarding carriage and transport of self-defense weapons aboard US commercial vessels. The ten responses received to date are a mixed bag. South Africa, for example, responded with a simple “yes.” Oman said yes, but contact the local port authority. Djibouti said yes, but imposes license and transit fees. Latvia and Sweden responded “no.” The United Arab Emirates said “no” and added that persons or vessels entering with arms will be arrested. (10/23/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Ballard ABS Asst. Chief Surveyor, Naval Programs

ABS veteran surveyor Robert (Bob) Ballard has been named to the position of Assistant Chief Surveyor (ACS) for Naval Programs, a position created last year by the class society to better coordinate the provisions of the specialty survey services demanded by increased naval activity. Since the introduction of its Rules for Building and Classing Naval Vessels (NVRs) ABS has seen a growing volume of newbuilding activity to ABS class standards by the US Navy. Ballard will oversee the training of ABS survey staff in naval procedures and survey techniques. Ballard has nearly 20 years of survey experience having worked in various port offices in the US and Canada.

Turkish Gendarmie Receives Boston Whaler Gunboats

The Turkish Gendarmie has taken delivery of four Boston Whaler 27 ft. Vigilant gunboats. The boats will be deployed in various ports in Turkey, and used for patrol and law enforcement. The 27 ft. Vigilant is Boston Whaler's walkaround cabin design. The layout of this model provides 260 degree access to all decks and crew protection from the weather for year-round use. Among the features chosen by the Gendarmie was Boston Whaler's exclusive Whaler Drive system, which optimizes cockpit space by extending the transom to facilitate engine installation further aft. The boats are powered by twin 250 hp EFI Mercury outboard motors enabling the boats to reach speeds in excess of 50 mph.

Coast Guard Authorization Act

Senator Snowe (R-ME) introduced a bill (S. 733) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for the United States Coast Guard, and for other purposes. The bill, if adopted, would, among other things, allow the Coast Guard to carry out various ports and waterways safety functions through cooperative ventures; require reports from charterers relating to a vessel's eligibility to engage in coastwise trade; clarify grounds for suspension and revocation of merchant mariner documents; allow U.S. unmanned barges operating outside the United States to be owned by non-citizens; and clarify certain law enforcement powers of Coast Guard members. Source: HK Law

MOL Sign Methanol Carrier Deal with AMPCO

AMPCO employees: Image courtesy of AMPCO

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) say they have received a newbuilding charter contract for two methanol carriers from Atlantic Methanol Production Company LLC (AMPCO) based on an offer tendered in 2013. The vessels will be built at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The ships will operate under a long-term charter and the new contract will play a vital role in MOL's strategy of strengthening long-term business. AMPCO, based in Equatorial Guinea, is a leading methanol producer…

A Classic Repower

Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers

The tug Falcon was built by Modern Marine Inc. in 1978. In the intervening years, companies that employed her have changed hands a number of times until 2013 when Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore, Maryland purchased Kirby Marine’s Philadelphia bunkering division. The parent company, Vane Brothers, immediately began plans to update and upgrade the classic 75x25-foot tug. Central to this was the repower of the vessel. They arranged with Cummins Power Systems to replace the boat’s pair of aging Detroit 12V71s with modern Cummins K38-M engines. The U.S.

Modus Link Gains Logistic Supply Chain Security Accreditation

U.S. based ModusLink certified for stringent supply chain security standards for customs procedures & logistic trade-related initiatives. Certified Authorized Economic Operator and C-TPAT status has been granted for ModusLink’s U.S. and EMEA-based Solution Centers. ModusLinkGlobal Solutions™ Inc. has received Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) security certifications for its Solution Centers in Kildare, Ireland; Apeldoorn, The Netherlands and Brno, Czech Republic. The World Customs Organization, which oversees AEO guidelines, currently represents 178 member countries in developing global standards for customs procedures and enforcement, supply chain security, and many other trade-related initiatives.

McDonough Arrives in Suriname to Move Cargo

Photo: McDonough Marine Service

McDonough Marine Service was contracted to provide tug and barge for project cargo transport in Suriname. The tow arrived on location for the barging of vessels and modules from shipside to a refinery near Paramaribo, Suriname. The refinery is upgrading modularized plant components with cargo fabrication originating from various ports around the world. The refinery will be built along the SurinameRiver using one of McDonoughMarine’s project cargo barges and an offshore tug. McDonough Marine Service expects to complete the project by late August 2013 when all cargo is delivered.

Philippines-Indonesia Shipping Route Soon

Photo: Department of Transportation - DOTr Philippines

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced plans to open a shorter shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia, a move meant to strengthen trade relations between the two neighboring countries, reported  Manila Times. The maiden voyage scheduled on April 28 will originate from Davao City, the hometown of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Agricultural products will be among the first batches of cargo to be transported on the new shipping route, the trade department said.

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