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Friday, February 24, 2017

Port Authority News

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Boosts Investment in Port Elizabeth

APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced USD $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of USD $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These vessels are expected to start calling the port right after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year.

Vanta Coda (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port)

Duluth Port Exec Director Receives Distinguished Service Transportation Award

In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector freight transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) presented its 2017 William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award to Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. The award was presented at the CTS annual meeting and awards luncheon on Feb. 15, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

Left to right: Mariska ten Heuw, alderman Hengelo; Gerry Waanders, manager Twente Port Authority and Jan Fransen, Executive Director/Green Award Foundation (Photo: Green Award Foundation)

Twente Port Authority Goes Green

In order to encourage environmentally responsible behavior, the Port Authority gives Green Award certificate holders a discount according to the level their ship has achieved within the certification scheme. Gold, silver and bronze levels will be rewarded from January 1, 2017. To mark this cooperation, Jan Fransen, executive director of Green Award Foundation, handed over the Green Award plaque to Mariska ten Heuw from the Board of the Port of Twente and Gerry Waanders manager Twente Port Authority on  February 3. Green Award certifies ships that score high on quality and safety.

Photo by Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama Port Signs Agreement with Cuba

The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals. The five-year, cooperative agreement  was signed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Port of Mobile and the Cuban ports marks the first ports agreement signed on U.S. soil since 1959. James K. Lyons, chief executive officer of the Alabama State Port Authority and Rene Rolando Fernandez de Lara Cabezas…

Photo: Eimskip

Eimskip Shifts Sweden Container Route

Eimskip said it will begin calling Helsingborg, Sweden as of May 4 and at the same time cease calling Halmstad. The company’s office in Sweden will also move to the harbor area to be closer to the container terminal and the vessel arrivals. A warehouse will be opened close to the terminal where loading and unloading of containers take place. The last service call in Halmstad is planned for April 27. Additionally, the Helsingborg port, home to the fourth largest container port in Scandinavia…

Hapag-Lloyd Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

SC Ports sets Container Volume record

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.  As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104, 003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28 percent compared to the same month last year. As we move into the second half of the fiscal year, SCPA container volume is up 8 percent compared to the same period last year.

Photo: SCPA

SC Ports Reports All-time Record Container Volume

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.     As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104, 003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28 percent compared to the same month last year.   Moving into the second half of the fiscal year, SCPA container volume is up 8 percent compared to the same period last year.   

CPE Course graduates: Photo credit Port Canaveral Authority

Port Canaveral Host CPE Certified Port Executive Program

Canaveral Port Authority say that they demonstrated their commitment to employee development recently by hosting the CPE Certified Port Executive Program when 13 alumni were added to that program. The Port Authority expains that this course was unique in that the majority of the attendees were from Port Canaveral. They joined David Perley, Senior Director of Construction and Infrastructure, who graduated from the Miami course in May 2013 and consider this to be an excellent example of building a port management team that is working from a common frame of reference learning.

Dampier, Hedland Port Authorities to Merge

From July 1, 2014, Dampier Port Authority will be merged with Port Hedland Port Authority to form a new body named Pilbara Ports Authority, GAC reported in its daily hot news report. The Western Australian Government recently passed the Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, introducing structural reforms to its statutory port authorities. The main thurst of the reforms is that, with the exception of Fremantle Port, port authorities will be merged or renamed to create four new regional port authorities: Mid West, Southern, Kimberley and Pilbara.

Photo: Port of Ngqura

Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend. Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company, worked together to battle the blaze, and the fire was eventually extinguished on Wednesday, February 15.

Ray Klosowski (Photo: SLC)

New Appointments at Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority—Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall. Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O’Neil.

22 Seaports to Receive AAPA Awards

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a trade group representing port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, has selected 22 seaports to be recognized for exemplary projects, programs and initiatives at its annual awards event later this summer. The awards, for achievements in facilities engineering, environmental improvement, information technology and communications, will be presented to winning ports at a Sept. 14 luncheon in conjunction with AAPA's 100th Annual Convention in Seattle (https://www.aapa2011.org/main.aspx), which runs Sept. 11-15.

Centerm courtesy Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Vancouver Fraser Port Responds to Community Concerns

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is aware that a public rally has been organized for this weekend by MP Jenny Kwan and community members in opposition to the proposed Centerm Expansion Project. The port authority respects the right of any group to voice concerns and opinions in a public way. A permit application for the project has not yet been submitted to the port authority. A round of public pre-consultation, intended to get early community input to the project design and conducted by an independent consultant…

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LNG Bunkering Commences in Australia

Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refueled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on January 23 at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier. Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning. “Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long-term strategy that recognizes environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel,” said Rea. “It also recognizes that the LNG marine fuel market is still in development so the fact EVOL has over…

Antwerp port

Antwerp Port Seeks Inputs on Setting-up LNG bunkering

By the beginning of 2016 the port of Antwerp will have an LNG bunkering and filling station for barges. The procedure for construction of the station is currently under way. In order to brief the future constructor as fully as possible about the facilities that the station must offer, the Port Authority has launched a brief survey of potential users. As a result of this consultation the Port Authority hopes to get input on questions such as which types of customer the facility must serve, and whether the user/operator has a preference for particular technologies.

Chairman, Janiece Longoria and the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority with new Executive Director Roger Guenther

Abrupt Change of Command at Port of Houston

Colonel Leonard Waterworth, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority announced today that he is stepping down as its Executive Director, effective January 31, 2014. Roger Guenther, Deputy Executive Director of Operations, will take over as the Port Authority's Executive Director. Waterworth advised the Port Commission that he had accepted the role for two years, to help the Port Authority through recent transitions and to use his U.S. Army Corps of Engineers background to help obtain permits to deepen and widen the Port Authority's container terminal channels.

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

A new specialist Ship Simulation Center, based in Atwell Arcade, Fremantle, was officially opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by City of Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt. The Australia Ship Simulation Center, owned and operated by HR Wallingford, has moved into new premises from where it will continue to provide expert navigation consultancy and a dedicated pilot training center for Western Australia and the wider region. HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr.

Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Photo Georgia Ports Authority

Savannah Positioned as U.S. Gateway Port

Today the Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah. The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space. "Today's announcement will help further establish Savannah as a gateway port for the U.S.

Maine Port Authority, McAllister Colloborate on "Containerized" ATB

Maine Port Authority selected McAllister as its partner for the design of a containerized articulated tug barge (ATB) for the New England Marine Highway Project, according to Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation. Prior to the award, McAllister participated in a competitive RFQ and RFP process which began on December 4, 2012. This competition followed the award of $150,000 in design funding to the Maine Port Authority on September 25, 2012 as part…