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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Arkansas News

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Port of Little Rock Reports Best Month Since April

Grappling with slowed business levels caused by the ongoing pandemic, Arkansas' Port of Little Rock reports September was its best month since April of this year.Activity levels at the port's docks increased with 29 barges worked; 21 at the slackwater dock and eight at the river dock. More than 44,000 net tons of cargo was handled including the following commodities: aluminum ingots, sows, and tee bars; nepheline syenite, scrap, steel coils, wetcake and wire rod coils.Year-to-date the docks have worked 286 barges with 434,000 net tons loaded or unloaded to barge.

Plaquemines Port to Build Mississippi River Container Terminal

Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD) said it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with several potential partners to development a multi-modal container terminal on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La.The signing of the LOI kicks off a six-month due diligence period during which the parties will conduct multiple studies prior to making a final investment decision (FID).The proposed container terminal would encompass up to 1,000 acres and 8,200 feet of Mississippi River frontage just 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Waterways Council, Inc.’s 2020 Vision

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is the national public policy organization that advocates for a modern, efficient inland waterways system. Abiding by our mission has meant success over our 17-year history. In 2020, WCI’s top priority is to conform the cost-share for Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)-financed construction projects to require 25% of the project cost be derived from the IWTF and the remaining 75% from General Revenues. The policy vehicle for this adjustment is the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)…

Port Authority: 'A strong start to 2019'

Tonnage on river increases 60 percent from 2018Through the first two months of 2019, the Port of Little Rock and its stevedorer, LSI, have seen a year-to-year increase of 33 barges, a 62% increase in activity. Additionally, tonnage is up 49,000 tons year-to-year (60%) with a total of 130,400 tons. Commodities handled during the month included aluminum ingots and tee bars, bauxite, nepheline syenite, rock and sand, scrap, steel coils, wetcake and wire rod coils. LSI expects barge…

Sunoco to Buy American Midstream Terminals

Pipeline transportation of natural gas company American Midstream Partners (AMID) has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its refined products terminalling business (Refined Products Terminals) to Sunoco, for approximately $125m.The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, a release said.The divestiture of the Refined Products Terminals, located in Caddo Mills, Texas and North Little Rock, Arkansas, represents continued progress towards American…

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Superior Industries Appoints O’Hearn as Territory Manager

Superior Industries Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has hired Terry O’Hearn as its new conveyor components territory manager for the southcentral United States. O’Hearn will work with distributors in the region to market and sell conveyor components in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Active in the industry since 1981, O’Hearn has 36 years of experience working with conveyor belting and components. Before starting at Superior, O’Hearn worked for Texas Bearing, helping the company open a new branch in Dallas.

Shipping Perks up at Port of Little Rock

June saw a return to strong activity at the Port of Little Rock. Logistic Services Inc. (LSI), the Port’s stevedore, handled 42 barges with over 64,000 net tons of cargo during the month. The main dock was busier as LSI worked 25 barges with over 37,000 net tons. The slackwater harbor dock handled 27,000 tons from 17 barges. Bulk commodities including nepheline syenite, potash, rock, sand, urea and wetcake accounted for 59 percent of the handled tonnage as break-bulk commodities including aluminum ingots and tee bars, steel coils and wire rod coils.

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

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.

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Barge Shipping Steady at Port of Little Rock

The Port of Little Rock had a busy month in March with increased activity across both docks, according to the Little Rock Port Authority. March activity started slowly but increased during the second half of the month. Logistic Services Inc. (LSI), the Port of Little Rock’s stevedoring partner, worked 32 barges with more than 47,000 net tons of cargo during the month. 17 barges were handled at the main river dock, carrying 26,000 net tons of cargo; 15 barges were handled at the slackwater dock, carrying 21,000 net tons of cargo.

APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile

APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port. The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington, Alabama facility will handle Walmart’s import cargoes destined for Walmart’s Regional Distribution Centers in the American South. The recently completed Panama Canal lock widening project will permit vessels of up to 13,000 TEU capacity to transit the canal…

Little Rock Port Cargo Steady in February

February activity at the Port of Little Rock remained steady and continued the momentum from January. Logistic Services Inc., the port’s stevedoring partner, handled a total of 30 barges, amounting to over 45,000 net tons of cargo. Commodities handled included aluminum ingots and sows, DAP, nepheline syenite, potash, sand, scrap, steel coils, urea, wetcake and wire rod coils. Across all operations, LSI handled just under 50,000 net tons of cargo. Total tonnage on the MKARNS for the month of February was 1,216,000 tons.

Little Rock Port Authority Reports September Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in September was 52,000 net tons. Dock activities have slowed slightly; however they continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015. Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 383 barges during the nine months of 2016 year and 578,000 net tons of various commodities have moved across the docks at the Port of Little Rock. Break bulk commodities accounted for just over half of the total river tonnage for September. Cargoes handled across the docks included potash…

Theodorou Joins Navios Partners Board of Directors

Navios Maritime Partners L.P., an owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels, has appointed Lampros Theodorou to its Board of Directors, the company announced today. Theodorou founded Garnet & Associates Inc. in 2014 and has been Director since that time. For almost 20 years, Theodorou worked at EFG Eurobank S.A., most recently as Deputy General Manager and head of the Shipping Unit. Theodorou has served as a nonexecutive director of Paragon Shipping Inc. for the period May 2015 to April 2016.

US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas. “As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy,” said Mabus. Virginia-class subs have enhanced stealth and surveillance capabilities. They can attack targets ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and engage in anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, mine delivery and minefield mapping.

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Borets Names Langley as HSE Manager

Borets, a company in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has named David Langley as North American HSE manager. Based at Borets’ U.S. corporate office in Houston, Langley will be responsible for developing and implementing safety programs and policies that align with the company’s corporate standards for health, safety and environmental compliance. Langley earned a Master of Science degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Bethel University in Tennessee.

Christening of LCS Little Rock

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), will be christened Saturday, July 18, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation's shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The event will be webcast live at http://navylive.dodlive.mil under the webcast section. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Janée L. Bonner, spouse of the Honorable Josiah “Jo” Bonner, former U.S. representative of Alabama, is the ship’s sponsor. Bonner will officially christen the ship Little Rock.

CaroTrans Expands with Direct Milan to Charleston Service

CaroTrans, a  global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announces a new direct, weekly LCL (less than container load) import service from Milan to Charleston with a 21 day transit. Connections to Miami, Tampa, Charlotte, Atlanta, Savannah, Dallas and Houston are 1-3 days. In addition, DAP (delivered at place/Incoterm rules) services are available to the following 12 Southern states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi and Texas. The first sailing is July 7th.

Arkansas Maritime Center gets Federal Grant

The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, based at the University of Arkansas, has received a federal grant of $923,700, reports AP. The center, known as MarTREC, is a consortium of researchers focused on maritime and multimodal transportation research. It has received $3.7 million since 2013. The latest grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will support research and programs through September 2018. The Fayetteville-based center is part of a consortium of researchers from Arkansas…

Thompson Joins Rand Logistics’ Board of Directors

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that its board of directors has appointed Kirk Thompson as a Class II director. Thompson, the current chairman of the board of JB Hunt Transport Services Inc., brings the number of directors to six and is the first of two new independent directors being sought by Rand's board. Thompson has spent his entire 40-year career at JB Hunt guiding and growing its transportation business from the ground up. He was named chief financial officer in 1979, president and chief operating officer in 1986, and the following year was elected chief executive officer of the company.

General Dynamics' Support to Arkansas Healthcare

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced today that it will continue to support and expand the analytic engine and reporting system for the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII). Arkansas was the first state to implement this type of statewide payment reform initiative that rewards service providers for providing high-quality, cost-effective care under the Medicaid program. Since its inception in 2012, the AHCPII has resulted in healthcare costs being reduced or stabilized in certain cases…

Bob Beck Jr. (left), and Renée St. Lawrence

Willard Marine Names Sales Team Additions

Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointments of Bob Beck Jr. and Renée St. Lawrence to its sales team. Beck joins the WMI Sales and Training team with more than 24 years of experience in the U.S. Coast Guard where he held several ranks and also acted as the Supervisor of Coast Guard Units managing personnel, budgets and maintenance contracts. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard, Beck joined Zodiac as the Coast Guard Customer Support Manager and Director of the Maritime Training Academy…

16 U.S. States at High Risk of Damaging Earthquakes -USGS

Sixteen states are at high risk of damaging earthquakes over the next 50 years and certain areas of the United States face a higher threat of temblors than previously thought, a federal geological survey agency said. The findings come from updated earthquake hazard maps that were released by the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday. The maps are used to help define safe building codes, help emergency responders plan after a quake, and influence insurance rates, the report said.

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Solar-powered Canoe Travels the Entire Mississippi

After a long journey that started in 2012, the CalypSol crew reached Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 3:25 pm on June 11, completing 1,100 miles to become the first solar powered canoe voyage down the Mississippi. This was the third and longest segment of the trip that took Raymond Christe and Jean-Claude Barras from Memphis, Tennessee to Baton Rouge. A Torqeedo Travel 503 electric outboard helped power their long-distance expedition. For the last leg, they launched their craft at the Mud Island Marina in Memphis on May 26.

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Cummins Names Schacht Commercial Marine GM

Cummins Inc. has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally, including business development and support. He will be located in Columbus, Indiana and will report directly to Ed Pence, Vice President of the High Horsepower Engine Business. “The importance of the commercial marine market to Cummins has increased significantly over the past several years,” said Schacht.

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Panama Canal May be a Game-Changer Says FMC Commissioner

FMC Commissioner William P. The Panama Canal may remake world trade patterns. To be finished in 2015, the $5-billion expansion of the Panama Canal will create a third lane accommodating mega-ships nearly three times larger than previously passable and this may significantly reduce shipping time to Asia. The expansion impacts state ports, rail lines, trucking and cargo movement from the south and east to the west. The U.S., once an importer of natural gas, could see new shale gas development, LNG projects, and the faster shipping lanes open new Asian markets.

Triton Appoints New Sales Representative

Triton Overseas Transport, an industry-leading Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier and provider of international freight services, announced the appointment of Lindsey Avery to the position of Sales Representative. Committed to offering competitive rates and unparalleled customer service, Avery will act on behalf of Triton’s unwavering mission to generate new business leads in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston regions, as well as expand the international shipping company’s reach throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.