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Monday, December 17, 2018

Central Florida News

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Port Manatee, Carver Maritime Ink Long-term Terminal Deal

Port Manatee and Carver Maritime LLC have entered a long-term marine terminal operating agreement for a 10-acre aggregate offloading facility at the Florida Gulf Coast port.The agreement, for as many as 20 years including options, was approved Thursday by the Manatee County Port Authority and ensures property lease payments totaling $1.8 million for the initial five-year term, in addition to wharfage payments for annual cargo throughputs.Carver Laraway, president of Altamont,…

The GTT USA Terminal at Port Canaveral. FL

From Desert to Delaware

Gulftainer strives for top six in terminals.Sharjah is a glimmering city-state carved from the desert, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And soon, within weeks, a company based in Sharjah could control one of the most strategically located marine ports in the United States. Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington has inked a deal with the State of Delaware, USA, which would grant GT USA…

Peggy Nordeen (Photo: Seafarers’ House)

Nordeen Named Seafarers’ House Business Leader of the Year

Seafarers’ House has announced that Peggy Nordeen, CEO of Starmark International, Inc. has been selected as Seafarers’ House 2018 South Florida Business Leader of the Year.Nordeen will be honored at the 23rd Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon hosted by Holland America Line to benefit Seafarers’ House. The luncheon will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14 aboard the ms Zuiderdam docked at Port Everglades.Honorees for the South Florida Business Leaders Award are selected by their peers.

Aerial view of NYK Auriga Leader and Höegh Trotter berthed at Port Canaveral (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

RO/RO Vessels Put Port Canaveral in High Gear

Vehicle imports and exports at Port Canaveral revved up this week with the arrival and departure of the post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel Höegh Trotter and another RO/RO vessel, the NYK Auriga Leader. In a first for the port, one vessel discharged new autos while another exported vehicles.Höegh Autoliners’ massive Höegh Trotter, the third PPX vessel to visit the Port, discharged new autos at the 16-acre AutoPort Canaveral, LLC facility as the nearby Auriga Leader loaded vehicles…

Installation of concrete relieving piles at North Cargo Berth 8 is near completion. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Multipurpose Cargo Berth Construction Moves Ahead at Port Canaveral

Work is underway on a multipurpose cargo berth project at Port Canaveral that also will accommodate facilities for the growing commercial space industry.Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) on the port’s north side will provide the infrastructure and capabilities to handle a growing portfolio of heavy and oversized cargo, including commercial spacecraft components for such companies as SpaceX. NCB8 is designed and engineered as a multimodal/intermodal…

Southern Ports are Getting with The Program…

The In-transit cold treatment program, that is! The dimensions of The Program are remarkable. The Reefer Shipping Market and Forecast 2017/18 produced by Drewry calculated that 79 percent of perishable cargo moved in refrigerated containers in 2016 and only 21 percent on reefer ships. By 2021, reefer containers will carry 85 percent of perishable products, while reefer cargo will reach 134 million tons, Drewry study predicts. One reason for the growth of reefer cargo in containers is the remarkable expansion of the USDA sponsored In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.

Port Canaveral flag raising – then and now. (Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Launches 65th Anniversary Tribute

Events to commemorate Port’s history culminates with November 4, 2018 anniversaryCanaveral Port Authority employees gathered on the front lawn of the Port’s Maritime Center to raise a commemorative flag in what will be the first of a series of events acknowledging sixty-five years of Port Canaveral history, growth and success.“More than a half century ago, Port Canaveral launched its operations with military and commercial purposes, but today we are one of the world’s most diverse ports and an important economic asset for the entire Central Florida region…

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Port Canaveral Awarded $16.23 Mln for Harbor Projects

The Canaveral Harbor and Canaveral Sand Bypass projects will receive priority funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2018 Workplan. The Corps has allocated $14.76 million to the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass project and $1.47 million will be provided for maintenance of the Port’s harbor and the Canaveral Locks.U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (FL-08) worked with the Army Corps throughout their budget planning process to ensure critical Port Canaveral and Brevard County…

New concrete surface at Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Piers 1&2 (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Upgrades North Cargo Piers 1 and 2

An eight-month modernization project to renovate Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 has been completed ahead of schedule.The project, which involved a total investment of just over $4 million including a Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development (FSTED) grant to match 50-percent of the cost, saw new concrete decking, marine fenders, bollards and concrete curbs installed as part of an overall infrastructure improvement plan to maximize usability of existing bulkhead space at the port.“Port Canaveral is a strategic asset for Central Florida.

A Del Monte vessel arrives at Port Manatee, which has achieved several cargo records in the first half of its fiscal year. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee Reports Record First Half

Port Manatee reports it has achieved numerous cargo records in the first half of its current fiscal year and is on pace to shatter several full-year marks. The Central Florida Gulf port has established new first-half highs for total tonnage throughput and a host of cargo sectors, according to figures released April 17. “Port Manatee’s continuing dynamic growth is a testament to the enduring success of our port, in collaboration with our tenants and users, as a critical link in…

Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future

The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…

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Post-Panamax Ro/Ro Makes First US Voyage

A new class of post-Panamax (PPX) vessel made its first visit to Port Canaveral, marking the second time this year a vehicle carrier megaship of this size has called on the port. Launched in 2017, the MV Donington PPX roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) vessel arrived at Port Canaveral as part of its inaugural U.S. itinerary. With its 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, the Donington is Hoegh Autoliners’ largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its second U.S. port of call after delivering vehicles to Port Freeport in Texas last week.

Port Canaveral Welcomes First Post-Panamax Vehicle Carrier

The new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels made an inaugural visit to Florida's Port Canaveral recently. The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL’s Brooklands, is the first of its kind to call on Port Canaveral. With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL’s Brooklands is the largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its first U.S. port of call, following transit through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal. “The arrival of MOL’s Brooklands here marks a new chapter for our cargo operations.

(L to R) Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray, Höegh Sydney Chief Officer Ariel Celada-Yap, and Trey Finch of Norton Lilly International, representative for ocean carrier Höegh Autoliners. Photo: Canaveral Port Authority Board

Port Canaveral Welcomes Höegh Sydney

Port Canaveral staff were on hand to welcome the captain and crew of the Höegh Sydney roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel on her inaugural visit to the Port. The Sydney’s arrival at Port Canaveral is the first U.S. port call for the vessel on a transit that originated in East Asia. The Höegh Autoliners vessel represents the fourth vehicle carrier to call on Port Canaveral and the first auto imports to arrive direct from Asia. More than 800 cars destined for Florida, Georgia, Tennessee…

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Port Manatee Breaks Container, Tonnage Records

Port Manatee has shattered prior annual records for container volume while also reporting its top year ever for total cargo tons moved in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. The Central Florida Gulf port’s count of 39,726 twenty-foot-equivalent container units for the just-ended fiscal year bested by a whopping 52 percent the 26,210 TEUs that moved through the port in the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2016, and was 31 percent more than the prior high mark of 30,431 reported for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2010. Figures reported today [Tuesday, Oct.

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is doubling its service across the Gulf of Mexico between the state of Veracruz and Central Florida’s Port Manatee. World Direct Shipping has announced plans to add a weekly sailing to Port Manatee from the Port of Tuxpan, in the north-central portion of Veracruz, to augment the successful service it has operated each week since November 2014 to Port Manatee from Coatzacoalcos, in southern Veracruz. The first sailing from Tuxpan is scheduled for Jan. 12.

Port Manatee Awarded $1 Mln Federal Security Grant

Port Manatee has been awarded a $946,950 federal security grant, enabling the Central Florida Gulf Coast port to double the number of outbound lanes at its main gate to securely accommodate increasing cargo volume. “With Port Manatee’s dynamic growth in containerized cargo activity, having more lanes in place is essential to continuing to meet stringent federal requirements for screening of outbound containers,” Carlos Buqueras, the port’s executive director, said today. Port…

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Port Canaveral Reports RO/RO Imports Milestone

Port Canaveral staff recently boarded the MOL Mermaid Ace to welcome the captain and crew on her inaugural visit to the port. The vessel is the 13th roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel to visit the port in recent months. Earlier this year, MOL began new carrier service to Port Canaveral for vehicle imports from the west coast of Mexico, nearly doubling the port’s RO/RO operations. On May 30, the RO/RO vessel MOL Lavender Ace made its inaugural visit into Port Canaveral carrying the 10,000th automobile to enter the port.

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

Port Manatee and Chile are pursuing considerable opportunities to boost two-way trade, according to a Chilean official who visited the Central Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday [June 15]. Garafulic, who spoke at the Manatee County Port Authority’s meeting and toured the port, including the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, said he believes the hub could serve as a launching pad for enhanced commercial ties. Garafulic, who is based in Miami, pointed out that Chile is engaged in about $5 billion a year of trade with South Florida seaports and airports…

Port Canaveral Transfers Property to Wal-Mart

At a special commission meeting held, the Port Canaveral Board has taken the final step to authorize the sale transaction of approximately 271 acres of land located on State Road 524 near Interstate 95 in Cocoa to Wal-Mart Stores East, LP. The site was purchased by the Port in December 2014 at a cost of $1.95 M with original plans to develop the area into a cargo distribution complex. Initial discussions between the Canaveral Port Authority and Wal-Mart Stores began in 2016 regarding approximately 130 acres for development of an approximately 600,000 sq. ft. distribution center.

Port Canaveral to Pilot Cold Storage Program

Port Canaveral said it has been named an official participant in the Southeast U.S. In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This pilot designation for Port Canaveral allows entry of in-transit, cold treated containers of agricultural products originating in South America, including blueberries, citrus and grapes from Peru; blueberries and grapes from Uruguay; and, apples, blueberries and pears from Argentina.

Guatemalan Trade Commissioner Dunia Miranda-Mauri, right, talks about expanding trade ties with, from left, Vanessa Baugh, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority, and Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Guatemala Seek to Grow Trade

Port Manatee and Guatemala are seeking to build upon their relationship in the wake of a visit from a Guatemalan trade commissioner. “Port Manatee is already an important hub for Guatemalan imports and exports, and we see substantial prospects for growth in this relationship,” Dunia Miranda-Mauri, Guatemala’s Miami-based trade commissioner, said Thursday [May 18]. Already ranked among Port Manatee’s top five trade partners, Guatemala exports fresh bananas, pineapples, melons and plantains…

Gulftainer Wins Logistics Industry Honors for TOS

Gulftainer,  privately owned independent terminal operating and logistics company whose global divisions include GT USA in North America, has won an industry award for its Marine and Container Handling (MACH) Terminal Operating System (TOS). Gulftainer received the ‘Technology Implementation of the Year’ honor at the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017 for the company’s  implementation of the terminal operating system, which marks a technology milestone for Gulftainer and the industry at large.

Sea Tow Rookie of the Year (Photo: Sea Tow Services)

Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17. The event was a highlight of the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which brought Sea Tow operators from across the country to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando from November 14-17, 2016. Sea Tow Franchise of the Year, awarded to the franchise that most exemplifies Sea Tow’s high standards of service and operation…

Marlin Street Warehouse (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA Adds Warehouse At Port Canaveral

GT USA, operators of Canaveral Cargo Terminal, has expanded its supply chain capabilities to serve shipping lines, along with domestic customers, with the addition of more than 40,000 square feet of covered storage now available at the Marlin Street Warehouse at Port Canaveral. The facility serves as a secure location for general warehousing, providing a full range of logistics services, including trucking, cross docking, storage and inventory control and last mile distribution.

Elloitt Smith (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Smith Joins Executive Team of Voith Turbo

Elliott Smith has joined Voith Turbo’s Power, Oil & Gas Division as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Smith will be based at the recently-opened office in Houston’s energy corridor. “Elliott’s leadership and experience in business development will be valuable assets as we look to expand our footprint in the oil and gas market,” said Ron Wilson, President Americas of the Power, Oil & Gas Division. “Innovation is key to Voith Turbo’s growth, and his work leading new product development initiatives in the Americas will allow us to support our oil and gas customers.