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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Eastern United States News

Pic: DCP Midstream

DCP Sells Terminals to NGL

Delaware-based NGL Energy Partners and Colorado's DCP Midstream have executed a purchase and sale agreement under which DCP will convey to NGL its wholesale propane business, generally consisting of seven natural gas liquids terminals in the Eastern United States.Under the terms of the agreement, NGL will acquire 100% ownership of five propane rail terminals operated by Gas Supply Resources, a subsidiary of DCP, and 50% ownership interest in a sixth propane rail terminal.The agreement also includes an import/export terminal located in Chesapeake…

Pic: Kalmar Americas

Norfolk Southern Invests in Automation

American transportation company Norfolk Southern has signed a deal with Kalmar, part of Cargotec, for supply of four Kalmar SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) equipped with a suite of process automation solutions.According to a press release, the order was booked in Cargotec's 2018 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed by the end of Q4 2019. Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 23 states, serves every major container ports in the eastern United States and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.

Crowley's LNG fueled con/ro ship El Coqui, arriving at Puerto Rico for the first time. (Photo courtesy Crowley)

For JAXPORT, LNG Spells Success

‘A thousand firsts’ and a constantly growing list of players underscores the rapid development of LNG as a fuel – especially along the East Coast of the United States.Click on the headlines for the phrase “LNG Bunkering” and you immediately learn that it is an industry of a thousand firsts and a constantly growing list of players.“Russia's Novatek ships first LNG cargo to China via Arctic; Yamal LNG ships first LNG cargo to Spain; Qatar ships first LNG to Japan, signs accord; Japan orders its first LNG bunker vessel…

Daniel Young (Photo:GAC)

Young Joins GAC

Daniel Young has been appointed as GAC’s Group Marketing Manager, covering the eastern United States, eastern Canada, and the Caribbean.He brings to his new role 15 years’ port agency and logistics experience drawn from a diverse working background that includes business development for both commercial and government customers, port operations management and freight forwarding. Young’s appointment reflects the Group’s continuing drive to fully understand and meet the needs of its customers by drawing on its strengths and versatile, integrated range of shipping and logistics services.

Jeff Hubert (Photo: BCGP)

Hubert Joins the Brunswick Sales Team

Jeff Hubert has joined the Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) sales team as Regional Manager - Eastern U.S. Hubert comes to BCGP as the recently retired Lt. Colonel of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has over 30 years of Law Enforcement and experience. Originally from New York, Hubert began his public service career as a Lifeguard in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1979. Since then he has served in various leadership roles in FWC and was the recipient of several awards…

Photo: Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay to Reap Fruits of Expanded Panama Canal

Port Tampa Bay is spending $21.5 million on a pair of new cranes that will be able to unload bigger container ships, and it is investing millions more to make it easier for trucks and trains to exit the port and be on their way. The cranes will pass beneath the Sunshine Skyway bridge in March and be up and running by May, just before the widened Panama Canal expansion is scheduled to open later this year. With more cargo expected to come to the eastern United States by sea, the port is betting that it can stake a claim to some of the new cargo traffic flowing through the canal.

Jon Closson (Photo: Furuno)

Furuno Bolsters Sales Squad

Furuno has announced several changes to its sales department, including the addition of two commercial sales representatives and promotion of several long-time employees, as well as welcoming new service personnel into the company. All of these changes became effective on December 1st, 2015. Furuno’s Northwest Regional Sales Manager since 2006, Jon Closson, will take up the role of Fisheries and Specialty Products Sales Representative. In addition to serving dealers, Closson has assisted in expanding Furuno's presence in the commercial fishing fleets of the Northwest and Alaska.

Photo: Inhabitat

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University. Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study, “Ice Thickness in the Northwest Passage,” published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters on September 25, 2015. Scientists with York University carried out electromagnetic ice thickness surveys during April and May in 2011 and 2015 to measure the thickness of sea ice over the Northwest Passage — “a system of gulfs…

Captain Kate McCue (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

Cruise Industry Gets First American Female Captain

For the first time in the cruise industry, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit, a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members. The cruise brand, which operates a fleet of 10 ships…

States affected by seismic activity

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.

Ralph Meloon

NMMA Hall of Fame Inducts Ralph Meloon

Son of Correct Craft Founder to be Honored During IBEX 2013 Industry Breakfast. Ralph Meloon of Correct Craft will receive the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) highest honor when inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Meloon’s career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry will be recognized during the 23rd annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) at the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto: Photo credit USN

Submarine, Cruiser Collide Off US East Coast

'USS Montpelier' arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay & 'USS San Jacinto' at Naval Station Mayport to assess collision damage. There were no injuries reported after a U.S. Navy submarine and an Aegis cruiser collided earlier off the coast of the Eastern United States .
 The propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by this collision, and both vessels made it to port under their own power. 

 The two warships were conducting routine training at the time of the accident. An investigation into the accident is underway.

Image courtesy USCG

Are You Inadvertently Operating on Different AIS Channel?

Between July 27 and August, 2010, while conducting development testing of its Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), the Coast Guard inadvertently tele-commanded most AIS users transiting the Eastern United States between lower Connecticut and North Carolina to switch to AIS frequencies other than the AIS default frequencies (161.975 MHz - Channel 87B - 2087 and 162.025 MHz - Channel 88B - 2088). As a result, those users within uniquely defined channel management regions…