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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Harbor Deepening Project News

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Jones Act Dredgers, America at its Best

The U.S.-Flag dredging industry commemorates the 77th anniversary of the Japanese air raid on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor highlighting the critical need for a robust American shipbuilding capacity to ensure for the preparedness of the nation.“Today our brothers and sisters of the U.S Merchant Marine look to the past sacrifices made by 2,403 U.S. servicemen who died in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. We honor the members of the U.S. Armed Services,” said William P.

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome

SC Ports State of the Port Emphasizes Infrastructure to Support Growth

Jim Newsome, president and CEO, highlights cooperation and collaboration.South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome, presented the annual State of the Port to an audience of approximately 600 customers, elected officials and shipping industry representatives at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Jim’s presentation focused on the Port’s successes, strategic infrastructure investments to support continued container volume growth, new initiatives to increase Port productivity and overall industry trends that will impact the Port in the future.

Photo: Georgia Port Authority (GPA)

Georgia Ports Plan 8 Million TEU Capacity by 2028

The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) has unveiled a $2.5 billion plan to expand the capacity at the Port of Savannah to 8 million TEUs by 2028.GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch at the Savannah State of the Port detailed GPA’s 10-year,  $2.5 billion plan to expand the capacity of the nation’s fastest growing and single largest container terminal from 5.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) to 8 million, said a press release.“We’re preparing to redefine the Port of Savannah as not simply the load center for the Southeastern U.S.…

GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch delivers his State of the Port address Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Savannah, Ga. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports plan 8 million TEU capacity by 2028

Georgia Ports Authority’s 10-year, $2.5 billion plan aims to expand the capacity of the nation's fastest growing and single largest container terminal from 5.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) to 8 million.GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch detailed the growth plan, at the Savannah State of the Port event today. "We're preparing to redefine the Port of Savannah as not simply the load center for the Southeastern U.S., but as the port of choice for major inland markets east of the Mississippi River," he said.During his presentation to nearly 1,400 people, including Gov.

Callen Marine's CSD General Eisenhower in action in the port of Galveston, Texas (CREDIT: Callen Marine)

Doubling Down on Domestic Dredging

U.S. Dredgers Weigh in on Infrastructure, U.S. Capabilities and the road ahead.Domestic dredging firms face many challenges in the coming months and years. At the same time, opportunities abound in a market and political climate that seems to beg for infrastructure upgrades, especially when it comes to harbors and inland waterways. Weighing in this edition on all of that – and more – are three U.S.-based dredging firms; Callan Marine, Cashman Dredging, and Weeks Marine.Cranford, NJ-based Weeks Marine, Inc.

(Credit: Callan Marine)

Doubling Down on Domestic Dredging

U.S. dredgers weigh in on infrastructure, U.S. capabilities and the road ahead.Domestic dredging firms face many challenges in the coming months and years. At the same time, opportunities abound in a market and political climate that seems to beg for infrastructure upgrades, especially when it comes to harbors and inland waterways. Weighing in this edition on all of that – and more – are three U.S.-based dredging firms; Callan Marine, Cashman Dredging, and Weeks Marine.Cranford, N.J.-based Weeks Marine, Inc.

(Photo: William Doyle)

Dredging Tech: Reducing Human Error, Protecting the Environment

Innovative geofencing technology developed by Cashman Dredging and Marine Construction CompanyRecently, I had the opportunity to visit the start-up operations for what is commonly referred to as Phase II of the Boston Harbor deepening project. And, while Jay Cashman, Inc.’s Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company (Cashman Dredging) and the Dutra Group joint venture are off to an auspicious start to this important infrastructure improvement, I was particularly impressed…

Photo: SCPA

SC Ports is on a Growth Trajectory

South Carolina Ports Authority posted strong performance across multiple business segments in fiscal year 2018, achieving new records for monthly and annual container volumes as well as progress of key capital projects.“SCPA had an ambitious growth plan for the 2018 fiscal year, and our progress across all business segments is a true accomplishment,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “Growth of 3 percent in FY2018 on the heels of 10 percent growth last fiscal year reflects broad-based expansion of the port’s cargo base as well as strong operational performance of our port.

 Eric Green (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Awarded $32.4 Mln for Dredging

The federal government is awarding nearly $32.4 million in funding to the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project.“These dollars signal that the federal government believes in our deepening project and has confidence in our ability to provide a return on this investment, " said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. "We appreciate the support of our elected representatives in Washington, Tallahassee and here at home who work tirelessly to ensure JAXPORT remains globally competitive, continues…

(Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority)

USACE Announced $49 Mln for Charleston Dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced $49 million for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project in the Fiscal Year 18 Work Plan. The funds announced today will be coupled with financial support from the State of South Carolina to further the progress of deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet."This funding is great news for continued construction activities and timely awarding of dredging contracts for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project," said Bill Stern, SCPA Board Chair.

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Charleston Harbor Deepening Construction Begins

At a ceremony held earlier in March, officials celebrated the beginning of construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project to 52 feet. "It is a monumental accomplishment to begin construction on the Charleston Deepening Project, which make Charleston the deepest port on the East Coast at a time when deep and wide shipping channels are necessary," said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO. "The container shipping industry today is dominated by big ships, and ports must adapt to handle them in order to remain competitive.

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US Dredging: An Advocate for Ports, Waterways & Coastal Protection

U.S. dredging companies are unlocking the potential of U.S. Ports. These companies build their equipment in U.S. shipyards, are owned by U.S. companies and staff their ships and projects with hardworking Americans. U.S.-based Dredgers build to suit the needs of the United States. We all know that it takes a significant amount of time to complete an environmental analysis before a dredging project can commence. This usually means that an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) must be undertaken.

SCPA's new neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes transit the Charleston Harbor on their way to the Wando Welch Terminal. (Photo: SCPA)

SC Ports Welcomes New Ship-to-shore Cranes

Just a day prior to the South Carolina Ports Authority's celebration of the beginning of Charleston Harbor Deepening Project construction, the port welcomed two new ship-to-shore cranes at the Wando Welch Terminal to further enhance the handling of neo-Panamax vessels. "It is fitting to welcome the arrival of two new cranes as we begin construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "The cranes are an integral part of the port's plans to modernize existing terminals in order to more efficiently handle big ships.

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

SC Ports Handles Container Volume Growth

South Carolina Ports Authority’s 2018 fiscal year container volume through November grew 2.5 percent compared to last year, with 886,414 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled by the Port of Charleston since July. The Port moved 163,592 TEUs during the month of November, with a balanced mix of import and export cargo. As measured in pier container volume, or the total number of boxes handled, the Port moved 92,329 containers in November. Fiscal year to date, SCPA has handled 502,063 pier containers, an increase of 2.9 percent over the same period last year.

(Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority)

SC Ports Box Volumes Grow in November

South Carolina Ports Authority's 2018 fiscal year container volume through November grew 2.5 percent compared to last year, with 886,414 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled by the Port of Charleston since July. The port moved 163,592 TEUs during the month of November, with a balanced mix of import and export cargo. As measured in pier container volume, or the total number of boxes handled, the Port moved 92,329 containers in November. Fiscal year to date, SCPA has handled 502,063 pier containers, an increase of 2.9 percent over the same period last year.

Jim Newsome (Photo: SC Ports Authority)

Newsome Plans for Growth, Investments at SC Ports

Delivering today his annual State of the Port address, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome focused on the port's strategic plans for volume growth and infrastructure investment. Newsome discussed the trends dominating today's shipping industry and the benefits of a growing port to the state's and region's economy at the event hosted by the Propeller Club of Charleston, which marked his ninth address since joining SCPA in 2009. SCPA volumes for the 2017 fiscal year, which ran July 2016 through June 2017, were strong across all business segments.

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

Federal Dollars for Charleston Harbor Deepening

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project was named one of six “new starts” and received $17.5 million in construction funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 17 Work Plan released today, allowing construction on the project to begin this fall as scheduled. Charleston also received $16.1 million in operations and maintenance dollars, which provide for the routine maintenance dredging of the harbor necessary for construction begin. Collectively the funds allocated in the Work Plan allow Charleston to continue moving forward and preparing for construction.

Biggest Ship to Ever Visit US East Coast

Wide, deep channels and big-ship infrastructure will earn South Carolina Ports Authority the desired position as last port of call when the biggest ship ever to call the US East Coast, the COSCO Development, arrives in May. "SCPA has worked aggressively for years to ensure we can efficiently work 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels and be the last Southeast port of call with no navigational issues," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Our naturally wide and deepwater harbor…

Charleston Gets Green Light for Harbor Deepening

The United States Senate passed S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), which included Congressional authorization for the 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. "The passage of WIIN marks one of the most significant milestones in the history of the Port of Charleston," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. With this important step by Congress, we now turn our attention to inclusion in the President's FY2018 budget, relative to the construction phase of the harbor deepening project.

Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO

U.S. House Passes Compromise WIN Act

Bill includes construction authorization for Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO.

WRDA Progresses Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

The passage of H.5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 by the U.S. House of Representatives has moved the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House of Representatives for making this critical legislation a priority before the lame duck session," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The entire South Carolina Delegation has worked diligently to ensure the bill moves forward in order to enable the project to begin construction next year. H.5303 passed with a vote of 399-25.

The K Line vessel Hannover Bridge arrives in Charleston, the inaugural call of a post-Panamax size vessel to South Carolina Ports Authority after transiting the newly-opened Panama Canal expansion. Photo SC Ports

First Post-Panamax Reaches SC Ports via Expanded Canal

Today South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) welcomed the Hannover Bridge, first post-Panamax size vessel to call Charleston after transiting the newly-opened Panama Canal expansion. "SCPA is already benefiting from the upsizing of vessels in response to the expansion, with 16 of the 26 weekly container vessel calls in Charleston now being served by large ships formerly known as post-Panamax," said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. "The arrival of the first 8,500-class vessel…

Map: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Port of NY & NJ to Handle Larger Vessels

Port of New York and New Jersey will be able to handle 14,000 TEU vessels toward the end of 2017, says officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The planned completion of the 50-foot Harbor Deepening Project later this summer and the anticipated completion of the navigational clearance project at the Bayonne Bridge late next year were cited as proof that the port will find itself prepared to handle new, larger classes of cargo ships within its previously stated time frame. U.S.

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Savannah Harbor Dredging Begins

The dredging project in the Savannah Harbor began on Monday. The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency overseeing the harbor expansion, says that the project started on Tybee Island as crews on a 220-foot dredging barge worked about 5 miles offshore. The deepening will allow larger, more efficient cargo ships to navigate the East Coast’s second busiest container harbor with greater ease, heavier cargoes and fewer tidal restraints. Dredging will deepen the outer harbor, which runs 18.5 miles from Fort Pulaski to the Atlantic Ocean. The project has been in the works for about 17 years now.

Photo: SCPA

SC Ports Record 18% Container Volume Increase

The SC Ports Authority handled 152,917 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, in January, marking an 18 percent boost in container volumes over the same month last year. January container traffic pushed fiscal year to date TEU volumes past the 1 million mark, with 1,072,438 TEUs moved since the period began in July. Fiscal year to date, TEU volumes are up 14 percent year over year. As measured in pier containers, SCPA moved 88,619 boxes in January. With 614,372 boxes handled fiscal year to date, pier container levels are up 15 percent compared to the same period last year.

the South Carolina Ports Authority operates the state’s vital seaport assets in Charleston and Georgetown

Charleston Harbor to be Deepened

Today the US Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, recommending that the Charleston Harbor be deepened to 52 feet. "The Port of Charleston's ability to handle post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day without tidal restriction is critical to the future competitiveness of our state port system," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Completion of our harbor deepening project to 52 feet ensures that SCPA will continue to grow above the market average and remain a top ten port…