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Monday, December 9, 2019

Intermodal Transportation News

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$20m Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville

U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. “The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair…

$18m for Port of Beaumont Expansion

U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $18 million to Beaumont for the Port of Beaumont Multimodal Corridor Expansion and Improvement Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on November 12, announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.“The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair…

From left: William J. "Bill" Shea, CEO of Direct ChassisLink, Inc and J. Christopher Lytle, 
recently retired Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, CA
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Shea Awarded Annual Connie Award by CII

Some 300 transportation leaders packed a hotel ballroom Tuesday as the Containerization and Intermodal Institute presented its Connie Award to William J. "Bill" Shea, CEO of Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI). J. Christopher Lytle, recently retired Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and former head of the Port of Long Beach, was given the group's Lifetime Achievement Award. The gala event was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, CA.In his presentation remarks, Michal J.

Pic: FESCO Transportation Group

FESCO Optimizes the Rotation

Russian shipping company FESCO Transportation Group announced that as part of the development of FESCO Fast Forward services it is optimizing the rotation and changing the names of regular shipping lines from China and the Republic of Korea to Russia.Transportation services between China and Russia will be carried out under the brand FESCO China Express, and between the Republic of Korea and Russia - under the brand FESCO Korea Express.FESCO China Express will operate on two routes…

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

U.S. DOT Advises Availability of Infrastructure Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Captain Louis Rhéaume (Photo: MSRC)

Captain Rhéaume Joins MSRC

Captain Louis Rhéaume has joined the team at Maritime Simulation and Resource Center (MSRC).At MSRC Captain Rhéaume will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the pilots in training. Captain Rhéaume is a graduate of the Institute maritime du Québec and holder of a Master Foreign Going Certificate. He was a pilot on the St. Lawrence River in the Quebec-Escoumins sector from 1984 to 2018, President of the Lower St.

Jennifer Polli (Photo: TRAC Intermodal)

TRAC Intermodal Marks 50 Years

This year, TRAC Intermodal celebrates 50 years of delivering high-quality products and innovation since its founding in 1968 as Interpool, Ltd.TRAC Intermodal has been helping transform the global supply chain for half a century through advances in engineering, product design and the latest technologies. TRAC’s progress has been intertwined with the growth of intermodal transportation, helping facilitate global trade and economic development.“TRAC has always been at the forefront of delivering innovative products and solutions to support the intermodal industry…

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Nigerian Ports Authority Calls for Eradicating Port Congestion

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has called on terminal operators, shipping companies, port managers and allied stakeholders to do all they could to eradicate or at best mitigate the effects of the present congestion at the nation’s seaports.According to the Managing Director, the issue of ports congestion should be of concern to all and therefore they should look into the issue of evacuation of empty containers, increase in free days of storage…

Kings Point Alumni Release Commemorative Video

Video marks Academy's 75th year and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Alumni of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) released an inspiring video to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the institution and memorialize midshipmen who have died in service to the nation. Over the summer, the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (USMMA-AAF) has been executing a multi-faceted campaign to mark the federal academy's decades of service and the foundational role it plays…

William Donnelly, USMMA Class of 2008 (Image: Marad)

Mariners Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Ask folks unfamiliar with the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) where it’s graduates can be found and they will likely tell you on a cargo ship plying the deep oceans, or in some exotic port on the far side of the globe. And they would be, for the most part correct. However, most don’t realize that no other federal service academy offers the career options of Kings Point. Yes, many graduates become ship’s officers at sea, and some take jobs ashore in the maritime and intermodal transportation field…

The collected data is disseminated publicly through the St. Lawrence Global Observatory website  Photo courtesy Green Marine

Oceanex Joins Fleet of Trained Whale Watchers

The intermodal transportation firm Oceanex has swelled the ranks of sailors volunteering as whale observers for the Réseau d’observation de mammifères marine (ROMM). The crews of the Oceanex Sanderling, the Oceanex Connaigra and the Oceanex Avalon will be given special training to qualify them to gather whale observation data during their voyages. Véronique Nolet, a biologist and Green Marine program manager, will conduct the onboard training starting tomorrow. "Oceanex is proud…

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TRAC Intermodal Named Top NY/NJ Chassis Provider

For the second year in a row, the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers has named TRAC Intermodal the Best Overall Chassis Provider in the Port of New York-New Jersey for 2017. TRAC said it has made significant investments in its Metro Pool fleet and network of chassis yard facilities that service the NY-NJ market. Over 30 percent of the more than 17,700 chassis operating in the Metro Pool have been refurbished to like-new condition with LED lights, new tires/rims, electrical systems, brakes, improved airing systems and other enhancements.

Robert Sappio (Photo: SeaCube Container Leasing Limited)

SeaCube Container Leasing Names Sappio CEO

SeaCube Container Leasing Limited announced the appointment of Robert F. Sappio to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Sappio will be based in SeaCube's headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. Sappio brings international experience in the shipping and intermodal transportation industry to his new role. He joined SeaCube as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and has since led the company's efforts in sales and marketing, customer service, procurement, strategic planning and investment strategy.

Graphic from a McKinsey Report outlining waste and issues in marine container terminals.  (CREDIT: Navis)

Navis Puts TOS on Cloud 9

You don’t have to go it alone. The most experienced Terminal Operating System provider on the planet has already been there and done that. The average terminal is a city unto itself – a jumble of berths, loading docks, automated cranes and transportation vehicles, equipment control systems, yards of containers, integrated gates and tracking systems, all linked into the outside world via rail and trucking connections, and of course, the ocean. These entities and technologies need to be able to communicate with each other…

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APM Ready for Business at Lazaro Cardenas

The President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, joined by the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, inaugurated APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Latin America’s most technologically-advanced container terminal, with the capacity to receive the world’s largest ships and contribute significantly to Mexico’s future trade growth. The terminal represents an investment of more than US$900 million. Among the one-thousand guests participating in the event, was the Constitutional Governor of Michoacan State, Silvano Aureoles Conejo.

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Global Container Fleet Market to Grow 3% in 2017-21

A report forecasts the global container fleet market to grow at a CAGR of 3.19% during the period 2017-2021. The report says key vendors in the market are Maersk, CMA CGM & MSC. To calculate the market size, the report by Research and Markets  considers volume based on container fleet capacity for the respective region or the container type. It considers freight volume based on the freight volume shipped by the vendors operating in the market making use of the containers. The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is increasing use of fleet management system.

Holly Cummins (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping Opens Houston Office

Ardmore Shipping has expanded its global network with the opening of an office in Houston, to be led by Holly Cummings, who joins Ardmore Shipping as Chartering Manager (Americas). The new Houston office will be responsible for expanding Ardmore’s commercial activities in the Americas and will work with Ardmore’s chartering teams in Europe and Singapore. Cummings joins Ardmore with 11 years of experience in the maritime sector, most recently in MR Chartering for Stena Weco and prior to that in operations for StenaBulk/StenaSonangol Suezmax Pool and for Morgan Stanley as Commercial Operator.

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CMA CGM Upgrades Ethiopian Services

CMA CGM develops its Ethiopian intermodal service by linking Djibouti to 6 inland key destinations (Addis Ababa, Mekele, Nefas Meewcha, Gibe, Shashemene and Jinga). It also adds 2 strategic calls in Djibouti, the Ethiopian market gateway, on its MEX1 and REX2 services. CMA CGM announced its Ethiopian services upgrade thanks to new strategic calls added on its Mediterranean Express (MEX) and Red Sea Express (REX) services, as well as the development of its intermodal offer between Djibouti and Ethiopia.

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to USMMA Cadets

The Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded three United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon yesterday in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to the recipients at the event. Recipient William Murray is a first class midshipman studying logistics. At his time at USMMA, he has sailed aboard a containership…

Stephen Caldwell (Photo: Bureau International des Containers)

Stephen Caldwell Wins 2015 BIC Award

The Bureau International des Containers (BIC) has announced Stephen L. Caldwell of the United States as the winner of the 2015 BIC Award, in recognition of more than 30 years’ dedication to improving international security, including more than a decade focused on intermodal supply chain security and resilience. Founded in 1933, the mission of the BIC is to promote the safe, secure and sustainable expansion of containerization and intermodal transportation; and the annual BIC Award honors individuals or organizations for significant contributions towards these goals.

NOAA Seeks Applicants for Hydrographic Panel

NOAA is soliciting applications for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency’s hydrographic programs, products, and technology. Applications must be received by August 10. “Quality data is essential to NOAA maritime programs, whether it is developing innovative products for precision navigation, creating richer data streams for ocean observations, or tapping into new possibilities of crowdsourcing and other modes of data collection…

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New Dry Bulk Facility at Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the groundbreaking of Schmidt ME Logistics’ new facility in Khalifa Port’s industrial, trade and logistics zone, Kizad. The ceremony officiated by Dr. Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt ME Logistics along with senior representatives from both companies took place on May 27, 2015. Schmidt ME Logistics specializes in the packaging, product handling and intermodal transportation of dry bulk products in addition to providing services to include patent technologies exclusive to Schmidt Logistics.

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Rebalancing Trade Flows

Many types of crude oil are produced around the world. Depending on the requirements of a particular refinery, a blend of heavy and light crudes is processed to manufacture a variety of petroleum products. After peaking at 9.6 million b/d in 1970, US crude oil production steadily declined until reaching a low of 4.94 million b/d in 2008. From 1970 to 2008, US crude oil imports increased sharply to bridge the gap of decreasing domestic supply and increasing demand. In response to declining North American production and anticipation of rising heavy grade imports from the Caribbean…

Jacqueline Weymann (left) with Norm MacLeod

Kings Point Student Earns NMRA Scholarship

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) recently awarded its second $500 scholarship to a student pursuing education in the marine industry and maritime trades. Jacqueline Weymann, of Kings Point, New York, was honored in a presentation made by NMRA past president Norm MacLeod, ComMar Sales vice-president. Originally from San Diego, California, Midshipman Weymann is a student at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is pursuing a bachelor's of science degree in intermodal transportation and logistics. Her expected graduation date is June 2015.

Stephen Martinko, Port of Pittsburgh Executive Director

Port of Pittsburgh Taps Martinko as Executive Director

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) announced today that Mr. Stephen Martinko will be the Commission's new executive director. Since January, 2013, Martinko has been the deputy staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA). Martinko was instrumental in the development of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) that was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.

Crowley containers aboard the FEC Train during the recent opening ceremony of the new intermodal container transfer facility adjacent to Crowley's Port Evergaldes terminal. (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

New ICTF Boosts Crowley’s Efficiency

The opening of Florida East Coast Railway’s (FEC) new, state-of-the-art intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) adjacent to Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Port Everglades, Fla., terminal is providing Crowley customers with more efficient cargo handling and faster deliveries now that containers no longer need to be trucked via interstate highways to and from an off-site rail terminal, Crowley reported. Additionally, the strategic location of the 43-acre, near-dock station is allowing the company to handle bigger…