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Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Metal Shark To Build Fireboat for Canaveral

Shipbuilder Metal Shark is significantly expanding its presence in the fireboat market with a diverse range of fireboats currently in production for multiple customers. Most notably, the company has announced a custom “70 Defiant” fireboat to be built for Canaveral Fire Rescue in Cape Canaveral, Florida.The new Canaveral fireboat is a 70’ x 22’ welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team utilizing a military-proven hull form.

Inland Port Development: Take the train

The intermodal equation for any deep draft port is incomplete without its inland component.It’s definitely a work in progress.There are inland ports in the truest sense: major lakefront and riverfront cities such as Chicago and St. Louis, including even Duluth and Tulsa, with vast distribution areas, wildly varying cargo, roads, trains and waterways to serve them.And, then, there are inland ports, dry ports that have vast distribution areas, containerized cargo delivered from true oceanfront ports…

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, cuts a ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth, Ga.  Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton

Georgia's New Inland Terminal Begins Business

Gov. Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders were on hand today to officially open the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia.“The Appalachian Regional Port is a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah that extends the efficiencies of Georgia’s superior port operations to new markets,” Deal said. “It will also serve as an economic development magnet, drawing business and industry to the Southeast U.S.”Located in Murray County…

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Savannah Reaches Record Volumes in FY18

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2018 (July '17 - June '18), for an impressive 8.4% increase year-over-year, or 325,000 additional units. "Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's logistical advantages, along with the Southeast's population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while…

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Vitol Invests in Coal-to-oil Venture as Shipping Fuel Rules Loom

Energy trader Vitol and coal miner Peabody Energy are partnering with start-up Arq to turn coal waste into a low-sulphur oil product that could be an alternative fuel for shippers as new U.N. pollution rules loom, the companies said in a statement.Global oil and shipping companies are looking at any and all options to avoid becoming a casualty of the major market dislocations that the new standards will create when they come into effect in 2020.The U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships using fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent…

Vanta E. Coda II (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana Names Coda CEO

Vanta E. Coda II has been named as the Ports of Indiana's next chief executive officer to replace outgoing CEO Rich Cooper who is set to retire July 1, 2018.Coda returns to the Ohio River Valley with 25 years of experience in maritime and multimodal operations on the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Ohio River. He most recently served as the executive director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, operating in the busiest port district on the Great Lakes. During his time at Duluth…

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EU to Hit Back at US Tariffs

The European Union's plans to hit back at new U.S. tariffs on EU steel and aluminium exports include hiking duties on a range of imports from the United States, from blue jeans and rice to the proverbial kitchen sink.In eight closely typed pages of documentation lodged at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, the EU has set out 25-percent tariff increases that are in part aimed at hurting the electoral districts of some of President Donald Trump's allies.That explains "motorcycles ...

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Trade Wars Clearly Bad for Global Shipping - BIMCO

On March 1, 2018, President Trump pushed through a metals tariff plan that puts 25 percent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminium. They are set to enter into force on March 23, 2018. The Trump administration seems positive towards protectionism and that picture became clear when the pro-trade U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned on March 6 because of the tariffs imposed on steel and aluminium. Although the tariffs on steel and aluminium are expected to have a limited impact on most international bulk trades…

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Port of Savannah Moves 1 Mln TEUs in Q1

The Port of Savannah moved more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units across Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of FY2018 (July 1-Sept. 30), growing by 5.8 percent or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17. In September alone, the GPA moved 325,141 TEUs, an increase of 5.4 percent or 16,792 TEUs compared to the same month last year. "Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Among those recognized, 65 vessels of Foss Maritime and its subsidiary companies were granted the 2016 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. Pictured: Susan Hayman from Foss accepts the award. (Photo: Foss)

CSA Awards Vessel Safety

The U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized the merchant mariners responsible for safe ship operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held on June 7, 2017. In all, 211 people, representing 53 companies and their subsidiaries attended the annual industry-sponsored event where 1,582 vessels with 10,604 cumulative years of accident free operation were recognized. Since 1958, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has also sponsored the Safety Achievement Award program which recognizes outstanding feats of safety that contribute to saving a life, a ship or other property.

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Who Works the Rivers: Inland Waterways Career Fair

Employers in the river sector and prospective employees will have a unique opportunity to network with each other on May 24 thanks to a partnership between RiverWorks Discovery and the Inland Marine Expo. RiverWorks Discovery will host the Who Works the Rivers career fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at IMX 2017, in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Who Works the Rivers educates prospective employees on skilled labor jobs available to them in the maritime industry, from nonprofit to military.

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WCI Applauds FY 2017 Omnibus

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) praised today’s passage of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill that provides funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. FY ’17 funding for the Corps’ Civil Works mission totals $6.038 billion, a 0.8 percent increase above the FY ’16 funding level, but almost a 31 percent increase above the Obama Administration requested level. The bill provides full-use of estimated annual revenues from the…

Vanta Coda (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port)

Duluth Port Exec Director Receives Distinguished Service Transportation Award

In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector freight transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) presented its 2017 William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award to Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. The award was presented at the CTS annual meeting and awards luncheon on Feb. 15, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

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Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Handles 2.2 Mln Tons in 2016

More than 2.2 million tons of cargo were handled by the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville in 2016, completing the highest three-year total in the port's history. Over 7.4 million tons have been handled at the port since 2014. The 2016 total marks the third consecutive year the port exceeded two million tons of cargo and was the port's third highest tonnage since the port opened in 1985. Major cargoes included steel, grain and fertilizer. The annual shipping total was 17 percent higher than the previous five-year average.

Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Photo Georgia Ports Authority

Savannah Positioned as U.S. Gateway Port

Today the Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah. The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space. "Today's announcement will help further establish Savannah as a gateway port for the U.S.

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Georgia Ports See Double-digit Growth in December

The Georgia Ports Authority marked 12.3 percent container volume growth in December, moving 292,172 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 32,099 TEUs compared to December 2015, a record for the GPA. Roll-on/Roll-off cargo mirrored that growth, with a 12.3 percent increase (7,000 units) in passenger vehicles and heavy equipment handled at Colonel's Island terminal in Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Georgia's deepwater ports moved 63,967 Ro/Ro units last month.

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. (CREDIT: Marad)

HMS Global Maritime Appoints Jaenichen as Chief Operating Officer

HMS Global Maritime, owner and operator of the American Queen Steamboat Company as well as 85 other U.S. flagged vessels, welcomes former Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of the U.S. Department of Transportation as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation…

Official photo of Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information WarfareDirector of Naval Intelligence. (U.S. Navy photoReleased)

Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence

Vice Adm. Jan Tighe assumed the duties of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) for Information Warfare (N2N6) and Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) July 15 at the Pentagon. Tighe succeeded Vice Adm. Ted N. "Twig" Branch, who has submitted his retirement request following a 37-year Naval career. Branch assumed office as the DCNO for Information Warfare/DNI in July 2013. He also served as lead for the Navy's Information Warfare (IW) Community, which brings together the people and capabilities of the Navy's Communications…

Driving Virginia Class Forward Photo BAE Systems

BAE Systems Bags USN Award for Submarine Propulsors

BAE Systems has received a $72 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce and deliver propulsor systems for Block IV Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. The award continues the company’s current position as the premier provider of propulsors to the U.S. undersea fleet. “The propulsor contributes significantly to the overall stealth and effectiveness of a submarine,” said Joe Sentfle, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. The contract’s value could eventually amount to $162.9 million if all options are exercised.

L-R Robert Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, Eric Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA), Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and Robert Landry, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of New Orleans, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Port and CORBA to jointly market and share information in an effort to build commerce between the two regions.

New Orleans Port, CORBA Join forces‏

An agreement signed today by Port of New Orleans officials and industry leaders from the Central Ohio River corridor could help spur commerce between the two regions. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a working alliance to enhance cooperation and grow new business between the region and the Port. The two-year agreement with annual renewal options lays the groundwork for joint marketing activities…

Dusty McCoy (Photo: NMMA)

Industry Leaders Inducted Into NMMA Hall of Fame

The recreational boating industry will recognize two leaders this year with the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) highest honor when inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Bob Long, chief executive officer and owner of JRL Ventures, Inc. and Marine Concepts, and Dusty McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation, will be recognized for their career achievements and contributions to the industry. The awards will be formally presented during…

Navigation Systems Donation Supports Industry Training

Rose Point Navigation Systems has donated its Rose Point ECS software to the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, college officials announced today. Steve Hearn, manager of external education programs - river operations at WKCTC, said Rose Point’s ECS was used to establish an electronic charting and radar training classroom at WKCTC's 631 Marine Way facility and will be used in the Marine Technology program. "This donation will…

Open house at the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute in Paducah, Ky

Big Response to WKCTC’s Open House

More than 100 city officials, educators, community members, and representatives from the river industry attended West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s open house and ribbon cutting for its Inland Logistics and Marine Institute (ILMI) August 10. Visitors toured the recently renovated 8,000 square-foot facility located at 631 Marine Way between local river businesses and Paducah's downtown. The building includes classrooms, a state-of-the-art radar lab, diesel lab, video lab and five offices.

ILMI Bldg

WKCTC to Host Open House for ILM Institute

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute August 10 from 4 ­– 6 p.m. at 631 Marine Way in downtown Paducah. The event will highlight the completion of the 8,000-square-foot facility that will provide training and education for the logistics and marine industries. The Institute also houses WKCTC’s Logistics & Operations Management and Marine Technology programs. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in these programs, completely online.

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.

Port of Thunder Bay, the largest grain port on the Great Lakes, reported that its grain shipments were off to the strongest start this season

Busy Season for Seaway

Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 7 per cent this season, continuing the pace set last year when ships carried the largest volume of grain through the navigation system in 14 years. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, grain shipments (including Canadian and U.S. grain) totaled 1.9 million metric tons from April 2 to May 31. The Port of Thunder Bay, the largest grain port on the Great Lakes, reported that its grain shipments were off to the strongest start this season since 1997, as the major handlers continue to export the harvest from 2014.