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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Michigan News

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Burns Harbor Extends Key Partnership

The Port of Indiana Burns-Harbor has extended its partnership with its longtime stevedore and marine terminal operating company, Federal Marine Terminals.A press note from the Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, said that the deal will run through at least 2023."FMT has been a vital collaborator with the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor since 1999," said Port Director Ian Hirt, "and this consolidated operating agreement…

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Kongstein, Green Shipping Join Force for US Offshore Wind Market

Kongstein, the European service provider focused at offshore engineering and maritime logistics, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with U.S.-based Green Shipping Line to provide a complete offshore wind farm supply solution in the United States.Per the MoU, the solution provided will include consultancy services, a U.S. Jones Act compliant shuttle service as well as development opportunities at several U.S. ports."We are thrilled to be working with Kongstein – they are the best in the business in wind farm logistics and forward, creative thinking for complex issues," said Percy R.

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Ship Repair: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Delivers Major Conversion

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has delivered the newly-converted barge Commander to Port City Marine Services (PCMS) of Muskegon, Michigan. The Commander is a 495 x 72-ft. freight barge that underwent extensive conversion, including the installation of new cargo holds, trunk deck and bow, and a new cargo unloading system. Combined with its tug, the vessel operates as an Articulated Tug Barge unit.Port City Marine Services is experienced in the management, conversion and operation…

Team 9 – Black Friday, took First Place. Photo: Netsco.

Future Maritime Design: NETSCo Sponsors Student Design Competition

NETSCo announced the winners of the 2018 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Design Competition held recently during the 2018 SNAME Maritime Convention in Providence, RI. Many interesting designs were devised with over 150 students participating in the competition. Congratulations to our winning teams: First Place Team 9 – Black Friday; Second Place, Team 8 – PlayBuoy; and, Third Place, Team 5 – Team Boats.The Competition is organized by the SNAME Student Steering Committee (SSC)…

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Rises in September

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in September, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Limestone cargos also bettered the month’s five-year average by 8 percent.According to the LCA, Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, an increase of 1.8 percent, or 54,000 tons compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 685,000 tons, an increase of 12.4 percent, or 76…

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Steady In August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled nearly 4 million tons in August, a near carbon copy of both a year ago and July of this year, The Lake Carriers’ Association reports. The 3,941,085 tons of limestone cargos in August also bettered the month’s five-year average by 5.8 percent.Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.248 million tons, a decrease 3.3 percent, or 110,000 tons, compared to a year ago, LCA said. Shipments from Canadian quarries, meanwhile, totaled 693,003 tons…

Jean-Jacques Ruest. Photo: CN

CN Board Appoints Jean-Jacques Ruest President and CEO

The Board of Directors of Canadian National Railway Company (CN) announced the appointment of Jean-Jacques Ruest as President and Chief Executive Officer of CN effective immediately. Ruest has also been appointed to CN’s Board of Directors.“In JJ, we have the best. He brings vision, energy, and speed to the role. JJ brought the team together to tackle the immediate operational and customer service challenges the Company was facing since the fall of 2017,” said Board Chairman Robert Pace.Ruest…

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River, serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the U.S. and Canada. Photo provided by The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

The new study by the Department of Transportation Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence Seaway says that shipping  supports more than 237,000 jobs and billions in economic activity.A year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system to federal, state/provincial and local economies.The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported: 237…

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Surges in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,052,994 tons in June, an increase of more than 17 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported.This June also represented the first month in which loadings topped 4 million tons since July 2015.Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.2 million tons, an increase of 16.2 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 815,000 tons, an increase of 22 percent.Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 9.3 million tons, an increase of 5.9 percent compared to a year ago.

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Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to Build 740ft Self-Unloading Great Lakes Barge

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has signed an agreement with VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. to construct a new self-unloading barge for transportation of bulk products throughout the Great Lakes region. Measuring 740 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 37,512 DWT), the vessel will be constructed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. (VTB) of Escanaba, Michigan is a growing company operating three articulated tug and barges (ATBs) on the Great Lakes. This newest…

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

Jenny Long was an Aggie with a challenge. She had an important job opening to fill with her company, BP Shipping Americas, located in Chicago. As the regional voyage operations superintendent for BP Shipping, it is her job to fill it with the best and most qualified candidates. Long graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Marine Transportation degree and a minor in Maritime Administration.So, when she has an open position, one of the first places she contacts is her alma mater, Texas A&M Galveston. “BP Shipping has an open and fair hiring process” says Long.

Richard McCreary (left) and Bill Blount (Photos: Vigor)

Vigor Hires McCreary, Blount in Leadership Roles

U.S. shipbuilder Vigor has hired Richard McCreary as VP of Business Development and Bill Blount as International Business Development Manager. As VP of Business Development, McCreary will lead Vigor’s growing government programs in ship repair and fabrication. He brings to the role long history in shipbuilding and ship repair, having serves as Executive VP for VT Halter in Mississippi for five years, CEO of Marinette Marine from 2005 to 2011, and recently finished a six year tour with BAE Systems in Alabama.

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US Iron Ore Boosts St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

With strong increases in iron ore and other cargo, total tonnage shipped via the St. Lawrence Seaway is up 20 percent over last year. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reports that cargo shipments from March 20 to June 30 totaled more than 12 million metric tons – up two million metric tons over the same period in 2016. “St. Lawrence Seaway shipping is a bellwether for the health of the overall U.S. and Canadian economies and reflects strong demand for raw materials to support the automotive…

Kyle Burleson (Photo: DWCPA)

New Head at Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority

Kyle Burleson, current deputy director at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA), has stepped in as the interim executive director, replacing John Loftus as he transitions out of the executive director role, a position he has held since 2015. Burleson will hold the interim executive director position from August 1, 2017 to February 1, 2018, as the DWCPA board of directors search for a permanent executive director. Delorean Holmes, current economic development manager at the DWCPA, will serve as the interim deputy director during this time.

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US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017. The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018. The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico, declining pipeline imports from Canada, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The U.S.

(Photo: The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor)

DOT Recommends FASTLANE Grant for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has recommended to Congress that the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor receive one of 10 FASTLANE small project grants for 2017. The $9.85 million discretionary grant is part of a $19.7 million expansion of the port's infrastructure that will increase cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities for the Lake Michigan port. The grants are now subject to a 60-day review period in which Congress could vote to disapprove any of the projects it finds objectionable.

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up in July

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in July, an increase of 15.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. July’s loadings were also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.16 million tons, an increase of 22.3 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 700,000 tons, a decrease of 60,000 tons, LCA said. According to LCA, Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 12.6 million tons, a decrease of 9.6 percent compared to a year ago.

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Op/Ed: Act Now on Port Infrastructure

Funding for freight transportation infrastructure is urgently needed to keep U.S. economy moving. Infrastructure is the backbone of developed nations. Our ability to move raw materials and finished products between domestic and world markets is critical to economic success. Right now, the U.S. freight transportation industry is at a crossroads and infrastructure funding is urgently needed to grow our economy. In recent years, transportation infrastructure investment has lagged…

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Rose in August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,991,471 tons in August, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. August’s loadings were also nearly 12 percent ahead of the month’s five-year average. LCA said loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3,358,064 tons, an increase of 21.4 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 633,407 tons, a slight increase over a year ago. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 16,626,332 tons, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to a year ago.

Terry O'Hearn (Photo: Superior Industries)

Superior Industries Appoints O’Hearn as Territory Manager

Superior Industries Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has hired Terry O’Hearn as its new conveyor components territory manager for the southcentral United States. O’Hearn will work with distributors in the region to market and sell conveyor components in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Active in the industry since 1981, O’Hearn has 36 years of experience working with conveyor belting and components. Before starting at Superior, O’Hearn worked for Texas Bearing, helping the company open a new branch in Dallas.

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Indiana Port Awarded $9.85 Mln FASTLANE Grant

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will receive one of the nation's 10 FASTLANE small project grants for 2017, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has confirmed. In August, Secretary Chao informed Congress the Department of Transportation was recommending approval of a $9.85 million discretionary grant for the port. After a 60-day review period, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved all the projects.

Bradley Jacobs, CEO of XPO Logistics, speaks at the 2017 Connie Award ceremony in Newark, N.J. (Photo: Eric Haun)

XPO’s Jacobs Receives 2017 Connie Award

XPO Logistics chief executive officer Bradley Jacobs received the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s (CII) 2017 Connie Award during a ceremony December 11 in Newark, N.J. Each year, the Connie Award recognizes individuals for their contributions, innovation and positive example within containerization, trade and the transportation. Jacobs founded XPO Logistics in 2011 and has led the company to become a top 10 global provider of supply chain solutions and one of North America’s largest intermodal providers, generating approximately $15 billion of revenue.

Beatrix (Photo: Port of Duluth-Superior)

Last Saltie of 2017 to Depart Port of Duluth-Superior

The last oceangoing vessel of the year is scheduled to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior, signaling the beginning of the end of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Twin Ports and across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Weather permitting, the Beatrix is set to finish loading 12,000 metric tons of spring wheat tonight at the CHS elevator in Superior—grain bound for the United Kingdom. The 512-foot Wagenborg vessel flies the flag of the Netherlands. Its estimated time of departure may be 8 p.m. (or later), enabling the ship to clear the Seaway locks by Christmas Day.

Southern Green Bay Closed to Vessel Traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Sector Lake Michigan will close the waters of southern Green Bay Saturday at noon, local, to all navigational traffic for the season. Southern Green Bay is defined as a line extended south from Peshtigo Point to Sherwood Point in the bay of Green Bay.

Eric Coleman (Photo: EBDG)

Coleman Joins Elliott Bay Design Group

Eric Coleman has joined Elliott Bay Design Group's team of naval architects and engineers, bringing with him six years of marine experience. Coleman’s experience is broad, with an emphasis on preliminary and detail design work of aluminum and steel vessels. He has worked on a wide variety of commercial vessels and charter yachts up to 210 feet in length. His background includes hands-on shipyard experience, comprising production oversight, class and regulatory compliance, and designing for production.

Port Indiana Burns Harbor (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana on a Four-year Growth Run

The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization's 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana handled over 10 million tons of cargo, the only four years this has been accomplished. The ports' average annual shipments in 2014-2017 totaled over 45 million tons, exceeding the previous four-year average by nearly 50 percent. Major cargo increases for the Ports of Indiana in 2017 included coal (+9 percent)…