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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Montana News

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…

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US Coal Firms Plead for West Coast Export Terminals

The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local decisions to block port projects on environmental grounds. The industry is also lobbying the Trump administration to override the local bans. The fight reflects the sector’s desperation to boost exports as U.S.

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US Coal Exports Bound for Japan's New Power Plants

U.S. miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for delivery to two 540-megawatt coal gasification plants in Fukushima Prefecture, Cloud Peak said. JERA Trading Pte Ltd, a trading company based in Singapore, will buy the coal from Cloud Peak. Sales of the coal are expected to reach 1 million metric tonnes in the final contract year, Cloud Peak said.

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Washington State Sued for Blocking Coal Exports to Asia

A company that planned to build a coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest to ship western U.S. coal to Asian markets sued the state of Washington on Wednesday for blocking construction last year. Lighthouse Resources Inc filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington Governor Jay Inslee and two state regulators for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by denying permits to allow the company to ship coal mined in Wyoming, Montana and other western states through its proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal to clients in Japan and South Korea.

James Reed (Photo: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

Reed Joins WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

James Reed has been named maritime manager for the Pacific Northwest at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Reed will be responsible for business development, client relations and management of projects within the firm’s Pacific Northwest maritime business sector. He will be based in the Seattle office. Reed has more than 34 years of experience as a civil engineer, project manager, construction manager and quality assurance/quality control manager for planning…

Winter Weather Delays Grain Movement to US Ports

Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S.

Mike Paul (Photo: UCA)

UniCarriers Americas Expands Regional Sales Team

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) expands its regional sales team by hiring Aaron C. Boemmel, Michael Paul, Terre Robert Haff and Paul G. West. As a regional sales manager for the northeast, Aaron Boemmel is responsible for strengthening UCA’s dealer network and increasing UCA’s dealer market share. Prior to joining UCA, Boemmel worked as an account manager of equipment sales for Eastern Lift Truck Company. He currently lives in Bel Air, Md., and studied computer science and business at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Karen Velkey (HII photo)

HII Names New VP, Benefits and Compensation

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has promoted Karen Velkey to the position of corporate vice president, benefits and compensation, effectively immediately. She reports to corporate vice president and chief human resources officer Bill Ermatinger. In her new position, Velkey has responsibility for formulating and maintaining competitive benefit and compensation programs for HII, including executive compensation, salary and wage administration, incentives, deferred compensation, health and welfare insurance and retirement benefits.

Jim Ratcliffe (Photo: WAGO)

WAGO Appoints Regional Sales Manager

WAGO has announced the appointment of Jim Ratcliffe to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Ratcliffe, who previously held positions with General Electric and Schneider Electric, brings a strong engineering and sales background to his new role with WAGO.  Additionally, Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida. Beyond bolstering support for WAGO customers in the area, Ratcliffe is looking forward to helping grow WAGO’s presence in the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, metals and minerals sector.

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.

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Cummins Adds Two to the Northwest Marine Team

Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest informs that Mike Fourtner has joined as the newest member of the sales team with focus on developing the commercial marine markets in Oregon and Washington. Mike has an extensive marine fisheries and vessel operations background that should serve customers well in selling engines, repowers, service, and parts. We are fortunate to have Mike onboard. His years of experience will bring the “voice of the fisherman into our business” reported Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest.

CBP Nabs Ship Crew Deserter

On Sunday, August 11, Border Patrol agents from Havre Sector arrested a Croatian national who was a deserter from his cruise ship docked in Seattle. On Saturday, the ship’s agent notified CBP officials at the Port of Seattle that one of their crewman had failed to report back to the ship for departure. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Port of Seattle responded to the ship and notified the Havre Border Patrol Sector. Agents from the Havre Border Patrol Station were able to locate the subject on the Amtrak train the following day, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus: Photo credit USN

Next Navy Ship Names Chosen

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced the names of the next 3 joint high speed vessels, & 2 littoral combat ships. The next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. "It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five great American cities," said Mabus. "Several cities will be represented for the first time in the Navy fleet…

Lone Star Buys Cable-free Seismic System

Lone Star Geophysical Surveys buys a 4000-node ZLand seismic system from FairfieldNodal for US & Canada projects. The company previously leased ZLand system nodes for environmentally sensitive work in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana, and made their purchase decision based on the results they achieved there. “We have put these nodes to the test in some very challenging environments and been very impressed, both in terms of system performance and the HSE advantages they provide,” said Lone Star Geophysical Survey’s CEO and President Heath Harris.

Shipbuilding Activity Mirrors Global Economic Condition

Volatility, expensive and limited finance and challenging trading conditions permeate many shipping industry sectors & is mirrored in shipbuilding. Nevertheless, there has been enough of a steady stream of dealflow for the mid‐sized shipyards to maintain a level of activity in the market – although buyers price expectations remain challenging for shipyards to accommodate, according to the latest Clarkson Hellas Weekly Bulletin on the shipbuilding market. For the larger capacity shipyards in both China and Korea…

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Ursa Montana: Big Beam, Big Power

On many of Europes inland waterways, the limit to cargo capacity is not so much about horsepower but it is the limit imposed on the vessel by the size of the locks that it has to transit. With the largest vessels, along with their additional barges, designed to maximize available space in the locks it is necessary to get the unit into the lock and stopped up without damage to the lock or vessel as promptly as possible. On the Mains-Danube system, regulations limit vessel size to 190 by 11.45 meters.