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Friday, April 19, 2019

New Jersey News

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Shipping Firm Fined $4M for Pollution Violation

$1 Million Will Go to Projects that Support Cleanup of Marine Pollution, Preservation of Aquatic Life, and Restoration of Shorelines around Newark Bay.A shipping company based in Italy today admitted discharging oily waste and other pollutants into the sea and then lying about it, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark announced.The company, d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging it with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

A USNS Fleet Oiler engaged in underway replenishment operations (CREDIT: US Navy)

US Navy's MSC Opens Center for Excellence

Military Sealift Command hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of its new Center for Excellence located on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 25.The Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence provides MSC-centric basic training for newly employed civil service mariners (CIVMAR).“Ultimately, the new Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence is replacing the MSC training center in Earl, New Jersey,” said Military Sealift Command Total Force Management Director Mike Morris, who co-officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

Senate EPW Committee Hearing Testimony for AAPA CEO Nagle

The hearing will be in Room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to consider the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2019, and to hear input from stakeholders about implementation of the DERA program.In his prepared remarks, Kurt Nagle shares examples of several ports that have received DERA grants, including the latest one last month in which the EPA awarded a DERA grant of $400,000 to the Alabama State Port Authority to replace a 1982 locomotive with a Tier IV locomotive engine.

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Imports at Annual Low on Seasonal Lull, Tariff Worries

With the retail industry in its annual lull between seasons and plans for a tariff increase on hold, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“Now that the holiday season is over and summer has yet to crank up, this is the quiet time of year for retail supply chains,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.

Paul Doell (Photo: AMO)

Seafarers’ House to Honor AMO's Doell

Paul Doell, National President of the American Maritime Officers (AMO), has been selected as the recipient of Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for 2019.The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers.Doell, who heads the nation’s largest union of licensed seagoing professionals, has served the organization for 47 years.

River Raisin Dredging, Monroe, Michigan

U.S. Army Corps Selects 10 Beneficial Use Pilot Projects

At the end of December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) announced its selection of ten dredging projects that will form the core of a pilot program to advance the beneficial use of dredged material.The recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ announcement culminated a program required by Congress, established within the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, specifically Section 1122. Congress directed that the ten pilot projects selected were required to present environmental…

Maersk, PBF Logistics in Low Sulfur Fuel Deal

Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announce agreement for production and storage of 0.5% sulphur fuel on the U.S. East CoastPBF Logistics terminal facility in New Jersey to deliver approx. 10% of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s annual fuel demand as Maersk continues preparations for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 global sulfur regulation.A.P. Moller - Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announced an agreement for Maersk to source and PBFX to process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC…

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Maersk Acquires Customs Broker Vandegrift

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S has acquired Vandegrift, a US-based customs house broker,  as the ocean container line pushes further into land-based logistics services and operations. This is the first acquisition of the year in the fast-growing logistics sector.“Vandegrift’s expertise and reputation enables us to place a trusted advisor in front of our customers to design and build individualized Customs Brokerage and Compliance programs that identify risk and provide solutions.

Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst

BIMCO: US Box Imports Break Records Despite Uncertainty Ahead

Container imports on both the US East Coast (USEC) and West Coast (USWC) had a strong year in 2018, growing 3.7% and 8% respectively in the first 11 months of the year compared to the same period in 2017.Record high levels of inbound laden containers were experienced on both coasts in October with the USWC at 1.09 million TEU and the USEC at 0.91 million TEU according to BIMCO’s own data.The first two months of 2018 saw the USWC coast’s laden imports increase 11.7% from the start of 2017, with the accumulated growth rate then stabilising to around 4% for the rest of the year.

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NY-NJ Port to be First to Use Electric Straddle Carrier in the US

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will conduct the first test at a U.S. port of an electric vehicle to move cargo containers by the end of this year.According to a press release from the port authority, this initiative is to meet aggressive targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.A straddle carrier is a piece of terminal yard handling equipment that is used to move cargo containers by first straddling the container and then lifting it up and driving over the back of a truck to place the container on the chassis…

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Kalmar to Deliver Straddle Carriers to Maher Terminals

The marine industry equipment manufacturer Kalmar is to deliver a further order of straddle carriers to Maher Terminals LLC for use at their marine container terminal located in the Port of New York and New Jersey.According to a press release from Kalmar, part of Cargotec,  the order of 26 straddle carriers was booked in Cargotec's 2018 second quarter order intake, and delivery is scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2019.Maher Terminals is one of the largest privately held, multi-user container terminal operators in the world.

Elaine L. Chao (Photo courtesy of  AAPA)

14 Port-related Projects Awarded BUILD Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has (Dec. 11) announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants, 14 of which will go to port-related projects, are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country.Port-related projects will receive a total of $229.23 million…

NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold

NRF: Retail Imports Slowing but Remain Strong For Now

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have slowed down from their pre-holiday peak but remain at unusually high levels as retailers continue bringing in merchandise before tariffs increase in January, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“Imports have usually dropped off significantly by this time of year but we’re still seeing numbers that could have set records in the past,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.

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Seabury Maritime Expands Executive Team

The global maritime and transportation investment bank and industry advisory Seabury Maritime PFRA (SMPFRA), a division of Seabury Capital Group, announced the appointment of Fernando Lehrer as Executive Director, Head of Marine Services, and Nikos Petrakakos as Vice President, Head of Maritime Environmental Innovation.Lehrer and Petrakakos are joining the SMPFRA’s leadership to further advance the company’s strategy to provide an integrated platform to its clients that delivers…

Jennifer Polli, President and Chief Executive Officer at TRAC Intermodal (Photo: TRAC Intermodal)

TRAC Intermodal Named a Best Chassis Provider

The Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers has recognized TRAC Intermodal as both the Best Overall Chassis Provider in the Port of New York-New Jersey and for Outstanding Customer Service for the third consecutive year. James Bowe, TRAC Intermodal’s Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, also received the Dick Jones Award for Outstanding Assistance and Customer Service.When presenting the award, Bi-State Motor Carriers President Jeff Bader acknowledged that, "providing drivers with reliable…

Rob Jenkins (Photo: Port Everglades)

Port Everglades Names Jenkins Port Security Manager

Port Everglades has appointed Robert “Rob” Jenkins to the position of Port Security Manager, a promotion from Security Compliance Manager.In his new position, Jenkins will be responsible for overseeing security and fire rescue operations and management for the Port, as well as facilitating related contracts, grants and funding. Additionally, he will interface with federal, state and local regulatory agencies that operate in Port Everglades.Jenkins joined the Port staff in 2013.

Dorothea Ioannou (Photo: The American Club)

American P&I Club Manager Prepares for Further Growth

Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), the Manager of the American P&I Club, has recently announced a series of appointments designed to service the Club’s growing membership and help fulfil longer-term goals of continued expansion. The American Club has grown its membership substantially over recent years, tonnage having increased by some 25 percent over the past 24 months, and these appointments are intended to consolidate the Club’s continuing service capabilities in the future.The…

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GCT Bayonne Welcomes the ONE Stork

GCT USA has welcomed the Ocean Network Express’ (ONE) first magenta ship on its first dual call to the most advanced terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, GCT Bayonne.Following the merger of NYK Line, Mitsui OSK, and “K” Line on April 1, 2018, ultra large container ship (ULCS) ONE STORK joined the Transport High Efficiency (“THE”) Alliance’s EC4 Asia-North America all-water Suez service on its maiden voyage to the East Coast.THE Alliance chose to host all of its Far East all water services at semi-automated GCT Bayonne, due to its award-winning high marine and landside productivity.

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Maritime College to Host 'Marine Highways' Conference

Roads around the New York metro area, and up and down many parts of the East Coast, are increasingly congested. The congestion increases air pollution, leads to poor roads, and slows the flow of people and goods throughout the region.On September 27, SUNY Maritime College will host a conference to discuss ways to move cargo transport off land and onto the water, thereby reducing road congestion and air pollution.Other nations and regions around the world are increasingly seeking to move cargo traffic off the roads and onto ships.

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Singapore Tops World's Shipping Centre Rankings in 2018

Singapore has emerged as the world's top maritime center for the fourth consecutive time in the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Center Development Index. "Singapore remains unmoved at the top of the International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index for the fifth successive year, following a benchmark report published today (10 July 2018) by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency," said a press release. The index covers 43 of the world’s largest ports and…

Thomas A. Jelenić, Vice President for Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA)

OP/ED: How Growth Can Benefit the Environment

You might call 2017 a banner year for California ports. San Pedro Bay, home to the nation's leading twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach exceeded their pre-recession peaks. Collectively, San Pedro Bay was up 7.2% from its 2006 peak. It took a decade to get there and while you wouldn't want that sort of annualized growth going forward, it did arguably mark the end of San Pedro Bay's recession dip. More importantly, growth looks to continue in 2018. As of the end of May, year to date container volumes are 3.7% higher over the same period in 2017.

Richard Surett (Photo: Ports America)

Ports America Names Surett CFO

New Jersey-headquartered marine terminal operator and stevedore Ports America Group, Inc. has named Richard Surett as its new chief financial officer.Surett has been with Ports America since 2010 and most recently held the position of senior vice president, FP&A and treasury. He is a financial professional with more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and financial planning and analysis.

Mark Montgomery (Photo: Ports America)

Montgomery Named CEO of Ports America

New Jersey-headquartered marine terminal operator and stevedore Ports America Group, Inc. has appointed Mark Montgomery as president and CEO. He replaces former president and CEO, Michael Hassing.Montgomery was previously president and CEO of Ports America Chesapeake (PAC) from 2010 to 2014, and currently serves as a senior advisor and operating partner to the Infrastructure Investing strategy of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree), where he brings more than 30 years of…

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TRAC Intermodal Adds Chassis with Gensets

TRAC Intermodal has introduced a new product that combines a new Carrier underslung genset with a premium 40-foot marine chassis.These pre-mounted genset-chassis are available through the TRAC Select pool at a convenient location in the New York/New Jersey port complex. The genset-chassis product will be expanded to the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex in June.The new genset-chassis is focused on improving efficiency by providing a one-stop solution for motor carriers to pick up a chassis already equipped with a genset…

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Container Shipping Shakeup Needed for Higher Rates

Container shipping: Change required for higher ratesDemandThe growing imports of loaded containers into the U.S. East Coast (USEC) continues to be a focal point for the container shipping industry. Growing by 10.4 percent in Q1-2018, the first three months saw 215,000 TEU more entering the USEC than in Q1-2017. Exports grew by 55,000 TEU in the same time span, growing outbound loaded containers by 3.8 percent.This illustrates the constantly changing imbalance in U.S. foreign trade. For every five containers entering the USEC in 2013, four were exported.

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Port of Oakland Online Shipping Platform Goes Live

A one-stop, online gateway to the Port of Oakland went live. The Port said its new tech platform, called the Oakland Portal, would provide a single point of entry to seaport operations. It’s believed to be an industry first in the quest to digitize containerized cargo transportation. “This is what our industry is asking for,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. The Oakland Portal is thought to be the first digital collaboration platform that aggregates shipping information from every marine terminal in a harbor.