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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage
Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year (FY17), the Panama Canal announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal. According to figures, the Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before.
Managing the New Panamax Containerships
The explosive growth of international boxships is challenging not only the physical infrastructure of North American ports, but also the very nature of the existing supply chains that they impact. The recent dialogue on container shipping has been all about so-called “mega-ships;” those vessels that with larger capacity than those that are already in service at any point in time. In the container trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit an important component, within broader supply chains.
APM Terminals on Trends in North America
North American ports must adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, said APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig. “The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” according to Craig. The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.
NY/NJ Forwarders & Brokers to Honor Evergreen's Amalfitano
Roy Amalfitano, Vice Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp., has been chosen by the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc. to receive the 2018 Person of the Year Award. The award will be presented during the 101stannual dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on February 1, 2018. Attracting nearly 700 guests every year, this event is one of the most prominent international transportation functions in the United States. William B.
In Blizzard's Wake, Northeastern US Brace for Intense Cold
Street crews in the U.S. Northeast raced through the night into Friday to clear snow-clogged streets after a powerful blizzard and restore power to homes ahead of a brutal cold spell that has killed more than a dozen people. From Baltimore to Caribou, Maine, efforts were under way to clear roadways of ice and snow as wind chill temperatures were to plunge during the day, reaching -40 F (-40 C) in some parts after sundown, according to the National Weather Service. The brutal cold was forecast to reach from New England across to the Midwest and down to the Carolinas…
NY/NJ Cross Harbor Freight Program Enters Second Review Phase
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey awarded a $23.7 million agreement to Cross Harbor Partners, a joint venture of STV Incorporated/AKRF Inc., to undertake the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Program at the port. The aim of the Cross Harbor Freight Program is to reduce roadway congestion attributed to goods movement across the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The Tier II review is expected to take up to three years; it will provide more…
Diana Containerships Sells Panamax Container Vessel
Diana Containerships announced that it has signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the 2006-built vessel “New Jersey” for demolition, on an “as is where is” basis, with delivery due to the buyer by mid-March 2018, for approximately $9.67 million. Upon completion of the aforementioned sale and the previously announced sale of two Post-Panamax container vessels, Diana Containerships Inc.’s fleet will consist of 8 container vessels (4 Post-Panamax and 4 Panamax). A table describing the current Diana Containerships Inc.
Fitch: U.S. Port Growth Steady as NAFTA Decision Looms
U.S. ports are positioned for another solid year of growth, though the Trump administration's evolving stance on both domestic and international trade is a long-term development worth a close watch, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest sector briefing. This after a strong 2017 in which ports on both coasts saw overall growth through the year. "Moving to larger ships and implementing operational alliances have helped drive volume growth on both coasts in 2017," said Emma Griffith, Director.
Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime
For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Container Fleets & Demand Growing in Step -BIMCO
For 2018, the world containership fleet is expected to grow in step with global demand, according to BIMCO’s latest container shipping market outlook. Having experienced falling freight rates from August to year-end in 2017, most liner companies were successful in pushing rates higher in early January 2018. Most of them managed to hold onto most of the gains they achieved, considering October and November were challenging in terms of very low demand growth. The weak demand came from the Far East to Europe trade, and on the Intra-Asian transport.
Diana Containerships Sells Sagitta and Centaurus
Diana Containerships announced that it has signed, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, two Memoranda of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the m/v Sagitta and the m/v Centaurus, each a 2010 built containership for $12.3M each. The Company expects the Vessels to be delivered to the buyer at the latest by April 27, 2018. Upon completion of the aforementioned sale and the previously announced sales of two Post-Panamax container vessels and one Panamax container vessel, Diana Containerships Inc.’s fleet will consist of 6 container vessels (4 Post-Panamax and 2 Panamax).
Port of Oakland Building Online Shipping Portal
Port of Oakland officials has promised a digital shipping platform by mid-year to speed up global trade flows. The Port said it’s building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo. The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains for the sake of efficiency. The Port previewed its portal - called a digital collaboration platform - at an American Association of Port Authorities meeting in Oakland yesterday. Make appointments to pick up containerized cargo.
New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel
NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience. Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.
Georgia Ports: Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground
The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Monday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. "Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The Mega Rail ground breaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal's signature projects designed to…
U.S. DOT: Funding Available for Small Shipyards
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and help eligible shipyards modernize operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity. In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders directly employed 110,000 Americans and produced $37.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Available to U.S.
Port Tampa Bay selected as Port Executive Management Center
The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) stated that Port Tampa Bay has been selected as the Port Executive Management Center for the State of Florida. The Port will host advanced educational and training for port executives at the State’s seaports as well as from other ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The new center joins centers at the Loeb-Sullivan School at Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Port Authority (Port of Portland) for providing programs for advanced executive management education and certification.
Aluma Marine Grows Marketing Team
Boat builder Aluma Marine, LLC has appointed Malcolm Wisch as Director of Sales and Marketing and Sherry Wisch as Marketing Manager.An industry veteran, Malcolm was previously associated with SeaArk Marine, Inc. for 20 years. He has a B.S. Degree in Marketing and Advertising, holds a U.S.C.G. license and is a member of the Propeller Club of the Ports of New York and New Jersey. In his new role with Aluma, Malcolm will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities and the…
New York Ports' Top Cop Retires Amid Probe of Limbaugh Escort
The head of the police force for New York's airports and bridges authority retired on Monday amid reports that a police escort for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had triggered an internal investigation.Michael Fedorko, who had been superintendent of the 1,700-strong Port Authority Police Department since 2009, retired effective immediately, the agency said in a statement.