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Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Photo: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Courses Qualify for MATF Funding

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy announced that people living and currently working in Hong Kong’s maritime sector can benefit from an 80% refund on nine of its courses as part of the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) introduced by the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board.The aim of the MATF is to build up a vibrant, diversified and competitive pool of professionals and technical personnel to support Hong Kong’s future development in both the maritime and aviation sectors. May 2019…

Port of Oakland Names Haggerty as Chief Audit Officer

A longtime Santa Clara County audit and accounting manager becomes the Port of Oakland’s Chief Audit Officer next month. The Board of Port Commissioners said it has appointed Rebecca Haggerty to its top auditing post.Currently the Internal Audit Manager for Santa Clara County, Haggerty will direct operational and financial audits for all Port offices. She’ll report to the Port Board. She succeeds Acting Chief Audit Officer Katherine Buckley who returns to her role as a Port Audit Manager.Haggerty joined Santa Clara County in 1997, holding various accounting and auditing roles.

CPA Approves Bonding for New Canaveral Cruise Terminal

Carnival’s new 180,000-ton ship, first North American-based LNG powered ship, will homeport at Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) Board of Commissioners today voted to approve a resolution for the issuance of a series of bonds up to $117 million to provide the financing for Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3 project. The new terminal will be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest cruise ship, as part of a long-term agreement between the Port Authority and Carnival.“I am proud of our CFO Mike Poole…

Dredging Completed on the Vinton Navigation Channel

Port of Vinton officials announced  that dredging operations near the mouth of the Vinton Navigation Channel has been completed.Magnolia Dredging of Mandeville, La., was the contractor on the $1.098 million maintenance dredging project that removed more than 21,400 cubic yards of spoils over a 24-week period. The southernmost portion of the channel where it enters into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway was returned to an elevation of minus-10.5 feet, and the spoils were relocated…

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West Calcasieu Port Barge Basin Dredge Work Completed

Dredging operations in the West Calcasieu Port’s west barge basin were completed today and that all tenant operations in the basin have returned to full operations, port officials announced today.Coastal Dredging of Hammond, La., was the contractor on the $1.3 million maintenance dredging project that removed more than 140,000 cubic yards of spoils over a 10-week period. The port’s barge basin depth was returned to a minus-10 feet, and the spoils were relocated into the ports…

Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner  (Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Board Elects Butner as President

Oakland business leader Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s governing Board. The Board of Port Commissioners selected their colleague for the top post at a meeting last week.Commissioner Butner succeeds Joan Story, who will remain on the Board. Commissioner Andreas Cluver was elected First Vice President by his colleagues on the Board. The Board elected Commissioner Michael Colbruno as Second Vice President. All three officers take over their new roles July 26.This is Commissioner Butner’s second term as President.

Photo:  West Calcasieu Port

West Calcasieu Port Awards Dredging Contract

The West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners voted this week to award the contract for the dredging of the Louisiana port's west barge basin to Coastal Dredging Company, Inc. of Hammond, La.. The successful base bid of $1,334,020 was the lowest among six bids received by the port during its competitive public bid process. “The West Cal Port Board of Commissioners was encouraged to have received such a large number of bid packets for the project,” said Dick Kennison, board president for the West Calcasieu Port.

Captain John Ward (Photo: C-PORT)

Sea Tow Captain Ward Appointed as C-PORT’s New Chairman

The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (C-PORT) recently appointed Captain John Ward, of Sea Tow Destin, FL., as its new Chairman of the Board. C-PORT is the only association that represents the marine assistance industry nationwide. John Ward owns and operates Aquanaut Towing & Salvage/Sea Tow Pensacola, Destin, Lake Norman/Wylie and Lake Kerr/Gaston. He was appointed chairman at the organization’s 30th membership meeting, held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL. in November.

Photo: Thessaloniki Port Authority

Greece Sets Bid Deadline for Thessaloniki Port Sale

Greece has given investors until March 24 to submit binding bids for a majority stake in its second biggest port, Thessaloniki Port, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday. The sale of the 67 percent stake in the port and other privatisations are a key part of the country's current EU/IMF international bailout deal, the third since 2010. But the programme has fallen behind schedule due to political resistance and red tape, and has raised only 4 billion euros ($4.3 billion) so far versus an original target of 50 billion euros.

Vanessa Baugh (Photo: Port Manatee)

Baugh to Chair Port Manatee Board

Vanessa Baugh has been elected to a one-year term as chairwoman of the governing board of Port Manatee, which also has chosen its two newest members – Priscilla Whisenant Trace and Stephen R. Jonsson – and continuing member Charles B. Smith as officers. Baugh, who owns a jewelry store in Lakewood Ranch, has served on the Manatee County Port Authority board since 2012. Also elected to one-year terms as officers at the December 15 meeting of the Manatee County Port Authority were Whisenant Trace…

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

Kennison Reelected West Calcasieu Port Board President

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison was reelected for a one year term as president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. The five-member board also re-elected Wilmer Dugas as vice president and Tim Dougherty as secretary/treasurer. Kennison is a 47-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

India to Give Autonomy to 12 Major Ports

The Indian Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft Bill “Major Port Authorities Act, 2016” to replace the age-old Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, with a view to promote port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce. In the Bill, the government has proposed a significant overhaul of the functioning of 12 major ports in the country, which will give port boards more autonomy and flexibility along with a more professional approach to its governance. Under the bill, the composition of a port board has been simplified and now it will consist of 10 members…

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller (Photo courtesy Maersk)

Maersk Fights to Stay on top as Containership Downturn Deepens

Denmark's Maersk Line is fighting to remain the world's no.1 container shipping carrier as a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Asia, creates new challengers trying to grab a bigger share of a depressed market. Maersk itself hasn't made a major acquisition for more than a decade but says it might be open to "the right opportunity", although doubters believe such deals risk accumulating ships without securing enough customers. A unit of oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk , the line has a 15 percent share of the overall container market.

Lake Worth Inlet Feasibility Study Image U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Palm Beach Port Commissioners Stop Funding for ACOE Project

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners agreed to exclude funding for a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project from the port’s Master Plan Update. The ACOE project, along with the economic and environmental backup that accompanied the plan, was published for the port’s review in 2005. As global, regional and state markets; the port’s tenant composition; and the environmental and recreational dynamics surrounding the port have changed, the port’s missions and goals continue to evolve.

Todd Coleman ((Photo: Port of Vancouver USA)

Port of Vancouver CEO Coleman to Step Down

Todd Coleman, CEO of Port of Vancouver USA, step down from his position May 19, after 15 years with the port.   Coleman, a Professional Engineer, began his career with the port in 2001, when he was hired as Facilities Manager. After three promotions, he earned the position of Deputy Executive Director in 2005. The port’s Board of Commissioners appointed him CEO in 2012.   Coleman plans to spend some time with his family this summer before seeking a new opportunity.   The Board of Commissioners will appoint an interim CEO while the port moves through the hiring process.

Board Dedicates $25M Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Photo NOLA

Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Dedicated

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans joined a host of elected officials and industry partners today to dedicate the Port’s new $25 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal. The terminal, made possible by a $16.7 million federal transportation TIGER grant, has a capacity of moving 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) per year by rail. “This new terminal provides a highly efficient option for our customers moving cargo via rail,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO.

Image: Hong Kong Port

Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage

The Hong Kong Shipping Register has  crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said. Hong Kong’s maritime tradition is almost two centuries old. Hong Kong served as a port of registry under the UK Ship Register since the 1840s until the establishment of the autonomous Hong Kong Shipping Register in 1990 under the administration of the Marine Department.

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

Venezuelan ship VMF Alita Sank off near Panama

A ship Venezuelan flag, name VFM Alita sank last week in Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal after colliding with another anchoring vessel, which caused hole above the waterline and water ingress. According to the information revealed on Sunday by a Panamanian official source, the ship increased list to port board to 40-45 degrees and partially is under the water with big danged of capsizing. The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) confirmed on his Twitter account the accident and sinking of the merchant ship…

Image: The Hong Kong Shippers' Council

Hong Kong Establishes New Maritime Body

Hong Kong is to establish a new government body - Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board - this year that oversees the local maritime sector, in a bid to enhance the city’s shipping sector. Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying in his annual policy address for this year announced that the government will merge the existing Maritime Industry Council (MIC) and the Port Development Council (PDC) to form a new Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board. The board, to be chaired by the Secretary for Transport and Housing…

Courtesy Port of Townsville

Hanran, Heywood Join Townsville Port Board

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has welcomed the announcement this morning by Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Minister for Ports and Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey of the appointment of two new locally-based Directors to its Board. Mr Shane Hanran and Ms Megan Heywood assume their positions on the Board effective today. POTL Chair Renita Garard said that today’s announcement was a real boost to the port’s Board and that the skills and experience of the two appointees would service the business well as it embarks upon long term expansion plans.

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

West Calcasieu Port Board President Reelected

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison has been reelected president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. Kennison’s term is for one year. Also reelected by the five-member board were vice president Wilmer Dugas and secretary/treasurer Tim Dougherty. Kennison is a 46-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

Randa Coniglio. Photo credit: Port of San Diego

Port of San Diego Chooses First Female CEO

Randa Coniglio has been named president and CEO of the San Diego Unified Port District. After a nationwide search for a new president and CEO, the Port decided Monday to stay in-house and name Coniglio to the post. Coniglio, who would be the port's first female CEO in its 52-year history, will replace interim chief John Bolduc, the agency's police chief, who took over last year when Wayne Darbeau was fired over a scandal involving a summer job for his son with a port tenant. "Randa is a focused…

Photo: Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans Leads Clean Water Effort

U.S. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality presented an Environmental Leadership Award to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans at a ceremony held recently at DEQ’s headquarters in Baton Rouge, La. The award recognizes environmental achievement for voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental outreach initiatives and environmental management systems that are above and beyond regulatory compliance. The port received its award March 25 for its Stormwater Management Program…

Francis E. "Hank" Lauricella (Photo: Louisiana state archives)

Former Port Chairman Lauricella Passes

Former Port of New Orleans Board Chairman Francis E. “Hank” Lauricella has died at age 83. Gov. Mike Foster appointed Lauricella to the Board in April of 1997, and he served as Board Chairman from October 2001 until June of 2002. Prior to his service on the Port’s Board, Lauricella served 32 years in the Louisiana Legislature, first serving two terms in the House of Representatives and later serving in the Louisiana Senate from 1972 until he retired in 1996. “Mr. Lauricella’s leadership was critical during a period of Port expansion and diversification…

Aspect of port: Image courtesy of Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans Mourns Former Chairman Lauricella

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans mourns the passing of former Board Chairman Francis E. “Hank” Lauricella. Gov. Mike Foster appointed Mr. Lauricella to the Board in April of 1997 and he served as Board Chairman from October 2001 until June of 2002. “Mr. Lauricella’s leadership was critical during a period of Port expansion and diversification, such as the construction of the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and the meteoric rise of the Port’s cruise industry,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. Prior to his service on the Port’s Board, Mr.

Arrival Cleveland: Image courtesy of Port of  Cleveland

Port of Cleveland Urges USACE to Start Dredging

To avoid significant financial losses to the port and local economy, dredging the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor must start without delay considered the Port Board at its March 2014 meeting. Accordingly they directed the  Port’s management to work with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the timely start and completion of dredging necessary for the 2014 shipping season utilizing existing confined facilities for disposal of the [dredged] material. The Board also asked that…