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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Port Of Baltimore News

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Port of Baltimore Sets Record in 2019

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore recorded another record-breaking year in 2019. Figures released show new high marks for cargo tonnage passing through the Port’s public and private marine terminals, as well as new benchmarks for containers and the number of cars and light trucks handled. Among the highlights, the Port of Baltimore handled a new record 43.6 million tons of cargo, including more than 11 million tons of general cargo at the state-owned public terminals for the first time ever. In addition, the number of vehicles – 857,890 – ranked first among all U.S.

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Port of Baltimore Gets $1.8 Mln EPA Grant

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has secured $1.8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace older diesel-powered equipment with newer, cleaner versions.The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds will cover about 44 dray trucks, commonly used for transporting shipping containers to and from the port, and four pieces of cargo-handling equipment such as forklifts, yard tractors and other heavy cargo machinery.“This EPA grant will help us continue cleaning the air around the Port of Baltimore,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

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Port of Baltimore's White to Resign

James J. White, Executive Director, Port of Baltimore, announced his resignation effective December 31, 2019.White led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum.

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CBP Leads Multi Agency K9 Search of Seaport Vessels, Containers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) led a multi-agency canine examination of ships and shipping containers at the Port of Baltimore Wednesday.Dubbed Operation Port Days, the operation was billed as an opportunity to expose more local police narcotics detector dogs to the complexities of shipboard and shipping container examinations while searching for narcotics and other illicit contraband. Hotel-height container ships, pose unique challenges to canine examinations with tight…

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ARC to Christen 3 Vessels on Friday

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) will christen the ARC Resolve, ARC Integrity and the ARC Independence, welcoming three of the most versatile and militarily-useful ships to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, on Friday in the Port of Baltimore.ARC’s three, new vessels will be enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), the bedrock Congressional maritime readiness program, and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby will deliver the keynote address at the ship naming ceremony.

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CBP Finds Destructive Moth Eggs in Ships

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted 146 destructive Asian Gypsy Moth egg masses on four ships recently in the port of Baltimore.Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is one of the most destructive insect pests in the world. They are not known to occur in the United States.If they would become established here, they could cause serious, widespread damage to our country’s landscape and natural resources.In July, Baltimore CBP agriculture specialists intercepted five AGM egg masses from three vessels.“Asian Gypsy Moth is a highly destructive invasive pest…

(Credit: John Wilhelm) (The Port of Baltimore is one of only a few East Coast ports able to handle some of the world’s largest ships, welcoming the 14,424 TEU Evergreen Triton earlier this year.)

PORT PROFILE: Big Baltimore

The Port of Baltimore is poised to muscle its way into the nation’s elite top 10 ports. How that happened really isn’t hard to understand. That’s because what comes next will be the dividend of many years of focused planning.The Port of Baltimore consists of state owned marine terminals managed by the MPA and privately owned marine terminals. Approximately 90 percent of all general cargo tons move through the MPA’s public terminals, while the private terminals handled most of the Port’s bulk commodities.In 2018, the Port of Baltimore (POB) experienced a record year in foreign cargo tons.

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Shipping Executives Indicted in the U.S.

An indictment of two Norwegian shipping executives was unsealed in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the Department of Justice announced.Ingar Skiaker and Øyvind Ervik have been charged with participating in a long-running conspiracy to allocate certain customers and routes, rig bids, and fix prices for the sale of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the United States and elsewhere, including the Port of Baltimore. A federal grand jury returned the indictment in February 2018.Skiaker and Ervik…

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Propeller Club Promotes Relationship with Congress

In his role as the new Executive Vice President of the International Propeller Club of the United States (IPCUS), John Cullather, is setting a course for the 50 American-based clubs, specifically, that involve streamlining and improving communication between ports and maritime policy issues and members of Congress.“Congress has played a vital role in U.S. ports since the founding of our nation,” says Cullather. “From the dredging of our harbors to the construction of lighthouses and the installation of aids-to-navigation…

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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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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…

Record-Breaking Year for the Port of Baltimore

38.4 million tons of cargo handled in 2017; the most since 1979 and the third-highest tonnage in its history.With such a busy port environmental factors have to be considered. The Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Port Administration has made significant environmental progress to reduce emissions at the port’s public marine terminals in the last several years, including upgrades of older equipment to newer and more efficient tools.The 2018 GreenPort Congress Conference…

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Port of Baltimore Continues to Set Cargo Records

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals have for the first time surpassed one million tons of general cargo in one month, handling a total of 1,007,704 tons in May and leapfrogging past the previous record of 923,030 tons set in January. The port also set a record by handling 86,403 TEU (20-foot long) containers in May, besting the previous mark set nearly two years ago. “The Port of Baltimore continues to perform at a very high level and has had a tremendous year so far,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

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TRAC Intermodal Grows Refurbished Chassis Fleet

TRAC Intermodal has announced that they have grown their “like new” refurbished chassis to over 30 percent of their Metro Pool fleet. These TRAC blue chassis have been refurbished to like-new quality with LED lights, new tires/rims, new electrical systems, new brakes, new airing systems and additional features making the TRAC fleet some of the newest and most reliable chassis operating in the Port. TRAC’s Metro Pool has an extensive footprint covering all of the NY/NJ Port, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New England and western New York State.

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Panama Canal Expansion Boosts US East Coast Port Volumes

As the Panama Canal’s newly operational expanded lane helps set monthly tonnage records, the project’s impacts are being felt along the U.S. East Coast. Effects of the canal’s expansion are reverberating well-beyond Panama’s shores, as ports around the world are in varying stages of work to deepen and widen their channels to accommodate the growing number of Neopanamax vessels that can now transit the canal. Now nearly one year on from the first vessel transit through the expanded waterway, many ports are benefitting, particularly those along the U.S. East Coast.

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Big Slowdown for US Coal Exports -BIMCO

Since Q1 2013, the significance of U.S. coal exports has seen a considerable setback, with 2016 achieving the same levels as 2009. This is due to the long-haul routes carrying coking coal from the U.S. East Coast and U.S. Gulf Coast to East Asia, are not operating to the same extent and the EU is demanding less thermal coal, says shipping organization Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). When BIMCO first published its story concerning U.S. coal in 2013, U.S. coal exports had the most significant coal trade in the world, measured by metric-ton-miles.

New Operator Takes over Baltimore's Seagirt Container Facility

In an agreement reached earlier this year between Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. (CSXIT), the operational responsibility for CSXIT services at Seagirt Container Transfer Facility was transferred to Ports America Chesapeake in the Port of Baltimore. Accordingly, Ports America Chesapeake will commence these operations on October 31, effectively replacing CSXIT as the lessee and operator of the facility. This transition is designed to immediately enhance…

Port of Baltimore Secures EPA Clean Diesel Grant

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $978,302 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the Maryland Environmental Services that will be used to upgrade diesel equipment that is used to move cargo at the Port of Baltimore. The project will reduce harmful pollutants impacting near-port communities while improving fuel efficiency. “This funding builds upon the Port of Baltimore’s ongoing efforts to reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency, and promote sustainability,” said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.

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AAPA Mourns Loss of Helen Delich Bentley

In tribute to the life and many contributions of Helen Delich Bentley, who died on Aug. “This past weekend, the port and maritime industry lost one of its most ardent supporters with the passing of Helen Delich Bentley on Aug. 6. Though best remembered by many for her work as a journalist, Federal Maritime Commission chairman and U.S. representative in Congress, we at AAPA acknowledge her strong advocacy for ports, particularly the Port of Baltimore. In the first renaming of a U.S. port in honor of a living individual, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Erlich, Jr., named the port after Mrs.

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Helen Delich Bentley Dies at 92

Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said. Bentley upset a longtime Democratic congressman to win a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1984, a year in which Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in the presidential race helped bring several new faces from the party to Congress. The five-term congresswoman was a staunch advocate for the port of Baltimore and the state's maritime industry.

Shipping Exec Indicted for Price Fixing

Another ocean freight executive has been indicted for participation in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade in international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and elsewhere in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. A grand jury in the District of Maryland returned the indictment. Mauricio Javier Garrido Garcia (Garrido), an executive of Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores S.A. (CSAV) and resident of Chile…

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AAPA, USDOT to Commemorate NM Day Jointly

A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22 - National Maritime Day. It was declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

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AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

Host of U.S. A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

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Carnival Cruise Ship Crashes in Baltimore

Carnival cruise ship Carnival Pride crashed on Sunday as it was docking in Baltimore, officials said. No one was injured when the cruise ship  struck a raised passenger walkway as it was returning to Maryland from an eight-day trip to the Bahamas, the Baltimore Sun reports. The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride suffered minor damage during the incident but no one was injured. No one was on the gangway at the time. The ship was just pulling into the Port of Baltimore after an eight-day trip to the Bahamas.

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Ports America Refocuses, Oakland Lease Goes

Ports America, the largest stevedore and terminal operating company in the United States, is refocusing its business strategies on the West Coast through additional investments and expansion of services into new terminals. Areas of concentration include Los Angeles, Long Beach, the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. These regions have been identified as most suited to its realignment goals. Ports America’s long-standing joint venture partnership at West Basin Container Terminal…

Turkish Ship Management Company, 2 Employees Plead Guilty

Ciner Gemi Acente Isletni Sanayi Ve Ticaret S.A., a ship management company in Turkey, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Ron J. Rosenstein for the District of Maryland. Ciner operated the M/V Artvin, a 44,635 ton bulk carrier ship that transported cargo to and from ports around the world, including the Port of Baltimore.