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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Port Of Houston News

$35 million new cranes order for Port Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal. (Photo: Port Houston)

PHA Awards Bayport Container Terminal Cranes Contract

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has approved a proposal that PHA acquires three new neo-Panamax electric cranes for Bayport Container Terminal in a $35 million contractThe cranes will be deployed at Wharf No. 5 of the container terminal and will handle the loading/unloading of large vessels. The three cranes will bring the total number of ship-to-shore cranes at the Port Houston to 29. It is expected that the three new cranes will be commissioned by mid-2021 and at 158 feet will be the tallest in the port.

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BREAKBULK SHIPPING: Breakbulk Breaks the Mold

In the cargo shipping world, there’s the bulk sector, the container segment, and then, there is “everything else.”When it comes to ‘everything else,’ breakbulk is the cargo that resides in between, comprising much of that remainder, including forest products (lumber, baled pulp) and steel. Breakbulk may, at times, share space on multipurpose vessels that also handle heavylift and project cargo, but can also be transported on vessels that handle drybulk. Prior to the advent of containerization, bales, barrels and pallets dominated.

The Bayonne Bridge (The growth in part can be attributed to the completion in June 2017 of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which raised the clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet, allowing the world’s largest container ships to pass under it and serve port terminals in New York and New Jersey.) Credit: Port NY/NJ

CONTAINER PORTS: Boxed in or Busting Out?

Benchmarking the Nation’s top container ports in 2018 and looking ahead to what comes next.The nation’s major ports finished 2018 and began 2019 setting monthly and yearly container volume records, but agitated trade activity in the White House raised questions about what corrections would be permanent and which would not.President Donald Trump said on Febuary 24 he is delaying the scheduled March 1 increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. The president said on Twitter he wants to give negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing.

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Houston Widens Ship Channel

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has decided to accelerate widening of the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest waterway.The Port Authority is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and other representatives of the federal government, as well as Port of Houston and Houston Ship Channel stakeholders, to obtain authorization and accelerated funding and completion, of a deepened and widened ship channel.“The Houston Ship Channel is open for business for all and will continue to be…

The sprawling Houston area refining complex adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel. CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Irina K)

Tanker Bottleneck Eases for Port of Houston

Four tankers on Thursday were preparing to offload or pick up cargoes in the busiest U.S. oil port, the first signs of an easing of the bottleneck that cut 1 million barrels per day of shipments, according to vessel tracking data.The Houston Ship Channel reopened this week with operating restrictions following a fire at Mitsui & Co Inc's Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas. That blaze sent fuel and chemicals into the waterway, which connects Houston to the…

The Houston Ship Channel and Refining complex (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Irina K

Houston Ship Channel Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday reopened portions of the Houston Ship Channel with restrictions on waterways affected by the petrochemical leak outside Houston that has disrupted ship traffic.The busiest U.S. oil port, shut last Friday after a chemical leak into the water, led Royal Dutch Shell Plc and LyondellBasell Industries to cut production on Monday, according to people familiar with their operations.In a midday announcement, the Coast Guard said it is allowing daytime transits only through the ship channel…

Port Security: If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port

ARES Security Corporation’s sophisticated AVERT C-2 platform integrates hundreds of disparate sensors and information sources to keep first responders aware of their immediate environment in real-time. In today’s dangerous and digital business environment, that also comes ‘just in time.’Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM James Loy is widely credited with coining the now familiar phrase, “If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port.” In the choppy wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…

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Coast Guard Proposes Annual Great Lakes Pilotage Increase

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.” – H.L. Mencken, American journalist and essayist, 1880-1956.This report is about Great Lakes pilotage rates. It’s all about the money. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who even suggests that it’s not about the money.For fifty or so Great Lakes pilots, it’s about cold hard cash: now. For others, say, vessel owners, it’s about wasted resources, about lost chances for a more efficient and sustainable system; “opportunity costs,” as economists like to say.

Freight Management Logistics Expands in Houston

Freight Management Logistics, LLC, (FML), a leader in moving steel, nonferrous, breakbulk, project, and bulk cargo, has recently launched a subsidiary company, FML Warehousing and Logistics Services, LLC (FML Warehousing & Logistics) and commenced the operation of a new warehouse facility in Houston to serve the Port of Houston and surrounding areas.With 140,000 square feet of warehouse and 10 acres of open laydown area, FML Warehousing & Logistics provides general commodities warehousing…

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Bahri Highlights Growing US Presence

Highlighting its growing presence in the U.S., global logistics and transportation company Bahri, represented by its Bahri Logistics business unit, participated at Breakbulk Americas 2018 exhibition for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, held October 2-4 in Houston.The three-day event attracted a number of visitors and exhibitors, including specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals, logistics providers, export packers, and road, rail, barge and air transportation companies, among many others.

The Houston industrial refining complex (File Image: CREDIT AdobeStock / © Irina K)

Proposed Rate Hikes for Houston Ship Pilots Under Fire

No less than 15 shipping companies, many of them top 10 liner companies, have written to Port of Houston Chairman Janice Longoria to reject the latest call for substantial rate hikes on the Houston Ship Channel. Local pilots already earn salaries that approach $500,000 annually.Like any other major U.S. port, registered foreign flag vessels must use a local state pilot on the Houston Ship Channel. According to local shipping stakeholders, the rates for those mandated services have spiraled more than 50% in the past 14 years alone.The rate increase proposal…

Port Houston’s newest ship-to-shore cranes stand nearly 30 stories tall with a boom length of 211 ft. able to load and unload vessels up to 22 containers wide. (Photo: Business Wire)

New Cranes Arrive at Port Houston’s Bayport Terminal

The arrival of three new 270 foot-tall Super Post-Panamax cranes to Port Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal on Tuesday highlights $100 million in terminal investments.The three neo-panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes were the first of two crane shipments Port Houston received this week. Five rubber-tired-gantry (RTG) cranes were delivered Wednesday.“The level of activity with the shipments of cranes this week is unprecedented,” said Executive Director Roger Guenther. “To see…

 Paul Anderson, President & CEO of Port Tampa Bay (L), Capt. Tom Garrett,  AMPE, IAMPE Advisory Board Member (R), Donna Wysong, AMPE, Vice President – Legal Affairs of Port Tampa Bay and IAMPE Advisory Board Member, and Mark Dubina, AMPE, Vice President – Security of Port Tampa Bay. Photo courtesy IAMP

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.

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Port Houston Reports Strong Q1 2018

Year-to-date total tonnage for Port Houston through March is at 9.7 million, reflecting a 2 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Results showed that bulk material and steel were the primary drivers for the growth. “We continue to see positive activity for all sectors of business through Port Houston facilities,” Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said Monday to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority during the April meeting. Cargo showed year-to-date increases across all major lines.

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The Cruise Industry Business Model Evolves

Shifting populations, desirable destinations and yes – economics – drive the cruise industry of tomorrow. Unlike the cargo side of shipping, the cruise business has seen a steadily upward trajectory, with steady growth over decades. The 2018 annual “State of the Cruise Industry” report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was projecting a count of 27.2 million passengers for 2018, showing a steady rise from the 19.1 million, the figure for the beginning of the decade, and a substantial increase from 25.8 million in 2017.

Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead. Photo: International Propeller Club

Propeller Club elects RADM Whitehead as International President

At its 91st annual convention last month, the International Propeller Club of the United States elected and installed its leaders for the coming year and beyond. Representatives of the Club’s more than 75 chapters from around the world elected Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead, US Coast Guard (retired) to a two-year term as International President. RADM Whitehead is a member of the Club’s Port of New Orleans chapter. Niels Aalund, a member of the Club’s Port of Houston and the Senior Vice President…

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Bahri Reinforces Americas Commitment

Reinforcing its three-decade-long presence in North America, transportation and logistics firm Bahri took part in Breakbulk Americas, being held from October 17-19, in Houston. The Bahri booth at Breakbulk Americas was opened by Mr. Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Angari, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Houston, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of the annual event in the presence of Amal Al-Ruwaii, Director for Trade and Investment, Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in United States of America…

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility. The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management.

Matt Hughes P.E., Envirocleanse Executive VP of Marketing & Salespresident and CEO (Photo: Envirocleanse)

Invasive Species Meets its Silver Bullet: Envirocleanse

A new entry to the ballast water treatment promises compliance along with savings in both CapEx and OpEx. Who says there’s no ‘silver bullet’ in the BWTS game? In the port of Houston, Texas, three medium-sized tankers are berthed adjacent to one another at this sprawling petrochemical complex. The first, a 70,000 ton shuttle tanker, is discharging a parcel of Brent Crude Oil. The second, a coastwise product carrier, is taking on a parcel of gasoline destined for the East Coast. And the third, another crude carrier, is also discharging bulk crude oil.

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Port Houston Box Volumes Continue to Rise

“Port Houston handled close to 10 million tons of total tonnage, reflecting an increase of eleven percent over 2016,” Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther announced during the April meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. During the first quarter of this year, Port Houston facilities handled 607,000 TEUs. Guenther said the majority of this increase is largely due to an increase in container volumes, which showed an increase of 18 percent.

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Bill Aims to Aid US Maritime Workforce Development

Reps. New legislation introduced his week intends to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs. “In our district, we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas), who introduced the bill with Rob Wittman (R-Va.). “The industry is continuing to invest and grow along the Port of Houston…

(L-R) Ricky Kunz, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Houston Authority; Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Group CEO, Bahri; Sultan Al Angari, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Houston; and Steven Blowers, Country Manager, Bahri Logistics (America) (Photo: Bahri)

Bahri Opens Office in Houston

Bahri has opened its second North American office in Houston, home to one of the country’s largest breakbulk and general cargo ports. The new location is Bahri’s second in North America, following Bahri Logistics (America), which has been operating out of Bahri’s U.S. headquarters in Baltimore since 1992. The Bahri (America) Houston office will be led by Cliff Kuhfeldt, an 18-year shipping industry veteran, who will be responsible for the U.S. Gulf and South Atlantic territory reporting to Steven Blowers, Country Manager, Bahri Logistics (America).

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Seafarers' Center Honors Houston Port Executive Director

The "Bronze Anchor Award" recognizes an individual, company or organization that has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to promoting the HISC mission and vision, and served as a leader and advocate for the welfare of seafarers. Guenther will be officially honored as a "Bronze Anchor Award" recipient at the HISC Maritime Gala to be held May 6, 2017. The gala will be held earlier in the year than normal and will coincide with the Seafarers' Center's upcoming move to a new location at the Port of Houston.

Greater Houston Port Bureau, IAMPE to Offer Management Training

The Greater Houston Port Bureau and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have concluded an agreement for the IAMPE to provide industry management and executive educational programs to Port Bureau members. The Memorandum of Understanding provides Port Bureau members with the ability to take accredited management training through the IAMPE for professional certification. In addition, the IAMPE will recognize and provide credited certification for specific programs offered by the Port Bureau to its members.

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THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans

The members of THE Alliance announced the details of the plan for their product starting from April 2017. THE Alliance plans to deploy a fleet of more than 240 modern ships in the Asia /Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea. The start of THE Alliance as the most integrated liner shipping consortia is scheduled for April 2017 (subject to completion of all relevant regulatory requirements). “The product of THE…

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Port of Houston Expecting Record Cargo Year

“We fully expect to top last year’s container volume with another record year in 2016,” said Roger Guenther, Port of Houston Authority Executive Director, speaking to the Port Commission during its latest meeting. The Houston Port Authority said it has handled more than 1.6 million TEU through its container terminals to date this year, and it expects to maintain “strong growth” through the remainder of the year. All told, the port’s general cargo and container terminals handled more than 26 million tons of cargo through September.