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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Portmiami News

DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao

DOT Secretary Chao Announces Infrastructure Grants

Department Proposes $856 Million in INFRA Grants. The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced $855,950,000 in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. “This significant federal investment will improve major highways, bridges, ports, and railroads around the country to better connect our communities, and to enhance safety and economic growth,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. INFRA discretionary grants support…

Ocean Cay (Artist's rendering of the MSC custom built island, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.)

Cruise Building: Growing, Cleaner and Not Always Bigger

2019 will be the biggest year ever for new ship introductions.The ships are coming. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggests that in the coming year 18 new ships are on order for CLIA cruise lines. The next few years will see the arrival of new cruise giants at PortMiami and Port Canaveral. But first they will need giant terminals.The Global Impact of Cruise LinesCLIA estimates 30 million travelers will cruise next year, up six percent from 28.2 million in 2018;…

Image: Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages to Build a Massive Terminal at PortMiami

Virgin Voyages, formerly Virgin Cruises, has unveiled its plans for a new terminal at PortMiami.Sir Richard Branson's cruise line said in a press release that the new Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of the port in Miami, giving it incredible views of the city’s skyline. Construction is due to start next year and will be completed by November 2021, the beginning of the year’s cruise season.“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favourite places to work and play,” Richard Branson said.

Juan Kuryla (Photo: Florida Ports Council)

PortMiami's Kuryla Elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Council

At the Florida Ports Council Annual Board Meeting last week in St. Petersburg, PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla was elected chairman.Kuryla replaces Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steve Cernak. Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was elected as vice chairman and Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs was elected secretary/treasurer. All positions serve one-year terms.The Florida Ports Council is the professional association of Florida’s 14 public seaports…

(Photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises Plans New Terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises is eyeing further growth in the North American with a new expansion project in Miami, the cruise line’s exclusive homeport in the U.S. The company announced it has signed an agreement for extended preferential berthing rights as well as of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami.“The new agreement and expanded partnership with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County is another key step forward in the business growth of MSC Cruises…

Southern Ports are Getting with The Program…

The In-transit cold treatment program, that is! The dimensions of The Program are remarkable. The Reefer Shipping Market and Forecast 2017/18 produced by Drewry calculated that 79 percent of perishable cargo moved in refrigerated containers in 2016 and only 21 percent on reefer ships. By 2021, reefer containers will carry 85 percent of perishable products, while reefer cargo will reach 134 million tons, Drewry study predicts. One reason for the growth of reefer cargo in containers is the remarkable expansion of the USDA sponsored In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.

The MSC Seaside, first of the MSC Seaside class to sail from PortMiami. (Credit: MSC)

New Ships, Passenger Records Pace Global Growth

The relentless increases in luxury ocean and river travel that has propelled the cruise industry in 2017 to new passenger records is a clear indication that 2018 and the next five years will see a new era in global travel. Even as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) counted up the record number of global cruise passengers in 2017, CLIA member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty expedition ships this coming year. Among the most interesting of those ships are the two new Ponant ships…

Great Lakes Awarded $213 Mln Dredging Contract

Dredging, environmental and infrastructure services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced the receipt of a $213.3 million award for the Post 45 Charleston Entrance Channel Maintenance and New Work Dredging – Contract 2 Project base contract. The scope of work includes excavation of approximately 8 million cubic yards of material to deepen a portion of the Charleston, S.C. harbor entrance channel. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Great Lakes expects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award the Option work items of the contract within 120 days.

Steven Cernak (Photo: Port Everglades)

Cernak Elected Chairman of Florida Ports Council

Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steven Cernak will succeed Port Tampa Bay Director Paul Anderson as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, a professional association of Florida’s public seaports, providing advocacy, leadership and research on seaport-related issues before state and federal government. “Steven Cernak has been an invaluable member of the Florida Ports Council. His extensive experience at numerous ports around the nation is a great asset to capitalize on the strengths of Florida’s diverse seaport system,” said Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler.

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Ports Ponder Public Private Partnerships

Because any port is only as efficient as its weakest link, so-called P3 funding will be the key to driving the future intermodal equation. Seaport and marine terminal finance draws from a wide range of funding sources, often combined to pay for a particular project. Ports are public goods, and as such, sometimes they also see varying contributions from federal, state, regional and local entities. At its lowest common denominator, the port business is all about connectivity; hence ‘port’ projects will frequently include an intermodal component…

Florida Seaports, Agency Partners Meet with Federal Legislators

Florida’s seaports, including port representatives from Port Canaveral, Port Everglades, JAXPORT, PortMiami, Port Panama City, Port of Pensacola and Port Tampa Bay, were joined by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Department of Transportation officials to meet with federal legislators. The trip included meetings with Representatives Rutherford, Mast, Webster, Diaz-Balart, Dunn, Rooney and Senators Nelson and Rubio. Discussions highlighted the importance of seaport infrastructure, security policies and freight development.

File photo: ACP

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.

Courtesy PortMiami

Panama Canal, PortMiami Renew MOU as Port Welcomes MOL Majesty

Today, another milestone agreement was reached as Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano and PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote trade opportunities and share best customer practices. The renewal of the MOU—which extends the 13 year-plus alliance enjoyed by both parties—demonstrates the value of the Panama Canal and its commitment to US East Coast ports. It also coincides with a ceremony held by PortMiami to celebrate the arrival of the MOL Majesty, the first Miami-bound Neopanamax vessel to transit the expanded Canal.

MV Adonia (Photo: Fathom)

Carnival’s Fathom Approved for US-Cuba Sailings

Carnival Corporation & plc has received Cuban approval to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1, 2016. This, following U.S. authorization granted in July 2015, clears Carnival Corporation to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom, marking the first time in over 50 years a cruise ship is approved to sail from the United States to Cuba. Cuban authorities from Havanatur Celimar, various other agencies and Carnival Corporation today signed agreements enabling cruising by Carnival Corporation to Cuba.

Cruise Line President, MARAD To Address AAPA’s 104th Annual Convention

Press release - Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCC) President and COO Adam Goldstein and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Administrator Paul Jaenichen, together with a host of port authority, shipping and cruise line executives, and freight transportation coalition and consulting experts, will take the stage Nov. 3 and 4 during the 104th Annual Convention and Exposition of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas. The member-only meetings will get underway on Monday, Nov.

Carnival Vista. Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Vista Floated Out

The Carnival Vista has completed its dry dock phase and was recently floated out to a new location at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, Carnival Cruise Line has announced. Carnival Vista, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, has been “floated out” from its dry dock facility and towed to a new location at the yard, marking a significant construction milestone in the ship’s construction progress in anticipation of its May 1, 2016, debut. Carnival Vista will be Carnivals biggest cruise ship yet clocking in at 133,500 GT and 1,055 feet long.

Kristin Decas (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Chairwoman to Speak at National Maritime Day

Kristin Decas, port director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has been chosen to speak at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21. National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by Congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its maritime heritage, honor those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the benefits that result from America’s maritime industry.

Crowley, Seaboard to share vessels

Crowley, Seaboard to share vessels

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group and Seaboard Marine Ltd. announced today that they have entered a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) to service customers in the Dominican Republic trade lane, while also changing their current VSA to Panama and Costa Rica. The new VSA, which commences mid-November, will provide customers of both companies with reliable, weekly service on a larger ship moving directly between Port Everglades, Fla., and Rio Haina, Dominican Republic.

Photo: AAPA

AAPA Cruise Seminar to Explore, Assess Industry Issues

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Cruise Seminar in San Francisco, April 24-26, will kick off with a candid look inside the cruise industry from the perspective of four key cruise line executives and end with a tour of the Port of San Francisco to see the impact of the America’s Cup on port operations. In between these bookend sessions, seminar participants will be treated to a host of presentations ranging from new international regulations on ship air emissions to itinerary planning, cruise facility design, financing and joint-use terminal opportunities.

Marine dredge E. W. Ellefsen working on the lower Mississippi River.

Perilous Position for Ports

Passage of WRDA would increase dredging dollars and alter the nation’s intermodal equation. Maritime stakeholders hold their breath. Deferred dredging and maintenance for domestic ports, harbors and critical waterways means that vessels must carry less cargo. It’s that simple. Sometimes, they can’t move at all. When channels aren’t dredged to intended dimensions, all stakeholders – manufacturers, agricultural interests and vessel operators alike – lose money. And the risk of ships grounding or colliding grows.

GLDD Q2 2013 Results: Demolition Segment Strategy for Review

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of commercial and industrial demolition and remediation services, report financial results for the 3 and 6 months ended June 30, 2013. Jonathan Berger, Chief Executive Officer stated, “For the three months ended June 30, 2013, Great Lakes reported Revenue of $152.9 million, a Net Loss of $25.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 million. Included in the Net Loss is a $21.5 million noncash charge for goodwill impairment related to the demolition segment.

 Sen. Gwen Margolis: Official photo

Miami Seaport Alliance Joined by Senator

The Miami Seaport Alliance, a group of concerned citizens, community leaders, and port stakeholders who have banded together to oppose a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, says that Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) and 13 additional vice mayors and council members from municipalities across Miami-Dade County, have joined the alliance as members, bringing the total number of elected officials in opposition to a port stadium to 27. According to the Alliance, its purpose…