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Monday, October 14, 2019

Public Transportation News

Breakbulk Europe Returns to Bremen in 2020

Breakbulk Europe, the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, will return to Bremen, Germany, for the third consecutive year in 2020 at Messe Bremen from 26-28 May.The official signing took place today at the Bremen Town Hall between Martin Günthner, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports of the Federal State of Bremen, Germany, and Nick Davison, Portfolio Director for Breakbulk Events, ITE Group. Joining the two cosigners were Hans Peter Schneider…

Pic:  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

NY-NJ Port to be First to Use Electric Straddle Carrier in the US

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will conduct the first test at a U.S. port of an electric vehicle to move cargo containers by the end of this year.According to a press release from the port authority, this initiative is to meet aggressive targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.A straddle carrier is a piece of terminal yard handling equipment that is used to move cargo containers by first straddling the container and then lifting it up and driving over the back of a truck to place the container on the chassis…

Pic: DP World

Virgin Hyperloop One Selects New Chairman

Global hyperloop pioneer Virgin Hyperloop One elects Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Chairman and Jay Walder as CEO as company leverages new round of funding to begin implementation of hyperloop from Pune to Mumbai.Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is the Group Chairman and CEO of DP World. Jay Walder, who is one of the world’s leading mass transportation and technology executives, has been appointed as its new CEO. Walder will also join the company’s Board of Directors.The selection of a…

(Photo: Eimskip)

Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year. We believe that further consolidation is needed in the logistics industry…

Frank Guenzerodt (Photo: Dachser USA)

Dachser Continues Growth in APAC

In order to provide quickly growing industries in Vietnam with logistics services for their exports, Dachser has now opened a branch office in Hanoi to support its location in Ho Chi Minh City. “The expansion of Dachser Asia Pacific is vital for our customers in the USA as a substantial amount of cargo is imported from these areas,” said Frank Guenzerodt, President & CEO of Dachser USA. “Many manufacturers, particularly those in the textile, shoe, and electronics industries, have established production facilities in northern Vietnam.

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group. Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. The training package will feature a number of elements, including rules and regulations (ISM code), crew and crisis management and – important in public transportation – cross cultural differences.

Noelia Rodriguez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Hires Communications Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected Noelia Rodriguez as the Managing Director of Communications to oversee the Harbor Department’s Communications, Government Relations and Marketing divisions. Rodriguez brings diverse and extensive experience to the newly created role at the Port of Long Beach, ranging from the White House and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to her most recent position with Metro Los Angeles, which is the county’s public transportation authority.

 Brian Ley, new transportation industry manager for Wago (photo courtesy of Wago).

WAGO Introduces New Transportation Industry Manager

WAGO today announced the appointment of Brian Ley to the position of Industry Manager – Transportation. Ley joins WAGO after an extensive career in technical and operations management, engineering and consulting. “Brian’s wide-ranging experience in the transportation sector with special emphasis on the railroad industry will be invaluable to our customers and sales team," said Toby Thomman, Vice President of Sales. In addition to his Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Lean Six Sigma certification…

HDR Names Gonzalez Transportation Sustainability Director

HDR has promoted Janet Gonzalez to transportation sustainability director. Based in the company’s Chicago office, Gonzalez will work to grow HDR’s sustainability practice across the spectrum of transportation service offerings. Prior to her promotion, Gonzalez was a senior transit planner and will continue in this role. She is currently project manager for the North-South Corridor project as part of the District of Columbia Streetcar program. She also served as architecture and urban design lead for the Tucson Streetcar project.

McLean Voted CEO of Allegheny Port Authority

The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Board of Directors today voted to hire Ellen McLean as CEO of the transit agency. McLean’s contract is effective February 1 and extends for three years, with options to extend the agreement for up to two additional years. McLean currently is the Interim CEO and previously served as the Authority’s Chief Finance Officer. “Ellen is the right person at the right time for Port Authority,” said Port Authority Chairman Bob Hurley. “Ellen’s financial expertise and ability to work collaboratively toward solutions has set her apart.

Barge for King's County: Photo credit Vigor

U.S. Fab Deliver Unique Maintenance and Mooring Barge

U.S. Fab, a Vigor Industrial company, has delivered the purpose-built vessel to Washington’s King County for the use of its passenger ferry fleet. The 140’x40’x7’6” barge features moorage for up to four vessels and two steel structures, one that houses a well-equipped maintenance workshop and the other a two-story office and crew quarters. “This was an interesting project that required teams to integrate two different building classification standards while maintaining optimal cost efficiencies,” explained Bryan Nichols, Sales and Marketing Manager for Vigor Industrial.

AAPA Judge the FY 2014 Budget a Support 'Potpouri'

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) consider the FY 2014 Administration Budget contains mixed blessings for the industry. With the release today of President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—representing seaports in the United States and throughout the Americas—stated there are both positive and concerning aspects of the budget pertaining to ports and the efficient and secure movement of freight. In regard to modernizing and maintaining America’s port navigation infrastructure…

OSHA Settles Whistleblower Case

US Department of Labor's OSHA settles whistleblower case against New Orleans-based riverboat company; Agency found employee was illegally terminated under Seaman's Protection Act. The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with St. James Stevedoring Partners LLC New Orleans to resolve findings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the company illegally terminated an employee for safety complaints, in violation of the Seaman's Protection Act.