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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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File Image: A containership transits the Port of New Orleans on a better day. Image CREDIT: Port NOLA

New Orleans Braces for TS Barry

Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and city officials warned of severe flooding if it makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2019 season.The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as of 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT) on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.Forecasters issued a storm-surge warning for a stretch of Louisiana coastline south of already-sodden New Orleans stretching from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach.

Pic: Aviara Boats

Aviara Intros 32-foot Luxury Boat

Tennessee-based Aviara Boats delivered a new luxury recreational day boat experience with today’s debut of its first model, the AV32, at the Miami International Boat Show.The first of a fleet of vessels 30-feet and over, Aviara’s AV32 is a 32-foot luxury bowrider that creates a flawless open water experience rooted in precision control, guest entertainment and premium all-day comfort and luxury. Aviara Boats is a new brand owned and manufactured by MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc.

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Norfolk Southern Invests in Automation

American transportation company Norfolk Southern has signed a deal with Kalmar, part of Cargotec, for supply of four Kalmar SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) equipped with a suite of process automation solutions.According to a press release, the order was booked in Cargotec's 2018 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed by the end of Q4 2019. Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 23 states, serves every major container ports in the eastern United States and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, cuts a ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth, Ga.  Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton

Georgia's New Inland Terminal Begins Business

Gov. Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders were on hand today to officially open the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia.“The Appalachian Regional Port is a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah that extends the efficiencies of Georgia’s superior port operations to new markets,” Deal said. “It will also serve as an economic development magnet, drawing business and industry to the Southeast U.S.”Located in Murray County…

Olmsted Locks in action (CREDIT USACE)

Olmsted Online

In 1921, Thomas Edison told Forbes magazine, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He could have been talking about Olmsted. That’s because, after more than 30 years of frustratingly slow progress, cost overruns and more than a few mistakes, Olmsted is finally poised for success. That’s something to celebrate.It is official: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) wants Olmsted operational by October. And, not a moment too soon. After more than 30 years, the ribbon cutting to officially open the Olmsted Locks and Dam will take place on August 29.

A typical, well-maintained intermodal chassis. (CREDIT: TRAC)

Ports in SC & GA to Establish Common Chassis Pool

The South Carolina Ports Authority and Georgia Ports Authority will be able to establish a common chassis pool serving customers throughout the Southeast as the result of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voting today to take no action to prevent the Southern States Chassis Pool Agreement (SSCPA, FMC Agreement No. 201262) from becoming effective.The SSCPA was filed at the Commission on June 18, 2018 with an effective date of August 2, 2018.Under the terms of the agreement…

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton

Savannah Reaches Record Volumes in FY18

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2018 (July '17 - June '18), for an impressive 8.4% increase year-over-year, or 325,000 additional units. "Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's logistical advantages, along with the Southeast's population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while…

Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Photo Georgia Ports Authority

Savannah Positioned as U.S. Gateway Port

Today the Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah. The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space. "Today's announcement will help further establish Savannah as a gateway port for the U.S.

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APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile

APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port. The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington, Alabama facility will handle Walmart’s import cargoes destined for Walmart’s Regional Distribution Centers in the American South. The recently completed Panama Canal lock widening project will permit vessels of up to 13,000 TEU capacity to transit the canal…

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New Orleans' Big Plans Showing Dividends

A Container-on-Barge service intended to be an integral part of the regional intermodal equation is gathering momentum – and customers. Quietly, the Port of New Orleans (NOLA) has marked some important accomplishments in the past two years, across multiple business sectors. For example, in April 2016, NOLA’s Board dedicated a $25 million Mississippi River intermodal terminal, capable of handling 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) units per year by rail. CN Railroad signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) a year earlier (2015)…

Two Join Ports of Indiana Commission

Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez and Michael Browning have been appointed by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Newhouse-Rodriguez is managing principal of Newhouse and Associates, a national airport consulting firm which provides airport planning, capital management and development services. Browning is the former president and CEO, and now chairman of the board, for Browning Investments, the largest developer of industrial distribution facilities in central Indiana.

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Port of Savannah Moves 1 Mln TEUs in Q1

The Port of Savannah moved more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units across Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of FY2018 (July 1-Sept. 30), growing by 5.8 percent or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17. In September alone, the GPA moved 325,141 TEUs, an increase of 5.4 percent or 16,792 TEUs compared to the same month last year. "Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

(L to R) Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray, Höegh Sydney Chief Officer Ariel Celada-Yap, and Trey Finch of Norton Lilly International, representative for ocean carrier Höegh Autoliners. Photo: Canaveral Port Authority Board

Port Canaveral Welcomes Höegh Sydney

Port Canaveral staff were on hand to welcome the captain and crew of the Höegh Sydney roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel on her inaugural visit to the Port. The Sydney’s arrival at Port Canaveral is the first U.S. port call for the vessel on a transit that originated in East Asia. The Höegh Autoliners vessel represents the fourth vehicle carrier to call on Port Canaveral and the first auto imports to arrive direct from Asia. More than 800 cars destined for Florida, Georgia, Tennessee…

Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future

The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…

David Langley (Photo: Borets)

Borets Names Langley as HSE Manager

Borets, a company in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has named David Langley as North American HSE manager. Based at Borets’ U.S. corporate office in Houston, Langley will be responsible for developing and implementing safety programs and policies that align with the company’s corporate standards for health, safety and environmental compliance. Langley earned a Master of Science degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Bethel University in Tennessee.

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Georgia Ports See Double-digit Growth in December

The Georgia Ports Authority marked 12.3 percent container volume growth in December, moving 292,172 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 32,099 TEUs compared to December 2015, a record for the GPA. Roll-on/Roll-off cargo mirrored that growth, with a 12.3 percent increase (7,000 units) in passenger vehicles and heavy equipment handled at Colonel's Island terminal in Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Georgia's deepwater ports moved 63,967 Ro/Ro units last month.

Rodney Van (Photo: Asahi/America)

Asahi/America Promotes Van

Thermoplastic fluid flow technology company Asahi/America, Inc. has promoted Rodney Van to industrial business development manager for the eastern and central regions effective January 1, 2017.  Based out of North Carolina, Van will lead Asahi/America’s sales efforts of industrial single wall and double wall piping systems for chemical service. Van has been with Asahi/America for 27 years in various roles; most recently as district sales manager in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Scott Kelly on a Dec. 21, 2015 spacewalk (Photo: NASA)

SUNY Maritime Welcomes Astronaut Alumnus Back to Earth

Late last night, SUNY Maritime College alumnus Scott Kelly, ’87, felt Earth’s gravity for the first time in nearly a year. The astronaut safely landed in Kazakhstan after plummeting hundreds of miles to Earth from the International Space Station with Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko. The two have spent more than 11 months on the International Space Station to determine the effect of extended amounts of time in space on the human body. “All of us at SUNY Maritime are thrilled to have Scott back on Earth…

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly inside the cupola of the International Space Station (Photo: NASA)

SUNY Maritime to Honor High-profile Alumni

SUNY Maritime College will host its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner May 3. Tom Higgins, ’80, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of First Data, a global payment technology solutions company based in Atlanta, will be the event honoree. NASA astronaut Capt. “Our alumni and other friends of the college contribute greatly to making a SUNY Maritime degree affordable for hundreds of students,” said Rear Adm. Michael A. Alfultis, college president. “Again this year, we expect the dinner to be a great success that it will go a long way to helping our students.

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi (Photo: Texas A&M University)

Kondapi Named Subsea Director at Texas A&M

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi has joined the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as the director for subsea engineering. Kondapi brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the industry with FMC Technologies and KBR, where he focused on engineering and consulting projects worldwide. As the KBR Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston, he helped develop the first subsea engineering program in the United States. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Kondapi join Texas A&M’s subsea engineering program as director,” said Dr.

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.

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UniCarriers Americas Recognizes Top Dealers

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) announced the winners of its President’s Club Awards, formerly known as The Nissan Nine Awards. The President’s Club Awards recognize the top 10 UCA dealers throughout the Americas. The President’s Club winners set the standard to which all dealers representing UCA brand products aspire. They create a culture of reliability and professionalism within their organizations, and reflect UCA’s core values. To attain status as an award winner, each organization accepted UCA’s challenge, surpassing difficult goals and ranking among the OEM’s leading dealerships.

Bill Diebenow joins Fathom as director of sales, affinity and special accounts Photo linkedIn

Diebenow Joins Fathom

Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, has named industry veteran, Bill Diebenow as the company’s director of sales, affinity and special accounts. In this role, Diebenow will lead a robust sales team and focus on new prospects as well as capitalizing on emerging segments for Fathom, including the retail market for specialized groups, alumni, and faith-based markets. Diebenow reports to David Drier, vice president, sales for Fathom.

Horace Horn (Photo: Alabama State Port Authority)

Horn, Ward Join Alabama Port Authority Board

The Alabama State Port Authority announced today two changes to its Board of Directors. On October 19, Governor Robert Bentley named Horace H. Horn, Jr., of Montgomery, Ala., as Chairman of the Board. Horn, initially appointed to the board in 2014, represents the State’s Central Region. In a concurrent gubernatorial action, the Governor appointed T. Bestor Ward, III of Mobile, Ala., to represent Board’s At-Large seat. Horace Horn currently serves as vice president of external affairs for PowerSouth Energy…

Tim Parker (Photo: Waterways Council)

Waterways Council Elects Parker as Chairman

As its Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in Cincinnati on November 15, 2016, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) named Tim Parker, President of Parker Towing, as its Chairman of the Board. Parker succeeds Merritt Lane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canal Barge Company. Parker serves on the Board of Directors of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.; as Past Chairman of the Board of the Alabama State Port Authority; Past Member of the Inland Waterways Users Board…

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SCPA Making All the Right Moves

What does it take to become – and Stay – a World Class Port in a Post-Panamax world? The South Carolina Ports Authority thinks it has the answers. In late October, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported year-over-year growth during the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. Those numbers; bolstered by loaded container volumes, particularly on the import side, supported SCPA’s growth. Strong volumes on the breakbulk side of the business and record throughput at SCPA’s Inland Port at Greer, SC, provided a solid start to FY2017. And, where some ports – in particular on the U.S.