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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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USCG: Marijuana for Mariners Still Forbidden

Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws.Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. The ravages of addiction and accidental overdose make headlines daily, yet drug use among both the general population and safety-sensitive workforce continues to increase. Much of the rise is attributable to the growing use of marijuana…

Securing, Enhancing America’s Ports & Supply Chain

The American Association of Port Authorities and its membership recently looked ahead at the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Security Grant Program.In its annual “State of Freight” series, AAPA has highlighted the transportation infrastructure needs of U.S. ports, state transportation agencies and multimodal projects. In this final report in the State of Freight series, AAPA turns to the vital role that security infrastructure plays in moving goods.In 2002, Congress…

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Port of Everett Earns Marad Short Sea Shipping Designation

The Port of Everett has achieved another vital step in reducing congestion on the I-5 corridor while moving more freight in the region. The Port was notified this month that it received designation by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a Federal Maritime Administration Marine Highway Project for the Puget Sound Container on Barge Service under the America’s Marine Highway Program.The Port is one of 25 marine highway projects in the nation, and the only marine project designation on the West Coast.

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Port of Everett Becomes First Port to Receive Federal Rail Loan

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide up to a $5.95 million Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan to the Port of Everett in the State of Washington. The Port of Everett is the first Port to make it through the complex loan process.“I’ve been proud to work with the Port of Everett to secure federal investments to ensure the Port continues to meet the demands of the 21st century economy, and I’m thrilled to see the federal government bring even more resources to the table.

Jack Buona, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Marad Taps Buono as USMMA Superintendent

Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby has announced Jack Buono as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil’s shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.“As a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.Following his graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buono worked his way up from a U.S.

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MarAd Awards $2.5 Mln Grant to Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) grant to support the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Memphis, and to launch a new container-on-barge shuttle service on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) in New Orleans.The grant will be used to purchase marine terminal handling equipment for efficient loading and unloading of container-on-barge operations in New Orleans.

Maritime Administrator Welcomes Cadets to Annual Women on the Water Conference

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby welcomed female cadets from the seven U.S. maritime academies to the 10th annual Women on the Water Conference, held November 1-3 in Castine, Maine. The conference, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), showcases the successes of women in the maritime industry.“The demand for a highly trained mariner workforce increases daily,” said Administrator Buzby.

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Maritime College to Host 'Marine Highways' Conference

Roads around the New York metro area, and up and down many parts of the East Coast, are increasingly congested. The congestion increases air pollution, leads to poor roads, and slows the flow of people and goods throughout the region.On September 27, SUNY Maritime College will host a conference to discuss ways to move cargo transport off land and onto the water, thereby reducing road congestion and air pollution.Other nations and regions around the world are increasingly seeking to move cargo traffic off the roads and onto ships.

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Canada Should Bring in Stronger Rail Cars for Crude Before 2025 - official

Canada ought to require stronger tank cars for transporting flammable liquids sooner than the current deadline in 2025, Transportation Safety Board Chair Kathy Fox said on Thursday, noting that crude-by-rail shipments are expected to rise in the country."We understand that it can't happen all at once. But we'd like to see it sooner," Fox said in an interview, without giving a specific alternative date. "We do have an ongoing concern that flammable liquids be transported in the…

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Trafigura to Build U.S. Deep-Water Oil Port

Swiss commodities trader Trafigura has applied to build a deep-water port in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, which will be able to load supertankers, reports FT.The report said that the plan would see the commodity house build an offshore deepwater port facility  with a view to accommodate very large crude carriers (VLCC) capable of carrying more than 2m barrels of crude. It requires approval from the US Department of Transportation’s maritime division.According to a Reuters report…

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Paul “Chip” Jaenichen Joins Liberty Global Logistics

Liberty Global Logistics (LGL) announced today that Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, former U.S. Maritime Administrator, has joined the Company as its Executive Vice President – US Flag. In his new position, he will be responsible for the oversight of the day to day aspects of the Company’s business relating to U.S. flag, government relations, strategic business initiatives and US cargo opportunities. Chip received his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his Masters’ degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

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Indiana's Burns Harbor Plans for More Growth

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments. In addition to handling an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, the port doubled the size of its bulk terminal, attracted a nationally-renowned stevedore in Metro Ports, handled its most valuable cargo ever, and announced a $20 million expansion made possible by earning one of only 10 "FASTLANE" small project grants awarded in the U.S. last year.

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$12.7m in TIGER Grants Awarded

The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) awarded a $12.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant to the Alabama State Port Authority for the Southeast Automotive Gateway in Mobile. “TIGER grants are targeted investments for our local communities that will increase safety, create jobs and modernize our country’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The project converts an abandoned bulk handling facility at the Port of Mobile into a roll-on/roll-off mobile vehicle processing facility.

From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. Photo courtesy Georgia Port Authority

Georgia Ports: Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground

The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Monday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. "Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The Mega Rail ground breaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal's signature projects designed to…

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby

U.S. DOT: Funding Available for Small Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and help eligible shipyards modernize operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity. In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders directly employed 110,000 Americans and produced $37.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Available to U.S.

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. (CREDIT: Marad)

HMS Global Maritime Appoints Jaenichen as Chief Operating Officer

HMS Global Maritime, owner and operator of the American Queen Steamboat Company as well as 85 other U.S. flagged vessels, welcomes former Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of the U.S. Department of Transportation as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation…

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OP/Ed: Trump, Congress Must Commit to Funding TIGER

Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors executive director Elaine Nessle comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s funding under President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Blueprint. The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) calls on President Trump and Congress to fund the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery program, or TIGER, in Fiscal Year 2018. The program was eliminated under the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint America First…

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Shipping Alliances Unlikely to Boost NAFTA Competitiveness

New shipping alliances that came into effect a month ago are unlikely to increase ocean freight competitiveness between the United States and its NAFTA partners, said online freight forwarder iContainers. According to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the dollar value of US-NAFTA goods shipped by vessel in 2016 fell 20 percent year-on-year. Of the five major transportation modes of truck, pipeline, vessel, rail, and air, rail is the only mode to carry more freight, registering a 0.2 percent increase from 2015.

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FY 2017 Omnibus Good for Ports -AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is applauding Congress for approving the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will maintain or increase funding for several programs in a variety of federal agencies that help America’s seaports deliver economic prosperity, create U.S. jobs and benefit local communities. “The funding levels in this legislation will benefit U.S. ports by ensuring the federal government continues to contribute its share of capital to seaport-related infrastructure, port security and voluntary diesel emissions reductions efforts,” said Kurt J.

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The Port of Corpus Christi: Energy Port of the Americas

The Port of Corpus Christi lives up to its moniker ‘Energy Port of the Americas,’ as the movement of energy in and out dominates the port’s history and future. John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port Corpus Christi recently visited Maritime Logistics Professional’s headquarters in New York City to discuss the nearly $50 billion in investment projects driving the port forward. “Let’s just start with what we are and what we are not,” said LaRue. “We are not a container port. Up until a few years ago we were an oil import port (serving) three refineries: Citgo, Valero and Flint Hills Resources.

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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…

Kristin Decas (Photo: IAOTP)

Decas Selected as a Top Port Director

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

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DOT Recommends FASTLANE Grant for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has recommended to Congress that the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor receive one of 10 FASTLANE small project grants for 2017. The $9.85 million discretionary grant is part of a $19.7 million expansion of the port's infrastructure that will increase cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities for the Lake Michigan port. The grants are now subject to a 60-day review period in which Congress could vote to disapprove any of the projects it finds objectionable.

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SUNY Maritime Training Ship Sent to Puerto Rico

SUNY Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI will soon sail to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts and to deliver basic necessities to the island’s residents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) activated the vessel for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts. Once moored on site, the self-contained vessel will support recovery efforts by providing housing, power, food and water to first responders.

Port Indiana Burns Harbor (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana on a Four-year Growth Run

The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization's 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana handled over 10 million tons of cargo, the only four years this has been accomplished. The ports' average annual shipments in 2014-2017 totaled over 45 million tons, exceeding the previous four-year average by nearly 50 percent. Major cargo increases for the Ports of Indiana in 2017 included coal (+9 percent)…

Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen visits with Gary LaGrange at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to officially award a MARAD grant of $1.75 million for Container on Barge service. The visit and award ceremony was held at the SEACOR AMH office Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen, La. Port of New Orleans (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1.75 million grant to the Baton Rouge port and the Port of New Orleans. The grant will be used to acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.