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Monday, February 19, 2018

Florida News

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New Program Improves Used-vehicle Export Process

A pilot Vehicle Validation Export Process Program that kicked off in Florida  earlier this month allows shippers to submit original vehicle export documentation electronically instead of delivering physical copies to a local customs trade office. The automated program, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the country, was launched with the help of Crowley Maritime Corp. and is currently being offered in Port Everglades, Fla. to exporters shipping used vehicles from South Florida to destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

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JAXPORT's Foreign Trade Zone Opens

JAXPORT partner North Florida Warehouse FTZ, a division of JZ Expedited Companies, has celebrated the grand opening of Foreign Trade Zone No. 64’s first outdoor storage facility. The 3.7-acre facility is located minutes from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville terminals and offers flexible short- and long-term outdoor storage options for a variety of cargo including vehicles, high and heavy, tracked units, project and over-dimensional cargo, containers, breakbulk and more. The federal…

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Port Canaveral Charter to Receive Long-due Overhaul

Florida Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign bipartisan, community-supported legislation that enacts major changes to the Port Authority Charter for the first time in Port Canaveral’s 60-year history. As a Special District created by the Florida Legislature, the Canaveral Port Authority occasionally has sought legislative approval for specific charter amendments. However, this is the first time the entire charter fully has been reviewed and revised. The current five-member Commission appointed a Charter Review Committee comprised of 10 business and civic leaders…

Florida Inland Port Forges Alliance with JaxPort

This and recent agreements with Port of Miami and Port of Palm Beach solidify Florida Inland Port’s position as the premier inland port / integrated logistics center serving the southeastern U.S. Florida Inland Port today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that creates a strategic alliance with the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). The alliance between one of Florida’s largest seaports and the state’s first rail-oriented, integrated logistics center helps to pave the way for improved flow of goods throughout Florida and the Southeast United States.

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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Florida Commerce Park Primed for Panama Canal Reopening

Expansive industrial development moves quickly toward vertical in time for businesses to meet burgeoning trade implications from canal widening. Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC (SkyFarm), a Miami-based diversified development and acquisition company, has  announced that it has broken ground on Florida Commerce Park, a 100-acre industrial park in Martin County, Florida. Florida Commerce Park is one of the largest industrial developments in South Florida in recent years, encompassing up to 1.3 million square feet of industrial space.

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.

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Florida Seaports See Continued Growth -Report

“Florida seaports have demonstrated three straight years of growth in total cargo tonnage, including an increase of 4.2 percent in 2015/2016. This is in addition to a strong cruise sector, where Florida continues to be home to the top three cruise ports in the world,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, who has released a report providing updated figures on international trade, cargo data and cruise activity at Florida’s seaports. The report, Florida Seaports: High Performance – 2017-2021 Five-Year Florida Seaport Mission Plan…

Palm Beach Selects Florida Crystals as Partner

The Port of Palm Beach District selected Florida Crystals as its partner to develop the South Florida Regional Intermodal Logistic Center in western Palm Beach County in order to strategically meet the demands of future cargo traffic. Western Palm Beach County has struggled with soaring unemployment rates of more than 40 percent and little or no economic activity. The Inland Logistics Center has the potential to create 600 jobs per one million square feet of distribution space.

Ryan Anthony Hernandez

Glander International Hires Hernandez as Bunker Trader

Glander International Bunkering announced that Ryan Anthony Hernandez has joined the company's Florida office. Appointed as a Bunker and Lubricant Broker & Trader, Ryan joins the company’s newly acquired office in Florida as the Glander International Bunkering brand is continuing its rapid global expansion. With bunkering experience in both Dubai and Florida, Ryan will bring a dynamic edge to the Florida team and will offer his clients an in-depth knowledge of both U.S. and Middle Eastern ports.

Leslie Samel

Samel Joins Hatch Mott MacDonald

Leslie Samel, PE, BCEE, has joined the multidisciplinary engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, and will serve as a Senior Project Manager and office leader at HMM’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Leslie is a professional engineer in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, with more than 14 years of experience in environmental, water and wastewater planning, design and construction services. Leslie earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

Unified Command, West Coast of Florida

In response to the possibility of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affecting the West Coast of Florida, representatives from BP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are meeting to plan a multi-agency response. Working together, the agencies have reviewed the area contingency plan and ensured all partners have access to, and are familiar with the plan. In meetings over the last couple days, the Coast Guard and Florida DEP have spoken with trustees from various national and state wildlife refuge areas…

Carnival Breeze Turkey: Photo credit Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Ship Hoists Turkey, Make Thanksgiving Food Donation

Cruise ship 'Carnival Breeze' hoists 50' inflatable turkey aloft while Carnival Cruise Line donate 137,500 meals to 'Feeding South Florida'. The 1,250-pound nylon turkey — wearing a straw beach hat and colorful Hawaiian shirt – was hoisted aboard the ship in Miami in time for Thanksgiving Day holiday fesivities. The giant fowl will sit 14 stories above the waterline and gaze toward nearby McArthur Causeway until just before the ship makes its inaugural sailing from Miami on Thanksgiving Day.

Port Everglades container terminals: Photo credit Port Everglades

Port Everglades' New Intermodal Project

Governor Scott breaks ground on Port Everglades' intermodal container transfer facility. The new facility will combine an on-port international and domestic cargo rail facility. Florida East Coast Railway is investing $53 million to build and will operate the ICTF. Broward County's Port Everglades Department, which is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund that does not rely on local tax dollars, contributed 42.5 acres of land for the ICTF which is valued at $19 million. The new…

FMT to Build 4 Barges at Trinity

FMT Industries, LLC, A Florida Marine Transporters Affiliate, Signs Contract to Build Four 30,000 Barrel Fuel Barges with Trinity Offshore, LLC. Order Indicates Florida Marine’s Ongoing Commitment to Customers. FMT Industries, LLC—an affiliate of Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (Florida Marine)—has signed a contract with Trinity Offshore, LLC to build four 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges. Florida Marine’s Chairman and CEO, Dennis A. Pasentine, says, “The order is part of Florida Marine’s ongoing commitment to meet its customers’ needs.

Florida Governor Rick Scott

Florida Gov. to Address Port Infrastructure Investments

Florida Governor Rick Scott will serve as the keynote speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) 102nd Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., hosted by the Canaveral Port Authority. He will discuss the importance of investing in ports and port-related infrastructure during a luncheon presentation at the AAPA convention. Gov. Scott is a strong proponent for ports, particularly Florida’s 14 deepwater seaports. In his 2013 State of the State address in March…

AMP Chairman Thomas Allegretti

Florida Ranks 2nd in the US for Maritime Jobs

Domestic Maritime Industry Worth More than $9.6 Billion to Florida Economy. Florida ranks second among all states in domestic maritime jobs, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute and released by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry. Supported by the Jones Act, which ensures vessels operating in our domestic waterways are U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed and U.S.-owned, the state’s 52…

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FCBF Honors Palm Beach Port Director

Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was inducted into the Florida Custom Brokers & Forwarders Association Hall of Fame. Almira was recognized and awarded the distinction during the organization’s 57th Annual Gala in Miami, Fla. The Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) was founded in 1960, and today ranks as the most influential and active representative body of the Florida freight forwarding and customs brokerage community. The organization is…

Lantana Cannon: Photo credit Seafarer

Shipwreck Salvors, Seafarer, Get New Work Permit

New permit is an important step in the excavation process by Seafarer Exploration Corp. of an historic shipwreck site located off Lantana Beach Florida. The permit was issued pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and represents an important step in Seafarer's quest to excavate this exciting shipwreck site. Seafarer received a permit from the State of Florida for a shipwreck site located off of Lantana Beach, Florida in 2012.

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Port Canaveral Reports RO/RO Imports Milestone

Port Canaveral staff recently boarded the MOL Mermaid Ace to welcome the captain and crew on her inaugural visit to the port. The vessel is the 13th roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel to visit the port in recent months. Earlier this year, MOL began new carrier service to Port Canaveral for vehicle imports from the west coast of Mexico, nearly doubling the port’s RO/RO operations. On May 30, the RO/RO vessel MOL Lavender Ace made its inaugural visit into Port Canaveral carrying the 10,000th automobile to enter the port.

Port's Chief Executive Steven Cernak told about the project's long-awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Port Everglades Project Step Closer

Broward County's Port Everglades is moving forward with a plan to widen and deepen its channels, but there are still several steps to go before construction begins, the Port's Chief Executive Steven Cernak told elected officials and business leaders during an event to celebrate the project's long-awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Cernak announced that the Corps has committed $1.2 million for the immediate next step, which is the pre-construction engineering and design phase, estimated to cost a total of $5.6 million.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Signs Option Contract for One Additional 90’ Inland with Towboat Florida Marine Transporters

FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six (6) vessel program currently under contract. In September 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 7th vessel and this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-two (62) vessels contracted. Three (3) of the now seven (7) towboats have been delivered to Florida Marine since February 2014. This option vessel will be constructed from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc.

In total, 11 lives were saved by Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews. Search and rescue crews completed 27 search patterns covering approximately 3,145 square miles over a 55 hour period.

USCG Suspends Search for the 2 Migrants

The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida. "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however, despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate them, and have decided to suspended the search," said Capt. Austin Gould, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami. "This illegal migrant venture demonstrates just how dangerous taking to the sea in unseaworthy vessels can be.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent delivery of the TY DOLESE towboat

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers TY Dolese

During the 2014/2015 Holiday Season, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Inc. of Mandeville, LA. for its ongoing new build program. Also, Florida Marine signed a contract for the 63rd vessel (Hull 193), an additional 90’ Inland Towboat. It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed this additional towboat, bringing the total to sixty-three (63) vessels contracted over the last 10 years. Four (4) of the most recent 90’ inland towboat deliveries to Florida Marine occurred over the past ten months.

John Walsh (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Walsh Elected to Florida Ports Council Board

Port Canaveral announced that its CEO John Walsh has been elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the 2015-2016 Florida Ports Council (FPC), a nonprofit corporation serving as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. Headquartered in Tallahassee, the FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the 15 port directors along with staff support. They provide advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government.

Tom Weinberg

Weinberg Reelected Canaveral Board Chairman

Thomas "Tom" Weinberg will serve a second consecutive term as Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board, accepting the job after an unanimous vote during the January Commission meeting. A fourth-generation Brevard County, Florida resident elected from District 5, Weinberg begin his Board tenure in January 2011. He is a licensed realtor who has held several local, state and federal positions, including Chief of Staff for former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and Deputy County Administrator for Orange County, Florida government.