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Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.

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.

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Eagle, Crowley Supply LNG to Puerto Rico

Crowley Fuels and Eagle LNG Partners have signed a multi-year agreement to provide a pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico with containerized liquefied natural gas (LNG), an expansion of LNG supply chain services for customers seeking cleaner, cost-effective alternative fuel. “Crowley is pleased to be partnering with Eagle LNG to serve our customer in Puerto Rico, who will benefit from full supply chain solutions while using a fuel source that offers strong reliability and lower emissions for industrial and commercial uses,” said Crowley’s Greg Buffington, Vice President, LNG.

New concrete surface at Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Piers 1&2 (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Upgrades North Cargo Piers 1 and 2

An eight-month modernization project to renovate Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 has been completed ahead of schedule.The project, which involved a total investment of just over $4 million including a Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development (FSTED) grant to match 50-percent of the cost, saw new concrete decking, marine fenders, bollards and concrete curbs installed as part of an overall infrastructure improvement plan to maximize usability of existing bulkhead space at the port.“Port Canaveral is a strategic asset for Central Florida.

Brad Norton (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Announces New Hires and Promotions

IMTRA, manufacturer and importer of solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has announced new hires and promotions. The company has hired Brad Norton and Van Noorden and promoted Kinder Woodcock and Nate Cabral.Brad Norton has joined IMTRA’s service team in a product technical support role. With over 20 years as a licensed yacht captain, Norton will use his vast, hands-on knowledge of the workings and operation of boats supporting IMTRA customers who need technical and application assistance.

Peggy Nordeen (Photo: Seafarers’ House)

Nordeen Named Seafarers’ House Business Leader of the Year

Seafarers’ House has announced that Peggy Nordeen, CEO of Starmark International, Inc. has been selected as Seafarers’ House 2018 South Florida Business Leader of the Year.Nordeen will be honored at the 23rd Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon hosted by Holland America Line to benefit Seafarers’ House. The luncheon will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14 aboard the ms Zuiderdam docked at Port Everglades.Honorees for the South Florida Business Leaders Award are selected by their peers.

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Crowley Earns Four 2018 TMSA Compass Awards

The Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA) this week presented Crowley Maritime Corp. with four Awards of Merit for demonstrating excellence and industry best practices with four marketing campaigns.The honors were awarded after a team of TMSA industry expert judges evaluated the company’s submitted marketing and sales campaigns in several key areas, including concept, creativity, execution, measurable business results and ability to fulfill stated goals. The TMSA Compass Awards are considered the highest level of professional achievement and recognition in marketing…

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Port Manatee, Carver Maritime Ink Long-term Terminal Deal

Port Manatee and Carver Maritime LLC have entered a long-term marine terminal operating agreement for a 10-acre aggregate offloading facility at the Florida Gulf Coast port.The agreement, for as many as 20 years including options, was approved Thursday by the Manatee County Port Authority and ensures property lease payments totaling $1.8 million for the initial five-year term, in addition to wharfage payments for annual cargo throughputs.Carver Laraway, president of Altamont,…

Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak and ZPMC Chairman Zhu Lianyu discuss the progress of improvements to the crane rail infrastructure that is already underway on the Southport docks. Photo Credit: Broward County’s Port Everglades

Mega Cranes for Port Everglades

Broward County’s Port Everglades reports that it is progressing with manufacturing the first three new Super Post-Panamax container-handling gantry cranes being built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. Inc. (ZPMC) of China. The design phase is nearing completion, and today Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak issued a second notice to proceed to begin manufacturing the cranes valued at $13.8 million each.“This is a significant step towards the delivery and installation of the first three Super Post-Panamax cranes later next year,” Cernak said.

Port Canaveral flag raising – then and now. (Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Launches 65th Anniversary Tribute

Events to commemorate Port’s history culminates with November 4, 2018 anniversaryCanaveral Port Authority employees gathered on the front lawn of the Port’s Maritime Center to raise a commemorative flag in what will be the first of a series of events acknowledging sixty-five years of Port Canaveral history, growth and success.“More than a half century ago, Port Canaveral launched its operations with military and commercial purposes, but today we are one of the world’s most diverse ports and an important economic asset for the entire Central Florida region…

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Global Automakers Hail More Ships as Trade Battles Heat Up

Automakers are scrambling to ship vehicles to the United States to pre-empt possible higher tariffs, according to port data, port officials and logistics companies. Data from a number of U.S. ports showed a surge in vehicle exports and imports in May, as U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up pressure on China and Europe to drop tariffs on U.S. vehicles and make other changes to their trade practices. May is the most recent month for which figures are available. The Trump administration's tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports are due to go into effect at 0401 GMT on Friday…

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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…

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Chinese Imports to US Ports Peaking Early

Chinese imports to U.S. ports rose more than expected in June, suggesting that some retailers moved up orders to insulate themselves from an intensifying trade war that threatens to send up costs on a growing number of consumer products.Retailers such as Walmart Inc and Amazon.com face uncertainty due to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods, and the jump in imports from the country was likely because of "pre-emptive buying in anticipation of the tariffs"…

Installation of concrete relieving piles at North Cargo Berth 8 is near completion. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Multipurpose Cargo Berth Construction Moves Ahead at Port Canaveral

Work is underway on a multipurpose cargo berth project at Port Canaveral that also will accommodate facilities for the growing commercial space industry.Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) on the port’s north side will provide the infrastructure and capabilities to handle a growing portfolio of heavy and oversized cargo, including commercial spacecraft components for such companies as SpaceX. NCB8 is designed and engineered as a multimodal/intermodal…

El Coquí, one of the world’s first ConRos powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG

Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…

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…

Aerial view of NYK Auriga Leader and Höegh Trotter berthed at Port Canaveral (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

RO/RO Vessels Put Port Canaveral in High Gear

Vehicle imports and exports at Port Canaveral revved up this week with the arrival and departure of the post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel Höegh Trotter and another RO/RO vessel, the NYK Auriga Leader. In a first for the port, one vessel discharged new autos while another exported vehicles.Höegh Autoliners’ massive Höegh Trotter, the third PPX vessel to visit the Port, discharged new autos at the 16-acre AutoPort Canaveral, LLC facility as the nearby Auriga Leader loaded vehicles…

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WISTA USA Supports Sea Turtle Conservation

Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA Florida Chapter participated in a sea turtle release with the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program (BCSTCP) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) on July 26, 2018.Forty nine WISTA members and guests attended the sea turtle hatchling release, which raised $1000 for the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program.“As maritime professionals, WISTA members understand the significant role we can play to protect the habitats, nesting areas, and life cycle of sea creatures.

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UASC Sues World Fuel Services

Dubai-based shipowner United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has filed suit against Miami-based marine fuels provider World Fuels Services (WFS) seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of off-spec fuel oil in 2016, reports Arabian Industry.UASC is seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of the off-spec fuel oil, according to the suit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on 27 June, 2018.The Middle East shipping giant claims that on or about 21 September 2016…

The GTT USA Terminal at Port Canaveral. FL

From Desert to Delaware

Gulftainer strives for top six in terminals.Sharjah is a glimmering city-state carved from the desert, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And soon, within weeks, a company based in Sharjah could control one of the most strategically located marine ports in the United States. Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington has inked a deal with the State of Delaware, USA, which would grant GT USA…

 Eric Green (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Awarded $32.4 Mln for Dredging

The federal government is awarding nearly $32.4 million in funding to the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project.“These dollars signal that the federal government believes in our deepening project and has confidence in our ability to provide a return on this investment, " said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. "We appreciate the support of our elected representatives in Washington, Tallahassee and here at home who work tirelessly to ensure JAXPORT remains globally competitive, continues…

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Port Canaveral Awarded $16.23 Mln for Harbor Projects

The Canaveral Harbor and Canaveral Sand Bypass projects will receive priority funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2018 Workplan. The Corps has allocated $14.76 million to the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass project and $1.47 million will be provided for maintenance of the Port’s harbor and the Canaveral Locks.U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (FL-08) worked with the Army Corps throughout their budget planning process to ensure critical Port Canaveral and Brevard County…

Adm. Karl Schultz speaks during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2018. During the ceremony Schultz relieved Adm. Paul Zukunft to become the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

New US Coast Guard Commandant Takes Helm

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft was relieved as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Karl Schultz during a military change-of-command ceremony held Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.Zukunft also retired from the Coast Guard after 41 years of service to the nation as part of the same ceremony and received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from President Donald J. Trump."Truly, Mr. President, you honor the men and women of the United States Coast Guard serving around the world today as 2018 was the largest appropriation ever for the Coast Guard," said Zukunft.

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Crowley Adds 40 ISO Tanks

Crowley Fuels says high customer demand in Puerto Rico has led the company to acquire 40 additional ISO tanks for its Caribbean group that will be used to supply, transport and distribute U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers on the island.The addition of these tanks brings Crowley’s total equipment fleet to 75 cryogenic ISO tank containers, giving the company the capacity to ship over 20 million gallons of LNG annually. The new 40-foot tanks feature technological improvements that increase the offload rate…

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Real-time Oceanographic Equipment Installed at Port Everglades

Real-time tides, currents, water levels and other metrological information at Broward County’s Port Everglades is now readily available to the public thanks to an advanced sensor device developed and installed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Boaters and commercial mariners will be able to make safer choices based on the data from this equipment because it gives real-time information and forecasts,” said Port Everglades Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire.

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US Training Ship to Aid Puerto Rico Recovery

More than 400 SUNY Maritime College students and others this summer will spend three days assisting ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the college’s annual summer sea term onboard Training Ship Empire State VI. The ship will leave the college campus, bound for San Juan, on May 7.The voyage to Puerto Rico is the first stop on the college’s annual summer sea term, which gives students the hands-on education and training they need to sail onboard commercial vessels after graduation.