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Navigating the Rough Waters of Misclassification

, and state and federal agencies and union forces, who would like to collect wage and salary taxes, have come together to cast a shadow over this business model. This has compounded the proliferation of class action lawsuits that have piggybacked on top of government agency actions.   In the maritime industry, the movement of containers from the docks to warehouses, rail yards or consignees must be seamless and timely. When this doesn’t happen, efficiency goes down, costs go up, containers get lost, customer timetables are compromised and competition becomes stiffer.    Your

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Qalinge Named TNPA Chief Executive

Transnet’s growth strategy in international markets, with particular focus on generating revenue from the rest of the African continent and the Middle East.   The appointment is of significance for an organization that prides itself on its advancement of women in the male dominated maritime industry. Fifty percent of TNPA’s executive committee is made up of females, while women can be found across the organization in operational roles previously reserved for men

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Transas CEO Coles Speaks on the Future for Seafarers

A message from Frank Coles, CEO of Transas on the International Day of the Seafarer. On this day of recognition, I would like to celebrate the women and men who commit their careers and their lives to being at sea for extended periods of time.   The future facing the maritime industry today is a very different one from when I first went to sea in 1977. Back then the sextant was King. Today the people working at sea are aided by countless new technologies and digital innovations which have had a huge impact, improving both operations and safety.   In this new environment, manning and

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NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries.   As part of the New York Works plan, the city will implement a multipronged strategy called Freight NYC that seeks to create 4,000 freight network industrial jobs by building more shipping and distribution infrastructure to connect NYC to the nation’s Marine Highway.   According to the City, the median wage in the water transportation sector

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New Head at Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority

Deputy Director, Kyle Burleson, steps in as interim executive director   Kyle Burleson, current deputy director at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA), has stepped in as the interim executive director, replacing John Loftus as he transitions out of the executive director role, a position he has held since 2015.    Burleson will hold the interim executive director position from August 1, 2017 to February 1, 2018, as the DWCPA board of directors search for a permanent executive director.   Delorean Holmes, current economic development manager at the DWCPA, will

APM Terminals to Cut 160 Staff at Gothenburg after Strikes

Port operator APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it will cut 160 staff at its Gothenburg terminal in Sweden, the largest in Scandinavia, as labour disruptions had caused container volumes to drop by 25 percent over the past year. "We have lost about 70,000 containers in revenue over the past year," Henrik Kristensen, head of APM Terminals in Gothenburg, told Reuters on Tuesday. Around half of all Swedish container traffic moves through the terminal in which APM Terminals invested 800 million Danish crowns ($120 million) in 2012-16, and is currently investing a further 250

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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) has called a Europe-wide port stoppage in support of the conflict faced by Spanish dockers and in opposition to the policies of the European Commission (EC).   Once the conflict in Spain has been resolved, the IDC said it expects the EC to reconvene the European Commission Sectorial Social Dialogue Committee, which the IDC will re-join in order to promote new changes.   The IDC said it demands that International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 137 and 152 be ratified and complied with by all member states of the European Union.   The

Rucker Named President of Tideworks

Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, announced that Thomas J. “T.J.” Rucker will assume the role of president effective September 1, 2017, succeeding retiring president Michael Schwank, who led the company for 19 years. Rucker will relocate to Seattle in August to ensure a smooth transition into the role.   Rucker is currently vice president of operations at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), one of the largest container terminals in Latin America, where he is responsible for managing liner customer relationsh

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Martin Named Port of Milford Haven Chairman

The Port of Milford Haven announced the appointment of Chris Martin as its new Chairman.  Martin has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and will take up the post on August 1, 2017.   Born and bred in Pembrokeshire Martin has been Vice Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Port.  For the majority of his career he has been an entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire. In more recent years he has fulfilled

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

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Abu Dhabi Ports Celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

and are working side by side with their male counterparts to the success of the country.”   Last year, in commemoration of Emirati Women’s Day, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the launch of its first Women’s Committee. The committee aims to reinforce the unique role women play in the maritime industry, as well as the wider local community.   Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi Ports also celebrated the graduation of the first three Emirati women ‘Masters of Coastal Waters’ from Abu Dhabi Ports Maritime Training Centre. The women graduated as masters (Captain) of 24-Meters

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Emirati Women Graduate Abu Dhabi Maritime Training Center

Abu Dhabi is marking a new milestone, as the first three Emirati women graduate as masters (Captain) of 24-Meters vessels from the Maritime Training Centre at Abu Dhabi Ports. Abu Dhabi Ports is the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the container terminal at Port of Fujairah, and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).   Ahead of Emirati Women’s Day, Sahar Rasti, Fatema Al Khaja and  Mahra Al Shamsi received the ‘Certificate of Competency Master of Coastal Waters up to 24 Meters Vessels&rsqu

Workers at Jakarta Port Ends Strike Early

Workers at one of the operators of Indonesia's busiest ports ended their strike on Monday, sooner than planned, out of consideration for the "national interests", the chairman of the labour union said.   More than 600 workers of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) have been on strike since Thursday to demand bonus payments, disrupting operations at the biggest terminal of Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port.   JICT operates the largest container terminal at Tanjung Priok, handling 70 percent of the port's exports and imports.   The JICT Labour Union had originally

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New Comms Director at Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the selection of Kerry Gerot to lead the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Division. The appointment is effective August 19.   Gerot is currently the Public Affairs Officer for the Long Beach City Manager’s Office, a position she has held for almost three years. As Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Port, she will oversee media relations, crisis communications, community engagement and educational outreach at the Harbor Department.    The Communications Division

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

 Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility.   The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management. Currently

(L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers’ Association, Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education, Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency, and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The In

Malta Maritime Forum Targets Professional Education

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island’s maritime growth strategy.   The MoU formalizes informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognized internationally.   “Malta is already well served with courses for engineers, masters

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Port of Long Beach Promotes Lewis

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the selection of Stacey Lewis as Director of Human Resources Services to lead the division that administers employment for the Harbor Department. The appointment is effective July 1. Lewis, the Port’s Assistant Director of Human Resources, was promoted to Director following the retirement of the previous HR Director. Lewis joined the Port of Long Beach in 2008. She was appointed Assistant Director of Human Resources in January 2009. Prior to coming to the port, she was the president of a consulting firm providing services to several

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

Kearney Companies (KCO), a logistics firm that began servicing Port NOLA in 1996, Kearney has spent more than 40 years working in transportation. Appointed to the Board of Commissioners for Port NOLA in 2012, the New Orleans native has worked tirelessly to forward the Port’s mission to maximize maritime commerce, help gain and retain new business, and improve efficiency.   In 2016, Kearney was recognized for his outstanding commitments to New Orleans by the Rex Organization by being named “Rex,” King of Carnival.  With a deep commitment to the well-being of the New Orleans

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

Port Manatee and Chile are pursuing considerable opportunities to boost two-way trade, according to a Chilean official who visited the Central Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday [June 15]. Garafulic, who spoke at the Manatee County Port Authority’s meeting and toured the port, including the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, said he believes the hub could serve as a launching pad for enhanced commercial ties.             Garafulic, who is based in Miami, pointed out that Chile is engaged in about $5 billion a year of trade with South

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Port of Oakland Welcomes 20 Paid Interns

students preparing for careers in engineering, law, marketing and more have started paid summer internships at the Port of Oakland. For the next two months, interns will be involved in the port’s daily operations while learning technical skills on a wide range of assignments at the port’s maritime, aviation and commercial real estate businesses. They will also have a “hands on” opportunity to work on the port’s major development projects. “Our interns represent the future workforce of the Port of Oakland and the region,” said Port of Oakland Director of Social

On the left Ms Julie Lithgow - Director Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. On the right Ms Karin Orsel - President WISTA International (Photo: WISTA)

Maritime Partners Aim to Increase Opportunities for Women

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) are partnering to increase the professional competence and enhance educational opportunities for women in the maritime industry. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has signed  in London, the two organizations will offer five scholarships annually over the next 10 years to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma program at The Institute. In addition to a general shipping component, the

Ahlqvist Appointed Cruise Terminal Manager in Visby

Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, has employed Henrik Ahlqvist as terminal manager for the new cruise terminal in Visby. The new cruise terminal will open in April 2018. Henrik Ahlqvist will be responsible for the cruise terminal and associated operations, and ensure that the new terminal functions well and is run effectively.   Henrik Ahlqvist’s most recent position was at Ports of Stockholm, where he was in charge of Cruise & Ferries and simultaneously Deputy Harbor Master. Besides responsibility for cruises, Henrik also managed the archipelago services and the city center

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Kenagy Named No. 2 Head at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Duane Kenagy as the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director.   Kenagy most recently served as interim chief executive, overseeing the nation’s second-busiest seaport during the search that ended in naming Mario Cordero as executive director.   “Duane provided exceptional leadership during an important transition period at the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission president Lori Ann Guzmán. “It was exactly what the board was hoping for, and this appointment is a reflection of

Cranes Boost For EnerMech in Malaysia

Engineering services specialist EnerMech has won its first contract to provide crane personnel in Malaysia.   The company will provide training services and supply up to 70 offshore crane operators for a major oil and gas Operator on projects located offshore in the South China Sea.   The five year multi-million-pound contract will see EnerMech deploy a crane simulator to its Kemaman base for the assessment and training of offshore crane operators assigned to the contract.   EnerMech international director of mechanical handling services, John Morrison, said: “This is our

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S.   WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects, including port master planning, modernization and development programs, from coast to coast. The firm offers expertise in areas such as coastal engineering; piers, jetties and seawalls; container, auto, bulk and general cargo terminals; hydrology, hydraulic and sedimentation analyses;

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IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping.    Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4).   Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag ships to ensure they comply with the necessary safety and environmental regulations.    By sharing

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Patrick Verhoeven to Leave ECSA for IAPH

 Patrick Verhoeven will leave the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on September 1 this year to become Managing Director Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).   This is a new leadership function that was created following a fundamental reform of the organization, which is meant to increase its international relevance and visibility as well as strengthen its membership base.   Announcing the decision, ECSA President Niels Smedegaard said, “Patrick has regretfully decided to leave his position with us after

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Port of Long Beach Names Two Engineering Executives

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week named two Harbor Department engineering leaders as the new Chief Harbor Engineer and the new Director of Program Management. The Appointments are effective April 29.   Suzanne Plezia, the Port's Director of Construction Management, has been promoted to Senior Director of the Engineering Bureau’s Program Delivery Group. The position also holds the title of Chief Harbor Engineer. Plezia is the first woman to be Chief Harbor Engineer of the Port of Long Beach. The Chief Harbor Engineer is in charge of executing all of the Port’s

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs.   The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry.   “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy, providing

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New Port Managers for TNPA

outside of TNPA.”   The Port of Cape Town has its first female Port Manager in the form of Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as Port Manager at the Port of Ngqura. Dweba has earned numerous accolades and boasts solid experience in port operations, supply chain logistics and the maritime industry. She was instrumental in delivering on TNPA’s strategy to operationalize the Port of Ngqura and position it as a major container transshipment hub linking ports in the East, West and Southern Africa with their trading partners. Dweba succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who is due to leave TNPA

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years, Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25 percent to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said, “The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and

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WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff Names Kennedy Maritime Manager

Daniel Kennedy is named maritime manager in New England for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Kennedy will manage maritime consulting operations throughout New England, responsible for business development, marketing and project execution. Based in the Boston office, he will provide oversight, management, design and coordination services for major projects involving port and marine facilities. Kennedy has extensive domestic and international experience in the management of both large and small marine-related engineering

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ISS Names Zaiton Commercial Manager, Cruise

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it has appointed Jasem Zaiton as its new Commercial Manager, Cruise Solutions. In his previous role Zaiton led the cruise sector at dnata, a member of the Emirates Group, where he spearheaded a dedicated cruise department delivering shore excursions and ground handling services to more than one million cruise passengers in the region. With over 10 years’ cruise-orientated experience in destination management services Zaiton has focused on cruise tourism, contributing to Dubai becoming a Cruise HUB of the Cruise

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Port of Portland Narrows Executive Director Candidates

An advisory group to the Port of Portland Commission has recommended three final candidates in the running to succeed the port’s current Executive Director Bill Wyatt, who will retire on June 30, 2017.   The three finalists are Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director and CEO, Mississippi State Port Authority; Stephanie Dawson, Chief Operation Officer, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; and Curtis Robinhold, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Portland.   The port will now hold an online public comment period that ends on Monday, April 24.   The Port Commission will

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IAMPE Certifies Port Professionals

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) said its latest two classes of maritime professionals have completed the IAMPE Professional Management Certification Program. The program provides a recognized industry-wide professional certification for those port and maritime professionals who have industry experience and complete the management certification program. The program includes comprehensive seminar education offered by industry professionals and approved by the Board of the IAMPE. In Philadelphia, receiving the professional designation of Maritime Port Executive

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O’Hollaren Named Port of Portland Marine Marketing Director

Portland has hired Ken O’Hollaren to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, starting March 20, 2017.   O’Hollaren previously served as the executive director of the Port of Longview and the Port of Port Angeles, and brings more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry to the role. Additionally, O’Hollaren served as the chair of the Interstate Columbia River Improvement Project, responsible for the project to deepen the Columbia River shipping channel, and is a past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities.    &ldquo

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European Social Dialogue on Ports: Employers Bullish

 The European social dialogue on ports was established in June 2013 by port employers and employees to identify challenges faced by the sector, improve health and safety conditions and raise awareness about the essential contribution of port stakeholders to the EU economy and its growth.   No less than 2.2 Million ships have called EU Ports in 2012. More than 300.000 workers are directly employed by port employers who are committed to ensuring a high level of efficiency, health and safety.   Since 2013, the social partners have been working on issues that fall within the competence

Leonard Returns to Port of Portland

Kristen Leonard will return to the Port of Portland (Oregon) on February 27, 2017 as chief public affairs officer, after leaving the port in November 2015 to serve as Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff.   During Leonard’s absence, Bobbi Stedman, the port’s chief human resources officer, also served as chief public affairs officer.   Leonard joined the port to lead public affairs in July 2014. Previously, she advised clients on communications and public affairs. Leonard was the co-founder of C&E Systems, a Portland-based company specializing in government relations

Spanish Dockers Call Strike over Non-union Labor

Spanish dock workers have called nine days of strikes to protest government plans to allow ports to hire non-unionized labor, El Pais newspaper reported on Tuesday, threatening to disrupt trade for up to three weeks from March 6.   Dockers last week called off a planned three-day strike after the government said it would put its reforms on hold and open talks, but the decision to push ahead with a bigger strike came after the government signaled it would not change parts of the plan, El Pais said, citing the CETM union.   Reuters could not reach CETM for comment.   The proposals

At the Seafarers Awareness Week launch on 9 February, from left to right: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK; Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Two New Themes for Seafarers Awareness Week

Announcing the themes ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, Seafarers UK has launched this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, with the focus on promoting maritime career opportunities, both at sea and ashore, including in the UK’s thriving port industry.   More than 150 maritime professionals came together to celebrate the launch of the seventh Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, organised by the charity Seafarers UK. The week-long campaign will provide a platform for national and regional promotions and events intended to

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Port of Seattle CEO Resigns

Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick tendered his resignation at a public port commission meeting Thursday after more than 2.5 years at the helm.   Fick was recently placed on paid administrative leave due to “personnel issues” and the separation was described as “mutual”.   “We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,” said Commission President Tom Albro. “We are currently working through the details of his departure and will defer further comment until those details are resolved.”   Port

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New Appointments at Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority—Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall. Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O’Neil. At the time, he was a member of the

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Cowes Harbour Seeks Harbour Commisioner

in safe hands for the future.” Cowes Harbour Commission is seeking a new Board member to fill the vacancy and has commenced an open recruitment process for the position.   Cowes Harbour is renowned as the world’s most famous sailing destination and is of significant importance as the maritime gateway to the Isle of Wight. The role of Commissioner offers an excellent opportunity for the right individual to make a tangible and valuable contribution to the management and future of Cowes Harbour and its services.   Applications to the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners are encouraged

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Djibouti Breaks Ground on Massive FTZ

The president of Djibouti on Monday formally launched the construction of a project touted as Africa's largest free trade zone, to be built in the tiny Horn of African nation with Chinese backing.   The agreement to build the 48 sq km (19 sq mile) free trade zone was signed in March 2016 as part of China's bid to expand trade routes, a series of infrastructure initiatives stretching across 60 countries that the Chinese have dubbed "One Belt, One Road".   Tiny Djibouti, population 876,000, has long punched above its weight. It hosts large U.S. and French naval bases; China is

Bill Wyatt (Photo: Port of Portland

Port of Portland Director Announces Retirement

Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt formally announced to the Port Commissioners that he will retire from the Port on June 30, 2017. He has led the Oregon port since 2001.   Wyatt’s 16-year tenure with the U.S. West Coast port has included major milestones in the organization’s history. At the marine terminals specifically, his legacy includes several hundred million dollars of infrastructure investment made by port marine terminal tenants following the $199 million Columbia River navigation channel deepening project leading to the growth and retention of key waterfront

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.   “Brandy is an experienced maritime professional with a strategic mindset and clear focus on actionable goals,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Michael Kearney. “The Board’s competitive national search for a COO was part of an executive succession plan. We had hoped the successful candidate would

Go Ahead for Brownsville Ship Channel Deepening

President Barack Obama signed into law the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, authorizing the Brownsville Ship Channel deepening project, making it eligible for federal funding, as announced by the Port of Brownsville. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project was one of 28 water infrastructure projects nationwide included in the WRDA and submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Congress for approval. The project calls for the Port of Brownsville channel to be deepened to 52 feet from its current design depth of 42 feet. When complete, the Port of Brownsville

The Port of Savannah moved 300,671 twenty-foot equivalent container units in November. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

GPA Marks 6.5% November Growth

Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority reported for the month of November a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic.   "Last month capped an active peak season, with November import and export cargo growing significantly," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.   The Port of Savannah moved 167,333 containers, an improvement of 10,210 over November 2015.   "An increasing demand for America's exports abroad and strong consumer confidence here at home are helping to boost cargo throughput,"

Sara Falaknaz, Chief Innovation Officer. Photo DP World

Falaknaz Appointed Innovation Officer, DP World

As part of its focus on innovation, DP World has appointed Sara Falaknaz as Chief Innovation Officer with immediate effect.   Falaknaz is currently the Vice President of Innovation for DP World and her new duties will expand the role in other directions. The company is building a group-wide global innovation structure across its operations and has already created an online portal called “innoGate” to collect ideas from its 37,000 strong workforce across 40 countries. She will also lead exploration of investment in breakthrough and disruptive ideas that could change the face of the

Greater Houston Port Bureau, IAMPE to Offer Management Training

The Greater Houston Port Bureau and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have concluded an agreement for the IAMPE to provide industry management and executive educational programs to Port Bureau members.   The Memorandum of Understanding provides Port Bureau members with the ability to take accredited management training through the IAMPE for professional certification.  In addition, the IAMPE will recognize and provide credited certification for specific programs offered by the Port Bureau to its members.   “We are glad that the Port Bureau

Imraan Bux (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Strengthens Ports & Shipping Department

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has strengthened its Ports & Shipping team with the appointment of Imraan Bux as Principal Port Engineer, based in London. Bux comes to Global Maritime with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of maritime project engineering, design and construction for large-scale port and marine infrastructure including offshore oil and gas facilities.   Global Maritime provides practical but innovative solutions pertaining to port development and master planning, ship simulations and maneuverability, port operations, port marine safety code

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US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.   Negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively plan to meet on Nov. 1-2 to discuss the proposal, which comes about 19 months after a contract settlement that capped months of labor strife and shipping disruptions at the ports.   Severe cargo slowdowns, blamed by each side

IBIA: Bunker Market Opportunities in Africa

has reached around 60-70,000 tonnes per month. The location is close to shipping lanes with minimal deviation and Aegean’s service is attracting new business to the area rather than competing with existing suppliers, and bringing in new demand for auxiliary services. The South African Maritime Safety Administration which manages the permits and licences to provide offshore bunker services has received many applications although it was intimated that few would succeed. Plans for a new cruise terminal at Cape Town and significant expansion of the port’s container handling capacity

Ed McCarthy (Photo: GPA)

Georgia Ports Authority Taps McCarthy as COO

was promoted to chief operating officer for the shipping line in 2013. Prior to his tenure with CMA CGM, McCarthy had served in senior management and operations positions at Sealand Services, APM Terminals and Virginia International Terminals.   McCarthy obtained a Bachelor of Science from the Maritime College at the State University of New York, a diploma in terminal management at Lloyd's Maritime Academy at Kent College, Dartford UK, and a Masters in Business Administration from William & Mary University, Mason School of Business. He has served as chairman of the board for Consolidated Chassis

Jeff Gaskin (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor Board)

Aberdeen Harbor Names Harbor Master, Marine Manager

internal appointment of Captain Jeff Gaskin as new Harbor Master and Alexandra McIntosh as Marine Manager.   Gaskin, formerly the Harbor’s Marine Superintendent, has been appointed Harbor Master following the retirement of Captain Ray Shaw. Gaskin has 26 years’ experience within the maritime sector. He started his career as a cadet with Louis Dreyfus Shipping in 1990 and enjoyed spells with both PNTL and Cunard before ending his seagoing career with Vector Offshore in Aberdeen. He was appointed as a Marine Pilot for Aberdeen Harbor Board in 2006 before being promoted to Port Marine

From left: Agnesmary Selvam, Nourlinaeim Bin Ramlee, Mohd Rashidi Bin Ramli, Mohd Hanafiah Bin Mohamad, Rajalingam A/L Raman (Branch Manager), Uvarajan S/O Goval (Assistant Manager), Mohd Ariff Rezuan Bin Roslan and Vickneswari Periasamy. (Photo:Radio Holland)

Radio Holland Opens Office in Malaysia

Radio Holland Malaysia opened a new office in Johor, Malaysia to support shipping in the ports of Johor and the vicinity. Over the years, Radio Holland Malaysia has expanded its business to the Southern Region of Malaysia known as Gelang Patah, Johor. With this new office, Radio Holland Malaysia aims to be close by to perform service in the ports of Johor. Already with an office in Port Klang, the new office is located near Malaysia’s container terminal, The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) located at the confluence of the main east-west shipping lanes. One of PTP's key advantages is that it

Jan Böttjer. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The Box Juggler at Hapag-Lloyd

Whenever a Hapag-Lloyd vessel reaches a port, a certain number of containers are usually loaded or discharged before the ship continues along its voyage to the next port. But how do you stow these containers on the ship in the safest and most efficient way possible?   Jan Böttjer, the stowage planner, at Hapag-Lloyd says: “Imagine you’d like to unload a container in a port and you realize it’s located all the way at the bottom of the ship’s hold, covered by an entire stack of other containers that don’t need to leave the ship in this port. To get to the

John McGuigan (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor)

McGuigan Named Operations Manager at Aberdeen Harbor

Aberdeen Harbor Board has appointed John McGuigan to the newly created role of Operations Manager. The role will see McGuigan plan, direct and control the full spectrum of land based operational activities within the port, while working with others, including customers, port users and the harbor’s safety department, in delivering a safe working environment for all.  Having been involved in the port industry for more than 30 years, McGuigan started his career with British Steel and has since worked for Clydeport, Peel Ports and was previously the E.ON UK terminal manager in Liverpool

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

Dubai Shipping Volumes Sink

 Dubai shipping volumes - cargo handled at Dubai's ports, which includes flagship terminal Jebel Ali - fall for third quarter Gulf News reports quoting the latest DP World figures.   DP World's  ports in the United Arab Emirates, all located in Dubai, handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the three months to June 30.    That is 6.2 per cent lower than the 4 million TEUs it reported for the second quarter of 2015 and follows a 5.9 per cent decline in the first quarter of 2016. Cargo volumes at its Dubai ports fell by 2.89 per cent in the fourth quarter

Dr. Sukhy Barhey (Photo: BMT)

BMT Hires Barhey to Lead Regional Development in Asia

Lloyd’s Register, Parsons Brinkerhoff, DNV and BP, based out of international locations including Aberdeen, London, Hong Kong and Houston.   Working closely with Dr. Colwill, Dr. Barhey will facilitate the growth and development of BMT’s advisory, environmental, risk management, rail, maritime engineering and naval architecture businesses in Singapore and Hong Kong, while further facilitating regional delivery across Asia.    Dr. Colwill added, “The Hong Kong and Singapore businesses have a series of complimentary skill sets that, working together, offer a complete solution

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

New CEO for Philadelphia Port

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Board has named Jeff Theobald, a veteran of the maritime industry, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).   Theobald, most recently the President and CEO for Ports America Outer Harbor Terminal, LLC, replaces James T. McDermott, Jr., who retired from PRPA in April. Theobald is expected to assume his new duties in August.   “After a comprehensive national search, conducted by Boyden Global Executive Search and led by Tim McNamara, head of the firm’s global transportation practice, we are delighted to welcome Jeff as our Chief Executive

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Indian Ports Record 6.2% Growth in Cargo Traffic Last Q

 According to the Ministry of Shipping in India, the 12 major ports in the country together handled 159.0 million tonnes of cargo in the first quarter of the current fiscal (April-June 2016-17), against a cargo traffic of 149.74 million tonnes in the similar quarter of the previous fiscal, a year-on-year growth of 6.2 per cent.   The  joint secretary (ports) Pravir Krishn said the growth in cargo traffic showed some buoyancy, growing at 6.2 per cent in April-June FY17 against the 4.5 per cent growth recorded in April-June FY16.   During the first quarter of 2016-17, Mormugao

Michael Colbruno (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Colbruno Elected Port of Oakland Board President

Michael Colbruno, a managing partner with the Milo Group of California, has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners. The former two-term member and past chair of the Oakland Planning Commission was chosen unanimously by the seven-member Board last night. He succeeds Commissioner Earl Hamlin who concludes his one-year tenure as President but remains on the Board.   “The Port of Oakland is the main cog in the Bay Area’s economic engine and prides itself in its commitment to the community and promotion of diversity,” said Colbruno.

Northwest Seaport Alliance Adds Two New Leaders

and cost-competitiveness of the Puget Sound gateway. The Operations Service Center, the headquarters for the NWSA’s customer success initiatives, is guided by a group of industry representatives called the Executive Advisory Council.   Thomas brings more than 23 years of experience in the maritime industry. Prior to joining the NWSA, he held a variety of positions with Ports America, most recently as general manager in Tacoma since 2014.   Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in nautical science from the Marine Maritime Academy. He lives in Olympia.   In his expanded role

A 7.5-ton Naval anchor, refurbished by Cammell Laird (Photo: PAL)

New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new  £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence.   Hugh Baird College, Bootle, and its supporting partners officially launch the Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) with some 200 guests from across the U.K. representing the maritime industry, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy – both past and present - and charitable trusts.   Port Academy Liverpool will provide first class academic, technical training and enrichment courses for

Chris Lytle (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Oakland Port Director Signs on for 3 More Years

Chris Lytle at the helm for gains with airport, seaport, commercial real estate portfolio   Port of Oakland Commissioners have awarded Executive Director Chris Lytle a new three-year contract. The agreement means the longtime industry veteran will remain at the helm in Oakland through July 2019. Commissioners unanimously approved the new deal at a meeting last week.    “Chris Lytle has transformed the Port of Oakland and raised its visibility as a center for trade, transportation and economic vitality,” said Earl Hamlin, President of the Board of Port Commissioners.

Henriette Thygesen (Photo: Maersk Group)

Thygesen Named CEO of Svitzer

Henriette H. Thygesen, currently Damco CEO for the Americas, has been appointed CEO of Svitzer with effect from September 1.   Thygesen, who joined Maersk Group in 1994, has been with the group for 22 years, of which the last nine with Damco. She has previously worked for Maersk Tankers and Maersk Oil and prior to her current role, she was VP and CEO for Damco in North Asia, based in Hong Kong.   She holds a Master of Science, a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and an Executive MBA from Columbia University, New York and London Business School.   Svitzer’s current CEO, Robert M.

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French LNG Terminal Workers Plan to Strike

Workers at Elengy's three liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in France have voted to stage two 24-hour strikes on Thursday and next Tuesday as part of nationwide protests against a labour reform bill, a CGT union official said on Wednesday.   The strikes will halt unloading of LNG tankers and reduce production of gas for the grid to minimum levels, the official told Reuters.   A previous stoppage last month had already disrupted activity at the terminals before unloading operations resumed last Friday, the official said.     (Reporting by Valerie Parent, writing by Gus

(Photo: Piraeus Port Authority)

Greek Cruise Operators Fret over Strikes Sparked by Port Sale

Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country's biggest port Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.   Greece in April agreed the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros under a third international bailout.   Port workers have held 48-hour rolling strikes since late May, disrupting cargo operations and services provided to cruise ships docking at Piraeus over fears their jobs are at risk.   "We are very worried," said Theodoros

Suzanne Dickerson (Photo: South Carolina Council on Competitiveness)

Dickerson Tapped to Boost SC Logistics Industry

Suzanne Dickerson has been named the director of logistics industry initiatives for the business-led, non-profit organization, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.   Dickerson transitions to the Council after eight years as director of international business development at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).   Dickerson previously worked in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning with BMW. She began her career in Munich, Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of

New Harbormaster for Port of Taharoa

Maritime New Zealand has appointed Captain Jon Peters as harbormaster for the Port of Taharoa, replacing Maritime NZ staff member Capt. Richard Lough, who held the role on a temporary basis.   Capt. Peters brings to the role more than 25 years’ maritime experience, including working as a cargo superintendent, ship agency manager, ship surveyor and cargo terminal manager. Most recently, he was General Manager of a multi-cargo ship terminal in West Africa, handling around 230 ships a year.   Peters holds an Australian Master Mariners (FG) license and his seagoing experience includes

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Approves Project Labor Agreement

Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners have approved a plan Monday to expand the port’s use of locally hired, disadvantaged and veteran workers for more than $700 million in construction projects.   Under the new Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, at least 40 percent of the work on port construction projects must be done by local residents (Los Angeles and Orange counties), 15 percent by disadvantaged workers and 10 percent by veterans. The PLA also encourages apprenticeship and training programs, and

Congressman Buddy Carter presents outgoing GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz (left) with a U.S. flag that has flown over the capitol in Washington D.C. Carter recognized Foltz' service to the state of Georgia during his final board meeting before stepping down June 30. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Allgood to Lead Georgia Ports Authority Board

The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority has elected James L. Allgood as chairman.   "With more than 40 years experience as a business leader, Jimmy Allgood provides the insight and leadership skills necessary to continue GPA's progress toward a prosperous future," said outgoing Chairman James Walters.   Allgood, who served as vice chairman for two years, will assume his new responsibilities July 1.   “With our harbor deepening under way, the infrastructure investments we're making on terminal, and the improvements to road and rail connections we're

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Port of Hueneme Jobs Impact Up 25%

In fiscal year 2015, marine cargo activity at the Port’s terminals supported a total of $1.5 billion of total economic activity in the region. Of that number, $344.3 million is the direct business revenue received by the firms directly dependent upon the Port’s marine terminals and providing maritime services and inland transportation services for the cargo handled at the marine terminals and the vessels calling those terminals. Another key metric measured by Martin Associates was the $93 million generated in annual state and local taxes in FY2015, up from an estimated $69 million in FY2012

Argentine Grains Port Workers Return after Brief Strike

A one-day strike at the Rosario grains export hub in Argentina ended on Friday after the government compelled union and company officials to enter into wage negotiations for 15 days, a union leader said.   The strike began at midnight local time and ended around noon after the union agreed to the government mandate for a "reconciliation" period to settle the dispute, said Edgardo Quiroga, an official with the CGT union's San Lorenzo branch.   "Operations are back to normal," he said.   Rosario handles about 80 percent of Argentina's grains exports. San Lorenzo

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