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Dec 01, 2010

Port Security: Good News, Bad News, No News at All

Following GAO’s 21 July, 2010 testimony before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the Department of homeland Security’s progress and challenges in key areas of port security, one wonders what we are doing right. The prospects for improvement don't appear to be much better.

Following GAO’s 21 July, 2010 testimony before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the Department of homeland Security’s progress and challenges in key areas of port security, one wonders what we are doing right. The prospects for improvement don't appear to be much better.

Jul 21, 2010

Properly Prioritized? MARAD Weighs in on America's Marine Highway

The Marine Highway System is getting more money thrown at it than it ever has in the past. However, the amount of money needed to complete a viable Marine Highway System in the U.S. still far exceeds any amount allocated toward it.

The Marine Highway System is getting more money thrown at it than it ever has in the past. However, the amount of money needed to complete a viable Marine Highway System in the U.S. still far exceeds any amount allocated toward it.

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Dec 11, 2009

Judicial decision on M/V Mokihana rebuild

On December 4, 2009, a federal district court in Va. enters judgment in favor of the U.S. Coast Guard and Matson Navigation Company, Inc. in a long-running vessel foreign rebuild case. Winston & Strawn LLP represent Matson. The Shipbuilders Council of America, Inc. and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC sued the Coast Guard initially in November, 2006 seeking to disqualify the M/V Mokihana from the U.S. coastwise trade because of work to be done to the vessel in China.

On December 4, 2009, a federal district court in Va. enters judgment in favor of the U.S. Coast Guard and Matson Navigation Company, Inc. in a long-running vessel foreign rebuild case. Winston & Strawn LLP represent Matson. The Shipbuilders Council of America, Inc. and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC sued the Coast Guard initially in November, 2006 seeking to disqualify the M/V Mokihana from the U.S. coastwise trade because of work to be done to the vessel in China.

Oct 26, 2010

Transpac Shippers and Carriers Show Signs of Détente

The Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement launches its 2011 rates campaign with modest increases for FEUs moving from Asia to the US. The 15 member shipping lines of the TSA prepare for contract negotiations with their customers next year. The TSA suggested rate increases are US$400 per FEU for cargo moving to US West Coast ports and $600 per FEU for all other cargo.

The Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement launches its 2011 rates campaign with modest increases for FEUs moving from Asia to the US. The 15 member shipping lines of the TSA prepare for contract negotiations with their customers next year. The TSA suggested rate increases are US$400 per FEU for cargo moving to US West Coast ports and $600 per FEU for all other cargo.

Dec 08, 2010

Rail-Barge Service from Eastern Shore to Resume

Governor Bob McDonnell announces that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad. The barge, was removed from service last year.

Governor Bob McDonnell announces that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad. The barge, was removed from service last year.

Dec 01, 2010

Ports Strive to Enhance Operational Efficiency

Leading ports in India place enhancement of operational efficiency high on their agenda - one way of taking advantage of the growing volumes. Already some major ports (that are government owned) operate beyond capacity. Accordingly, private port operators use this opportunity to draw more of the cargo to their own ports and not just the cargo overflow.

Leading ports in India place enhancement of operational efficiency high on their agenda - one way of taking advantage of the growing volumes. Already some major ports (that are government owned) operate beyond capacity. Accordingly, private port operators use this opportunity to draw more of the cargo to their own ports and not just the cargo overflow.

Dec 01, 2010

Ports Strive to Enhance Operational Efficiency

Leading ports in India place enhancement of operational efficiency high on their agenda. Some major government owned ports operate beyond capacity and private port operators use this opportunity to draw more of the cargo to their own ports.

Leading ports in India place enhancement of operational efficiency high on their agenda. Some major government owned ports operate beyond capacity and private port operators use this opportunity to draw more of the cargo to their own ports.

May 10, 2012

Port of LA Pioneers 'Clean Ship' Eco Program

The Port of Los Angeles has become the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners having formally approved an Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program to take effect July 1.

The Port of Los Angeles has become the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners having formally approved an Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program to take effect July 1.

Jul 15, 2010

Long Beach Blows a Raspberry at Local Politicians

The angst over the LB city council demanding an extra dollop of cash from the port for the Tidelands fund continues, with the port commissioners agreeing to $12 million now (from the fiscal 2009 budget) but only offering to "accelerate" the second tranche, due to come from the forecast 2010 revenues.

A logical reading of this polite terminology is that the harbor commissioners are telling the council where to get off.

The angst over the LB city council demanding an extra dollop of cash from the port for the Tidelands fund continues, with the port commissioners agreeing to $12 million now (from the fiscal 2009 budget) but only offering to "accelerate" the second tranche, due to come from the forecast 2010 revenues.

A logical reading of this polite terminology is that the harbor commissioners are telling the council where to get off.

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Dec 11, 2009

Sanity prevails as US backpedals on box screening

Sanity prevails as US backpedals on box screening
Here’s a surprise – Homeland Security won’t be able to screen 100 percent of imported containers by 2012.
So the US Department of Homeland Security has finally wised up. It took them long enough, but eventually they have arrived at the conclusion that it will not be possible to meet their deadline for the screening of all import containers.

Sanity prevails as US backpedals on box screening
Here’s a surprise – Homeland Security won’t be able to screen 100 percent of imported containers by 2012.
So the US Department of Homeland Security has finally wised up. It took them long enough, but eventually they have arrived at the conclusion that it will not be possible to meet their deadline for the screening of all import containers.