AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 3, 2015
An agreement of cooperation between the Port of Hueneme and Administración Portuaria Integral de Ensenada was signed in Mexico on October 16 by representatives of the two port agencies. The objective is to promote trade and economic development.
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The Port of Bellingham has named Sunil Harman director of aviation, effective November 2. The Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT at its October meeting elected these officers for 2015-16: Dr. John Newman, chairman; James Citrano, vice chairman; Ed Fleming, treasurer; and Joe York, secretary. Ken O’Hollaren will be stepping down as executive director of the Port of Port Angeles at the end of December. International investment export Jeffrey Utterback is joining the Port of Seattle as director, real estate development, in the port’s new Economic Development Division.
The Massachusetts Port Authority’s (Massport) Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in the Port of Boston received a 2015 Breathe Easy Leadership Award for significant contributions to reducing diesel emissions and promoting clean transportation. The Port of Long Beach will use a newly-awarded $1.2 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency DERA grant to help its tenant Long Beach Container Terminal replace diesel-fueled tractors with electric, zero-emission vehicles. The Port of Oakland has reaffirmed a renewable energy strategy that will make 75 percent of the energy it purchases for tenants greenhouse gas-free within three years.
In response to growing demand for heavy cargo handling capabilities, the Port of Brownsville has purchased a second mobile harbor crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 tons.  It cost $3.16 million and was paid for from port operating revenues.
Port of Houston Authority container terminals continue to operate at record levels, with loaded container units up 14 percent from January-September 2014 and total throughput likely "to surpass 2 million TEUs this year for the first time in its history," according to Executive Director Roger Guenther. Ford autos are being exported to the United States for the first time ever from Mexico’s Pacific coast Port of Lázaro Cárdenas. The Port of Olympia is scheduled to load 1,400 head of dairy cattle in late November for export to Vietnam on the livestock carrier M/V Falconia.
Montreal’s 2015 cruise season ended October 29, four and a half months after it began, with the sailing of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator. During that time, the port hosted 73 cruise ship calls (29 more than 2014) and an estimated 92,000 passengers and crew members (a nearly 30 percent increase). Holland America Line’s Westerdam’s maiden visit to New Orleans’ Julia Street Cruise Terminal October 27 marked the first of a busy year for unique cruise ship calls the port is expecting through 2016.
Dongsung Finetec America LLC has secured a lease with the Port of Lake Charles with the intention of developing a manufacturing facility that will supply the cryogenic industry and U.S.-based LNG companies with insulation materials and services. Pin Oak Terminals plans to build a $600 million petroleum liquids storage terminal along the east bank of the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish, within the jurisdiction of the Port of South Louisiana.
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