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TNA is a provider of customized mission solutions in command and control, radar and surveillance systems. Its advanced radar systems for coastal and naval surveillance, vessel traffic surveillance, perimeter surveillance and surface movement surveillance at airports are designed and developed for use in extreme mission-critical environments and situations where human lives and valuable material assets are at stake.
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AAPA’s Cruise Seminar, to be held April 24-26 in San Francisco, will feature an impressive array of industry experts, including a number of top cruise line executives. Speakers will include Gregg Michel, president, Crystal Cruises; Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer, Holland America Line Inc.; John Tercek, vice president of new business development, Royal Caribbean International; Dean Brown, executive vice president, corporate services, Princess Cruises; Giora Israel, senior vice president, global port and destination development, Carnival Corp.; and Michael T. McNamara, associate vice president, energy management, Royal Caribbean International.
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America’s waterborne commerce grew in 2011 for the second year in a row, with total volume up 2.1 percent from the year before to almost 2.4 billion short tons, according to data compiled and reported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center in New Orleans. That was short of the record 2.6 billion tons reached in 2006 and trailed the 10-year, 2001-2010 average by 2.9 percent.
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Port of Beaumont Commissioner H. M. “Henry” Nix Jr., announced Jan. 28 that he would not be running for reelection, signaling the end of his 30 years’ service to the port. His term current ends May 20, 2013.
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Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Stephen B. Fitzgibbons is the new director of finance at the Port of Brownsville. He succeeds Debby Duke, who is now the port’s director of administrative services. Mr. Fitzgibbons, whose first day on the job was Jan. 31, oversees the finance department and is responsible for a $15 million budget.
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A record 172,448 imported automobiles arrived by ship at the Port of Davisville in 2012. That was up 14 percent from the previous record set in 2011, more than 10 times the volume handled just 15 years ago, and gave the Rhode Island port its third consecutive year of double-digit growth. In 2012 as well, the port received 41,352 autos by rail and 2,389 by truck.
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Haier America has chosen Georgia as its logistics hub serving the Southeast United States. The global firm will move its home appliances and air conditioners through its distribution center located at the Interstate Centre in Black Creek, just outside of Savannah.
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The Harbors Division of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun a $7 million harbor terminal improvement project at Kawaihae Harbor, as part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s New Day Work Projects. The project will include paving 3.1 acres of land adjacent to Pier 2. The container yard will be used by shippers to load and store containers. The project also includes associated infrastructure work, such as area lighting, fire protection and drainage.
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The government of Honduras has awarded International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) a 30-year concession for the design, financing, construction, maintenance, operation and exploitation of a specialized container and general cargo terminal at Puerto Cortes in Honduras.
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The Port of Hueneme leads the nation in its proportional drawdown of federal port security grant dollars, 66.14 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Security Sector Evaluation Division (CG-PSA-2). To date the port and its security stakeholders have received grants totaling $11.7 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state of California for security enhancements.
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Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) has purchased a stake in the leasehold for the marine terminal operations at Pier T, the largest container terminal in the Port of Long Beach. It is the second such move by a leading shipping company in recent months.
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Jeff Miles has been appointed acting executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA), effective immediately. Mr. Miles joined the SPA in 2005 as chief operating officer and was promoted to deputy executive director in 2012. In those roles, he was responsible for operations at the ports of Morehead City and Wilmington, and inland terminals in Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad at Greensboro.
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Matanuska-Susitna Borough (County), Palmer (Alaska) is soliciting interest from federal, state and local governments in the United States, including U.S. territories, in accepting, FREE OF CHARGE, a new ferry boat capable of handling 129 passengers and 20 vehicles. The boat is also available for purchase by non-government entities.
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The board of directors of Port Metro Vancouver has re-elected Craig Neeser chair for another two-year term, commencing March 1, 2013. Mr. Neeser was originally appointed to the board in August 2009 and re-appointed in August 2012.
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Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt has selected Bobbi Stedman to be the port’s new human resources director. Ms. Stedman comes to the Oregon port from Vestas Wind Systems, where she was vice president, people and culture, for the firm’s global sales office and senior vice president, people and culture, Vestas-American and Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology, Inc.
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Tom Bellerud has joined the Port of Tacoma as director, business development, container terminal business. In his new position, Mr. Bellerud is responsible for the profitability and growth of the port’s international and domestic container business, including strategies for capital investment, maintenance and repair, and new business solutions.
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The Port of Tampa has been selected as the port of entry for shipments of wing and fuselage assemblies destined for Embraer’s jet assembly plant in Melbourne (FL). The company is seeking to establish a U.S presence in the entry-level and light jet segments with the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300. The Brazilian-made aircraft components will be used in the final assembly of Embraer’s executive jets.
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The North Carolina Council of State on Feb. 5 voted to approve a lease that gives the go-ahead to a public-private partnership seeking to construct a cold storage facility at the Port of Wilmington. The lease had been approved the week before by the board of the North Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA).
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The Port of Windsor reports handling 5,444,655 metric tons of cargo in 2012, an increase of 7.5 percent it credits to a “surge in construction aggregate shipments due to an increased demand from major construction projects, particularly the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.”
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New Postings: Request for Proposals: Government Relations Services, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority Career Opportunities: Executive Director – Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport Maritime Development and Business Representative – Port of Oakland Manager of Environmental, Security, and Safety Programs – Port of Redwood City
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