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Liftech Consultants, Inc.
Tampico is one of Mexico’s leading east coast ports, with two public terminals, six private terminals, several marine oil rig construction yards, and berth depths ranging upward to 10.4 meters/34 feet at mean low tide. Commercial traffic in 2013 consisted of 534 ship calls and more than 6.1 million metric tons of bulk and general cargo, including 4.5 million tons of petroleum and petroleum products.
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Swire Shipping will begin calling the Port of Everett in mid-December, providing direct breakbulk service every 31 days to Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. The Nanaimo Port Authority has secured scrap metal processor ABC Recycling Ltd as a client at its Duke Point operation. After more than three years of negotiations, the Port of Vancouver USA and Northwest Packing Co. have agreed on terms and conditions necessary to extend the food processing company’s lease for an additional 25 years.
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Port of Long Beach
The latest Global Port Tracker report expects containerized imports will tail off from their record highs in August and September, but monthly growth from year earlier levels will continue at least through March. Industry at Port Fourchon in 2013 generated more than $2.8 billion in sales revenue and $650 million in household earnings in the state of Louisiana, according to a newly released update of a 2008 economic impact report. Port Saint John’s booming container trade experienced yet another month of double-digit growth in October. 
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Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas opened its 2014-2015 season of Caribbean cruises from its Port Canaveral homeport on November 15. Port Metro Vancouver ended another strong Alaskan season October with a seven-month tally of 812,095 revenue passengers and 243 cruise ship calls – a tad more than 2013 and overall its best year since 2009. Port Everglades’ cruise passenger count topped 4 million during the fiscal year ending September 31, including 3.88 million sailing on multi-day itineraries.
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AAPA corporate members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration as AAPA's 2015 Port Person of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Depending on the individual or individuals selected, the award(s) may be presented either at the 2015 Spring Conference, April 20-21, in Washington, D.C.; during the AAPA Annual Convention, October 11-14, hosted by PortMiami; or during the Latin American Congress, November 16-18 in Arica, Chile.
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Transportation Technology Associates
Maritime industry veteran Gregory Fennell has joined the North Carolina State Ports Authority as chief commercial officer. His professional credentials include a solid record of accomplishment in container sales and marketing, most recently as vice president sales, Americas, for APM Terminals in Virginia.
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Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on November 13 approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the storage of empty containers. A comprehensive Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Cross-Harbor Freight Program released November 13 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the U.S. Federal Administration identifies alternatives to improve the movement of freight across the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
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Naylor Association Solutions
The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) has successfully closed on a bond financing. Specifically, it refunded Marine Revenue Bonds, Series 2003A (AMT) and C (tax-exempt) in the amount of $24.5 million. Standard &Poor’s has assigned an unenhanced rating for the Virgin Islands Port Authority Marine Revenue Bonds of "BBB " with a stable outlook.
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The Port of San Diego reports making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants produced by maritime operations in San Diego Bay, achieved in part through the efforts of its Green Port program.
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