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While Friday, May 1, might seem like a long ways off, it’ll be here before you know it and that’s the deadline for submitting entries into AAPA's 2015 Communications Awards Program. Click here to view the Communications Awards Program Web page and download the entry materials.
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Billed as a "must-attend" for port and maritime professionals looking to the energy sector as a bottom line booster, AAPA’s first-ever Maritime Economic Development Energy Projects Seminar, hosted February 24-25 by the Port of Pensacola, drew more than 60 participants from Canada, Panama and the United States. The program featured eye-opening examples, opportunities and forecasts for energy project success and growth from both renewable and non-renewable sources.
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The Nanaimo Port Authority is supporting the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo with a donation towards the mortgage of the bank’s new warehouse. The Port of Port Angeles’s newly adopted Community Partner Program offers matching funds to small cities and communities in Clallam County (WA) for trade promotion, tourism promotion, public education and awareness and economic development projects.
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Port of Long Beach
The Port of Anchorage in 2014 experienced an increase in cargo tonnage overall for the first time in three years, with gains from 2013 of 4.0 percent in containerized cargo and vehicle traffic and a 59 percent jump in petroleum deliveries.
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Deepening the Savannah harbor to 47 feet is set to begin following the award of a $134.5 million contract by the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dredging the outer harbor is the first step in the so called Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, or SHEP, to deepen the entire 40-mile shipping channel and harbor from the Atlantic Ocean to the Georgia Ports Authority terminal in Garden City. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board has approved the final environmental and economic feasibility studies for the Port Everglades channel widening and deepening project. The project will deepen the main navigational channels from 42 to 48 feet (plus 1-foot required and another 1-foot allowable overdepth for a total of 50 feet) and widen the Entrance Channel and the maneuverability constrained Southport Access Channel.
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Retired Coast Guardsman and former Westport (WA) city administrator Randy Lewis is joining the senior management team of the Port of Grays Harbor as director of environmental and engineering services.
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Master riggers at JAXPORT tenant Portus recently offloaded the first shipment of Mk VI Patrol Boats purchased by the U.S. Navy at the heavy lift and specialty cargo berth of the port authority’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. Port Tampa Bay has signed a six-year lease with Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment, Inc. (GCBE), to handle prilled sulfur imports on a five-acre parcel of land at its Port Redwing complex in southern Hillsborough County.
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Transportation Technology Associates
Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its short cruise program from the Port of New Orleans by 34 percent when Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation next spring. Three prominent cruise ships visited the Port of San Francisco in recent weeks on round-the-world cruises. All three – P&O Cruises’ Acadia by P&O Cruises and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria by Cunard Line – are operated by Carnival Corporation brand companies.
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Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles on March 1 activated a "gray chassis fleet" of truck-trailers with the objective of improve the flow of goods through America’s largest container handling complex.
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Fitch Ratings has upgraded its rating to 'A-' with a Rating Outlook of Stable for the Alabama State Port Authority’s (ASPA) outstanding dock facilities revenue bonds. The agency’s endorsement recognized the port authority's strong debt service coverage, as well as the diversification of revenue sources.
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The Port of Houston Authority has received its fifth certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) Standards. A newly released study indicates air emissions from Port of San Francisco maritime operations have decreased sharply over the past eight years and should fall even further with the new shore power installations at Piers 27 and 70.
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Naylor Association Solutions
The National Port Readiness Network (NPRN) and the AAPA are co-sponsoring a Strategic Ports Workshop at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 22 (the day following the AAPA Spring Conference). The workshop is a special project of the AAPA National Defense Committee, which is chaired by Chris Fisher, executive director of the Port of Beaumont.
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