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The Georgia Ports Authority experienced "strong and sustained growth across all major cargo markets" in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight. Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 cargo tonnage rose 22 percent from year ago, according Executive Director Roger Guenther. The Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals were particularly busy, together handling 40 percent more loaded containers than in February 2014. The Port of New Orleans’ public docks moved nearly 8.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, an increase of 28 percent from the year before and the highest total since 2000. Container moves reached all-time high of 490,526 TEUs and are expected to be "well over 500,000 TEUs" in 2015."
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Rosie Collin has joined Port Corpus Christi in the newly created position of director of community relations. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Carl Lindell to the Tampa Port Authority’s board of commissioners.
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Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR), operator of the rail line owned by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, moved 7,509 revenue carloads during 2014, up 55 percent from 4,845 carloads in 2013.  Shut down by its former owner/operator in 2007, the railroad was restored to service in 2012 following its purchase and rehabilitation by the port. The Port of Everett has signed an eight-year lease with All Ocean Services, LLC, to occupy 1,532 square feet within the Waterfront Center.  The company provides engineering management, project management and consulting services to the commercial and passenger vessel industry.
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Port of Long Beach
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved the award of 21 grants to local organizations, including $50,000 for three Community Benefit Grant projects and $300,000 for 18 projects under a new Harbor Schools Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Initiative. Funding in each case came from the Port of Los Angeles Community Mitigation Trust Fund.
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Termont Montréal Inc. will be the operator of the new Viau container terminal at the Port of Montreal. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the new facility will boost the port’s container throughput capacity from 1.6 million to 2.1 million TEUs annually. The cargo handling capabilities of the Port of Olympia will be considerably enhanced by a newly delivered mobile harbor crane. Once operational, the 2005 model year crane will be able to perform a variety of heavy lifts, including containers, equipment and over-dimensional and heavier cargoes and will provide backup in case of a ship’s crane failure.
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Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride returned to the Port of Baltimore on March 29 after a six-month, multimillion dollar renovation that added new dining and entertainment features as well as new emission technologies. The 2,124 passenger capacity vessel will sail five- to 14-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas year-round from Baltimore’s Cruise Maryland Terminal. Princess Cruise’s Grand Princess departed Port Metro Vancouver the weekend of March 22 on the first of two back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise season. The Puerto Rico Port Authority’s newly completed Dock 3 cruise facility expansion project has apparently solidified the cruise industry’s confidence in the Port of San Juan. That was evident on February 25 when the port welcomed six cruise vessels and their 17,848 passengers. That, says the port authority, set a one-day record for passenger movements and generated an economic impact of $2 million.
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The Port of Seattle reports its 2014 financial performance put the organization in a strong financial position for 2015. While total operating revenues essentially met budget, expenses were nearly 5 percent below budget — as a result, net operating income was 6 percent above budget.  Weather-driven closures led to a $560,000 loss for the Port of Virginia in the month of February. The port had budgeted for a $288,000 operating loss, but the cost of the closures, ensuing snow-removal and resumption of operations costs and lost productivity increased the loss.
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The province of Québec has budgeted millions of dollars for facility improvements at the Port of Montreal. That includes $75 million for direct road access to the port and $20 million towards the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville Passenger Terminal for cruise passengers.
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The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) on March 24 announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2014 navigation season compared to the previous year.
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Port Employment Opportunities:
Seaport Facility Officer (FSO) – Canaveral Port Authority, Port Canaveral, FL
Account Executive – North Carolina State Ports Authority
Director of Facilities Maintenance – Port of Brownsville, Brownsville, TX

Port Business Opportunities:
Request for Proposal – Port of Long Beach
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