Funding Includes Channel Deepening and Environmental Restoration Projects Critical channel-deepening and environmental projects at the Port of New York and New Jersey will continue to advance under a funding bill approved this week by Congress. The deeper channels will allow new, larger ships to enter the harbor, maintaining the port’s competitive edge as the leading port on the east coast of North America. The fiscal year 2004 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which funds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, includes $110 million for channel-deepening projects in the port. The funding will allow for the continuation of federal channel-deepening projects under construction in the Kill van Kull-Newark Bay, the Arthur Kill and Port Jersey channels. In addition, $2.6 million was provided for harbor estuary restoration feasibility studies. Another $19.2 million was appropriated for ongoing federal channel maintenance dredging projects. New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “The Port of New York and New Jersey is a tremendous economic engine for the state of New Jersey and the entire region, supporting more than 228,000 jobs. Our mission in New Jersey is to create an economy that has a job for everyone. The port’s redevelopment program, including the channel deepening
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) closed a year marked by new carrier services, inland port development & Charleston harbor deepening project. In results announced at the SCPA's regular meeting, container volume in Charleston was up 9.6 percent in calendar year 2012, with 1.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled at the port's two container terminals. Volume was up 13 percent in December compared to the same month last year, with 124,120 TEUs traded across the docks
Governor Edward G. Rendell hailed the signing of a historic agreement that will officially begin a five-year, $379 million project to deepen the ’s shipping channel, calling it a major milestone in ongoing efforts to expand commerce and enhance economic development in the region. The partnership agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) represents a significant step forward in a 15-year effort to deepen the
The State of California is proving to be an environmental minefield for ports and ship operators as various environment groups step up pressure for more legislation and regulation, and with a stranded woodchip carrier now leaking oil on an Oregon beach, other West Coast states are now studying Califronia's concerns. In January, the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic forwarded a notice of intent to sue the Port of Oakland and the USACE if a full review of the port's proposed 50 ft dredging
U.S. Senator David Vitter, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, joined industry and Louisiana transportation officials here today for the release of a new economic impact report detailing the benefits of deepening the Mississippi River to 50 feet from its current 45-foot draft. The Big River Coalition and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned the study by noted economist Tim Ryan, PhD
On February 19, 2004, the dipper dredge “Rialto M. Christensen” excavated a record 7,800 cubic yards of material in a single eight-hour watch from the bottom of the Panama Canal, working on the Gatun Lake deepening project. The original record was set nearly a century ago, when, in February of 1916, the dipper dredge “Cascadas” excavated 7,770 cubic yards of material. Steam-powered, the Cascadas arrived to Panama in 1915 from Camden, New Jersey
During a three-hour briefing and tour of Port Canaveral, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey threw his support behind efforts to obtain the $34 million needed for widening and deepening the harbor to accommodate larger cruise and cargo ships. The House District 15 Representative described Port Canaveral as one of Central Florida’s best economic engines. The project calls for widening the channel by 100 feet and deepening by 2 feet each in various segments
The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it intends to prepare a draft supplement to the environmental impact statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with construction of authorized improvements to the Federal Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Project. Elements to be evaluated include widening the Gulf Entrance channel from 450 ft. to 550 ft. and deepening the Upper Pascagoula channel from 38 ft. to 42 ft.
Boskalis wins EUR 175-million port dredging contract in Mumbai, India. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) is contracted by port operator Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for deepening and widening the port and access channel of JNPT in Mumbai, India. The dredging work will commence in September 2012 and is expected to take two years to complete. The port expansion project requires the deepening and widening of the 33
DP World-UAE has announced the completion of construction work in the first phase of stage 1 of its Mega Max container terminal in Jebel Ali Port and the start of work on the rest of the project. The new terminal has a quay of 3,937 ft. long, with a handling capacity of 2.5 million TEU's. The work also involved deepening of the channel up to 17 metres, enabling Jebel Ali Port to receive mega-size new generation vessels. Source: Khaleej Times
The European Union will support with €3.6 million from the TEN-T Program a series of studies preparing for the upgrade of the infrastructure in the Swedish Port of Luleå. The studies, which were selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Program
Officials with the World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance (WTC MSRA) and the Big River Coalition (BRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative effort to preserve and promote economic growth on the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT)
At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported that the GPA achieved record volumes and added additional customer accounts in October. "Strong growth, new customer accounts and additional harbor deepening funding announced this month are all
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been contracted by Associated British Ports for the capital dredging of the approach channel to the port of Southampton in the United Kingdom. The contract has a value of approximately EUR 35 million and work is due to commence shortly.
President Barack Obama toured the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and spoke to a crowd of more than 500 on the importance of growing the nation’s economy through increased exports. He highlighted the 60 percent of the nation’s grain that is exported by ports along the Lower
The Chinese mainland and Taiwan adopted 19 joint proposals at the Ninth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum, including one encouraging the island's cooperation with the newly built Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) reports China's official news agency, Xinhua.
Port Everglades officials are encouraged after the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) this week by a vote of 417-3, including the Manager’s Amendment which would allow Port Everglades to move forward with its critical harbor deepening and
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which lays out the way the United States improves and maintains vital ports and waterways. The bill authorizes construction of the proposed Sabine-Neches Waterway channel improvement project
A big push for deeper water at Jacksonville's port has fallen short in the U.S. House of Representatives as the House Rules Committee voted against allowing the full House to consider an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville
US Department of Defense contracts issued include a US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District dredging contract, for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. Secondly a Navy contract to Electric Boat Corp. for work related to Virginia-class submarines.
In Savannah visit, Georgia officials accompany Vice President. After touring the Port of Savannah Monday, Vice President Joe Biden called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox, Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson
Port Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest and most diverse port has released its 2013 mid-year cargo volume results that show strong growth of six per cent over the same period last year, including new records in key sectors and an exceptional 2013 cruise season.
$122 Million Project Would Expand Facility, Extend Lease Agreement The Port of Los Angeles is initiating the environmental review process on a proposed berth-improvement project by Yang Ming, a Taiwanese marine transport company at the Port
The Big River Coalition and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned economist Dr. Tim Ryan to calculate the economic impacts that deepening the Mississippi River would have on the state and national economy. The results of the study will be released during a press
U.S. President Barack Obama visited MOL’s TraPac Jacksonville terminal with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on July 25 as a part of his economic tour. President Obama and Secretary Foxx were met by TraPac General Manager Dennis Kelly