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Hearing on SAFE Port Act

Representative Lungren (R-CA) introduced the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act or SAFE Port Act (H.R. 4954) to improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses, and for other purposes. On March 16, the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted a Hearing on the SAFE Port Act. In a Combined Statement, Jayson P. Ahern, Customs and Border Protection and Captain Brian Salerno, US Coast Guard, testified regarding vessel security, advance electronic information, the automated targeting system, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), non-intrusive inspection equipment, the port security grant program, and the transportation worker identification credential (TWIC). Eugene K. Pentimonti, Maersk Inc., testified regarding the need for clear, direct benefits for companies that participate in the proposed GreenLane program. Noel Cunningham, MARSEC Group, testified regarding the importance of the TWIC program and the need for an integrated security system. source: HK Law


Congress Passes Port Security Bill

Congress has passed the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, the first legislation of its kind to authorize an annual federal funding level to help secure United States ports against terrorism. The bill, H.R. 4954, calls for $400m in federal Port Security Grant (PSG) funding for each of the next five years to help increase security in the maritime transportation system. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO


Court Ipholds LNG DWP License

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the decision of the Secretary of Transportation to grant a license for the construction and operation of the Gulf Landing LNG DWP in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaintiffs had challenged the decision, asserting that the environmental impact statement (EIS) was deficient and that the Secretary should have required the use of a "closed loop" system for warming the liquefied natural gas (LNG)


TORP Files for Terminal License

TORP (Terminal Offshore Regas Plant) filed its application with the US Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on January 12, 2006 for a license under the Deep Water Port Act, to build, own and operate an LNG receiving terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. TORP’s BIENVILLE Offshore Energy Terminal will be located approximately 63 miles south of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in 425 ft of water, and will be the first to utilize the HiLoad Technology for cost-effective offloading of LNG


Hearing on Implementation of SAFE Port Act

On April 26, the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime & Global Counterterrorism of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted an oversight hearing on implementation of the SAFE Port Act. In his opening statement, Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) complained about the continual missing of deadlines in the port security program. RDML Craig Bone (US Coast Guard), Mr. Jayson Ahern (US Customs and Border Protection), and Ms


Court Upholds NJ as Adjacent Coastal State

The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Maritime Administrator was acting within his authority under the Deepwater Port Act when he designated New Jersey as an additional adjacent coastal state with respect to the application of Atlantic Sea Island Group LLC (ASIG) for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at a site to be located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13


Senate OKs Security Improvement Act of 2006

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) applauded the unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954), welcoming the legislation as a comprehensive plan to improve maritime cargo and facility security and maintain an efficient flow of commerce through America’s ports. “Representatives of several Senate committees took components of the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act (S


Foss Acquires American Cargo Transport

Foss Maritime Company has expanded into new global markets by acquiring the marine assets of Jore International. America Cargo Transport Corp. (ACT) will operate these assets as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Foss. Current ACT employees will remain with the company and continue serving the international shipper’s commercial, government and military markets. As a member of the Foss family, ACT will continue to serve existing international customers as well as new customers


SFI Operational in U.K., Pakistan and Honduras

Southampton Container Terminals, United Kingdom, Port Qasim, Pakistan (both managed by DP World) and Puerto Cortez, Honduras will become the first seaports to implement the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) beginning October 12 by scanning all maritime containers destined for the U.S. for nuclear or other radiological materials. These ports fulfill the requirements set out in the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006


POLB Looks to Becoming an Industry Hub

The Port of Long Beach is an economic engine that purrs like a luxury sedan, but Thomas Fields, President of the Port of Long Beach Commission, believes it has the potential to roar like a racecar. “As the nation’s second busiest trade gateway, we are an ideal nucleus for a cluster of economic activity built on the maritime industry,” said Fields, the President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “There is so much opportunity.”


Are our Ports Safe?

Joan Bondareff

A Hodgepodge of Maritime Security Laws Come into Question Two recent reports have raised alarms about the security of our ports and the cargo that enters them by containers every day. The top North American container ports handle more than 35 million containers per year bringing vital goods to U.S


Jones Act Fleet a Catalyst for Growth Says Jaenichen

Paul Chip  Jaenichen: Photo credit MARAD

At the inaugural recent Tradewinds Jones Act Forum, MARAD Acting Administrator Paul 'Chip'  Jaenichen discussed the changes affecting the coastwise U.S.-flag maritime industry -- also known as the Jones Act fleet. Extracts follow: Since its enactment


Jaenichen Visits Port of Hueneme

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen met today with Port of Hueneme officials and Port customers for an industry stakeholder meeting and tour of the Port of Hueneme and Navy Base Ventura County. BMW, Global Auto Processing Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics


New Legislation Aims to Help American Ports

Jim McDermott

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century (H.R. 4105) legislation that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.


Horizon Lines Reiterate Support for Jones Act

Photo credit Horizon Lines

US carrier Horizon Lines issues statement in strong support of the Jones Act Horizon Lines, Inc. today issued the following statement from interim President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Fraser: Horizon Lines is, and always has been


Horizon Lines Supports Jones Act

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Horizon Lines, Inc. issued the following statement from interim President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Fraser:   Horizon Lines is, and always has been, a very staunch supporter of the Jones Act and all of its requirements


Middle East Port of Aden Invites Consultancy Bids

Port of Aden intends to dredge out its access channel, invites bids from consultants The Ministry of Transport and Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (Port of Aden) invites  qualified consultants companies/firms to express their interest in participation by putting forward their names


AAPA Chief Weighs in on WRDA

Jerry Bridges, AAPA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

AAPA Chairman Testifies Before Senate Committee on Water Resources Development Act; Testimony emphasizes importance of investment in waterside infrastructure.   Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia


Dredging Vital to US Ports, Senate Hearing Informed

Houston Ship Channel Dredging: Photo courtesy of AAPA

Chairman American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) explains  the importance of dredging to the industry & the US economy. Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority in his


Dying a Slow Death

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The concept of 100% Scanning of Shipping Containers is Fading to Black The United States Congress cannot legislate technology ... but it keeps trying. A case in point is the requirement for scanning in a foreign port of all containerized cargo bound for the United States (the so-called 100%


Massport Names Deborah Hadden Acting Port Director

Deborah A. Hadden: Photo credit Massport

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) gives Deborah Hadden responsibility to oversee its maritime facilities. Deborah A. “Deb” Hadden, Deputy Port Director of Properties and Transportation has assumed the position of Acting Port Director where she now oversees all aspects of


MARAD: Jones Act Waiver Reporting Requirements

Maritime Administration Reporting Requirements For The Special Purpose Jones Act Waiver.   Hurricane Sandy Special-Purpose Jones Act Waiver Reports to Maritime Administration as Required by Waiver   On November 2, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security


Coast Guard Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for TWIC Reader Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Reader Requirements." This NPRM proposes to establish electronic card reader requirements for certain Coast


Abu Dhabi Speeds Port Paper Work

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has signed a MoU with Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) & several government agencies with the aim of speeding up port formalities. The MoU, signed on the sidelines of the recent World Ports and Trade Summit 2013 (WPTS)


AAPA U.S. Delegation Chair Testifies on WRDA

Testifying for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee in a hearing titled “Foundations for a New Water Resources Development Act


 
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