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Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies

The numbers above don’t include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads. McClatchy graphic.

The railroad industry brags in its national publicity campaign that it spends billions of dollars improving its infrastructure “so taxpayers don’t have to.”

But […]


Skeptics doubt Panama Canal expansion will be big boon to Florida trade

Logistics experts say Florida is unlikely to transform into a major import destination because it’s far from population centers in the rest of the country. The larger ships that would be able to sail through the Panama Canal would be too big for the Port of Tampa. The best chance for an increase in business […]


New cranes arrive at PortMiami

PortMiami is welcoming four new Super-Post Panamax Cranes which will be used to provide lift and help to larger cargo vessels that will begin traveling through the expanded Panama Canal in 2015.

The new cranes arrived in PortMiami, Monday, after a two-month voyage from Shanghai.

More at WSVN


Maritime execs debate Panama Canal expansion at Miami conference

Expansion of the Panama Canal was a big topic as hundreds of maritime executives from around the Americas gathered for a major industry conference last week in Miami.

What wasn’t so clear is who will be the winners and who will lose when the expanded canal is ready to handle a new generation of big […]


Louis Dreyfus Commodities upgrades Baton Rouge elevator

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Tuesday celebrated a state of the art grain and oilseed export elevator at the Port of Baton Rouge, which comes after construction, expansion and upgrades to the facility worth $150 million.

The elevator is made to handle up to five million metric tons of grains and oilseeds annually during the first phase […]


Biden cancels Panama trip, will make stop in Charleston

The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a trip to Panama next week, but he’s still scheduled to visit the Lowcountry.

Biden will still travel to Charleston and Savannah on Monday, and to Mexico at the end of the week to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Biden is expected to deliver […]


Virginia port sets record in July for cargo container volume

The Port of Hampton Roads set a single-month record in July for the number of cargo containers moved, the Virginia Port Authority announced Friday.

Hampton Roads moved 205,137 standard 20-foot units, or TEUs, a 13.7 percent increase from July 2012.

“The number of ship calls is down merely because we’re getting larger vessels,” said Joe […]


Obama backs US ports for expanded Panama Canal

Obama said he had acted in Congress last year to speed up on the process of new port projects, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.

US President Barack Obama says the country’s ports will have to ready to handle larger vessels that will transit the expanded Panama Canal or risk losing business.

President Obama was […]


Port of Houston Orders Ship-to-Shore Cranes, RTGs

Konecranes has received a $56 million order from the Port of Houston Authority for four super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes and three rubber-tire gantry cranes.

The STS cranes, which can handle container ships that are 22 containers wide, will be the largest that Konecranes has ever built, according to the lifting equipment provider. They will have a […]


Shipping container falls on truck at North Charleston port, injures 63-year-old longshoreman

The container significantly damaged the driver’s compartment of the vehicle, North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Sancic said. Fire crews provided initial care of the injured man, she said.

A shipping container fell onto a truck at the State Ports Authority’s Terminal this morning, injuring a longshoreman, authorities said.

The injured worker, a 63-year-old […]


U.S. East Coast Ports Suffer ILA Hangover

From the Journal of Commerce:

U.S. East Coast ports experienced widely varying impacts from the months-long threat of labor strife that began last year with the breakdown of talks for a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract.

Because the ILA contract was not settled until early this year, cargo diversions continued into the first quarter of […]


Worker Killed in Forklift Accident at Port of Camden, NJ

Our condolences go out to Mr. Mahoney’s family, friends, and colleagues.

From the Courier-Post:

A worker who died in a forklift accident at the Port of Camden on Tuesday has been identified as a Sicklerville resident and well-known longshoreman. Police did not officially release the victim’s name, but James Dugan, secretary of the International […]


Dock worker rescued from cargo hold in Port of Wilmington, DE

A 23-year-old dock worker had to be rescued from the cargo hold of a ship being unloaded at the Port of Wilmington this afternoon after a 2,000-pound coil of wire rolled on top of his chest.

About 4 p.m., rescue workers from the Wilmington Fire Department and county paramedics were called to the Port of […]


Kinder Morgan announces land purchase, plans to construct dock and expand terminal capacity in Houston

From a Kinder Morgan news release:

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. has announced it will invest $106 million to purchase approximately 20 acres adjacent to its Pasadena, Texas, terminal, build nine new tanks with a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels at its Galena Park terminal under long-term customer agreements, and construct a new barge […]


USMX members ratify new 6-year master contract

USMX has issued the following news release:

Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen

NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came […]