AAPA: Ports are First Line of Defense

AAPA: Ports are First Line of Defense

February 29,2020–MaritimeExecutive.com

While the global economic impacts to the port and maritime industry from the coronavirus outbreak are significant and growing, the human impacts are our greatest concern. Since ports are a nation’s first line of defense against threats ranging from terrorism to pathogens, they take their role seriously about protecting the safety and well-being of their communities.

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Despite Trade War, Port of Longview Beats Revenue Predictions

Despite Trade War, Port of Longview Beats Revenue Predictions

February 27,2020–MaritimeExecutive.com

The Port of Longview reports that despite trade turbulence in the agricultural sector, its 2019 revenues exceeded budget predictions. Global market conditions were less than favorable for some of the port’s grain products, but imports of wind energy components, foreign steel and soda ash exports saw marked increases and combined to help the port exceed the budget projections.

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Nine Companies Sign Up for Global Shipping Business Network

Nine Companies Sign Up for Global Shipping Business Network

February 27,2020–MaritimeExecutive.com

Nine ocean carriers and terminal operators, CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, COSCO Shipping Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), have signed an agreement indicating their intention to become shareholders of the proposed Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) being established by logistics technology provider CargoSmart Limited.

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DP World Acquires majority stake in terminal

DP World Acquires Majority Stake in Terminal

February 13,2020– PortStrategy.com

DP World has agreed to acquire a majority 51% stake in a Ukraine container terminal. The stake in TIS Container Terminal in the Port of Yuzhny, Ukraine complements the existing operations of DP World’s P&O Maritime Services business through a joint venture with TIS Group, providing tugging, pilotage and other marine services in several Ukrainian ports. The Ukrainian container market grew over 20% in 2019, and TIS Container Terminal has one of the most efficient railway connections in the region to major Ukrainian cities, supporting trade flows to the hinterland.

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Port of Seattle creates first-ever equity department for a U.S Port Authority

Port of Seattle Creates First-ever Equity Department for a U.S Port Authority

February 11,2020– PortofSeattle.org

The Port of Seattle became the first port authority in the nation to create a stand-alone department responsible for equity, diversity, and inclusion, which builds on earlier equity efforts, including resolution 3767, called the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment, and deepens the Port’s commitment and impact in addressing systemic barriers to all communities participation and benefit from Port programs.

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The Port of New York and New Jersey Ends 2019 with Increases in Cargo and Rail Volume

The Port of New York and New Jersey Ends 2019 with Increases in Cargo and Rail Volume

February 11,2020–PortBreakingWaves.com

The year 2019 will be remembered as one of growth at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Following a successful 2018, where the port crossed the 7 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) mark for the first time, 2019 broke that record to end the year with a total of 7,471,131 TEUs (4,238,107 lifts), a 4.1 percent increase. This record-breaking number of loaded imports boosted the port’s standing to become the second busiest port in the nation in 2019.

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Harbor Commissions to Consider Clean Truck Rate

Harbor Commissions to Consider Clean Truck Rate

February 5,2020– POLBNEWS.com

The Harbor Commissions from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will both consider a resolution to approve a proposed Clean Truck Rate at upcoming board meetings. The Clean Truck Rate is expected to accelerate the introduction of cleaner drayage trucks into the port complex.

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Reports Show Tariffs Are Hurting Louisiana’s Biggest Ports

Reports Show Tariffs Are Hurting Louisiana’s Biggest Ports

February 3, 2020–U.SNews.com

The impact of trade wars negatively affected Louisiana‘s biggest ports last year, according to reports from their governing bodies.The recently released reports say bulk cargo volumes dropped by 25% at the Port of New Orleans in 2019, and the much larger Port of South Louisiana just upriver saw a decrease of 15%, The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reported.

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