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Jaxport receives $30 million in state funds for new cranes at Blount Island

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Aug 29, 2023, 3:33 PM EDT

The cranes are part of overall improvements to update and expand Blount Island operations and double its current capacity to 500,000 TEU by 2025.
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Terminal operators launch renewed push to expand in emerging markets

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Aug 15, 2023, 11:31 AM EDT

Demand for container shipping in major destination markets remains subdued, so some of the world’s largest port operators are channeling their attention — and money — on growing business in emerging nations.
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Hot summer turning up climate change heat on supply chains

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Aug 2, 2023, 12:47 PM EDT

Familiar reminders of the disruptions to supply chains caused by climate change, such as low water levels on the Rhine River and in the Panama Canal and wildfires in North America, are becoming more frequent and intense.
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House bill would allow use of tax-deferred income to fund cargo equipment upgrades

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Aug 1, 2023, 2:54 PM EDT

The National Association of Waterfront Employees says terminal operators are potentially on the hook for “tens of billions of dollars” to upgrade their cargo handling equipment and allowing them to use tax-deferred funds would increase their purchasing power.
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Savannah reopens berth at Garden City Terminal, boosting capacity by 25%

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 24, 2023, 5:01 PM EDT

The Georgia Ports Authority has acknowledged the added berth capacity was sorely needed during the worst of the pandemic-driven port congestion when Savannah’s queue hit more than 30 ships in September 2021.
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GPA’s Brunswick seeing significant growth in auto imports

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 17, 2023, 4:23 PM EDT

Brunswick’s growth comes amid rising automotive production, pent-up consumer demand and an easing of the semiconductor shortage that occurred during the pandemic.
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Volume boost, construction snarls Jacksonville’s Blount Island drayage traffic

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, and Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 10, 2023, 4:04 PM EDT

The problems flared in recent weeks after Ocean Network Express shifted a vessel service out of Jacksonville’s other primary container terminal, Dames Point, causing a volume imbalance between the two terminals.
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USDOT awards $40M to boost port emissions reduction, surface projects

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 3, 2023, 10:00 AM EDT

The US Department of Transportation is funding infrastructure projects that include carbon neutralization plans, updating miles of century-old rail and improving port access roads.
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US DOT opens $5.6 billion in funding for projects to strengthen supply chains

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 28, 2023, 10:57 AM EDT

The funds will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with three separate grant opportunities soliciting applications under a single program called the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program.
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House bill wants security checks of port cranes made by US ‘adversaries’

Teri Errico Griffis | May 18, 2023, 1:21 PM EDT

The bipartisan legislation does not identify specific countries that manufacture the cranes that would be subject to inspection, but a statement from the co-sponsors specifically mentions China.
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Savannah wins environmental clearance for new inland terminal

Teri Errico Griffis | Apr 28, 2023, 2:12 PM EDT

The Georgia Ports Authority expects to begin construction on the approximately $170 million terminal in early 2024, which will have a focus on manufacturing imports and poultry exports.
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Jaxport looks to redevelop land at Talleyrand terminal

Teri Errico Griffis | Apr 27, 2023, 10:36 AM EDT

Jaxport is seeking a new tenant or tenants for a 79-acre parcel at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal in preparation for Toyota vacating the property in 2025.
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Planned Vancouver mega-container terminal wins environmental clearance

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Apr 21, 2023, 1:03 PM EDT

Vancouver’s proposed Robert Banks Terminal 2 cleared a major federal environmental hurdle this week, putting the focus on who will construct and build the facility with a planned annual capacity of 2.4 million TEU.
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Virginia expands inland facilities ahead of port dredging completion

Teri Errico Griffis | Apr 5, 2023, 12:23 PM EDT

The improvements are planned ahead of the Port of Virginia’s dredging project that will deepen Norfolk Harbor to 55 feet and widen its ship channels so the port can accommodate two-way vessel traffic.
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APM plans to double container capacity at Rotterdam terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Mar 31, 2023, 5:33 PM EDT

APM said the new section of the terminal will operate with net-zero emissions and be fully automated and prepared for shore power installation.
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Two niche container lines launching trans-Atlantic services

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Nov 28, 2022, 3:07 PM EST

Newly launched ocean carriers Kalypso and Ellerman are debuting trans-Atlantic services for US shippers that want to bypass the delays and congestion seen over most of 2022.
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Feds award $93 million to Jacksonville dredging project

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Feb 13, 2020, 4:58 PM EST

The award of two federal grants to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will help fund a dredging project that will allow the port to handle larger vessels.
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Hamburg widens Elbe ‘passing box’ to boost mega-ship access

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 30, 2020, 1:26 PM EST

It has taken many years, but tangible progress is finally being made in the engineering works to widen and deepen the Port of Hamburg’s key access waterway.
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Dredge project will prepare Mexico’s Altamira port for 14,000-TEU ships

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Dec 24, 2019, 10:12 AM EST

Altamira, Mexico’s fourth-largest port by cargo volume, is moving ahead with dredging work and a bridge repair project that port officials hope will attract larger cargo volumes.
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Virginia unveils plan to reverse falling export volumes

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 14, 2019, 3:33 PM EST

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled an international trade plan to boost exports by 50 percent in the next 15 years, a key initiative since laden exports fell between January and August for the second consecutive year.
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JAXPORT expansion gets federal funding boost

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 7, 2019, 1:33 PM EST

JAXPORT received a $20 million grant from the USDOT, which will fund a portion of the $238 million cost of expanding the Blount Island terminal in Jacksonville as part of a long-term plan to drive more traffic and larger containerships to the port.
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PhilaPort counts on volume growth as expansion nears end

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Nov 4, 2019, 4:58 PM EST

The Port of Philadelphia is planning for an increase in rail cargo and refrigerated goods as it as it prepares to handle larger vessels when the dredging of the Delaware River is complete.
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Mobile seeks $250 million to advance 50-foot dredging

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Oct 1, 2019, 4:59 PM EDT

Vessels of up to 14,000 TEU could be calling at the Port of Mobile by 2024 if a $400 million dredging project approved three weeks ago by the US Army Corps of Engineers goes according to plan.
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JAXPORT gets $35.3 million toward dredging

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Sep 30, 2019, 3:20 PM EDT

The state of Florida has appropriated $35.3 million dollars to deepen the Jacksonville Harbor to 47 feet along a 11-mile stretch to the Blount Island terminal by 2023.
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Houston looks to accelerate channel-widening project

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Sep 25, 2019, 5:13 PM EDT

The Port of Houston is looking for industry and public support as it tries to accelerate the pace of a project to widen the Houston Ship Channel amid growing cargo volumes.
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Elbe dredging serves notice to Hamburg rivals

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jul 24, 2019, 1:37 PM EDT

It has taken many years, but finally dredging work on the crucial river access to Europe’s third-largest port has begun.
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Houston adds $300,000 for channel widening study

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Jun 27, 2019, 4:28 PM EDT

Private businesses that would benefit from a project to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel could speed its completion by helping fund the $1 billion project, officials said.
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ILA, USMX urge Texas to reject Houston ship limitation

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Apr 30, 2019, 6:46 PM EDT

Non-container vessel operators and users say the increasing size of container ships, and the narrowness of the channel, means that other ships are sometimes restricted from using the channel because container ships are so large no other vessel can occupy the channel.
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Houston port authority seeks flexibility in channel restriction

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Apr 22, 2019, 4:52 PM EDT

While the Port of Houston Authority ruled that only one container vessel larger than 9,500 TEU could traverse the port channel each week, the authority argues that enshrining the limit into law could have sweeping consequences that would damage the port economy.
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Limit on big ships in Houston raises concerns

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Apr 12, 2019, 4:42 PM EDT

Resin industry and other exporters are bracing for the impact of a new Port of Houston regulation limiting mega-ship transport on the port’s main channel to one a week.
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NY-NJ lays ground for 18,000-TEU ships

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Dec 28, 2018, 3:38 PM EST

The Port of New York and New Jersey is preparing for the future arrival of 18,000-TEU vessels by raising cranes, planning new dredging, and looking to improve the efficiency of ships through its main channel.
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Project to allow dual mega-ships at Baltimore advances

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Dec 7, 2018, 5:24 PM EST

A $6.9 million federal grant will enable the Port of Baltimore to dredge to 50 feet a berth at its only container terminal, enabling the terminal to better handle growing cargo volumes by hosting two mega-ships at once.
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Low water highlights need for Hamburg port deepening

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 16, 2018, 9:41 AM EST

Port of Hamburg marketing joint CEO Ingo Egloff said the vital infrastructure project was being blocked by objections from environmental pressure groups, which he said was unacceptable.
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Santos dredging deal allows ships to carry more cargo

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent | Jul 19, 2018, 11:51 AM EDT

A deal between the port of Santos and pilots will allow more cargo to enter the port and provide carriers with more operational flexibility.
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CMA CGM mega-ship call puts Hamburg channel back in spotlight

Greg Knowler, Europe Editor | Mar 16, 2018, 1:25 PM EDT

The biggest ship in CMA CGM's fleet called at Hamburg this week, but even though the port has the infrastructure to handle mega-ships, the delay in dredging the Elbe River access channel continues to hold back volume growth.
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State funding for Virginia port deepening delayed

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Mar 12, 2018, 4:12 PM EDT

The depth of 55 feet would make Virginia the deepest harbor on the US East Coast.
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Boston seeks $300 million upgrade as coastal share slips

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Feb 13, 2018, 5:37 PM EST

The Port of Boston’s stance regarding its expansion is, “If you build it, they will come.” The port, which after its upgrade will be able to handle 14,000 TEU ships, also says it will be able to bring freight closer to customers than other US East Coast ports.
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Trump requests dredging funds for Savannah, Corpus Christi

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 13, 2018, 3:06 PM EST

Channel-deepening projects at the ports of Savannah and Corpus Christi are included in the Trump administration’s US Army Corps of Engineers budget request; Congress has the final say regarding funding. Georgia's governor argued the Savannah project is the Southeast's most important infrastructure project.
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Jacksonville port begins deepening harbor

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 5, 2018, 3:19 PM EST

Port CEO Eric Green called the start of dredging “a huge day for our city, our region, and our state.”
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Hamburg celebrates rejection of Elbe River deepening challenge

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager | Nov 29, 2017, 1:30 PM EST

Port of Hamburg CEO Ingo Egloff had described the legal challenges as a “blockade”
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