LOCAL PORT NEWS

  • Port head makes case for expanded truck hours

    NORFOLKJohn Reinhart, the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, got an earful Tuesday night.Standing before 75 to 100 people at a meeting of the West Ghent Civic League, he made his case for the port's proposal to expand the hours that tractor-trailers can use Hampton Boulevard.

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  • Virginia Port Authority again reports record volume

    NORFOLKFull-speed ahead.That was the message at Tuesday's meeting of the board of theVirginia Port Authority, which last month marked another all-time highfor container volume as well as a spike in profitability compared with ayear earlier.

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  • Tug life: Vane Brothers refuels ships all along coast

    NORFOLKThe MOL Paradise traveled roughly 6,000 miles from Port Said toNorfolk International Terminals, its deck - nearly three times thelength of a football field - stacked with a rainbow of shippingcontainers piled five high in places.Yet, before heading to its next stop, in Savannah, Ga., it had a date with Bill Meekins.

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  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal to reopen on Monday

    PORTSMOUTHPortsmouth Marine Terminal, which shut down container operations morethan three years ago, is scheduled to restart them Monday, the VirginiaPort Authority announced Friday.The terminal will begin receiving trucks carrying containers for export at 8 a.m.

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  • Grant will expand gate at port, alleviating traffic

    NORFOLKThe federal government has awarded the Virginia Port Authority a $15 million grant to expand its North Gate complex at Norfolk International Terminals, Sen. Mark Warner announced on Tuesday.

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US & INTERNATIONAL

  • S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named fror ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

    The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning. There was no ceremony – Peter Dailey, the port’s maritime director, [...]

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  • Implementation of ballast water treaty could be rocky, shipowners warn

    Once the convention officially takes effect, possibly in late 2015, it will mean the roughly 65,000-75,000 ships in operation globally, including some 5,000 container ships, will, upon dry-docking, be required to install expensive systems to treat ballast water and thus prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into marine ecosystems, reports the JOC. Excerpts from [...]

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  • Gavilon Grain acquires Silica Grain in Rice County, Kansas

    Gavilon Grain announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica, Kansas. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad. The Silica facility is Gavilon’s third grain elevator in Kansas, located 100 miles southwest of its shuttle facility in Abilene and 100 miles northwest [...]

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  • Port of Los Angeles cargo up; Port of Long Beach cargo numbers down

    August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday. Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port [...]

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  • Alliances instill lack of uniqueness in services, SeaIntel says

    From the Journal of Commerce: As the use of formalized alliances and vessel-sharing agreements accelerates, carriers’ core product ― moving containers from Point A to Point B ― becomes increasingly identical across alliance partners in major trade lanes. In the Asia-U.S. East Coast trade lane, in particular, carriers have rationalized weekly port calls, and in [...]

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