The CBFFAC Scholarship will be awarded at the CBFFAC Gala on June 23, 2017.
Deadline for submitting application is June 2, 2017.
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Lots of work remains on gas tax bill (P&C)
Charleston attracts share of US Gulf resin exports (JOC)
Senate passes gas tax increase (The State)
Keeping the coastal freeway clear (P&C)
Newsome: Industry tumult means mega alliances, mega ships (CRBJ)
Demand for plastics draws Massachusetts firm to North Charleston
Mid-States Packaging launching new operations
in Charleston County (JOC)
Savannah exceeds NY-NJ for trans-Pac alliance services — for now (JOC)
SPA: Mother's Day, maritime milestone don't mix (P&C)
Volvo Fuels Global Ambitions with U.S. Factory(Wards Auto)
The week in review in Charleston's economy (P&C)
Record cargo leaves little time for dredging at Port of Charleston (P&C)
Could the hunky firefighter from ‘Friends’ finally rescue the Port of Port Royal deal?(The State)
)Embrace rail to boost S.C. economy (P&C)
Georgetown steel plant finds buyer, might return to production (P&C)
Port of Virginia is steadily positioning itself for era of bigger ships (Virginian Pilot)
Bayonne height restriction removed ahead of bridge raising (JOC)
Container shipping takes on digital initiatives (JOC)
Crowley aims to speed up San Juan gates via new system (JOC)
'Aggressive' US shippers keep pressure on truckload rates (JOC)
Smaller US shippers seen struggling with inventory (JOC)
US truckload carriers see rising demand (JOC)
CSX ups quarterly dividend, full-year 2017 expectations (American Shipper)
BWR: Norfolk reaps most benefit from Asia-U.S. East Coast transpacific alliance services (American Shipper)
Maersk to use Microsoft Azure platform (American Shipper)
Japan's Big Three expect profitable turnaround (JOC)
CNBC Transcript: Jorge Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority (CNBC)
Baltic Exchange targets container indices (JOC)
Rate stability, low volume growth on tap in trans-Atlantic (JOC)
Digitized supply chain solutions require carrier involvement (JOC)
World’s Busiest Port Faces Weeks of Congestion (Port Technology)
Panama Canal plans 10-day outage of eastbound lane(American Shipper)
BIMCO: Container shipping sees better supply-demand balance (American Shipper)
Free trade pays off (American Shipper)
Yang Ming suspends share trading (JOC)
Drewry: Global container freight rates double from a year ago (American Shipper)
Lines seem indifferent to shipper problems as new alliances settle in (Loadstar)
Vessel Documentation - Priority Handling Application (USCG)
EPA Office of Water Collecting Feedback on Regulations (EPA)
CBFFA Scholarship Application available here (CBFFA)
Southeastern Freight Lines celebrates 65 years of service in Chas and Sav (AJOT)
Port hits record cargo volumes in March (CRBJ)
No visible progress on gas tax bill in SC Senate (P&C)
Gtown steel mill finds a buyer (P&C)
Charleston harbor to serve as last call for biggest ship ever to visit east coast (Moultrie News)
Biggest Ship to Ever Call On U.S. East Coast Arriving in May (Jornal Portuario)
SC Ports container volume climbs nine percent (AJOT)
13000 TEU ship headed to Charleston in May (CRBJ)
In big ship case, Port of Charleston "worked very hard to be last" (P&C)
Mayor seeking help to avoid railyard traffic (P&C)
Border war: South Carolina manufacturers debate impact of import tax (Post & Courier)
5 myths of the state gas tax debate (The State)
Port of Charleston setting cargo records (P&C)
How many jelly beans does it take to fill a container ship? (P & C)
Volvo’s New Plant Tooling Up to Make S60 in South Carolina (MotorTrend)
GPA prepares for future with mega intermodal terminal(Savannah Now)
New laws passed by Congress impacts Savannah Harbor Deepening projected cost (Sav Bus Journal)
US shippers turn collaborative as logistics gets more complex (JOC)
ClearMetal bets predictive cargo booking can help transform industry (JOC)
Survey: Shipper displeasure with ocean carriers grows (JOC)
Cargo Shipments Through U.S. Ports Rose in March (News Dog)
New CSX CEO Shakes Up the Railroad, Starting With ‘Hump Yards’ (WSJ)
NY-NJ port upgrades equipment to cut emissions (JOC)
Haven’s planned path toward TMS (American Shipper)
Trump to nominate vocal Ex-Im critic to run bank (AmericanShipper)
Toughest challenges that Southern California ports face in months ahead (JOC)
Detention, demurrage fight heats up for last word to FMC (JOC)
AS survey on ocean carrier alliance changes (AmericanShipper)
Fog, larger alliance ships cause massive Yangshan delays (JOC)
The Ben Sawyer Bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway at mile marker 462 will be closed to marine traffic from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Tuesday May 2 and Wednesday May 3, 2017 in order to conduct required electrical repairs. For questions regarding the closure, please contact Mr. John Bergman at: (843) 302-7442. For Coast Guard related concerns, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050.
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Time is Running Out
It may seem like the year is just getting started, but the truth is, our lawmakers have only few working days left in the Legislative Session to make an impact on 2017. Any chance at fixing our broken roads has to be taken in those next few working days.
That’s not a lot of time, and they have too many opportunities to get distracted and cause delay. We can’t let that happen. It’s been 30 years since real action was taken to fund road repairs. Another year, is another year too many.
What can YOU do?
You voted your senator into office to speak for you, so let them know where you stand on the key issues. Let them know that you deserve to drive on safe, well-maintained roads instead of embarrassing, troublesome, even deadly highways.
The Senate is currently debating the roads bill.
Your voice matters.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Tall Ships Charleston
The Coast Guard is establishing a moving safety zone for Tall Ships Charleston Parade around the Harbor on the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor in Charleston, SC on May 18, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade will consist of approximately nine Tall Ships from various countries beginning near Fort Sumter and following the channel north to North Charleston Riverfront Park, turning around, and finishing at Veterans Terminal. For more information regarding the race, contact the event sponsor representative, Reg Brown at: (843) 693-3331. For on-scene communications, contact the Coast Guard 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740- 7050 or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16.
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Right Whale Southeast Seasonal Management Area &
WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting - closed for the season
April 15th marked the end of the 2016-2017 right whale calving season in the Southeast Seasonal Management Area (SMA). The Southeast SMA will remain inactive until November 15, 2017. ln addition, vessels entering the WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting area are not required to file a report until the season reopens on November 15, 2017.
The Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Areas and the associated speed restrictions of 10 kts will remain in effect for Mid-Atlantic coast ports from Long Island Sound to Savannah through April 30, 2017.
While the 2016-2017 right whale season has ended in the Southeast, vessels are reminded to remain vigilant and please report any late sightings to 1-877-WHALE-HELP or to the Coast Guard via Channel 16.
2016/2017 Season updates
Three new calves were observed in the Southeast this season and there were no known vessel strikes in this area. One juvenile male was successfully disentangled from fishing gear.
Unfortunately another calf born in the Southeast last season (2015/2016) has been found dead in the Northeast. Preliminary findings of bruising were consistent with blunt trauma. Final diagnosis is pending laboratory tests. For more information and updates please visit NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region's site: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2017/04/Update%20on%20Right%20Whale%20Found%20Dead%20in%20Cape%20Cod%20Bay.html
There is currently a large aggregation of right whales in the Northeast so if transiting north please heed regional SMAs as well as active Dynamic Management Areas (DMA). See the NOAA site for further information: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/
The Southeast U.S. Implementation Team (SEIT) held its Public Forum on April 12th, 2017. Thank you to those in attendance.
The intention of the Forum is to involve stakeholders in implementation of the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Plan, to identify partnerships that can help address priority conservation needs, and to efficiently identify key emerging conservation issues. Key outcomes of SEIT meetings are posted here and will be updated soon:http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_resources/right_whale/management_conservation/seit/index.html
There will be another SEIT meeting in the fall of 2017, dates to be determined and announced soon.
As always should you have any questions about this past season or if you have any regulatory issues you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your continued efforts to protect these remarkable animals!
LCDR Claire Surrey-Marsden
Action Request: Tell your Senator to Support the Road Funding Bill
This week, the General Assembly is on furlough and will not return to Columbia until Tuesday, April 18th. There are only 12 legislative days left in the 2017 session, and we are at a pivotal point in the road debate.
Out-of-state special interest groups continue to propagate misinformation in the hopes of killing a plan to fix our roads. We need your help to counter their effort by making direct contact with your Senator in support of the roads bill, H.3516.
Given the Governor’s veto threat, the roads bill needs support from at least 2/3 of senators voting to sustain a veto override. Senators in our delegation will play an integral role in securing passage of a roads bill. Please take a moment to let your Senator know you support the road funding plan and expect for them to not return home without passing a plan this year.
The following Senators voted against the motion to set the road bill for debate. However, they have indicated they are willing to support a compromise road bill.
Bennett, Sean (Dorchester): (803) 212-6116
Campsen, Chip (Charleston): (803) 212-6340
Goldfinch, Stephen (Horry): (803) 212-6116
Grooms, Larry (Berkeley): (803) 212-6400
Senn, Sandy (Charleston): (803) 212-6172
Tell your Senator:
“I respectfully ask Senator __________ to support the roads bill, H.3516. Continued inaction threatens our state’s economy and more importantly the safety of our citizens. I respectfully ask the Senator to vote yes on H.3516 and vote to override a potential veto from Governor McMaster. The Senate must do the job they were elected to do – don’t come home without passing a road bill.”
Share our call to action with your contacts.
Please consider forwarding the below ‘call to action’ to your contacts and employees. Feel free to edit the below letter; however, do not change the phone number and links provided that connect individuals to their senator’s office.
To All ________ Employees,
South Carolina’s roads and bridges are deteriorating, and infrastructure repairs have been severely underfunded. Not only does South Carolina have the some of the most dangerous roads in the nation, but traffic congestion threatens our economic prosperity and quality of life.
After 30 years of inaction, it is time for a long-term solution to fix the crumbling transportation system. _________ supports long-term funding solutions to maintain a safe and efficient transportation system.
This month, the South Carolina House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive roads bill. The Senate will now consider the legislation which would increase the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon and levy other fees – raising about $800 million a year to repair the state’s crumbling roads.
However, the roads bill is stalled in the SC Senate, and significant road funding is in danger of being deferred for another year. We need your help. If you are willing, please contact your Senator in support of the roads bill. The process is simple and takes no more than one minute.
There are two easy steps:
It is important that our elected officials hear from other than just the anti-tax special interest. Without our input, there is a chance another year will pass without any progress towards a solution.
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2017
Scout Boats expanding Dorchester County operations
Product line expansion bringing 370 new jobs and more than $10 million investment
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Scout Boats, a designer and manufacturer of luxury coastal fishing boats, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. The company is adding multiple new boat models to its product catalog, bringing $10.9 million of capital investment and creating 370 new jobs.
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Summerville, S.C., Scout Boats designs and manufactures a wide variety of luxury coastal fishing boats, including center console, dual console and bay boat models. Ranging from 17 feet to 53 feet lengths, Scout Boats' products can be found in more than 70 dealers across the nation and the world.
Located at 2351 Highway 78 West in Summerville, S.C., the expansion includes a new 120,000-square-foot facility, designed to accommodate the company's new 53-foot yacht model. Hiring for the new positions has already begun, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $350,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Dorchester County for road improvements associated with this project.
"We've been a long-standing boat builder and employer in South Carolina over the past three decades. From our humble beginnings to now one of the most respected and innovative boat builders in the industry, we are proud of our heritage and excited about our future. We couldn't be where we are today without them or the support of our state. We're excited about our future plans, as well as providing an incredible place to work for our current and future workforce here in Summerville." -Scout Boats Founder and CEO Steve Potts
"South Carolina's economy continues to grow with great companies like Scout Boats investing in our state and our people. Our state's manufacturing industry is one of the most important forces driving our economy, and that's because our skilled workforce has proven that it's better than any other in the world." -Gov. Henry McMaster
"We would like to congratulate Scout Boats for their tremendous investment in Dorchester County and in the State of South Carolina. The Palmetto State has been leading the way in manufacturing for some time now, and announcements from homegrown companies like this one ensure that South Carolina will continue to stay on top." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"We are very excited about the significant expansion of Scout Boats in Dorchester County, which is not their first since arriving in 1989. They are a major reason that Dorchester County has been named 'the boat building capital of South Carolina.' Scout is a locally-grown company committed to their community and their employees. Their technological innovation and new line of boats will be manufactured for clients all over the world, and we are very excited to witness their continued success." -Dorchester County Council Chairman Jay Byars
FIVE FAST FACTS
Biggest Ship to Ever Visit US East Coast (Maritime Logistics)
Container shipping alliances raising antitrust concerns (Post & Courier)
Harbor, Infrastructure Position SC Ports as Last Call for Biggest Ship Ever to Visit East Coast (Container News)
Savannah harbor deepening cost estimate leaps to $973M (Post & Courier)
SC Ports Achieves Record Container Volume in March (SCSPA)
$1.1 million in counterfeit mobile phone seized at Port of Charleston by customs (WCBD)
Scout Boats expanding Dorchester County operations (DOC)
Volvo Cars concerned about possible US import tax (Auto News)
The Truth About Road Repair, Funding and Taxes (Guest Oped - The State)
FMC approves cooperation agreement between Georgia, Virginia ports (American Shipper)
Regulators approve Virginia-Georgia ports alliance (JOC)
Port of Virginia box volumes jump 8.9% in March (American Shipper)
US Congress pressured to forbid alliances from joint contracting (JOC)
Commentary: Freight policy must keep up with the times (American Shipper)
Trucking giants Swift, Knight to merge (American Shipper)
Strong US import forecast could reverse trans-Pac spot rate slip (JOC)
US shippers press truck brokers for sharper ‘visibility’ (JOC)
Carriers find opening to serve smaller shippers (JOC)
Border Tax: What You Need to Know (GlobalTrade Magazine)
U.S. beef, pork exports rise in February (American Shipper)
EU Approves Maersk’s Hamburg Süd Acquisition (Port Technology)
Latest ‘World’s Largest Containership’ Delivered to Maersk Line (gCaptain)
Maersk takes delivery of world’s largest box ship (American Shipper)
MARAD Exec Director Concerned About Mariner Shortage (AmericanShipper)
2017 Gitta Wombwell Scholarship
EPA Regulatory Review (Fed Register)
USACE - Proposals by Non-Federal Interests (Fed Register)
SCPA Holiday Gate Schedule
SCPA Handles Record Volumes in March
USCG Maritime Industry Day originally scheduled for Thursday, April 20 has been Postponed and Will Be Rescheduled for the Fall 2017.