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News & Notes January 14, 2021
Port, Attorney General File Complaint With NLRB (Chas. Bus Journal)
SC Ports Defend Hybrid Labor Model (Freightwaves)
Maersk Works With Stakeholders on Port Congestion, Export Issues (Supply Chain)
South Carolina Ports Continues Riding Volume Wave (Freightwaves)
Rotterdam to Develop New Online Port Management Program (Port Tech)
More Misery for Shippers With Return of Bunker Surcharges on the Radar (Loadstar)
Ship Orders Slump by 50% with Owners Unsure Which Green Fuel to Use (Shipping Watch)
Zim Shipping Pins Growth Plan On Its Small Scale (WSJ)
Maersk Prepares for a Farewell to Record High Rates in the First Half of the Year (Shipping Watch)
Congestion, Slowdown at Ports Cause Growing Concern (TTNews)
Transportation Insight LLC Bolsters its Parcel and E Commerce Arm (DC Velocty)
Ford, Auto Makers Cut Output, Idle Workers on Chip Shortage (WSJ)
Logistics: Building a Resilient Supply Chain (Business Facilities)
All Areas of the Supply Chain Must Work Together in Post Pandemic World (Port Tech)
2020 Retail Imports May Break Record Despite Pandemic (DC Velocity)
White House Publishes Maritime Cybersecurity Strategy (WSJ)
News & Notes 1/7/2021
Among Piers: Cranes Land in South Carolina (Freightwaves)
Charleston: 2021 Will Be a Learning Curve (Cruise News)
For Container Lines and Ports, What a Difference a Year Makes (DC Velocity)
Hapag-Lloyd Six LNG-Powered 23,500 TEU Containerships (Lloyd’s List)
Slidings Replacing Blank Voyages as Ocean Carriers Stretch Transit Times (Loadstar)
Zim Files Papers to Start 2021 With New York Shipping IPO (Tradewinds)
Golden Ray Dismantling Continues in New Year (Freightwaves)
Maersk Works with Stakeholders on Port Congestion and Export Issues (Supply Chain)
Evergreen in Talks for Mega Boxship Sale and Leaseback Deal (Splash247)
Odfjell is Optimistic About Chemical Tanker in 2021 (Shipping Watch)
PTC is Operating on All Required Rail Lines (Progressive Rail)
Trucking Emerges Strong After Challenging Year (TTNews)
Trucking Faces Transitional Year in 2021 (TTNews)
Firms Want to Adjust Supply Chain Post Pandemic (WSJ)
Pandemic Reshapes US Employment, Speeding Changes Across Industries (WSJ)
News & Notes
SC Ports Welcome New RTGs as Part of Terminal Expansion (Port Tech)
US Ports ask for $3.9 Billion in Covid-19 Relief as Cargo Plummets (Port Tech)
SC Ports Continues to Set Records as Global Trade Rebounds (Chas Bus)
South Carolina Ports: Southeast Market Booming (Freightwaves)
Maersk-Owner to Buy Food Packaging Firm Faerch (Financial Post)
Maersk and ONE have to Decline Bookings in Asia Due to Overheated Market (Shipping Watch)
Three Chinese Yards to Share $900M MSC Orders (TradeWinds)
Hapag Lloyd Upgrades its 2020 Earnings Forecast Due to Strong Market (Shipping Watch)
Mnuchin Defends Coronavirus Relief Loan to Troubled Trucking Firm YRC (WSJ)
Sizing up the Future of Contract Freight in Uncertain Times (Freightwaves)
New Tools for Competitive Railroad Intel (Freightwaves)
Vaccine Transport Leans on Tight Network of Refrigerated Truck Operators (WSJ)
Box Shortage to Last Until at Least February (Lloyd’s List)
Digitizing the Supply Chain is a collaborative Effort (Freightwaves)
CBRE: Holiday Sales Expected to Generate $70.5B in Returns (Supply Chain)
Peabody Engineering and Supply Establishing Operations in Pickens County (SC Commerce)
EUWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc Expanding Operations in Anderson County (SC Commerce)
Armada Analytics Relocating Headquarters and Expanding Operations in Greenville County (SC Commerce)
Marine Safety Information Bulletin
U.S. Coast Guard
MSIB Number: 31-20
Date: December 1, 2020
END OF 2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1, 2020 and ran through November 30, 2020. During this timeframe, the threat of severe weather was increased and Port Condition (PORTCON) was set to PORTCON IV.
From December 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021, the threat of severe weather decreases. PORTCON V with a port status of OPEN for all ports and waterways within the Sector Charleston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone is now in effect. These waters are identified in 33 CFR 3.35-15 and lie between the intersection of the North Carolina - South Carolina border and the northern bank of the Savannah River.
While the measures in effect are now general, this does not preclude the COTP from changing port conditions in the event of forecasted severe weather. These port conditions are as follows:
Forecasted Hours Prior to Tropical Storm Force Winds Port Condition Measures in Effect
1 DEC - 31 MAY Port Condition V General. Port status is OPEN.
1 JUN - 30 NOV Port Condition IV Hurricane seasonal alert. Industry to review heavy weather plans. Port status is OPEN.
72 hrs Port Condition WHISKEY The COTP will assess lay-up and mooring plans, meet with stakeholders, and conduct port assessments. Port status is OPEN.
48 hrs Port Condition X-RAY The COTP will finalize review of lay-up and mooring plans, hold further meetings with stakeholders, and continue port assessments. Port Status is OPEN.
24 hrs Port Condition YANKEE The COTP may restrict vessel movements, including stopping inbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations. Port status is OPEN with RESTRICTIONS.
12 hrs Port Condition ZULU The COTP may restrict all vessel movements, including stopping inbound and outbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations. Port status is CLOSED.
AFTER STORM PASSAGE Port is OPEN or OPEN with RESTRICTIONS
Prior to authorizing vessel movements and cargo operations, the COTP will conduct a risk analysis based on actual weather observed and port assessments, which may include verifications of aids to navigation, channel hazards, waterfront facility damage, and vessel accountability.
In the event of forecasted severe weather, the COTP will coordinate with the Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) to evaluate port preparation and changes in port condition.
The HWAG consists of maritime transportation system professionals local to the COTP Port Zones, providing input on local operations and coordination for overall port well-being in response to severe weather events.
The COTP will announce changes to port conditions via a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) and a Broadcast Notice to Mariners when forecasted severe weather threaten South Carolina.
Vessels, waterfront facilities, and marinas are recommended to take this opportunity of decreased threat of severe weather and evaluate heavy weather plans, anticipated vessel remain-in-port requests, avenues of evacuation, and local contact lists.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.
ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY SAFETY ZONE HORRY COUNTY, SC
The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River from the U.S. Highway 501 Bridge at statute mile 365 south to the Wacca Wache Marina at statute mile 384. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless vessels proceed at speeds that do not create a wake. State and Federal authorities have determined that wakes from vessels transiting the area create increased hazards associated with high waters present in the area.
This rule is effective from November 25, 2020, through December 4, 2020, or until waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The duration of the safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment while this area experiences high water conditions.
For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector's 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.
November 19, 2020
SC Ports Sees Strong October Volumes (Metro Col CEO)
Inland SC Ports Set Records (Freight Waves)
Containers Are the New Gold amid Black Swan Box Squeeze (Frieghtwaves)
US Exporters Coming Up Empty in Scramble for Outbound Containers (WSJ)
Hapag Lloyd Benefits from Rigorous Cost Management (Lloyd’s List)
CMA CGM in Drive to Develop Bio-Methane Market (Lloyd’s List)
Tracking the Speed, Dwell and Cars of Class 1 Railroads (Supply Chain)
Global Food Supplies Weather Coronavirus Pandemic (WSJ)
Supply Chains Near Break Point Amid Service Disruptions (Lloyd’s List)
Home Depot to Buy Former Unit HD Supply for $8.7 Billion (WSJ)
Holiday Shipping Headaches Have Begun (Supply Chain)
NY Lollipop Stick Manufacturer to Build in Fountain Inn (GSA Business)
Setterstix Corporation Establishing Operations in Laurens County (EIN Presswire)
Santa Cruz Nutritionals Selects Sumter County for Expansion (SC Commerce)
News & Notes October 22, 2020
Connect for Coffee to Discuss Impact and Future of SC Port Authority (Augusta CEO)
Inland Port Dillon Growth Continues (SC Now)
US Transportation Secretary Announces Over $220 Million in Grants for US Ports (AJOT)
NC Ports Awarded $16 Million Grant for Infrastructure Improvements (AJOT)
Textainer Sees Container Shortage Persist Well In To 2020 (Shipping Watch)
Boxship Tonnage Providers Benefit from Carrier Bonanza (Lloyd’s List)
Maersk Terminates Agreement with DB Schenker After Attempt of Hijacking Customers
Significant Earnings Jump Spurs Hapag-Lloyd Forecast Revision (Freightwaves)
US Charges Russian Military Officers Behind “Notpetya” Cyber Attack (GCaptain)
Holiday Crunch Starts Early With More Packages Than Means To Deliver Them (WSJ)
NFI Responds to Logistics Demand With Plans to Add 5000 New Hires (Supply Chain)
Amazon’s Prime Day Accelerates Shift to Online Shopping (WSJ)
Pure Blue Fish Establishing Operations In Orangeburg County (SC Commerce)
Unique Loom Expanding Operations in Lancaster County (SC Commerce)
News & Notes October 15, 2020
South Carolina Sees Uptick in Port Activity (Freightwaves)
SC Ports See Best Month Since Covid -19 Outbreak (Port Tech)
First New Terminal for Over a Decade to Boost US Trade (Port Tech)
SC Booming as Distribution Hub (AJOT)
Maersk Lifts Guidance, Will Cut 2000 Jobs in Restructuring (WSJ)
Booming Rates Boost Container Lines Appetite for New Builds (Shipping Watch)
Port of Virginia Cycling in New Chassis Fleet (Maritime Prof)
Why is Trucking in For a Big Q4 Haul? (Freightwaves)
Remade Holiday Shopping Calendar (WSJ)
Complaints Spark US FMC into Shipping Line Bill of Lading Issues (Loadstar)
Intermodal Volume Swells to 4th Strongest Month of All Time (Supply Chain)
Warehouse Employment at an All Time High (Supply Chain)
Americold Acquires Agro Merchants Group in $1.74 Billion Deal (Freightwaves)
OldCastle APG Establishing Operations in Fairfield County (SCCommerce)
Arrival to Build its First US Electric Vehicle Microfactory in York County (SC Commerce)
CMA CGM Restores System After Cyber Attack (Lloyd’s List)
News & Notes October 8, 2020
Cargotec and Konecranes to Merge (Splash247)
Georgia Ports Authority Expects 5% Growth in September (Atlanta Business)
Phase 1 of Leatherman Terminal on Track for March Opening (Chs Bus Journal)
CDC Director Warns that Cruise Ship Travel Exacerbates Spread of Covid-19 (GCaptain)
MSC to Splash out $888M to Order Boxship Giants (Tradewinds)
CMA CGM Says Data Possibly Stolen in Cyberattack (WSJ)
MSC Calls for Greater Investment in Hydrogen (Port Tech)
Bulk, Cruise, and Ro-Ro Operators Get Smart with Wilhelmsen’s Digital Mooring System (AJOT)
Bulk Carrier Runs Aground Near Norfolk (Prof Mariner)
Transfix Releases Fleet Planner for Small, Midsize Carriers (Freightwaves)
Trucking Approaches Unusual Holiday Shipping Season (TT News)
Record Rise for Warehouse in UK (Logistics Manager)
The Pandemic Opened Cybersecurity Gaps in the Supply Chain (Supply Chain)
Treasury Warns Against Keeping Ransomware Payments Quiet (WSJ)
Global Maritime Regulator Hit by Cyberattack (WSJ)
Power Tool Company Opening Facility in Ladson (CHS Reg Bus)
Pine View Buildings Establishing Operations in Barnwell County (SC Commerce)
SynTech Designs Establishing Operations in Lancaster County (SC Commerce)
Sector Charleston Date: October 1, 2020
SWIM AROUND CHARLESTON
The Swim Around Charleston will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The twelve-mile swim starts at Remley Point on the Wando River, crosses the main shipping channel of Charleston Harbor, and will finish at the General William B. Westmoreland Bridge on the Ashley River.
The Captain of the Port Charleston will enforce a moving safety zone to protect the participants of this event. The safety zone will encompass all waters surrounding participants and safety vessels, extending 50-yards in front, 50-yards behind, and 100-yards on either side. No one shall enter, transit, moor, anchor, or remain within the safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or designated representative.
All persons requesting to transit through the safety zone must contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.
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