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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.
News & Notes October 1 2020
Last Two of Five Harbor Deepening Contracts Awarded (Who’s on the Move)
Georgia Looks Forward to Second Record Month in a Row (Port Tech)
Container Line CMA/CGM Hit by Cyberattack (WSJ)
Freight Futures Suggest Muted 4th Quarter Tanker Rally (Lloyd’s List)
CMA CGM Launches LNG powered Mega Vessel (Shipping Watch)
European Maritime Companies Vulnerable to CyberSecurity Threats (WSJ)
Gefco Says Cyber Attack on Its System (Loadstar)
Mack Begins Production and Delivery on Medium Duty Truck (CCJ)
Grocers Stockpile, Build Pandemic Pallets Ahead of Winter (WSJ)
California’s Ban on New Gas Cars Further Upends the Auto Industry (WSJ)
How a Fortunate Few Airlines Profit During a Pandemic (WSJ)
Collaboration is the Key to Empty Miles Says Coca Cola and Land O Lakes (Supply Chain)
Click Fold Plastics Establishing in Lancaster County (SC Commerce)
DMA Holdings Expanding Operations in Marion County (SC Commerce)
Norenco Establishing Operations in Florence County (SC Commerce)
Maxwood Furniture Expanding Operations in Marion County (SC Commerce)
Chart Industries Establishing Operations in Chester County (SC Commerce)
Daye Establishing Operations in Charleston County (SC Commerce)
Tactical Medical Solutions Expanding in Anderson County (SC Commerce)
News & Notes September 17, 2020
How SC Lawmakers Quietly Funneled $1.7 M for Beaufort County Projects (Island Packet)
Jaxport: Why Port of Entry Matters For E Commerce Retail (AJOT)
NOAA Improves Navigation Near Ga, NH Naval Bases (Prof. Mariner)
Massive Container Ship - Bigger than 4 Football Fields Sets Record Under Bayonne Bridge (NJ.com)
E Commerce Growth Driving Shipping Surge (WSJ)
Container Rates Between US and China at Record High (Shipping Watch)
Fitzgerald Failed to Take Early and Substantial Action Before Collision (Prof Mariner)
House Republicans Issue Post Election Infrastructure Plan (Freightwaves)
US Blocks Chinese Imports Over Alleged Forced Labor Practices (WSJ)
Thai CP Group to Build Pork Business (Nikkei Asian Review)
Research Ranks Top Pharma DC Hubs (DC Velocity)
Lineage Logistics Expands in Charleston County (Trade & Industry)
US Drops Canada Aluminum Tariffs (Freightwaves)
News & Notes September 10, 2020
Why We Need to Rethink Inland Waterways (GCaptain)
Panama Canal Plans New MegaProject To Solve Water Supply Problems (Maritime Exec)
CMA CGM Group Delivers Significantly Stronger Operating Profit (Shipping Watch)
Supertanker Earnings Go From Boom to Bust as Demand Wavers (GCaptain)
Railcar Makers Cut Costs as Pandemic Adds to Industry Woes (WSJ)
Truckers Are Seeing Growing Freight Volumes (WSJ)
Grain Trade Injects Life Into Moribund Dry Bulk Market (Lloyd’s List)
Georgia’s Mason Mega Rail Driving Value for Shippers (AJOT)
Container Volumes Surge after Coronavirus Downturn (WSJ)
Ball Plans New Aluminum Plant to Counter Can Shortage (Supply Chain)
Cantey Tech Expanding Operations in Charleston County (SC Commerce)
Ace Hardware Expanding into Mexico (Freightwaves)
News & Notes September 3, 2020
Port Says Business Beginning to Recover (TT News)
Port Access Road Update (Port Access)
Charleston Sees Recovery While Preparing to Be Deepest East Coast Port (Maritime Exec)
Shipping Lines Learn to Make Money By Balancing Supply and Demand (WSJ)
Shipping Stocks Weather the Pandemic Storm (WSJ)
Classic Panamaxes Roar Back (Splash 247)
Inactive Boxship Fleet Dips Below 1M TEU for First Time This Year (Splash 247)
Zim Launches New Cybersecurity Initiative (Port Tech)
Robot Trucks Are Seeking Inroads Into Freight Business (WSJ)
Regulators Warn Class 1 Railroads on Service Issues, Excessively Late (Supply Chain)
Private Carriers Have Adjusted Their Operations For the Long Haul (TT News)
New COVID 19 Layoffs Make Job Reductions Permanent (WSJ)
World Wide AI Spending to Double in Next 4 Years (WSJ)
Ocean Reefer Cargo Expected to Grow Nearly 4% annually Until 2024 (Supply Chain)
Maersk Accelerated End to End Transformation (Port Tech)
Is China Splitting Smart Supply Chains Into Two Digital Ecosystems (Splash 247)
ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON (Update 1)
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1, 2020 and will run through November 30, 2020. During this timeframe, the assigned port condition (PORTCON) will remain PORTCON IV and the port status will remain OPEN for all ports and waterways within the Sector Charleston Captain of the Port Zone. These waters are identified in 33 CFR 3.35-15 and lie between the intersection of the North Carolina – South Carolina boarder and the northern bank of the Savannah River.
In the event of forecasted tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) from a tropical cyclone, the Sector Charleston Captain of the Port (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 Sector Charleston Captain of the 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 tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) from a tropical cyclone threaten South Carolina. These port conditions are as follows:
Forecasted Hours Prior to Tropical Storm Force Winds Port Condition Measures in Effect
1 DEC – 31 MAY
General. Port status is OPEN.
1 JUN – 30 NOV
Hurricane seasonal alert. Industry to review heavy weather plans. Port status is OPEN.
The COTP will assess lay-up and mooring plans, meet with stakeholders, and conduct port assessments. Port status is OPEN.
The COTP will finalize review of lay-up and mooring plans, hold further meetings with stakeholders, and continue port assessments. Port Status is OPEN.
The COTP may restrict vessel movements, including stopping inbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations. Port status is OPEN with RESTRICTIONS.
The COTP may restrict all vessel movements, including stopping inbound and outbound vessel traffic, and cargo operations. Port status is CLOSED.
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.
All vessels, waterfront facilities, and marinas should review their heavy weather plans. Please take into account that drawbridges may not open for vessel traffic when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph or during land evacuations. Vessels or oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons that are unable to go to sea are required to submit heavy weather plans to the COTP. The request form can be obtained from Sector Charleston’s HOMEPORT internal site at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. All requests should be submitted to D07-PF-SECTORCHASN-WWM@uscg.mil. The COTP will carefully evaluate vessels requesting to remain in port. Submission alone of a Remain in Port Request does not grant approval from the COTP.
From December 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021, the threat of severe weather decreases. PORTCON V with a port status of OPEN will be in effect. This, however, does not prevent the COTP from changing port conditions in the event of forecasted severe weather.
For HWAG or waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 323-7761. For facility and foreign vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186. For domestic vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 754-2076. For Coast Guard related emergencies, please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.
Preparedness Planning for Self-Propelled Oceangoing Vessels
Over 500 GT
The owner, operator or agent of the vessel must submit in writing or orally a mooring plan for acceptance by the Captain of the Port. Vessels remaining in port must have their decks clear of missile hazards, potential pollution hazards, and flammable materials. All persons in charge must ensure that hatches are secured for heavy weather. The following information must be included in the mooring plan submission.
1. Name, call sign, and official number of vessel.
2. Nationality of the vessel.
3. Name of the master.
4. Name, address, and phone number of the agent, charterer or operator, and owner.
5. Reason why the vessel is not leaving port.
6. Provide full vessel characteristics that would be needed to effect salvage.
7. Provide a full stowage plan and manifest to determine particular cargo and pollution hazards.
8. Provide 24 hour contact and information on qualified individuals who have been empowered in writing by the owners to make on-site decisions and authorize expenditures for any required pollution response or salvage.
9. Provide insurance disclosure to the Captain of the Port, and if moored to a facility, to the facility.
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