NEWS & NOTES
MARITIME ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES
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.
Charleston Progress on New Container Terminal (Maritime Journal)Charleston Sees Recovery as Preparing to be the Deepest East Coast Port (Turkish Marine)
Savannah Becomes the Busiest Export Hub in the US (Port Tech)
Dredger Fire in Corpus Christi (Seatrade Maritime)
Reefer Cargoes Withstand Pandemic Pressures (Lloyd’s List)
Odfjell Rides the Wave of a Strong Chemical Tanker Market (Shipping Watch)
ATA Accuses Ocean Carriers, Pool Operators of Limiting Chassis Choice (Supply Chain)
RJ Corman To Acquire 3 Short Lines, Transload Service Provider (Progressive Rail)
Logistics/ Supply Chain
Why Are There Still Not Enough Paper Towels (WSJ)
Retailers See E Commerce Investments Pay off Big as Shoppers Stay Home (WSJ)
Unilever Trials Geolocation Tech in Palm Oil Supply Chain (Food & Bev)
SteelFab Expanding Operations in Florence County (SC Commerce)
Effingham Pellets Establishing Operations in Florence County (SC Commerce)
News & Notes August 20, 2020
America's Leading POrts from Coast to Coast (Global Trade)
LA, SC Ports See Improved July Traffic (Furniture Today)
SC Ports Signs of Moderate Recovery in July (Asia Cargo News)
US Inland Ports Make Headway as Shippers Eye Crucial Speed to Market (Loadstar)
Louisiana To Develop Eco Friendly, Mega Ship Ready Container Terminal (Port Tech)
US Seizes Iranian Fuel Cargo for the First Time (WSJ)
Charter Market for Larger Boxships is Virtually Sold Out (Loadstar)
Hapag Lloyd to Improve Vessels With New Data Platform (Port Tech)
SC Ports News Terminal to Include Direct Connection to Truckers to Interstate 26 (The Trucker)
Truck Platooning Company’s Synced Up Convoys Made First Commercial Deliveries (Freighwaves)
Imports Rise at Maritime Ports as Warehouses Restock After Covid Shutdown (DC Velocity)
From Cocoa to Coffee and Sugar,Soft Commodities Stage Simultaneous Rally (WSJ)
Ports Show Mixed Results On Imports Ahead of Back to School Season (Supply Chain)
Is Digital Agility a Post Pandemic Savior? (Supply Chain)
News & Notes July 13, 2020
East Coast Ports Continue to Assess Damage From Covid-19 (TT News)
Growth in Container Port Capacity in Contract as Trade Declines (WSJ)
Port of New York and New Jersey Performance Worst Ever (Freightwaves)
NC Ports Presses Ahead With Upgrades (Port Tech)
Second Sandy Hook Pilot Killed in Pilot Ladder Accident (Maritime Exec)
K Line to Slash Fleet to Stem Red Ink (Splash 247)
Maersk Unveils Updated and Agile Supply Chain (Port Tech)
Container LInes Lost 7% of Volumes in First Half Year (Shipping Watch)
Norfolk Southern aims to arm employees with a Host of Mobile Apps (Progr. Rail)
Supply Chain/ Logistics
Logistics Firms Fast-Track Cloud (WSJ)
Logistics Companies Plan to Use Ai, Data to Ship Goods Ahead of Orders (WSJ)
Silgan Containers Expanding Operations in Lancaster County (SC Commerce)
News & Notes August 6, 2020
Jax Port Gets Additional $75 Million for Harbor Deepening (SeaTrade)
Box Freight Rates in the Balance (Lloyd’s List)
Ship Owners Back in the Driver’s Seat, With Brisk Business in the Charter Market (Loadstar)
Company and Employee Rights During a US Coast Guard Investigation (Maritime Exec)
Norfolk Southern Nabs Former CSX, Union Pacific Executive as Railroad Pushes Forward (Supply Chain)
Tight Truckload Market Pushes up Spot Rates (Supply Chain)
Global Factories Increases Production But Overseas Demand Remains Soft (WSJ)
The Rush is on to Secure Holiday Season Warehouse Space (WSJ)
Michelin Moves Export Supply Chain Distribution Center to Inland Port Greer (Rubber World)
Arkonik Ltd. Launches North American Headquarters in SC (Freightwaves)
Marine Safety Information Bulletin
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 Waccamaw River from Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) statue mile 375 near Enterprise Landing and AICW statue mile 366 near Fantasy Island Bridge, and along the Waccamaw River between Sandy Island and Barefoot Landing. 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 August 4, 2020, through August 18, 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.
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