Richard Knee

Richard Knee

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Richard Knee is a San Francisco-based contributor for The Maritime Executive Magazine

Harbor Maintenance

Dredging: Funding Holdup

By Richard Knee 2016-01-08 18:04:09

Why won’t Congress release Harbor Maintenance Tax revenues? The need is great. The money is there. But the purse strings are tight. Whether it’s deepening navigation channels or keeping them at current depths, port authorities on all three U.S. coasts are finding the purse strings, especially in Washington, increasingly tight. And as the 2016 elections approach, they would like nothing better than to get the politicians’ attention. But port issues, unfortunately, are seldom of the hot-button variety nationally. “Ports...

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Ship and Truck

Foreign Trade Zones: Growing With the Flow

By Richard Knee 2015-05-25 12:08:13

As global trade grows, so too does the popularity of Foreign Trade Zones. Foreign Trade Zone 283 is brand new as is its host port, Cates Landing, on the Mississippi River near Tiptonville in western Tennessee. So it’s probably no surprise that it has only one client. Nor should it be a surprise when it soon begins to grow, mirroring what is happening across much of the country. FTZs are designated areas where companies can import and re-export goods duty-free....

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Oil Tanker at Port

Petrochemical Ports: Gulf Coast Rising

By Richard Knee 2015-05-15 09:46:24

Cheap natural gas is feeding an explosion in chemical and petrochemical exports. Just as southern California is the nation’s top magnet for containerized cargo, so is the Gulf Coast the most attractive hub for movements of petrochemicals. Led by Houston and New Orleans, petrochemical activity is thriving due in no small part to growth in refining activity and an abundance of cheap natural gas. “America’s shale gas revolution could lead to dramatic growth in U.S. chemical exports over...

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