AAPA CEO Kurt Nagle Announces Plan to Retire in 2019
Port of San Diego's Sea Level Preparations Take Shape
As Sanctions Approach, Dalian Provides Storage for Iranian Oil
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Port of San Diego's Sea Level Preparations Take Shape

The Port of San Diego is acting early to prepare for sea level rise in the decades ahead, and its efforts are now visible on the ground. At the site of a future hotel and convention center in Chula Vista, developers trucked in enough soil to raise the ground level by 14 feet before beginning construction. The fill dirt project began in August and finished last week, and an adjacent RV resort project is now receiving a similar treatment.  These...

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AAPA CEO Kurt Nagle Announces Plan to Retire in 2019

Kurt J. Nagle, the long-time president and chief CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced Wednesday that he will be retiring from his post next fall. Mr. Nagle has given more than 33 years of service to the port industry.  Nagle began his work at AAPA in 1985 as the membership services director, following seven years at the National Coal Association and Coal Exporters Association.  In 1995, he was appointed AAPA’s president and CEO, a position he has held for 23 years. Mr. Nagle has...

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As Sanctions Approach, Dalian Provides Storage for Iranian Oil

According to a new report, the Chinese port of Dalian is set to become a hub for Iranian oil exports when sanctions on Tehran's nuclear program take effect next month. Nearly a dozen VLCCs belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) have recently carried consignments to Dalian, compared with the usual rate of just one or two per month, Reuters reports. The Trump administration's renewal of sanctions on Iranian crude has already cut deeply into sales, according to traders,...

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IMO Releases Ship and Port Emissions Toolkits

A new set of free-of-charge toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports is now available from the IMO. The guides are designed to help countries seeking to develop and strengthen national policy and regulatory frameworks related to the prevention of air pollution and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. They provide practical guidance on assessing emissions, so that a national emission reduction strategy for the maritime sector can be developed. The Toolkits have been...

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European Ports Set Top 10 Environmental Priorities

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has released its annual Environmental Report which includes member ports' top 10 environmental priorities for 2018. Air quality has remained the top priority of the European ports since 2013. An increasing interest in relationships with local community, in position 4 of the list, demonstrates that air quality has been increasingly a concern for citizens of port cities and urban areas.  Climate change made it in the Top 10...

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South Korea Contemplates Investment in Russian Far East Port

The South Korean government is underwriting a feasibility study for a port expansion project at Slavyanka, a tiny Russian port 25 miles southwest of Vladivostok. Slavyanka is located adjacent to China's landlocked Jilin Province, and Russian development agencies have promoted its potential as a hub for cargoes departing northeastern China. It is also near to Russia's border with North Korea.  The proposal is not new: in 2006, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan contemplated a joint shipping route that would...

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AMSA Video: Welcome to Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a new video Welcome to Australia which aims to educate international seafarers and shipping companies about their environmental responsibilities in Australian waters. Australia has a vast array of marine life including whales, penguins, dugongs and sea turtles, and it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the continued preservation of this unique marine environment, says AMSA CEO Mick Kinley. AMSA coordinates a national pollution prevention and response strategy and works with government and...

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IAPH Promotes LNG Bunkering Accreditation Tool

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has released its Annual Report 2017-2018 highlighting progress made in supporting the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.  The IAPH’s LNG Working Group has developed an audit and accreditation tool to recognize good LNG bunker facility operators and to have a deterrent effect on possible malpractice in the industry. It ensures the responsibilities of the operator are clearly defined and that careful consideration is given to the way LNG bunker...

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Tallinn Joins STM Validation Project

The STM Validation project said increased the number of participating shore centers from five to six with the joining of Tallinn VTS in Estonia. STM connects and updates ships and ports in real time and facilitates efficient information exchange. The system has been developed in three consecutive E.U.-projects running 2010-2018. In August last year, the STM Validation project successfully installed the first STM compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services. The ships equipped were Stena Germanica and two...

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APMT Invests in West African Ports, but Not Lagos

APM Terminals is investing billions of dollars in West Africa seaports - but not in Lagos, the current (and much-maligned) container port hub for the region.  In Liberia, Maersk's terminal division has put $110 million into its port at Monrovia in line with a concession agreement with the government. According to country director George Adjei, these expenditures include $50 million for wharf improvements and $60 million for equipment. The investment is already near the total amount that APMT promised to...

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South India’s Game Changer for North American East Coast Ports

The opening of the enlarged Panama Canal and of Western Mediterranean transshipment ports offered the promise of greatly increased activity for North America’s east coast ports. While container numbers arriving at the ports have increased since neo-Panamax ships replaced the earlier Panamax ships, the numbers have fallen short of initial projections. The transshipment port that is currently under construction in southwestern India, however, promises to be a game changer for at least some of these east coast ports. Introduction The...

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