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U.S. Customs Busts Million-Pound Shipment of Smuggled Pork

By MarEx 2019-03-21 19:55:00

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized one million pounds of illegally-smuggled Chinese pork at Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, part of the busy Port Authority of New York and New Jersey complex.  In an operation targeting 50 shipping containers, over 100 CBP agents and K-9 team members found a massive illicit shipment of cured pork products, all carefully hidden within shipments of other consumer goods. Once the tally was in, CBP determined that it was likely the largest seizure of...

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Construction Starts on Port Canaveral's "Launch Pad"

By MarEx 2019-03-21 18:04:27

The Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex this week.  The new terminal, dubbed the Launch Pad, has a futuristic design inspired by the nearby Kennedy Space Center. The $163 million terminal project – the largest in the Port’s 65-year history – is scheduled for completion in May 2020 and will be ready to homeport Mardi Gras, the cruise line's newest ship, in October 2020.

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PSA and Partners to Buy Gdansk Container Terminal

By MarEx 2019-03-21 17:41:58

PSA International, the Polish Development Fund and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund have signed an Agreement to jointly acquire 100 percent of the shares of DCT Gdansk, the largest container terminal in Poland. The terminal is currently owned by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed fund Global Infrastructure Fund II, MTAA Super, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super. DCT Gdansk is situated at the crossroads of the Baltic deep-sea trading routes and holds a strategic position as a major gateway into Poland...

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Photos: Jaxport Welcomes Largest Container Ship Ever

By MarEx 2019-03-21 17:31:05

Jaxport, the port of Jacksonville, Florida, set a new port record this week with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Cape Sounio, the largest container ship it has ever hosted. The 11,000-TEU ship is operated by ZIM on a 2M alliance service, and she transited the Panama Canal from Asia on her way to the U.S. East Coast. “We are grateful to our 2M alliance partners—ZIM, Maersk, MSC, HMM and Hamburg Süd—for making today’s milestone possible,” said Jaxport Chief Commercial...

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U.S. Port Economic Impact Rises Dramatically

By MarEx 2019-03-21 17:24:33

In the five years since Martin Associates’ last nationwide ports economic impact study, the contributions of America’s seaports to the nation’s economy have risen dramatically.  Between 2014 and 2018, the total number of jobs supported by cargo moving through the America’s deep-draft ports increased by more than one-third from 23.1 million jobs to 30.8 million. The total economic value that U.S. coastal ports provide in terms of revenue to businesses, personal income and economic output by exporters and importers rose...

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AAPA Elects Gary G. Nelson as its Next Board Chairman

By MarEx 2019-03-21 16:25:02

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has elected Gary G. Nelson, executive director of  Washington State’s Port of Grays Harbor, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2019-20 activity year that begins in October. Nelson will assume the AAPA chairmanship from William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who began his one-year term on October 10, 2018. “With his valuable experience as a port director involved with...

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Steven M. Cernak Dies, Age Sixty-Three

By MarEx 2019-03-18 18:11:59

Port Everglades Chief Executive and Director Steven M. Cernak passed away over the weekend, following a long, valiant battle with cancer. He was the immediate past Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and immediate past Chairman of the Florida Ports Council. Upon learning of Cernak’s passing, AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said: “Today we mourn the loss of one of the greatest champions of the port industry, Steve Cernak, port director and CEO of Port Everglades....

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Wilhelmsen and Airbus Trial Drone Deliveries to Singapore Anchorage

By MarEx 2019-03-16 17:21:54

Wilhelmsen Ship Service and Airbus completed a trial shore-to-ship drone deployment to a vessel at anchor in Singapore last week.  Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined aerial corridors in its 1.5 kilometer flight to Eastern Working Anchorage. The drone landed on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore anchor handling tug supply vessel, M/V Pacific Centurion and deposited its 1.5 kilogram...

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Diversification Means Growth for DP World

By MarEx 2019-03-15 18:33:33

This week, DP World announced a year-over-year revenue increase that would be large for any sector, and perhaps exceptionally large for ports. Worldwide, the global terminal operator saw revenues rise by 20 percent. This was not because DP World was handling more containers: consolidated TEU throughput at its terminals was effectively flat. Instead, the company said in a statement, the growth came largely from acquisitions outside of terminal operations. DP World has recently spent about $2.5 billion on companies in related sectors, acquiring...

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Authorities Seize 3,200 Pounds of Cocaine at Port Newark

By MarEx 2019-03-14 20:02:00

On February 28, a joint federal and state task force seized 1.5 tons of cocaine at the Port of New York and New Jersey's Port Newark terminals. It was a small amount relative to the multi-ton hauls the Coast Guard confiscates in interdictions at sea, but it was still a success, marking the largest seizure of its kind at Port Newark in 25 years.  According to the New York Times, the find occurred by chance when inspectors were examining containers from...

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