Ports

Former FMC Commissioner Bill Doyle Named Executive Director of Maryland Port Administration

Bill DoyleJune 16, 2020 - Maryland Port Administration (MPA) announced that William P. Doyle, a former United States Federal Maritime Commissioner, will lead the Port of Baltimore as the new Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, effective July 22.

Doyle is a respected maritime professional with nearly three decades of experience in the transportation and energy sectors. As a former U.S. Maritime Commissioner from 2013-2018, Doyle represented the United States in numerous global negotiations and facilitated positive outcomes to disputes among maritime industry and labor groups. In his role, he aided U.S. Labor and Commerce Secretaries in major labor negotiations and co-chaired maritime trade discussions with the People's Republic of China, European Union Trade Commission, Panama and Greece. Doyle most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America.

“With a distinguished career in the maritime industry and international trade spanning nearly three decades, I am confident that Bill Doyle will lead the Port of Baltimore in driving Maryland’s economy forward,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “Under his leadership, the Port of Baltimore will continue to create jobs and keep the supply chain moving as it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."

Doyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Marine Engineer. He also has a law degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center’s program at the Academy of WTO Law & Policy Institute of International Economic Law.

SOURCE: Maryland Port Administration

 

Laurentia Project

Over 100 Import-Export Companies Support the Development of Port of Québec's Laurentia Container Terminal

June 15, 2020 - More than one hundred companies have given their support to the development of Laurentia, the Port of Québec's deep-water container terminal project, which will create a new economical supply chain for Quebec and Eastern Canadian importers and exporters, enabling them to gain efficient access to international markets in Asia and Europe.

The Quebec Container Terminal, operated by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Canadian National (CN), will open in early 2024 and will provide shippers with improved access to traditional markets in Europe and the Mediterranean as well expanding markets in Southeast Asia.

In addition to becoming the most ecological and technologically advanced facility in North America, the terminal will offer import-export companies faster transportation times and more competitive rates than those currently offered by other ports on the east coast of the United States operating in the deep-water seaport and large container ship markets.

HPH, the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of 52 ports spanning 27 countries, and CN, an established transportation network providing access to the heart of North American industry, are making a stake, together with the Port of Québec, on Québec City becoming a new intermodal and transportation hub through the establishment of an essential supply chain. The port location and the Quebec Container Terminal offer critical responses to changing trends taking place in today’s shipping industry.

Karen Roach, Vice-President Pulp & Paper Business Optimization for Resolute Forest Products, said, "Resolute's long-term export requirements are based on a modern and cost efficient supply chain. International markets are very competitive, and the Quebec City Big Ship Container Port will provide exporters as well as consumers access to bigger ships and trains, providing important efficiencies."

The Laurentia Project includes a wharf with a 16-metre water depth, capacity to accommodate 13,000 TEU container ships and a direct connection to a high-performance rail transportation network that can reach one hundred million North American consumers.

SOURCE: Port of Québec

 

JAXPORT Homeland Security meeting

JAXPORT Welcomes Acting US Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf

June 3, 2020 (Press Release) - Leadership from JAXPORT, U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Area Port of Jacksonville, and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville joined U.S. Congressman John Rutherford in welcoming Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf to JAXPORT [last week].

The visit included an update on JAXPORT’s major growth projects, including the Harbor Deepening Project which remains two years ahead of its original schedule due in large part to support from the federal government, and a briefing on how the port has continued to safely operate and remain open for business during COVID-19.

“Getting the economy opened back up safely is a top priority for Homeland Security and JAXPORT really personifies that. Jacksonville’s port has remained open throughout the pandemic and plays an important role in our country’s economic recovery and national security.”
 — Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf.

“Getting the economy opened back up safely is a top priority for Homeland Security and JAXPORT really personifies that,” said Secretary Wolf. “Jacksonville’s port has remained open throughout the pandemic and plays an important role in our country’s economic recovery and national security.”

“We are grateful for the continued support of our federal partners as we work to keep cargo moving and people working,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “When the economy picks back up, our strategic location and diversification of business puts us in a very favorable position to grow our cargo volumes and their economic impact for Northeast Florida.”

Cargo activity through Jacksonville’s seaport generates 138,000 jobs in Florida and $31 billion in economic output for the region and state. As one of the nation’s 17 Strategic Seaports, JAXPORT is on-call 24/7 to move U.S. Military cargo for national defense, disaster relief and foreign humanitarian aid, and is the only port in Florida with this designation.

About JAXPORT

JAXPORT is an international trade seaport offering direct ocean carrier services to 140 ports in 70 countries. The port offers fast access to 70 million U.S. consumers via 100 trucking firms, three major interstates, and 40 daily trains. For further information, visit: www.jaxport.com

SOURCE: JAXPORT

 

Antwerp Port Authority

Alfaport-Voka, Antwerp Port Authority and Maatschappij Linkerscheldeoever Agree to Extend Payment Period for Concessions

June 3, 2020 - In order to support the Port of Antwerp concession-holders in the present exceptional circumstances, Antwerp Port Authority and Maatschappij Linkerscheldeoever (MLSO) have agreed to grant an extension of the payment period for domain concession fees.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis the members of the Antwerp port community asked the Port Authority and MLSO for support measures. After consultation with Alfaport, the Port Authority and MLSO have decided to extend the deadline for payment of concession fees until 30 July 2020, for invoices relating to Q3 2020. In practical terms, for the quarterly invoices this means:

Invoices Dated 15 June 2020 – Payment Deadline: 30 July 2020

The Port Authority and MLSO may exceptionally switch to monthly invoices for Q3 2020, on the basis of a specific request by the concession-holder, with reasons being given. This request must be submitted for concessions of the Port Authority at the latest by 10 June 2020 to [email protected] In this exceptional case the following dates apply:

  1. invoices dated 15 June 2020 – payment deadline: 30 July 2020
  2. invoices dated 15 July 2020 – payment deadline: 31 August 2020
  3. invoices dated 14 August 2020 – payment deadline: 30 September 2020

Antwerp Port Authority, MLSO and Alfaport-Voka will monitor the situation closely in the meantime.

Source: Port of Antwerp

 

Forest Products See Increase via Port of Savannah; Wood Pulp, Paper, Paperboard Lead Commodity Group

Containerboard

June 3, 2020 (Georgia Ports Authority) - While many cargo categories have seen struggles related to COVID-19, certain forest products are seeing strong demand at the start of 2020.

Among the Port of Savannah's top five forest product exports - wood pulp, paper and paperboard, logs and lumber, veneers and plywood, and boards - the Port of Savannah handled 118,783 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 2.6 percent or 3,000 TEUs, in the first three months of the year (the latest period for which containerized commodity data is available).

Wood pulp, paper and paperboard drove most of the growth, with wood pulp volumes increasing by 16.3 percent (7,714 TEUs) January through March compared to 2019, for a total of 55,083 TEUs. Similarly, paper and paperboard grew from 42,809 to 49,732 TEUs during the first three months of the year, an increase of 16.2 percent, or 6,923 TEUs.

"The paperboard and containerboard are used for packaging of products you see on your store shelves and for making much-needed boxes that are in high demand due to the growth of e-commerce, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Plastic Express President and CEO Ray Hufnagel. The company, best known for packaging and transporting resins and other plastic goods, moves other commodities through its subsidiary, PX Services, to global destinations via the Port of Savannah.

"The wood pulp we receive is a high purity cellulose specialty product that is used in pharmaceuticals, among many other products," Hufnagel said.

April numbers for GPA commodities are not yet available. Anecdotally, however, port customers have noted continued strong demand for commodities such as paper and paperboard.

"Domestic paper sales are up due to the COVID 19 rush," said David Porter, regional sales manager at GPA. "Georgia-Pacific is looking to be up 15 percent for the fiscal year and Graphic Packaging up 10.5 percent. Driving this growth is the demand for more food-grade boxes. As more people stay home, the demand for these types of products has increased."

Logs and Lumber

Logs and lumber saw an initial decline compared to 2019, however orders are rising significantly as trade deals have reopened the market into China.

"Demand is skyrocketing, and many of the log providers are scrambling to meet demand," Porter said. "We have multiple companies looking at the Appalachian Regional Port and another working with GLOVIS in West Georgia to match-back empty containers from KIA. Some log exporters are seeing growth of 200 percent to 300 percent."

Plastic Express Recently Opened Building 1

Savannah's forest products volumes may also be positively impacted by the entry of Plastic Express into the local market handling these commodities. The company's recently opened Building 1 is now receiving railcars of paper and wood pulp. Container stuffing operations for forest products began in February.

"Since those initial carloads, we have seen growth through our facility and in just a few months are up to around 700 twenty-foot equivalent container units with a lot more growth in the pipeline," Hufnagel said. "The challenges with COVID-19 have impacted businesses and consumers alike, however the need for paper to be used for packaging products and wood pulp for pharmaceuticals, toiletries, and diapers are still very much in demand."

Plastic Express began its initial operations in Savannah last year with 1.1 million square feet of space and 265 rail car spots, with nearly half of that available to non-resin commodities. The company has now started construction on Building 2 in Savannah, adding another 1.2 million square feet of space and 235 rail car spots, again with roughly half of the new capacity available to forest products.

Georgia mills provide the largest share of paper products arriving at the Savannah warehouse, with the remainder coming from Florida and South Carolina. The company is also competing for forest products business out of Alabama, Arkansas and North Carolina.

Hufnagel said access to Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern via shortline carrier Georgia Central extends the company's reach to customers across the U.S. Southeast. Key destinations for the paper and pulp shipments include South America, Asia, India and North Africa.

"Good news for the forestry industry not only benefits the Georgia Ports Authority, but the state economy as a whole," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "The industry spans the state of Georgia, from landowners and pulpwood growers, to major mills and the thousands of people they employ."

As one of the state's largest public employers, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) directly employs almost 1,300 trained logistics professionals. The GPA, however, is responsible for generating far more employment throughout the state. GPA operations, together with private sector, port-related operations, account for more than 440,000 jobs statewide, $106 billion dollars in revenue, and income exceeding $25 billion annually. For further information visit: gaports.com.

SOURCE: Georgia Ports Authority

 
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