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Sailing vessel aground off Magic Island, minor oil spill detected

The US Coast Guard announced that it is responding to a report of a 32-foot sailing vessel grounded off Magic Island, on June 13. Pollution responders are also on scene assessing the area, as there is a maximum potential fuel load of 27 gallons of diesel aboard. A slight sheen was reported but is expected to dissipate naturally.

Port Tampa Bay accommodates its biggest container vessel

Port Tampa Bay welcomed its biggest container ship ever, the CMA CGM Dalila. The vessel is 1,096 feet long, 141 feet across the beam and can carry up to 8,469 TEU shipping containers. CMA CGM Dalila is also the first ship in a new service planned to arrive on weekly basis from Asia.

Port of Boston records rise of business activity

The Massachusetts Port Authority presented a new report, showing that the Port of Boston contributed $8.2 billion in economic activity in 2018, an increase from $4.6 billion in 2012. Smart investments and partnerships were the drivers to increasing jobs, business revenues, and tax contributions.

Shipping industry condemns ‘intolerable’ tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman

Following the tanker attacks on Thursday, 13 June in the Gulf of Oman, the IMO Secretary General, the International Chamber of Shipping and INTERTANKO expressed their concerns, noting that this is an intolerable situation threatening the lives of seafarers, the environment and the world economy.

US’s first zero-emissions e-ferry to run on hydrogen fuel cell

SW/TCH Maritime (SW/TCH) announced its collaboration with Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), concerning its aim to build and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry. The project leverages proven technology from partners including BAE Systems and Hydrogenics.

US Senators introduce bill to achieve equal tax treatment of LNG

US Senators Todd Young, Bill Cassidy, M.D., and Michael Bennet have brought the Waterway LNG Parity Act before Congress. This bill mandates excise taxes on LNG for marine transportation on inland waterways to be levied at a rate consistent with energy output regarding diesel and gasoline.

US DOT presents port infrastructure development project

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This new program aims to support public coastal ports by improving the safety, efficiency or reliability of goods movement, into, out of or within a port.

PGNiG and Venture Global LNG sign purchase agreement

Following the visit of Poland’s President, Andrzej Duda to Washington D.C., the Polish Oil and Gas Company signed an agreement with Venture Global LNG to buy additional 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The volume of LNG coming from the Plaquemines terminal will increase from 1.0 to 2.5 million tonnes per year, and specifically from 1.35 to 3.38 bcm of natural gas after regasification. 

Port of Oakland’s agricultural exports see 12% increase, despite tariffs

Port of Oakland reported that its containerized agricultural exports are boosting, despite the trade war. The farm good shipments in the first four months of 2019 saw a 12% increase from the previous year. According to the port, the majority of its shipments are sent to Asia, despite US’s tariffs.

South Carolina Ports Authority achieved its best May ever

South Carolina Ports Authority announced on June 11 that it achieved its strongest May on record. Namely, the Port handled 204,457 twenty-foot equivalent container units handled last month. Fiscal year-to-date TEU volume has increased by 9.7%, with 2,192,689 TEUs handled since the Port’s fiscal year started in July.

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