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Port of LA to reduce emissions with next-gen eco-trucks

The Port of Los Angeles, Toyota, Kenworth, and the California Air Resources Board took the next step towards the future of zero-emission trucking, presenting fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks. The Port of Los Angeles will develop the project in numerous phases, incorporating initiatives in Southern California, the Central Coast Area, and Merced County.

Port of Long Beach’s measures to reach zero emissions

The Port of Long Beach has implemented aggressive goals for zero emissions goods movement. The 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update set the Port of Long Beach on the path to zero-emission goods movement, with a target of transitioning terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030 and on-road trucks by 2035.

North Carolina ports welcome first ever 12,000 TEU vessel

North Carolina ports announced on Monday, April 22, that it welcomed its first ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington. The Kota Pekarang vessel is the largest capacity-wise to call the port. It is operated by ZIM in collaboration with 2M Alliance, linking Asia to Wilmington.

US Virgin Islands aim to be the number one tourism destination

According to US’s Virgin Islands Governor, Albert Bryan, the US Virgin Islands aim to be placed as the number one tourism destination in the Caribbean by  employing robust public-private partnerships. The port Authority is also experiencing a progress with the permanent repairs of its 119 facilities damaged in the hurricanes of September 2017.

Port of Corpus Christi reaches agreement for new petroleum export terminal

The Port of Corpus Christi approved a 50-year lease agreement with Lone Star Ports, a joint venture between the Carlyle Group and the Berry Group, for about 200 acres on Harbor Island to develop a new petroleum export terminal. The facility will connect US crude producers with all major international markets. The facility on Harbor Island is planned to be the deepest-draft safe harbor crude export facility in the US.

Port of Corpus Christi prepares to accommodate larger tankers

The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas should be capable of loading Aframaxes, Suezmaxes and partially loaded VLCCs to export US crude by October 2020, an executive with The Carlyle Group, the company that is involved in the port’s expansion, informed. Ferris Hussein, managing director at the Carlyle Group, noted that the Port is expected to be ready by October, 2020, at 54 feet.

JAXPORT accommodates its largest ever container ship

JAXPORT achieved a new port record on March 18, with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Cape Sounio, the largest container ship to ever call Jacksonville. The 11,000-TEU container ship is operated by ZIM on a service offered by the 2M alliance. The ship transited the Panama Canal from Asia before reaching the US East Coast, where it loaded and offloaded cargo at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. 

Port Canaveral breaks ground on new cruise terminal

During a ceremony held on March 18, the Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex. The new terminal, called the Launch Pad, will be the home of Mardi Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, beginning in 2020. 

USCG to study ships’ routes to ports on the US Atlantic coast

The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it starts a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the US. This new study comes to be added on and builds on the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study completed April 5, 2017. Current capabilities and planned improvements in these ports to handle maritime conveyances will be considered as well.

US temporarily stops review on Trafigura’s oil export project

US maritime officials decided to suspend the review of Trafigura’s application for a Gulf Coast deepwater terminal, as they are waiting for additional information, a US Coast Guard official informed on March 15. The suspension will lead to at least a month delay in Trafigura’s plans. For its side, Trafigura downplayed the significance of the suspension.

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