Enterprise Products Partners and Chevron US. Inc., announced long-term agreements, aiming to support the development of Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. Enterprise’s SPOT project includes onshore and offshore facilities, such as a fixed platform located around 30 nautical miles off the Brazoria County, Texas.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Sabine-Neches Navigation District (SNND) signed the deal on July 29, marking the beginning of constructions of the channel improvement project in late September.
The Port of New Orleans announced an update regarding its operations ahead of the severe weather currently associated with Tropical Storm Barry. Namely, the Port decided to apply several measures in order to prepare for the storm. The Port has taken measures regarding its cargo operations, cruise operations, bridge operations, and the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.
Tariffs continue to impact cargo traffic at the Port of Long Beach, where volumes fell in June, in comparison to the same month in 2018. Last June was the busiest month in the Port’s 108-year history, and capped the busiest second quarter during the busiest year ever.
South Carolina ports authority announced that the Port of Charleston handled record cargo volumes in fiscal year 2019. SCPA transmitted 112,988 pier containers during June, for an overall of 1.36 million pier containers annually, increased by 9.1%.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance along with the the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers of Local 19, and SSA Terminals, broke ground on July 10 at Terminal 5, marking the first concrete steps in making the facility able to accommodate large ships, adding the capability to handle two of the shipping industry’s largest container vessels at the same time.
Imports at US’s major retail container ports will be at high levels this summer, but they are expected to have modest increase in comparison to last year’s rush to bring merchandise into the country, due to scheduled tariff increases, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The Port of New York and New Jersey launched a new development framework amid a record growth in cargo volume. The ‘Port Master Plan 2050’ includes a detailed two and a half year review of more than 3,000 acres of port property.
Port of Virginia reported that in May the port handled almost 261,000 TEUs, making May the busiest month in the port’s history. The month’s strong cargo volumes were a follow-up to the best April in the port’s history, when nearly 246,000 TEUs were processed.
APM Terminals has in its plans to add electric automated straddle carriers to its Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles. This move has raised protests by longshore union leaders, who asked the city’s council to intervene, as they believe that longshoremen will lose hundreds of shifts per day, because of the new technology.
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