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Metro Ports to operate bulk terminal at Port of Indiana

The Ports of Indiana announced that the country’s oldest stevedoring company, Metro Ports, will become the new bulk terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Starting July 1st, Metro Ports will manage the loading and unloading of shipments along the port’s East Harbor for port tenants and outside companies shipping bulk cargoes.

New LNG project to be developed in Gulf of Mexico

Delfin Midstream and Golar LNG have signed a Joint Development Agreement, to develop the Delfin LNG project, off the coast of Cameron Parish, Lousiana, utilising Golar’s FLNG technology. The joint development agreement is expected to facilitate the financing, marketing, construction, development and operation of Delfin LNG.

US withdrawal from Paris agreement can impact shipping

Despite the EU and China have reacted to US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord by agreeing to cooperate in tackling climate change, Transport and Environment organisation has expressed fears the US withdrawal will slow down progress in shipping.

US to approve offshore seismic and energy surveys

The US Department of the Interior announced that will resume evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean. The seismic surveying offers better understanding of the offshore areas, including locating offshore hazards, siting of wind turbines, as well as offshore energy development.

NAFTA freight competitiveness unlikely to increase

iContainers announced that the value of all cross-border cargo movement between the US and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, fell 3.4% to $1.069 trillion. Of the five main freight transportation methods in the US, rail is the only one to register an increase (0.2%) in 2016.

"K"Line, MOL, NYK agreement for container service rejected

The US Federal Maritime Commission announced that rejects on jurisdictional grounds the “Tripartite Agreement”, an agreement of three carriers to form a joint container shipping service. The agreement was filed at the Commission on March 24, 2017 by K Line, MOL, and NYK.

US sets strict rules for BW discharge

The North P&I Club says that US is ‘getting tough’ on Ballast Water extension. USCG officers focus on BWM compliance issues during their routing PSC inspections. The Club advises that all ships calling at US ports and intending to discharge ballast water must either carry out ballast water exchange or treatment, in addition to fouling and sediment management.

New bill introduced for passenger vessel safety

US Congress representatives introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would build on the passenger safety measures signed into law in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

US argue Cyber Risk to be incorporated in SMS

Cyber-related risks are operational risks that are appropriately assessed and managed in accordance with the safety management requirements of the International Safety Management Code, the United States support in their submission paper to IMO and call for action.

Oil company fined for Jones Act violation in Alaska

The US Department of justice announced that a company whose focus is exploration and production of natural gas and oil in Cook Inlet, Alaska, has agreed to pay $10 million to satisfy a civil penalty originally assessed against it by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for violating the Jones Act.

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