Electric propulsion surges ahead

Electric propulsion surges ahead

Wärtsilä said it has agreed to work on a pioneering project to build the first zero-emission, high-speed, electric ferries in the U.S.  Finland-based Wärtsilä will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), which operates the San Francisco Bay Ferry system, in finalizing the vessel’s design and charging system concepts.  Part of the Rapid Electric Emission-Free Ferry Program initiated by…
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Port NOLA, trade group sign joint marketing MOU

The Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) and the Port of New Orleans  have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to encourage efforts to create joint marketing initiatives. The memorandum marks the third renewal of the port-to-port relationship and “serves as a direct bridge between the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and Port NOLA,” according to Brandy D. Christian,…
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Sewing up the loopholes in the Jones Act

Sewing up the loopholes in the Jones Act

The Jones Act, a law that supports the U.S. maritime industry, is alive and well despite many attempts over the years to weaken or circumvent its provisions.  The Act, named for its sponsor, Sen. Wesley Jones (R-Wash.), is a provision in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 which mandates that cargo moving between two points in the U.S. be carried…
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Airbus looks to rotor-powered ships

Airbus looks to rotor-powered ships

While primarily known as an aircraft manufacturer, Airbus maintains its own fleet of three chartered vessels that ferry aircraft subassemblies across the Atlantic from Saint-Nazaire, France, to the company’s single-aisle aircraft final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.  With A320 production at the U.S. plant expected to climb to 75 aircraft per month by 2026, Airbus has commissioned shipowner Louis Dreyfus…
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Funding OK’d for Port of Stockton development

Funding OK’d for Port of Stockton development

New state funding is slated to clear the way for significant infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Stockton, a major inland deepwater port which is linked to the Pacific Ocean via the San Joaquin River-Stockton Deepwater Shipping Channel.  Located in the heart of California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, the port serves as a major export center for agricultural products and other commodities…
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Use of hydrogen as a marine fuel advances

Use of hydrogen as a marine fuel advances

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) will design and build a hydrogen fueling barge under the terms of a one-year $590,000 contract agreed to by the Port of South Louisiana’s Board of Commissioners. The hydrogen fueling barge will reportedly be built in three stages and be the first of its kind in the U.S. and the second in the world. “The…
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An electric surge on the Pacific Coast…almost

An electric surge on the Pacific Coast…almost

Ports on the West Coast are working toward a zero-emissions future thanks to advances in electrification, but cost remains an issue with state and federal funds helping to support their efforts.  Decades ago, forward thinking positioned the Port of Oakland in California as the first major deep-water port on the U.S. Pacific Coast to build terminals for container ships. Today,…
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Pilot LNG, Seapath form LNG terminal joint venture

Pilot LNG, Seapath form LNG terminal joint venture

Houston, Tx.-headquartered energy company Pilot LNG and Seapath, a maritime subsidiary of the Libra Group, have formed a joint venture partnership to develop, construct, and operate the first dedicated liquefied natural gas bunkering facility (LNG) on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Slated for construction in the Galveston Bay area, the $150 million facility will provide fuel for LNG-powered vessels and is…
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SEACOR realigns its maritime operations portfolio

SEACOR realigns its maritime operations portfolio

SEACOR Holdings Inc. has sold its inland towing and barge division to Nashville-based Ingram in an attempt to realign its portfolio.  The sale includes the transfer to Ingram of eight towboats, 1,000 dry cargo hopper barges, and a network of terminal and fleeting infrastructure along the Mississippi River. The deal will boost Ingram’s fleet to 150 towboats and 4,000 barges…
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New Texas LNG terminal planned

New Texas LNG terminal planned

  A proposed liquefied natural gas export facility is moving forward at the Port of Brownsville, Tx.  Driving the project is Houston headquartered NextDecade Corporation, which announced in July that it had made a final investment decision to construct the first three of five liquefaction trains at the company’s Rio Grande LNG terminal.  According to NextDecade, the $18.4 billion project financing…
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