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Georgia Ports Authority Purchases Four More Cranes as Part of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

Georgia Ports Authority Purchases Four More Cranes as Part of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

The Port of Savannah is in the process of preparing for larger vessels anticipated to be brought in by the expanded Panama Canal.  Key portions of this preparation include deepening of the Savannah Harbor federal shipping channel from -42 feet to -47 feet, and purchasing four more cranes to expedite the ship offloading process.  ANAMAR is working with several USACE districts to help prepare East Coast ports for these larger vessels.  Check out this Dredging Today article to learn more about the Savannah Harbor Expansion.

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Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

 

NOTE:  ANAMAR had the privilege of performing MPRSA Section 103 testing of the new work material to be dredged.  This consisted of sediment sampling and analysis, including physical, chemical, and biological (bioaccumulation, bioassay) testing.  Additionally, ANAMAR produced the NEPA document for the necessary expansion of the Charleston ODMDS.

Charleston Harbor is currently in the final pre-construction stage of the deepening process. Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy has signed off on a Record of Decision stating that Charleston has fulfilled all of the pre-construction requirements.  Charleston awaits authorization from Congress to move forward.

Check out this Dredging Today Article to learn more!

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Dredging Today Featured a Video from Jacksonville Port Authorities; “Building a Better Future: Deepening the St. Johns”

Dredging Today Featured a Video from Jacksonville Port Authorities; “Building a Better Future: Deepening the St. Johns”

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has created a video explaining exactly what ‘all the hype’ is about in America’s ports today. The video is geared specifically towards JAXPORT, but you can easily imagine how this could affect all U.S. ports. First and foremost, think of ongoing improvements to the Panama Canal: an additional set of locks (creating room for more ships to enter and exit the canal) and an increased ship size, or PANAMAX vessels. Now envision how it’s in America’s best interest to allow these larger ships to enter our ports. ANAMAR is honored to be involved in many of the necessary sampling efforts in major U.S. ports in preparation for handling the PANAMAX ships, and we are excited to watch the growth that’s occurring in our ports.  Check out the video to learn exactly what ‘all the hype’ is about! 

 

 

 

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South Carolina Ports Authority Reported above Market Growth for Fiscal Year 2014

South Carolina Ports Authority Reported above Market Growth for Fiscal Year 2014

According to a recent press release, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported an overall growth this fiscal year of 8%, which is 2% above projected plans. SCPA also reported handling 19% percent more 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) than the previous fiscal year and a non-containerized cargo increase in Charleston of 3.6% more than expected. Also coming out with a strong finish, the Port of Georgetown exceeded last year’s pier tonnage by 11.8%.

SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome stated, “The implementation of our strategic plan is paying off, and the large capital investments committed to port infrastructure by the state of South Carolina and Ports Authority are yielding great dividends. Significant capital investment by major port users has also positively impacted volumes.”  

Many improvements are anticipated in the future for South Carolina ports, such as an upgrade to the Wando Welch Terminal, which will accommodate post-Panamax vessels, and a new SC Department of Commerce Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the former Charleston Naval Complex. The proposed facility will serve class I railroads CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway and is expected to consist of approximately 90 acres for the intermodal site and 42 acres for off-site road and rail improvements.

Sources:

http://www.port-of-charleston.com/About/News/pressroom/pressroom.asp?PressRelease=419

http://www.navybaseictf.com/

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Delays on the Panama Canal Expansion Could Be Lengthy

The ongoing dispute between the Panama Canal Authority and their contractor Grupo Unidos Por el Canal concerning unforeseen project costs could prolong completion for years after the anticipated completion date.

Click on the following link to read more concerning the Panama Canal Expansion:

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Halt-in-Panama-Canal-Expansion-Could-Cause-Serious-Delays-2014-01-23/

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The Panama Canal Expansion

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The Panama Canal Expansion has completed dredging in the Culebra Cut. Click on the link below for more information… http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2013/03/07/panama-canal-completes-culebra-cut-dredging/

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