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Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA

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Project. The larger project of the two, James Island, involves 2,072 acres at full restoration, with 55 percent of those acres preserved as wetlands habitat and 45 percent as upland habitat.


72 acres will be restored as wetlands. “This agreement between

Maryland and the Corps of Engineers shows how we can work together effectively to benefit the economy and communities and preserve our bay,” Governor Hogan said. “I want to thank the Corps of Engineers, stakeholders, citizens, and everyone who played a role in making this possible.” A

four-year, $9 million

engineering and design phase of the project will begin this year, utilizing 65 percent federal funding and 35 percent state funding. Pending permits,

restoration at Barren Island could begin in 2022, with James Island following in 2024. The Army Corps of Engineers will turn the project over to the state when the habitat development is complete.

James Island

will be able to accommodate an estimated 90 million to 95 million cubic yards of dredged sediment, providing at least 30 years of capacity. This new effort is similar to

the successful Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island, which has rebuilt a long-eroded island using dredged sediment from Port of Baltimore shipping channels. Today Poplar Island is home to numerous species of wildlife and waterfowl. An expansion of Poplar Island is ongoing and will be completed next year, adding capacity for 28 million cubic yards of dredged sediment. Poplar will be able to continue receiving dredged sediment until 2032.

The Port of Baltimore is one of

a few U.S. East Coast ports with the necessary water depth and infrastructure to accommodate some of the world’s largest container

ships. Earlier this

year, the Port of Baltimore welcomed the largest container ship to ever visit Maryland, the Evergreen Triton. Ports America Chesapeake, operates

which the Port’s

Seagirt Marine Terminal, is developing a second 50-foot deep container berth at the Port. Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be operational in 2021. A second- deep berth will allow the Port to handle two supersized ships simultaneously. The

Port continues to

experience record cargo growth. In 2018, a record 43 million tons of international cargo crossed the combined state-owned public and private marine terminals. Last year the public terminals alone handled

a record 10.9 million tons of general cargo and more than a million 20-foot equivalent containers, the first year ever exceeding the million mark. The Port also handled a record 850,147 cars and light trucks in 2018, the most in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year. Through the first half of 2019, the Port is tracking ahead of each of those record marks. Recently, it was announced

that Maryland would receive $125 million in federal grant funds toward the reconstruction of the 125-year old Howard Street Tunnel. The project will project will allow for double-stacked container trains heading to and from the Port. Double-stacked trains will grow the Port’s container business by approximately 100,000 containers annually and generate 6,800 tunnel construction jobs and another 7,400 jobs as a result of the Port’s increased container business.


///NEWS News Roundup Trucking Associations’

advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 6.6% in July aſter falling 1.2% in June. In July, the index equaled 122.7 (2015=100) compared with 115.1 in June. “Tonnage in 2019 has been on a rollercoaster ride, plagued with large monthly swings, which continued in July as tonnage surged aſter falling significantly in May and June,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “However, take out the month-to-month noise, and you see that truck tonnage is still on a nice upward path. It is important to note that ATA’s tonnage data is dominated by contract freight, which is performing significantly better than the plunge in spot market freight this year.”

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics- intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has acquired Best Transport, Inc. BestTransport, a cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) provider focused on flatbed-intensive manufacturers and distributors.

BestTransport has been connecting shippers and carriers to streamline transportation processes for more than 15 years. Shipper and carrier customers leverage BestTransport’s platform to more efficiently manage numerous shipments each year across North America and Europe. The company offers a full TMS suite of solutions from contract rate management through to load building, shipment execution and freight payment, with extensive capabilities for flatbed transportation moves.


The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has achieved its best ever July container volumes, with total container movements increasing 19 percent over the previous July. More than 116,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (or TEUs, the industry standard for measuring containers) moved through JAXPORT in July 2019. So far in Fiscal Year 2019,

more than 1.1 million containers have moved through JAXPORT, an increase of 9 percent over the same period last year. The port’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1- Sept. 30. JAXPORT is on pace to set a

container volume record for the fourth consecutive year. Asian container volumes

continue to grow, up 9 percent year–to–date with more than 374,200 Asian TEUs moved so

far in FY19. JAXPORT’s Asian trade has grown an average of 14 percent annually over the past five years. The port offers regular service to destinations throughout Asia, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. JAXPORT’s July auto business is up 6 percent over

the same period last year, with nearly 57,000 vehicles moved. Year-to-date, the port’s auto volumes are up 7 percent and JAXPORT is on pace to surpass the auto volume record set in 2017, when 693,000 units moved through the port. Port enhancements are currently underway to

Cargo Theſts in EMEA Region Exceed Nearly $369,000/day 1st Half 2019

Theſts of products from supply chains in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region exceeded $66.5 million or more than some $368,793 a day in the first six months of 2019, according to new incident data reported to the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), the world’s leading Security Expert Network

for everyone in the supply chain. Data published in the Incident


Information Service (IIS) Q2 Report confirms 2019 is already a record year for freight theſts recorded by the Association in EMEA, which follows four previous years of consecutive growth. Aſter collating

intelligence on 3,981 cargo crimes in 2018, TAPA EMEA has already identified 4,198 incidents in the six months to 30 June 2019, up 5.1%. “While these figures should

set alarm bells ringing for manufacturers and the cargo industry, they are still only a fraction of the full impact of freight losses in the region,” said


container and auto volume growth. JAXPORT and SSA Atlantic,

one of the world’s largest marine terminal operators, are set to break ground on a $238.7 million state-of-the- art international container terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, and the project to deepen the federal shipping channel to 47 ſt. to accommodate more cargo aboard the largest ships is two years ahead of schedule, with anticipated completion in 2023. To keep up with the demand

for auto space, JAXPORT recently reached a long-term agreement with auto processor AMPORTS to significantly expand the company’s leasehold by establishing a new footprint at JAXPORT’s Dames Point Marine Terminal.

Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of TAPA EMEA. “Less than 30% of the losses in Q2/19 provided any financial data and, even more significantly, it is important to remember that we can only share intelligence on the theſts reported to our IIS database. The vast majority of crimes still are not being reported to us but we, and other associations we are engaged with, estimate the true cost of loss to be billions of euros

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CN and Evergreen Line announce that their long-standing relationship of 27 years will continue with a new agreement extending their intermodal partnership. Evergreen and CN have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership, with Evergreen calling at CN served ports such as Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax. This new agreement furthers the privileged relationship between both companies.

CN announces that COSCO Shipping has chosen CN to be the exclusive rail provider for COSCO Shipping’s discharge at the Ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, and Halifax to all currently served CN destinations.

CN announced the signing of an agreement that will see CN acquire the Massena rail line from CSX, which represents more than 220 miles of track between Valleyfield, Quebec, and Woodard, NY. The Massena rail line also serves many cities in the province of Quebec, including Beauharnois and Huntingdon, and in the state of New York, including Massena, Norwood, Potsdam, and Gouverneur.

On August 8, 2019, CN and CSX announced a new intermodal service offering between CN’s greater Montreal & Southern Ontario network, and the CSX-served ports of Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area. This agreement will come into effect on October 7, 2019 and will help move freight from trucks to rail, reducing congestion in New York in a sustainable manner.

The American Trucking Associations announced that it has again named DriverReach an ATA Corporate Partner and the DriverReach recruiting management system as an ATA Business Solutions Featured Product. The

DriverReach system is

designed to be user-friendly and integrated to help drivers apply for jobs with a mobile app and for driver recruiters to convert leads. The system also helps automate, streamline and organize employment verification and driver qualification processes, personalize and track communications, and help managers make informed decisions using the integrated reporting and DOT compliance management component.

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