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Issue 1 2021 - FBJNA


more traffic the week before


Christmas than the same week in 2019. The port completed the year down approximately 1.5% compared to 2019 cargo volumes. During his speech, Seroka


laid out the port’s priorities for 2021, including job creation, cargo growth, infrastructure investment,


accelerating


zero emission technology development and deployment, and continued development of a thriving waterfront


community. He reiterated the port’s focus on supply chain efficiency and optimization, calling for nationwide port data connectivity that could provide enhanced visibility, efficiency and choice for cargo owners, as well as a more stable supply chain.


“If we want America to


improve as a leader in global trade, we need nationwide port data connectivity with agreed-upon data standards and open architecture system that provides interconnectivity


between major U.S. ports, service providers and the freight they move,” said Seroka. In his call for further supply


chain digitization, Seroka announced the development of The Control Tower, the newest


in a series of Port


Optimizer™ cloud-based data solutions. The Control Tower, developed in collaboration with Wabtec,


will provide


new levels of metrics and data including real-time port level views of turn times, truck capacity management


information and detailed velocity metrics. The


Control Tower will


follow the port’s introduction of The Signal in 2020, a data dashboard providing a three- week-in-advance look at cargo coming into the port. Later in the year, the port introduced The Return Signal, another real- time data tool helping truckers know when and where to return empty containers to terminals. The Signal and Return Signal are both provided as services of the Port of Los Angeles.


year followed five consecutive months of lower volumes. “Despite the current


The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 4.68 million TEUs in 2020, up 1.8% over its 2019 total of 4.59 million. Total cargo crossing all docks in 2020 reached 38.4 million tons. The


Port of Savannah


achieved its busiest December ever


last month, moving


447,525 TEUs, an increase of 24 percent, or 86,700, compared to December 2019. Total cargo crossing all docks reached 3.33 million tons last month, up 12.5 percent. Rail volumes for the month grew 16.4 percent, or approximately 10,900 TEUs, for a total of 77,230. Intermodal cargo represented 17.4%of December container volumes. “Savannah’s capacity to take


on additional trade as well as its diversified cargo portfolio – including ecommerce and strong export markets – helped to drive business gains,” said


GPA Executive Director Griff


Lynch. “Additionally, a housing boom has translated


strong demand for furniture, appliances


into and other home


goods crossing our docks. We remain optimistic that the conditions for growth will continue, but it is too early to know if the pace of cargo expansion will carry on as it has.”


During the time when


manufacturers around the world were shuttering plants, Georgia exports held steady over the calendar year, at 2.3 million TEUs. Export container volumes were led by food, forest products, cotton, clay, automotive goods and chemicals. The Port of Savannah maintained a near-even trade balance of 51%import and 49%export, rare for the industry. “Efficient global connections


make export goods more


competitive on international markets, and as our 37 weekly vessel calls show, shipping lines are drawn to ports with balanced trade,” said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. “By supporting small businesses and major industries, our terminals are key to attracting and retaining good jobs for Georgians.” Another bright spot


for the calendar year was the Appalachian Regional Port. The ARP handled 59,000 TEUs in 2020, up by 25,000 or 73%compared to the previous year. “More customers are seeing the benefit of moving cargo by rail to the ARP, then using shorter truck routes to nearby portions of Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama,” Lynch said. At the Port of Savannah,


growing container trade over the last five months of the


NC Ports partners with Scoular Co. to expand ag opportunities


North Carolina Ports received approval has from


the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the Port of Wilmington. Council of State approved the long- term lease for Scoular Co. to develop an at-port facility that will receive, store, and load agricultural products. Scoular


is developing a


transload operation on the Port of Wilmington’s General Cargo Terminal. The facility will be used to transfer


uncertainty, the Authority has remained steadfast in its commitment to build for the


future,” McKnight said.


“Expanding our berth capacity, growing Savannah’s crane fleet, adding container storage space and moving forward on the Mason Mega Rail Project are some examples of those efforts.” When planning and design


started for Mason Mega Rail in 2016, annual rail liſts at Garden City Terminal totaled 675,000 TEUs. Today, that number is more than 936,000, a 40%increase. At full build-out, Mason Mega Rail Terminal will grow Savannah’s annual rail liſt capacity to 2 million TEUs per year. “Even during the pandemic,


we’ve seen successes such as expanding trade with Memphis customers,” McKnight said. “As a major intermodal center, Memphis is a key market for expansion of Savannah’s rail service.”


bulk agricultural products to containers for export on ocean-going vessels. “Scoular is one of the


top exporters of ag related products in containers from the United States. This investment will aid in opening new export markets around the globe for North Carolina farmers,” said Brian E. Clark, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports. The Scoular Co. anticipates ground


breaking transload facility


on in


the the


coming months with an anticipated completion date this summer.


Port of Wilmington, NC, to lease land to Scoular for a transload operation. (NC Ports photo.)


News Roundup


Port of Oakland December 2020- imports grew 11% compared to December 2019. Containerized export volume was up 0.9% during the same period. Total TEUs for December were 208,341 up 7.4% compared to the same time last year. Port officials expected the increase in December’s imports when it saw November imports had decreased. Delays at the Southern California ports have affected the West Coast supply chain, therefore impacting Oakland.


///NEWS Sea


Maersk has chosen the new Agility warehouse project in Abidjan to house its new storage, deconsolidation and distribution facility in the economic capital of Cote D’Ivoire. The newly opened 5,000 SQM facility is designed to handle 3,900 pallet positions and meet the end-to-end requirements of Maersk’s global customers, including those in Retail, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Technology.


On Dec. 5, The Port of Virginia® welcomed the HAMMONIA EMDEN, the first container ship in a new vessel service that gives the port a direct link to both Northern Europe. Virginia is the only US East Coast stop for this weekly service, called the Caribbean Express Service, or CES; it is operated by ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd, a long-time port customer. The CES service vessels will call three ports in Northern Europe, come directly to Virginia, and then sail to the Caribbean from here.


The Port of Virginia® in November set a new record for monthly TEU volume having handled nearly 280,000 units, a number that surpasses the previous mark – set in October – by more than 5,600 units. November was the sixth consecutive month of month-over- month growth for the port. When compared with November 2019, the month held solid growth in both export and import loads, which totaled 89,032 TEUs (up 15%) and 124,214 TEUs (up 21%), respectively.


The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an agreement with IBM to design and operate a Port Cyber Resilience Center (CRC) at the Port of Los Angeles. Focused on detecting and protecting against malicious cyber incidents potentially impacting cargo flow, this first-of-its-kind system is also expected to greatly improve the quality, quantity and speed of cyber information sharing within the Port community.


Broward County awarded 10-year franchises to Rehoboth Terminal LLC to provide cargo handling and stevedore services at Port Everglades to export used vehicles to Haiti via their sister company, ACCORDIA Shipping. The Broward County Commission unanimously approved these long-term franchises aſter Rehoboth’s first year of business activity, which boosted the Port’s total automobile volumes by 25% over the last year.


The Canaveral Port Authority announced it will waive the standard application fee for businesses located in Brevard County seeking to establish a designated usage driven site within Port Canaveral’s FTZ #136. The fee waiver is effective immediately and will be available to applicants through Dec. 31, 2021.


Port Houston is the first port of call in the United States on a new direct Trans-Pacific Asia service being launched by THE Alliance called the “EC6,” an East Coast all water service via Panama calling the US Gulf. Economic expansion and corporate relocations (Tesla, Hewlett Packard, Oracle are among several new corporate relocations recently announced) have fueled a large and fast-growing consumer base and strong housing market which has translated to new import distribution centers in Houston and throughout Texas.


USACE has released its 2021 workplan, which includes an additional $34.65 million to support repairs to the North Jetty at Port of Coos Bay. The USACE project will include the addition of approximately 120’-150’ in jetty length, stabilization of the head of the jetty, and addition of rock to the jetty’s trunk and root to further stabilize the structure.


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