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LA - $90 million dredging project expected to create economic boom for Acadiana

A $90 million dredging project in Iberia parish is underway. It’s a project more than 20 years in the making. The goal is to attract larger ships to the Port of Iberia. Bigger ships mean more commerce, and more jobs for Acadiana.

Southeast
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FL - Miami-Dade is working on a plan to clean up Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is in dire straits, with several fish kills racked up over the last few summers, vanishing seagrass meadows and climate change cranking up the heat on Miami-Dade’s blue gem.

Southeast
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FL - Congress passes toxic algal bloom bill forcing federal response. Will Biden sign it?

The Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River Estuary are named in the proposed federal legislation.

Great Lakes
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NY - Lake levels are lower but still above average

Water levels on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair are lower when compared to recent years, but are still well above average, say conservation authority officials.

Coastwide
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USA - MARAD Increases Port Infrastructure Grants to $684 Million in 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation is again doubling the monies to be awarded in 2022 for port infrastructure investments through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program.

International
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World - How the Shipping Industry Sails through Legal Loopholes

A murky world of shell companies, flags of convenience, and end-of-life flags allows companies to dodge accountability and dispose of ships cheaply.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - A new study shows the Piney Point spill likely made red tide worse

A new study shows that the wastewater dumped into Tampa Bay last year from the Piney Point phosphate plant likely made the subsequent outbreak of red tide much worse. It says a year's worth of nutrients flowed into the bay in 10 days.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Scrubbers are supposed to clean cruise ship emissions. Critics say they pollute the water instead

Cruise ships are now returning to Alaska for the first full-length season since the pandemic. It’s a relief for coastal port economies whose visitor sector has struggled.

International
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Japan - World’s first pure battery tanker completes inaugural bunkering op

On April 26, Asahi, the world’s first pure battery tanker to operate completely on electricity, supplied the car carrier Victorious Ace with fuel at the Daikoku Pier C-1 Wharf in Yokohama, Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said.

Coastwide
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World - Agribusiness Giant Cargill Expects to Have Zero-Carbon Ships by 2030

Agricultural commodities giant Cargill, a founding member of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, believes that it will have at least some zero-carbon bulkers in operation by the end of this decade.

Southeast
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FL - Contaminated water from Florida mining facility dumped a year's worth of hazardous nutrients into Tampa Bay in just 10 days, study shows

All it took was 10 days to devastate the waters of Tampa Bay for months. The nearly "catastrophic failure" of Piney Point, a former phosphate mining facility, unleashed millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into local waterways, and new research, published on the anniversary the leak at the facility began, reveals just how devastating it was.

International
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USA - Shipping reform bill unanimously passes Senate

The Senate passed its version of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act unanimously in a voice vote April 4. In December, the House passed its version by a bipartisan vote of 364-40. The bill will how head back to the House to have differences ironed out between the two versions before heading to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Coastwide
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TX - New algorithm could simplify decisions for ship channel dredging - Research suggests how resources can be optimized

Every ship channel has to be dredged. With high costs involved, a dredging project's managers have to be on the money in their timing and logistics choices. A new algorithm presents decision-makers with accurate context, comparisons and boots-on-the ground observations.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Federal funding will help Port of Galveston reach its deep-water port potential

“For the first time in decades, the Port of Galveston will be able to reach its full economic and commercial potential as a deep-water port,” says port director and CEO Rodger Rees, noting that the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes substantial funding for dredging to extend and maintain the federal Galveston Ship Channel to its permitted depth of 46 feet.

International
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World - South Asian Shipbreaking Soars, But Accidents Continue

Fatal accidents and injuries continue to characterize shipbreaking in South Asia, where 73 percent of all end-of-life ships were beached for dismantling in the first quarter of this year.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Manatee County port setting records as shipping cargo business keeps growing

SeaPort Manatee appears to be on track to set a new record in total cargo, surpassing the 10,451,566-ton record set in fiscal year 2021.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Breaking down Virginia Beach's ongoing battle to dig out the Rudee Inlet channel

Capt. Skip Feller has come to expect dangerously shallow water in Rudee Inlet that sometimes forces him to cancel trips out to sea. As sand naturally moves north along the Virginia Beach coastline, it builds up inside the channel to the Atlantic Ocean, causing hazardous conditions for mariners.

Mid-Atlantic
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PA - EPA: Expect 'tough love' after Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay pollution plan falls short again

Regulators are stepping up enforcement of water pollution laws across Pennsylvania in response to the plan’s shortcomings

International
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CAN - Curating the kayak

Canadian Canoe Museum preserves collection to foster understanding of uniquely Inuit vessel for wider audience

Coastwide
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USA - Got A Port Or Terminal Project? Don't Wait!

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act brought tremendous opportunities for ports, but a somewhat constrained time window to take advantage of them. The deadline for this year’s competitive Port Infrastructure Development Program grant proposals is May 16.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Tanker attempt to overtake two-barge tow ended in $1.9 million of damage

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the tanker pilot’s decision to overtake a tow in a large river bend occupied by multiple vessels during high-river conditions with a strong following current.

International
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CN - LR approves China’s first ammonia-powered Newcastlemax bulker design

Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded approval in principle (AiP) to China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) for the country’s first Newcastlemax bulk carrier concept to be powered by ammonia.

Southeast
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GA - New fight emerges over Golden Ray shipwreck damages off Georgia coast

Five months after crews removed the final section of the Golden Ray car carrier from St. Simons Sound, the owner of a fishing charter company that operates off Georgia’s coast says he is concerned about the long-term fallout following a “nightmare” two years.

Mid-Atlantic
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MD - With massive cargo ship still stuck in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland fears environmental risk

The subject during the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday was wetlands licenses, but Comptroller Peter Franchot brought up the thing that everyone was actually thinking about: the boat.