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CA - Port of Hueneme, Navy partner to assist Los Angeles County port backlog

The Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County have entered into an agreement aimed at relieving congestion at Los Angeles County ports in time for holiday shopping.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Proposed Bluewater Texas Terminal Deepwater Port project up for public comment

Bluewater Texas Terminal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips 66 is proposing the Bluewater SPM Project. The proposed Project would export crude oil from the two single point mooring (SPM) buoys located in federal waters off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Southeast
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NC - Rouzer bill would float more cash to NC ferries

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C., filed a bill Nov. 18 with the goal of funneling more money into the state’s ferry system.

Coastwide
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World - Shipping lines have reached the peak of their pricing power

Before the pandemic, the world’s largest shipping lines eked out narrow profits in a fiercely competitive industry. Retailers booked and canceled orders with impunity, while shipping firms slashed freight prices to retain their mercurial customers. Then, covid upended global supply chains and reversed that power dynamic virtually overnight.

West Coast
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CA - Lady of the Lake: Wondering about water rights

Dear Lady of the Lake, I just moved to Lake County and live next to the lake. I heard the other day that Lake County doesn’t have water rights to Clear Lake? Is that correct? Can I take water from the lake to irrigate my garden? I also have a pond on my property and a well, who has rights to those sources of water? Thanks for clearing this up! — Wondering about Water Rights Walter

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Port Freeport announces completion of Reach 3 dredging

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) has completed the first segment of the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project.

International
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World - WinGD engines to run on methanol and ammonia by 2025

Swiss marine engine designer and power system integrator WinGD has revealed that its engines will be able to run on methanol and ammonia from 2024 and 2025 respectively.

Coastwide
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USA - Siemens Energy to equip two new NOAA research vessels

Houma, La.-based shipbuilder Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC has awarded Siemens Energy a contract to supply power, propulsion, and control systems, along with battery storage technology, for the two research vessels on order at the yard for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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CA - Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach report strong October volumes

POLA reported that it handled 902,644 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), an 8% decrease compared to October 2020, which represents the highest-volume October volume tally in POLA history. The Port of Long Beach reported that total October volume—at 789,716 TEU—were down 2.1% compared to October 2020, its strongest October tally on record, while posting its second-busiest October output ever.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Abandoned boats are a growing concern, Virginia officials say. A Virginia Beach man is taking on the issue in local waters

Provost, a retired Navy officer decided he would. He’d recently launched a training and services company called Virginia Maritime Solutions.

International
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World - Yara Debuts Yara Birkeland, the World's First Fully-Autonomous and Emission-Free Containership

Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara has debuted its long-awaited Yara Birkeland, the world’s first electric and autonomous container ship for emission-free shipping. The ship departed for its maiden voyage Friday in the Oslo fjord.

Pacific Northwest
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CAN - Majority of shipping containers aboard MV Sim Kingston have sunk, coast guard says

Vancouver Island, BC - When 109 shipping containers were knocked from a cargo ship traveling through rough seas off the coast of Vancouver Island on Oct. 22, coastal communities and Indigenous leaders were largely left in the dark.

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USA - Record Ocean Profits Will Not Help United States Supply Chains

Self-reporting of the major ocean carriers forecast that the industry is posting over $200B in profits. This massive positive windfall is double the profit made by carriers over the past 20 years combined. A single year of record profits offsets twenty years of poor margins for a struggling industry. Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, reported its best quarter in 117 years, posting a $5.9B profit for Q3 on $16.6B in sales.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Port Houston chief say $1.1 billion project underway to deepen, widen ship channel

The $1.1 billion Houston Ship Channel expansion dubbed “Project 11” began in the first half of 2021 in an effort to speed up a deepening and widening project to accommodate bigger ships, Roger Guenther, executive director of Port Houston, said.

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USA - White House Details Plans for Infrastructure Bill's Port Funding

After months of wrangling, the U.S. House of Representatives has finally passed an infrastructure bill that will provide $550 billion in new financing for roads, railways and other hard infrastructure.

Arctic & Antarctica
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USA - Aging Icebreaker Polar Star Heads for Antarctica for the 25th Time

For the 25th time in her long career, the Polar Star - the United States’ only heavy icebreaker - has departed for Antarctica to carry out the resupply mission for McMurdo Station, America's primary research outpost on the continent.

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USA - The Biden-Harris Action Plan for America's Ports and Waterways (Bonus infrastructure news compilation included)

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is the single largest federal investment in American ports in U.S. history, committing an unprecedented $17 billion to improve infrastructure at coastal ports, inland ports and waterways, and land ports of entry along the border.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Seattle City Light assessing the use of clean hydrogen at the Port of Seattle

Studies exploring the use of clean hydrogen as a fuel to power medium-and-heavy-duty vehicles at the Port of Seattle are being conducted, led by a team from Seattle City Light, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Sandia National Laboratories.

International
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AU - Fortescue readies first ammonia-fuelled ship by end of next year

Fortescue Metals Group, one of Australia’s top miners, is further down the track to creating an ammonia-fuelled ship than most companies with founder Andrew Forrest claiming to Bloomberg yesterday that he will have a first landmark ship ready by the end of next year.

International
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Norway - What Norwegians are learning as they pioneer autonomous ships

Norway is leading the world in developing autonomous ship technology – and the world should pay attention to its latest developments

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USA - Biden team harnesses infrastructure deal for quick supply chain relief

Fast-track effort includes $8 million for pop-up container yards to relieve container backlog at Port of Savannah

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World - Supply chain crisis gives shipping industry record profits, foes

YIWU, China — Consider the plight of Xu Yaping’s flimsy swords and knockoff Barbies.

Southeast
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FL - Gov. Ron Desantis Announces More Than $481 Million To Improve Water Quality Across Florida

The more than $481 million awarded today was made available through three grant programs administered by DEP – the Wastewater Grant Program, Springs restoration grants, and the Small Community Wastewater Grant Program.

International
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World - To reach net zero we must decarbonise shipping, but two big problems are getting in the way

Shipping, which transports 90% of the world's trade, contributes nearly 3% of global emissions—a little more than the carbon footprint of Germany. If gone unchecked, this share could increase to 17% by 2050 as the world's GDP keeps growing.