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Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Coast leaders file motion in Bonnet Carre Spillway Case; Spillway opened Friday

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mississippi River Commission open the way for the Bonnet Carre Spillway to open earlier today to alleviate Mississippi River flooding as well as lives and property near the City of New Orleans.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - USACE Galveston District awards $16.9 million project for Port Arthur Coastal Storm Risk Management System

GALVESTON, Texas– On March 30, the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $16.9 million contract to Great Lakes Environmental and Infrastructure LLC of Rocklin, California, for repairs and raises to the Port Arthur Coastal Storm Risk Management System.

International
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Philippines - Shipping Container Pileup Could Shut Philippines’ Biggest Port

The Philippines’ largest port could shut in less than a week if shipping containers aren’t moved to free up space for new cargo amid a lockdown that’s preventing businesses from retrieving freight.

Southeast
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FL - There's too much nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. waterways

Even minor amounts of human activity can increase nutrient concentrations in fresh waters that can damage the environment, according to a new study.

Great Lakes
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NY - After Delay Over Water Levels, Shipping Season Opens On Lake Ontario

The shipping season on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is getting underway nearly two weeks later than industry stakeholders had hoped. The extra time was used by the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board to reduce water levels in the system in order to mitigate the chance of flooding later this year. Unprecedented water levels in 2017 and 2019 caused devastating flooding along the shoreline.

Northeast
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NY - Dredgers Make Way for USNS Comfort in New York

Dredgers are expediting operations in New York to make way for the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, which will dock in the epicenter of America's COVID-19 outbreak to assist hospitals that become overrun by the pandemic.

Northeast
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NY - Manhattan Cruise Terminal to Host Hospital Ship

Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Pier 90 are set to play host to the USNS Comfort hospital ship, which is scheduled to arrive on Monday.

Coastwide
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To Pass the Time During Virus Lockdown, Here are Two Books Free Online: The Wreck of the SS Marine Electric. And the Wreck of the SS El Faro

Well, it looks as if World War C — fighting the Corona pandemic — will stretch on for awhile. In the interest of maritime safety, I’ve had these two book available at no charge for several months.

Southeast
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GA - Judge won't halt salvage of capsized ship on Georgia coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard.

International
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World Trade Hit by Virus Sees Worst Collapse in a Generation

The global economy’s most abrupt and consequential shock in at least a generation is unfolding at ports and other hubs of international commerce as the U.S. and Europe struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Coastwide
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Maritime supply chain concerns are voiced by the Federal Maritime Commission

The maritime industry has been deeply affected as a result of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and its impacts to Chinese manufacturing and logistics services.

Coastwide
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Shipping - Closing the competence gap with training

Skills gaps due to technology advances can be filled by simulators, e-learning, virtual reality and onboard mentoring

Great Lakes
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MN - Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million infrastructure grant

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has been allocated a $10.5 million MARAD Port Infrastructure Development grant, “The Port of Duluth is integral to transporting the food, materials, and other vital goods from northern Minnesota to other parts of the world,” said Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08). “By investing in this port, we are ensuring reliable operations for years to come, and continued economic prosperity by extension. During my time as a St. Louis County Commissioner, I was appointed to serve on the board of the Port Authority, so I know the economic importance of a viable port and am proud to have helped secure this grant in my current role as Congressman.”

Gulf of Mexico
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MS - High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River

Changing climate and land use practices are bringing extended periods of high water to the lower Mississippi River. New management practices are needed to protect people, industry, and the land.

Northeast
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Oceana Says Ships Ignoring Voluntary Speed Zone

Environmental group Oceana has released the results of an analysis that it claims indicates ships are ignoring a voluntary speed zone in an area south of Nantucket designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Canada suspends cruise ship tourism, which could shut down Alaska cruise season until July

JUNEAU — Alaska's cruise ship season could be upended after an announcement Friday that Canada is suspending all cruise ship tourism until at least July 1.

Southeast
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SC - Charleston ports agency starts process to sell key waterfront site

The State Ports Authority has hired hotel developer Lowe to work with Charleston government and community leaders on a plan to redevelop part of the authority’s Union Pier — a prime site along Charleston Harbor near downtown’s Waterfront Park.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Corps Pulls Sunset Beach Dredge Application

The lingering question of where Sunset Beach will put beach-suitable sand dredged from surrounding waterways has prompted the withdraw of the town’s federal permit application.

Northeast
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NY - Interim flood protection anticipated for summer at Atlantic Basin

Two and half years have passed since the installation on Beard Street of the first phase of Red Hook’s interim flood protection measures (IFPMs). Delays that have plagued the second phase of the project – which will address vulnerabilities in northwestern Red Hook, near Atlantic Basin – are expected to come to an end this summer.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - New Park Coming to Rollover Pass Site

The first step toward the construction of a new Bayside park in Gilchrist, Texas (Galveston County), is the filling in of the Rollover Pass in the Bolivar Peninsula, a $7.4 million project that began last October when crews from Brizo Construction LLC commenced its operations to fill in the 200-ft. wide and 1,600-ft. long strait (canal).

International
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Commentary: Data shows maritime trade being restored

Time is the most precious commodity in any industry. Speed in obtaining raw data to identify trends is invaluable. It gives you time to plan. While economists and other market watchers waited until early March to see if China’s manufacturing plants were operating with the release of satellite air pollution data, those who followed the flow of trade were ahead of the game.

Northeast
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Government of Canada unveils 2020 North Atlantic right whales protection measures

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is an iconic marine mammal, but with roughly 400 left in the world, the Government of Canada is doing its part to ensure its protection, conservation, and recovery.

Coastwide
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Will wind-assisted propulsion blow the maritime industry away?

A partnership between NAPA and C-Job Naval Architects is studying the applications of wind-assisted propulsion using voyage optimisation software, hoping to ultimately drive the industry away from polluting fuels and help it prepare for the IMO’s ever-stricter requirements.

Coastwide
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AI, AI, Captain! How the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will cross the Atlantic

While self-driving cars have hogged the headlines for the past few years, other forms of autonomous transport are gaining steam.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Greenpeace: Antarctic Transhipment Vessels Failing Inspections

Fishing cargo vessels operating in Antarctic waters are failing a majority of their safety inspections, a Greenpeace International report claims.

Coastwide
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US ports taking a major hit from the coronavirus

Supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis have followed the wavelike spread of the disease, moving from Asia - notably China, but also South Korea - to the US.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - The Mississippi River is America’s trade artery. It’s time to make it more resilient to climate change.

After 2019’s unprecedented flood, the Mississippi River is rising again, causing anxiety for those living and working in its path. While impacted communities and fisheries received much attention, people have been less aware of the impacts to another critical industry: navigation.

Coastwide
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U.S. DOT announces availability of port infrastructure grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $225 million in discretionary grant funding through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

Coastwide
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A Fertilizer Will Soon Power Ocean-Going Ships

Zero-carbon ammonia can be used to power ships and make the transport sector greener, a policy briefing by the British Royal Society shows. The research considers opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of the product, today mainly known as a fertilizer.