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Port Notes


November 26, 2013

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe

MARAD ISSUES PHASE 1 REPORT ON THE PANAMA CANAL

The US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration has released its study report on the Panama Canal Expansion, Phase 1-Developments in Trade and National and Global Economies. MARAD commissioned the study “to examine the anticipated economic and infrastructure impacts of the Panama Canal expansion on ports and port-related freight transportation infrastructure. The study was conducted in four defined phases that examine a full range of impacts on ports, waterways, and intermodal freight systems. This report is the first of two reports intended to be issued. This first report covers Phase I of the study; a second report will cover Phases II – IV of the study. The purpose of this Phase I report is to identify and explain the pending developments in world ocean trade routes and national and global economies that are likely to affect global and U.S. freight corridors relevant to the Panama Canal expansion. The Phase I report also sets the stage for subsequent phases of the study, and identifies and describes the capabilities of U.S. ports to accommodate changes in the physical and market attributes needed to receive Post-Panamax vessels. This report also provides a preliminary assessment of potential shifts in commodity flows once the Panama Canal expansion is complete.” A copy of the 200 page report is attached in PDF format.

NEW NAME FOR CANADIAN CAPITAL PORT

The Port of Prescott owned and operated by the Township of Edwardsburgh / Cardinal, located on the St. Lawrence River south of the Canadian Capital of Ottawa, Ontario has announced that effective January 1, 2014, the Port will be officially renamed the Port of Johnstown. The name change is due to the correct geographical location of the Port within the boundaries of the Town of Johnstown located in the Township of Edwardsburgh / Cardinal. It also coincides with the new expansion of the primary wharf and the development of new berthing and cargo storage areas. Established in the late 1920's, the Port has significant grain capacity and has handled a wide range of bulk and other cargoes over the years.

"We are pleased that this significant new expansion will allow us to handle a wide range of new cargo as well as to continue to address the increasing needs of our customers," said Robert Dalley-CPE, Port Manager. "Our recent port expansion and the availability of significant storage space will allow us to continue to serve the region and our nation's capital as a premier intermodal hub."

The Port is nearing completion of a new 34.76 million dollar expansion including a new 465 meter (1,525 feet) berth, 7. 7 hectares (19 acres) wharf area and new storage area. The Port is served by rail, major highways and is prominently located on the St. Lawrence River south of Ottawa. "We recognize the major impacts to the economy this port provides and are pleased to be Canada's Capital City Port," said Johnstown's Mayor Bill Sloan. "As the needs of the region grow we see our Port as a major economic engine that will lead to increased employment and sustained industrial activity."

WISHING ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES AND THEIR FAMILIES

A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND SAFE TRAVELS!

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, CPE
Senior Transportation and Maritime Consultant
O: 207-741-7000
C: 207-615-7989
marproassociatesintl@gmail.com

 

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