ARLINGTON, VA American Trucking Associations advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.9 percent in October, following a decrease of 0.7 percent during September. The September figure was revised down from ATA's press release on October 20. In October, the index equaled 135.7 (2000=100), up from 133.1 in September, and just below the all-time high of 135.8 reached in January 2015. Compared with October 2014, the SA index increased two percent, which was above the year-over-year increase of 1.6 percent in September. However, Octobers year-over-year gain was below the year-to-date figure through October, compared with the same period last year (three percent). The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 139.8 in October, which was 2.1 percent above the previous month (136.9). ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month. The report includes month-to-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons and key financial indicators.
OSLO Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a global provider of services and products to the shipping industry, is warning of price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant. The gas, which has high ozone depletion and global warming potential, is still said to be in use on between 6,000 and 8,000 vessels worldwide. R-22 was outlawed throughout the EU in a process that ran from 2010 to January 1, 2015. It is currently being phased out in the US, where no new or imported R-22 will be permitted from January 1, 2020. As part of the Montreal Protocol (MP), a UN agreement to protect the ozone layer, HCFC use will be phased out in member countries by 2030. Industry figures indicate that legal global R-22 production this year will be only 10 percent of the volume produced in 1990. This weak supply and relatively strong demand will exert upward pressure on prices. When prices increase and/or availability shrinks, alternative and illegally produced products suddenly start appearing on the market, said Svenn Jacobsen, technical product manager Refrigeration at Wilhelmsen Ships Service. This is happening already, and will only increase with demand. Gases are being smuggled into countries, mis-declared and counterfeited. The consequences of this can be serious for vessels, catastrophic for equipment, with adulterated refrigerant causing poor mechanical performance and breakdown, and potentially deadly for individuals. The solution, Mr. Jacobsen says, is clear: At the end of the day all vessels will have to find environmentally friendly alternatives to R-22. In the meantime, those shipowners and operators that still require it must use reliable suppliers that can provide genuine refrigerant from approved producers. This is the only way to assure quality, standards of purity and worldwide compliance."
COUPEVILLE, WA Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the sale of the purpose built oceanographic research & survey vessel NEW HORIZON from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests. The vessel was specially built as a dedicated oceanographic research ship for Scripps, whose research vessels and research platform make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. NEW HORIZON is the third vessel which Marcon brokered to or from Scripps Institute of Oceanography as sole broker. Marcon International has concluded a total of 25 sales and charters to date. Several additional sales are pending and expected to close shortly. Five 5,000HP twin screw and ASD tugs; one 9,700HP AHTS; and one 5,150BHP, 2011 built AHTS continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters in the U.S., Latin America and Southeast Asia. Since their first sale, Marcon has brokered a total of 1,387 vessels and barges sold or chartered.
NORFOLK, VA Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. This new location will be used to better service the Norfolk Naval Base and several of Crowley managed ships located there, as well as government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Located at 207 Granby St, Norfolk, Va. 23510, the new facility will staff government and technical management employees. The office will have eight employees, with plans to expand to ten. They will report to Andrew Rabuse, Crowleys director of business development. The staff, with a combined 200 years of experience in the maritime industry, provides bundled vessel management solutions for MARAD, MSC and other agencies; naval architecture and marine engineering services; project management, and a host of other services.
The Port of Everett invites the community to join
them on the waterfront for a day of family-fun at the
annual Holiday on the Bay event. The free community
festival takes place on Saturday, December 5 from noon
6:30 p.m. Kids and adults alike will gather in and
around Waterfront Center for the days activities,
located at 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201. This
year the event includes: