SEATTLE The Port of Seattle has joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection to introduce Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. MPC is the first authorized app to expedite a travelers arrival into the United States and Sea-Tac is the third U.S. airport to introduce the option. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via the smartphone and tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download Mobile Passport for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. MPC currently offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more secure and efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the United States. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), the app does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing. The MPC pilot launched in August 2014 for eligible travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and as of last month is available to passengers arriving at Miami International Airport. MPC is expected to expand to more airports later this spring and CBP has committed to expand the program to the 20 airports with the highest volumes of international travelers by the end of 2016.
PORT ANGELES The Port of Port
Angeles points out that applications are due March 31 for
the port's new Community Partner Program. The port's
board of commissioners created the Community Partnership
Program to fulfill goal 6 of the current Strategic Plan:
Become a visible agent for economic progress in the
Port District; inform and engage the community about
plans and programs. To this end, the Community
Partner Program offers matching funds of up to $65,000 in
2015 for use in trade promotion, tourism promotion,
public education & awareness and economic development
projects for small cities and communities in Clallam
County, hereinafter referred to as community.
For the purposes of this program, an eligible Clallam
County community is defined as:
SEOUL Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Yang Ming Marine Transportation Corp. have announced that they will launch a new Far East - West Coast of Central and South America service effective on July 11, 2015. Named West Latin Express (WLX) or South America Loop 2 (SA2), the new service will be operated with 10 vessels of 4,500 - 5,500 TEU on a weekly basis. The port rotation is: Shekou Kaohsiung Ningbo Shanghai Busan Manzanillo, Mexico Buenaventura, Colombia Callao, Peru Valparaiso, Chile San Vicente, Chile Manzanillo, Mexico Busan Shekou.
COPENHAGEN Maersk Line reports it has signed a new building order with COSCO Shipyard Co., Ltd in Zhoushan China. The order is for seven 3,600 TEU container vessels. The vessel order is the first step in an investment program announced by Maersk Line. Over the next five years USD 15 billion will go into vessel new building, retrofit program, containers and other equipment. Maersk Line has ordered the vessels for Seago Line, its fully-owned container shipping line dedicated to short-sea services in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region. Seago Line will deploy the vessels in the Baltic and North Sea regions. They will replace several container vessels, half the size or less of the new buildings. The vessels will be delivered April - November 2017. The order includes an option for two additional vessels to be declared within eight months.
HAMBURG Peter Ganz, 47, has announced that he will step down from his position as Hapag-Lloyds CFO effective April 1, 2015. The Hapag-Lloyd Supervisory Board gave its approval. Mr. Ganz will also leave the company on the same day. The background for this change on the executive board is an agreement between shareholders stipulating that CSAV, as the new largest shareholder in Hapag-Lloyd, has the right to nominate an individual of its choice to assume the position of CFO. As his successor, the supervisory board selected Nicolas Burr. The 39-year-old native of Chile was the CFO of CSAV from 2012 to 2015, based in Santiago de Chile. He had previously held management positions at a number of companies in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Wilmington (USA).