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NEWS BULLETIN
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Port of Seattle teaming with Corps
for port deepening feasibility study

Inchcape Shipping Services
warns of Port Milazzo terminal fire

RRF vessel to be honored
for chemical neutralizing efforts

Marcon International brokers sale
of tug PACIFIC PARTRIOT

Georgia Ports Authority reports
July/August container numbers

Port of Seattle teaming with Corps
for port deepening feasibility study

SEATTLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Port of Seattle have signed an agreement moving forward with a $3 million cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential port deepening alternatives. In March 2012, the Corps’ preliminary report found there is federal interest in potentially deepening Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways and this feasibility study will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative. Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck and Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani signed the agreement. President Obama included the feasibility study in the administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and congress gave the green light to pursue it in their annual Fiscal Year spending bill. It is the second of several studies the Corps is required to complete in its process. The process provides multiple opportunities for public outreach and input. Authorized waterway depths are currently between -34 and -51 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). The study will investigate to depths of -55 feet MLLW, taking into consideration economics, cost, risk, environmental aspects, cultural resources, fish habitat, endangered species, geotechnical, coastal engineering and cost engineering. The Corps and port will split the cost equally and the study should be complete in three years. When complete, the feasibility report will include a net benefit analysis and the required National Environmental Policy Act documentation will disclose any environmental effects of deepening the existing channel.

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Marcon International brokers sale
of tug PACIFIC PATRIOT

COUPEVILLE, WA — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reports the sale of the U.S. flag, twin screw tug PACIFIC PATRIOT (ex-Pacific King) from Kirby Marine Offshore to U.S. West Coast buyers on private terms. This was the 300th tug brokered by Marcon and 1,351st sale or charter since the sale of the 1950s built, 135’ supply boat LOW TIDE from Tidewater in the early 1980s. The 1,700BHP PACIFIC PATRIOT was built in 1980 by Main Iron Works in Bayou Blue, Louisiana. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction and handled numerous sales and purchases over the years for the Seller. To date this year, Marcon International, Inc. has handled 27 sales and charters including four tugs totaling 11,600BHP. Several additional pending sales are expected to close within two weeks.

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Inchcape Shipping Services
warns of Port Milazzo terminal fire

CHAFFORD HUNDRED, UK — Inchcape Shipping Services is advising of extensive disruption after a fire broke out September 27, at Italy’s Eni and Kuwait Petroleum’s jointly-owned Milazzo oil refinery, near the northeast coast of Sicily. The incident is thought to have been caused by flames that broke out on the roof of a 5,000 litre tank containing gasoline. The Port of Milazzo’s terminal shore tanks were affected by the incident and all berthing/unberthing operations remain suspended. No injuries have been reported and firefighters have managed to bring the fire under control. Black smoke can still however be seen, as the fire will not fully extinguish until the oil tank is empty. ISS-Tositti Milazzo will continue to report on the incident and publish updates on the ISS company website at www.iss-shipping.com.

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Georgia Ports Authority reports
July/August container numbers

SAVANNAH — Georgia Ports Authority reports that for July and August, the GPA moved 595,711 twenty-foot equivalent container units, up 12.9 percent or 68,246 TEUs compared to the same period last year. Both months set consecutive TEU records, with 293,889 TEUs crossing GPA docks in July and 301,822 TEUs in August. The August number grew by 21,009 TEUs, or 7.5 percent, compared to the same month a year ago. Containers moved by rail also reached record levels in August, at 52,711 TEUs. For the first two months of the fiscal year, Brunswick has experienced a 7.9 percent (3,863-unit) increase in Ro/Ro volumes to reach 57,085 units moved.

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RRF vessel to be honored
for chemical neutralizing efforts

NEW YORK — The MV CAPE RAY, a Keystone-managed Ready Reserve Force containership that worked in the Mediterranean Sea for the U.S. Government neutralizing chemical material from Syria, will receive a special recognition on November 7, at the United Seamen's Service Admiral of the Ocean Sea event. Military and civilian specialists spent some 10 months completing the mission of neutralizing more than 600 tons or 80 percent of Syria's stockpile. The effluents were then dropped off at Finland and Germany for final disposal. This year's AOTOS award recipients are Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF); Joseph J. Cox, president/CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America; and Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO, an American shipbuilder. The maritime industry awards will be presented at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on November 7, 2014. Recognition will also be given to American Seafarers for specific acts of bravery.Back to top