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September 21, 2014

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September 12, 2014

Thirteen Years After 9/11, A New Attempt To Screen 100 Percent of Cargo Containers

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Cranes at the Port of Los Angeles ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In 2007, to avert the danger of a terrorist attack on an American port, Congress required that all containers coming to the United States be scanned by non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection equipment before being loaded onto U.S.-bound ships in foreign ports.

It set July 1, 2012 as the deadline for achieving this goal.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:21 p.m.
Ports, Security, Shipping

September 3, 2014

Near-Complete Aviation Cutoff Making It Even Harder to Control Ebola Outbreak

World Health Organization officials said Wednesday that Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hit hardest by the Ebola virus outbreak, are almost entirely cut off from international aviation and their near-isolation is making it difficult for outside agencies to help contain the outbreak.

“These three countries – they feel totally isolated,” Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organization, told reporters at a briefing Wednesday.

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August 18, 2014

WHO, Aviation Groups Urge Focus on Containing Ebola, Not Inhibiting Air Travel

The heads of international travel, aviation and the the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Monday urging national governments and air carriers to not respond to the Ebola outbreak by resorting to “measures that will create unnecessary interference with international travel or trade.”

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July 21, 2014

Deepening of Savannah Port Is an Issue in Jack Kingston-David Perdue Race

The Port of Savannah is one point of contention in a Georgia Republican primary runoff Tuesday in which 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston vies with businessman David Perdue for the party’s Senate nomination.

Tuesday’s winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November in a contest that The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings puts in the “Favored Republican” category.

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July 14, 2014

A Crowded Week Ahead for Transportation Advocates and Policymakers

The nation’s capital will be busy with transportation events this week:

On Monday, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Agency starts its annual conference. Among the speakers will be the head of a company controversially involved in rail shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota, Global Partners president and CEO Eric Slifka.

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July 11, 2014

Domestic Oil Boom Helps U.S. Shipyards Rebound

The oil boom that has sparked controversy over rail shipments of Bakken crude from North Dakota has also been a boon for U.S. shipyards.

This week we interviewed Matthew Paxton, the president of the Shipbuilders Council of America, on the health of the U.S. shipbuilding industry. His organization represents small shipyards that build fishing vessels as well as large companies such as Huntington Ingalls and General Dynamics which turn out aircraft carriers and submarines.

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July 7, 2014

Local Labor Skirmish May Complicate Efforts on West Coast Ports Accord

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Cargo is still moving through the Los Angeles port as negotiations continue with labor unions and non-union truckers hold a separate protest. Shown here in December 2012, though, the cranes were quiet during a clerical workers’ strike.

A labor action by non-union truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could complicate the negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents nearly 20,000 dockworkers at West Coast ports.

The drivers’ labor action started Monday. A group called Justice for Port Truck Drivers called it “a dramatic escalation from prior actions” against trucking firms.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 5:22 p.m.
Ports, Trucking

June 27, 2014

LNG Export Boom Will Likely Leave Out U.S. Shipyards

When you think of U.S. shipbuilding, you may think of places such as Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. building Navy destroyers.

But this week Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., made an effort to make American shipyards part of the growing momentum for export of U.S. liquefied natural gas.

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June 24, 2014

Debate on Natural Gas Exports Bill Won’t Include Provision on U.S. Ships

A bill to speed up exports of American natural gas is on the House floor this week, but thanks to the House Rules Committee, members won’t get to vote on whether to ship those liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports on American-built, American-manned ships.

The Rules Committee on Monday night set the stage for a floor vote on a bill sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, the Colorado Republican who is the GOP Senate challenger this fall to Democratic incumbent Mark Udall — a race that The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating puts at “Leans Democratic.”

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June 23, 2014

Just in Time for Christmas: The Container Guide

The publishers of “a pocket-sized, waterproof field guide to shipping containers and the corporations that own them” say the book, “The Container Guide,” will ship in December. It draws its inspiration from classic Audubon birding guides and “will help you quickly identify the corporation behind almost any container you spot in the wild.”

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Big-Money Optimism but Many Unanswered Questions About Private Infrastructure Investment

Senate Finance Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden spoke for many transportation officials when he said recently, “There are hundreds of billions of dollars in private capital sitting on the American sidelines. Surely some of that can be invested in American infrastructure.”

Probably no topic is hotter right now in the public infrastructure world than private-public partnerships, which aim to entice the owners of those hundreds of billions of dollars of private capital to invest in rebuilding and expanding the nation’s highways, ports and bridges.

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June 17, 2014

Mary Landrieu Pushes Corps of Engineers to Include Louisiana Energy Ports

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(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the Army Corps of Engineers decides which projects to build and which channels to dredge, it ought to take into account the value of goods and equipment used in offshore energy production, says Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Landrieu noted in a statement Tuesday that she added a provision to the 2015 Energy-Water spending bill that requires the Corps of Engineers to “weigh the contribution that our energy ports make to the whole country and put them on a level playing field for federal funds to keep America’s working coast strong.”

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:43 p.m.
Budget, Environment, Ports

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