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September 12, 2014

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

166779106 445x275 Thirteen Years After 9/11, A New Attempt To Screen 100 Percent of Cargo Containers

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

July 24, 2014

Cruise Ship Passengers Recount ‘Horrific’ Incidents (Video)

Passengers gave harrowing testimony about illness and crime aboard cruise ships at a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Security guards “did everything wrong” and “waited at least 10 minutes to even call for someone to come down and look at my mother’s body to see if she was breathing or not,” said Amanda Butler, whose mother collapsed while on a Carnival cruise while the ship was docked at Grand Cayman Island.

The woman, Violet Butler, later died.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 10:06 a.m.

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 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 3, 2014

Transportation Jobs Up 12 Percent From Recession’s Low Point

The number of Americans working in transportation reached 4,618,500 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report released Thursday morning.

That’s a 501,300, or 12 percent, increase from the worst days of the recession. And it exceeds by nearly 58,000 jobs the pre-financial crisis peak in April 2008 of 4,560,600 Americans working in transportation. You can see the rebound in transportation jobs in this chart from BLS:

bls transpo jobs jun14 report1 445x222 Transportation Jobs Up 12 Percent From Recession’s Low Point

The BLS transportation category includes people working in air, truck, and rail transportation, as well as some related jobs such as couriers, messengers, and warehousing.

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June 30, 2014

Towns Can Ban Fracking, Top New York Court Rules

New York State’s highest court ruled Monday that state law does not supersede local towns’ “home rule” authority to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It’s a decision that has implications for the continued expansion of domestic natural gas supplies — which in turn affect economic development and transportation, from trucking to rail to shipping.

The two towns involved in Monday’s decision, Dryden and Middlefield, banned fracking in 2011.

The town boards “both studied the issue and acted within their home rule powers in determining that gas drilling would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated, small-town character of their communities,” the New York State Court of Appeals said in its decision.

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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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