SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 - VOLUME 18

  • Ship arrivals, departures to and from Peru rose 17.5% in H1 2012
    Source: Andina, September 9 2012

    Ship arrivals and departures to and from Peruvian ports between January and June in 2012 increased 17.53 percent compared to the same period in 2011, Peru’s National Port Authority (APN) said.

  • Great future for Georgia Ports Authority
    Source: Dredging Today, September 7 2012

    Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz told a crowd of more than 1,200 at the annual State of the Port event that the Authority experienced record cargo volumes, significant infrastructure improvements and continued environmental leadership in FY2012.

  • Mexico’s New $900 Million Mega-Container Port
    Source: gCaptain, September 5 2012

    The Port of Los Angeles, the country’s busiest container port, faces an uncertain future. A $5.25-billion project will make the Panama Canal wider and deeper, allowing ships from China to bypass West Coast ports for deepwater ports on the US Gulf Coast and East Coast. Experts suggest that as much as a quarter of the approximately 60 million tons of cargo – nearly 8 million TEU’s in 2011 – Los Angeles and neighboring Long Beach handles each year could be diverted, shrinking both the size and importance of the terminals. But the canal is not the port’s only competition.

  • Jorge Quijano starts as Panama Canal’s CEO
    Source: Georgia Tech, September 4 2012

    On September the 4th, Jorge Quijano starts officially as the Panama Canal’s New CEO. Administrating an entity that will have a budget of 2.3 billion dollars in the period 2012-2013 and that is executing a project worth 5.2 billion dollars are some of the main challenges that Quijano, who until June the 15th was the vice-president of Engineering Administration and responsible for the administration of the Expansion program, will face.

  • Cruise line keeps Haitian port afloat
    Source: Herald, September 4 2012

    More than two years after a powerful earthquake killed 230,000 people in Haiti and left many more homeless, the Caribbean country continues to battle despair — yet one tiny peninsula on the country’s north coast serves as a tropical oasis for travellers and an example of the tourism potential Haiti has to offer. Read more...

(i) The Second Work Session of the Executive Board of the CIP (CECIP) was successfully hold by videoconference, chaired by Vice Admiral Frank Boyle, President of CECIP and representative of Peru's National Port Authority. The meeting was attended by the Secretariat of the CIP and the representatives of United States and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Washington, DC as well as representatives of Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela who participated online from their respective country. As a result, progress was made in the CECIP Work Program under the Lima Action Plan and the third work session of the CECIP was agreed to be held in person in Washington DC on November 12 and 13, 2012.

(i) We are pleased to announce that the fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal, Dredging 2012, will be taking place in San Diego, CA on October 22 — 25, 2012. The conference is organized by PIANC USA with the collaboration of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) as cooperating organization.Register by August 27th for the Early Bird registration rate. More information

(ii) Visit the "SafePorts” the official Website of the TAG on Port Security and Safety chaired by United States which has been included to CIPNet. You can find information about the TAG and other important port news. Visit the Website

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