SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 - VOLUME 19

  • Savannah port’s a river to prosperity
    Source: Atlanta Forward, September 15 2012

    Ongoing efforts to secure approval and funding for deepening of the port and the Savannah River are vital to the nation’s fourth-busiest port and our state’s participation in the global economy.

  • Seatrade South America Cruise Convention wraps in Buenos Aires
    Source: Travel Daily News, September 14 2012

    Cruise terminal operations, challenges and opportunities for supplying the cruise industry, emerging ports and itinerary development, shore excursions, a new river cruising project and passenger sourcing trends were all topics at the Seatrade South America Cruise Convention in Buenos Aires.

  • Kingston Wharves' port expansion to cost US$50m
    Source: Jamaica BServer, September 14 2012

    The company, which is undertaking the expansion to make room for additional cargo after the Panama Canal expansion is complete, has a two-and-a-half-year window to finish the project, by Grantley Stephenson's reckoning. "For us, this is a major undertaking," said the company's CEO. The project can be done in 18 to 24 months, or just in time for the completion of the Panama Canal - scheduled for the first half of 2015.

  • Brazil's BNDES to lend $457 mln for Suape port development
    Source: Reuters, September 14 2012

    Brazil's state development bank BNDES on Friday agreed to lend 920 million reais ($457 million) to upgrade the docks, access roads and other infrastructure around the Suape port as the country aims to bring industry to its underdeveloped Northeast.

  • Royal Caribbean building new Barbados port
    Source: Travel Daily Media, September 14 2012

    It has been reported that Royal Caribbean is to partner with the Barbados government to build a new port in Bridgetown. The facility, which is expected to create around 700 jobs in total, will sit on 100,000 square foot of land – including 15 acres from the sea. Dredging will begin in November.

  • Panama remains best connected center
    Source: Hellenic Shipping News, September 12 2012

    Panama remains the best connected maritime center in Latin America, according to the Maritime Connectivity Index, 2012, prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The conclusions of the report reveal that this rating is because the country has the presence of 23 shipping companies that move 342 vessels with a total capacity of 1.28 million TEUs, while China, the world’s best connected country, has 1,765 vessels in container line services to and from Chinese ports, with a capacity of 8.96 million TEUs. Read more...

  • Ten Ports Shortlisted for ESPO Award
    Source: Hellenic Shipping News, September 12 2012

    Antwerp, Bremenports, Cartagena, Dover, Genoa, Marseilles, Piraeus, Rotterdam, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Venice: these are the ten port authorities that were shortlisted yesterday for the 4th edition of the ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports. 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 at the Organization of American States Headquarters in Washington DC on November 12 and 13, 2012.

(ii)The XVII Iberoamerican Course on Port Management will be held from October 1 to 26, 2012. Organized by Puertos del Estado de España and the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Madrid, Spain.

(iii) The XII Iberoamerican Course on Technology, Operations and Environmental Port Management will be held from Monday October 15 to Friday November 9 2012 organized by Puertos del Estado de España and the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Santander, Spain

(iv) 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. More information

(v) 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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