Maersk: “We may be able use barge services in and out of Baltimore”

In a customer advisory released today, Maersk says that the opening of the new third temporary access channel to Baltimore could potentially allow it and other carriers to operate limited barge services into and out of the Port of Baltimore.

Following is the text of the advisory:

“The Baltimore Captain of the Port (COTP) has announced the opening of a third temporary alternate channel to provide limited access for commercially essential vessels in the Port of Baltimore. This channel, with a...

Port NOLA sets new container-on-barge service record

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) marked 20,500 container moves by barge during calendar year 2023, the highest since starting the container-on-barge (COB) service in 2016 in partnership with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Ingram Marine Group.

Moving an average of 30,000 TEU of containers per year between New Orleans, the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Memphis and St. Louis, the service is the largest container-on-barge network in the U.S. with connectivity to the nation’s heartland.

“We are...

Why “Ag Coast” ports are backing Port NOLA’s new $1.8 billion container terminal

New container terminal is not just about bringing big ships in

The Port of New Orleans is pushing ahead on its plans to develop the new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT). The new $1.8 billion state-of-the art container terminal will eliminate air-draft restrictions that limit the size of vessels that can currently call Port NOLA, allowing it to serve vessels of all sizes. Just as importantly, as well as welcoming ocean giants, the new terminal will also strengthen the flow of inland river container traffic and the St. Louis regional ports and the St....

Port NOLA resumes container operations

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) reports that container vessel operations resumed yesterday, September 7, just nine days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a category 4 storm.

The first two ships worked at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal were the MSC Charleston at New Orleans Terminal and the Hapag Lloyd CSL Manhattan at Ports America. Seacor’s container on barge service was set to be worked last night by Ports America.

“The Port of New Orleans and New Orleans...

Port NOLA container terminal project moves ahead

As part of the multi-year due diligence and permitting process for the new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) container facility in St. Bernard Parish, La., the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has approved the award of a contract for Program Management and Program Control Services to HDR Engineering Inc., a global engineering and consulting firm.

Progress on the container terminal project to date includes land acquisition in December 2020, initiation of the permitting...

Port NOLA moves forward on new container terminal

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) reports that it is set to begin the due diligence process for a potential $1.5 billion multimodal container terminal to serve the largest container vessels calling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Following unanimous approval at yesterday’s Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Port NOLA intends to acquire property in St. Bernard Parish and begin a two-year due diligence and permitting period that will include robust community engagement.

Port NOLA says the...

America’s Central Port says how it will invest $1.26 million Marine Highway grant

America’s Central Port, located on the Mississippi River, just south of St. Louis at Granite City, Ill., has released some details on how it will invest the $1.26 million awarded it for container-on-barge (COB) operations in the latest round of MARAD Marine Highway grants.

The port is an intermodal hub whose river operations are managed by SEACOR Holdings’ subsidiary SCF at two Mississippi River harbors. The Granite City Harbor is a year-round 24-hour slack water operation.The more recently...

South Louisiana COB service gets $3.1 Marad grant

Container on barge service runs between New Orleans and Memphis, Tenn. Seacor AMH photo

Congressman Garret Graves, R-La., announced earlier this month that the Ports of Baton Rouge and New Orleans will receive a $3.1 million federal America’s Marine Highway projects grant to support a program to put shipping containers on barges rather than congested roadways. The ports’ Container on Barge (COB) service between the Louisiana ports was awarded the largest of such grants announced April 10 by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In February 2016, Seacor AMH, part of Seacor Holdings

Marine highways called answer to interstate jams

A tug moving containers on a barge near New York City. SUNY photo.

A few miles east of a never-ending traffic jam on I-95 heading for the George Washington Bridge, port officials and barge operators said new marine highway routes can help deal with mounting congestion in the Northeast.

“The capacity lies back on the water. That’s where it all began. Before we had a rail and road system, that’s how we did it,” said Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration, speaking at a marine highway conference hosted Thursday by the State...

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