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Posted by PortVision on Dec 31, 2016 6:07:00 AM

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Port of Lake Charles Growth Depends upon Costly Dredging of Calcasieu Ship Channel

Posted by PortVision on Aug 10, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The Calcasieu Ship Channel runs 34 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. The port is the 11th largest seaport in the US and an important economic power in southwestern Louisiana. Lake Charles boasts a thriving refinery industry which relies on keeping the channel clear for ever-larger deepdraft vessels. Annually, 1,000 ships traverse the channel carrying approximately 56.5 million tons of cargo. The Port expects that number to more than double by 2023. That increase will depend upon the channel's continuing viability for large vessel navigation.

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The Rise of Environmentally Friendly Vessels

Posted by PortVision on Apr 26, 2016 6:04:00 AM

The February 18, 2016 issue of Nature featured an article on the human and environmental costs of shipping. A litany of facts about the pollution inherent in global shipping is included: low-grade marine fuel has 3,500 times more sulfur than road diesel, one-third of the airborne pollutants in Hong Kong are derived from large ships when in port, and scrapping obsolete ships pollutes both the sea and the soil.

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AIS Tracking Technology is the Safe Option

Posted by Jason Tieman on Apr 21, 2016 6:07:00 AM

Jason Tieman, Maritime director of PortVision, looks at some of the latest developments in vessel tracking technology and their implications for improved safety at sea.

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Mega-ship Challenges and Benefits for Ports

Posted by PortVision on Apr 19, 2016 6:07:00 AM

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Protecting Assets: AIS-Based Vessel Tracking

Posted by Jason Tieman on Apr 14, 2016 6:08:00 AM

***This article originally appeared in Port Technology International, Navis World Edition #65

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Surviving the High Seas: A Challenge for New Navy Vessels?

Posted by PortVision on Apr 12, 2016 6:07:00 AM

A change made in the weight and design of the US Navy's new high-speed transport vessels has required millions of dollars in repairs. The weak bows of the Expeditionary Fast Transports (formerly called Joint High Speed Vessels) occurred as a result of a decision by the Navy to save weight when the vessels were under construction. As reported in January by Bloomberg, Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain expressed concern since multiple vessels of the class have had damage to their bows.

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How to Control Rising Demurrage Costs at U.S. Ports

Posted by Dean Rosenberg on Apr 7, 2016 6:07:00 AM

*This article first appeared in the May 2015 edition of World Port Development

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Shipping Industry’s Cyber Security Guidelines to Protect AIS Navigation

Posted by PortVision on Apr 5, 2016 6:07:00 AM

BIMCO, the world's largest international shipping association representing almost 60% of the world's commercial vessels, in conjunction with CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO*, have announced security guidelines for vessels involved in global shipping.

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Star of Abu Dhabi Bulker Arrested in Louisiana

Posted by Chris Leslie on Apr 4, 2016 2:02:58 PM

The Star of Abu Dhabi was arrested and detained last Wednesday after Louisiana Sugar Refining filed a lawsuit against the bulk carrier for colliding with their dock in Gramercy, LA. 

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