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Thailand’s Kra Canal: Game-Changer Waiting to Happen

Posted by PortVision on Sep 20, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Building a canal across Thailand’s Kra Isthmus to connect the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea isn’t a new idea. In fact, it’s been around since the 17th century, when a king in the region requested a report on the feasibility of the project. The notion resurfaced two centuries later, when Ferdinand de Lesseps—the “Father of the Suez Canal”—expressed support for such a project.

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In Vancouver, Quieter Ships Mean Lower Port Fees, Happier Whales

Posted by PortVision on Apr 12, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The Port of Vancouver has taken an innovative approach to making life easier for the area’s orcas, dolphins, and porpoises, and less costly for the ships that dock there. As of January 1, 2017, the port offers significant discounts to shippers who outfit their vessels with specific sound-reduction technologies that mitigate the noise that interferes with the ability of these marine mammals to hunt, navigate, and communicate with each other.

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How are Oil and Gas Companies Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft?

Posted by PortVision on Mar 2, 2017 6:07:00 AM

This interview was originally published on June 27th, 2016 by Jeremiah Kapowicz. You can view the article in its entirety at

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Seven Crewmen Rescued from Sinking Cargo Ship

Posted by Chris Leslie on Jan 19, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Last Friday night, at approximately 1800 CST, a cargo ship sank in the southern part of the North Sea, about 35 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate.

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PortMiami gets $33 million grant for further expansion

Posted by PortVision on Dec 30, 2016 6:07:00 AM

Miami-Dade County announced that Florida State grants totaling $33 million over the next five years are committed to PortMiami (the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami). This is on top of the previously invested $1.3 billion to ready the port for the bigger ships now transiting the newly expanded Panama Canal from the Pacific. The first container ship to pass through the canal and reach Miami, the MOL Majesty, was welcomed on July 9, 2016. Although the Majesty is small, as neo-Panamax ships go, at only 991 feet, it is only the first of many bigger vessels that will enter the port.

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Ship's anchor cuts internet cables from Jersey to the UK

Posted by Chris Leslie on Dec 16, 2016 6:07:00 AM

Last month, a ship transiting the English Channel accidentally cut internet cables, used by network company JT, that connected Jersey to the UK. This resulted in dramatically slower internet speeds for residents on the island, who had to rely on a single cable connected to France.

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Port of London is first in UK to establish a low emission discount

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

The Port of London, the second largest port in the UK, has indicated its commitment to environmental performance improvement by creating a discount on port charges for cleaner ships. Performance is measured by the Environmental Shipping Index.

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Are there issues navigating the new locks in the Panama Canal?

Posted by PortVision on Sep 27, 2016 6:07:00 AM

During the first ship's inaugural transit through the newly expanded canal, a navigation error caused a crash, as reported by the New York Times. The Cosco Shipping Panama, a Chinese container ship, scraped along a canal wall.

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US Coast Guard Upgrades Port Conditions due to Hurricane Hermine

Posted by Chris Leslie on Sep 1, 2016 7:08:22 PM

The Florida Gulf Coast is preparing for the arrival of hurricane Hermine. Hermine has just been updated from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.  Hermine is expected to make landfall sometime late Thursday night to early Friday morning.

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Great Lakes Leaders Call for Ten-Year Maritime Investment Plan

Posted by PortVision on Aug 3, 2016 6:07:00 AM

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers has announced a $4 billion strategy to double maritime trade in the region. The heads of US states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec crafted the ten-year strategic plan addressing a variety of deficiencies in the decades old infrastructure of the Great Lakes maritime transportation system (MTS) and identifying new markets for this growth.

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