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DEEP WATER PORT NOTES- Mar 2012

DEEP WATER PORT NOTES- Mar 2012

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The News Portfolio of the CT Deep Water Port Community
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FEBRUARY 2012
The News Portfolio of The Connecticut Deep Water Port Community
New London . New Haven . Bridgeport 
Deep Water Port
 
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CMC Meets to Discuss the Economic Growthof Connecticut’s Deep-Water Ports
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State Senator Andrew Maynard listens to maritime industry leaders to help oster economic growth o Connecticut’s deep-water ports. Those present included terminal operators, tug boat operators, pilots, shipmanagers, land based service providers, export representatives, erry companies, agents, uel importers, reightorwarders and others that have played a key role in promoting Connecticut’s ports over the years.
 
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Maritime Matters In Washington
by Mr. Paul Bea
A ew years back the trade press started asking romtheir columns and story headlines why it was taking solong or marine highway progress—on the water and ingovernment. To some extent the questions “why” and“when” reected skepticism and an understandableresponse to some o the slam-dunk rhetoric thatadvocates used in the frst years o the last decade. Theadvocates’ logic was simple: Roads are congested; wateris not. New highways are expensive; water is ree. Dieselat the pump is only going higher; vessels are many timesmore efcient.O course, it’s not that simple. (Just as the argumentthat Jones Act = No Marine Highway is too pat a dismissal,though oten a tempting one.)Even long-time marine highway supporter Clay Cookasked impatiently—and not without cause—in last year’sMay/June Maritime Executive whether USDOT marinehighway program eorts were “dead in the water?”What is taking so long?On the business side it doesn’t help that the economywent into the tank. Cargo and reight volumes dropped.Capital became scarce. People and companies duckedinto secure holes, stopped spending and started stufngthe mattress. Then there was the rapid rise o dieselprices to our dollars and more only to drop just as marineefciencies started to look attractive.But that hardly explain it all. Modal shits don’thappen on a dime. Yes, trucking has its challenges butdriver shortages and HOS regulations alone don’t steercompanies to the water. Besides, inter-modal rail hasbeen doing very well and can be expected to be evenmore competitive in oering services to trucking.One thing is simple: marine highway service has tomake sense in economic and logistics terms to the olkswho control the cargo. Some truckers and shippers havesaid in public orums how water transport does makesense or their businesses. They even qualiy as MHadvocates. Their numbers can and will grow but moreneeds to be done to make the prospect or marine highwayservice more real and the inormation more available.A ew more operations on the water could make adierence. The long awaited M-580 “Green Trade Corridor”COB service between Stockton and Oakland will be upand running in a couple months. On the government sideo things we also will see some steps that could make adierence.In early February House Ways & Means held a hearingon maritime tax issues including a Harbor MaintenanceTax exemption or domestic moves o non-bulk cargo.The chair o the subcommittee, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), is alsosponsor o the exemption bill, HR 1533, and he is in aposition to make something happen.The Navy/MARAD “dual use” project should getinteresting in the coming months. Herbert Engineering’sOctober 28th report or MARAD, coordinated with marketand operation studies, is a guide to vessel designs thatcould work or the commercial and, when needed, nationaldeense markets. The strategy to replace the tired RRF with new, commercially viable ships, maybe with somedeense unds, is hinged on commercial MH developmenttaking o. That’s why MIT’s Hank Marcus has a role helpingidentiy potential policy moves (HMT, shipper incentives,etc.) that could help oster the business.The M-580 project benefted by Federal capital grantmoney as have some other MH related projects. Don’texpect marine highway program grants to be issued thisor next year but USDOT is in the process o receivinga 4th round o TIGER grant applications. Watch or MHrelated proposals.We also may see legislation introduced to allowthe short-term re-agging o oreign built ships or thepurpose o validating the coastwise market and enablingthe construction o replacement ships in US yards. Iwouldn’t be surprised to see some Jones Act carriers andhungry shipyards undertake a strategy to get the Federalgovernment to support the greatly needed recapitalizationo their container and roll on – roll o (ro/ro) eets. Wewill have to see how that might help, or expressly nothelp, the newer operators on the scene.
SERVING ALL DEEPWATER PORTS IN THE NORTHEAST
just add water !
www.newenglandshipping.com
 
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Federal and State Pilot Service for Long Island Sound and Ports
Interport@Verizon.net
Connecticut State Pilots
Interport Pilots Agency Inc.
 
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Also, let’s not orget that the MARAD unded market/business plan studies or M-5, M-55 and M-95 corridorsare to be released in the next months.None o the above presently qualifes as gamechangers but the potential is there. Sufce it to say thereis more to come on the marine highway story in 2012.Paul Bea is a government relations and policy advisorin Washington, DC. He chairs the marine highway advocacygroup, The Coastwise Coalition, and discusses the MTS atwww.MTSmatters.com.
SHIPPING 2012: 9 Dynamic ConferenceSessions, 3 Days, 2,500 Guests
“Game Changers” Shipping 2012 will be held at theStamord Hilton Hotel Monday through Wednesday March19-20-21. Overseas visitors start to arrive days beore tovisit their customers and peers. Unlike most trade showswhich might draw hordes o people who do not know eachother, shipping people are tribal-like. Despite the globalnature o the industry it is amazingly interconnected,warm and very welcoming. All the sub-communities rombuilders, fnanciers, shippers, ag states, regulators,lawyers and operators realize they are interdependent.On entering the hotel a visitor will immediately noticethe nearly non-stop “buzz” o business and personalconversations. Further inormation and the program canbe seen atwww.shipping2012.com.
CMC Membership Includes DiverseState Maritime Interests
Organized in 2000, the Connecticut Maritime Coalitionis a non-proft trade association advocating orConnecticut’s Maritime Industry. Our members include:
Briarpatch Enterprises, Inc.
 
Joseph Gilbert, 203.876.8923, hiddenemp@aol.com
 The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company 
Frederick Hall, 631-473-0286, FHall@McAllisterTowing.com
Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc.
 
John Fucci, 203-483-2954, jfucci@BAC-INC.com
Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc.
Adam Wronowski, 860-625-4824, adam@longislandferry.com
Connecticut Maritime Association, Inc.
Donald Frost, 203-406-0106, dbfrost@optonline.net
Connecticut State Pilots, Inc.
Capt. Charles Jonas, 516-319-5069, cpjonas@optonline.net
Empire Fisheries, LLC
Joseph Gilbert, 203-876-8923, hiddenemp@aol.com
Gateway Terminal
Tom Dubno, 203-467-1997, tdubno@gatewayt.com
Gwenmor Marina & Marine Contracting Inc.
Christian McGugan, 860-536-0281, Christian@gwenmor.com
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Dan Kinard, 860-286-8900, dan.kinard@gza.com
Interport Pilots Agency, Inc.
 
Captain Louis Bettinelli, 732-787-5554, loubett@optonline.net
Moran Towing Corporation
 
Aislinn Pitchford, 203-442-2800, aislinn@morantug.com
New England Shipping Company, Inc.
 
David Pohorylo, 203-467-2423, dpohorylo@newenglandshipping.com
New Haven Port Authority 
 
Judi Sheiffele, Ex.Dir., 203-946-6778, JSheiffe@newhavenct.net
New Haven Terminal
 
Michael Vasaturo, 203-468-0805, vpusec@aol.com
Port Security Services
 
Ralph Gogliettino,800-762-9147, Ralph@portsecurity.us
Santa Energy Corporation
 Thomas Santa, 203-362-3332, SantaT@santaenergy.com
Schooner, Inc.
 Kristen Andrews, 203-865-1737,kristen.andrews@schoonerinc.org
Sea Support, Inc.
 
Ralph Gogliettino, 203-467-1590, Ralph@seasupport.biz
 Thames Towboat Co.
Richard MacMurray, 860-443-7394,rich@longislandferry.com
 Thames Shipyard & Repair Co.
Stan Mickus, 860-460-8437,stanmickus@longislandferry.com 
Underwater Construction Corporation
 
James Swiggart, 860-853-8956, jswiggart@uccdive.com
Line Handling
Launch Service/Stores DeliverySpill Boom Containment ServicesMarine Oil Spill Clean Up Services
Stevedoring ServicesShip/Marine Chandlery Supply Services
203-467-1590
Mr. Ralph Gogliettino Ralph@seasupport.biz
 
The Connecticut Maritime Association
Game Changers
 
Maritime Matters
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