zoom The Port of New Orleans’ Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal handled 490,526 TEUs in 2014, an 8.8% increase compared to 2013, and a new record for the U.S. port.The port says that the increase is due to the addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy.The port welcomed a new weekly European service from French container carrier CMA CGM February 2 with the arrival of the CMA CGM Jamaica.In addition, Chiquita Brands International, along with their sailing partner Mediterranean Shipping Company, began weekly service to the Port in October, after relocating its shipping operations to New Orleans after a 40-year hiatus.New Orleans Terminal and Ports America jointly operate the container terminal – with New Orleans Terminal handling the new Chiquita cargo and Ports America handling the CMA CGM service.“Strong export markets, primarily for chemical and agriculture products, together with new inbound customers such as Chiquita contributed to record container volumes,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “New services in 2015, such as the recently announced CMA CGM weekly European service, and a full year of Chiquita cargo could translate into robust results again in 2015.”The new services join existing customers MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, Seaboard Marine, CSAV, Zim, NYK, Orient Overseas Container Line, American President Line, Hyundai and MOL offering regular container services at the terminal. In an effort to attract new container services, the Port’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a new incentive dockage rate for a new service’s first 20 vessel calls.
zoom Crowley Maritime Corp. has become member of the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations.In joining, Crowley has signed a statement of commitment, certifying that the company agrees to comply with sulfur regulations and support the robust and transparent enforcement of these regulations.According to Mike Roberts, Crowley’s senior vice president and general counsel, the decision makes sense on many levels.“First and foremost, Crowley’s long-standing support for and compliance with the sulphur regulations has been demonstrated throughout the years in no small part because, as a leader in the maritime industry, it is the responsible thing to do for the environment. Second, Crowley supports the fair leveling of the ‘sulphur playing field’ for the benefit of all parties involved.”“The threat of weak enforcement of sulphur regulations is escalating fast. Responsible industry is taking the initiative to mitigate this threat, serving the best interests of the environment and human health as well as creating a level playing field for business. By speaking with one, united voice we have the greatest chance to bring about change,” said Roger Strevens, Trident Alliance chairman.In addition to enforcement of existing sulphur regulations, the Trident Alliance is also working to raise awareness of the issue, foster transparency around the operators’ sulfur compliance activities and develop initiatives to foster innovation in practicable enforcement technologies.Membership is currently comprised of around 30 companies, including Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Scorpio, Stena and others.