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Strikers back to work with overtime to clean up their mess in US North East Ports

NY-NJ Port Struggles to Clear Strike Backlog

Peter T. Leach | Sep 30, 2010 3:42PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

 

Drivers to work Saturday to catch up on 10,000-11,000 truck moves

Container terminals and port trucking companies in the Port of New York and New Jersey were still struggling Thursday in foul weather to clear out the backlog of containers that was piled up at the piers after a two-day work stoppage by dockworkers.

Port truck drivers will have to work and terminals stay open on Saturday to get caught up on the 10,000-11,000 truck moves that could not be done during the shutdown, which started Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and ended Wednesday afternoon after local chapters of the International Longshoremen's Association faced the possibility of being hit with steep fines for failing to comply with a restraining order issued by a federal district judge in Newark on Tuesday.

"This was an illegal strike," said Jeff Bader, president of Golden Carriers, a New Jersey port drayage company, and of the Bi-State Motor Carriers Association. "There was no reason to affect the Port of New York and New Jersey."

JOC Video: ILA Worker Discusses Dock Work Stoppage

Bader said his drivers had gone home on Tuesday and Wednesday because they couldn't work, losing two days of pay. "Now we're paying for it because we have four- to five- hour turn times today. There was no reason for it when the economy's such a fragile thing." He said 240,000 people working in the port were affected by the strike.

The work stoppage was conducted with no orders to do so from either the international union or its locals, ILA spokesman Jim McNamara said. The members are supporting each other, he said.

The work stoppage was caused by picket lines set up Tuesday morning by members of ILA locals from Philadelphia, who were protesting the pending moved by Del Monte Fresh Produce of 75 ship calls a year from an ILA terminal in Camden, N.J. to a non-ILA facility in Gloucester, N.J. that is owned by the Holt family.

The Philadelphia ILA claimed the move by Del Monte will cost the union 200 jobs.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had issued permits to the Philadelphia dockworkers to picket the terminals in New York, but they were joined by local New York-New Jersey ILA members, who did not have permits, according to Jim Devine, president and CEO of the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island.


Bahamas details millions earned from Nassau cruise stops

Cruise ships add valuable business to downtown Nassau
By Clarence Rolle, MOT
Sep 30, 2010 - 10:19:18 AM

 

 Nassau, Bahamas - Downtown businesses are reporting healthy business from cruise ships after extensive dredging and refurbishment of Nassau Harbour.

The world’s largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, is among the selection of cruise vessels that call at Prince George Dock in Nassau. The historic ship calls at Nassau two Sundays each month. Meanwhile, another mega cruise ship, the Norwegian Epic, has been calling on Fridays. Each vessel has contributed handsomely to revenues.

“The Bahamas was amongst many countries which were seeking to have these ships call on their ports,” said Carla Stuart, director of Cruise Development in the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. “By the end of December, the Oasis would have made 34 visits and brought at least 183,600 passengers for the year 2010. Head tax to be derived is estimated at $2.7 million while spend from the passengers of this vessel is estimated at $12 million. The ship will continue to call every other week.”

Downtown businesses have taken notice of the mega ships and their passengers.

Thelma Miller of Vintage Island Handicraft, a Festival Place souvenir store, pointed out that the Oasis’ calls have been good for business on Sundays, which would otherwise be slow. Meanwhile, Senor Frog’s has also been happy with the business that the Oasis brings.

“It does make a difference when the Oasis comes in,” said Chester Williamson, manager of Senor Frog’s. “I think the second week it came in with 3,000 people on board.”

Mr. Williamson said cruise business figures prominently into the restaurant’s business although they get some groups from hotels as well. He notices many families on Mondays when the Disney cruise ship makes its call, and on Wednesdays, he has noted that Norwegian ships especially encourage passengers to do shore activities. The most significant cruise business comes on days like Tuesday and Saturday when ships overnight. Although business ends early on Sunday’s the Oasis makes a definite impact, he said.


 

Ms. Stuart pointed out that the Sunday impact will be greater at the end of the year, when a new Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) vessel is scheduled to call at Nassau.

“In December, we will welcome the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas- the sister ship to the Oasis,” Ms. Stuart said. “This ship will also call every other week on Sundays. After December, and with the combined trips of the Oasis and Allure, we will have an Oasis class vessel in port every Sunday. These estimates do not include calls made by the Freedom of the Seas with a capacity of 3634 double occupancy and is now able to call on Nassau during inclement weather at Coco Cay (RCCL’s private island).

Meanwhile, the mega ships continue to bring thousands of passengers whose departure taxes alone are estimated to pay for the Nassau Harbour Improvement Project in three to five years. By the end of the year, the Epic, which began calls to Nassau in July, would have brought 36,900 passengers and would have contributed$ 553,500 in head tax. The passenger spend from Jul y to the end of the year is estimated at $2.4 million.

In November 2011, the Epic is expected to move from a bi-monthly schedule to a weekly schedule. The head tax collections from this vessel in 2012 are estimated at $3 million with the passenger spend at $13 million dollars.

In the first quarter of 2011, Nassau will welcome Disney’s new mega ship - the Disney Dream. This ship will have a capacity of 4000 passengers and will replace the Disney Wonder with a capacity of 2600 passengers.

 


Brazil's logistics are a mess according to the BBC (Wait. Didn't we hear that somewhere before?)

Clogged roads and ports harm Brazil's development plans

By Paulo Cabral and Liz Throssell BBC News, Sao Paulo

Sugar-covered shed at the Cosan terminal at the port of Santos Most of the port terminal buildings are dusted by sugar

There is sugar everywhere at one of the terminals in Santos, Brazil's biggest port.

It drips from the high conveyor belts that carry loads from the warehouses to the ships, making piles that resemble week-old snow.

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The ground is coated with a dark syrup while the air is full of the sweet and slightly sickly smell of a bakery in the morning.

The rhythm of work is frantic with ships being loaded 24 hours a day amid record exports of sugar.

The long queues of vessels waiting off the coast of Santos for a berth in Brazil's biggest port are a visible sign of the country's booming economy but also highlight the strains economic growth has placed on its infrastructure.

"This is a country that exported $100bn (£63bn) in 2005 and $200bn in 2008. We need very quick and large investment in infrastructure," says Weber Bahal from Brazil's development ministry.

Under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, investing in infrastructure has been at the heart of what is known as the growth acceleration programme (PAC) launched in 2007. A further $500bn is earmarked for investment over the next five years, says Mr Behal.

Lula has described his preferred successor, Dilma Rousseff, as the "mother of the PAC". She is well ahead of her main rival, Jose Serra, in the 3 October presidential election, according to opinion polls.

But while Brazil's booming economy has led to an overall feelgood factor, investors are concerned about the state of the country's infrastructure, which can add significantly to the cost of getting goods to market.

The port of Santos has made some improvements in recent years - a number of terminals have been privatised and more streamlined operations have been put in place, but it has not been enough to cope with increased demand.

"According to our projections we will almost triple our cargo handling in the next 15 years," says Renato Ferreira Barco, the planning director of Codesp, the state company that manages the port.

"We are dredging the port and creating more berths for bigger ships but the access to the port remains our main bottleneck. We need to reinforce the use of railways and to build new roads in the Santos area."

Exhausted drivers

Access to many of the port's warehouses are down cobbled roads, more suitable for the era of horse and cart than heavy lorries.

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Trucker Eloi dos Santos has seen plenty of crashes during his years on the road

When trucker Eloi dos Santos arrives with his load of coffee he never knows how long he will have to wait. "There are no containers available to store the cargo so we have to wait here. It can take hours or days," he says.

After 35 years on the road, Mr Dos Santos has seen firsthand many of the infrastructure problems that are constraining Brazil's growth.

"There are many roads in very bad shape and this delays our travels and increases the cost to maintain the trucks," he says.

The final stretch of highway that winds for about 80km down through the mountains from Sao Paulo to Santos is in reasonable shape but traffic has been increasing rapidly - 20% up on last year. Accidents caused by exhausted drivers or heavy traffic often create long jams and severe delays.

About 85% of the goods that reach Santos come by road. This imbalance in transport dates from the 1950s when Brazil began to favour road haulage over rail freight.

Paved roads comparison

There are projects to develop a better transport mix, including new railways and waterways.

Cosan, one of the world's biggest sugar producers, has its own rail line running into Santos. it has bought new train wagons that can unload sugar in three minutes against the 40 minutes of older models, but more private investment is urgently needed.

"Everything in infrastructure is important but I think that in transport and logistics we have to put a lot of money quickly because in the past Brazil has not invested nearly enough," says Paulo Godoy, president of the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Heavy Industries, ABDIB.

"Brazil has money to invest in infrastructure from the National Development Bank (BNDES) but to get the necessary resources we need to create new funds to attract international investors committed to long-term investment."

Airports, airports, airports

The challenge is not only moving goods but also people around the country. Air travel has been growing at a rate of 10% a year and an upgrade in the country's main airports is long overdue.

When asked about what Brazil would have to do prepare its infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, summarised the biggest problems as "airports, airports and airports".

A plane and a busy road Brazil is seeing an increased demand for air transport

The two terminals of Sao Paulo's international airport were designed to handle 17 million passengers a year but this reached 21 million last year. Construction of a third terminal has been described as as a priority since the late 1990s.

"The government has announced new plans but that's just what they are for now," says aeronautical engineer and infrastructure expert Jorge Leal.

"We need to find ways to allow private companies to invest in airports in Brazil. I hope that the next government will be more flexible about this," he says.

The bulk of Brazilian infrastructure, the main roads and ports, as well as the telecommunications network, was built in the 1960s and early 1970s, when the military government embarked on a major programme of state investment.

The challenge faced by the Lula government and one confronting whoever is elected on 3 October will be to bring this ageing infrastructure back into shape to ensure Brazil's expectations of growth do not falter.


Virginia ports facing dicey Union vote

Union Longshoremen to vote on new

Virginia ports’ break bulk contract

 Hampton Roads' -1,800 longshoremen are set to vote Thursday on a two-year labor agreement for workers who handle bulk and other non-containerized cargo like lumber, wood chips, scrap metal, automobiles and other heavy equipment.

 The existing contact, which has been in place since 2004, expires Thursday. It covers wages, benefits and working conditions for dockworkers who load, unload and handle those types of cargo at the region's port facilities.

 Longshoremen in June rejected two labor agreements that would have cut wages on two types of work by more than 20 percent to about $16 an hour. For workers with more seniority, the cuts surpassed 30 percent.

 Since the vote, union leaders and dockworkers' employers have been working to negotiate a new pact that also includes pay reductions, but not to the scale of those first proposed, negotiators said.

 The two sides also shelved a divisive proposal that would have cut wages and benefits for workers who handle cargo for a barge service that shuttles containers between Hampton Roads and Richmond.

"This vote is solely about break-bulk" cargo, said Roger Giesinger, president of the Hampton Roads Shipping Association, a trade group that bargains on behalf of the companies that employ longshoremen. The barge service issue, he said, "is for another day."

 Giesinger and Thomas Little, acting international vice president of the International Longshoremen's Association for the port of Hampton Roads, said they were optimistic union members would ratify the new contract, but each declined to offer specifics until after the vote.

 "There are some considerable differences" between the failed June pact and the new contract, Geisinger said. "I would say that it will help make (the port) competitive enough to try to attract more business into Hampton Roads."

 Port and shipping industry officials have pushed for the pay reductions in order to cut rates charged to shippers that move bulk and other non-containerized cargo through Hampton Roads. They have said a labor concession is necessary to lure more shippers to the state-owned marine terminals in Newport News and Portsmouth and the Norfolk Southern-owned facility at Lambert's Point in Norfolk.

Giesinger called ratification of the agreement "crucial" and said a new contract could create or preserve hundreds of waterfront jobs.

 Meanwhile, the Virginia Port Authority has put out a request for proposals to lease its Portsmouth Marine Terminal and listed for sale the terminal's nine container cranes at a combined cost of $10.75 million.

The Portsmouth facility will lose all of its container traffic to APM Terminals by April 2011. The port authority hopes to fill the terminal with bulk cargo handled by longshoremen.


China Now Runs the World, Soros Says

 

China Now Runs the World, Soros Says

 

By Glenn Hall 

 

 

NEW YORK TheStreet -- China is now the engine that runs the world, relegating the U.S. to second fiddle in both economic power and global influence, says George Soros, the billionaire investor renowned for his ability to anticipate and capitalize on emerging economic trends.

"The shift is phenomenal - I have never seen anything like it," Soros said at a New York event hosted by Reuters. "There is no parallel because the rise of power typically takes decades."

The financial crisis in the U.S. accelerated the power transfer by shutting down the U.S. consumer, whose historically voracious demand previously powered the global economies. Now China is in the driver's seat and the world is running on a supply-side engine, Soros said.

"The Chinese economy has become the motor of the global economy," Soros said. "This is a smaller motor (than the U.S. consumer) and that's why the global system is not growing as fast."

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The transfer of wealth is the result of the U.S. willingness to consume more than it produces and China's willingness to produce more than it consumes, Soros explained.

The "state capitalism" practiced in China is based on encouraging Chinese citizens to seek riches by exploiting their cheap labor resources through exports and then the government harvests the accumulated wealth for the state by artificially holding down the value of China's currency, Soros said.

China stumbled onto a "fabulous machine" for skimming the wealth generated by its cheap labor to benefit the state by keeping its currency undervalued through a peg to the U.S. dollar, he said.

The currency tensions with the U.S. cannot be resolved easily because China will not want to do anything that breaks the "machine."China needs to grow its domestic economy and increase consumption among its own consumers, but this would reduce the power of the state, Soros explained. Now that China is facing inflationary pressure, allowing the currency to appreciate would be beneficial but it would also hurt the powerful Chinese exporters who use their influence to resist change to the currency policy, Soros said.

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As a result, a more gradual change is more likely to result from increased domestic consumption as growing national wealth translates into increasing wage expectations, Soros said.

There's really nothing the U.S. can do to accelerate the liberalization of China's currency policy, Soros said. Trade sanctions against China and other threats would be destructive to both sides, he said, adding that China's massive holdings of U.S. debt provide great leverage.

 

--Written by Glenn Hall in New York


Unions halt strike at North East port cargo terminals

Longshoremen's Union Asks For End To Local Port Strike

By: NY1 News

The International Longshoreman Association asked its picketing members to end a two-day strike at New York and New Jersey ports, and normal operations will soon resume at the city's container terminals.

In a statement, the union says that it will meet with representatives of the United States Maritime Alliance and New York Shipping Association to address the loss of unionized longshoremen's jobs.

About 100 longshoremen were on strike at the New York Container Terminal in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island and another 45 members were on strike at Brooklyn's Red Hook Container Terminal.

The union said earlier today that the strike was not a job action, but rather a show of support for more than 200 fellow union members who lost their jobs when fruit packing giant Del Monte moved its operation from Philadelphia to a facility in Gloucester, N.J. that uses cheaper, non-union labor.

Workers at ports in Bayonne, Elizabeth and Newark, N.J. have also refused to cross picket lines since yesterday's ruling.

At least a dozen ships were unloading in the city's harbors, and the striking longshoremen said the ships contained bananas and other fruit, vehicles, soda, alcohol and seafood.

A federal judge ordered the longshoremen back to work yesterday because of the strike's effect on commerce, but the workers said there was a bigger issue at stake.

"If they take jobs away from them, who's to say they won't take them away from us? So it's a solidarity issue. We're here supporting them," said longshoreman Nick Angiletta.

"They're trying to take away union jobs, and pay less wages, and they're trying to take away jobs that are good paying jobs from us, and give it to people and pay them less money," said longshoreman Angelo Pastore.

Earlier today, New York Shipping Association President Joseph Curto said in a statement, "[ILA] is defying the order of Federal Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise to discontinue honoring the picket lines manned by out-of-town longshoremen."

He went on to say that the picketers "are penalizing ocean carriers and marine terminal operators who have absolutely no involvement... with the issues that may be occurring in the Port of Philadelphia."

In response, an ILA spokesman said earlier today that he would not comment on whether the judge was defied.


Pirates of the Gulf of Aden seem to be winning. You decide

FACTBOX-Ships held by Somali pirates

Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:47pm GMT
 

Sept 29 (Reuters) - Pirates hijacked a Panama-flagged ship off Tanzania's waters, a maritime official and advocacy group said on Wednesday.

Here is a list of ships under the control of Somali pirates:

* SOCOTRA 1: Seized on Dec. 25, 2009. The Yemeni-owned ship was captured in the Gulf of Aden after it left the port of Alshahr in Yemen. There were six Yemeni crew on board.

* AL NISR AL SAUDI: Seized on March 1, 2010. The Saudi-owned 5,136 dwt tanker was on its way from Japan to Jeddah with one Greek and 13 Sri Lankan crew members.

* ICEBERG 1: Seized on March 29. Pirates boarded the roll-on roll-off vessel 10 miles outside Aden Port in the Gulf of Aden. The ship carried 24 crew.

* AL-BARARI: Seized on March 31. The small Indian trade boat was captured after it left Mogadishu port, having unloaded food and medicine there. It carried a crew of 11.

* SAMHO DREAM: Seized on April 4. The 319,000 dwt Samho Dream was en route to the United States from Iraq when it was hijacked 970 miles east of the Somali coast. The Marshall Islands-registered ship is South Korean-owned, had a crew of five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos and carried 2 million barrels of crude oil. On April 21, Somali pirates threatened to blow up the supertanker unless a $20 million ransom was paid.

* RAK AFRIKANA: Seized on April 11. The St Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged 7,561 dwt cargo ship was hijacked about 280 nautical miles west of the Seychelles. The ship is owned by Seychelles' Rak Afrikana Shipping Ltd.

* Three Thai fishing vessels -- PRANTALAY 11, 12 and 14 -- were hijacked on April 17-18 with a total of 77 crew.

* VOC DAISY: Seized on April 21. The Panama-flagged bulk ship with its crew of 21 Filipinos, was captured 190 miles southeast of the Omani port of Salalah.

* AL-DHAFIR: Seized on May 7. The Yemeni fishing boat was seized off the coast of Yemen with a crew of seven fisherman.

* MARIDA MARGUERITE: Seized on May 8. The chemical tanker en route from Kandla in Gujarat to Antwerp in Belgium was hijacked some 150 miles south of Salalah off the Gulf of Aden with crew aboard of 22 -- 19 Indians, two Bangladeshis and one Ukrainian.

* ELENI P: Seized on May 12. The Liberia-flagged and Greek-owned ship, carrying iron and sailing from Ukraine to China via Singapore was seized in the Gulf of Aden. Of the 24 people on board, two were Greeks and the rest Filipinos.

* GOLDEN BLESSING: Seized on June 28. The 2010-built, 14,445 dwt Singapore-registered chemical tanker was seized on its way from Saudi Arabia to India when it was boarded off East Africa. The ship had 19 Chinese sailors onboard.

* MOTIVATOR: Seized on July 4. A 13,065 deadweight tonnes tanker, hijacked in the Red Sea, was manned by 18 Filipino crew and carrying lubricating oil. It is Marshall Islands-flagged. * SUEZ: Seized on Aug. 2. The Panama-flagged 17,300 tonne cargo ship was attacked and hijacked in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. The ship was carrying cement bags and has a crew of 23 from Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

* OLIB G: Seized on Sept. 8: The Maltese-flagged merchant vessel was seized while sailing west in the internationally recommended transit corridor through the Gulf of Aden. The ship carried 18 crew members, 15 Georgians and 3 Turks.

* LUGELA: Seized on Sept. 25/26: The Greek operated 4,281 dwt cargo ship had a crew of 12 Ukrainians on board. It was sailing in the direction of Mauritius with a cargo of steel bars and wires.

* ASPHALT VENTURE: Seized on Sept. 29: The 3,884 dwt bitumen carrier was heading to Durban from the Kenyan port of Mombasa. It carried a crew of 15, all Indians. Maritime advocacy group Ecoterra International said the ship was managed by Mumbai-based Omci Ship Management Pvt and owned by Bitumen Invest AS of United Arab Emirates.

* PIRACY FACTS:

-- The London-headquartered International Maritime Bureau said its piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur logged a total of 196 pirate incidents globally from January to June 2010.

-- There were 31 successful hijackings globally from the 196 incidents, and of those, 27 were off the coast of Somalia or in the Gulf of Aden.

-- At least 544 crew were taken hostage in the first six months of 2010 and around 360 crew members were still being held as at June 30.

-- There were 31 successful hijackings globally and 240 pirate incidents for the whole of 2009.

Sources: Reuters/Ecoterra International/International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre/Lloyds List/Inquirer.net (Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; editing by David Stamp)


Union workers' banana beef shuts North East US Ports a second day

NY-NJ Terminals Shut for Second Day by ILA Strike

Peter T. Leach | Sep 29, 2010 1:17PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

 

Container traffic remained at a standstill Wednesday morning

Container traffic in the Port of New York and New Jersey remained at a standstill Wednesday morning as local dockworkers continued to observe picket lines by longshoremen from Philadelphia in defiance of a restraining order issued by a federal court in Newark Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise ordered local members of the International Longshoremen’s Association to observe a ruling by an arbitrator on Monday and return to work. Attorneys for the New York Shipping Association were serving notice of the return to work order to ILA locals in the port on Wednesday morning even as ILA workers observed the picket lines by members of the Philadelphia ILA.

The NYSA said its attorneys would be returning to U.S. District Court Wednesday morning to seek enforcement of the court’s order.

The Philadelphia longshoremen were picketing the terminals to protest the pending move by Del Monte Fresh Produce of 75 ship calls a year from an ILA terminal in Camden, N.J. to a non-ILA facility in Gloucester, N.J. that is owned by the Holt family.

The Philadelphia ILA claimed the move by Del Monte will cost the union 200 jobs. Jim Paylor, a vice president of the national ILA who is president of ILA Local 1566 in Philadelphia, told The Journal of Commerce earlier this month that the ILA planned to attack Del Monte’s move “on all fronts.”

The pickets by Philadelphia ILA members shut down work at all six container terminals in New York Harbor starting Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. including the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island, APM Terminals and Maher Terminal in Port Elizabeth, N.J., the Port Newark Container Terminal, Global Marine Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., and the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn. The only terminal that remained open was the passenger cruise terminal.

“This is not a wildcat strike,” said Jim Devine, president and CEO of New York Container Terminal. “Because of phone calls to the pier by members of the ILA, the pier was shut down as an orchestrated effort, now in defiance both of an arbitrator’s ruling and a federal court judge.”

Devine said he had been in the federal district court in Newark on Tuesday afternoon. “We were able to demonstrate that this was not a random act of sympathy with people in Philly, so this is not a wildcat strike. It was organized by the national ILA.”


Port Everglades Ready to Welcome Fancy New Fleet of Cruise Ships in 2011

 

Ellen Kennedy, Manager of Corporate & Community Relations

Port Everglades

 The 2010-2011 cruise season at Broward County's Port Everglades will once again bring an array of new ships, new itineraries and new passenger services to South Florida.

 

Port Everglades is destined to make international news again when it welcomes the second of the world's largest cruise ships. Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International's second Oasis-class cruise ship, will be named at her homeport, Port Everglades, and begin sailing every Sunday year-round on December 5, 2010.

 

In addition, four other newly built cruise ships will debut at Port Everglades this season. Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam will be homeported at Port Everglades through the winter beginning November 7, 2010. Seabourn Cruise Line will celebrate the United States' debut of the Seabourn Sojourn on November 15, 2010. Cunard Line's new Queen Elizabeth will call at Port Everglades on January 16, 2011. And, P&O Cruises will have three cruise ships calling at Port Everglades for the first time, including the line's new Azura, which is scheduled to arrive on December 20, 2010. The other P&O Cruise ships coming to Port Everglades for the first time are Aurora, arriving on October 26, 2010, and Ventura, arriving January 4, 2011.

 

Watch Us Grow

 

Port Everglades is already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and is expected to take the lead in the next few years. Since 2001, Port Everglades has grown from 1.6 million multi-day cruise passengers to approximately 3.5 million expected this year (fiscal year 2011 from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). An ongoing capital improvements program and planned expansion effort ensures the Port's ability to maintain a level of superior service.

 

Getting cruise guests where they want to go smoothly is something Port Everglades has down to an art. On March 20, 2010, Port Everglades set a world record with 53,365 cruise guests sailing in and out of the Port in a single day. This year, there will be seven days where nine cruise ships will be in Port, with more than 50,000 cruise guests expected to pass through the Port each day. The Port's experience and on-going planning ensures smooth sailing even on our busiest days.

 

Commitment to Guest Service

 

Customer service and first-class facilities have been the driving force behind Port Everglades' success.

 

The cruise lines that call Port Everglades home benefit from access to two full-time Cruise Service Managers who serve as on-site liaisons between port operations and cruise lines. No other port provides this service.

 

People picking up returning cruise guests now have a free, convenient place to wait for their friends and family members who are returning from a cruise. The new cell phone waiting lot is located at the Port Administration Building at 1850 Eller Drive (first building on the right side past the security checkpoint at the main entrance to the Port off of I-595) on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Free Internet service, WiFi, is now available in all cruise terminals as a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. This WiFi service is especially useful for guests arriving early to board their cruise ship and for those who want to research things to do in the area upon returning from their vacation.

 

Port area maps are located outside cruise terminals, by elevators and along walkways to help guide you to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the beaches, nearby restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences.

 

Electronic directional signs are located at all Port entrances and cruise terminals, in addition to printed signs along the roadways.

 

In addition, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new iPhone application to help visitors plan their vacation on-the-go with searchable dining and attraction listings, maps, real-time events and deal updates. Download iVisitLauderdale.

 


Port Manatee, port of the future, hires future planners

 Port takes next step in growth process

 

By GRACE GAGLIANO - ggagliano@bradenton.com Buzz up!

 BRADENTON — A Manhattan consulting firm, stocked with technical expertise in public-private partnerships, will be hired to advise Port Manatee on how it can capture more business.

 

The Manatee County Port Authority on Tuesday selected Arup as its concession advisor over three other finalists, all of whom had 30 minutes to sell their services to the board and address questions.

 

Arup won over five of the six commissioners in attendance with a detailed plan that outlines how it will prepare a new business plan for Port Manatee.

 

Arup, which is advising the Port of Miami on a public-private partnership for the development of its access tunnel, unveiled a five-step process for consulting the port authority on new business potentials.

 

Arup plans to collect the authority’s objectives for the port, develop revenue projections based on current and potential new business models, conduct a cost analysis for potential investors, analyze the risks and rewards for each business option and present a suggested growth action plan for the authority to consider.

 

“We can give you that fresh set of eyes and ears for your business case,” said Yuval Cohen, a project manager for Arup. “We are ready to start on Day 1 to bring you an action plan.”

 

Arup, which proposed a fee of up to $185,000 for its initial services, will meet with Port Manatee’s attorney to agree on a contract.

 

The Manatee County Port Authority in July began accepting applications from consulting firms and received 10 applicants on the Sept. 15 deadline. An evaluation team reviewed the firms’ background and credentials to narrow the field of candidates.

 

Arup will evaluate the risks and rewards involved in a long-term lease, concession or other public-private partnership for Port Manatee’s expansion and development.

 

The port has plans to develop its South Port area by expanding its berth to 1,600 feet from 1,000 feet, and building an adjacent 52-acre container yard.

 

The development is an effort to prepare for additional container business officials are optimistic Port Manatee can receive as a result of the Panama Canal expansion.

 

“We had some highly qualified presenters and any one of the four could have been selected by the board (Tuesday),” said David McDonald, executive director of Port Manatee. “We’ve moved past the fork in the road and we look forward to moving ahead with our new developments.”

 

Other candidates included Basile Baumann Prost Cole & Associates Inc., based in Annapolis, Md.; KPMG Corporate Finance, based in Dallas; and Infrastructure Capital Advisors, based in Chatham, N.J.

 

However, commissioners said they were most impressed with Arup’s presentation in which the firm went through step by step how it will analyze Port Manatee’s current and new business possibilities, as well as how it will work with the authority.

 

“(Arup) had a very polished proposal,” said Larry Bustle, chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority. “They tailored it to us. There was an awful lot of personalization in it. They truly did their research.”