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Archive for the ‘Seaports’ Category

Seattle, WA: Seawall Project Snapshot Video

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Seattle, WA: Seawall Project Snapshot Video

Concrete shafts provide additional structural support to certain sections of the new seawall. Watch as the Seawall Project team installs one of these drilled shafts south of Colman Dock.

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Block Island, RI: How Offshore Wind Affects the Fish

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Block Island, RI: How Offshore Wind Affects the Fish

Deepwater Wind discusses their research alongside commercial fishermen in Rhode Island, ensuring that their offshore wind installations will benefit everyone.

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Long Beach, CA: The Dive Team’s New Boat

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Long Beach, CA: The Dive Team’s New Boat

The Port’s newest addition to its small fleet of vessels, the LCM8 Sea Force. POLB is excited to have this boat for the use of the dive team and for emergency and disaster response.

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Critical Issues in Transportation

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The freight transportation system must adapt to a projected 80 percent growth in gross domestic product in the next 25 years.

The United States depends on transportation to compete globally and to help revive a sluggish domestic economy. Individuals depend on transportation not only to get to work but to shop, socialize, and access health care, among other goals (1). For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, demand for imported petroleum, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

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Washington State DOT: Ferry Construction Time Lapse

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The video captures construction of Washington’s newest Olympic Class ferry, 144-car Tokitae, from the start of construction through summer 2013.

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Review of Maritime Transport

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Figure 1.1. The OECD industrial production index and indices for world gross domestic product, merchandise trade and	seaborne shipments (1975–2013), (1990 =	100)

For the foreseeable future, the United States is projected to remain the largest economy in the world (in monetary terms) and developments there and in Europe will continue to have knock-on effects on developing regions (United Nations Development Programme, 2013). In addition to the overspill effects of the problems facing advanced economies, other indicators, such as export flows of the United States, are also pointing to a continued global interconnectedness.

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Infographic: America’s Failing Infrastructure

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

America’s greatest generation built the world’s greatest infrastructure network, but over time it’s failed to adapt, which costs a lot, personally, and nationally. We’re not doing enough to remedy the solution, even though EVERY CENT of our GDP relies on infrastructure. Without a plan it’s only going to get worse. Our personal safety, financial stability, and lifestyle depends on the health of our infrastructure.

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Improving the Nation’s Freight Transportation System

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Rail Freight

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation conducted hearings, held roundtable discussions, and traveled
to key freight corridors across the United States to gain insight into the current state of freight transportation and
how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy. The Panel identified many challenges and
impediments to the efficient and safe movement of goods into, out of, and through the United States.

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Five Key Differences Between House and Senate Water Transportation Bills

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The House and Senate water transportation bills (WRRDA and WRDA, respectively) have some key differences. Image: Port of Miami container terminal, via PortMiami.

Transportation Issues Daily
The Senate passed its version of a maritime transportation bill (WRDA) last May. The House begins debating its bill (WRRDA) today, so we don’t yet know what the final language will be…But based on the version coming to the House floor for debate, here are five key differences between the two proposals which have financial implications. The first four come courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office, in its Cost Estimate report. The CBO is nonpartisan and produces “independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.” The fifth difference is one we’ve written about before, and follow the CBO section.

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Port of Prince Rupert Acquires Another Crane to Compete for Panamax Ships

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Port of Prince Rupert Acquires Another Crane to Compete for Panamax Ships

Transportation Issues Daily Last month the Port of Prince Rupert received another super crane and expanded its capability to receive Panamax ships. The Port now has four super cranes. “The arrival of a fourth crane for our container operations will further enhance our ability to quickly and efficiently turn around container vessels at Fairview Terminal. […]

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