Seaways & Waterways

Federal Maritime Commission rolls out new supply chain initiatives

(WASHINGTON) — Six supply chain innovation teams are being convened by Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner Rebecca Dye to identify and implement improvements to the process and timing of return and delivery of containers to marine terminals. This announcement came…

EPA fines owners of boxship, bulker for Vessel General Permit violations

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has assessed penalties totaling $81,474 against two commercial ships over inspection, monitoring and reporting violations in California and Louisiana. The containership MSC Aurora and the bulk carrier Western Durban both violated EPA’s…

Maritime stakeholders await boost from infrastructure bill

(WASHINGTON) — Late Friday, just before midnight, the House of Representatives approved the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The House effectively passed the same bill approved by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 10 unamended. Key to the…

Canadian shipping groups welcome federal COVID vaccine rules

(OTTAWA) — Canadian marine shipping organizations welcomed new federal mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rules released this week by Transport Canada, and said that marine company policies would be ready to protect the safety and welfare of both their employees and the…

Long-sought Houston Ship Channel expansion gets federal go-ahead

After a decade-long campaign by maritime industry stakeholders, Congress has authorized the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel for safer and more efficient navigation. The project will widen and deepen the nation’s busiest waterway, which is accommodating increased traffic…