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Port of Virginia, major shipping hub for US commerce, plans big expansion

The Port of Virginia is one of the most significant ports in the United States. It facilitates £242 million worth of commerce a day, and a full 9 percent — or 343,000 — of Virginia’s jobs are port-related.

But there’s a problem. It’s not big enough.

Not when cargo ships have gotten bigger, which threatens both business and safety. Experts say deepening and widening of the port at its channel is crucial. Rick Wester, captain of the Port of Virginia, notes the channel isn’t wide enough with ships double or triple the size they were a decade ago. “About three of four times a week, whenever [the biggest ships] enter or leave port, I have to impose one-way traffic because it’s just too narrow for them to meet any other ships,” he said.

Furthermore, the channel is only 50 feet deep, which means many of the larger ships would run aground if fully loaded. Wester explains, “These ships draw 55 feet [so] we don’t allow them to come into port… they can only partially load both coming in and leaving–they’ve not using their capacity.” Over 114,000 U.S. businesses rely on goods from the Port of Virginia, but the channel is limiting its ability to expand.

Thus there’s a plan to dredge and widen the waterway — it’s even caught the attention of President Trump, who stated the port “could be one of the best in the world if they invested not that much money, relatively speaking.” How much is that? Around a billion dollars.

Virginia has already secured £695 million in private and state investment, and the state is asking for £300 million more from the federal government. Cathie Vick, chief public affairs officer for the Virginia Port Authority, believes they’ve got plenty of room for growth. There are already approximately two million containers coming through every year, and they hope to add a million more.

As Vick puts it, “With almost 8 percent growth last year we’ve got a plan for the future [and] we’re on our way to being the second biggest port on the East Coast.” Vick also notes that the extra capacity created by a reconstructed channel would allow for a new terminal — which could be built with the dredge material from the widened channel. In general, she believes more money for the Port of Virginia would be a win-win.

It would create more than 54,000 jobs in Virginia and elsewhere, and, once there’s greater capacity to trade, help reduce prices for consumers across America. To Vick, then, federal funding for the expansion is an idea well worth floating. Fox News’ Steve Kurtz contributed to this report.

Douglas Kennedy currently serves as a correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).

He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York.

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Airport recognized at Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Shanghai

MDAD Trade and Logistics Chief Emir Pineda accepts MIA’s AFLAS award for Best Airport in North America On May 15, Miami International Airport was named Best Airport in North America at the 2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards[1] ceremony in Shanghai, in recognition of its excellence in the global air cargo sector over the past year. The awards program, hosted and organized annually by industry publication Asia Cargo News, recognized leading cargo logistics service providers including air and shipping lines, air and seaports, and other associated industry professionals.

The nomination and voting process, according to Asia Cargo News, allowed more than 10,000 readers and e-news subscribers of the publication to determine the leading organizations in the market and then select the winners – making the award results from the opinion of service users rather than a panel of judges. MIA was chosen from a group of four finalists that also included Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. “Congratulations to MIA for receiving more well-deserved recognition because of its world-class cargo operations,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A.

Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County is incredibly fortunate to have America’s busiest international freight airport – and one of the world’s top 10 – within our community.” MIA achieved its best year ever for freight tonnage in 2017, with 2.24 million total tons – a three-percent increase over 2016. The airport benefitted from four new international cargo carriers launching service last year: Etihad Cargo began weekly freighter flights between Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi in November; TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege, last February.

Most recently, Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service between Hong Kong and MIA via Anchorage last month, and Skybus launched weekly cargo service to Peru in January. In the last two years, MIA has introduced a host of innovative cargo initiatives, including approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce to designate the airport land parcel as a Foreign Trade Zone[2] magnet site; the formation of an e-commerce task force workshop[3] with local air cargo industry stakeholders, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs; Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program[4] last February, which allows perishable freight from local seaports to be trucked to MIA and depart by air without Customs duties; and MIA’s pharma hub[5] designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices.

“It is an honor to be named Best Airport in North America by the readers of Asia Cargo News, especially given the caliber of the other airports shortlisted for this award,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “We are proud to be an example of excellence in the air cargo sector, and we look forward to strengthening trade and commerce even more within our world region.” Written by leading transport and cargo industry journalists, Asia Cargo News is a vital source of intelligence for cargo, logistics and supply chain companies located in and doing business in Asia. The newspaper includes a range of in-depth features, news, and analysis designed to meet the information needs of industry decision-makers.

“Thousands of shippers and industry experts have voted, making the results a true reflection of industry expertise,” said Asia Cargo News publisher Darren Barton. “The response was overwhelming.”

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