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Häfen | Ports © AAPA erating nearly 5.4 tr $ in total economic activity a year and more than 378 bn $ in federal, state and local tax revenues. Therefore, »it’s important for federal policymakers to recognize that international trade, both exports and imports, is good for American workers and the national economy, and actions that would inhibit trade have sizable negative repercussions to American jobs, and to American goods and services competitiveness overseas,« he says. Based on these assumptions, AAPA is urging the Administration and Congress to ensure U.S. seaport and other employment is not negatively impacted by trade actions, as business people, ports and their private sector partners are concerned about making significant investments in an unstable trade environment. »Eliminating that uncertainty is especially important as this Administration seeks to find partners to improve America’s infrastructure.« Because trade »supports everyone«, AAPA is encouraging federal policymakers to work swiftly to restore market certainties and forge paths to expand exports, rather than create new import restrictions,« the CEO concludes. In the meantime there is at least one piece of good news. The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that it has awarded more than 280 mill. $ in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. MM Los Angeles: »Efficient utilization is crucial« In Los Angeles, port officials say: »Making the most of our existing assets by utilizing our facilities more efficiently is crucial.« To that end, is is planned to collaborate with terminal, trucking and technology partners to implement a universal truck reservation system, eliminate on-site chassis storage, and upgrade connections throughout our on-dock rail network. In addition, the building of a Cyber Resilience Center is planned for this year. This facility is supposed to serve as a clearinghouse for sharing information about cyber threats among terminal operators and other stakeholders. In terms of cargo throughput, the port states: »We have experienced declining US exports for 13 consecutive months. We expect 2020 to continue to be impacted by the trade war.« The large container ports in the south of the US west coast are getting the receipt for the trade policy of President Donald Trump. Last year, Los Angeles, the largest US port on the Pacific Ocean, was unable to maintain the volumes from 2018. According to official data, 9.34 mill. TEUs passed the quaysides from January to December – a decrease in comparison to 9.46 mill. TEU in 2018. However, the port authorities are not entirely dissatisfied. The result for 2018 was characterized by the fact that many importers had filled their warehouses out of concern about the punitive tariffs – it was the second best year in its history. 72 HANSA – International Maritime Journal 03 | 2020

Häfen | Ports Houston: 232 mill. $ Capital Plan In the US Gulf, the Houston as No. 1 US port in foreign waterborne tonnage, has a 232 mill. $ million Capital Plan for 2020, focused primarily on container terminals, as well as Project 11, which is the name for the Houston Ship Channel Widening/Deepening project. That project has been under study by Port Houston and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the past four years, and now it is nearing completion, officials say. Plans call for widening the proposed Bay Reach segment from 530 feet to 700 feet and additional channel widening. »Generally, infrastructure needs and funding for channel dredging are challenges ahead, but we and the industry are committed to collaboratively achieving this deepening goal because it will go a long way to ensuring long-term prosperity for everyone,« the port authority states. Widening the nation’s busiest waterway is planned to allow for improved two-way traffic. Houston has nearly 9,000 vessel calls and a total of more than 20,000 ship movements within the port. As the country’s biggest breakbulk port, Houston has has handled a considerable amount of wind components in recent years. In 2019, the amount of wind power equipment handled totaled 54,229 short tons, which was »a big increase« from the previous year. In addition, it was a record-setting year, just short of 3 mill. TEUs. Officials are projecting continued growth given that the amount of resins being produced by petrochemical plants along the Houston Ship Channel continues to increase. As well, a 5% increase in containers in 2020 is projected, stemming from an increase in loaded export boxes. General cargoes also are showing growth, though steel volumes are softening. Commitment to Service A global gateway delivering goods to market quickly, efficiently, sustainably. We offer operational excellence and unrivaled customer service. HANSA – International Maritime Journal 03 | 2020 73

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