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Port Manatee Boasts Coast Guard-Approved Training Program

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Port Manatee Boasts Coast Guard-Approved Training Program

Seaport security, security planning, vulnerability risks and assessments and more are just a few things addressed during a three-day training FSO course offered by Port Manatee.

The course – which earned previous certification in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, is now acknowledged and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

We are pleased to have gained this heightened level of federal certification for this vital security officer training,” said David St. Pierre, Port Manatee’s director of public safety and security.

“Over the past 15 years, more than 1,150 graduates from throughout the nation have completed approved FSO training at Port Manatee, which continues to be the only seaport in the United States certified to offer such a course.”

David St. Pierre, Port Manatee’s director of public safety and security, leads the port’s facility security officer training, which has gained new certification from the U.S. Coast Guard. Photo: Port Mantee

Port security and retired Coast Guard officers are in charge of teaching the three-day course which is offered on a quarterly basis and has been offered for 15 years. It focuses heavily on U.S. and international regulatory requirements as listed above. Among the retired Coast Guard officers in charge include lead instructor St. Pierre and retired commander Edmond Morris.

Port Manatee’s course is known as the only approved facility officer training program by a U.S. seaport, now boasting an advanced and new level of certification and recognition. Port Manatee takes pride in being the closest deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal and boasts a $2.5 billion economic impact. More than 24,000 jobs overall are supported as well.

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Global Traders on the Move

James J. White, who has guided the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore during a period of record revenue, cargo and job growth as executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), resigned effective Dec. 31, 2019. He had led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.

Modern Terminals Hong Kong Managing Director and CEO Peter Levesque was confirmed in November as the newly appointed president for the largest North American marine terminal and stevedore, Ports America. Levesque, who returns to the U.S. after living and working in Asia for the past 25 years, will step into his new role starting in February when Horace Lo takes over as Modern Terminals’ group managing director.

B&H Worldwide, the award-winning aerospace logistics provider, appointed Michael Pearson to the newly created position of General Manager-Americas. From the company’s Los Angeles office, he must now develop the America’s market and drive growth plans in the States for B&H Worldwide, which was founded in the UK.

Ruan’s President and COO Dan Van Alstine was elected as the 2020 chairman of the board for the Iowa Motor Truck Association at the organization’s annual management conference last fall. Based in Des Moines like Ruan, the association was established in 1942 and has more than 600 member companies (trucking and suppliers) throughout Iowa.

Chicago-based Edsal Manufacturing announced that Scott White was appointed CEO effective Nov. 11, 2019. He succeeded Bruce Saltzberg, who retired after 47 years of leadership but served as strategic advisor through the end of last year and remains on the Board of Directors.

Laguna Hills, California-based LOCATE Inventory, a technology company responsible for developing a cloud-based inventory and order management software application, recently hired former Intuit executive Annie Terry as chief business officer.

Team Worldwide, a Winnsboro, Texas-based global 3PL, announced in October that Amy McKinney was named director of Marketing. She joins the company after having worked for Southwest Airlines and, most recently, Susan G. Komen.

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) presented the prestigious 2019 Connie Award in December to Bruce A. Fenimore, CEO of New Jersey-based company Columbia Group, which provides US-flag barge service and landside port services to the shipping industry. Also before some 450 people at CII’s annual industry-wide luncheon at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in New Jersey, Sara Mayes, president and CEO of New York’s Gemini Shippers Group, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam was recognized as Airline Executive of the Year at December’s annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence organized by the Centre for Aviation in Malta.

Virginia Zimmermann, senior communications manager with Port Manatee (Florida), is the 6,000-member International Propeller Club of the United States’ International Member of the Year. She received the global honor at an Oct. 17, 2019, luncheon during the maritime industry group’s 93rd annual International Convention and Conference in New Orleans.

The New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association named David F. Adam, chairman and CEO of the United States Maritime Alliance, its 2020 Person of the Year. He will be honored at a gala dinner Feb. 6 in New York.

American Shipper Magazine founder David A. Howard passed away Dec. 15. He was just two months short of his 100th birthday.

Port Manatee Continues Global Expansion

Two new promotional offices representing Port Manatee’s International Trade Hub have been opened in the Latin America and European regions, according to a release from the company this week. The additional offices further advance the Port’s goals to penetrate global markets while sustaining global commerce.  MedellínColombia and BarcelonaSpain are the latest locations.
“The opening of these two offices is a momentous step in connecting world markets and the dynamic business community of greater Manatee County and Southwest Florida,” said Iván Mutis, coordinator of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee since its inception in 2014. “The Latin American and European office presences perfectly complement the successful initiatives the trade hub has been advancing over the past five years.”
“The offices provide soft landing platforms in major global markets for leaders of businesses of Manatee County and all of Southwest Florida exploring opportunities in Latin America and Europe, respectively,” said Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee. “We already are making plans to further expand the global office presence of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee.”
“The proactive efforts of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, including through foreign offices, furnish advantageous opportunities for expanding the already impressive socioeconomic contributions of Port Manatee throughout our region,” said Vanessa Baugh, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority.
Source: Port of Manatee 

Carver Maritime Manatee Confirms First Successful Shipment


Roughly 50,000 tons of cement manufacturing material was successfully received at Port Mantee’s new terminal operator, Carver Maritime Manatee LLC this past week. The shipment marks the first to be received at the new terminal operator since its opening.
Port Manatee,  known as the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, boasts a substantial $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community while supporting some 24,000 jobs –  all without levying ad-valorem taxes.
“Our first experience at Port Manatee has been nothing but an absolute pleasure,” said Stephen Kelly, Carver’s senior vice president of sales and business development. “The people of Port Manatee have been extremely supportive, informative and cooperative. Carver Maritime Manatee is looking forward to bringing more such shipments into Port Manatee in the near future.”
Carver Maritime Manatee also boasts recent renovations inclusive of a 10-acre cargo facility with deepwater access, in addition to rehabilitating a 1,400-foot-long conveyor system on the leased site.
“We are delighted to have Carver as an active participant in the expansion of our port,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “Carver’s operations are a perfect complement to the increasingly diverse activity taking place at Manatee County’s seaport.”
Source: Port Manatee
 

Port Manatee Begins Shipping Scrap Metal

Palmetto, FL – With the September call of the bulk carrier Sen Treasure, Port Manatee Scrap Metal Inc. is embarking upon exportation of scrap metal to Mexico from Port Manatee.

The ship departed Port Manatee bound for Veracruz last week after taking on a cargo of more than 13,325 metric tons of material trucked from the Port Manatee Scrap Metal facility located less than 2 miles from the dock.

The facility features a state-of-the-industry shredder system.

The port is looking to benefit in multiple ways from its proximity across the Gulf of Mexico to Mexican auto-making plants, including through its partnership with terminal operator, The Pasha Group.

The port recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pasha for the development and marketing of a full-service, multipurpose roll-on/roll-off terminal and vehicle processing facility.

The closest US deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, Port Manatee serves bulk, break-bulk, container, heavy-lift, project and general cargo customers.

The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

“Port Manatee is delighted with its relationship with Port Manatee Scrap Metal and looks forward to numerous similar shipments for years to come,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director.

09/17/2014

Port Manatee to Develop New Intermodal Hub

Palmetto, FL – Port Manatee is developing an international intermodal trade hub to assist companies from throughout the world in advancing production, distribution and other business activities, including innovative global supply chain solutions.

“As the closest US deep-water seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, Port Manatee is drawing increased interest,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director.

The new hub, he said, “will provide locally and internationally headquartered companies alike with a landing platform for capitalizing upon Port Manatee’s unique position in the global marketplace.”

Companies from across Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia are expected to be among those companies with operations in the new Port Manatee Intermodal Center.

Firms currently engaged in – or seeking to take part in – trade with Cuba are to be a “particular focus,” said Buqueras, adding that both outbound and inbound overseas trade mission programs are being organized “to further boost the effectiveness” of the new hub.

“The international trade hub will be good for global commerce and good for Port Manatee, while enhancing economic benefits to Manatee County,” Buqueras said.

Port Manatee is a multipurpose deepwater seaport at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Florida, that serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavy-lift, project and general cargo customers.

06/11/2014