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February 27, 2019

The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives A Not-for Profit Professional Development Industry Association From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE DIESEL EMISSION REDUCTION ACT DEADLINE EXTENDED The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding application period has been extended to March 26 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Currently there is approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding available for projects aimed at reducing emissions from existing fleets of older diesel engines. US EPA has additional information available at the Clean Diesel National Grants web site. Applications can be submitted through Grants.gov electronically. DEADLINE FOR JACKSONVILLE MPE PROGRAM

February 25, 2019

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE International Association of Maritime and Port Executives WTO PREDICTS SLOWER GROWTH IN WORLD TRADE MARKET The World Trade Organization (WTO) is expecting slower trade growth in 2019 and world economies continue to languish and tariffs impact world trade. The WTO’s World Trade Outlook Indicator which was released on February 19, showed a decline in the first quarter of 2019. The most recent WTOI reading of 96.3 is the weakest since March 2010 and below the baseline value of 100 for the index, signaling below-trend trade expansion into the first quarter. Weakness in the overall index was driven by steep declines in export orders (95.3), internati

February 18, 2019

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE International Association of Maritime and Port Executives SPIRITS REMAIN HIGH Not a pun, consumable non-fermented alcohol products, distilled spirits, showed another year of record U.S. sales and volumes in 2018. The increase of sales has continued growth for nine consecutive years. American whiskey exports were impacted by tariffs but domestic consumption remained strong according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The Council reported U.S. supplier sales of spirits rose 5.1 percent to $27.5 billion in 2018. Spirits such as whiskey, tequila, cognac and vodka have gained market share while American beer consumption is reported to be falling. Accor

February 12, 2019

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE International Association of Maritime and Port Executives PERISHABLE CARGO INCREASE The transport of perishable cargoes, including fresh produce, had a growth of containerized reefer cargo by 8%. Fresh produce grew by 5% up to116 million tons in 2017. According to Dynamar’s Reefer Analysis cargo has shifted from conventional reefer ships to containers with a drop of 18% in 2017, down 55% since 2000. The report noted that there are 574 conventional reefer ships with a capacity of 183.9 million cubic feet. Almost 56% of the world’s fleet is managed by 15 of the largest ocean carriers. The handling of reefer containers and capacity is increasing w

February 4, 2019

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE International Association of Maritime and Port Executives BIMCO DATA ON US PORT VOLUMES RELEASED Both the US West Coast (USWC) and US East Coast (USEC) experienced high levels of growth during 2018 according to BIMCO. US West Coast container imports grew 8% during the period with US East Coast container imports growing 3.7%. Inbound loads exceeded 2 million TEU’s, 1.09 million on the West Coast and 0.91 million on the East Coast. The Ports of New York/New Jersey, Savannah, Virginia and Charleston set record volumes during periods in 2018. Frontloading due to trade tariff uncertainty saw rapid shifts in volumes in some East Coast ports during the f

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