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TEAM ships three new passenger boarding bridges to Singapore

TEAM Ports & Maritime, the world leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) for cruise and ferry terminals, has successfully completed the assembly, testing and shipping of three boarding bridges for the International Cruise Terminal in Singapore. The first phase of this complex operation has been carried out during the last months in TEAM’s manufacturing plant in Monzón (Huesca) and in the Port of Barcelona.

In a second stage the three Passenger Boarding Bridges have been embarked on a special heavy lifter ship in a specific embarkation sequence, in order to be disembarked right on their final position in the International Cruise Terminal in Singapore, being operative without any additional movement.

Each one of these SEDNA model PBBs was disassembled in four completely finished pieces to be shipped: two tunnels, two structures. TEAM has re-assembled all the different parts in a short installation operation.

In October 2010, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) awarded to TEAM a contract of 7.6 million Euros to design, manufacture, and supply three Passengers Boarding Bridges, with a fourth one optional in 2012. The contract was the result of a highly competitive international tender that began in 2009.

Among the design parameters set by STB for mobile PBBs, stands out the PBBs’ capacity to serve cruise ships with doors located from 7 to 18 m height above sea level, including the new generation mega-ships with overhanging lifeboats like the Oasis-Class of Royal Caribbean, the Carnival Dream and the Norwegian Epic.

Each one of these SEDNAs has two 33 meters glass tunnels, are controlled through PLC and are equipped with solid rubber bogies, electro-mechanical lifting systems, anti-slip flooring, air conditioning and a cabin with a unique integrated telescopic ramp which automatically follows the movements of the vessel and undocks safely in an emergency situation. The structure allows continuous traffic of trucks, equipments and ship suppliers on the berth. TEAM PBBs have a maximum slope of 1:12 and they are compliant with all the latest regulations and safety standards. Intermediate landings are located in the tunnels to increase comfort and ease the way to disabled passengers.

Port of Seattle honors Green Gateway Award winners

For the second year in a row, the Port of Seattle presented its Green Gateway Partners Awards, which recognize the comprehensive environmental achievements of the port's cruise and containership operators. This year's award winners are APL Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Matson Navigation, COSCO Container Lines America's Inc., Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Holland America Line. 

"These maritime operators demonstrate by their actions every day that you can be good environmental stewards while contributing to our economy," said Tay Yoshitani, CEO of the Port of Seattle. "We look forward to honoring more of our customers in the future."

The name of the awards - Green Gateway Partners - compliments the Port of Seattle's role as the Green Gateway for maritime trade between Asia and the American Heartland. A study released in 2009 showed that for cargo originating in much of Asia and bound for a wide range of destinations across the United States, routes through Seattle resulted in lower carbon emissions than other routes. 

The Green Gateway Partners Awards set as a minimum requirement participation in the Port's At-Berth Clean Fuels program or use of shore power. These and other environmental activities are assigned point values. Depending on the number of points earned, Green Gateway Partners can achieve one of three recognition levels - gold, silver or bronze. The awards and scoring system were done by a third party.

SATS wins bid to manage new Singapore International Cruise Terminal

SATS Ltd. (SATS) has won the bid to manage and operate the new Singapore International Cruise Terminal (ICT) at Marina South.

SATS participated in the ICT tender through a consortium formed with Creuers del Port de Barcelona S.A. (Creuers), Europe’s leading cruise terminal operator which manages five cruise terminals in the Port of Barcelona. The consortium will be granted a 10-year lease to operate the ICT, with the option to renew for another five years, and is expected to commence the initial phase of operations by second quarter of 2012.

Tan Chuan Lye, Acting CEO of SATS, said of the win, "We are honoured to be chosen as the terminal operator for the ICT by Singapore Tourism Board (STB). This is a national, iconic project where SATS is tasked with not only managing the cruise terminal but also in developing Singapore as Asia’s leading cruise hub."

Mr Tan continued, "We understand the significance of ICT to the Singapore tourism sector. SATS and Creuers will leverage our respective strengths and competencies in aviation gateway and cruise terminal operations to offer innovative, quality services to the cruise lines while enhancing the travel experience of cruise passengers at the various touch points."

Carlos F. Domingo-Pagès, Managing Director of Creuers, remarked: "Creuers has accumulated extensive and in-depth knowledge of the cruise industry and has been instrumental in increasing Barcelona’s cruise passenger traffic to become the largest cruise port operator in Europe. Together with our partner SATS, we intend to collaborate with STB and the industry stakeholders to grow and anchor Singapore’s position as the premier regional cruise hub and the leading homeport for major cruise lines."

Prior to this tender, SATS has been making its foray into the cruise industry. It collaborated with Star Cruises and Changi Airport Group to launch the Fly-Cruise service in July 2011, and with Royal Caribbean International for the Cruise-Fly service in April 2011. Both services enable cruise passengers to experience a seamless and convenient check-in and travel experience in Singapore.

To manage and operate the ICT, SATS has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary SATS Airport Services Pte Ltd, formed a 60:40 joint venture company with Creuers, with SATS holding the majority stake. The new subsidiary, SATS-Creuers Cruise Services Pte Ltd, has an initial issued and paid-up capital of S$6 million consisting of 6,000,000 shares of S$1 each.

The tender award and joint venture are not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of SATS for the current financial year. None of the directors or controlling shareholders of SATS has any interest, direct or indirect, in the above joint venture other than through their respective interests (if any) in SATS.

Port of Galveston appoints Captain Michael J. Mierzwa Port Director

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves has appointed Captain Michael J Mierzwa to the position of Port Director effective February 16, 2012.

"The Port is fortunate to have someone with Mike's expertise take the helm.," stated Roland Bassett, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves. "He has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and proven himself well-qualified in managing port operations. Unanimously the board agreed that he is the ideal choice for the position."

Prior to the appointment, Mr Mierzwa served the Port of Galveston as Deputy Port Director, handling the management of port operations. He has over 30 years executive-level marine transportation management, operations and logistics experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a 29-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard retiring with the rank of Captain in 1998. His last assignment in the Coast Guard was as the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Mierzwa was also the Chief of Operations for the Coast Guard in Alaska and Commanding Officer of two Coast Guard cutters.

In July 2000, Mr. Mierzwa was hired by the Port of Galveston to be the Manager of the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal on Galveston Island. In this position, he was responsible for the day to day management of the cruise facility, interacting with the cruise lines and the various Federal agencies with oversight of the cruise industry. In December 2002, Mr. Mierzwa was promoted to the position as the Port's Director of Facilities and Operations. He was responsible for cruise operations including cruise terminal development as well as Port-wide maintenance, construction and port security projects.

In the fall of 2005, Mr. Mierzwa assumed the responsibility of Deputy Port Director. In this role, in addition to his responsibilities as the Director of Facilities and Operations, he focused on strategic planning including long term port development issues as the Port continued to rebuild itself and diversify its customer base.

Mr. Mierzwa is a 1969 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He has a Master of Science in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina College in Newport, RI. Mr. Mierzwa is also a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

He is married to the former Rosalee Williams of Galveston, Texas.

The Port of Galveston is Texas' gateway for cruise sailings and international trade. The Port serves as the primary point of embarkation for cruises to the western Caribbean and handles over 860,000 cruise passengers annually with an estimated 1million in 2012. Four cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean, sail from Texas' only cruise port. The Port is a self supporting enterprise fund with operating revenues of approximately $21 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations. 

San Francisco approves Pier 27 cruise terminal – after two decades

The San Francisco Port Commission has approved the construction of the Pier 27 James R. Herman International Cruise Terminal and Northeast Wharf Plaza.

“For more than two decades, we have been trying to find the mechanism and the money to construct a new cruise terminal that is befitting of the City’s prominence as a world class destination,” said San Francisco MayorEdwin M. Lee.  “Now that the Port Commission has adopted the Project and the San Francisco Planning Department’s certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, work can truly begin – work whose construction and completion will bring what we need most: jobs, jobs, jobs,” the prt authority said in a statement.

It is estimated that the cruise industry last year generated nearly $40 million in economic benefits to the region. The average economic contribution per home ported vessel call was close to $1.2 million and the average impact of an in-transit call was $800,000.  Not only does the cruise industry benefit San Francisco’s leading industry, tourism, it also directly benefits San Francisco’s other maritime industries such as tug and tow operators, Bar Pilots, ship suppliers and longshore workers.

The new James R. Herman International Cruise Terminal will be named in honor of the late James R. Herman: former Port Commissioner and President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Dean Brown, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services for Princess Cruises stated, “As a longtime partner with the Port of San Francisco, Princess Cruises looks forward to calling at a new cruise terminal at Pier 27.  The new terminal will provide our guests with a more efficient and comfortable experience befitting a City like San Francisco.”

As a result of the Port Commission’s landmark approval, in the first quarter of 2012, ground breaking will commence on construction of a new 88,000 square foot cruise terminal and 2½ acre public park, the Northeast Wharf Plaza, at Piers 27-29, a 14.8 acre site located on The Embarcadero at Bay Street. The new cruise terminal on Pier 27 will serve as the primary cruise ship terminal, while the cruise terminal on Pier 35 will be used as a secondary terminal in the event that two cruise ships require berthing on the same date. The terminal will be appointed with modern passenger amenities-, be able to handle the largest classes of cruise ships and will reduce vessel emissions at the Port by providing shorepower.