FPC Presents Federal Challenges to Congressional Delegation (USA)

The Florida Ports Council (FPC), represented by the Chairman, Bill Johnson, PortMiami; Legislative Co-Chairmen, Paul Anderson, Port of Tampa, and Steve Cernak, Port Everglades; Stan Payne, Port Canaveral; and Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee, presented the FPC Federal Legislative agenda to the Florida Congressional Delegation yesterday.

“With the state of Florida leadership already committed to creating jobs and improving freight movement, the Florida Ports Council also continues to also advocate with the same focus on Capitol Hill,” said Doug Wheeler, president of the Florida Ports Council.The challenges at the Federal level are more about streamlining the processes and making sure that the federal government upholds its responsibilities in funding infrastructure needs.”

“Florida’s Congressional Delegation showed today that they are committed to Florida’s ports and their goals to enhance the economy and increase Florida’s ability to compete for freight business,” said Bill Johnson, port director of PortMiami. “It was an honor to relay our challenges and engage in a stimulating discussion with our Congressional members about the future of Florida’s ports.”

Specific issues on the FPC agenda include:

1. HMTF Reform/RAMP Act: authorizing full use of annual taxes deposited into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for their intended purposes.

2. Water Resources Development Act: including improvements to the U.S. Army Corps (USACE) cost share formula and funding authority.

3. “New Start” Ban Elimination: lifting the “New Start” ban to enable allocation of funds to new projects with significant economic benefits.

4. USACE Process Reform: requiring the USACE to streamline and expedite their review process.

5. Freight Policy and Funding: ensuring that Florida’s freight implementation plan is recognized and supported in the national freight initiative, and that funding is authorized for critical freight projects.

Press Release, February 15, 2013

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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