The North Carolina State Ports Authority is reporting a strong start to its fiscal year, as July container volumes at the Port of Wilmington were 26 percent higher than in July 2013. The port’s executives attribute this growth to more port calls in its Asian service lane, expanded service offerings in the Latin American trade lane, and increased tonnage in the European trade services lane.

It’s a rule of thumb on land and it’s equally important on water – one of the most important aspects to the success of any business is location, location, location.  LEEVAC Shipyards LLC is an operator of full-service shipyards in the United States. With its own in-house design team, the shipbuilder draws on its state-of-the-art facilities, the latest technology, steel fabrication capabilities and highly skilled craftsmen to design, fabricate and repair clients’ vessels. 

When Dennis Pasentine founded Florida Marine Transporters, he did so with a commitment to four major core values: safety, environment, quality and training. From those four principles, Florida Marine Transporters has grown into one of the largest inland marine companies in the country. 

The company works as far north as Minneapolis and south to Corpus Christi, Texas. Its customers have taken it east to Pittsburgh and west to Catoosa, Okla. The company services 17 inland rivers throughout the Southeast and Midwest, transporting cargo such as petrochemicals, chemicals, LPG, crude oil, agricultural liquids and dry cargo, including coal, aggregate, ore and coke. It services its customers with a diverse barge fleet able to meet a variety of needs. 

For nearly 60 years, Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC has been demonstrating its belief in the provision of superior performance and safe operations. Today, the company has become a marine transportation organization that is known for its specialization in offshore supply and multipurpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“My grandfather started the company in 1955 as an inland boat company,” CEO Shane Guidry says. 

Seaport Intermodal does not shy away from a challenge. “We are a very dynamic and open-minded team, and that very much sets us apart,” says Alex Cardin, vice president of operations for the Brampton, Ontario-headquartered intermodal transportation provider. “When a customer calls and asks us to do something, we don’t say `no’ just because it’s something we haven’t handled before – we explore it and see if it’s something new we can do.”

One opportunity to expand the company’s horizons came in 2012, when CSX Corp. approached it to take containers from its rail terminal in Buffalo, N.Y., across the border to Toronto, which CSX had previously not been able to do because of network limitations. 

“This was a non-existent service that had to be developed from the ground up – CSX didn’t have a team to guide them with border crossing procedures,” Seaport President Andre Earl notes. “They approached us, realized there was an opportunity for a trucking carrier to complete the last leg of their supply chain, and we were open-minded about the idea.”

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