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NEWS BULLETIN
Friday, October 31, 2014

Port of Vancouver marks visit
of vessel on maiden voyage

Weekly rail freight count
continues to move upward

CMA CGM retrofitting vessels
with energy efficient bow design

Cargill plans to close
Manitoba grain facility

General Dynamics NASSCO honored
for environmental conservation efforts

Port of Vancouver marks visit
of vessel on maiden voyage

VANCOUVER, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the KYPROS UNITY, commanded by Capt. Wilfredo F. Itable of Cyprus, on the vessel's maiden voyage Oct. 28. Capt. Itable and his 20-member Filipino crew were welcomed to Vancouver by Keith Anderson and Curtis Williams of United Grain Corp., Beth Sanchez of Transmarine Navigation and Ken Mishler of the Port of Vancouver. The KYPROS UNITY is a bulk carrier built in Japan and launched on Sept. 26, 2014. The ship is owned by Gloverthree Shipping Corp., chartered by Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and operated by Safety Management Overseas S.A. The vessel is 738 feet long and has a deadweight capacity of 78,056 metric tons. Before calling the Port of Vancouver, the KYPROS UNITY stopped in Busan, South Korea, to take on fuel. The vessel will load approximately 64,000 metric tons of soybeans while in Vancouver before departing on Oct. 31 to China for the final destination of its maiden voyage.

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Cargill plans to close
Manitoba grain facility

WINNIPEG — As a result of an operational and infrastructure assessment, Cargill Limited will close its remaining Swan River, Manitoba, grain facility, which includes two grain elevators, effective May 31, 2015. The crop inputs facility located in Swan River will remain open. Additionally, Cargill will continue to offer grain marketing solutions services to its customer base in the region. The four employees affected by the grain facility closure have been provided with either transitional support and packages or other positions within the company. The decommissioning process of both Cargill grain elevators located in Swan River is underway. The demolition of both buildings is expected to be complete by December 2015.

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Weekly rail freight count
continues to move upward

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 25, 2014 with 307,348 total carloads, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 278,767 units, up 6.7 percent compared with the same week last year. The week was the third highest intermodal week in history for U.S. railroads. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 586,115 carloads and intermodal units, up five percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 43 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,525,351 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 11,179,260 intermodal units, up 5.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2014 was 23,704,611 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

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General Dynamics NASSCO honored
for environmental conservation efforts

SAN DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been recognized for its environmental conservation and leadership efforts to continuously implement energy-efficient solutions at its San Diego shipyard. The company received an Award of Environmental Excellence from the Industrial Environmental Association at its 2014 conference in San Diego. In March 2014, NASSCO completed the remediation of sediment in its shipyard, which is the largest clean-up in the history of San Diego bay and is one of the largest sediment cleanups anywhere in the United States. General Dynamics NASSCO has voluntarily reduced air emissions by more than 67 percent since 2009, and developed a system to capture and treat 100 percent of storm water runoff. Additional efforts include new, energy-efficient lighting throughout the yard, programs to reduce diesel emissions and a recycling program that currently sorts more than 90 percent of recyclable material from the shipyard. The company is above requirements set by the state of California for recycling by 2020. Since 2001, NASSCO has invested more than $60 million to improve shipyard operations and to strengthen the company’s overall environmental initiatives.

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CMA CGM retrofitting vessels
with energy efficient bow design

MARSEILLES — The CMA CGM Group has announced 10 of its vessels’ bulbous bows are to be retrofitted in order to continue improving its fleet’s energy efficiency and reducing its environmental footprint. The bulbous bows exchanges that are performed within a week in repair yards’ drydocks reduce the ship’s fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions. Bulbous bows are the underwater part of the bow. Because of their influence on the vessel’s wave resistance, their design has an impact on the vessel hydrodynamic efficiency. They were initially designed for 24 knots sailing speed. Following the implementation of the slow steaming, the group’s vessels now sail at speeds between 16 to 18 knots. Bulbous bows have therefore been redesigned. Those 10 vessels will be added to the list of 15 vessels, whose bulbous bows have been modified in 2013 and 2014. All vessels that have entered the CMA CGM fleet in 2014 are sailing with optimized bulbous bows.

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