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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seattle, Tacoma port operations
accounted for 48,000 jobs in 2013

Mitsui inks charter agreement
for liquefied natural gas carriers

Greenbrier backs PHMSA plan
for tank car safety upgrades

"K" Line fined $67.7 million
for DOJ antitrust violation

Crowley adds pair of new
heavy-lift deck barges

Seattle, Tacoma port operations
accounted for 48,000 jobs in 2013

SEATTLE/TACOMA — Marine cargo operations at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma supported more than 48,000 jobs in 2013, which generated nearly $4.3 billion in economic activity, according to a study commissioned jointly by the two ports. If those 48,000 jobs were represented by individual people, they would almost fill the Tacoma Dome and KeyArena. This marine cargo activity produced more than $378 million in local and state taxes to support education, police, fire services and road improvements. The analysis, performed by Martin Associates, a Pennsylvania-based firm that has conducted economic studies for ports through the U.S., focused on direct, indirect and induced jobs. Direct jobs include trucking companies and railroads moving cargo to and from terminals and warehouses, longshore workers, steamship agents and freight forwarders. Indirect jobs include office supply firms, maintenance and repair firms, and parts and equipment suppliers. Induced jobs are those created by people directly employed by marine cargo operations re-spending their wages in the community on housing, food and other consumer goods. If the farmers and manufacturers who ship products through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are factored in, the ports’ activities reach 443,000 jobs overall in Washington.

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"K" Line fined $67.7 million
for DOJ antitrust violation

TOKYO — Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has entered into a plea agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), agreeing to pay a fine of USD $67.7 million to resolve allegations that “K” Line violated US antitrust laws in connection with the sale of ocean shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo. “K” Line reports it has cooperated fully with the DOJ’s investigation and has taken steps to further strengthen its compliance and training programs to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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Mitsui inks charter agreement
for liquefied natural gas carriers

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the signing of a contract with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on September 26, to charter two new 155,000m3 LNG carriers that will transport shale gas-derived liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. MOL will manage the new vessels, which will supply LNG from a Mitsui & Co.-backed project in Cameron in Louisiana, to markets in Japan and other countries.

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Crowley adds pair of new
heavy-lift deck barges

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corporation’s solutions group has announced that it has received the first two of potentially four, new heavy-lift, ballastable deck barges (HDBs) for use by clients in the Asia-Pacific region. These new barges will be contracted and managed from the company’s recently opened Singapore office to support support regional customers in the oil and gas mining; engineering, Construction and procurement management (ECPM); and engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) industries. The barges are ABS classed, with an approximate deadweight capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Both were designed by Crowley's Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime and were constructed in China by Seabridge Marine Contractors Ltd/Jiangsu Yangzijang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Crowley's solutions group is a Project Management Organization (PMOrg) providing marine solutions as a prime contractor for the energy and resource extraction industries.

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Greenbrier backs PHMSA plan
for tank car safety upgrades

LAKE OSWEGO, OR — The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. continues to advocate for safer tank cars by filing comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The full text of Greenbrier's comments is available at gbrx.com. Also posted at gbrx.com are separate comments submitted by Greenbrier's affiliate GBW Railcar Services, LLC (GBW), a newly-launched 50/50 railcar repair joint venture with Watco Companies, LLC for retrofitting and repairing railcars through a network of 38 shops across North America. Greenbrier's comments center on enhanced standards for new tank cars and support PHMSA's proposed "Option 2" design for new tank cars in flammable service built after October 1, 2015. In comments solely focused on retrofitting the existing tank car fleet, GBW endorses PHMSA's timeline for retrofitting by 2020 all existing tank cars in flammable service, currently estimated at 98,000 units, and notes its plans to invest in four streamlined facilities to help achieve these aggressive targets. The comments are in addition to those that Greenbrier previously filed in September 2014 in the counterpart regulatory process now underway by Transport Canada.

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