Ship propeller at Port of Los AngelesNY-NJ Port Authority Offers Clean Ship Incentive Program – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $4.875 million Clean-Vessel Incentive (CVI) program designed to encourage ship operators to improve their engines, use cleaner fuels, and upgrade their technology to reduce carbon emissions.  The World Port Climate Initiative’s Environmental Ship Index (ESI) is a worldwide program that awards points to vessels that exceed the environmental standards set by the International Marine Organization. The CVI will provide financial incentives to ships with a score of 20 points or higher based on the ESI. After the Port of Los Angeles, the Port Authority of NY-NJ is the second U.S. port to adopt the ESI.

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Crane Collapses at Port Nehru Terminal – A crane collapse at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal has caused the terminal to fall five days behind schedule and has left several vessels stranded at the outer anchorage. The terminal is one of three container-handling facilities at Nhava Sheva Port and moves nearly sixty percent of India’s containerized traffic.

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Port Operations in Taiwan Disrupted by Typhoon – Typhoon Saola hit Taiwan Thursday morning and has severely disrupted shipping and bunkering operations. With the exception of Kaohsiung, all of the ports in the west coast of the country have been closed with cargo operations suspended.

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Japan Extends Tariffs Against U.S. – In retaliation to a U.S. anti-dumping trade law known as the Byrd amendment, Japan has decided to extend tariffs on tapered roller bearings imported from the U.S. The tariffs are due to be extended from September 1 until August 31, 2013 pending formal endorsement at an upcoming Cabinet meeting. This will be the seventh one-year extension of Japanese retaliatory tariffs.

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