To make full use of their square footage and to address the pitfalls inherent in an open plan office environment CBRE has developed Workplace360. They’ve established an environment that has a variety of workspaces both private and open which allow, “workers of all levels — not just executives — to have privacy when they need it,” said Georgia Collins, executive managing director. Departments are assigned to sections of the space and there are lockers for employees to store their belongings safely overnight. An effort has also been made to make sure each desk has basic office supplies.
The gate arrived on January 20th, a full three days before schedule. The design of the new lock will make operation in all tides possible and will allow access to the newer bulk carriers. There is interesting footage of the gate’s arrival. Keep in mind that it weighs 3,000 tons, but due to air chambers it floats.
(World Maritime News)
Setting aside the vague category of “other housing reasons”, the top three reasons for moving seem to be a new/nicer home, work related and family reasons.
During the opening ceremony of the 44th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ports Association meeting, Niam Chang Meng, Chairman of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, focused on the importance of technology and how it is changing the industry. “Technology is disrupting and transforming the way the port industry operates – we will see more port operations being automated and in the longer term, autonomous surface vessels; changes in the global operating environment with new regulatory requirements will also play a key role in determining our effectiveness. We must address these and other challenges if we want to be relevant and compete with the rest of the world,” said Meng.
(World Maritime News)
Hurricanes Michael and Florence have impacted the U.S. supply chain by shutting down ports for days and damaging infrastructure. While most of the impact is currently being felt in Florida its neighboring states, especially Georgia and North Carolina, have been impacted as well.
(Supply Chain Dive)
The nearly two-week closure (due to Hurricane Florence) of the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina has ended. There is some lingering damage to be addressed, but ships have been arriving and most of the port is back to normal.
(The Maritime Executive)
Category 4 Hurricane Florence is headed for the middle of the United States’ East Coast. A “State of Emergency” has already been declared in many East Coast States. It is likely to make landfall between South Carolina and North Carolina as a Category 3 on Thursday.
All commercial ports will to be closed in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina after the gates close this evening.
The Coast Guard Designation “X-Ray” (gale force winds are expected within 48 hours):
Port of Wilmington and North Carolina
Port of Charleston in North and South Carolina
The Coast Guard Designation “Whiskey” (gale force winds are expected within 72 hours):
Port of Norfolk
Port of Savannah