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44 The Journal of Commerce | March 2 2020 International Maritime 12,000 TEU, a ZIM ship that called Blount Island last April. The current 42-foot depth forces the port authority to impose draft restric- tions similar to those in Savannah, Georgia. The Port of New York and New Jersey will get $200,000 to complete the NY Harbor Navigation Improvements Study, which is part of the port's preparation to handle 18,000 TEU vessels in the future. The largest vessels to enter the port at present are 14,400 TEU. The feasibility study is looking at whether the port should develop more container handling capacity outside the Bayonne Bridge to avoid growing vessel congestion on the Kill Van Kull, the waterway that leads to four of the port's five main terminals. JOC email: twitter: @HughRMorley1 MEETING THE CARBON-NEUTRAL goals of the European Commission's Green Deal strategy will require sig- nificant investment in research and development, with an "appropriate" transport infrastructure budget and innovation fund, according to Europe's cargo associations. Fifteen freight transport organiz- ations in Europe welcomed the Green Deal strategy that was outlined late last year, but they have tempered their support with a host of concerns and suggestions on the way forward. "The European supporting as- sociations believe [the Green Deal] can be an opportunity for Europe, particularly if it enables European Union (EU) industries to benefit from a new growth strategy that will boost their competitiveness while becoming more sustainable," the group said in a February statement. The Green Deal sets out the goal of reducing Europe's emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030 and transforming its economy to become carbon-neutral by 2050. It was approved in January by the Europe- an parliament and will become part of a March draft of the wider Euro- pean Climate Law that will deter- mine how to achieve the emissions reduction targets. But some key recommendations were made by 15 organizations that represent critical stakeholders: logis- tics service providers, seaport and inland port authorities, shippers, combined transport operators, rail freight operators, port and termi- nal operators, marine equipment manufacturers, and shipyards. The organizations include the European Shippers' Council, the European Lauderdale, which is part of a project to widen the Intracoastal Waterway by 250 feet. Currently, neo-Panamax cargo ships face operating restric- tions that limit their ability to pass docked cruisers due to a narrow stretch of the waterway, according to a statement from the port. The $1.5 million awarded to the Port of Baltimore will fund a study on deepening the Seagirt Loop Channel, said David M. Thomas, act- ing executive director of the Mary- land Port Administration (MPA). While the port berths have a depth of 50 feet, the biggest vessels the port has handled — 14,000 TEU — have to enter and leave by turning in a basin, Thomas said. By deepening the loop from 45 to 50 feet, vessels will be able to enter or leave without turning in the basin, he said. The $33 million project, with 75 percent to be paid by the federal government and 25 percent by the MPA, will make it easier for big ships to arrive and depart, he said. The Army Corps also awarded $13.3 million for dredging and main- tenance work in Jacksonville Harbor in Florida, which is undergoing a $484 million dredging project to deepen the harbor to 47 feet along an 11-mile stretch to the Blount Island Terminal. The project is due to be completed in 2023. The largest vessel to visit Jacksonville was "[It] tremendously helps not only the port of New Orleans, but the entire lower Mississippi River." Bulk carriers and tankers traveling the Mississippi oen can't be loaded to their full capacity due to current dra limitations. Show and prove Europe's Green Deal rests on funding, transparency: freight groups By Greg Knowler

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