English Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Puerto Rico begins to restore essential services

SAN JUAN, PR: October 06, 2017. The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing 450 companies specializing in U.S. cabotage routes, says its members have delivered over 11,300 containers of aid to Puerto Rico following the devastation by Hurricane Maria.

The AMP said domestic Jones Act vessels expect to deliver an additional 9,000 containers, including at least 3,300 for FEMA, with food, clothing, medicines, and other goods over the next two weeks as member vessels have the capacity to carry more than 4,000 containers per week to the island.

Trump travelAccording to ongoing updates from the Puerto Rico government, airlines are now operating to normal schedules and 78.18 percent of the island's gas stations have stocks; 73.03 percent of the supermarkets are now open although just 10.7 percent of the electricity grid has been restored; 24.09 percent of cell towers are now working with 42 percent of the island accessible via telephone and internet; 481 ATMs are usable and 55.59 percent of bank branches have reopened.

With the ports working at 75 percent capacity and container throughput now at 81.64 percent, over 513,000 barrels of oil and over 512,000 similar units of gasoline have been delivered to the island.

However nearly 8,400 U.S. citizens remain in 132 shelters across the island according to the latest government update: PR

Earlier this week Oxfam America commented on the Trump Administration's response to the disaster with its president Abby Maxman saying: "We are outraged at the slow and inadequate response the U.S. government has mounted in Puerto Rico.

"Clean water, food, fuel, electricity, and health care are in desperately short supply and quickly dwindling, and we're hearing excuses and criticism from the administration instead of a cohesive and compassionate response."

FormSwift, a San-Francisco-based SaaS provider of business, legal and personal forms, has calculated that the cost to the U.S. taxpayer in 2017 for flying Trump and his family on personal travel would have paid for over 129 container ships to deliver food, water and other aid to Puerto Rico (see picture).

With the distance between Florida and the island 1,150 nautical miles and the cost of fuel at US$321 per gallon, FormSwift reckons the total amount to send one ship, one way, is US$249,899. Based on publicly available data, the company estimates the taxpayer cost of Trump's personal travel this year totals US$32,000,000. Divide one number by the other, it suggests, and the answer is 129+ sailings.

The AMP points out the Jones Act does not prevent foreign vessels delivering cargo to Puerto Rico and that foreign- flagged vessels "compete directly with the American shipping companies in an intensely competitive transportation market".

Puerto Rico donations: http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

News

Written on 17/01/2018, 21:42
seat-builds-spain-s-tallest-logistics-warehouseBARCELONA: January 15, 2018. Car manufacturer SEAT (Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo) is constructing a new automated logistics center to store...
Written on 17/01/2018, 17:44
maersk-and-ibm-form-blockchain-companyCOPENHAGEN/ARMONK, NY: January 16, 2018: A.P. Møller - Mærsk and IBM are to establish a joint venture to leverage blockchain technology for global...
Written on 16/01/2018, 21:36
uk-roro-freight-depends-on-future-eu-accessLONDON: January 16, 2018. The UK short-sea ferry industry is spending over £1 billion on new ships, port and service facilities in the next four years,...
Written on 13/01/2018, 20:38
germany-to-allow-longer-trainsBERLIN: January 09, 2018. German railway operators have welcomed a decision by the federal government to allow more 740-meter trains to operate. Currently...
Written on 13/01/2018, 18:53
boeing-launches-electric-cargo-droneCHICAGO, January 10, 2018. Boeing is developing a 500lbs–payload electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) drone for future cargo and logistics...
Written on 13/01/2018, 18:49
amazon-expands-at-cincinnati-hubSEATTLE: January 12, 2017. Dave Clark, senior vice president Operations for Amazon Prime Air, says the company has just added 210 acres to its future air...
Written on 10/01/2018, 22:50
disasters-cost-the-u-s-economy-us-306-billion-in-2017DENVER: January 09, 2018. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes...
Written on 07/01/2018, 21:45
arizona-plans-bridge-not-wall-with-mexicoPHOENIX, AZ: January 06, 2018: As Donald Trump seeks US$18 billion from the U.S. Congress to build his border wall with Mexico, Arizona's Republican...
Written on 03/01/2018, 20:48
new-rail-line-delivers-first-containers-to-nairobi-from-mombasaNAIROBI: January 01, 2018. The new standard gauge rail (SGR) link between Nairobi and Mombasa saw the start of its first commercial freight service with...
Written on 03/01/2018, 16:57
eurozone-dominates-pmi-manufacturing-index-growthLONDON: January 03, 2018. According to the final IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for 2017, eurozone manufacturing reached 60.6 in December,...
Written on 18/12/2017, 23:19
dhl-underwrites-good-shipping-optionBONN: December 18, 2017. DHL Global Forwarding has signed an exclusive MoU with the Good Shipping Program. The company wants to decarbonize the ocean...
Written on 13/12/2017, 22:14
corruption-pervasive-in-trump-white-houseBERLIN: December 13, 2017. A new survey by ethics watchdog Transparency International says 44 percent of Americans now believe that corruption is...
Written on 13/12/2017, 22:07
banks-to-test-blockchain-for-sustainable-supply-chainsLONDON: December 13, 2017. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), supported by Barclays, BNP Paribas, Sainsbury's,...
Written on 13/12/2017, 21:38
shipt-a-target-for-us-550-millionMINNEAPOLIS: December 13, 2017. American bricks-and-mortar retailer Target Corp. is to purchase Shipt, an online same-day domestic delivery platform, for...
Written on 11/12/2017, 18:20
deutsche-bahn-subsidiary-regrets-rastatt-rail-closureDUSSELDORF: December 11, 2017. Speaking at meeting of rail operators last week, DB Netz CEO Frank Sennhenn expressed regret for his company's involvement...
Written on 10/12/2017, 22:44
rolls-royce-to-test-remote-controlled-shippingPARIS: December 06, 2017. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Rolls-Royce have signed an MoU to investigate how space technology can be used to develop...
Written on 08/12/2017, 20:10
beijing-continues-to-cut-carbonNAIROBI: December 06, 2017. According to an Assessment Report on Beijing Capital Airport, released during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi...
Written on 07/12/2017, 20:53
bollore-begins-rail-renovation-between-cote-d-ivoire-and-burkina-fasoABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire: December 04, 2017. SITARAIL, a Bolloré Transport & Logistics subsidiary, has begun upgrading the rail link between Abidjan and...
Written on 07/12/2017, 19:53
innovative-dry-bulk-handling-at-port-of-rigaRIGA, Latvia: December 06, 2017. The Baltic port of Riga says it has become the first in Europe to use containerized dry bulk handling technology. Rīgas...
Written on 06/12/2017, 21:57
azerbaijan-railways-gets-us-400-million-upgradeMANILA: December 06, 2017. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing loans to Azerbaijan Railways totaling US$400 million to improve governance and...

- powered by Quickchilli.com -