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The U.S. Maritime Administration notified the Mississippi State Port Authority that the Port of Gulfport has been designated as a “strategic seaport” by the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
APL Ltd. has agreed to pay the United States government $9.8 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act in regard to a contract to provide GPS tracking of ocean containers in Afghanistan.
The Navy will now use side scan sonar in attempt to locate the wreck in a search area near Crooked Island, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
The U.S. Gulf port also expects to benefit from continuing population migration to Texas and the expansion of Panama Canal, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.
Meanwhile, a Federal Aviation Administration task force released its recommendations regarding a registration program for unmanned aircraft systems that will affect the use of drones in both commercial and recreational settings.
Box volumes at the largest U.S. East Coast port were up 11 percent year-over-year in October, driven primarily by a 9.8 percent spike in loaded import containers.