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The Rise of US Income Inequality and the Demise of the Manufacturing Industries by Jan Berg-Andreassen

Our Chief Economist Jan Berg-Andreassen was asked by IndustryWeek to do an analysis of the relationship between the shringing importance (in terms of contribution to US GDP) of the US manufacturing industry and uncomfortable rise in the US GINI Index. IndustryWeek published this piece on October 2, 2015. The article has the following headlines: 1) A Brief Economic History of the US Postwar Economy 2) Epochal Rise and Decline of Economic Equality 3) Why did this happen: The Theoretical and Political Arguments 4) Conclusion: A Close Adverse Relationship...

The full text can be found by clicking the following hyperlink:

US Income Inequality

Ambassador John D. Blacken (Ret.)
Senior Advisor

It is with great sorrow and sadness that the Infratrans Group announces the death of our dear friend and adviser Ambassador John D. Blacken in Annandale, VA USA on August 3rd, 2015. He is buried in his beloved Guinea-Bissau. A State Memorial Service was held for Ambassador Blacken in Guinea-Bissau on August 26th, 2015. Ambassador Blacken would have been 84 years young on that day.


Brussels, 1 September 2011 - The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) announced today the formation of a Workshop focused on the Integration of Standards for Traceability and Sale of Seafood Products (FishBizz).( Infratrans Group's Associate Consultant, Mr. Svein-Tore Johnsen is the technical coordinator for this project). Seafood businesses, associations, solution providers and public authorities are invited to participate in the project. The outcome of the FishBizz project is a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) that is expected to strengthen the ability for SMEs in rural coastal areas in Europe to implement traceability requirements in a cost effective manner in producing, selling and delivering high quality seafood to domestic and international markets, and to help them comply with international and EU regulations on food safety and sustainability.

The FishBizz project will consider solutions that are necessary to fulfill the complete business needs, and that are difficult or impossible to obtain for SMEs today where such solutions today only can be established by large companies at a much higher cost. The aim of the project is to leverage multiple complementary standards rather than picking one isolated standard that may be strong in some areas, but weak in others. The ultimate goal is to achieve broader, more integrated traceability functionality and enable lower cost implementations.

The workshop participants will map the inter-relationships between the relevant UN/CEFACT, ISO, GS1/EPC and OASIS standards, and provide a specification for an interoperable solution. After the completion of the workshop, the CWA may be used for further formal standardization and commercial solutions.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) - Some background information

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications.

A CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) is a consensus-based specification, drawn up in an open workshop environment. They have a short development time, and their development is extended to any interested party, with low participation costs and no geographical restrictions.

According to CEN, micro enterprises typically have less than 10 employees and € 2 million turnover, small enterprises have less than 50 employees and € 10 million turnover, and medium size enterprises have less than 250 employees and € 50 million turnover.

For more information please contact the CEN FishBizz Workshop Secretariat:

Mr. Jaap van der Marel, NEN, Vlinderweg 6,

2623 AX Delft, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 15 26 90257, Email:

(Posted October 1, 2011)

Abram J. "Nick" Nicholson Joins the Infratrans Group

Infratrans Group is proud to announce that Nick Nicholson has joined the Infratrans Group as an Associated Marine Engineer. Mr. Nicholson has extensive experience and knowledge of marine infrastructure projects. He fills a void that our company has felt for a long time and the group members look forward to working with him on the challenges that the Infratrans Group is facing now and in the future. (Posted September 13, 2010)

Dr. Adam K. Prokopowicz Speaks at LatinRail 2010 Conference - Miami, Florida

Infratrans Group, represented by Dr. Adam Prokopowicz, delivered a lecture on "Intermodal connections and networks - the challenge and opportunity for Latin American railroads" at the LatinRail 2010 Conference in Miami, Florida on June 22nd 2010. The lecture, which is available in pdf format by clicking on the web-link below, challenged some of the more traditional perceptions of Latin America and its intermodal strategies on Seaports and Rails. Dr. Prokopowicz, an international rail road expert, will also lead sections on the European High Speed Rail Conference starting June 28th 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. A brief analysis on the Infratrans Group's High Speed Rail experience is found by clicking here on Intermodal Page.

Dr. Prokopowicz can be reached on email at - - (Posted June 26th, 2010)

Ambassador John D. Blacken (Ret.) Joins the Infratrans Group

Infratrans Group is proud to announce that Ambassador John D. Blacken has joined our group of professionals as a Senior Advisor. The Ambassador will assist our team of experts with issues relating to development of fishery projects in West Africa. (Posted March 1, 2010)

Svein Tore Johnsen Joins the Infratrans Group

Infratrans Group is proud to announce the cooperation between the Infratrans Group and CollBiz a/s of Oslo, Norway. The CEO, Mr. Svein Tore Johnsen, has joined the Infratrans Group as an Associate Consultant. Mr. Johnsen will assist the Infratrans Group's team of experts with our West African Fisheries endeavors. (Posted March 2, 2010)

Infratrans Group TIGER Grant Success - U.S. 17 Septima Clark Parkway, City of Charleston, SC

Infratrans Group, as a member of a consortium of engineering and management firms, was instrumental in securing funds through the ARRA 2009 TIGER Grant for the the City of Charleston. The project would redesign and reconstruct the Septima Clark Parkway (US-17) to include a storm water runoff system that would quickly shunt water into the nearby river. The roadway will be redesigned to improve highway accessibility, traffic efficiency and safety for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The project also includes the introduction of intelligent transportation systems for more efficient traffic flow. TIGER funds will be used for the priority road improvements associated with the overall storm water management project.

ARRA 2009 and the TIGER GRANT Process

The deadline for the TIGER Grant application was September 15th 2009. The decisions are supposed to be announced in the beginning of February 2010. The Infratrans Group will keep its clients updated on changes and amendments here on this page. The article we had on this web-site regarding the ARRA 2009, can still be found here. Just click on the below address.

June 2009 - J. Jorge Anchondo joins the Infratrans Group

Mr. J. Jorge Anchondo joined the Infratrans Group as the Director of Government & Corporate Affairs. Jorge has extensive experience working in and with both local and national governments. He will be an important addition to us and our efforts in meeting the future challenge of a growing public involvement in the private sector.

Venture Capitalism by Jan Berg-Andreassen

In the introduction to an analysis of the private equity firms and the maritime industry, the author reflects on the following conundrum: While in the past the maritime transport industries have been largely untouched by the private equity juggernaut, in recent years, however, private equity and other financial firms have become active investors in the marine terminal business. You can find the complete article in the June 2008 issue of Containerisation International.

April 2009 International Infrastructure & Transport Group, LLC

During the month of April 2009, the International Infrastructure & Transport Group was started as a Texas Limited Liability Company. The company consists of seasoned transportation and infrastructure professionals with worldwide experiences in most aspects of transport and transport infrastructure.

On this page the company will discuss news and developing issues concerning the multi-modal aspect of national and international transportation. We welcome comments and questions. See Sidebar for contact information