Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Northwest Seaport Alliance Earns
Logistics Honors

By Karen Robes Meeks

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma recently earned top marks for their customer service in Logistics Management’s 2019 Quest for Quality awards.

More than 4,500 readers of the trade publication rated North American ports on ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance was one of only four West Coast ports to earn at least 5 percent of the category vote – minimum criteria to be eligible for the win. It garnered the highest score in three of the five categories to claim the overall title.

“We are honored for the recognition. From day one of the NWSA partnership, we have been focused on helping customers find solutions,” said Tong Zhu, NWSA chief commercial officer and chief strategy officer. “Despite uncertainty within our industry, we continue to look for new opportunities that enhance operational performance and customer experience through our gateway.”

Since 2015, the alliance has earned Quest for Quality honors annually.

Coast Guard Puts School on Notice

By Karen Robes Meeks

Alaska’s Lower Kuskokwim School District has until the end of the month to remove all fuel oils from its Napakiak School fuel storage facility, where approximately 36,000 gallons of home heating oil threaten the Kuskokwim River.

The Coast Guard on Friday issued an Administrative Order, following an Aug. 12 report that stated the storage facility was within 150 feet of the river and at risk of riverbank erosion.

“The Coast Guard is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and in this case that means we’re taking preventative steps to mitigate the potential for pollution,” said Lt. James Nunez, incident management division, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage used $10,000 from the Oil Spill Trust and Liability Fund and investigated the facility, where measurements taken by personnel showed that the fuel storage facility at its closest point was 76 feet away from the riverbank’s erosion point.

Port of Olympia and State Agree on Stormwater

By Karen Robes Meeks

An Agreed Order has been reached between the Port of Olympia and the Washington State Department of Ecology over the industrial stormwater permit that covers the port’s Marine Terminal.

The order gives the port a specific timeline to propose and implement a range of possible system modifications designed to ensure the facility can consistently meet Chemical Oxidation Demand (COD) permit benchmarks into the future.

“The Port of Olympia is committed to sound environmental stewardship,” said Port Executive Director Sam Gibboney. “I appreciate Ecology’s cooperation in clarifying our mutual expectations and look forward to working together to achieve our shared goal of protecting the water quality of Budd Inlet.”

In 2015, a failed system component in the then-newly operational Port Marine Terminal stormwater treatment facility led to a release of hydrogen peroxide. The system returned to operations in 2016 and have since been working to make corrective action requirements.

Cleanest Carrier Calls

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach recently welcomed the cleanest cargo vessel to come to the US.

On July 12, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 1,200-foot-long MSC Jewel stopped at Total Terminals International’s Pier T facility.

The ship, built this year, can move as many as 14,436 TEUs with Tier III diesel engines, which are “75 percent cleaner than the Tier II standard set by the International Maritime Organization,” according to the port.

“The Port of Long Beach is known for our commitment to operational excellence, and part of that is leading the industry into the future with our environmental initiatives,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “MSC runs our largest terminal, one of the most productive in North America. We couldn’t be prouder of our partnership with them and the example this sets for other ports.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Everett Names Lefeber as CEO

By Karen Robes Meeks

Deputy Executive Director Lisa Lefeber will become the Port of Everett’s new CEO, making her the first woman to lead the port in its 100-year history.

The commission this week approved her contract, which will take effect Oct. 16.

“It’s an honor to welcome Lisa into this historic role,” Port Commissioner Glen Bachman said. “She is a strong leader dedicated to this Port District and our greater community. We are lucky to have her and the creative foresight she brings to this organization that helps grow our economy, create and protect jobs and enhance livability in our county.”

She takes over for outgoing Port CEO Les Reardanz, who will move back to Bellingham to care for his aging parents and focus on his expanded military responsibilities.

Lefeber has been with the port since 2005, serving as Chief of Policy and Communications, then Deputy Executive Director.

She was chosen in 2016 to oversee the port’s seaport modernization efforts, which includes more than $100 million in infrastructure spending. In 2018, she was acting CEO when Reardanz was deployed to Afghanistan “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization in a community that has become home to me,” Lefeber said. “I have a strong passion for the Port of Everett and the surrounding community, and I look forward to continuing on in my predecessors’ footsteps of building a balanced waterfront that supports commerce, Navy operations, jobs, recreation and creates a destination on the beautiful Everett waterfront. I am also excited to grow and diversify the Port to help our surrounding communities with job growth.”

Lefeber, who is in the American Association of Port Authorities Professional Port Management Program, earned her master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Western Washington University.

Long Beach Funds Environmental Projects

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week the Port of Long Beach will fund 16 area projects that improve air quality and energy use. More than $1.3 million was given by the port through its Community Grants Program, which was created in 2016 to help curb environmental impact to port operations.

Those that received funding include YMCA of Greater Long Beach ($16,538); Pacific Baptist School in Long Beach ($26,288); Gaines Elementary School in Paramount ($22,431); The Salvation Army Long Beach Corps and Community Center for two projects ($333,068) and Camp Fire Angeles for two projects at DeForest Park ($111,137).

“We facilitate the nation’s trade at the Port of Long Beach, but it’s important for us to share the economic benefits more directly with our surrounding communities,” said Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “These projects will help people using these facilities breathe cleaner air and result in less electricity being used.”

Lynden Transport Wins 7th Logistics Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

For the seventh straight year, Lynden Transport secured its No. 1 ranking and 23rd overall award in the 36th annual Logistics Management Quest for Quality Awards, considered “the highest measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence in the transportation and logistics industry.”

Lynden earned the highest scores among “Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers in the on-time performance and information technology categories” and garnered the highest overall weighted score.

“Although this is our seventh award in seven years, it is still exciting and gratifying to be recognized by our customers for the work we do each day,” said Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “Our industry is rapidly changing with the demands of e-commerce and the pressure of quicker delivery expectations. This award lets us know that we are not only keeping pace with industry changes, we are doing it while providing exceptional customer service. As always, credit goes to our hard-working drivers, customer service representatives, support staff and the entire Lynden Transport team.”