Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Clean Truck Technology

By Karen Robes Meeks

The nation’s two busiest seaports, Long Beach and Los Angeles, have released a final report on how feasible clean truck technology can meet the Clean Air Action Plan’s zero-emission goals.

The report looks at what is currently available in terms of technology and infrastructure and their commercial readiness, as well as economic considerations.

The document is key to helping the ports meet some new aggressive goals: zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035.

The final report can be found at http://polb.com/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=15011

A draft examining cargo-handling equipment feasibility assessment is due out in the spring.

New Vietnam Service at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

A new direct service to Vietnam will launch at the Port of Oakland later this month, the port announced April 15.

Pacific International Lines (PIL) will begin direct service to the Asian country called AC5, in partnership with Cosco and Wan Hai. The new route, which will use vessels that can accommodate as many as 11,900 TEUs, will make stops in Haiphong, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Long Beach and Oakland.

“PIL’s new direct service from the Port of Oakland is a good sign of increasing demand on Vietnam routes,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Vietnam is showing strong growth in its import and export markets.”

Vietnam was the port’s third biggest import market and fifth largest export market last year. Since 2015, U.S. exports to Vietnam from Oakland have risen by 126 percent when measured by volume, while imports have increased 29 percent.

New Foss VP

By Karen Robes Meeks

Sloane Perras is the new Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for Foss Maritime Company.

She will oversee Foss’ Legal and Risk Management Group, providing legal counsel and business strategies and best practices advice, and directing ethics and compliance programs.

“We are very pleased to have Sloane join Foss Maritime,” said John Parrott, President and CEO of Foss Maritime. “She has impressive experience and is an excellent fit on our team.”

Prior to joining Foss, Perras was Chief Administrative and Legal Officer for The Krystal Company. She previously served as Acting General Counsel for Aaron’s, Inc., and as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Americold Logistics, LLC. She also worked as corporate counsel for Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

“I’m proud to join a company with such a rich history of safety and innovation in waterway commerce,” said Perras, “I’ve worked in a variety of complex business and regulatory environments and look forward to putting my years of experience into safeguarding the values and reputation of Foss – and in being a part of its continued growth.”

Matson Gives

By Karen Robes Meeks

More than 850 charitable organizations and non-profit programs in Hawaii, Alaska and other regions including the US mainland received a total of $3.6 million in cash and in-kind donations from Matson and its employees last year. The list below shows some of the largest cash donations:

• $200,000 to United Way;

• $60,000 to the American Red Cross;

• $45,000 to the Navy League;

• $40,000 to the American Heart Association;

• $35,000 to the Coast Guard Foundation;

• $50,000 to the expansion of Covenant House – a youth shelter in Alaska; and

• $25,000 to the Hawaii State Department of Education's Beginning Teacher Summer Academies.

"Matson considers itself a lifeline to the communities it serves, and with that comes a special responsibility," said Matt Cox, Chairman and CEO. "In addition to being a reliable supply chain provider, Matson is committed to supporting local organizations that improve the quality of life in our communities."

Friday, April 19, 2019

New Cranes for Matson

By Karen Robes Meeks

Matson, Inc. welcomed three new 65 long-ton capacity gantry cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal at Sand Island earlier this week. These are the largest ship-to-shore container cranes to be deployed at a commercial harbor in the Aloha state.

The new cranes – which are anticipated to start service in the third quarter of 2019 – are part of a $60 million terminal expansion and modernization project that aligns with four new ships to be deployed between 2018 and 2020.

Each new Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding-built crane weighs about 1,290 tons, is taller and features better lifting capacity and reach than the current cranes, allowing Matson to process its new, bigger vessels.

Oakland Volumes Increase

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland posted a 4.2 percent increase in cargo volumes in the first quarter of 2019.The port processed 612,151 TEUs compared to 587,356 TEUs in Q1 2018.

It moved 213,972 TEUs in March, a 10.7 percent jump from the 193,341 TEUs recorded the year before. Exports were up 7.6 percent compared to March 2018.

“Though the import rally has calmed down, we are still seeing a strong consumer demand in Northern California and Western Nevada,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “The Bay Area’s strong consumer-based economy has helped the Port of Oakland absorb the impact of the weakening rally better than other ports.”

Portland Firm to Develop Port of Camas-Washougal

By Karen Robes Meeks

Portland, Oregon-based RKm Development has been tapped by the Port of Camas-Washougal to be lead Waterfront Developer, it was announced Tuesday. In the coming weeks, the port and the developer will hammer out an exclusive negotiating agreement.

Known for various mixed-use development projects in the Portland Metropolitan region, RKm Development has the expertise to create a multi-faceted public epicenter, with design and programmatic elements that will not only boost the local economic engine, but also amplify the unique amenities of the site to attract visitors, customers and users from around the region.

“Roy Kim and his team have developed a variety of dense, livable, mixed-use suburban districts,” said Port CEO David Ripp. “While the demographics for his signature projects are different, the approach is the same: Create a centralized community with diversity in mind.”