Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Everett Improvements Move Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The third phase of the Central Marina Improvements project at the Port of Everett moved forward last week. The commission awarded a nearly $6.5 million building contract to American Construction Company, Inc.

According to the port, the work, which is expected to get underway next month and be completed by May 2019, will include: deepening the eastern portion of the Central Marina, building a new Guest Dock 5 and activity float at Fisherman’s Harbor, erecting a new K-Dock to serve yacht-class vessels and a L-dock for the commercial fishing fleet with floats from current P-Dock.

Awarding the contract was a major milestone for the port. “The elements of this project are critical for implementing the Port’s vision of a mixed-use waterfront that creates synergies between the upland properties and the marina,” said Port Commission President Glen Bachman.

The Port’s Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber commended the port staff for its work in navigating the many challenges that culminated in this approval.

“From developing a process for new marina permitting dredging, to unforeseen permitting hiccups, to new dock designs… this project has had them all,” she said. “I want to recognize our Environmental Director Erik Gerking for leading the regulatory process to secure our marina dredging permit, our Permitting Specialist Laura Gurley for leading the effort with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Project Manager Brandon Whitaker for pulling all the pieces together.”

San Pedro Bay CAAP Meeting Rescheduled

By Karen Robes Meeks

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have rescheduled the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update progress meeting to September 26 in Long Beach, California.

Originally set for a week earlier, the meeting will provide the public with the latest progress report on the CAAP Update – a blueprint first enacted in 2005 for curbing port-related pollution through various initiatives and strategies.

Those initiatives, which have included the Clean Truck Program, technology demonstrations alternative fueling and vessel slowing efforts, have resulted in significant reductions in emissions.

The upcoming meeting is open to the public and will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., in the 1st Floor Training Room at the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, California, 90815.

Visit www.cleanairactionplan.org for more information.

Coos Bay Prioritizes Infrastructure

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is making steady progress in pushing sustainable development while improving the state’s economy, according to the port’s recently published 2017/18 Annual Report.

The report looks at the port’s accomplishments and operational efforts for the last fiscal year. It touts the Coos Bay Rail Line as an advantage for regional shippers for sending goods domestically and overseas in a sustainable way, and the port’s location and full multi-modal transportation system as fertile for maritime development in the future.

The report also says that the port – through its various completed and in-progress projects – has been prioritizing the development of infrastructure and rehabilitation of its multi-modal transportation network.

“Infrastructure plays an enormous role in port operations,” said Port Commission President Dave Kronsteiner. “We are the stewards of a multi-modal transportation network including the Charleston Marina, the Coos Bay Rail Line and the Coos Bay harbor navigation channel.”

Visit https://www.oipcbannualreport18.com for a copy of the full report.

Oakland Emissions Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

Recent results have showed that diesel particulate emissions at the Port of Oakland have fallen 81 percent since 2005, a sign that the port could meet its self-imposed target of lowering emissions by 85 percent by 2020.

“We continue to make progress toward the goal we have set,” said Port of Oakland Environmental Programs and Planning Director Richard Sinkoff. “With cooperation from our partners in the cargo-moving business we firmly believe we’ll fulfill our commitment to cleaner air in Oakland and in our region.”

Results published in a 100-page emissions inventory of 2017 port activity point to a five percent decrease in seaport emissions in the last two years, thanks in part to a port program that called for newer, cleaner trucks, mandates requiring vessels to burn cleaner fuel and plug into shoreline power as well as fewer ships and trucks visits.

This comes as the port updates its new clean air plan, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Vancouver USA Joins Effort to Replace I-5 Bridge

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA has joined the Port of Camas-Washougal in its support to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

The Port of Vancouver USA’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted 2-1 to pass a resolution for “a multi-modal approach that would support the region’s transportation needs” and asks that Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature help the Washington State Department of Transportation fund efforts to further the development of this project.

Considered a key economic connector for the region’s ports, Interstate 5 is often congested and does not meet today’s needs, according to the resolution.

The Port of Camas-Washougal’s commission passed the resolution September 4.

Los Angeles Containers Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles handled 2.5 percent fewer containers last month, moving 826,638 TEUs, when compared to August 2017, the port’s best August in history, according to latest statistics released Wednesday.

Imports also fell 2.8 percent to 420,573 TEUs, while exports rose two percent to 162,466 TEUs year over year. Empty containers were down 4.9 percent to 243,600 TEUs.

Despite the drop, last month still ranks as the second busiest August and the sixth busiest month in port history.

“In addition to being one of our top 10 busiest months, August marked the inauguration of APL’s Eagle Express here in Los Angeles,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This weekly China to LA service provides an unmatched level of speed to market and is yet another example of our focus on customer service and response to market demand.”

More Ships Plugging in at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland recently posted its highest plug-in rate ever recorded in July when 78 percent of container ships used landside electrical power.

About 105 of 135 ships coming to Oakland plugged in at berth, a move that has significantly curbed diesel particulate exhaust.

“We’ve been working with shipping lines for a long time to accelerate the rate of shore power adoption,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “On behalf of all of us who breathe the air in Oakland, it’s gratifying to see this level of cooperation.”

The port has been pushing for a better plug-in rate since 2012 and attributes the progress in part to investments by shipowners to modernize vessels at $1 million per ship.The goal is to reach an 85 percent plug-in rate by 2020.