Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Hotel for Vancouver USA

By Karen Robes Meeks

In 2019, a new hotel is expected to be built at Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 waterfront development.

The port Board of Commissioners recently blessed a 50-year lease with Vancouver, Washington-based Vesta Hospitality to build a 160-room AC by Marriott Hotel at Terminal 1’s Block D, a prime location bordered by the port’s Columbia River dock, the future Daniels Way pedestrian plaza, and The Waterfront Vancouver, a $1.5 billion mixed-use development.

“Vesta Hospitality shares our vision for Terminal 1 as a premier local destination, a place where neighbors and visitors are welcomed to the waterfront to enjoy all that’s great and unique about Vancouver,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “We’re thrilled to have them as partners and look forward to breaking ground next year.”

Construction for the $40 million project is set to start in 2018.

“We’re really pleased to be working with the port and excited about building this type of hotel in Vancouver,” said Vesta Hospitality Chairman and CEO Rick Takach. “It’s different than anything else we have in Vancouver, and I’m happy to bring a new asset to my hometown. Vesta’s based here, I live here, and we’re excited to expand here.”

When fully operational, Terminal 1 will feature nearly 950,000-square feet of new mixed-use development and is anticipated to generate 800 new jobs and close to $93 million in state and local taxes over 25 years, according to the port.

Oakland Imports Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland moved a record amount of imports last month, according to the port’s recent statistics. The port handled 84,835 TEUs in imports in July, moving 5.4 percent more than in 2016 with 80,508 TEUs and beating a March 2015 record of 84,023 TEUs in imported containers.

Import volumes are up 3.7 percent in the first seven months of 2017, which the port is attributing to the economic health of its core market in Northern California and Western Nevada and to the continued strength of US consumer spending.

“Retailers have been forecasting strong peak season import numbers this year and so far, they’re right,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll. “We’re glad to support them and we are ready for more.”

Meanwhile, the port saw 74,821 TEUs in exports in July, a 3.5 decrease from the same period last year, when the it moved 77,573 TEUs.

Overall, 209,883 TEUs in cargo volumes was handled in July, including empty containers, a 1.6 percent increase from July 2016, when Oakland moved 206,600 TEUs.

Overstock to Double at Grays Harbor

By Karen Robes Meeks

Overstock.com’s presence in the Port of Grays Harbor’s Satsop Business Park will double in size.

The Port Harbor Commission recently agreed to a lease amendment that will increase the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company’s footprint to include the 43,000-square-foot Flex Tech Building. Overstock.com expects to be operational by October 1.

“We are extremely excited for Overstock’s expansion at the Park and the additional jobs it will bring to the region,” announced Commission President Jack Thompson. “Overstock has been a wonderful partner for the Satsop Business Park and Grays Harbor as a whole. We are confident they will be able to add more local, quality employees to their team here in Washington.”

The approval comes three months after commissioners welcomed Overstock.com with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the company’s Evergreen Customer Care Call Center at the Satsop Business Park, a move that is expected to add at least 150 new employees all likely to come from the five-county region of Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Pacific.

“Our Elma-based associates are performing well and providing excellent customer care, and the response from the community has been everything we could have hoped for thus far,” said Overstock.com Senior Vice President Carter Lee. “As a result, we’ve moved up plans to expand our Evergreen Customer Care center, and are looking forward to finding more amazing associates from the community to join our Overstock family.”

Satsop Business Park is a mixed-use facility located two hours away from Seattle, Wash., that is home to more than 30 businesses and 600 acres of developed land and buildings. The Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, which developed the site, transferred the park’s management and assets to the Port of Grays Harbor in January 2013.

Cargo Record at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Last July, the Port of Long Beach moved more cargo than it ever did in any month in its port history.

The nation’s second busiest seaport moved 720,312 TEUs, beating the previous record set in August 2015, according to the port’s latest numbers. This represents a 13.1 percent jump compare to July 2016.

During the month, Long Beach also handled a record-setting 378,820 TEUs in imports, a 16.3 percent increase, while exports fell 11.7 percent compare to the same period last year, moving only 126,098 containers.

Meanwhile, 215,394 TEUs in empty containers, boxes sent overseas to be refilled with goods pass through the port, a 27.7 percent increase.

“These numbers are great for Long Beach and good news for the economy,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “They are also indicators of the kind of service we provide to our customers as they seek the best and most efficient pathways to get their goods to U.S. markets.”

Up 6.4 percent from 2016 to 2017, Long Beach is seeing steadily rising cargo volumes from a year ago, posting five straight months of increases.

“Given the unprecedented change in the industry, we are pleased to see shippers choosing Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “We thank our industry partners for having confidence in this port, and we pledge to continue to provide the best service and the best facilities.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Port of Los Angeles Sets July Box Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles posted the busiest July in its history, moving 796,804 TEUs last month, according to statistics released by the port Thursday.

This represents a 16 percent jump from the same period last year, when the port moved 687,891 TEUs. It also surpassed the 761,326 TEUs established back in July 2006, thus breaking the previous record. The port also handled 417,090 imported TEUs , a 13 percent spike from July 2016, and moved 154,925 TEUs in exports, a 17 percent increase over last year.

“As we strive to maintain our competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important to acknowledge the Pacific Maritime Association and the good men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who just extended their contract with terminal operators until 2022,” said port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The certainty that comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service.”

The port is on its way to exceed last year’s record of 8.8 million TEUs, as cargo volumes are currently up 9.5 percent thus far.

Electric Trucks at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

This September, trucking company GSC Logistics will launch a three-year pilot program to test an all-electric big rig at the Port of Oakland, Calif.

GSC, considered the port’s biggest motor carrier handling the annual equivalent of 100,000 TEUs in Northern California and Nevada, will conduct the testing to see if zero-emission freight hauling is attainable.

The truck, which possesses a 100-mile battery range, will move import containers from the port’s marine terminals to a nearby yard and will be able to plug in at a charging station installed by the company.

“The purpose of the demo is to prove that battery-operated trucks can work in real world applications and port operations,” said GSC CEO Scott Taylor. “Depending on the efficiency, reliability, productivity and economics of battery-powered trucks, GSC would certainly entertain the possibility of integrating them into our fleet in the future,” he said.

This testing is sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, which last year began the zero-emission truck trial and is sponsoring the demonstration of five battery-operated trucks in Southern California in conjunction with the Oakland study.

“We’re out to prove that zero-emission, battery-powered trucks can be used in heavy-duty applications,” said Andy Swanton of subsidiary BYD California, whose company is manufacturing the trucks.

San Diego Harbor Police to Help Philippine
Law Enforcement

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US State Department has recruited the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department’s dive team to help federal and Philippine maritime law enforcement agencies improve their ability to conduct underwater searches and respond to disaster situations in the Philippines.

The port dive team took part in a curriculum development workshop from July 17–20 with six Philippine maritime law enforcement experts from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Philippine National Police Maritime Group.

The workshop addressed various topics, such as detecting illegal drugs smuggled on the hull of vessels or dumped overboard for later retrieval. The curriculum will eventually be part of the three Philippine law enforcement agencies’ training academies.

“This is another important opportunity in our partnership with US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said Chief John Bolduc, Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department.

“Our dive team is essential in our department’s work to deter crime locally and in maintaining homeland security. By sharing our expertise with our counterparts at INL and in Philippine law enforcement, we’re helping to keep ports and harbors around the world safe as well,” he added.

The effort is part of a broader program to share best practices with law enforcement agencies for ports and harbors around the world to support foreign port security and fight international crime.

Everett Guiding Principles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett has released the guiding principles that will serve as the basis for the development of the port’s Marina Business Plan. Developed over the last six months by an ad hoc citizen committee made up of boaters, business owners, developers and engineers, the list contains the following guidelines:

• Enacting innovative lease, management, finance, and construction options, including privatization to reach financial sustainability;

• Creating new facilities that can respond to changes in the market that can work with the natural hydraulic and sediment conditions;

• Exploring a tiered service level structure for moorage fees; and

• Fostering user-friendly connectivity between marina basins and downtown Everett.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Port Bicycles

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Vancouver USA received a $485,000 grant from the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) to develop a multimodal path at Terminal 1.The path will link the City of Vancouver’s Renaissance Trail and the new waterfront park. The project is slated for completion in 2018.

Cyclists and pedestrians will also be able to use another path to move to and from the trail and the new Grant Street Pier.

“The port is building on its vision for the waterfront, and this grant from RTC will help us reach that vision,” said Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver, who also represents Clark County’s public ports on the 14-member RTC Board of Directors. The path is part of a larger effort by the port to revitalize Terminal 1, a former industrial and commercial site, into a mixed-used facility.

Nearly $4 million is budgeted for trail design, geotechnical work, engineering and construction.

Money for the grant come from federal Transportation Alternatives Program.

Longshoremen Agree to Extension

By Karen Robes Meeks

West Coast dockworkers have formally agreed to extend their contract three more years, guaranteeing a stable labor force as peak season is underway.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents roughly 20,000 workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington, ratified its contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association.

About 67 percent of ILWU members voted to extend the contract from 2019 to 2022, according to the ILWU’s Coast Balloting Committee, which announced Friday that the vote took place.

The prolonged contract includes increased wages and pensions and maintains health benefits, according to the union. “The rank-and-file membership has made their decision and expressed a clear choice,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “During the past year we saw a healthy debate and heard different points of view, with concerns raised by all sides. The democratic process allowed us to make a difficult decision and arrive at the best choice under the circumstances.”

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka applauded the ratification.

“The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s vote to extend their contract by three years helps sustain the momentum building in our supply chain as we continue to focus on delivering innovation, value and efficiency for the US importers and exporters,” Seroka said. “The certainty that comes with this contract extension is great news for all of Southern California, where one in nine jobs in the five-county region are connected to the San Pedro Bay port complex.”

The extension gives the supply chain confidence that contract disputes won’t distract from the business of the moving cargo. “This shows that the West Coast means business when it comes to moving cargo for our customers,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle, who released a statement when it appeared that the extension would likely happen. “We’re the most efficient, timely and cost-effective gateway for international trade and with a contract extension, we’re also the most dependable.”

Seattle Seeks CEO

By Karen Robes Meeks

The search for a new executive director for the Port of Seattle has officially begun.

The commission has posted the job after stakeholders weighed in on what qualities and attributes are needed in a potential port leader.

“We value the thoughtful input of our employees and broader community regarding the qualities needed in our next Executive Director,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire.

The port received over 500 responses, conducted five employee forums that drew over 200 employees, and spoke to more than 100 community, civic and business stakeholders.

The feedback emphasized strategic and entrepreneurial leadership qualities, experience in working in complex organizations and the ability to form strong relationships that is done in a transparent and inclusive way.

“We seek a great public servant to lead the port during this dynamic time to achieve our goals for broadly shared economic opportunity, job creation, environmental sustainability and equity,” said Commissioner Fred Felleman, who is co-leading the search effort with Gregoire.

The commission plans to select a new executive director by late fall to replace former chief Ted Fick, who resigned in February. The next executive director will oversee the expansion of the Sea-Tac International Airport support the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, the port’s real estate assets, about 1,900 employees and a billion-dollar budget.

For more information visit http://www.portseattle.org/About/Commission/Documents/ed_position_specification.pdf Tags: Port of Seattle, Executive Director, Seattle Port Commission

Los Angeles Port Awards Grants

By Karen Robes Meeks

About 34 organizations will receive grants totaling nearly $1 million from the Port of Los Angeles for projects that improve and enhance the waterfront and communities within the San Pedro Bay.

Recipients of the port’s Community Investment Sponsorship Program for fiscal year 2017-2018 include:

• The Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program;

• The International Trade Education Program (ITEP), which helps area prepare high school students for opportunities in port-related sectors such as trade, transportation and logistics; and

• The Robert F. Kennedy Institute of Community and Family Medicine, which works toward mitigating port-based chronic diseases for visitors, residents and employees.

“Investing and reinvesting in our local harbor communities has been a long-time priority,” said port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This annual grant program allows the Port of Los Angeles to consistently support projects that we believe have − or can have − a measurable and positive impact on our community and its residents.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Oakland Anticipates Record Imports

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland is ready for what could potentially be a record peak season for imports. “We’re hearing that the next two-to-three months could set new containerized import records in the US,” said the port’s Maritime Director John Driscoll.

“If that’s the case, we’re ready; we’ve got plenty of equipment to move cargo and our terminals are operating with high efficiency.”

Driscoll’s remarks came on the heels of the National Retail Federation’s forecast that containerized imports could approach record numbers in July and August, months that traditionally signal the beginning of peak season when retailers begin filling their shelves for back-to-school and holiday seasons.

The Northern California port, which posted a 3.4 percent increase in imports over last year, highlighted its peak-season preparedness with the following measures:

• Marine terminals are easing congestion at gates by requiring appointments for truck drivers picking up import containers;

• The availability of night gates to improve cargo flow, highlighting Oakland International Container Terminal, which is processing about 1,200 transactions nightly; A dedicated off-terminal empty container yard to ease traffic, with a reported 400 empty pick-ups/deliveries daily; and

• The anticipated September opening of a new gate complex at TraPac marine terminal, which should help shrink truck lines.

New Port of Los Angeles Bike Share

By Karen Robes Meeks

Transit and Port of Los Angeles leaders launched on Monday a new bike-sharing system that allows visitors to bike to and from major destinations along the waterfront.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bike Sharing system gives residents access to about 120 bicycles and 13 bike share stations so they can visit places such as the Downtown Harbor, Ports O’Call Village, Battleship IOWA, Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, L.A. Maritime Museum and Gateway Plaza.

Officials such as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Janice Hahn, as well as Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose 15th District includes the port, gathered at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Power Line Study at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is seeking community input on a draft report that studies the environmental impact of Southern California Edison’s proposal to modify transmission and telecommunication lines that cross the Cerritos Channel.

A hearing on the draft environmental impact report, which was released Monday July 24, will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday August 16, in the Board Room at the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach.

The base of the new bridge replacing the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge will be 205 feet above the port’s back channel, higher than Edison’s current transmission towers’ electric lines, which are 155 feet above water. Edison would need to take out and replace the transmission towers and raise the electric lines where they cross the channel at Piers A and S so that the lines don’t impede movement through the back channel.

A copy of the draft report can be found www.polb.com/ceqa.

Written comments must be submitted by September 11 to Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815, or to ceqa@polb.com, indicate the project title in the subject line.

Vancouver USA Wins AAPA Awards

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA has won six 2017 Communications Competition awards presented by the American Association of Port Authorities, whose awards have acknowledged excellence in port communications since 1966.

The port was honored with the Awards of Excellence for its 2017 Lecture Series and Terminal 1 Waterfront Master Plan, it also received the Awards of Distinction for its 2016 Christmas Ships event, Terminal 5 Statement of Interest and “Happy” video, and also received the Award of Merit for “1 Great Region, 3 Great Ports,” which teamed Vancouver port with the ports of Camas-Washougal and Ridgefield for the marketing and government affairs effort.

The judges commended the port’s strategic planning and analysis, diverse use of media and attractive marketing materials, according to the port.

“These awards recognize best practices and effectiveness in communications,” said CEO Julianna Marler. “International ports are complex organizations with many stakeholders. It can be challenging to reach everyone, but we’re making great strides with proactive and creative communications that help us engage with neighbors, community partners, tenants and future customers.

The port is expected to accept the awards in October at the association’s 106th Annual Convention and Expo in Long Beach, California.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

D-Day Westport

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Washington National Guard conducted an emergency preparedness-training event this morning, August 1, at the Westport Marina in the Port of Grays Harbor.

The Westport Boat Launch was closed from 7 to 11 a.m. so the military could practice delivering troops and supplies in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.

Prior to the deployment, Westport Marina Business Manager Molly Bold noted that the marina was looking forward to hosting such an important training event and hoped regular users would be able to launch either before or after the military wrapped up their activities.

Various military vehicles and a helicopter were also on display at a public open house hosted at the US Coast Guard Station.

USCG Cracking Down on Illegal Charters

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard is warning vessel operators and the general public to be on the lookout for illegal charter boats operating in the San Diego area.

The Coast Guard enforces federal regulations for charter vessels and crews to ensure the safety of all persons at sea. Illegal charters do not meet these regulations.

“Licensed operators have earned this designation for a reason,” said Cmdr. Kris Szczechowicz, chief of the preventions at Coast Guard Sector San Diego. “These operators have proven that they can adhere to safety standards and regulations in order to provide the safest experience possible for passengers. The marine environment is not where you should put your life in the hands of someone who is not trained.”

Any vessel carrying passengers for monetary gain, including any form of economic benefit, or a donation as a condition of carriage, requires that vessel be operated by a Coast Guard credentialed mariner and has onboard a current Certificate of Documentation or State Registration.

Common examples of operations that must meet these requirements include but are not limited to purchasing tickets to ride powerboats, renting a moored vessel as a bed and breakfast, paying to ride Water Jet devices, or requiring fuel, food or beverage as a mandatory contribution to a fishing trip.

In addition, if carrying more than six passengers, the vessel must have a valid Certificate of Inspection issued by the Coast Guard. A valid certificate is proof that the Coast Guard has verified that the vessel meets specific minimum federal safety standards, outlines passenger and crew manning requirements, and defines navigation routes allowed.

Vessels that do not meet these standards pose serious safety concerns to the public and environment, and may adversely impact the livelihood of legitimate operators.

When reserving trips, prospective passengers are encouraged to ask the operator in advance for proof the vessel is compliant with Coast Guard requirements. Passengers may also request a vessel’s captain to show his or her valid Coast Guard credential.

To verify a captain’s license, the inspected status of a commercial passenger vessel, report an illegal charter operation, or if a vessel operator desires more information on how to meet federal requirements, please call Coast Guard Sector San Diego at 619-278-7033.

New Long Beach Commissioners

By Karen Robes Meeks

Lou Anne Bynum and Tracy Egoscue have been elected to serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners− the five-member body of mayor-appointed Long Beach residents that governs the Port of Long Beach. Bynum, who was first appointed to the commission in May 2014, is executive vice president of College Advancement and Economic Development for Long Beach City College. Prior to the July announcement, she was the board vice president, and will take over for Lori Ann Guzmán, who will now act as board secretary.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as president,” Bynum said. “We have much important work to do on behalf of our customers and city. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, Executive Director Mario Cordero and port staff to continue to build the best and greenest port of the future.”

Egoscue, who was appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia in September 2014, is an environmental attorney based in Long Beach.

Anacortes Port Partner Awards

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Anacortes recently honored Port Partner Awards recipients at the Waterfront Festival Kick-off Dinner in the Port’s Transit Shed Event Center.

Created in 2008, the Partner Awards is given to those who teamed up with the port to “promote economic growth, environmental cleanup, and strategic planning.”

This year featured two Customer Service Partner recipients Chinook Enterprises, which provides grounds maintenance services for the port, and Wes Holden, DOWL, for his help in the Anacortes Airport Improvements Project.

The port’s award for Strategic Partner went to POGO Zone, which helped the port deliver technology to Port tenants and high-speed internet services to the Anacortes Airport.

The award for Economic Development Partner was presented to Anthony’s Cabana recognizing the 2016 opening in the Cap Sante Marina waterfront.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Clean Air Comment Period

By Karen Robes Meeks

The nation’s two busiest seaports have released their latest vision for cleaner air and the public will have a chance to comment on it.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have put out an updated draft of their joint 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), a blueprint of short- and long-term strategies for air pollution reduction from port operations, at an estimated cost of up to $14 billion.

The plan calls for:

• Expanding on-dock rail so that half of all inbound cargo leaving the ports will be moved by rail;

• Implementing clean engine standards that will help transition trucks into a zero- emissions drayage fleet by 2035;

• Creating a universal truck appointment system to shrink turn times;

• Creating infrastructure plans that push for the electrification of terminal equipment, alternative fuels and other energy uses.

The plan’s new clean air goals aims at lowering greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

The update CAAP also carries over the previously established 2023 targets for curbing pollutants below 2005, which included lowering diesel particulate matter by 77 percent, sulfur oxides by 93 percent, and nitrogen oxides by 59 percent. The latest measurements show that Los Angeles and Long Beach have either surpassed or are in striking distance of the 2023 goals, the ports reported.

Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbor commissioners are expected to jointly vote on a final version in November.

“These ports are going where no port has gone before,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Based on what we’ve already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we’re ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead.”

The ports remain committed to leading in seaport sustainability, said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

“Working closely with all our partners has been crucial to our success. That same collaboration went into the development of the 2017 CAAP and will be indispensable going forward,” he said. “Since 2006, the Clean Air Action Plan has been a model for programs to reduce health risks and air quality impacts from port operations worldwide.”

The public can weigh in until 5 p.m. on September 28 by submitting written comments to CAAP@cleanairactionplan.org. Alternatively, opinions can be shared during the August 30 workshop hosted by both ports at 5 p.m. on at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 Water St. in Wilmington. To view the update, visit http://www.cleanairactionplan.org/2017-clean-air-action-plan-update/

San Francisco Port, Shipyard Settlement

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Francisco and former operator BAE Systems Ship Repair, Inc. have reached a $4.9 million settlement toward improvements and upkeep at the shipyard.

The port commission approved the agreement earlier this month.

“While the legal dispute continues between the port’s former operators, the port appreciates BAE working diligently with the port and City Attorney’s Office to reach this settlement, which will help recover operations at the shipyard quickly,” said port Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “The port is grateful for its dedicated labor and development partners that have helped ensure local jobs at the shipyard during this interim period of operations.”

To leverage the shipyard’s improvements stemming from the settlement, the port commission has authorized staff to put out bids for a new shipyard operator and an opportunity to lease 15 acres of land with several buildings, more than 17 acres of submerged land and cranes, a shore power system and other port-owned equipment.

The facilities encompass Piers 68 and 70 and Seawall Lot 349 near 20th Street and Illinois Street, including Dry Dock Eureka and Dry Dock #2.

A new lease could be approved as early as October, the port said.

“These two actions by the port commission will encourage the shipyard to remain operational and provide employment opportunities for San Francisco workers,” said Port Commission President Willie Adams. “We will continue to act quickly, so the local union jobs return to our shipyard and city.”

The port and BAE SF entered into a 20-year lease that began May 1, 2015. Then in December 2016, BAE’s parent company agreed to transfer its corporate shares, assets and interests in the shipyard to Puglia Engineering, Inc., which filed a notice of imminent closure of the shipyard at Pier 70 in February 2017.

The port and Puglia worked out an interim agreement to keep operations at the shipyard going through May to protect local jobs.

OffPeak Program Successful

By Karen Robes Meeks

Over 40-million weekday truck trips have been diverted off Los Angeles area roads since the OffPeak program started 12 years ago this week, removing hundreds of tons of truck-spewing air pollution, according to PierPass Inc.

The program, which creates weeknight and Saturday delivery shifts to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, removes more than 12,600 additional truck trips that would otherwise congest the roads between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week.

“In southern California, heavy-duty trucks are the single largest source of both the pollutants that cause smog and exposure to toxic diesel particulates,” said Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “By reducing the amount of time that trucks spend trapped in terminal queues or traffic jams, OffPeak has made a big contribution to addressing our region’s air pollution problem.”

OffPeak also offers financial incentives for curbing weekday daytime truck trips and funding for night and Saturday shifts.

“Efficient goods movement enables a crucial jobs engine for Southern California’s economy to continue thriving,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, who serves as chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “The PierPass OffPeak program seeks to maximize the efficient use of existing transportation infrastructure and demonstrates the potential for private-sector innovation to tackle public policy problems. I encourage stakeholders to continue working together to strengthen the program to ensure goods can move as efficiently and safely as possible.”

The OffPeak program was established in the early 2000s after cargo volume surges led to increased traffic congestion, and air pollution and public outcry for solutions.

“Over the last 12 years, OffPeak had diverted more than 40 million trucks off our roads and freeways during the busiest times of the day,” said David Pettit, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “By reducing truck congestion at the marine container terminals and on the Harbor and Long Beach Freeway, the program has helped reduce pollution and increase mobility for the communities in and around the ports.”

CG Cutter to Transit Northwest Passage

By Karen Robes Meeks

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, a 225-foot vessel based in Sitka, Alaska, recently embarked on a historic voyage through the Northwest Passage to support marine science and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s scientific research near the Arctic Circle.

The Maple will put out three sonographic buoys that will record marine mammals. Onboard the cutter is a principal investigator from the University of San Diego who will analyze the data coming from the buoys.

"We're very excited to make this voyage through the Northwest Passage and to assist in the Scripps Institute research,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Armstrong, commanding officer of the Maple. “In planning this, we have worked very closely with our Canadian counterparts and we look forward to continuing that cooperation in the Arctic."

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier will meet with the Maple to provide icebreaking services as the vessel heads to Victoria Strait, Canada.

The Maple will end its journey in late August in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Extended Comment Period for Los Angeles Terminal

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has extended the public comment period to September 29 for those who want to weigh in on an updated draft report addressing the environmental impacts of China Shipping’s terminal at Berths 97-109.

The port did so at the request of community stakeholders who wanted more time to review and comment on the draft the port released last month.

The draft report reviews the terminal’s continued operation under adjusted mitigation measures, given today’s higher cargo movement compared to 2008 when the original document had been created.

The draft suggested several measures to offset “unavoidable significant impacts in air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and ground transportation.”

Some measures in the draft Environment Impact Report (EIR) were requiring that ships be able to use alternative maritime power (such as shore power) while at berth by January 1, take part in the vessel speed reduction program and swap diesel-powered equipment with electric models.

The original EIR was done when China Shipping North America affiliate West Basin Container Terminal wanted to expand its facility, which was approved by the port and completed in 2013.

The EIR then called for China Shipping to buy cleaner cargo handling equipment and zero emissions trucks and test at least 10 pieces of cargo-handling equipment in a yearlong zero emissions demonstration.

But according to the Daily Breeze, the LA port said in 2015 that many of the clean-air requirements have not been implemented.

For a copy of the draft EIR, visit https://www.portoflosangeles.org/EIR/ChinaShipping/DSEIR/dseir_china_shipping.asp

Port of Seattle Joins Environmental Group

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle reiterated its commitment to the environment recently when the agency announced it was part of We Are Still In, a national multi-organizational coalition aimed at meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement and declared support for the UN-driven initiative Climate Neutral Now.

The port’s goals to lower emissions reflect the Paris Agreement’s goals in reducing 2005’s emissions by half by 2030 and all or more of those emissions by 2050.

Some of the port’s initiatives to reduce carbon footprint includes:

• Raising its use of renewable natural gas, solar, and wind power and other clean energy sources;

• Requiring all cruise ships and large vessels to use electric power or low-sulfur diesel while at berth;

• Partnering with the ports of Tacoma, Wash., and Vancouver, British Columbia on the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy to improve air quality in the Salish Sea air shed;

• Working with drayage truck drivers to retire its more than 200 polluting trucks and outfit the rest with modern emissions control systems; and

• Put into action a stringent program demanding port truckers to use trucks with 2007 truck emissions technology or better.

“We are actively cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Port operations and working with our tenants to assist them in reducing their GHG emissions,” said Port Commissioner John Creighton. “Leadership to make our carbon footprint smaller is crucial to reducing the threat of global temperature rise.”

New Oakland Board President

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland’s seven-member governing board recently elected Joan Story as its board president for one year.

Story, who has served on the board for two years, will take over for Commissioner Michael Colbruno, who acted as president last year and will remain on the board.

"I'm gratified to have the support of my colleagues on the board," Story said. "With their guidance and the commitment of a talented staff we look forward to continued success at the Port."

A graduate from Occidental College, Story earned her master’s degree in political science from UCLA and a law degree from UC Davis. She was a member of The Trust for Public Land California Advisory Board and a board member of the Child Care Law Center.

Story is real estate attorney who is of counsel to the international law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

In July 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf appointed Story to the board.

Commissioners also selected Cestra "Ces" Butner as its First Vice President and Andreas Cluver as its Second Vice President.

New Port of Anacortes Staff

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Anacortes, Washington recently made a series of hires for various roles.

The agency welcomed John Dumas to be its Director of Operation. Dumas previously worked for marine terminal tenant Cortland Puget Sound Rope, where he had been employed since 1996 in various roles. He most recently served as site manager for the Anacortes operation.

The port also hired Brad Tesch as a project manager. Previously at Hunt Military Communities (formerly Forest City Residential Management), Tesch oversaw large-scale housing projects as the maintenance manager.

The port also brought on board Ryan Fox as marina operations supervisor. Fox hail from Global Diving & Salvage.

Friday, July 21, 2017

LA Port Sets Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has set a new annual record for most container throughput by a Western Hemisphere port, ending its 12-month fiscal year with more than 9.2 million TEUs in overall cargo.

According to latest statistics released this week, the nation’s busiest seaport handled 9,205,755 TEUs from the fiscal year that took place from July 1, 2016, to June 30.

“As we mark the mid-point of 2017, we are grateful to our terminal operators, shipping lines, labor force and land-side supply chain stakeholders for their focus on teamwork and efficiency, because they are the reason why we attained record-breaking volumes these past 12 months,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. “Despite unprecedented change in our industry, we are demonstrating the LA Advantage in terms of world-class infrastructure, competitive pricing and extraordinary customer service.”

Last month, 731,032 TEUs moved through the Los Angeles port, an 8.1 percent increase from June 2016, making it the port’s second busiest June ever.

The port handled 372,272 TEUs in imports in June, 4.7 percent rise from the same time last year. Exports in June also grew 3.5 percent to 145,527 TEUs when compared to June 2016.

New San Diego Boat Launch

By Karen Robes Meeks

The City of Coronado and the Port of San Diego this week celebrated the completion of the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp and Dock C Replacement, a significant public access project.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests received demonstrations of boats launching from the new ramp and rode boats to Dock C, which underwent enhancements updated with today’s fire, electrical and ADA requirements.

The project, which began in February, was made possible with funds from the city, the port and the Division of Boating & Waterways. The port contributed $470,000, while the Division of Boating & Waterways gave $670,000.

Coronado, which contributed $150,000, oversaw the $1.3 million project to replace the concrete apron of the boat launch ramp, rebuild and expand the adjacent boarding dock that can accommodate those with disabilities and build a non-motorized craft launch area on a new sandy beach, according to the port.

Boat launch facility improvements also include resurfacing its parking lot, putting in a new boat wash-down area and fixing a small area of riprap and storm drain in the northern beach area of Glorietta Bay Park.

“The Port of San Diego understands the importance of public boat launches on San Diego Bay,” said Commissioner Bonelli, Coronado’s representative on the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Part of our mission is to promote recreation and we are happy to be a partner on this important improvement project to improve access to Glorietta Bay.”

New Long Beach Commissioners

By Karen Robes Meeks

Two new Long Beach harbor commissioners will be sitting on the dais on Aug. 14.

Former California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and real estate business owner Frank Colonna will serve on the board that oversees the Port of Long Beach and the city’s Harbor Department.

The Long Beach City Council on Wednesday confirmed Mayor Robert Garcia’s appointments of Colonna and Lowenthal, both former council members.

Colonna will take over for Commissioner Doug Drummond, who has been serving since 2011 and had planned to retire next month. Lowenthal will replace Commissioner Rich Dines, who has served since 2011.

Harbor Commissioners can serve up to two six-year terms.

Colonna is a longtime real estate business owner who previously served two terms on the council, including two years as vice mayor. He is serving on the Economic Development Commission.

Lowenthal, a licensed family counselor and mental health consultant, is a longtime community leader who served as a board member on the Long Beach Unified School District, a councilwoman and vice mayor and an Assemblywoman who also chaired the Select Committee on Ports and Transportation Committee.

Lowenthal is the seventh woman to serve as a harbor commissioner in the port’s history. It’s also the first time that the five-member board has four women currently serving as commissioners at the port.

Spill Response Seminar

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard and other agencies will host a three-day seminar on oil spill response on July 25-27 for North Slope residents in Utqiaġivk, Alaska.

The seminar will feature speakers who will discuss various topics, including environmental law, the science of oil spills, oil spill recovery on ice, alternative response technologies, oiled wildlife operations, historic site preservation, international issues related to oil spills, local response teams and their resources, according to the Coast Guard.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and organizations involved in oil spill removal such as Chadux, Alaska Clean Seas, Chemtrack and Global are also expected to participate.

“We aim to provide the North Slope community residents, responders and elders awareness on North Slope oil spill preparedness, planning and response operations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jereme Altendorf, planning specialist at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “We want the community to have assurance that we are capable to respond to an oil spill in the North Slope environment.”

The seminar will take place at the Barrow High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25-26. An oil spill equipment deployment demonstration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on July 27 near the Tank Farm.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Low Emissions Testing at Port of Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

More demonstration projects to test zero and near-zero emission trucks and equipment for moving cargo will be happening at the Port of Los Angeles, thanks to recommendations made by the Sustainability Freight Advisory Committee. The port is planning to:

• Evaluate zero emission top handlers, including two battery-electric ones, the off-road heavy-duty equipment needed to load and unload trucks moving containers to and from marine terminals and three next-generation yard tractors, which is made possible with a $4.5 million California Energy Commission grant;

• Broaden zero emission drayage truck testing with a pilot program to assess 50 to 100 zero emission drayage trucks to see what needs to be done to create a 100 percent zero emission fleet by 2035; and

• Team the port industry with equipment manufacturers to examine present and future availability of zero and near-zero emission vehicles and equipment.

“This moment demands that we find innovative ways to reduce emissions at our port as quickly as possible – and that’s exactly why I brought the Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee together,” Garcetti said. “This group has embraced a difficult challenge with open arms, and its recommendations are important steps that bring us closer to our ambitious yet achievable goal of zero emissions at the Port of LA.”

“The committee’s work is already shaping policy and strengthening current zero emission demonstration projects at Los Angeles terminals,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.

Anacortes Port Improvements

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Anacortes, Washington, recently received a $300,000 Economic Development Funding Grant from Skagit County, which will go toward paying for the port’s corroded and deteriorating Pier 2 Bulkhead Wall Improvements.

Located along the width of Pier 2, the 53-year-old steel sheet pile bulkhead wall is showing its wear and tear. The estimated $2.8 million project would entail repairing holes on the wall, applying cathodic protection and stabilizing upland soil.

The project will be done in two phases to make sure Pier 2 remains operational since the deepwater pier is used mainly for exporting bulk products. The first phase is set to begin this fall; the second phase will take place this spring.

Cruise Schedule for Olympia

By Karen Robes Meeks

Next fall, Olympia will be a destination stop in American Cruise Lines’ Grand Puget Sound tour itinerary, the Port of Olympia announced at the end of May.

The new 175-passenger American Constellation, will offer five overnight stops as part of its 11-day cruise package, and will drop anchor at the Port Plaza dock between September and November 2018.

This announcement is the result of a three-year planning process that involved a partnerships between officials from the port, the City of Olympia, Thurston County Economic Development Council, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and others.

Making Olympia an official cruise line Port of Call is part of a larger effort to “diversify port operations, capitalize on visitor and recreation amenities and stimulate local economic activity,” said port Executive Director Ed Galligan.

“Guests will have an opportunity to visit destinations throughout Thurston County, shop at local venues and, hopefully, recommend their favorite spaces and places to their friends and families,” he said. “We’re very appreciative that American Cruise Lines has selected Olympia as a destination, and we look forward to rewarding them with an unparalleled visitor experience.”

San Diego Annual Report Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

For the third year in a row, the Port of San Diego has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, by the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada, a nonprofit group representing about 17,500 government finance professionals.

The association also gave an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement to the port’s Financial Services Department for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The port was presented with the recognition July 11.

“The fact that we have received this award for three consecutive years shows the port’s dedication to having an open and honest relationship with the public,” said Port Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama. “We, as an organization, embody the ‘spirit of transparency’ that the Government Finance Officers Association strives to promote.”

Friday, July 14, 2017

Long Beach Container Volumes Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach posted its second-best June in history, moving 658,727 TEUs this month for a growth of 9 percent year over year, according to the port’s latest numbers.

The nation’s second-busiest seaport finished a strong second quarter with nearly 1.9 million TEUs, an 8.3 percent jump from the same time last year.

In 2017 thus far, nearly 3.5 million TEUs flowed through Long Beach, a 5.1 percent increase compared to the first six months of 2016.

“These are good results as we move into the busiest trade months of the year,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. “The US dollar remains strong and retailers are stocking back-to-school merchandise and other goods American consumers are purchasing.”

The port moved 335,328 TEUs of imported cargo last month, up 7 percent from June 2016, while handling 118,304 TEUs of exports, 7.7 percent fewer containers the same time a year ago. Meanwhile, empty containers, which are shipped overseas to be replenished with goods, spiked 26.8 percent, to 205,095 TEUs.

“Our customers know we work hard to efficiently deliver their cargo,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “It's good to see this evidence of their confidence in our Port — we are committed to providing the absolute best service in the country.”

Oakland Import Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland this week boasted best-ever import numbers for June, surpassing a record June set 11 years ago, according to the port’s most recent statistics.

The Northern California port moved 80,253 TEUs in imports last month, about a 5 percent increase from June 2016, when it handled 76,368 TEUs. Last month’s numbers beat a June 2006 record of 78,326 TEUs.

“As we near autumn, retailers begin stocking up for the holidays,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Healthy volumes now might be a preview of what we can expect for peak season.”

Meanwhile, the port moved 75,460 TEUs of exports, a 2.4 percent increase from 73,676 TEUs.

The port moved 204,255 in total cargo volume last month, a 5.1 percent increase from June 2016. The total number includes imports, exports and empty containers.

Everett Seeks Marina’s Assets

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett is in the midst of trying to acquire assets related to Marina Village.

The port is in talks with Everett Marina Partners, LLC on a ground lease termination and acquisition agreement, after the commission on June 6 authorized CEO Les Reardanz to negotiate with Everett Marina.

When completed, the agreement would allow the port to take command of the Everett Marina’s assets, which include five buildings, nine leases and about 210 parking spaces.

The port would also pay Everett Marina Partners “the value based on the projected income for the fair market value on the remainder of the lease,” which was originally set to expire in 2032.

Located within the Port of Everett’s South Marina District of Waterfront Place, Marina Village was developed in 1982 with a 50-year ground lease with Diversified Marina Enterprises, which later evolved as Everett Marina Partners.

The site features a mix of retail and offices uses, including restaurants such as Anthony’s Homeport, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill and Moon Tree Asian Tapas.

“This project is another good example of strategic investments being made throughout the Port on behalf of the District to strengthen the local economy, enhance the area’s regional identity, and preserve and create jobs while at the same time creating a highly desirable, destination waterfront community within the Waterfront Place neighborhood,” Chief of Business Development Terrie Battuello said. “The high-quality tenants at Marina Village will benefit moving forward from being closely integrated into the Port’s overall vision for this destination facility.”

San Diego Pilot Projects

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego will be funding four pilot projects aimed at developing local businesses focused on aquaculture and blue technology.

The port commission on June 20 authorized agreements with:

• San Diego Bay Aquaculture for a five-year project to develop shellfish aquaculture nursery operations and to operate a floating upweller nursery system in San Diego Bay with $351,600 from the port;

• Red Lion Chem Tech for a one-year pilot project to get rid of dissolved copper in seawater using filtration technologies with $165,000 in port funds;

• RentUnder for a two-year demonstration of Drive-in Boatwash, which would allow for in-water boat hull cleaning while lowering copper dissolved into the bay. The company would use the port’s $140,000 to fabricate and install the boatwash; and

• Swell Advantage, which would be funded $100,000 on developing smart marina software.

The four agreements stem from the Port’s Blue Economy incubator, which was created in 2016.

“The Port is a long-time champion and catalyst of our water-dependent economy,” said Port Commissioner Marshall Merrifield, one of the City of San Diego’s three representatives on the Board. “The Blue Economy incubator will assist in piloting new technologies and attracting innovative tenants who can deliver multiple benefits to the entire Port community such as fisheries enhancement, ecosystem restoration, water quality improvement, environmental monitoring, and education and outreach.”

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Los Angeles Fruit Terminal Lease Extended

By Karen Robes Meeks

Marine terminal SSA Pacific, Inc. will continue to be the West Coast home for imported Chilean fruit, thanks to a five-year lease extension with the Port of Los Angeles.

The extension, which runs through October 31, 2022, shouldbe finalized by the Los Angeles City Council in the coming months.

“The Port of Los Angeles is proud to be the West Coast gateway for Chilean fruit,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re pleased to renew our commitment to this important market and our longstanding trade partners in Chile.”

Since 1988, SSA Pacific has operated the 14-acre break bulk terminal at Berths 53-55 exclusively handling imported Chilean fruit for more than 10 years.

“SSA Marine is pleased to continue the partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and provide a long term home for the importation of high quality Chilean fruit,” said William Fitz, Regional Vice President of SSA Marine.

Producers rely on the terminal to send avocados, grapes, peaches, nectarines and other Chilean produce to West Coast consumers, reaching as far as West Texas.

Last season, the port handled more than 82,000 metric tons of Chilean fresh fruit, nearly one-fifth of all fruits and vegetables imported through Los Angeles..

Long Beach Wins Seaport Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

For the third time in a row, the Port of Long Beach won Best North American Seaport at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. The nation’s second busiest seaport has won the honor, awarded by Asia Cargo News and previously CargoNews Asia, 19 times over the last 22 years. “The Port of Long Beach is building the most modern facilities of any seaport in the country,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. “It’s part of our commitment to evolve with this changing industry, and we’re thankful our stakeholders have decided to give us this prestigious award.”

The honor, which was announced at the awards event June 29 in Singapore, is given by supply chain professionals and industry observers and is judged on several factors, including service quality, innovation, customer relations and reliability.

More than 15,000 Asia Cargo News readers were asked to take part in the nomination and selection process.

“We take a lot of pride in working hard to meet the needs of our customers,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “It’s an honor to be recognized – we are especially proud of our commitment to providing the best service on the continent.”

Port of Bellingham Audit Completed

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has given the Port of Bellingham a financial clean bill of health in its 2016 Port audit. The state auditor’s office, which annually reviews public agencies to ensure proper spending of tax dollars, found no deficiencies in the port’s financial records.

Port Finance Director Tamara Sobjack is happy with the results.

“The Port is dedicated to responsible and transparent financial management and the results of the audit reflect those values,” she said. “Our employees take great pride in working for a fiscally responsible municipal government. Maintaining accurate financial records is a core function of all Port operations and activities.”

About $23.3 million in operations revenue and more than $7 million in taxes were collected by the port in 2016. The facility also spent $23.4 million on capital assets and boosted net assets by more than $19 million.

More Fords for Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks

Officials at Ford Motor Co., Auto Warehousing Co. and the Port of Portland recently celebrated the opening of a new 18.9-acre storage and staging yard near Terminal 6.

The lot, whichcan accommodate roughly 3,000 vehicles, features energy efficient LED lighting and porous pavement to minimize stormwater runoff.

The $7 million lot expansion, which was made possible in part by a $2.6 million ConnectOregon grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, allows the port to meet its growing auto export numbers.

Last year, the port handled nearly 291,000 vehicles in both imports and exports including more than 50,000 vehicles that moved through Terminal 6, an 11 percent jump from the previous year.

Many Ford vehicles are exported through Portland’s Terminal 6 to Asian destinations such as China, Philippines and South Korea.

Friday, July 7, 2017

APM Terminals Hacked

By Karen Robes Meeks

APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Tacoma are now re-opening following a massive cyber attack that hampered operations.

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, which bases its West Coast operations at APM Terminals Pier 400, opened the Los Angeles terminal on Friday and announced that it is “pleased to report that our operations are now running close to normal again.”

As of Thursday, July 6, most of Maersk’s international facilities are operating at normal capacity, with some experiencing delays because of backlog. Meanwhile, a handful of North American terminals are listed as normal or close to normal, including Los Angeles, Mobile, Port Elizabeth, South Florida and Tacoma.

“We understand the impact this situation has had on your supply chain and can assure you that we are making daily progress on a global scale,” Maersk said on its website. “We are prioritizing the recovery of tools and processes that are most critical.”

The Denmark-based company was among several firms under attack by ransomware that forced the shipping company to shutter its IT systems across multiple sites worldwide and close terminals on June 27.

One ship was able to leave Los Angeles early that Tuesday morning, but at least one vessel scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles last Friday (June 30) had been detoured to neighboring Port of Long Beach, according to the Press-Telegram.

Maersk said APM Terminals “continue to work towards full restoration of its IT systems.” “Our focus is on ensuring the best business continuity possible for our customers and business partners. We are collaborating with IT experts including national cyber-crime agencies and IT industry leaders, to reinstate services safely and without further disruption.”

Long Beach Budget Approved

By Karen Robes Meeks

Long Beach harbor leaders recently recommended the approval of a $748 million budget that sets aside money for ongoing modernization projects in the Port of Long Beach, community grants and improvements to the city’s beachfront.

The Long Beach City Council will get the final approval for the 2018 fiscal plan, which includes $457 million on capital projects such as the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge and the redevelopment of Middle Harbor.

It also includes $18.7 million to the city’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which helps pay for the beachfront improvements, and $404,000 for the Port Community Grants Program, which funds health, environmental and other initiatives that support neighborhoods affected by operations at the port.

The budget accounts for an estimated 1.8 percent rise in operating revenue over 2017.

“This spending blueprint advances the nation’s largest seaport modernization program and our practice of investing revenue back into our harbor, a leading economic engine for this region, the state and the nation,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. “The budget reflects this Port’s fiscally prudent, results-driven approach to budgeting and capital improvements.”

The 2018 fiscal year begins on October 1.

USCG Seasonal Alaska Location

By Karen Robes Meeks

To better respond to increasing maritime activities in Western Alaska and the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard's 249th Airlift Squadron recently sent supplies and equipment to the Coast Guard's seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Government vehicles, a generator and pallets of supplies were loaded into a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and flown from Coast Guard Air Station to Kotzebue, where it was unloaded at the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar.

“The Coast Guard is committed to having a sustained presence in the Arctic,” said Capt. Stephen White, incident commander for 17th Coast Guard District Arctic operations. “As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will protect the nation’s interests, safeguard the environment and strengthen our international, federal, state, local and tribal partnerships.”

As part of Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2017, forward operation location Kotzebue will have two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, and air and ground support crews stationed at the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar.

San Diego Waterfront Project Moves Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego confirmed it is working with the current operator of Seaport Village to keep the waterfront shopping and dining area open to the public as it transitions into a larger project to redevelop the Central Embarcadero.

The port, whose lease with current operator TRC expires on September 30, 2018, will seek bids from firms who could run Seaport Village while the redevelopment of Central Embarcadero takes shape over the next five years. The revival project encompasses Seaport Village, as well as Chesapeake Fish, and surrounding areas between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the USS Midway.

Meanwhile, the port is in exclusive talks with Protea Waterfront Development, the managing member of 1HWY1, and the team chosen to reimagine the Central Embarcadero.

Currently, Seaport Village features roughly 50 specialty retailers, 17 eating and dining spots as well as outdoor entertainment, and is expected to remain open after TRC’s lease expires, according to the port.

The new Central Embarcadero is expected to include 30 acres of parks, open spaces, plazas, piers and walkways; a 480-foot tall observation tower; facilities for commercial fishing, recreational boat and mega-yacht services; retail and office space.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Maersk Hit with Cyberattack

By Karen Robes Meeks

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, the world’s largest shipping liner company, announced that it was under cyber attack this week, forcing the shutdown of a number of IT systems across multiple sites worldwide, including its email systems.

The Denmark-based company was among several under sieged by Petya, a kind of ransomware that forces victims to pay a sum to regain system access, according to American Shipper.

As a result, Maersk suspended operations Tuesday at ports of New York/New Jersey, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and APM Terminals at Pier 400 in Los Angeles. APM Terminals, one of largest terminals in North America, remained closed as of Thursday, port officials confirmed.

One ship was able to leave the port early Tuesday, and no other ships were scheduled to depart later that day or Wednesday.

Maersk issued a statement, saying that “the issue remains contained and we continue to work towards technical recovery,” adding that business continuity plans are being implemented and prioritized.

. “We are collaborating with IT experts including national cyber-crime agencies and IT industry leaders, to reinstate services safely and without further disruption,” the company explained.

Maersk entities Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Training, Svitzer and MCI remain operationally unaffected.

All Maersk Line ships are “under control, employees are safe and communication to crew and management onboard is functioning,” according to the company, adding that it is able to accept bookings through INTTRA.

However, Damco’s access to certain systems is limited, Maersk said, noting that “a business continuity plan has been deployed with a key focus on protecting customers’ cargo flows.”

Meanwhile, the majority of terminals are now operational, with some running slower than usual or with limited functionality, according to Maersk.

Maersk said APM Terminals continue to work towards full restoration of its IT systems.

Hotel Planned for Everett Waterfront

By Karen Robes Meeks

This month, the Port of Everett Commission endorsed plans to ink a long-term lease with a developer to build a 142-room flagship Hotel Indigo in Fisherman’s Harbor at Waterfront Place.

Waterplace LLC, in partnership with Columbia Hospitality, was selected for its hotel concept, which pay homage to the port’s global impact and complements the nearby Pacific Rim Plaza, which honors Everett’s international trading relationships.

The deal includes the construction and management of an 86,163-square-foot hotel under a 50-year land lease, with three 10-year options.

"The Port team received proposals from three well-known and qualified hotel operators to serve as the anchor tenant for Fisherman’s Harbor," said Terrie Battuello, the port’s chief of business development. "Ultimately, we selected Columbia Hospitality because of their Hotel Indigo flag that prides their facilities on embracing the character and history of the communities that they operate in, and the Waterfront Place story is the heart and soul of this new waterfront community."

Hotel Indigo is slated for construction in January 2018 and will feature a restaurant, lounge, indoor swimming pool, conference center, retail shops and business center, as well as pedestrian-friendly walkways and public spaces. "We are honored to collaborate with the Port of Everett on what will be a transformational project for the downtown Everett waterfront," said John Oppenheimer, Columbia Hospitality founder and CEO. "Our collective goal is to create an incredible destination for locals, tourists and businesses alike, stimulating economic growth for Snohomish County."

The hotel will open in conjunction with SeaLevel Properties, a residential development set to be ready in mid-2019. All this will be located at Fisherman’s Harbor, Phase One of the 65-acre Waterfront Place Central mixed use development.

This year, port officials commenced a $12 million public infrastructure program for new roadways on Seiner Drive and 14th Street, the Esplanade trail system, Pacific Rim Plaza, landscaping for all the public spaces and a new pipeline in the City of Everett’s Puget Sound stormwater infrastructure within the site. Improvements should be completed in 2018, according to the port.

Bellingham Capacity Upgrades

By Karen Robes Meeks

Plans to repair three deteriorating piers in Blaine Harbor in the Port of Bellingham moved forward this month. The port commission selected American Construction of Tacoma for the $750,000 contract to rehabilitate the piers, create more dock space and bolster the piers’ load bearing capacity for commercial fishing vessels and other maritime industries.

The project involves fixing the North, South and Sawtooth Piers with new timber piles, decking, framing beneath existing cranes, bull rails and stringers, as well as building two sewage pump-out floats to support boaters and promote environmental stewardship. “Marine trades are an important part of Blaine’s local economy,” said Port Commission President Dan Robbins. “The commercial seafood industry is expanding and the port is committed to making the investments necessary to strengthen Blaine Harbor’s marine industrial area as a center for economic growth.”

The port has seen an increasing demand for marine industrial property in Blaine Harbor, said Port Real Estate Director Shirley McFearin.

“Several of our commercial seafood tenants have expressed interest in expanding operations and outside investors continue to be attracted by Blaine Harbor’s strategic location along the US/Canada border,” she said.

It’s the latest in plans to enhance Blaine Harbor. The commission recently inked a long-term lease with Sundance Marine Holdings, which plans to build a nine million dollars dry boat storage facility.

Coordinated Effort Saves Fishermen

By Karen Robes Meeks

The crew of the fishing vessel Kodiak Sockeye was saved this month near Knowles Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska, thanks to Coast Guard and good Samaritan crews.

Both went into action after discovering that the fishing vessel began taking on water and its engine compartment was flooding. Rescue crews provided dewatering pumps and towed the ailing vessel 37 miles to Cordova.

“The crew of the Kodiak Sockeye was preparing to abandon ship when they called for help,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Green, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The quick response time of our crews allowed us to save the crew and salvage their vessel.”

Those involved in the rescue included a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore and the crew of the good Samaritan vessels Rocky B and the Remedy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vancouver USA Terminal Redevelopment

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 Waterfront Development master plan is moving forward. On June 9, the Vancouver City Council approved the massive redevelopment project at the birthplace of the port on the Columbia River.

When fully developed, Terminal 1 will feature nearly 950,000 square feet of new office, retail and commercial space, housing, hotels, a public marketplace, low- and high-dock access and a link to the Renaissance Trail.

The development also is expected to generate 800 new jobs and nearly $93 million in state and local taxes over 25 years, according to the port.

“This is an exciting project,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “It’s a different kind of development than we typically do, but it still achieves the port’s mission of economic benefit to the community. The jobs, tax dollars and activity down at the waterfront will complement our beautiful downtown and create a ripple effect of benefit in the region. We appreciate the City Council’s support of Terminal 1 and look forward to working together to build a community resource and destination we can all be proud of.” The master plan will now go before the Washington State Department of Ecology for review and decisions on shoreline permitting.

“It’s going to be really exciting to see this develop into what will be its future,” said Vancouver’s Downtown Association Executive Director Lee Rafferty. “There’s a very strong and wonderful history there, but the future is very bright, as well, and I think Vancouver’s downtown is going to be much better off because we have strong partners at the port.”

Container Record Set

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles became the port with the most container throughput in the western hemisphere last week when it welcomed its nine millionth TEU in 12 months with Evergreen Line’s Ever Sigma container ship.

"Nine million TEUs is a major milestone for Los Angeles, and it’s only fitting that Evergreen Line, a longstanding customer, discharged the box that set this new Western Hemisphere record," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. "Their operation in Los Angeles is an example of how our customers and supply chain partners are continually adapting to the changing dynamics in the marketplace."

The 12 months measured for this new record is based on the port’s fiscal year, which spans from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

"As a Port of Los Angeles tenant and partner for more than 50 years, Evergreen is proud to be the shipping line that delivered the nine millionth TEU during this 12-month period," said Evergreen, Roy Amalfitano, Vice Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp. "Congratulations to everyone involved, including captain and crew of the Ever Sigma, the ILWU labor workforce and the Everport terminal management team in Los Angeles. Los Angeles remains an important and strategic gateway for Evergreen, and we look forward to growing our business via the Port of Los Angeles."

In 2006, Los Angeles became the first port to go beyond eight millions TEUs in annual throughput.

San Diego Development Deadline

By Karen Robes Meeks

Stakeholders will have more time to provide feedback on the future of waterfront development. The Board of Port Commissioners for the Port of San Diego agreed to extend the timeline of the Port Master Plan Update to allow more input of key policy issues.

As a result, the Draft Port Master Plan Update is expected to be released in October.

“We are focused on completing a Port Master Plan Update with clear guidance on land use that will give greater certainty to developers and other plan users going forward,” said Port Commissioner Ann Moore. “As we pursue this worthy goal, we want to do it right and that means taking the time we need to engage our stakeholders.”

About 6,000 acres encompasses the Integrated Planning initiative, a roadmap for baywide planning and development for the next 50 years. That initiative will result in an update to the Port Master Plan, which will “create certainty for developers and other community members by codifying a vision for how future projects will fulfill public goals, including public realm uses such as parks,” according to the port.

For more, visit https://www.portofsandiego.org/integrated-planning.html.

San Pedro Bay Clean Air Plan

By Karen Robes Meeks

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles plan to release their joint draft Clean Air Action Plan 2017 Update on July 19.

The public will have until September 18 to weigh in in writing, in addition to a workshop for public comment scheduled for 5 p.m. on August 30 at Banning’s Landing, 100 E. Water St. in Wilmington.

Adopted in 2006, the plan is the twin port’s living blueprint for improving the region’s air quality by curbing the pollution generated by operations at the ports. That includes pushing for cleaner equipment and procedures for vessels, trains and trucks.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia strengthened their commitment to the landmark plan, which includes initiatives to further lower at-berth emissions and start a zero emissions drayage truck pilot program in the coming years.

Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners will meet in November to approve the final CAAP 2017 Update. For more, visit www.cleanairactionplan.org or email caap@cleanairactionplan.org.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pick for Port

By Karen Robes Meeks

Interested in weighing in on who will lead the Port of Seattle?

The public has until today, June 23, to participate in an electronic survey on selecting the port’s next executive director to replace Ted Fick who resigned in February.

“The Port of Seattle is one of our region’s greatest public assets, and we want our next executive leader to have a strong public service ethic,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, who co-chairs with Commissioner Fred Felleman the hiring selection process. “We encourage the public to be a part of this process from the very beginning.”

The port commission hired Seattle executive search firm, Herd Freed Hartz, to conduct a regional search. The next executive director, who is expected to be selected in the fall, will lead a port with roughly 1,800 employees and a $1 billion budget. “The executive director will lead the port staff and execute the commission’s vision that port assets generate strong financial returns while creating economic opportunities that are socially responsible and broadly shared throughout the region and protecting our environment,” Gregoire said. “Selection of a publicly minded new executive committed to these priorities is essential to the port’s long-term success in serving the diverse communities of King County.”

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PortSearch.

New San Diego Commissioner

By Karen Robes Meeks

Michael Zucchet became the newest Port of San Diego commissioner when he took the oath of office June 15.

He joins the seven-member board, three of which represent San Diego, and one each for the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City. Zucchet was appointed to represent San Diego.

Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, chairman of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, welcomed him on behalf of the commission and said he looks forward to Zucchet’s perspective and expertise.

“Mr. Zucchet brings a wide array of skills and interests that will benefit our communities, the environment, our businesses, and most importantly, our residents and visitors to the San Diego waterfront,” Valderrama said.

Zucchet is general manager of the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, the union representing city workers. He previously worked for the Utility Consumers’ Action Network, and for the San Diego City Fire Fighters as legislative and community affairs director. Additionally, he represented District 2 on the San Diego City Council.

Zucchet, who earned a master’s degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University, was a renewable energy economist with the Energy Information Administration of the United States Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He also worked with Santa Barbara nonprofit Environmental Defense Center and was president of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters.

“Mr. Zucchet’s public sector experience and background in environmental economics will serve us well as we approach the final stages of our Port Master Plan update,” said Rafael Castellanos, vice chairman of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “His expertise will complement and increase the Commission’s capability as we strive to balance the diversity of interests on our vibrant waterfront.”

Port of Portland Development

By Karen Robes Meeks

On June 14, the Port of Portland Commission approved the sale of 19 acres of Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park (TRIP) to the Clayco real estate development, one of the nation’s largest real estate developers whose clients include Pfizer, Coleman, Amazon and Walgreens.

Clayco’s preliminary site concept features a 344,000-square-foot facility that can accommodate up to four industrial users for manufacturing, distribution and offices, according to the port.

The sale is the latest in the revitalization of TRIP, a 700-acre brownfield redevelopment. Earlier this year, the port approved the sale of 74 acres for an Amazon fulfillment center, bringing 1,500 jobs.

“This investment is another example of TRIP’s evolution from a brownfield site into a thriving job center,” said Keith Leavitt, port chief commercial officer. “We expect this development to follow suit in attracting nationally known companies that will bring quality jobs to our region.”

Once home to the Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum plant, the industrial park had been declared a Superfund site in 1994 and remained inactive. When the Port purchased the property in 2007, it was annexed into the city of Troutdale and cleaned up by Alcoa. So far, the port and stakeholders have spent more than $130 million to buy and redevelop the site, including a 90-acre wetland mitigation area, according to the port.

“Within the dynamic Pacific Northwest market, the TRIP development is a premier site that enhances our industrial portfolio,” Clayco Western Region Vice President John Banchero said.

“We see significant opportunity in the site with close proximity to the FedEx Ground hub, the Amazon fulfillment center, I-84 and the Troutdale Airport. When completed, the state-of-the-art facility and its location are guaranteed to attract today’s top modern industrial, logistics and fulfillment users.”

High Speed Bow Thrusters

By Karen Robes Meeks

The bow thrusters within San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s newest high-speed catamaran ferry came from marine electronics design and manufacturing company WESMAR.

The longtime marine electronics and thruster manufacturing company installed its WESMAR system into Hydrus, a 135-foot, 400-passenger ferry that was delivered to the transportation authority last month.

The ferry features two WESMAR hydraulic V2-12 dual prop, counter rotating bow thrusters, one in each hull. Each system includes three control stations in the pilothouse.

The system is designed to give extra power needed for high-speed ferries such as the Hydrus, which operates at a service speed of 27 knots.

The WESMAR’s were installed for dockside maneuvering and to assist with on and off-loading, critical to achieving fast turnaround times, ensuring ferry runs stay on schedule.

“The Hydrus and the additional vessels coming on-line over the next few years will help us meet the increased need for ferry service and realize our strategic plan: a robust network of 44 vessels, serving five times today’s ridership by 2035, with wait times of 15 minutes or less during peak commute hours,” said Nina Rannells, executive director of the transportation authority. Hydrus will travel the Central Bay routes of San Francisco to Alameda, Oakland and Harbor Bay. It’s the first of four ferries to join the fleet in three years. All will have the same design and be equipped with WESMAR systems, according to the company.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kalama Methanol Permits Approved

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Kalama has secured two key permit approvals from the Washington Department of Ecology that would allow for the construction of a proposed facility for manufacturing and exporting methanol.

The state department recently approved a conditional use permit and granted water quality certification for the project, which would be built on about 100 acres of industrial property at the north end of the port’s marine industrial park.

The methanol plant and marine terminal project is allowable under the state’s Shoreline Management Act and Cowlitz County’s shoreline master program as long as it meets environmental protection standards, according to the state.

The facility is expected to produce up to one million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year to make methanol from natural gas. Under the conditional use permit, the port and Northwest Innovation Works will need to lessen greenhouse gas emissions that come from the methanol plant by 1.7 percent annually from the first year it is fully operational until emissions level off in 2035.The port says most of emissions associated with the condition are outside shoreline jurisdiction and added that the project would significantly lower GHG emissions by using Ultra-Low-Emission gas methanol instead of coal methanol.

The permit also requires putting in place on-site dredge disposal standards to protect water quality since the plant would be built near the Columbia River, though the methanol plant would have a system that recycles manufacturing process water to avoid discharges to the nearby river.

These permits are part of several more the port will need in order to construct the facility.

The marine terminal – which would be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama – would be used mainly by Northwest Innovation Works and available to other ships for lay berth use, according to the port. It would feature a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a stormwater system. Methanol vessels coming to the terminal would be able to hook up to pollution-reducing shore power.

According to the state department, the facility would be able to produce 10,000 metric tons of methanol daily from natural gas once operational.

New Long Beach Fireboat Stations

By Karen Robes Meeks

Long Beach harbor commissioners last week agreed to invest in the construction of two new fireboat stations by approving engineering design services for the projects.

Commissioners approved $50.1 million for Fireboat Station No. 15 to be built on the Main Channel and $51.6 million for Fireboat Station No. 20, which will be constructed in the port’s Inner Harbor.

“These fireboat stations will safeguard the Port and our customers in this new era of big ships,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “They will provide the best waterside response possible, maximize landside firefighting coverage and serve as a home for our new, state-of-the-art fireboats. With ships more than doubling in size in the last decade and cargo traffic breaking monthly records, this is a needed upgrade to Port safety.”

Each fireboat station will feature living quarters, a garage for firefighting equipment and a full waterside wharf with enclosure for the fireboat. They will also include water- and energy-efficient technology and other environmental-friendly features.

Station No. 15 is expect to be completed in 2020, with Station No. 20 opening a year later.

Port of Los Angeles Suggests Air Quality Measures

By Karen Robes Meeks

An updated draft environmental impact report released Thursday by the Port of Los Angeles is suggesting a series of sustainable measures to curb “unavoidable significant impacts in air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and ground transportation” at China Shipping’s terminal at Berths 97-109.

This supplemental draft updates a 2008 environmental impact report (EIR) that was created when China Shipping North America affiliate West Basin Container Terminal wanted to expand its terminal, which the port approved. The project was completed in 2013.

To offset the impacts, the EIR called for China Shipping to purchase cleaner cargo handling equipment and zero emissions trucks, and conduct a yearlong zero emissions demonstration with at least 10 pieces of cargo-handling equipment.

But according to the Daily Breeze, the L.A. port said in 2015 that many of the clean-air requirements have not yet happened.

This draft report evaluates the terminal’s continued operation under adjusted mitigation measures, considering that cargo movement is higher now than it was in 2008.

Modified measures would include that ships must be able to use alternative maritime power (such as shore power) while docked at the port by January 1, participate in the vessel speed reduction program and replacing diesel-powered equipment with electric models.

The public has a chance to weigh in on the draft report until July 31. An open meeting will take place on July 18 at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro. For a copy of the draft EIR, visit https://www.portoflosangeles.org/EIR/ChinaShipping/DSEIR/dseir_china_shipping.asp

Customs Offers Cross-Border Agreements

By Karen Robes Meeks

More than a dozen California and Washington-based businesses and agencies have been tentatively selected by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for new reimbursable service agreements designed to promote economic growth in cross-border trade throughout the nation, the CBP announced recently.

These agreements – made possible through Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 – allow selected entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services such as customs, agricultural processing, border security services and support services at ports of entry.

Those tentatively selected for these partnerships include:
  • APM Terminal Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • California Cartage Company (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • California United Terminals, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • Eagle Marine Services, Ltd (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • FCL Logistics, LTD (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • International Transportation Services, Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.);
  • Long Beach Container Terminal LLC (Long Beach, Calif.);
  • Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District (Hueneme, Calif.);
  • Price Transfer, Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.);
  • Price Transfer, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • Total Terminals International, LLC (Long Beach, Calif.);
  • Total Terminals International, LLC (Seattle, Wash.);
  • TraPac, LLC (Los Angeles, Calif.);
  • West Basin Container Terminal (Los Angeles, Calif.); and
  • Yusen Terminal LLC (Los Angeles, Calif.)

“With increasing demands placed on CBP operations across the nation, innovative solutions like the Reimbursable Services Program allow us to keep pace while ensuring the safety and security of the travelers and cargo arriving to the United States,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “The selection of these new partners reinforces CBP’s commitment to supporting opportunities for economic advancement and increased service.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Busy Box Month for Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles reported the busiest May in its 110-year history, moving 796,216 TEUs last month, according to latest numbers released by the port Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

That’s 3.4 percent more than in May 2016, which had also been a record month.

The port handled 413,021 TEUs in imports last month, a 3.1 percent increase from the same time last year, and 169,639 TEUs in exports, a 4.4 percent jump from May 2016.

In the first five months of 2017, total cargo volumes are 3.75 million TEUs, an 8.5 percent spike when compared to the same period in 2016.

“We continue to see balanced year-over-year growth both on the import and export side of our operations,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. “With nearly one million jobs — one in nine jobs in the region — tied to San Pedro Bay port complex operations, we continue to focus on supply chain efficiency, optimization and sustainability.”

“Zero” Emissions Goals for LA, LB

By Karen Robes Meeks

Mayors representing the nation’s two busiest seaports spoke Monday, June 12, 2017, of aggressive goals to invest in clear air technology and transition the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach toward zero emissions.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia appeared at San Pedro’s downtown harbor to sign a joint declaration strengthening their commitment to the landmark Clean Air Action Plan, including plans to further lower at-berth emissions and start a zero emissions drayage truck pilot program in the coming years.

“Our ports are the engines that power our economy — they must also be the forces that drive our region toward a greener, more sustainable future,” Garcetti said. “I am proud to stand with my fellow Climate Mayor Robert Garcia today, as we renew our commitment to cleaning our air, and moving boldly toward our goal of zero emissions goods movement at the ports.”

Garcetti and Garcia are among the 292 mayors who are part of Climate Mayors, leaders who endorse adopting in their cities the goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement. The group, which Garcetti co-founded in 2014, has quadrupled since President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the US from the Paris agreement.

Garcetti and Garcia also launched a new Climate Mayors initiative called the Green Ports Collaborative, which would bring together cities and ports to establish shared environmental standards, demonstrate future demand for zero emissions equipment and trucks, work with manufacturers to produce the vehicles and technologies needed, and take other collaborative action to green ports across the US.

“With the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ranked as the nation’s two largest ports, it is crucial to double down on our commitment to combating climate change by achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and by committing to zero emissions goals for the Clean Air Action Plan,” Garcia said. “The success of our Ports has proven that you don’t have to choose between the environment and the economy. I look forward to working with Mayor Eric Garcetti and making our cities models for climate action.”

The twin ports, which generate $398 billion of economic activity annually, will announce a timeline and process for CAAP within 15 days, and complete the update of the plan by November. A CAAP Implementation Stakeholder Advisory Group made up of government, maritime, community and other stakeholders will be formed to oversee the 2017 update.

Strong May for Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach reported on Monday June 12, a strong May for goods movement, handling 648,287 TEUs for a 1.2 percent increase from the same period last year.

Port officials are in part crediting new vessel-sharing alliances for last month’s cargo movement, which had been the port’s second-highest May in a decade.

"Last May was a great month, so we're encouraged that we did even better this year," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. "Our strong belief is that if we continue to build the most modern facilities of any port in the United States and provide the best service, the customers will come."

The port also moved 336,594 TEUs in imports, 1.8 percent more than May 2016. Meanwhile, it handled 14.3 percent fewer export containers, with 118,786 TEUs.

For the first five months of 2017, cargo traffic has risen 4.1 percent in Long Beach.

"The new alliances are making more efficient use of our terminals with their deployments," said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. "Beyond that, the strong U.S. dollar is growing our imports, but not helping our exports. Still, we’re in line with our projections for the year, and the Port is in a strong position as we head into the peak season."