Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Long Beach to Develop Microgrid

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach will develop a $7.1 million microgrid at its Joint Command and Control Center.

Schneider Electric will develop and create the microgrid. The project will also include a workforce development training component in partnership with Long Beach City College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

According to the port, the project – funded in part through a $5 million California Energy Commission grant – will include the building of a solar carport, a stationary storage system and a mobile storage system that can be deployed in the event of an outage at the port replacing diesel generators.

“Ensuring a stable supply of energy is crucial to the zero-emissions future the Harbor Commission envisions for the Port of Long Beach,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue.

Long Beach will gather and analyze data from the microgrid demonstration over a 12-month period and share that information with other California seaports.

“Our terminals are increasingly using electric equipment to move cargo and we will need to build more energy resiliency into these operations,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “This project will help us learn more about how to keep the power, and cargo, flowing.”

Busy September for Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland handled 168,289 imported TEUs in September beating its previous 2006 record of 158,320 TEUs.

This is a five percent increase from the same period last year. It follows a record August, which posted a 9.2 percent increase over August 2017. Oakland is on track to record its best peak season numbers.

Officials attribute the great import numbers to a strong domestic economy and consumer spending.

“We’re encouraged by this outcome and guardedly optimistic that the trend will continue throughout peak season,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Economic indicators lead us to believe that import volumes should remain healthy.”

Cutter Active Seizes $87 Million

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard Cutter Active returned home to Port Angeles, Washington, on Friday, October 12 following a 50-day counter-drug enforcement assignment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During that period, the 75-crew members intercepted three suspected smuggling ships, stopping the flow of 5,794 pounds of drugs valued at more than $87 million.

Active was supported by an Air Station Port Angeles aircrew and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter for most of the patrol while two members of the Chilean Navy were aboard for the deployment.

The 210-foot Cutter Active, which operate under the tactical Coast Guard District Eleven’s control, supports the Joint Interagency Task Force-South. It handles nine of the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions, which include search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries enforcement and homeland security.

Port of Olympia Seeks Citizen Volunteers

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Olympia Commission is looking for residents who wish to serve on its Citizens Advisory Committee.

The group is comprised of nine to 13 volunteers who gather monthly to provide recommendations to the Port Commission. Members may be asked to participate, in collaboration with staff, in various port programs and projects.

Applicants must live in Thurston County. Factors such as work, volunteer, board or committee experience, knowledge of the port and reasons for serving will be considered. Application must be received by Nov. 5.

Interviews will be conducted by the Port Commission President, the Interim Executive Director and the Chair of the committee. Recommendations will be forwarded to the commission in mid-December.

Visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portofolympia for more information.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Long Beach Containers Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach handled more than eight million TEUs this fiscal year ending Sept. 30, a 10.7 percent jump from the same period last year, according to the latest port’s numbers.

Even though volumes were flat, the port handled 701,204 TEUs, making it its second-busiest September ever. Meanwhile, imports fell 2.5 percent to 357,301 TEUs and exports dipped three percent to 121,561 TEUs.

“We are poised to break our calendar year record at the end of December,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Despite the tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing, international trade is showing resilience, and at our Port we are providing a conduit for commerce that’s efficient for our customers and getting their cargo to destinations faster, saving them money.”

Eagle to Soar at Camas-Washougal

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Camas-Washougal will unveil a large bronze eagle statue on a pedestal in a special ceremony on Oct. 24. The 10-foot-tall piece created by artist Heather Soderberg-Green will be dedicated at 11 a.m. at the Washougal Waterfront Park, located at 56 South 1st Street in Washougal, Washington.

"We are very excited to bring to the community this beautiful bronze sculpture," said David Ripp, port executive director. "Art is such an integral part of our community and its rich history."

For more information about the event, call Executive Assistant Yvette Winden at 360-835-8098 or email Yvette@portcw.com.

Comments Solicited on Kilisut Harbor Bridge

By Karen Robes Meeks

US Coast Guard officials are asking the public to provide input on a Washington State Department of Transportation proposal to build a replacement bridge across Kilisut Harbor in Jefferson County.

The transportation agency wants to take out the current bridge, which consists of two culverts and causeway, and put in a new non-moveable bridge made of four, 110-foot long spans and supported by three bents. For more information visit www.navcen.uscg.gov/D13BN.

To weigh in on the project, contact the bridge administrator Steve Fischer via email at steven.m.fischer3@uscg.mil or call 206-220-7282 by no later than Oct. 31.

Port of San Diego Commuter Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently honored the Port of San Diego with a Gold Tier iCommute Diamond Award for Excellence in Commute Programs for Fiscal Year 2018.

The award spotlights area employers who enact alternative commute programs. During the 2018 fiscal year, the port hosted and promoted a Bike to Work Day, took part in National Rideshare Week, set up an informational booth at the port’s annual Health & Sustainability Fair for employees and offered an alternative workweek schedule and reimbursements for workers who use public transit and vanpools.

“We are honored to be recognized by SANDAG for our efforts to encourage Port employees to take alternative and environmentally friendly modes of transportation,” said Rafael Castellanos, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Among our many Green Port initiatives, our participation in the iCommute Diamond Awards Program is a no-brainer. Not only does it mean cleaner air for the San Diego region, but it will also help us meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals established in our Climate Action Plan.”

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Port of San Diego Reeling from Cyber Attack

By Karen Robes Meeks

In a statement release on October 4, the Port of San Diego confirmed that it is still recovering from a cybersecurity attack that occurred Sept. 25.

Chief Executive Officer Randa Coniglio said that the port “remains open for business and operations are continuing in the wake of a cybersecurity incident.”

“Since the incident was first reported, our port has handled calls from seven cruise ships and 10 cargo ships, processed biweekly payroll, and continued public safety operations as usual,” Coniglio said, adding that the Board of Port Commissioners will meet on Oct. 9 for its regular scheduled meeting.

“As this incident mainly impacted internal administrative functions, our services to our tenants and stakeholders have been generally uninterrupted, with the following minor exceptions: park permits cannot be accepted online, and public records requests in some cases are taking longer than usual to process,” Coniglio said. “Public records continue to be provided in accordance with legal requirements. I appreciate the public's patience as we continue our recovery from this incident.”

Proposed Bridgework

By Karen Robes Meeks

US Coast Guard officials are asking the maritime stakeholders to weigh in on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. plan to construct a movable railroad bridge across Salmon Bay near Ballard Locks in Seattle, Wash.

The input will help the Coast Guard set the horizontal and vertical navigation requirements for the proposed bridge set to replace the current unlimited vertical clearance bascule bridge. The proposed vertical-lift bridge will have a finite vertical clearance which should be able to accommodate present and future vessels.

Comments must be submitted by Oct. 31 and sent to Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District by email at d13-pf-d13bridges@uscg.mil or by calling the bridge administrator’s office at 206-220-7282 or 7234.

Hueneme Gets CARB Funding

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Hueneme secured $3 million from the California Air Resources Board toward its ship-to-shore energy project, part of a joint application with the Port of Los Angeles. Hueneme port will match $200,000 in funding toward the project.

“This type of funding allows our ports to continue to lead the world in reducing emissions and implementing green initiatives,” said Mary Anne Rooney, president of the Oxnard Harbor District. “It was a pleasure to partner with the Port of Los Angeles on this application, as it is a great example of how two ports, two air districts, two counties, and various private partners can come together to make real positive impacts for our environment and local communities.”

Besides two electric yard trucks, the grant will fund the infrastructure needed to make charging electric cargo handling equipment possible, according to the port.

“The projects funded by this grant will lay the foundation for the next phase of green infrastructure and equipment at the port, which will support electric cranes, electric cargo handling equipment, and a hydrogen-fuel-cell truck dedicated to moving our customer’s fresh produce to the marketplace,” said Port Director and CEO Kristin Decas. “You will be seeing zero-emission avocados, bananas, and pineapples coming out of the Port soon!”

Longview Commissioner Baagason Resigns

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Longview Board Commission Vice-President Bob Baagason, who represents the 3rd Commission since being elected in 2007, turned in a formal resignation effective Sept. 30.

“Over the past ten-plus years, we accomplished a lot – including materially increasing the port’s revenue position with our cutting-edge grain terminal, improving the port’s economic impact within the community and significantly reducing property taxes to residents of the port district,” said Baagason. “It is a lasting legacy that I am proud to have had a role in.”

The commission now has 90 days to appoint a replacement. His term was set to expire at the end of 2019.

Friday, October 5, 2018

$50 Million to Test Zero Emissions

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach recently secured a $50 million grant from the California Air Resources Board to demonstrate a zero-emissions supply chain.

The port will test close to 100 pieces of zero-emissions terminal equipment and trucks at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Stockton, as well as create a near-zero emissions tugboat, deploy two clean ships and push workforce development programs.

“The Board of Harbor Commissioners envision a zero-emissions future in Long Beach,” said Board President Tracy Egoscue. “This project accelerates the commercialization for the technology we need to get there, incorporating seaports, terminal operators, equipment manufacturers, schools and universities from all around the state. The Harbor Commission is very thankful to the California Air Resources Board for seeing the potential in this project.”

The grant funds:
• Thirty-three zero-emissions yard tractors and one top handler
at Pier C
• Five electric trucks at Shippers Transport
• Two charging outlets at the Clean Trucks Program Center
• Two Matson container vessels with Tier 3 engines, and
• Harley Marine electric-drive tugboats

The demonstration will see a clean ship come to SSA Marine Pier C lead by an electric-drive tugboat and then plug into shore power. Battery-electric yard tractors and top handler cargo-handling equipment will move the cargo off the ship and put it on an electric truck to Shippers Transport, an off-dock container yard.

Oakland will receive nearly $9 million to be allocated toward 10 battery-powered trucks for port tenant Shippers Transport Express and five zero-emission yard trucks. The port also plans to invest up to $2 million toward building battery-changing stations.

“Our goal is to minimize the impact of containerized freight transportation on air quality,” said Richard Sinkoff, director of environmental programs and planning at the Port. “Zero-emission vehicles play a big role in that effort.”

The $102 million overall project is expected to be completed by June 2021 and includes $52 million in private and public matching funds.

Redwood City PortFest

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Redwood City is celebrating the waterfront with a free all-day community event on Oct. 6.

PortFest 2018 starts at 10 a.m. with a welcome ceremony featuring the Moffett Squadron Sea Cadet Color Guard, the West Bay Community Band, while Rep. Jackie Speier and Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain will address the crowd. Shortly after the ceremony, the Redwood City Fire Department Fireboat Sequoia Guardian will perform a water cannon display.

Festivities will also include live music, food trucks and booths, boat rides, children’s activities and other displays. The History Museum Woodside Store’s special interactive logging experience exhibit will celebrate the port’s history as a logging port in the 1800s.

Don’t miss the 45-minute harbor tours aboard the Robert G. Brownlee, as well as Working Waterfront tours and the opportunity to ride in a 16-person rowing barge.

PortFest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City waterfront on Seaport Court at Seaport Blvd.

Visit www.rwcportfest.com for more information.

Fish and Wildlife Personnel Evacuated

By Karen Robes Meeks

Four US Fish and Wildlife personnel have been evacuated off Johnston Atoll on Monday before the arrival of Hurricane Walaka, according to the US Coast Guard.

The four members of a field biology crew were working out of a year-round field camp on the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. They were picked up by a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point.

"Johnston Atoll is extremely remote and difficult to reach. Our resources place us in a position to lend assistance to our partners with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and we are glad [to] help,” said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, chief of response, Coast Guard 14th District. “We encourage anyone operating in the Pacific to keep an eye on the weather as this storm moves toward the Northwest Hawaiian Islands."

Johnston Atoll is in the central Pacific Ocean, between the Hawaiian Islands and the Line Islands.

"The safety of our staff and volunteers is always our primary concern," said Laura Beauregard, acting Refuge and Monument Supervisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. "We are grateful to our partners, US Coast Guard, for their assistance getting our folks back to Honolulu from one of the most remote field camps in the Pacific."

Gong to the Mattresses

By Karen Robes Meeks

More than 300 potentially unsafe mattresses were recently seized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Tacoma. The mattresses, which are valued at over $50,000, were pulled because of “consumer safety concerns for the flammability of materials used in the manufacturing process,” according to the CBP.

“CBP is focused on identifying and intercepting imported consumer products that do not meet our country’s consumer product safety standards,” said Mark Wilkerson, director of CBP’s Area Port of Seattle. “The enforcement of US consumer safety laws at our ports of entry is, and will continue to be, a high-priority. The importation of unsafe consumer products threatens the well-being of the American people and can damage the economy of the United States.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Port of Camas-Washougal Adds Acreage

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Camas-Washougal announced in August that it finalized purchase of the former Hambleton Lumber Co. site, an 11-acre property along the Columbia River near the port’s recreational boating marina.

Under the sale agreement, Killian Pacific sold 11 acres to the port to allow for more public access. In exchange, Killian was able to buy 8.5 acres of adjoining land from the port and plans to add housing to the Parkers Landing mixed-use expansion.

"I'm pleased we have been able to secure public access to the waterfront,” said Port Executive Director David Ripp. “What's more, this purchase will enable the port to directly connect our existing land to the east and provide a way for the community to enjoy amenities along the length of the port-owned waterfront once the Waterfront is developed. The port's mission, and its intent, is to maintain public access to the waterfront in any future development.”

Kalama Adding Tenants

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Kalama, Washington will soon welcome Bridger Steel and Marco Industries to its port.

Both businesses are moving into the Kalama River Industrial Park Building.

Bridger Steel, a manufacturer of panel systems that is used for roofing, siding and interior applications, is the first tenant the port secured for its new 110,000-square-foot industrial facility.

Bridger Steel is leasing 30,000-square feet of space for office and warehouse use, as well as 10,000-square feet of sheltered area for truck loading at Kalama River Industrial Park.

A grand opening event to welcome both businesses will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at 2550 Hendrickson Drive, Kalama River Industrial Park Building 7418.

Port of LA Project Wins Engineering Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers has named the Port of Los Angeles’s Harbor Boulevard and Plaza Park improvement project Outstanding Roadway and Highway Project of the Year 2018.

The project called for redesigning a three-street intersection at Harbor Boulevard, 7th Street and Miner Street in San Pedro to prepare the area for the new San Pedro Public Market, which is expected to open in 2020, according to the port.

The new intersection reconfiguration features new traffic signals, crosswalks and bike lanes for better public access to waterfront attractions.

“The Harbor Boulevard improvements have resulted in safer and more seamless traffic flow through the area, which is of particular importance as we gear up for the San Pedro Public Market,” said Tony Gioiello, the port’s deputy director of development. “This project has also greatly enhanced the aesthetics of the intersection, providing a new and welcoming commuter and pedestrian gateway to the LA Waterfront.”

Long Beach Will Tackle Global Warming

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is launching the World Ports Climate Action Program with ports in Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Barcelona, Antwerp and Vancouver, Canada in an effort to develop projects that tackle global warming and reach the greenhouse gas emissions-reducing goals of the Paris Agreement.

The program will specifically look at using digital tools to raise supply chain efficiency, pushing emissions reduction and speeding up renewable energy and other zero-emission efforts.

“This partnership helps to raise awareness about global warming throughout the port industry and ensures that we are working toward the same goals on an international scale,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “For us to make an impact, it really needs to be a global impact. Improving the air quality in Southern California is important, but we need to work together globally to make a real difference when it comes to dealing with climate change.”

Friday, September 28, 2018

Newer Trucks Required at San Pedro Bay Ports

By Karen Robes Meeks

Starting on Oct. 1, new trucks servicing the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles must be 2014 or newer, according to new provisions adopted by the twin ports in June.

The new mandate will only apply to trucks registering for the first time under the Port Drayage Truck Registry (PDTR). Trucks already in the PDTR as of Sept. 30 will still be able to work in the ports if they are current on their annual dues and comply with state emission rules. Registered trucks are 2007 and newer, with about half at least 2010 or newer models, according to the port.

This is part of the ports’ push to strengthen its pollution-fighting efforts through an update of its landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, which include moving toward zero-emission trucks by 2035.

Visit www.cleanairactionplan.org for more details.

New Port Angeles Coast Guard Pier

By Karen Robes Meeks

US Coast Guard and Port Angeles officials celebrated the new Transit Protection System pier and facilities in Port Angeles, Wash., earlier this month.

Situated on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, the 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle can berth up to seven boats, including patrol boats and submarine, and special warfare support ships.

The project also included getting rid of the former Icicle Seafoods laydown area and a rock jetty as well as building an above-ground 10,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tank, a 200-square-foot armory and an 8,200-square-foot space with sleeping quarters for up to 30 people, according to the Coast Guard, adding that 267 jobs were created from the pier project.

Cybersecurity Incident Hits San Diego Port

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of San Diego officials are working to recover from a serious cybersecurity incident that first disrupted its information systems Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer Randa Coniglio said Wednesday that “the port has mobilized a team of industry experts and local, regional, state and federal partners to minimize impacts and restore system functionality, with priority placed on public safety-related systems.”

Coniglio explained that the port has reported the disruption to the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services and the Harbor Police Department has alternative systems and procedures in place to shrink impact to public safety.

“Port employees are currently at work but have limited functionality, which may have temporary impacts on service to the public, especially in the areas of park permits, public records requests, and business services,” Coniglio said. The port will provide updates as information becomes available.

Olympia Seeks Executive Director

By Karen Robes Meeks

The search for a new executive director for the Port of Olympia is now open. The port posted the job description on its website earlier this week.

The winning candidate will manage a $10 million operating budget and 42 full time employees. The commission hopes to choose a new leader by the end of the year.

The former Executive Director Ed Galligan, who helmed the port since 2005, stepped down after the commission, desiring a directional change, placed him on administrative leave last spring. Airport Director Rudy Rudolph is serving as acting executive director while the search is underway.

Visit http://www.portolympia.com to apply or for more information.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hawaii Back Online After Olivia

By Karen Robes Meeks

Hawaiian harbors sustained minimal disruption following Tropical Storm Olivia and were able to open quickly after the storm, thanks to coordination efforts by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), US Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, the Captain of the Port and Hawaii Harbor Users Group.

“The protection of our state’s critical infrastructure requires the cooperation of many different agencies—from the FAA, and the airline industry to Federal Highways and emergency management at all levels of government,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay. “Our partners were all on standby during Olivia and we are thankful for their commitment to work together in emergencies.”

All commercial harbors resumed operations by 5 p.m. September 12.

“A key strategy in ensuring that cargo movement could resume as quickly as possible was the minimization of potential damage to harbor facilities,” according to the HDOT. “Prior to hurricane season, HDOT staff communicated with harbor users and made clear additional HDOT requirements to evacuate ports prior to Port Condition Zulu. These requirements, which include submission and HDOT approval of a heavy weather plan and confirmation of a tug assist for each vessel remaining in port, were reiterated to HDOT harbor users the week before the approach of Tropical Cyclone Olivia.”

Port of Los Angeles Joins International Organization

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles is the first US member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA). The organization was originally founded in 2011 as the European Port Community Systems Association before expanding in 2014 as an international association. Richard Morton, secretary general of IPCSA, said the organization is delighted to welcome Los Angeles.

“This is another exciting expansion of the membership and geographical reach of IPCSA, which started out as a European organization only seven years ago,” he said. “We look forward to sharing and exchanging knowledge with the Port of Los Angeles, which has pioneered the Port Optimizer over the past two years. IPCSA provides a platform for members from around the world to share and exchange experience and best practice in the smooth flow of information, to enhance cargo flow and trade facilitation.”

The association’s consultative status at the International Maritime Organization and the key role it plays in international standards meetings, including the World Customs Organization, ISO, UN/CEFACT and IATA, are important to the port, said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Our purpose in joining this elite global association is to enhance our efforts for a common understanding of how Port Community Systems operate and what they can deliver today and in the future,” he said. “IPCSA provides that platform.”

Long Beach Security Grant

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach will be able to boost security at its seaport, thanks to a nearly $4.2 million grant from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Maintaining security here is of vital importance to our local economy and the nation’s economy, and the Harbor Commission is appreciative of the federal funding for this effort,” said Tracy Egoscue, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

The grant will be used for security system maintenance, along with expanding and enhancing physical and cyber security capabilities at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

“These funds are critical to maintaining our robust security program,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “We are able to service and replace critical systems to keep our harbor safe from a wide variety of threats. We are thankful to our partners at the US Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their continued support.”

Oakland’s Busiest August

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland posted its busiest August in history last month when it moved 85,166 TEUs, according to latest port numbers. Imports also rose 9.2 percent over the same period last year, which the port attributes to strong consumer spending in the US.

Officials said the numbers bode well for the port as it prepares for the kick off of peak shipping season, the period between August and October when retailers replenish their shelves in anticipation of the holidays.

“We’re encouraged by the solid start to peak season, but there’s still uncertainty in the trade environment,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Let’s see what the next few months bring.”

According to the port, the total cargo volume for 2018 is up 3.3 percent compared to last year. If the trend continues, this could lead to a third straight year of all-time cargo volume record.

Friday, September 21, 2018

CARB Gives Port of Los Angeles $41 Million

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has been given $41 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) toward its Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project.

Supported by Toyota, Kenworth, and Shell, the project will help significantly lower emissions by creating a massive “shore to store” plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities. The initial phase of the project will cost nearly $82.6 million, with partners matching about half the funding. “The Port of Los Angeles is showing the world that we don’t need to choose between environmental stewardship and economic growth – and this funding will help put zero emissions goods movement within our reach,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I am grateful to CARB for this investment in America’s port, as we continue to lead the drive toward a more sustainable future.”

According to the Port of Los Angeles, the project will feature 10 new zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell-electric Class 8 on-road trucks on the Kenworth T680 platform to be developed by Kenworth and Toyota; two new large capacity heavy-duty hydrogen fueling stations to be developed by Shell in Wilmington and Ontario, and the expanded use of zero-emissions technology in off-road and warehouse equipment, including two zero-emissions yard tractors at the Port of Hueneme and zero-emissions forklifts at Toyota’s port warehouse.

“This matching grant from CARB’s California Climate Investments program is critically needed funding support to develop and commercialize the next generation of clean port equipment and drayage truck, as well as the infrastructure to support it,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This grant funds a public-private collaboration that is representative of our commitment to being a ‘market maker’ through collaborative technology and fuel infrastructure development with industry leaders like Toyota, Kenworth and Shell.”

Bill Passage Funds Coos Bay Infrastructure

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will receive close to $7 million toward maintaining the federal navigation channel and related infrastructure in the Coos Bay Harbor, thanks to the recent passage of HR 5895.

The port praised the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ranking member and Congressman Peter DeFazio, who has been advocating for the port’s multimodal infrastructure and the state’s transportation systems.

“Maintaining our maritime assets is crucial in retaining and promoting international trade in southwestern Oregon,” according to the port’s website. “The forestry industry in our port district supports thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly, meaning that the international trade through the maritime terminals in our harbor is critical in sustaining the local economy. Through his efforts on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman DeFazio is ensuring existing and future businesses in Oregon can thrive.”

Port of Everett to Sell Waterfront Site

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett Commission has agreed to sell a 13 acre-property on the Snohomish River in north Everett to Latitude Development, LLC.

The agreement includes a series of conditions that could delay the closing date by more than a year. To close the sale, the purchaser must first secure a high-quality tenant who will provide at least 10 jobs per acre.

As part of the agreement, the port will include land segregation (reserving the shoreline portions for the port), fix FEMA flood plain maps that incorrectly show portions of the site underwater, and seek a shoreline permit on the site’s master plan in conjunction with Latitude.

“Latitude Development, LLC appreciates the ports acceptance [of] our offer to purchase the Bay Wood Site,” Latitude Development Principal Dave Kessler said. “We are very excited for the opportunity to partner again with the port to bring jobs and businesses to the Everett Community.”

Port of Everett Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber praised the company.“Latitude has been a wonderful partner at the Riverside Business Park and has delivered on its commitment to the Port to create light-industrial, family wage jobs to support our community.”

“Bay Wood was the first property, along with Jetty Island, that the port bought when it was established as a Port District in 1918, so it is bitter-sweet that we are selling it during our Centennial year,” she added. “But the port’s priority is to transform underutilized, contaminated sites back into job creation centers and tax generators, and this sale will do just that.”

Olympia Seeks Community Input

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Olympia is inviting the community to weigh in on how the port should look and how it should function in the next 30 years.

The port has put out a survey as part of its Port Olympia Vision 2050, which will help guide the port in prioritizing what matters to its community.

As the port launched the survey last week it posted on its website, “The Port has been an integral part of community development in Thurston County for nearly a century. We understand our success is tied to our ability to implement defined community priorities. So, please share what matters most to you, and think big!” The survey period ends on October 31.

Please visit https://www.portolympia2050.org to take the survey or find out more information.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Everett Improvements Move Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

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

San Pedro Bay CAAP Meeting Rescheduled

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

Visit www.cleanairactionplan.org for more information.

Coos Bay Prioritizes Infrastructure

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

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

Oakland Emissions Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Vancouver USA Joins Effort to Replace I-5 Bridge

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Containers Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

More Ships Plugging in at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

New Security Director at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Casey Hehr is the Port of Long Beach’s new head of the Security Division.

Hehr, who has been with the port since November 2016, previously served as the assistant director of security before becoming acting director in March following the retirement of the previous director.

Before coming to the port, Hehr served with the US Coast Guard for more than two decades, retiring as the Chief of Operations and Response for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vancouver USA Reveals Redesigned Waterfront

By Karen Robes Meeks

The public will get its first look at Port of Vancouver USA’s preferred-alternative conceptual design for the Terminal 1 waterfront development on September 11.

The port will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. to display renderings and answer questions about the latest version of the project’s design, which was first presented back in May and underwent some fine-tuning following the initial meeting. The event will take place at the Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Washington.

Upon the Board of Commissioners’ design approval, the port can move forward on putting together cost estimates and plans to fund and phase the project.

Visit https://www.portvanusa.com/key-projects/waterfront-project/ for more details.

Long Beach Cargo Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

Cargo volumes fell 1.9 percent last month at the Port of Long Beach from the same period last year, moving 679,543 TEUs. Imports dropped 3.6 percent to 343,029 TEUs, while exports rose 1.9 percent to 119,546 TEUs. Empty containers also lost 1.1 percent to 216,968 TEUs.

August 2017 was a tough month to topple, considering it was one of the port’s busiest months in history.

“Our port’s decline in cargo over the last two months is in large part due to a realignment of ocean carrier alliance services and port calls,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Another factor is higher tariffs by the United States and China. Thus far, that appears to have helped increase traffic, as shippers act to beat duties imposed on goods this summer.”

Still, the port is on track to beat 2017, its record-breaking year. The port has handled 5.3 million TEUs so far this year, 9.4 percent more than the first eight months of 2017.

“The higher container volumes earlier this year showed the ability of international trade to bring prosperity and jobs to the US and world economies,” said Board of Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue.

Oakland Economy Would Benefit from Port Access Upgrades

By Karen Robes Meeks

Repairing the Port of Oakland’s Seventh Street entrance could mean $1 billion in economic output for the local economy, according to economists at Washington State University’s Freight Policy Transportation Institute.

WSU Associate Prof. Eric Jessup, who recently spoke to tree nut exporters at a US Department of Agriculture-sponsored symposium, concluded that the proposed $515 million project to separate freight rails from the street and expand underpass clearance could also mean 375 new jobs and a more efficient supply chain for US exporters, especially those sending farm goods overseas.

“In the past five years, the Port of Oakland is the No. 1 US port for containerized edible nut exports, but landside access inefficiencies constrain growth.” Jessup said, adding that Oakland moves 59 percent of all US edible nut exports.

Port and county officials hope to secure federal funding for the project, which is in the design phase. “These are high-value exports produced almost in our backyard,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “It’s important that we do a good job with the shipments because the industry depends on us to access foreign markets.”

USCGC Bertholf Returns to Alameda

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Alameda crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf recently ended a nearly 90-day deployment to the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California after taking part in Rim of the Pacific 2018, considered the largest multi-national naval exercise in the world.

According to the Coast Guard, twenty-five nations, 46 ships and five submarines, some 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel took part in the exercise, which required participants to aid and carry out several boardings, humanitarian response scenarios and war-at-sea exercises, which were designed to strengthen international relations with allied navies.

Bertholf served as the task force commander for the multi-national, Combined Task Force 175, which included naval units from Japan, the Philippines, Peru and France.

“The crew performed superbly, and we were able to show our Coast Guard skills with navies from around the pacific,” said Capt. John Driscoll, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Northwest Seaport Alliance Wins Logistics Management Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

Logistics Management’s 2018 Quest for Quality Awards recently ranked the Northwest Seaport Alliance second overall in the US West Coast category.

Winners were chosen by the magazine’s readers – logistics and transportation services industry specialists – who cast roughly 4,500 ballots each rating ports based on ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations.

“Since the formation of The Northwest Seaport Alliance in 2015, we’re incredibly honored to be recognized each year,” said Tong Zhu, NWSA’s chief commercial officer and chief strategy officer. “As we’re committed to delivering next-level service and providing customers with solutions to the changing demands of the international supply chain, we’ll continue to explore innovative partnership opportunities to support our customers and stakeholders.”

Long Beach Port Not Yet Meeting Clean Air Goals

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach’s latest emissions inventory showed that the seaport continues to exceed its 2023 clean air goals to lower diesel particles and sulfur oxides.

The 2023 goals seek a 77 percent reduction in diesel particulates, 93 percent drop in sulfur oxides and 59 percent cut back in nitrogen oxides.

Over the last 13 years, the port has launched a series of environmental initiatives, including the Clean Trucks Program, shore power for container vessels and the Green Flag Vessel Speed Reduction Program to help reach those objectives. Current inventory shows that the port has decreased diesel particulates by 88 percent, sulfur oxides by 97 percent and nitrogen oxides by 56 percent since 2005.

The results come at the heels of significantly high cargo movement; in 2017, containers volumes were up 11 percent over the previous year.

“The Port has already made dramatic reductions in emissions, but we will not be finished or satisfied until we achieve our community health, air quality, and long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue. “We know we’ve picked the so-called low-hanging fruit. That’s why the ambitious Clean Air Action Plan update passed last year leverages new technologies and fosters the development of new equipment to reach a zero-emissions goal in the terminals by 2030 and on the roads by 2035.”

Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said the port’s efficiency in moving containers measured by tons of emissions per TEU has improved by 23 percent since 2005.

“We are moving more cargo and creating more jobs with lessened environmental impacts,” he said.

New Response Boats for Alaska Coast Guard

By Karen Robes Meeks

Five new response boats have been delivered to US Coast Guard boat stations in Alaska this summer.

The boats replacing the older models are 29-foot Response Boat-Smalls, or Response Boat-Small IIs, which are outfitted with “high-speed, easily deployable platforms needed to execute a full range of Coast Guard missions close to shore,” and able to handle a variety of missions, according to the Coast Guard.

"We are very excited about acquiring these new boats, and the improved capabilities they offer," said Chief Warrant Officer Seth Carter, Station and Small Boat Manager for the 17th District in Juneau, Alaska. "Our crews will use these new boats to provide enhanced support to the Alaskan communities they serve."

Port of Oakland Wins FEMA Grant

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland has been awarded a $1.35 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program, the port said Wednesday.

The funding, which was announced last week by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, will go toward round-the-clock staffing of the Security Operations Center and further strengthen a security surveillance system.

This is the latest federal grant for the Port of Oakland. In the last two years, the port has received $3.17 million toward maritime security, including funding to upgrade its port truck management system to keep an even closer eye at trucks entering and departing marine terminals.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hawaii Ports Open for Business

By Karen Robes Meeks

With Tropical Storm Lane now downgraded, Hawaii’s commercial ports have reopened, most with limited impacts, according to the US Coast Guard.

“Restoring this vital commerce has been a top priority," said Capt. Michael Long, Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “Cargo vessels and barges offshore can bring in their cargo, cargo already at the port can be processed and distributed to Hawaii. We are continuing damage assessments.”

Teams from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and maritime industry were the first to be able to assess the ports and determined that they were safe to transit.

“Opening the ports on Hawaii Island was a positive first step,” Long said. “We’re pleased we were able to speed our other assessments along and appreciate the strong relationship with our partners to restore commerce.”

Navigation Improvements Studied at Tacoma

By Karen Robes Meeks

A feasibility study focused on improving navigation to the Blair and Sitcum waterways at the Port of Tacoma will soon be launched, thanks to a cost-sharing agreement recently inked between the Northwest Seaport Alliance and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The study will explore alternatives to better navigation, such as deepening federal channels that serve the port.

“With the signing of these documents today, we begin this project to deepen the South Harbor as part of our effort to develop what will be one of the deepest gateways in the nation,” said NWSA CEO John Wolfe. “We truly value our partnership with the Army Corps. It is vital for building a stronger trade gateway and keeping ship calls and the jobs they support in the Pacific Northwest and in the US.”

“The Port of Tacoma is a rapidly expanding major port,” USACE Seattle District Commander Col. Mark Geraldi said in a statement.

“Deepening the Blair and Sitcum waterways may result in cost and time savings, potentially lowering project operations and maintenance costs, as well as potentially allowing for the removal of draft restrictions for certain vessels,” he added. “This general investigation feasibility study will determine whether there is a federal interest in participating in modifying the existing waterways.”

Long Beach Nonprofit Grants Available

By Karen Robes Meeks

Local nonprofit organizations can now apply for Port of Long Beach’s Community Sponsorship Program grants that could help fund their activities.

According to the port, funding, which is expected to be handed out mid-November, will be awarded based on how the activities “can help the port inform the community of its critical role as an economic engine and jobs creator.”

Last spring, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners authorized $353,850 in the form of 124 sponsorships to community groups for activities ranging from the arts and environment to historic preservation and social justice.

The port is accepting applications until 5 p.m. on September 30. Visit www.polb.com/sponsorship to apply.

New Oakland Project Engineer

By Karen Robes Meeks

Thanh Vuong is the Port of Oakland’s new principal engineer in the Maritime Project Design and Delivery Department. The department handles more than$50 million worth of seaport capital projects annually and in excess of $1 billion worth of infrastructure upkeep.

In his new role, Vuong will oversee the port’s maritime capital improvement and maintenance programs, dredging and crane-related work as well as construction, maintenance and compliance activities.

“Thanh Vuong brings strong technical skills and successful project management experience to this position,” said Port of Oakland Director of Engineering Chris Chan. “His experience working with our maritime stakeholders will be critical as we continue to develop and enhance our seaport area in the years ahead.”

Vuong arrived at the port of Oakland eight years ago and was supervising engineer. He previously worked for Caltrans and the City of Fairfield. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UC Davis.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Roles for Leaders at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Richard D. Cameron is the Port of Long Beach’s new Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Development and Noel Hacegaba its new Deputy Executive Director of Administration and Operations.

The roles of longtime port leaders Cameron and Hacegaba were made official Monday when the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the promotion.

“Dr. Hacegaba and Mr. Cameron rose to the top of a wide range of qualified candidates from around the globe, and possess unique, complementary skills crucial for these leadership roles at the Port of Long Beach,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue. “The Board looks forward to working with Noel and Rick in their new positions.”

Cameron started at the port in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist before rising to Manager of Environmental Planning and later director of the newly formed Division of Environmental Planning. He became Managing Director in January 2014. Cameron helmed the division during some of the port’s important environmental initiatives, including the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Hacegaba joined the port in 2010 and serves as the senior executive tasked with creating and implementing business development strategies to increase port volume and revenue. In his latest function, Hacegaba led operations, customer service and security functions and was responsible for helping the port through the collapse of Hanjin, which based its largest terminal in Long Beach.

“I’ve worked with Rick and Noel for many years in my roles as Harbor Commissioner and Executive Director and they are among the best goods movement professionals in the industry,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We have much to accomplish in the years ahead, and this extremely experienced team will help the Port of Long Beach continue to thrive.”

Cargo Up, NOx Down at Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles saw nitrogen oxides emissions tumble 60 percent from 2005 emissions levels, its lowest level to date, according to the port’s 2017 Inventory of Air Emissions.

This latest figure comes as the port boasts its highest cargo volumes to date with 9.34 million TEUs. It also shows that the port has reached its 2023 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) goals, with diesel particulate matter falling 86 percent, and sulfur oxides down 98 percent.

“Our port is driving the global economy forward – and showing the world how we can produce record-breaking growth and protect the environment at the same time,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our progress on reducing emissions to just a fraction of our 2005 levels – while we ship more cargo than ever – is proof that our Clean Air Action Plan is working and exceeding expectations.”

Changes along the supply chain contributed to lowering emissions. The port saw fewer, but larger ships equipped with cleaner technology. Vessels also had to adhere to tighter rules that required them to use shore power and trucks and cargo-handling equipment had to be energy efficient.

“This is why cleaner technology and increased efficiency matter,” said Chris Cannon, Director of Environmental Management for the Port of Los Angeles. “Greenhouse gases come from burning fuel. The more cargo we move, the more CO2 emissions we generate, and greater the need to switch to cleaner low-carbon based equipment, while continuing to optimize port operations.”

Bellingham Welcomes Business

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Bellingham lauded the 17 new and expanding businesses at the port, many of which are benefiting from the Water Reliant Commercial Marine Rental Policy. They are among the more than 250 businesses operating at the port and employ Whatcom County residents.

The 2017 policy, created with the Working Waterfront Coalition, nurtures economic development and the marine trades industries that need marine access for their business.

The new businesses include Arvidson Marine Surveyors & Documentation Services, Bellwether Dental Cosmetic Dentistry, Ideal Wellness, Interior Doors & More, Kim Wiley Therapy, King Health Associates, Lakeside Marine, Livingspectrum Music, Moondance Kayak, Omni Property Management, On-Board Marine Services, and Washington Divers.

Expanding Businesses include LFS, Inc., Bellingham Cold Storage, NW Explorations, San Juan Sailing, and Top to Bottom.

Help Choose Olympia’s New Executive Director

By Karen Robes Meeks

Karras Consulting has been tapped to help the Port of Olympia search and select its new executive director and a recruitment plan is being developed.

The port is asking the community to weigh in on the selection by inviting the population to take a survey on what a potential candidate needs in terms of background and qualifications.

Residents will get a chance to meet finalists during a public forum in late 2018.

After serving 12 years, Executive Director Ed Galligan resigned after the port commission placed him on administrative leave. In June, the port said the move was necessary to make “a leadership change that would be instrumental in positioning the Port for the future.”

Galligan agreed to be available as an on-call consultant if necessary.

Airport director Rudy Rudolph will serve as port interim executive director while the search takes shape. Residents have until the end of October to visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V89P6JL and take the survey.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

More Oregon Ag Products for China

By Karen Robes Meeks

Thanks to a newly minted cooperation with hoopla Global, the Port of Portland and Oregon agricultural brands will reach even more Chinese consumers.

Founded in early 2017 to do away with the “hoopla” or barriers around exporting “Made in the USA” natural and organic consumer products, the Portland-based hoopla Global recently launched its flagship store on e-commerce JD.com, a major retailer in China, a move that makes Made in USA natural products accessible to the Chinese market.

“In my more than 30 years of doing business directly with China, I have never experienced this level of open market access for USA brands that JD is providing us,” said Stuart Follen, co-founder and chairman of hoopla Global. “Our flagship store on JD is the fulfillment of a dream to provide my Chinese friends and their friends with the trusted ‘Better for You’ products they could previously only get by hopping on a plane and traveling to the U.S.”

“JD.com is pleased to announce our partnership with hoopla Global and to offer Made in the USA natural and organic brands to our more than 300 million customers,” said Vicky Zhuang, general manager North America of JD.com.

“As we continue to grow our offering of U.S. brands, we look forward to expanding our cooperation with hoopla Global.”

“We are excited about this entrepreneurial launch by a Portland-based company to open international access for Oregon and other USA food makers,” said Keith Leavitt, chief commercial officer at the Port of Portland. “The intermodal rail service at Terminal 6 is an example of how we are offering hoopla Global and other local shippers another option to move their products to domestic and overseas markets,” he added.

Vancouver USA Strategic Plan

By Karen Robes Meeks

After nearly a year of workshops and meetings, the Port of Vancouver USA is reaching the home stretch and is asking the public to weigh in on the final draft of its strategic plan.

The public has until September 6 to submit comments either by attending Board of Commissioners meetings, sending comments by email to communityfeedback@portvanusa.com or mailing them to 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660.

In addition, residents can submit comments by contacting their commissioner directly. Visit http://www.portvanusa.com/commission/communicating-with-the-commission for more details.

The commission is expected to consider and adopt a final strategic plan at its September 11 meeting.

The draft plan and materials from all open houses and workshops can be found at www.portvanusa.com/key-projects/strategic-plan.

New Program for Students of Shipping

By Karen Robes Meeks

Thanks to a partnership between the Port of Long Beach and Long Beach City College, a new program has been created for students looking into a career in goods movement.

Long Beach Harbor Commissioners recently approved $60,000 to pay for the program’s first year of program as a pilot project.

The Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College will zero in on job programs in the global logistics and supply chain industries that need more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree, according to the port.

The Maritime Center will be teaming up with the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School on this outreach effort.

“Ports and other supply chain companies across the country and around the world are realizing the vital importance of developing a skilled maritime workforce to ensure the future of the goods movement industry,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “As always, the Port of Long Beach is in the education forefront.”

The training will concentrate on in-demand jobs such as warehouse and distribution supervisor, transportation supervisor, logistics and supply chain specialist, order processor, shipping and receiving clerk, and scheduler and operations coordinator.

“Long Beach City College (LBCC) and the Port of Long Beach have a strong partnership of working together to positively impact our community,” said Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan F. Romali. “At LBCC, we have been preparing our students to work in a complex global economy with ever-changing technology needs. This innovative partnership will truly change the lives of our students by providing them education and skills that will transition them from LBCC to the workforce.”

Oakland Cargo Increases

By Karen Robes Meeks

Cargo volume at the Port of Oakland rose 3.6 percent in July compared to a year ago, an increase the port attribute to more empty containers returning to Asia to be replenished with new products. Strong import activity earlier in the summer may have contributed to the rise in empty container volume, according to the port. Meanwhile, the amount of imported cargo dipped 0.6 percent, while exports fell 7.3 percent year-over-year.

Based on the current 2018 numbers, Oakland’s total container volume is up 2.5 percent from the same period a year ago. If the trend continues, the port is on track to set a new full-year volume record.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Toyota Developing Long Beach Facility

By Karen Robes Meeks

Toyota Logistics Services will be able to redesign its facility at Pier B at the Port of Long Beach to include a renewable energy fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station and further streamline its operations.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently blessed Toyota’s changes to the marine terminal where the company unloads vehicles from ships before processing and moving them by rail and truck.

“Toyota is one of our oldest customers,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We’ve grown together during a business partnership that’s almost a half-century old, and part of the reason we’ve remained successful is recognizing the need to invest in modernization projects like this to improve our operations.”

The 18-month project, expected to start later this year, will corral office, car washing, fueling, auto body and other facilities in one central building. It will also include the construction of a 2.3-megawatt fuel-cell power plant and a new fueling station offering hydrogen.

“Toyota is demonstrating hydrogen fuel as a viable alternative for fueling vehicles,” said Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue. “The example they are setting at the Port of Long Beach should be applauded not only by the goods movement industry, but by everyone who wants a sustainable present and future for our planet.”

Oakland to Develop Logistics Complex

By Karen Robes Meeks

This fall, the Port of Oakland will start construction on its highly anticipated Seaport Logistics Complex.

“This is our future,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “The Seaport Logistics Complex will give freight shippers the opportunity to manage international supply chains right next door to the rail yards and marine terminals where their cargo is transported.”

The complex, which already features a $100 million rail yard that opened in 2016, will eventually house multiple buildings for warehousing or distribution. The campus will include CenterPoint Properties’ 440,000-square-foot CenterPoint Landing, a $52 million facility that is expected to open by summer 2020 at Maritime and 14th Street.

Everett Starts Terminal Modernization Project

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, the Port of Everett broke ground on its $36 million South Terminal Modernization project, the port’s largest capital project in history by dollar value.

The project allows the port to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new [Boeing] 777X.

“I find it fitting that as we celebrate the Port of Everett’s centennial year in 2018, we continue to be forward-thinking, preparing the Port’s infrastructure to carry us into our next 100 years,” said Glen Bachman, Port of Everett commission president. “Completing critical infrastructure upgrades like this will better position the Port and its facilities to handle the larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett, including aerospace parts for the new 777X and other opportunities on the horizon.”

The South Terminal facility project calls for fortifying the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure and upgrading the wharf’s electrical capabilities. When it is done, the dock will be strong enough to support a pair of 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shore power while at the dock.

The project will bring more jobs, prosperity and commerce to the waterfront,” said Port of Everett Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber. “Since 2015, the Port has invested millions of dollars to adapt its facilities to support the next generation of shipping, and this major infrastructure investment is a continuation of that effort. This project has come to fruition thanks to the strong, reliable and forward-thinking leadership of our Port Commission and the continuous support of our project partners at the local, state, federal and tribal levels.”

Los Angeles Posts Busiest July

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles posted its busiest July ever last month, moving 833,568 TEUs, boasting a 4.6 percent increase over July 2017.

Los Angeles also processed 438,165 TEUs in imports, a five percent jump from the same period last year, while handling 8.4 percent more exports with 167,992 TEUs.

“With a robust economy and cargo owners moving goods ahead of expected tariffs, our terminal operators, labor force and supply chain partners seamlessly moved a record amount of cargo across our docks,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “That speaks to the efficiency, speed, reliability and service that are the hallmarks of the Port of Los Angeles.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kalama Methanol Permits Reinstated

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Shorelines Permits for the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility (KMMEF) methanol production plant has been reinstated by a judge, a move that clarifies what needs to be studied in the supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS), according to the Port of Kalama.

Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge James Warning made the reinstatement, allowing the port to focus on revising the Greenhouse gas (GHG) impact analysis while keeping in place the rest of the EIS pending the GHG review.

“We’re pleased the Shorelines Permits are reinstated—this important decision appropriately narrows and focuses the Shoreline Board’s EIS remand order, consistent with what the law requires,” said Port Executive Director Mark Wilson. “Ambiguity about what the law requires, related to greenhouse gas emissions, has been a challenge.”

Northwest Innovations Works, LLC wants to develop and run a natural gas-to-methanol production plant and storage facility on about 90 acres at the port. The project would feature a methanol plant, a gas pipeline lateral, and a new marine terminal.

APL Guaranteed Delivery Makes First Call

By Karen Robes Meeks

The inaugural APL’s “time-guaranteed” cargo delivery service, Eagle Express X, arrived at the Port of Los Angeles last week.

According to the port, the new weekly service from China to Los Angeles allows for faster transit option, running 11 days from Shanghai and 12 days from Ningbo with attractive origin cutoffs and 100 percent guaranteed space and equipment.

Upon arrival in Los Angeles, containers under this service are loaded onto a reserved smart chassis and sent to a dedicated yard for availability the same day. No appointments are needed to access exclusive EXX gates.

“We’re excited to celebrate the first arrival of APL’s new Eagle Express X service to the Port of Los Angeles,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Given our port’s commitment to customer service, superior infrastructure and a labor force that can adeptly handle a speed-to-market premium service, the Eagle Express X is yet another way that we are responding to the evolving needs of our cargo customers.”

APL will also have “White Glove Customer Service” teams in Asia and Nashville for its North America customers.

“APL is always looking for ways to provide differentiated services for our customers,” said Ed Aldridge, president of APL, North America. “The Eagle Express X is our new initiative, which provides our valuable customers with a cost-efficient air freight alternative for its urgent cargo and a first-class service for its ocean shipments from origin to destination. The customer support for this new expedited service has been both exceptional and exciting.”

Oakland Environmental Construction Grants Available

By Karen Robes Meeks

Oakland area residents looking at a career in the environmental construction trades may benefit from a $70,000 grant from the Port of Oakland.

In an effort to meet the future labor demands of port development projects, the port recently awarded the grant to Oakland-based Rising Sun Energy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to aiding low-income adults obtain careers in the construction, energy efficiency, and solar industries.

“The Port is excited to work with Rising Sun Energy Center as we continue to expand our community partnerships to prepare local residents for careers in construction,” said Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Division Director Amy Tharpe. “They specialize in developing a sustainable workforce pipeline into eco-friendly industries.”

The money comes from a project labor agreement stipulation that requires port contractors to pay into a Social Justice Trust fund that nurtures workforce development.

Groups such as Cypress Mandela Training Center, Youth Employment Partnership and the West Oakland Job Resource Center have received about $560,000 since 1999.

“We look forward to working with the Port to provide good-paying local jobs,” said Rising Sun Energy Center Executive Director Jodi Pincus. “Our eco-literacy training will prepare workers for jobs that are currently in demand.”

Long Beach Master Plan Meeting Scheduled

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach will host a meeting to garner feedback for an environmental study of an update to its Master Plan–a document that outlines long-term goals and policies for land use and development.

The master plan was last updated in 1990. This revised version will reflect recent changes in the industry and include previous amendments to the plan.

The August 30 meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach, Calif., with an open house scheduled for 6 p.m.

Can’t attend the meeting? Send comments on what environmental issues should be tackled in the study by September 10 to Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815, or to ceqa@polb.com.

Visit www.polb.com/masterplanupdate for more information.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Coos Bay Rail Bridge Still Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

Efforts by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay to repair the Coos Bay Swing Span bridge back to rail service continue in earnest.

After choosing a construction firm and steel parts fabricator to finish the needed repairs to the structure and seeing that preliminary construction plans are done, the port is working with contracted engineering consultants on design plans for “a temporary shoring and jacking system…to preserve the surrounding components of the bridge during repairs,” according to the port.

The bridge, a vital link that connects Oregon products to the National Railway Network and the port, has been closed to rail traffic since April following a structural failure. It is expected to reopen this fall.

Port of Grays Harbor Acquires Graving Dock

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Grays Harbor will soon own a 55-acre property in Aberdeen–the former site of the 520 Floating Bridge Construction project – that will prove advantageous to its operations.

The port won the property – which has sat idle since the 2015 completion of the project – after submitting a $4.52 million bid at a recent auction on the former Pontoon Casting Basin at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s surplus property.

The port commission has given Executive Director Gary Nelson the authority to move forward on the contract, which requires a 15 percent down payment and spans 20 years at 8 percent.

“We are excited to add this strategic piece of property to the Port’s portfolio,” shared Commission President Jack Thompson. “There is no other piece of property on the Harbor with rail access and industrial waterfront adjacent to the port’s existing marine terminal operations. The pontoon site has long been considered by the port as a strategic piece of property to increase the community’s international trade position. By applying the port’s business model of working with private investors to develop sites we are confident the property will be back to generating economic activity for the community soon.”

Long Beach Volumes Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach dropped 4.4 percent last month from the same period last year, according to the latest released numbers.

The port handled 688,457 TEUs last month, a decline port officials claim is caused by shifts in vessel service and the escalation of tariffs that threaten to slow trade activity.

Imports also fell 8.2 percent to 347,736 TEUs and exports were down five percent to 119,747 TEUs.

Even with the latest drop, the port is on track to record its busiest year in history, with cargo movement up 11.3 percent so far–nearly 500,000 TEUs more than the January to July 2017 numbers – for a total of 4.6 million TEUs.

New Emergency Plan for the Port of Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has a new Waterside Emergency Access Plan that will allow for faster water access in case of an emergency at the port.

Oftentimes, first responders face traffic delays around the port when they must reach an emergency at the port by land.

The plan designates 11 emergency locations in the harbor for emergency boats access, including 10 locations at container and bulk terminals, and one at the World Cruise Center. The locations will have bold signage, painted bulk rails and pavement and new waterside ladders, according to the port.

The plan was established with the help of the Los Angeles Fire Department, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Los Angeles Port Police and port terminal operators.

“Development of this plan shows what can happen when entities work collaboratively and bring their collective knowledge to the table to improve safety at the Port,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We commend the ILWU and Los Angeles Fire Department representatives for bringing this solution to us.”

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

APMT Adds Sustainable Tractors at Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

APM Terminals Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles has upgraded its operations to include 16 sustainable yards tractors, thanks in part to a federal grant.

Procured by the port, the EPA’s $500,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant augments APMT’s more than $1.5 million investment in the project.

“This project is a model of sustainability,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We applaud APMT for its foresight, creativity and willingness to invest in green growth and education.”

Also, APM Terminals gave 12 older yard tractors to three auto mechanic training programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “This is a great outcome on all fronts,” said Steven Trombley, managing director, APM Terminals, Los Angeles. “We’re running a cleaner terminal and doing our part to improve the air for those who live and work in the harbor area. At the same time, we’re supporting workforce training by providing students the equipment they need to prepare for high-skilled, good-paying jobs in the goods movement industry right here in Southern California.”

Long Beach to Streamline Operations with GE Software

By Karen Robes Meeks

GE Transportation and the Port of Long Beach will embark on a pilot program that will digitally streamline supply chain planning with the help of GE’s Port Optimizer™ software.

“We’re excited about the potential of this technology,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “Moving goods more efficiently through this important gateway is the key to accommodating future cargo growth. The data collected during this pilot at some of our busiest terminals could help to accomplish this, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

Long Beach Container Terminal, Total Terminals International and International Transportation Service are expected to take part in the pilot program, which was initialized last year at the Port of Los Angeles.

“We welcome the opportunity to have this exciting technology demonstrated here in our port,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We are always searching for new means toward improving operational efficiencies in the supply chain as it moves through this port complex. We look forward to observing Port Optimizer in action.”

Modern Car Carrier Calls at Vancouver USA

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA recently welcomed a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes to its harbor.

Representatives from Ports America, Norton Lilly International, Subaru of America, Auto Warehouse Corporation and the port were on hand to greet the M/V Orca Ace led by Capt. Yury Golovatyuk of Russia.

Constructed in Japan, the 656-foot-long Orca Ace is owned by Lunar River Line S.A. of Panama and operated by MOL Ace. According to the port, her specially designed hull shape and improved two-stroke engine will help reduce carbon emissions as she transits the globe.

The Orca Ace departed from Hitachinaka, Japan, on her maiden voyage last month and stopped at the Port of Vancouver USA to unload 2,300 Subaru vehicles before stopping at other ports and concluding her first crossing in San Diego, California.

Matson Wins Logistics Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

Voted the No. 1 Ocean Carrier in three of the last five years, Matson Navigation Co. recently won a Quest for Quality gold award given by Logistics Management magazine and Peerless Research Group.

The award is based on an annual survey on excellence in performance and customer satisfaction. In the Intermodal Marketing category, Matson scored the highest in each of the five rating criteria which include: on-time performance, value, information technology, customer service, and equipment and operations.

"The domestic transportation industry has been on a roller coaster this year, especially with dynamic volumes and difficult capacity conditions," said Rusty Rolfe, Matson Logistics president. "We are humbled to be named the top rail intermodal provider and recognized for meeting these industry challenges head-on while delivering on our customer commitments."

The awards will be presented on October 2 during the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Matson Reports Quarterly Gains

By Karen Robes Meeks

Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. recently reported a net income of $32.6 million, or $0.76 per diluted share in the second quarter, higher than the $24.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, registered during the same period last year.

Consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2018 reached $557.1 million compared to $512.5 million recorded in 2017.

"Our performance in the quarter was solid with Ocean Transportation's results approaching the level achieved last year and continued strong results across all service lines in logistics," said Matson's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox.

Cox added that Matson will continue to expect improvements in each of its core trade lanes except for Guam and China.

“In Guam, we expect to face continued competitive pressure, and in China we continue to expect modestly lower volume coming off an exceptionally strong 2017,” Cox said. “We continue to expect Ocean Transportation's full year 2018 operating income to be modestly higher than the level achieved in 2017. For 2018 in logistics, we are raising our outlook for the year given the strong trends across all service lines.”

Longview Seeks Applications for Board

By Karen Robes Meeks

A new District #2 representative and a Willow Grove resident are needed for the Port of Longview Board’s Park Advisory Committee, which helps guide Willow Grove Park and Boat Launch improvements.

The Park Advisory Committee includes five community members: one Willow Grove resident, one education/student representative and one member from each of the three Port District areas. Although the Port Commission Board of Commissioners makes the final decision on the park, the volunteer committee serves in an advisory role and makes recommendations to the board.

“We are eager to fill these important roles as we make additional improvements to the Park and Boat Launch next year,” said Commission President Jeff Wilson.

Visit http://www.portoflongview.com/220/Park-Advisory-Committee for more details.

San Francisco Seeks Input in Historic Preservation

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Francisco is seeking input to enhance public uses of the facilities in the Embarcadero Historic District, a first step in preserving and rehabilitating the historic structures.

The San Francisco Port Commission recently released a Request for Interest (RFI) for “public-oriented concepts for the historic facilities” located between Pier 35 and Pier 48. These include 13 historic piers and the Agriculture Building that are all in need of rehabilitation along The Embarcadero.

“A key goal of the Port Commission is to create an accessible waterfront for everyone to enjoy,” said Port Commission President Kimberly Brandon. “The RFI will allow us to hear concepts from prospective and current Port tenants to help us create a world-class experience that draws people to the waterfront again and again.”

“We welcome over 24 million people to our waterfront each year and we are determined to ensure all of our historic facilities are accessible to the public,” said Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “Through the Waterfront Land Use Plan Update process, we’ve heard loud and clear from the public that they want access to our piers, and that they love the waterfront’s many public-facing businesses. The RFI is our chance to call for new concepts from smaller businesses and master tenants. We welcome feedback that will help us find the financially feasible investment to rebuild piers, in coordination with the Embarcadero Seawall Program, and to ensure our waterfront is safe and accessible for our future generations.”

The RFI process deadline is October 31.

Lynden Transport Wins Logistics Award

Lynden Transport was awarded its sixth consecutive No. 1 ranking and its 22nd overall award in the 35th annual Logistics Management Quest for Quality Awards. The company received the highest scores among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers in the on-time performance and information technology categories and topped the overall weighted scores. Lynden International also achieved strong results in the airfreight category, earning its 16th Quest for Quality award.

"We work hard every day to be the best of the best and, for the 22nd time, we're honored our customers have recognized us with a Quest for Quality Award. We are incredibly humbled to be ranked at the top for six years in a row," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "The credit goes to our dedicated drivers, customer service representatives, support staff, and the entire Lynden Transport team. We intend to keep the momentum going by continuing to provide the Lynden brand of service to our customers."

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Long Beach to Decide on Toyota Power Plan

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is expected to decide on Toyota Logistics Services’ proposal to redesign its facility at Pier B and build a renewable 2.3-megawatt fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station with dedicated pumps for hydrogen.

Toyota – which operates a terminal for receiving, handling and transporting its vehicles off-site by truck or rail – wants to make operations more efficient by consolidating office, car washing, fueling, auto body and other spaces into one location.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on August 13 at the Port's Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach. It can also be viewed live and recorded at www.polb.com/webcast.

Northwest Seaport Alliance Awards Trade

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) plans to honor outstanding business and environment achievement within the Seattle-Tacoma gateway with its new North Star Awards.

NWSA tenants, shippers and supply chain partners, stakeholders, non-profit organizations are all eligible for this recognition. The awards will feature the Cargo Anchor Award, which honors long-term businesses that also promote trade and economic development in the area, and the Environmental Sustainability Award, which spotlights innovation and adaptive measures that support the continued health of the Puget Sound region’s environment, while promoting trade and economic development.

The deadline for nomination is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 17. Visit www.nwseaportalliance.com/northstar for more information.

Vancouver USA Dedicates Rail Project

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA recently dedicated its $251 million West Vancouver Freight Access Project. This concludes the decade-long rail project that officials hope will ease congestion and bring efficiency to users by improving rail movement of freight through the port and along the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines that link the Pacific Northwest to hubs in Chicago and Houston, and from Canada to Mexico.

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the West Vancouver Freight Access Project,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “Whether we’re talking about how the project reduces rail congestion on the mainline and expands our capacity to 400,000 rail cars per year, or how it supported thousands of family-wage jobs during design, engineering and construction – as well as jobs for the future – this has been a critical project with far-reaching benefits for our community, region and nation. We’re very proud to celebrate WVFA’s completion today with our staff and contractors, and many of the partners who helped us make this project and its benefits a reality.”

The project is already inspiring private investment from port tenants and neighbors such as United Grain Corp., Great Western Malting and Farwest Steel.

Over $200 million in private funds have been spent to modernize facilities and equipment, and capitalize on the increase of rail capacity, according to the port.

14th USCG District Issues Subchapter M COI

By Karen Robes Meeks

On August 2, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to towing vessel Namahoe, the first to be issued in Coast Guard 14th District since new inspection regulations were enacted nationally July 20.

The new regulations apply to Subchapter M towing vessels, which fall under any towing vessel larger than 26 feet. About 58 area vessels will need to get the new Certificate of Inspection.

“Now the regulations are a little more in depth,” said Chief Warrant Officer Bryan M. Anderson, a marine inspector with Sector Honolulu. “The Coast Guard and the towing vessel industry worked very closely together to establish new towing vessel regulations for construction, engineering, life-saving, firefighting and manning the vessel.”

Friday, August 3, 2018

New APL Chassis Partner

By Karen Robes Meeks

American Intermodal Management (AIM) has recently announced a new partnership with APL in which AIM will provide a fleet of new technology-equipped chassis for APL’s new Eagle Express X (EXX) service.

AIM, which has assets in Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle, said the partnership with APL allows the company to continue moving the needle on a “differentiated service model by combining high quality assets with landside visibility to deliver a new spin on chassis provisioning.”

“AIM is very excited to partner with APL in support of their new EXX product,” said AIM’s Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Seeds. “We believe AIM’s intelligent chassis will be vital component to APL’s EXX premier service capability.”

Eco-Friendly Pilings for Hueneme

By Karen Robes Meeks

Slated to start this summer, a new harbor deepening project at the Port of Hueneme will be built with eco-friendly, non-chemically treated pilings manufactured by Bedford Technology.

Jesse W. Hooge, director of Sales Training & Multi-X Sales at Bedford Technology, said the company’s products are engineered from recycled plastic into “a sustainable building material that is built for generations to come.”

“This project alone will divert over 1.5 million pounds of HDPE plastic out of the landfill and help support the Port of Hueneme’s environmental and sustainability initiatives,” Hooge added.

“These new eco-friendly pilings will help support and reinforce the Port’s South Terminal as the Harbor is dredged from 35 feet to 40 feet deep over the next several months”, said Oxnard Harbor District President Mary Anne Rooney. “The deepening project will allow our existing customers to load their ships with more cargo, thus increasing efficiency and reducing air emissions all while creating more family sustaining jobs for our local community; 563 jobs to be specific.”

Port of LA Technology Contest

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Antwerp in Belgium will host this fall an international “Hackathon”, a technology contest formed under the chainPORT initiative.

Launched in 2015, chainPORT was established by a dozen ports to link ports digitally all over the world, discuss the best ways to handle the biggest container vessels and make the maritime supply chain more efficient.

“Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising technologies in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic global supply chain environment,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The Port of Los Angeles is pleased to host a Hackathon for the third consecutive year and we look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge from this unique and unconventional approach to technology development.”

The competition, slated for October 11-13, 2018, will run simultaneously in both cities and include participants from around the world.

The Hackathon in Los Angeles will take place at the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. Industry professionals, students and coaches are invited to take part.

Visit www.chainporthack.com or email info@chainporthack.com for more details.

Dole, San Diego Promote “Sustainable” Equipment

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego and the San Diego Port Tenants Association recently celebrated the arrival of Dole Fresh Fruit’s new sustainable-freight vehicles. Their electric-powered semi-trucks and forklifts are coming online at the port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

“The San Diego region is known worldwide for its innovation and the Port of San Diego is demonstrating leadership in the maritime industrial sector with these sustainable-freight vehicles,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “I want to thank and recognize the San Diego Port Tenants Association for its teamwork in securing this important grant funding to assist five local businesses in operating cleaner and greener.”

The vehicles were funded through a $5.9 million California Energy Commission grant given to the San Diego Port Tenants Association.

“The Port of San Diego is a champion of the environment and we work closely with the California Energy Commission and our partner businesses to make their operations sustainable through cutting-edge technology like these sustainable-freight vehicles,” said Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “I am especially proud of the San Diego Port Tenants Association’s work to ensure that our tenants benefit from state funding for innovative projects. These businesses are good corporate citizens and forces for environmental change.”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Long Beach Commission President

By Karen Robes Meeks

Attorney Tracy Egoscue is the new president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member board that governs the Port of Long Beach.

“I am honored to be afforded this opportunity by my fellow Commissioners,” Egoscue said. “I look forward to working with each individually as well as collectively as we pursue what is best for the Port and the City of Long Beach.”

Egoscue, who owns Long Beach environmental law firm the Egoscue Law Group Inc., previously served as a California Deputy Attorney General. Mayor Robert Garcia appointed her to the board in 2014; last year, she served as board vice president.

The commission also selected former state lawmaker Bonnie Lowenthal as board vice president and real estate business owner Frank Colonna as board secretary. Both are former Long Beach City Council members.

Los Angeles to Welcome Norwegian Joy

By Karen Robes Meeks

Next winter, the Port of Los Angeles will be welcoming Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy, a nearly 4,000-passenger vessel that will be cruising the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal markets.

The Norwegian Joy, which was built last year, is expected to receive $50 million worth of enhancement work before it comes to Los Angeles, where it will be able to plug into electrical shore power, according to the port.

“We’re extremely pleased that Norwegian Joy will be calling at the Los Angeles World Cruise Center,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This newly enhanced, world-class vessel will be extremely popular as the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal re-emerge as premier cruise destinations. It will also offer a great new convenient departure option for Southern California.”