Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hawaii Sees Largest Cruise Ship

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, Honolulu received its largest ever cruise vessel to call in its harbor.

Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Ovation of the Seas made its first visit May 2, carrying approximately 5,000 passengers, which is “double what Honolulu Harbor typically sees from other cruise vessels visiting Honolulu,” according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), which facilitated ground transportation within harbor property.

The extra-large arrival prompted HDOT to release alerts cautioning the public on traffic delays on Nimitz Highway/Ala Moana Boulevard near Pier 2 during Ovation’s short stay as passengers left and boarded the cruise vessel.

Long Beach Grants Top $400k

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded 153 sponsorships totaling $419,060 to promote the arts, environment, social justice and historic preservation.

The funds went to events such as the Century Villages at Cabrillo Community Resources Fair, the Khmer Girls in Action Yellow Lounge Cultural Arts Showcase, the Long Beach Playhouse Radio Hour Fundraiser and the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade.

“With the sponsorship program, the port is honored to be in a position to help local organizations support vibrant programs and beneficial projects throughout our community,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue. “The sponsorships are just another way the port sustains our commitment to the city of Long Beach.”

The port has awarded more than $9 million in sponsorships since 2007.

Domestic Maritime Impact Celebrated at Seattle Breakfast

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell joined business and government leaders from around the region on Friday, May 17, at the Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast, presented by the Seattle Propeller Club in collaboration with the Port of Seattle, to celebrate the importance of the domestic maritime industry, which sustains 22,500 local jobs, and announce a 34 percent growth in domestic maritime jobs created in the State of Washington.

According to the findings of a new report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Transportation Institute (TI), the domestic maritime industry in Washington ranks sixth among all American states for jobs and labor income relating to the Jones Act. The industry employs more than 22,500 individuals, produces $6.12 billion for the local economy, and generates more than $1.5 billion in worker income. The same study shows that the domestic maritime industry employs more than 37,590 individuals, supports $2.5 billion in worker income, and produces nearly $10 billion for the Pacific Northwest regional economy.

At the Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast, Sen. Cantwell was presented with the “2019 Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year” award in recognition for her long-standing support of the domestic maritime industry, port infrastructure, maritime commerce, and the Jones Act.

The Jones Act is not only a vital anchor for America’s national security strategy but also a pillar of economic strength and job creation for the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, this law states that the transportation of merchandise between US points is reserved for US-built, owned, and documented vessels.

Oakland Imports Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland says its import business continues to grow despite tariff increases.

Last month, the port saw its busiest April in history, with imports jumping 7 percent when compared to the same period last year while exports rose 1.7 percent.

Although the numbers are up, there’s still cause for concern since the Trump Administration raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, according to the port, which counts China its biggest trading partner.

“We entered this year with uncertainty over the trade outlook, so we’re gratified by the solid performance of import cargo,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “At the same time, all of us involved in global trade are concerned about what comes next.”

Friday, May 17, 2019

‘New’ Cranes for Everett

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, Foss Maritime headed to the Port of Los Angeles to pick up two gantry cranes, formerly installed at the Everport Terminal, that will be used at the Port of Everett’s upgraded South Terminal.

The cranes are a key component of the $57 million modernization project, which will allow the port to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X.

“The completion of this upgrade will add another full-service berth at the Port to accommodate project, bulk, breakbulk, high and heavy and containerized cargoes,” said Carl Wollebek, the port’s chief operating officer. “We are excited to be able to add this additional option to our current and future customers.”

The South Terminal dock has been strengthened to support the 2,400 tons of cranes, which are expected to arrive by June 7.

“We are excited to partner with the Port of Everett on this crane transportation project,” said Foss Vice President Paul Gallagher. “Foss Maritime and the Port of Everett have a long history of working together. Marine transportation cargo projects like this allow us to use our specialized equipment and experienced people at our regional offices in Southern California and Puget Sound to safely perform this type of job. We look forward to this and to future projects with the port.”

John Lockwood Wins Maritime
Achievement Award

This morning, May 17, retired US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Lockwood was awarded the 67th annual Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award for his exemplary service to the Puget Sound maritime industry.

The award was presented to RADM Lockwood by RADM Steve Metruck, current Executive Director of the Port of Seattle and former Commander of US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, at the annual Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast. RADM Lockwood has worked in the Seattle maritime industry for more than 17 years, following a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard. Overall, he has more than 50 years of maritime expertise.

Lockwood has provided outstanding leadership for the region’s maritime community through his work at Vigor Shipyards and with countless local maritime organizations. He is known throughout the Puget Sound maritime community for his professionalism, dedication and commitment to the industry and its long-term health.

Lockwood, who was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia in June 1963, assumed command of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in June 1993.

His awards include two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and two Meritorious Service Medals. Lockwood retired from the Coast Guard in 1998 and joined the private sector, as senior advisor to Vigor Shipyards, formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards.

He is also the President of Lockwood Associates, Inc., providing consulting services in shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion, government affairs, and homeland security.

Longshore Worker Killed

By Karen Robes Meeks

An International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) worker has died and another was seriously injured Wednesday in an industrial accident at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal.

The incident involving a top loader container handler happened around 7:25 a.m. at Fenix Marine Services at Pier 300, according to the port.

The injured worker was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The employees’ names have not yet been released.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this tragic accident and to all the brothers and sisters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “It’s particularly tragic that this accident occurred on the day of the ILWU’s annual ‘First Blood’ event, which honors those who have lost their lives working on the waterfront.”

Los Angeles Port Police, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the US Coast Guard are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, the Fenix Marine Services container terminal is currently closed.

"We are deeply saddened to report the death of an ILWU longshoreman, and the serious injury of another, following an incident that occurred at the Fenix Marine Services container terminal,” Fenix Marine Services released in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our employees is always our primary concern and an investigation is underway with local agencies to ensure a cause is identified and to prevent such incidents. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to their families, loved ones and all of our ILWU colleagues.”

"I am heartbroken to learn that we lost one of our ILWU brothers in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles while another has been seriously injured,” said Los Angeles 15th District City Councilman Joe Buscaino. “Please keep their families in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time. Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks. My office will continue to work with the agencies investigating this accident.”

Oakland to Stay in Port Business

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Oakland officials assured shipping executives in a letter sent earlier this week that the port remains committed to growing its maritime business.

This comes shortly after the commission agreed to a term sheet that would allow the Oakland Athletics to move forward on plans for a 35,000-seat stadium with nearby housing at the port’s Howard Terminal.

“In partnership with you, we’ve achieved great things at the Port of Oakland,” the port said in a letter signed by President of the Board of Port Commissioners Ces Butner and Port Executive Director Chris Lytle. “The plan now is to build on our momentum.”

The terms call for the baseball team to complete an environmental impact report and secure public agency approvals within four years before board members would consider a proposed stadium.

The letter attempts to ease concerns about how a ballpark might affect maritime business. Butner and Lytle said that the term sheet already include provisions that would:

• Preserve the port’s ability to widen the Inner Harbor Turning Basin for ships on Oakland Estuary;

• Create a buffer zone between residential uses and nearby seaport activities; and

• Require that a comprehensive transportation and circulation plan be submitted to the port.

“We know that our business partners, customers, and tenants have questions about the proposed development project,” Butner and Lytle said in their letter. “We want to assure you that we understand the issues.”

Seattle’s Maritime Economy

By Karen Robes Meeks

Seattle area fishing and recreational boating industries are significant revenue and job generators, according to a new economic report released by the Port of Seattle.

Approximately $671.3 million and 7,000 direct jobs come from commercial fishing facilities on port property, while almost $729 million and more than 3,600 jobs derive from recreational boating related facilities.

“Port of Seattle properties related to fishing and recreational boating continue to thrive and anchor economic prosperity while providing over 10,000 good paying, family wage jobs in this region,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck. “This economic impact report confirms that these industries can continue to deliver for decades to come.”

The port owns and runs three facilities that are the regional fishing industry’s core assets: Fishermen’s Terminal, the Maritime Industrial Center and Terminal 91.

These are key to the North Pacific Fisheries Fleet, which include 226 vessels that harvest pollock, Alaskan king crab, groundfish, salmon, and other high value seafoods.

“Commercial fishing continues to provide economic benefits across our region and Alaska,” said Bob Alverson, executive director of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association. “Port facilities like Fishermen’s Terminal anchor this thriving industry from here to the Bering Sea.”

In 2017, about $455 million – 44 percent of all gross earnings from the North Pacific Fisheries – came from Port of Seattle vessels that fished in Alaska.

Meanwhile, the port has four recreational marinas: Shilshole Marina, Harbor Island Marina, Salmon Bay Marina, and Bell Harbor Marina. The biggest one, Shilshole, can accommodate more than 1,400 vessels.

“Recreational boating is a proven job creator and economic driver for our region,” said Vice President and Director of Government Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association Peter Schrappen. “Providing more than 3,600 jobs in our area, marinas are great for our economy as well as a great place to spend time this summer on the water.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Bulk for Oakland?

By Karen Robes Meeks

Could bulk shipping operations return to the Port of Oakland for the first time in two decades?

This week, port commissioners authorized talks to start with Vancouver-based Eagle Rock Aggregates on a potential 15-year lease for one berth on Outer Harbor.

According to the port, the Canadian building materials shipper is looking for a vessel berth and 20 acres of adjacent land at the Port’s Outer Harbor Terminal for sand and gravel transport and distribution to construction sites in the Bay Area.

“This is an opportunity for us to perhaps diversify our business,” said John Driscoll, the port’s Maritime Director. “We’ve built the Port of Oakland to be a global gateway for containerized cargo but a steady, divergent revenue stream could be beneficial.”

Seattle Cruise Development Moves Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle has whittled down the number of firms it could partner with on the development and management of a new cruise facility at the north end of Terminal 46 for the 2022 cruise season. The port recently announced the following teams:

• Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., MSC Cruises S.A., Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc.

• Global Ports Holding Plc and Civil & Building North America, Inc.

• Ports America and Jacobs Engineering Group

“We are delighted about the prospect of partnering with each of these highly qualified teams,” said Stephanie Jones Stebbins, managing director of the Port’s Maritime Division and leader of the selection team. “Each group showed exciting and innovative ideas in how we can work together to deliver a new cruise terminal that will provide an incredible experience for passengers while benefiting the surrounding community.”

These teams have been asked to respond to the port’s Request for Proposals to be released in June.

Big Numbers for Redwood City

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Redwood City recently posted record cargo numbers, reaching 2 million metric tons in the third quarter of its current fiscal year and generating $7.1 million in revenue.

It is a 22 percent increase when compared to the same period last year, and nearly $900,000 more than the previous year’s financial performance of $6.2 million.

“Following a record-breaking year in FY 2017-18, these results reinforce the Port’s significance supporting economic growth in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area,” said Lorianna Kastrop, Port Commission chair. “We anticipate strong results to continue through the rest of the fiscal year.”

Vessel calls are also up 29.8 percent from the previous year, moving imports from nations such as Australia, Canada and Mexico, exports to Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.

The record showing helped the port garner a strong A- bond rating by Standard & Poor’s, which can spark continued reinvestment in the port.

AML VP Takes Board Seat at Highline College

By Karen Robes Meeks

Jake Maenpa, vice president of Alaska Marine Lines, will now serve on the advisory board for the Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Program at the Highline College in Des Moines, Wash. He takes over for Lynden Transport retiree Mike Oliver, who served as a longtime board member.

As one of the six companies donating to support the program, Lynden recently gave $5,000 toward the college's study abroad curriculum, which assists students in following the supply chain on local, national and international levels. Students will study global transportation and trade in China and other locations.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Vancouver USA Secures Funds for Terminal 1

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA has secured $4.7 million in the 2019 state capital budget for the next phase of redevelopment at Terminal 1, the port announced earlier this month.

The money will go toward designing and renovating Vancouver Landing, where the American Empress cruise ship docks are located, and designing and building the East Portal stormwater facility, where all the development’s runoff will be treated.

“We are extremely appreciative of the support and leadership of our legislators,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “I especially want to recognize Senators Annette Cleveland and David Frockt, and Representative Monica Stonier for their tireless advocacy for Terminal 1 and Southwest Washington.”

“This is a project our community has continually told us they want to see built. This investment by the state of Washington leverages current public and private investments and gets Terminal 1 off to a strong start, so we can build a world-class waterfront that connects our community and brings us all together on the Columbia River.”

Busy April for Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles posted its busiest April in history, moving 736,466 TEUs last month, according to latest numbers released Thursday.

This represents a 4.4 percent increase over April 2018 and 3 percent more than April 2017, which previously held the record with 714,755 TEUs.

This is despite flat imports, which were at 360,745 TEUs, and a 5.6 percent drop in exports to 155,533 TEUs. Empty containers, which are shipped overseas to be replenished with goods, jumped 22.5 percent to 220,189 TEUs.

Compared to 2018, port volumes are up 4.5 percent in the first four months of the year.

“With three-plus years of record throughput, we are focused on partnering with our stakeholders to refine operations for even greater efficiencies,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Despite heightened uncertainty in global trade, we continue to invest and prepare our infrastructure and services to provide the best value for our customers.”

Long Beach Breaks Cargo Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

A 13-year-old cargo record had been broken last month at the Port of Long Beach. The port handled 628,121 TEUs shattering the 619,512 TEUs April 2016 record. It represents an increase of 1.6 percent compared to April 2018.

Imports were up 1.8 percent to 317,883 TEUs compared to last year, while exports fell 12.7 percent to 123,804 TEUs. Empty containers jumped 13.5 percent to 186,435 TEUs.

Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said the increase in empty containers reflect the lingering effects of imported cargo being rushed in during the fourth quarter of 2018 ahead of potential tariffs.

“Ocean carriers have been busy repositioning containers back to Asia after sending so many to North America late last year,” said Cordero. “With peak season approaching, we’re expecting imports to continue to grow, but it’s clear exports are suffering under the weight of tariffs.”

Matson Reports Strong Earnings

By Karen Robes Meeks

Matson, Inc. this week reported a net income of $12.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, and consolidated revenue of $532.4 million in its first quarter.

"We are off to a solid start for the year with Ocean Transportation operating income coming in as expected with a number of positive and negative factors, and Logistics posting stronger-than-expected operating income,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox. “Within Ocean Transportation, we saw continued strong demand in our China service and steady performance in SSAT, but we also faced significant weather-related issues that primarily affected our Hawaii service. In our Logistics segment, we performed exceptionally well with positive contributions across all service lines."

“As a result of the first quarter performance, we are raising our outlook for consolidated operating income in 2019,” Cox said. “In Logistics, we expect full year operating income to be moderately higher than the level achieved in 2018. For Ocean Transportation, we are maintaining our prior full year operating income outlook and expect a higher contribution from Alaska, offset by lower contributions from our China service and at SSAT, both of which are coming off exceptionally strong years.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Port of Oakland Ballpark

By Karen Robes Meeks

On May 13, the Port of Oakland Commissioners are expected to consider a proposal that would give the Oakland Athletics four years to meet certain criteria necessary for the building of a new ballpark at Howard Terminal.

The terms include completing a report on the potential environmental effects of such a project, securing land use approvals and real estate agreements.

The port stated that “a positive vote on the outlines of further actions does not commit the Port to the project.” Regulatory, land use and environmental impact report must be completed and approved before an agreement can be binding.

The vote does culminate yearlong talks between the port and the baseball team.

New CFO for Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks

Dionne Denson is the Port of Portland’s new Chief Financial Officer, it was announced Thursday.

Denson, who will start on June 10, will oversee the port’s accounting, finance, budget management, audit and risk.

Denson has spent the last eight years at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she recently served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer managing a $600 million budget.

“We could not be more excited to have someone as impressive as Dionne join our Executive Team,” said Port Executive Director Curtis Robinhold. “Not only will she bring proven financial skills and thoughtful leadership, she has a deep commitment to promoting service and inclusion, which are critical values to us at the port.”

Lynden Businesses Recertified Green Star

By Karen Robes Meeks

Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Lynden International and Lynden Air Cargo have been re-certified as Green Star businesses at a recent Alaska Forum on the Environment event in Anchorage, Alaska.

Addressing the Anchorage Rotary last February, Lynden’s Green Initiative Coordinator Anna Deal talked about the Lynden companies’ environmental advancements, including how “Lynden’s common-sense approach to going green is good business and how small changes can add up to big savings for businesses and the environment.”

Established in 1990, Green Star is the only program on Pollution Prevention in Alaska. It seeks to lower or remove the volume or toxicity of materials, pollutants, or wastes at the source so that they never become waste in the first place.

Free Harbor Tours at Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

To help celebrate World Trade Week, the Port of Los Angeles is hosting its annual free harbor boat tours and STEM Funshop on May 18.

The hour-long narrated boat tours leave every half hour between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Banning’s Landing Community Center, located at 100 E. Water St. in Wilmington, Calif., and Los Angeles Maritime Museum, located at 600 Sampson Way (Berth 84), in San Pedro, Calif.

According to the port, the educational event provides a chance to experience STEM-related Port activities demonstrated by Port of Los Angeles engineers, environmental specialists, police officers, and pilots.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Alaska West Express Wins Safe Truck Fleet Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Alaska Trucking Association has bestowed Alaska West Express with its 2018 Alaska Safe Truck Fleet of the Year Award, which recognizes carriers who safely operate on the highway and in the workplace.

Alaska West Express, which also garnered the honor in 2013, 2014, and 2016, earned its newest accolade for its safety performance in 2018, including accident frequency rates, compliance, safety and accountability (CSA) scores and OSHA recordable injuries, according to the company.

"This award demonstrates the dedication and hard work of our entire team of transportation professionals," says Alaska West Express President Eric Badger. "Our drivers, maintenance personnel, operators, dispatchers, supervisors, managers and administrators all share in this success. Their efforts to continually identify safety improvements in our extremely challenging conditions is the cornerstone of our program. The safety of our people, the environment and our equipment, is our most important objective each day."

Coos Bay Bridge Reopens

By Karen Robes Meeks

After being closed for a year because of structural failure, the Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge has been reopened by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.

In mid-April 2018, two center support columns failed, making the bridge inoperable. Finishing this major repair allows rail to relink from the North Spit to Coos Bay, a vital trade connection for the region.

With assistance from Jordan Cove LNG who provided the transload site (truck to rail), port officials were able to establish a transload facility on the North Spit, giving rail shippers south of the bridge the option to continue to use rail to transport their goods to market, the port reported.

The repairs include replacing the center structural columns and bracing and fixing the electrical mechanical system. The port took over ownership of the Coos Bay Swing Span bridge in 2010.

LA/LB Look at Handling Technology

By Karen Robes Meeks

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are seeking public input on a draft assessment of new cargo-handling equipment technology, which will look at the current state of technology, operational characteristics, economic considerations, infrastructure availability and commercial readiness relating to cleaner cargo-handling equipment.

This assessment is part of a larger effort to lower air pollution and meet major zero-emissions goals set by the Clean Air Action Plan.

The plan calls for terminal equipment and trucks to reach zero-emissions status by 2030 and 2035, respectively.

Submit comments by May 31 to caap@cleanairactionplan.org.

North Star Winners Announced

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Northwest Seaport Alliance named its North Star Awards winners at an April 24 breakfast event at the Museum of Flight. Prologis netted the Cargo Anchor Award, which recognizes businesses that increase cargo volume and generate economic activity for the Puget Sound.

The company garnered a nomination for the 1.3-million-square-foot Prologis Park Tacoma project and for the Prologis Georgetown Crossroads, a multi-story in-fill warehouse development.

TOTE Maritime Alaska earned the Environmental Stewardship Award for promoting sustainability and showing its commitment to the environment. The company has plans to move its Orca Class vessels to liquefied natural gas.

“These awards recognize the great work of these businesses and the entire industry to build a strong Puget Sound gateway,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck. “The alliance is proud of our partnerships with industry to create new jobs and promote a competitive, innovative culture.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Port of Los Angeles Addresses Cyber Security

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday gathered supply chain stakeholders to discuss ways to address cyber security threats.

“In partnership with our maritime industry stakeholders, we have the opportunity to enhance the ability of the port ecosystem to see cyber threats on the horizon and improve information sharing to help manage respective, and collective, cyber risk,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. I’m proud that the port is taking the lead on the first ever cross-sector Cyber Resilience Center.”

The proposed Center would allow various companies within the port complex to share cyber threat information in an effort to defend against a cyberattack that could cripple the supply chain.

“Ports are a key part of a complex system that must address cyber risks,” said Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management Tom Gazsi. “Over the past few years, we have seen how cyber incidents have impacted some ports across the world, threatening the operations of the entire maritime supply chain. That’s why we’re taking a collaborative approach to strengthen our cyber security posture.”

Seattle Adopts Sustainable Work Plan

By Karen Robes Meeks

In a newly adopted work plan for the Energy and Sustainability Committee, the Port of Seattle zeroed in on five areas for improving environmental and community health in Puget Sound and fighting climate change. Port Commissioners Fred Felleman and Ryan Calkins co-chair the committee.

The maritime specific focus mandates include:

1. Developing a Sustainable Project Framework Resolution that would help the commission look at sustainable alternatives when the design and build capital projects are being sought;

2. Creating a Waterfront Clean Energy Strategic Plan;

3. Establishing the Maritime Blue Maritime Inspiration Awards to recognize companies and organizations in Washington; and

4. Incorporating Environmental Stewardship into the New Cruise Terminal.

“This new Committee Charter continues the Commission’s priority goal to be the greenest, most energy efficient Port in North America,” said Felleman. “The Charter remains primarily focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and community impacts by improving the port’s own operational practices and partnering with other agencies, airlines, and maritime industries.”

Oakland to Address Truck Traffic

By Karen Robes Meeks

On Friday, the Port of Oakland moved forward with a five-year plan to address truck traffic when it endorsed the West Oakland Truck Management Plan.

The plan, created jointly by the city of Oakland and the port, is designed to divert big rigs from neighborhoods and limit truck parking close to neighborhoods.

“We listened closely to the West Oakland community to understand their concerns about truck traffic,” said City of Oakland Planner Patricia McGowan. “Then we collaborated with them to shape a plan that addresses those concerns.”

Ten strategies will be implemented over the next five years, including safety upgrades at key West Oakland intersections near the port; updating designated truck routes and signage; and stricter parking enforcement with a potential increase in fines.

“It is the port’s responsibility to be a good neighbor in Oakland,” said Port Environmental Planner Andrea Gardner, who helped develop the proposal. “With this plan, we’re keeping our promise to minimize the impact of containerized cargo transportation in Oakland,” she added.

Camas-Washougal Recognized for Sustainability

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, the Port of Camas-Washougal leadership in sustainability was recognized by the Pacific Coast Congress (PCC) of Harbormasters and Port Managers, Inc. at the 45th Annual Spring Conference in Newport, Oregon.

According to the port, the PCC is dedicated to promoting the development and growth of the marina industry and membership through communication, education and professional certification.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated by such an esteemed organization," stated Chief Executive Officer David Ripp. "Our goal is to provide world class scenery, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for generations to come and we could not do that without the knowledgeable and caring service and attention to detail that our Harbormaster Mark Hamrick and Assistant Harbormaster Matt Cox provide."

Friday, April 26, 2019

Lynden Adds Airports

By Karen Robes Meeks

Lynden Air Cargo is widening its Alaskan reach. The company announced plans to expand its scheduled service points to include St. Mary’s and Emmonak, Alaska.

To better serve customers and support local industries in Western Alaska, Lynden will offer year-round scheduled air freight service on Tuesdays and Fridays starting April 30.The service will start and finish in Anchorage, Alaska. Along with fish and general cargo, the company will carry bypass mail to and from both areas in its commercial C-130 aircraft.

“We have traditionally served these areas with charter service to support seasonal fishing operations, but we are now proud to offer regular and reliable airfreight service all year,” says Lynden Air Cargo President Rick Zerkel. “Lynden Air Cargo has been delivering freight in Alaska for many years, and we know the challenges and terrain. We handle oversized loads and small packages alike with our scheduled service and flag stops to points in the Alaskan bush. We can arrange the right flight to get cargo delivered to practically any village or city in the state.”

New Long Beach Strategy Approved

By Karen Robes Meeks

An updated Strategic Plan for the Port of Long Beach has recently been approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

The plan outlines the port’s key goals and objectives, which include bolstering its competitive stance through “secure and efficient movement of cargo while providing outstanding customer service,” staying fiscally strong and secure, building and maintaining its infrastructure, lowering the port’s environmental impacts through sustainable practices, expanding community access to port opportunities and economic benefits and keeping and drawing a diverse and high-performing workforce.

“In a highly competitive industry like ours, we must think strategically. The Strategic Plan, as created with the leadership of our Board of Harbor Commissioners, defines how we will maintain our longstanding commitment to operational excellence well into the next decade,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

New Heavy Electric Truck for California

By Karen Robes Meeks

Toyota, Kenworth, the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board unveiled the first fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck created jointly by Toyota and Kenworth, earlier this week. Ten trucks will be deployed as part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project.

According to the Port, this new version offers an estimated range of more than 300 miles per fill, twice that of a typical drayage trucks average daily duty cycle. It will move cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The project received $41 million in funding from CARB.

“This substantial climate investment by the state, matched by the project partners, will help speed up the number of zero-emission trucks in the California communities and neighborhoods where they are needed the most,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “It will provide a real world at-work demonstration of innovative heavy-duty fuel-cell electric technologies. The project offers a commercial solution to move cargo and freight around the state using zero-emission trucks and equipment that protect air quality and cut climate-changing emissions.”

Port of Oakland is a Job Creator

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland is a significant job creator and revenue generator, according to an economic impact study released April 18.

The research by Martin Associates points out that 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area – 20 percent are based in Oakland – are supported by the port, which generates $130 billion in overall economic value from business revenue, consumer spending, and total value of goods and services. The study also indicates that nearly $700 million in state and local taxes are generated by the port and its tenants.

“The report confirms the Port of Oakland’s role as a jobs generator for the region,” said port Director of Social Responsibility Amy Tharpe. “The port creates business opportunities that provide good, family-wage jobs.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Clean Truck Technology

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

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

New Vietnam Service at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

New Foss VP

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

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

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

Matson Gives

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

• $200,000 to United Way;

• $60,000 to the American Red Cross;

• $45,000 to the Navy League;

• $40,000 to the American Heart Association;

• $35,000 to the Coast Guard Foundation;

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

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

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

Friday, April 19, 2019

New Cranes for Matson

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

Oakland Volumes Increase

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

Portland Firm to Develop Port of Camas-Washougal

By Karen Robes Meeks

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

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

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

Vancouver, USA to Present Port Report

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Vancouver USA CEO Julianna Marler and port commissioners will present a report of the “State of the Port” on May 30.

Part of the port’s annual free Lecture Series, the event will feature a review of what happened at the port in 2018, an update on current projects and activities and a forward look at the port in the coming years.

The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by an optional tour of Terminal 1, set to take place at 6:30 p.m. at Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Street in Vancouver.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Call 360-693-3611 or email RSVP@portvanusa.com to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Seattle’s Terminal 5 Project Moves Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

Lease agreements and construction for the Terminal 5 Modernization Program recently received approval from the managing members of The Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The deal sets the stage for Terminal 5’s return as a “premier international container terminal,” according to the alliance.

“The modernization of Terminal 5 represents a transformative investment in our region to support our state’s economy,” said Port of Seattle commission president Stephanie Bowman. “These actions will ensure robust and competitive marine cargo and maritime industrial activities in our harbor for the next 30 years, sustaining and creating family-wage jobs and economic opportunity for the region.”

The agreements call for:

• SSA Terminals to start operations at Terminal 5 after the completion of Phase 1 construction in 2021; The current lease at Terminal 18 to be changed to allow for the new SSA Terminals-TIL joint venture and waive a rail yard fee;

• The current Terminal 46 lease with TTI to end early, so that international container cargo can be realigned to Terminal 18 and allow the Port of Seattle to run a cruise berth on part of the property (breakbulk or project cargo will take up the rest of the space); and

• Matson’s Hawaii service to move to the south berth at Terminal 5 while construction takes place on the north berth, making more space at Terminal 30 for international container cargo.

The deal will yield 6,600 new direct jobs and over $2 billion in business activity, according to the NWSA.

“Terminal 5 will be able to handle the largest marine cargo vessels now being deployed in the Asia-Pacific trade route quickly and efficiently, providing a critical link for Washington state exports to Asian markets, both for agricultural products such as hay, apples and potatoes, as well containerized cargo for customers such as Paccar and Starbucks,” said Port of Tacoma commission president Clare Petrich.

Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine

By Karen Robes Meeks

More than 14,300 pounds of cocaine seized off the Eastern Pacific Ocean in February-March was offloaded by US Coast Guard Cutter Waesche crew members earlier this month in San Diego.

The drugs were captured by the crew of Cutters Waesche, Active and Steadfast during six interdictions off the Mexican, Central and South American coasts.

The cutters are all homeported on the West Coast: the 418-foot national security cutter Waesche is in Alameda, while 210-foot medium endurance cutters Active and Steadfast are based in Port Angeles, Washington, and Astoria, Oregon, respectively.

"The offload that you see behind me, the bales of cocaine, represents a successful example of the cycle of justice," said Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, deputy commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area. "This cycle of justice disrupts a cycle of crime which, left unchecked, fuels violence and instability that erodes our hemisphere's social and economic fabric and directly contributes to historically high numbers of drug-related deaths in North America."

Washington Ports Lecture

By Karen Robes Meeks

Ever wanted to know more about Washington State’s diverse ports?

Washington Public Ports Association Executive Director Eric Johnson will discuss the history and significance of some of the state’s 75 public ports, what cargo they handle and what purpose they play on May 1 in “The Fascinating World of Washington State’s Public Ports,” part of the Port of Vancouver USA’s annual free Lecture Series.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Street in Vancouver.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Call 360-693-3611 or email RSVP@portvanusa.com to reserve a spot.

Port of Olympia Grants Community Funds

By Karen Robes Meeks

The cities of Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm each recently received $10,000 for community and economic development investments by the Port of Olympia Commission.

The funds are part of the Port’s Small Cities Program, which was created in 2010 to help provide gap funding for community and economic development efforts in Thurston County cities with fewer than 15,000 residents.

Bucoda will use the money to buy event equipment for its popular Annual Haunted House, as well an outdoor event space.

Rainier will use the funds toward renovating and preserving the historic Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for event and activity space rentals.

The funds will help Tenino with construction of a shaded pavilion for bicyclists.

Yelm will use the money to buy emergency notification message boards.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Los Angeles Volumes Rise

By Karen Robes Meeks

Cargo volumes rose 12.7 percent at the Port of Los Angeles in March when compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released Thursday.

The nation’s busiest seaport handled 650,977 TEUs, wrapping up a solid first quarter in which Los Angeles saw 4.6 percent more volume.

The port also handled 12.4 percent more imported cargo compared to the previous year, with 297,187 TEUs. Export felt 2.9 percent to 158,924 TEUs.

“Despite global trade uncertainties, we experienced strong first quarter growth,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “I commend our supply chain stakeholders who have processed record amounts of cargo in recent months and we anticipate greater efficiency improvement with the Port Optimizer™ that was rolled out in the first quarter. Retailers are forecasting an uptick in summer consumer demand and we are ready for those boxes.”

Vancouver USA Continues Clean Audit Streak

By Karen Robes Meeks

For the 10th straight year, the Port of Vancouver USA earned a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. No deficiencies were discovered for the audit period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work of our Port of Vancouver staff,” said CEO Julianna Marler. “Receiving 10 consecutive clean audits is no small feat. It truly demonstrates the integrity of our team and our continued dedication to accountability and responsible use of public resources.”

The office annually reviews ports across Washington state for various programs and processes.

At the Port of Vancouver, the office looked at “self-insurance; marine terminal revenue; payroll disbursements; procurement, including professional services, public works, and award of contracts on an emergency basis; and accounts payable, including general disbursements, credit cards and employee reimbursements,” according to the port.

Strong Quarter for Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach posted its second-busiest first quarter ever, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday. The strong quarter occurred despite a drop in overall cargo.

Long Beach handled more than 1.8 million TEUs from January through March, trailing last year’s record first quarter. The port handled 552,821 TEUs, 3.9 percent less than the same period last year. It moved 7.8 percent fewer imports at 247,039 TEUs and exports fell 7.7 percent at 131,436 TEUs.

“With warehouses full from shippers rushing to beat the looming threat of escalating tariffs, shipments slowed somewhat,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “It’s going to take some time for inventory to cycle to markets and for typical growth to resume.”

Oakland Offering Harbor Tours

By Karen Robes Meeks

Next month, the Port of Oakland will begin hosting free twice-monthly Friday afternoon harbor tours. The guided 90-minute narrated outings aboard the Blue & Gold Fleet can accommodate up to 230 passengers at once.

The vessels leave from Jack London Square’s ferry dock at the foot of Clay Street.

The first tour is slated for May 17 and ticket registration opens on May 6.

The cruises follow the port’s shoreline bringing guests along Oakland Estuary and Outer Harbor where passengers can take a closer look at working marine terminals, giant cranes and mega vessels while enjoying scenic views of the East Bay hills, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco’s waterfront and skyline.

“Port of Oakland harbor tours allow us to give visitors a birds-eye view of actual maritime operations,” said Port of Oakland Director of Social Responsibility Amy Tharpe. “We want the community to see how the Oakland Seaport provides local jobs and business opportunities.”

In 2018, more than 3,000 people took advantage of this opportunity.

Visit www.portofoakland.com/2019-harbor-tours-may-october/ for more details.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Long Beach Air Quality Grants Available

By Karen Robes Meeks

May 6 is the deadline to apply for a Port of Long Beach grant to fund air filtration and energy efficiency projects in port-adjacent neighborhoods. Projects serving downtown Long Beach and communities along the 710 Freeway, parts of Wilmington, Carson, Compton and Paramount will be considered.

The funding, which comes from the Facilities Improvement portion of the Community Grants Program, supports projects such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, stand-alone air filtration systems, high-performance filter upgrades and replacements, register-based air filters, as well as boiler and chiller replacement, efficient lighting, insulation, and window/door replacement and sealing, according to the port.

Applications must be turned in online by 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.polb.com/grantopportunities.

Oregon Exports Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

Oregon exports continue to rise despite an uncertain trade landscape.

Oregon shipped 1.8 percent more goods in 2018 than it did in 2017 to the tune of $22.3 billion in goods, according to new US Department of Commerce data.

Oregon’s top export nations – China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam – receive at least $1 billion in Oregon exports, while Canada, its second-biggest trade partner received computers and electronics, machinery, chemicals, agriculture, and transportation equipment, according to the Port of Portland.

“Oregon’s record trade numbers reflect our state’s diverse manufacturing base, and the lasting partnerships we’ve built across the Pacific Rim,” said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. “We’re particularly pleased to see the growth not limited to one industry or destination country, but spread throughout, increasing revenue for exporters across the state of Oregon.”

“In a trade-dependent state like ours, we rely on strong trading partnerships to help Oregon farmers feed the world and local businesses continue to grow,” said Curtis Robinhold, executive director of the Port of Portland. “With small- or medium-sized businesses making up nearly 90 percent of all exporters in Oregon, it is promising to see trade activity expand – contributing to a more equitable and prosperous region for all.”

ZIM Returns to Seattle

By Karen Robes Meeks

This month, the world’s 11th biggest container shipping company ZIM returned to the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s North Harbor with the arrival of ZIM Ningbo.

ZIM, which is making its first regular call at NWSA since spring 2017, has joined the 2M trans-Pacific service calling at Terminal 46 in Seattle, Wash. The company will have four vessels in the weekly ZP9 service, providing more capacity to serve the NWSA gateway.

“We are proud to welcome ZIM back to our family of steamship lines calling at the Northwest Seaport Alliance,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire. “This new weekly service and the cargo it brings means good-paying jobs and revenue for our region.”

This service will travel to ports in Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Yantian, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Yokohama, Pusan and Kaohsiung.

“ZIM is looking forward to bringing our vessels back to the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s North Harbor, enabling us to expand our service capability in this important market,” said Elise Ha, vice president of West Coast Branch, ZIM USA. “We appreciate the partnership with the NWSA and their high level of customer focus and look forward to growing our relationship.”

Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award

The 2019 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award Selection Committee is accepting nominations for this year’s award to be announced at the Seattle Propeller Club’s May Maritime Festival breakfast.

Nominations must be received by April 18, 2019 and may be e-mailed to rberkowitz@trans-inst.org. Nominations should include specific achievements of the candidate, particularly those impacting the Puget Sound maritime community, and a brief biography of the nominee. Industry segments represented by past recipients include steamship lines and agents, shipyards, tug and barge operators, marine architects, passenger and fishing vessel operators, port authorities, stevedores, and organized labor. Several paragraphs about the nominee are sufficient.

Feel free to contact Rich Berkowitz at (206) 443-1738 with any questions about the award nomination.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Join the Parade!

Commercial working vessels and other decorated vessels representing their companies are warmly invited to participate in Seattle's Opening Day on May 4th.

Featured especially this year will the Lake Union Drydock Company, celebrating their 100th Anniversary, with a flotilla of vessels they have built over the years.

Registration is required by 4/25/2019.

For more information see www.seattleyachtclub.org/opening-day or contact Dan Barr at 206-285-1111.

Maui Harbor Office Moves

By Karen Robes Meeks

The completion of the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s state-funded $7.5 million Harbors Maui District Office Relocation project was feted with a ceremony blessing March 27.

Efforts to relocate the office began in 2012 after an assessment study on how to best use the land at Kahului Harbor determined that moving the Harbors Maui District Office to the Old Kahului Railroad Building A on Kaahumanu Avenue and letting others use adjacent Buildings B and C would be a more efficient, less congested use.

The project involved updating the building’s utilities and systems while preserving the historic architectural features of the old Kahului Railroad Building.

“Kahului Harbor is our state’s third largest port, and these improvements are essential to increase operational efficiency and improve conditions for Harbors personnel,” said Gov. David Ige.

Camas-Washougal Tenant Forum

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Camas-Washougal recently organized its first Industrial Park Tenant Forum, an event that updated tenants on projects that may affect their business and discuss ways to minimize impacts. It’s also a chance to get feedback from tenants.

Among the items discussed at this first meeting – which took place at 54/40 Brewing – included: the realignment of the Steigerwald Lake levee; construction on Highway 14 at 15th and 32nd Street, ongoing Steigerwald Commerce Center development and stormwater management, according to the port.

“Whether the projects are port- or city-related improvements, we believe that communication is the key to success,” according to the port.

Alaska Oil Response Exercise

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, the US Coast Guard Sector Juneau conducted an oil spill response exercise on the water in Hawk Inlet and at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center.

The exercise brought together folks from the Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Oldendorff Carriers, Hecla Greens Creek Mine and Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization to deal with an imagery pollution scenario involving a vessel collision near Hawk Inlet on Admiralty Island.

“This exercise will allow us to practice for a potential pollution event within Southeast Alaska waters and improve upon our response strategies,” said Kathy Hamblett, senior exercise controller for Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The timing of this exercise, only two weeks after the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill, provides excellent perspective for the importance of preparedness.”

Long Beach Pulse of the Ports

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach recently hosted its 15th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast, gathering industry experts and stakeholders for an outlook on trade for this year.

Among those on the panel was Melissa Peralta, senior economist and forecaster for TTX, a Chicago-based railcar pooling firm.

She spoke of a projected 1.8 percent increase in North American imports this year, slower than last year’s 6.1 percent growth in US imports in 2018, according to the port.

This slowdown in growth comes as retailers moved quickly to ship goods ahead of a tariff increase that was expected to start in late 2018 and early this year but never happened, she said.

She said a slowing US economy and the effects of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may affect imports later in this year, and added that the US economy overall will grow 2.7 percent this year, according to the port. “Economic fundamentals should continue to be supportive into 2019, albeit at a moderating pace,” Peralta said. “But imports may struggle to keep pace with overall economic growth due to an overhang of freight delivered in late 2018.”

Even though East Coast ports have seen an increase in Asian imports in the last 10 years, West Coast ports may see that business return when the International Maritime Organization enacts on Jan. 1 that container vessels must lower the sulfur content in their fuel from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent, she said.

For a recap of the event, visit www.polb.com/pulseports.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New President for Cook Inlet Tug & Barge

By Karen Robes Meeks

Maritime industry leader Jeff Johnson will be the new president of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge (CIBT) effective June 2019. Johnson comes to Cook Inlet - an independently managed Foss Maritime Company subsidiary - after 16 years with ARCO and BP Shipping, where he last served as director and general manager of BP Maritime Services. Based in Singapore he led the provision of crewing and maritime talents for BP Shipping and BP Group globally.

“We conducted an extensive search to find an established and renowned industry leader; a person that will continue the growth trajectory at Cook Inlet Tug & Barge,” said John Parrott, President and CEO of Foss Maritime. “Jeff’s impressive background, coupled with his strong desire to return to Alaska, made him the perfect choice to lead CITB in serving our customers and communities around the state.”

Johnson’s career began in Alaska’s fishing industry. After working with ARCO marine’s tanker fleet and Polar tankers, he moved on to ConocoPhillips in 2003 as a marine superintendent. He later became the fleet operations manager responsible for the international and US-flagged tanker fleets and their US inland tug and barge fleet.

He joined BP in Alaska as the BP Shipping marine affairs advisor in 2007, before becoming the assurance capability manager in 2010, serving as the interface to BP’s Upstream in the Americas. He continued to rise through the ranks, becoming manager of environmental and external affairs in 2012, then president of BP Shipping in 2014.

“Foss and CITB have been in the process of expanding our fleet,” said Parrott. “With the addition of assets along the North Slope, and the relocation of vessels to the area, we are committed to continuing to expand our service offering throughout the region. Jeff’s ability to manage every aspect of projects, to interface with regulatory groups, and to identify talent and opportunities makes him the ideal person to lead our ongoing investment in Alaska.”

Lynden Moves Statue

By Karen Robes Meeks

Lynden companies played a significant role in bringing a life-size bronze statue of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens to his namesake airport in Anchorage, Alaska. The statue was unveiled Feb. 23.

Lynden – which had a long relationship with Stevens – assisted with customs for shipment of materials from China and shipped materials from Los Angeles to Alaska for the backdrop of the statue.

Alaska Marine Lines picked up the clay form from the artist Joan Bugbee Jackson in Cordova, Alaska for transport to Seattle before delivering it to a foundry in Oregon for bronzing. Lynden Transport was there for the remaining part of the statue’s journey to back to Alaska and stored it in Anchorage until final installation could take place.

"This is such a wonderful tribute to the Senator who truly loved Alaskans and shaped our state," says Jeanine St. John, Vice President of Lynden Logistics.

Long Beach Seeks Input on Noise and Air Quality

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is seeking proposal for parks projects that would help dampen port-related noise and air quality issues in adjacent neighborhoods. Chosen projects will be funded through the Community Grants Program.

So far, the program has awarded more than $8 million in grants. Paired with a previous grant program, the port has contributed $25.8 million to local environmental initiatives.

Concept papers must be submitted online. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on May 1.

For more details on the program’s guidelines, visit www.polb.com/grantopportunities.

State of the Coast Guard Address

By Karen Robes Meeks

In his first State of the Coast Guard address, Adm. Karl Schultz announced several initiatives and plans, especially for Southern California.

Speaking from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro, Shultz said presence will be heightened in Southern California with the building of a new air station at Ventura County Naval Station – the homeporting of the service’s first two new Offshore Patrol Cutters at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in 2021 – and four new Fast Response Cutters in Los Angeles.

“As Congress makes tough fiscal decisions and looks at the best ways to spend the nation’s precious resources, there’s not a better return on investment in government than the United States Coast Guard,” said Schultz.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Supplemental USCG Operations End
in Bering Sea

By Karen Robes Meeks

The aircrews of US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak ended their supplemental seasonal coverage of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Chain earlier this month when crew members demobilized forward operating locations in St. Paul and Cold Bay.

Aircrews had been on two-week rotations to respond to the Bering Sea fishing fleet during busier maritime activity.

During their forward-deployment, St. Paul MH-60 aircrews handled two cases, which resulted in one life saved and five helped. “This has been a great Bering Sea deployment season, and as the fleet shifted further north, it was an all-hands-on-deck evolution to mobilize our crews and reopen our facility in St. Paul mid-season,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tom Huntley, Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk assistant operations officer. “This shift allowed us to maintain our search and rescue posture and protect our critical fishing industry, and it allowed us to be ready and responsive when called upon.”

Oakland Terminal Moving to Hybrid Yard Cranes

By Karen Robes Meeks

The largest marine terminal at the Port of Oakland is transforming 13 diesel-powered yard cranes to hybrid power, a move that is anticipated to lower diesel-related air pollutants by 45 tons annually.

Oakland International Container Terminal, which introduced its first hybrid crane earlier this month, expects the retrofitted fleet will come online by 2020.

Each retrofitted crane will feature batteries and new, smaller diesel backup engines.

“This is the Prius of cargo-handling equipment,” said Port of Oakland Environmental Planner Catherine Mukai. “We’re gratified that our partners at the terminal are taking this step to help clear the air.”

Last summer, terminal operator SSA Terminals secured a $5 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for the hybrid project and is spending an additional $1 million to reconfigure its cranes.

“We depend heavily on this equipment to keep cargo flowing smoothly,” said Jim Rice, General Manager at Oakland International Container Terminal. “We’re pleased to find a solution that makes us more efficient and at the same time benefits the environment.”

Long Beach Harbor Tours

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is once again launching its popular harbor tours.

The boat tours, which occur from May to September, is a 90-minute, narrated tour that takes visitors behind the scenes at the nation’s second busiest seaport.

The port is using a lottery system for tour signups, the first of which takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 1 for a tour in May. The next signups will be on the first Monday of each month.

Tours take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m., and the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Go to polb.com/porttours for more information or to make reservations.

Tacoma to Host Agriculture Transportation Coalition

By Karen Robes Meeks

This summer, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition will return to Tacoma for its 31st annual association meeting.

The June 11–14 event brings together food, farm and fiber importers and exports and other supply chain stakeholders in what is considered one of the largest gatherings of agriculture and forest products transportation professionals in the nation.

Last year, a record-shattering attendance of nearly 500 participants convened at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center over four days to discuss tariffs, trucking and technology.

This year’s event will feature panels on the chassis crisis, fuel, China-US trade relations and much more.

Find more details about the annual meeting, visit https://agtrans.org/events/.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Grays Harbor Director Named AAPA Chairman

By Karen Robes Meeks

Gary G. Nelson, the executive director of Port of Grays Harbor, has been chosen to be board chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for the 2019–20 activity year starting this upcoming October.

“With his valuable experience as a port director involved with diversified cargo, his international trade background, and his longstanding active engagement with AAPA and our member ports throughout the hemisphere, Gary Nelson is an outstanding choice for leading our association during the upcoming activity year,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and chief executive officer. “Gary’s outstanding leadership and business skills, together with his easy-going demeanor, will be of enormous value as our member ports work together to address common challenges and legislative priorities.”

Nelson, who’s been with Grays Harbor since 2000, takes the one-year baton from outgoing chairman, William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

New USCG Cutter Commissioned

By Karen Robes Meeks

On Friday, March 22, the 154-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne was commissioned in San Pedro, Calif. It is the third Fast Response Cutter to be based at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The vessel will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District that encompasses California and international waters off Mexico and Central America.

The cutter can carry 24 crew members and is equipped for patrols that can last up to five days. It is named after Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, who was killed in 2012 after saving a fellow crewmember from suspected drug smugglers who purposely rammed the boat Horne and others rode while conducting law-enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island.

New Geologist at Port of Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Geologist Kimberley Holtz has been tapped to lead the Port of Long Beach’s Survey Division, which measures the harbor’s depths to ensure safe navigation and help the port with utility marking, property rights and construction projects.

A licensed professional land surveyor and licensed Geologist in California, Holtz started in her new role this month. She previously worked 11 years at the City of Long Beach’s Energy Resources Department and was also a senior surveyor for the city’s Public Works Department. She has worked in various positions in the public sector, including 12 years with Orange County, where she helped to create the county’s GPS network.

Camas-Washougal to Celebrate Earth Day

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Camas-Washougal will host its Earth Day event on April 22 at Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail.

The two-hour event is an opportunity for volunteers to collect litter along the trail and river and help beautify the area, port officials said.

“We invite the community to join the movement that continues to inspire and motivate people to action,” said Port Chief Executive Officer David Ripp.

Volunteers will meet at 3 p.m. at Washougal Waterfront Park picnic shelter next to the port office located at 24 South “A” Street. Gloves, trash bags and light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Los Angeles Boxes Drop

By Karen Robes Meeks

Although it was its third busiest February ever, the Port of Los Angeles handled 2.7 percent less cargo (705,306 TEUs) than over the same period last year.

Imports fell 9.1 percent to 348,316 TEUs, while exports dipped 9.5 percent to 142,554 TEUs when compared to February 2018 — a record month for Los Angeles cargo. Meanwhile, empty containers were up 16.3 percent to 214,436 TEUs.

The port is attributing the declining numbers to the timing of the Lunar New Year, which prompted shippers to move more cargo in January instead of February. Factories in Asia slow or close shop to celebrate the new year.

"After the busiest seven months in the history of our port, the anticipated ease in cargo volume provides an opportunity for us to regroup with our stakeholders,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “With an uneven trade flow, we will be closely evaluating next steps for enhancing supply chain efficiencies.”

Long Beach Volumes Decline

By Karen Robes Meeks

Like Los Angeles, neighboring Port of Long Beach also saw lower cargo volumes in February, a result of an earlier Lunar New Year and last year’s record numbers.

The port handled 596,616 TEUs last month, 9.8 percent less than in February 2018. Imports fell 11.5 percent to 302,865 TEUs, and exports dropped 19.6 percent to 105,287 TEUs. Empty containers were 0.1 percent lower at 188,465 TEUs.

“Lunar New Year was earlier this year, shrinking shipments for most of February,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue. “We're preparing for busier months ahead and will work with all of our supply chain partners this year to deliver efficient, fast service for our customers as they adjust to market changes.”

Still, last month’s numbers represented the port’s second-busiest February in history.

“Overall, our volumes have increased and cargo flow has become more consistent as retailers constantly replenish inventory in the e-commerce economy,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Last year set high standards. We had our busiest months and year ever, but we are still expecting modest growth in 2019.”

Seattle Floats Cruise Berth at T-46

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle Commission is seeking a partner to develop and run a new, single berth cruise facility at Terminal 46, an estimated $200 million facility that is expected to be ready in time for the 2022 cruise season.

The commission recently put out a Request for Qualifications due April 18 for a public-private-partnership opportunity that would call for the port to contribute to half the cost of the terminal build.

“The intangible asset of Alaska cruises creates opportunities for Washington businesses of all sizes, from farmers and wine producers in Eastern Washington to museums, hotels, and restaurants around King County,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman.

Commissioners also adopted principles that call for the local economy benefiting from a growing cruise business and ensuring the port has one of the most environmentally forward cruise homeports in North America.

“Our principles ensure that this new cruise terminal will expand local economic benefit, and with the addition of our third shore power berth will make Seattle the national leader in promoting clean, electric shore power for our Alaska-bound cruises,” Bowman said.

Meet Vancouver’s Port Leadership

By Karen Robes Meeks

Community members have a chance to get better acquainted with the leaders that govern the Port of Vancouver USA.

The port’s Board of Commissioners will host its next evening of coffee and conversation on March 25. The low-key setting allows guests to stop by to hear and talk about the port’s latest events and projects. The meet and greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the port’s Commission Room, 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver, Wash.

Visit www.portvanusa.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (@portvanusa) for updates on upcoming Commission Coffees, which happen throughout the year in different parts of the port district.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Charleston to Memorialize Fishermen

By Karen Robes Meeks

Do you know someone who was deeply involved in the Charleston or Coos Bay area commercial fishing community for more than three years? The Port of Coos Bay is seeking nominations to add names to the Charleston Fishermen’s Memorial at Charleston Marina. The committee will also consider people with years spent in businesses related to the Charleston fishing industry.

Members of the memorial committee will review the nominations. New inductees will be honored at the annual Blessing of the Fleet Memorial Service at 10 a.m. on May 27.

Applications are available at the Charleston Marina Office, 63534 Kingfisher Road. Call Margery Whitmer at 541-297-2095 to have it sent to you. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019.

The committee is also seeking floral arrangement donations for the blessing ceremony.

Port of Olympia Supporting Community Projects

By Karen Robes Meeks

Two projects recently received support from the Port of Olympia Commission, namely the Senior Services of South Sound community kitchen feasibility study and the Lacey MakerSpace.

The commission sanctioned $19,000 toward a community kitchen feasibility study in partnership with Washington State University, Thurston Economic Development Council and Senior Services of South Sound. This project will look at the feasibility and develop a business plan for a community kitchen where all Senior Services meals can be prepared.

The commission also approved $15,000 toward equipment and other expenses for the Lacey MakerSpace project, in partnering with Thurston EDC, Saint Martin’s University and City of Lacey.

“The Lacey MakerSpace will be a community center that will contain industrial quality equipment, access for local businesses to equipment, and technology and fabricators,” according to the port, adding that the project will provide training on computers and equipment, and nurture collaboration among those with similar interests.

Two New Ferry Gates of San Francisco

By Karen Robes Meeks

Bay Area civic and transportation leaders recently celebrated the opening of the second of two new ferry gates that are part of the $98 million downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion. The project seeks to boost downtown ferry capacity to meet growing demand for San Francisco Bay Ferry ridership.

“Right now it is simply too difficult for many people to commute in and out of San Fran-cisco,” said Mayor London Breed. “Our population and our economy are growing. We need to make sure that we continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure to break the gridlock, and this includes expanding our ferry service throughout the Bay Area.”

Ridership has doubled since 2012, officials said.

“San Francisco Bay Ferry service is growing with new routes and more passengers than ever,” said Nina Rannells, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transit Authority. “These new gates in downtown San Francisco increase our capacity and represent a major upgrade to our busiest terminal. This is a huge milestone for this project and for the growth of WETA’s ferry service in the Bay Area.”

Port of Long Beach Offers Community Grants

By Karen Robes Meeks

North Long Beach organizations can apply for grants for park space, air filtration and energy efficiency projects through the Port of Long Beach, California’s Community Grants Program.

A workshop presentation for potential applicants will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 21 at the District 9 Field Office, 6509 Gundry Ave., Long Beach 90805.

The program was created to help communities most impacted by port-related operations, with a focus on community health, facility improvements and community infrastructure.

Under this program, the port has awarded in excess of $8 million to local organizations. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has authorized more than $46 million toward the program.

To reserve a spot, email grants@polb.com or call (562) 283-7133. For more information on the program, visit www.polb.com/grants.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Los Angeles Community Grants

By Karen Robes Meeks

Up to $1 million in grants will be given by the Port of Los Angeles toward events and other efforts that benefit the Los Angeles waterfront and surrounding communities.

Local organizations who are interested in the port’s Community Investment Grants Program can attend upcoming workshops to gather additional information:
  • April 2 at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington, and
  • April 3 at the Port of Los Angeles headquarters in San Pedro
The grants, funded by income generated by the port, are awarded to activities that help promote:
  • Maritime and port-related workforce development and education;
  • Sustainable practices aimed at preservation and conservation of natural resources in the Port environment; or
  • LA Waterfront, its history and culture
The application deadline is 4 p.m. on May 6.

For more information, visit https://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/grants.

Polar Star Returns to Seattle

By Karen Robes Meeks

After 105 days deployed to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze, the 150 crew members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star recently returned to their Seattle homeport.

The crew left Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 27 for their sixth deployment and journeyed 11,200-nautical-miles to Antarctica for the annual joint military service mission supporting the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program.

The Polar Star muscled through 16.5 nautical miles of ice to open a channel to the pier at McMurdo Station and later guided the container ship Ocean Giant through the channel, which allowed the offloading of 10 million pounds of goods needed to replenish McMurdo Station, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and other US field camps for the coming 12 months.

New Matson Box Ship

By Karen Robes Meeks

The second of two 850-foot long, 3,600-TEU Aloha Class containerships was christened by Matson, Inc. and Philly Shipyard, Inc. at a ceremony on March 9.

Kaimana Hila is the new sister ship to Daniel K. Inouye. Its name is Hawaiian for "Diamond Head," the landmark crater near Waikiki Beach.

"This is a proud day for everyone at Matson," said Matt Cox, Matson's chairman and chief executive officer, at the shipyard ceremony. "Daniel K. Inouye has performed well in its first four months of service, and we are excited to have Kaimana Hila joining it soon. These new vessels herald the beginning of a new era in our Hawaii service and will allow us to serve our customers better than ever for decades to come."

The two ships cost nearly $418 million and are Matson's largest ships, each weighing in at more than 51,400 metric tons. They are the first of four new vessels Matson will place into its Hawaii service over the next 18 months.

Both vessels feature the newest sustainable technology, including “dual fuel engines that can be adapted to use liquefied natural gas (LNG), double hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems and a more fuel-efficient hull design,” according to Matson.

New Maritime Director at San Francisco

By Karen Robes Meeks

Andre Coleman, Northern California area associate director for the Pacific Maritime Association, is the new Maritime Director for the Port of San Francisco effective March 4.

According to the port, Coleman will oversee the Maritime Division’s 28 employees and be responsible for the “strategic oversight and implementation of the port’s maritime portfolio including assets, services, operations, and labor and client relations for the 7.5 miles of San Francisco waterfront that extends from Fisherman’s Wharf to Islais Creek.”

“Andre Coleman will bring extensive maritime knowledge and relationships to the port,” said Port of San Francisco Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “His expertise in a wide range of maritime functions including labor relations and terminal, vessel, and yard operations will ensure San Francisco remains a waterfront for our working women and men, and the port sustains our growing maritime industry and remains fiscally secure.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hueneme Starts Deepening

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Hueneme recently broke ground on its harbor excavation project.

The project, which seeks to deepen the port harbor from 35 feet to 40 feet, was mostly funded by a $12.3 million TIGER Grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) from the US Department of Transportation. That extra five feet means vessels won’t have to wait for high tide to enter the harbor.

The project also has economic reverberations, generating more than 563 new jobs, $28 million in business revenue, $5.8 million in local purchases, and $4.6 million in state and local taxes, according to the port.

“The Port of Hueneme is an instrumental and thriving component of Ventura County – forming an essential partnership in their mutual success,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “Over the years, we have seen the successful expansion and growth of the Port to become a critical point of entry to our local and global economy.”

The work is expected to be completed by March 2020.

New LA Harbor Commissioner

By Karen Robes Meeks

Diane Middleton is the newest member of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Middleton, who attended her first meeting March 7, was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. She is an attorney and harbor area community activist.

“Diane is a proven leader with more than four decades of experience fighting for social justice and advocating for workers’ rights,” said Garcetti. “Angelenos will benefit from the breadth and depth of experience she will bring to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.”

The San Pedro resident takes over for longtime commissioner David Arian, who died in January following a long bout with cancer.

As an attorney, she represented injured auto, steel and hospital workers, including labor union activists. In 1979, Middleton started her own law practice in San Pedro, specializing in maritime law. Before retiring in 2010, she had represented approximately 7,000 individuals, including injured longshoremen and shipyard workers. In 1993, she co-founded the Harry Bridges Institute with David Arian and is still part of the leadership team.

New Everett CFO

By Karen Robes Meeks

Eric Russell, senior director in the finance department at Vulcan Inc. and former port employee, will be the Port of Everett’s Chief Financial Officer, taking the reins from John Carter, who announced his retirement after 30 years of public service.

“I want to thank John for his outstanding service to the Port of Everett,” Port Commission President Glen Bachman said. “His talent to creatively think outside of the box to develop financing solutions for the port, and his evident passion to enhance transparency in the budget process have been influential.”

Russell previously spent 11 years at the port as senior accountant and information services manager, and director of properties and development before working for 10 years at Vulcan Inc.

“Eric’s extensive finance and real estate background in both the public and private sectors, paired with his prior experience in port operations, provide a critical skillset as we continue to push forward with our top strategic initiatives to modernize our Seaport facilities and create a new mixed-use waterfront community at Waterfront Place,” Bachman said. Russell started in his new role on March 1.

San Diego Waterfront Park Proposed

By Karen Robes Meeks

The public is invited to weigh in on the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks on the Chula Vista Bayfront.

The proposed parks represent more than 50 percent of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront. Feedback on the designs will help inform the look and feel of these new green spaces. KTU+A and Jacob Petersen with Petersen Studio are the design teams.

The much larger Harbor Park will offer “signature amenities, recreational opportunities and programming,” while Sweetwater Park will connect visitors with the natural resources of the bayfront, according to the port.

The Sweetwater Park Design Workshop is set for 6 p.m. on March 20 at the City of Chula Vista Public Library, Civic Center Branch, located at 365 F St. in Chula Vista.

Friday, March 8, 2019

New Cutter for San Pedro Bay

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard commissioned the second of four new, California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutters on March 2. The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward will be homeported in Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The four cutters will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which encompasses California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.

“This cutter is specifically designed to face today’s threats in the maritime domain,” said Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander. “This cutter is faster, goes further and can do more than any other Coast Guard patrol boat.”

The cutters were designed to conduct drug and migrant interdictions, search and rescue and other missions.

“The crew and I are truly honored to serve aboard such a capable platform and we look forward to continuing the Coast Guard's vital missions throughout California and the Pacific," said Lt. Benjamin Davne, the Robert Ward commanding officer.

Cranes Arrive at Tacoma

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, the Port of Tacoma welcomed a massive ship carrying four super-post-Panamax container cranes bound for Husky Terminal located at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway.

The Zhen Hua 31, a 771-foot-long heavy-lift ship, carried the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd cranes, ordered by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, from China.

These new cranes – capable of working two 18,000-TEU container ships simultaneously – will possess an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck, according to the NWSA.

They will be installed at Husky Terminal, which recently completed an estimated $250 million in terminal improvements on Tacoma’s General Central Peninsula, including the strengthening and realigning of a berth and the addition of eight new super-post-Panamax cranes.

San Pedro Bay Clean Air Update

By Karen Robes Meeks

On Wednesday March 13, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will provide the latest progress report on the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan 2017 Update (CAAP). This will be the first of four meetings scheduled for this year.

The CAAP Update is the ports’ strategy for achieving its zero-emission goal while bolstering its position in the international economy.

Since enacting the strategy nearly 15 years ago, diesel particulate matter has fallen 87 percent, while nitrogen oxides dropped 58 percent, and sulfur oxides are down 97 percent. The 2017 version of the CAAP targets greenhouse gases from port operations. The goal is to lower GHG by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The meeting 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 in Long Beach.

For more information visit www.cleanairactionplan.org.

Falls of Clyde Auction Falls Through

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Falls of Clyde, a 280-foot steel-mast sailing vessel docked at Pier 7 of Honolulu Harbor, could not be auctioned due to lack of qualified bidders, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

“We were optimistic a bidder would step forward and purchase this ship, however we did not receive any qualified bids that were able to meet the requirements,” said Deputy Director Derek Chow, Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division. “While a lot of people may want to see the ship restored, paying for it remains an issue.”

In accordance with state law, the agency’s Harbors Division will continue the process of removing the impounded and unpermitted vessel. Selling the vessel by negotiation, donating it to a governmental agency or otherwise disposing of it are some of the available options.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

President Signs Mariner Credential Order

By Karen Robes Meeks

Sea veterans will now be able to smoothly transition into the United States Merchant Marine, thanks to an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump on Monday, March 4.

The order allows the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to support mariner credentialing. They will review all military training and experience to see which could qualify toward mariner credentials. Within a year of the order, they will submit a list of all identified training and experience to the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center. The NMC will then determine which ones can count towards credentialing and take appropriate action to waive fees for active service members pursuing or possessing a mariner credential.

A robust merchant marine is vital to US national and economic security, and qualified merchant mariners are in short supply, according to the president’s executive order.

“As our strategic competitors expand their global footprint, the United States must retain its ability to project and sustain forces globally. This capability requires a sufficient corps of credentialed merchant mariners available to crew the necessary sealift fleet. Attracting additional trained and credentialed mariners, particularly from active duty service members and military veterans, will support United States national security requirements and provide meaningful, well-paying jobs to United States veterans,” the order reads.

Port of Seattle to Develop Uplands

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Seattle commissioners agreed to spend $4 million toward the first phase of the Terminal 91 (T-91) Uplands Development, a move that supports infrastructure expansion of the area north of Magnolia Bridge.

The port’s Real Estate Development Department plans to build two 50,000-square-foot light industrial buildings to help maritime manufacturers and fishing industry suppliers in the Ballard Interbay Manufacturing Industrial Center.

The development will be done in two phases, spending the next 10 to 15 years, with the first phase focused on existing T-91 tenants and other maritime customers who want to expand operations on the property.

“With this approval, we can move forward with providing our local fishing and maritime clusters with much-needed industrial property,” said Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck. “We know that the key to expanding family-wage jobs in this region is developing industrial lands such as Terminal 91, an asset that can deliver jobs and growth for decades to come.”

Portland Terminal 6 Open for Breakbulk

By Karen Robes Meeks

Terminal 6 recently moved its first wind turbine tower parts, also known as “breakbulk” cargo, through its docks thanks to a partnership between Vestas, the Port of Portland and Portland-based Omega Morgan.

The sections for about 50 towers, which will be used on a wind project in Eastern Oregon, came from Korea. They were delivered over three separate ship calls. The last oversized shipment was handled on Friday, March 1 and later transported to its final destination by truck at night to minimize traffic issues.

“With our North American headquarters in Portland, we’re especially proud to be part of bringing the supply chain benefits of wind energy to the Port of Portland for a new wind project here in the state,” said Senior Manager of Transportation for Vestas North America, Arturus Espaillat. “The port’s ability to accommodate turbine components of this size was key to effectively and economically delivering the components to the project.”

“The port is focused on moving more breakbulk through Terminal 6 as we continue to serve shippers at our multi-use terminal,” said Port Chief Commercial Officer Keith Leavitt. “The local partnerships needed to complete this work complement a project that will bring renewable energy to the state.”.

Everett South Terminal Reaches Milestone

By Karen Robes Meeks

The final steel pile to support a strengthened South Terminal was installed at the end of February, marking a significant step in the Port of Everett’s Seaport Modernization program.

Since last summer, 343 piles have been set into the sea floor to strengthen the dock and make it ready to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X.

The South Terminal facility is a major component of the port’s modernization program.

First constructed in 1970s to support logging operations it couldn’t accommodate the minimum 1,000 pounds per square foot requirement for cargo operations. Phase 2 of the project was designed to bolster the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure and update the wharf’s electrical capabilities.

When completed, the dock will be able to support two, 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide the ability to plug in while at dock.

The $36 million project will be finalized by December 2019.