Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Lurline for Matson

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week in San Diego, Matson, Inc. received delivery of its newest vessel from General Dynamics NASSCO. Christened Lurline, it is considered the biggest combination container / roll-on / roll-off (con-ro) vessel ever built in the US, the company announced Dec. 26.

The 870-foot-long vessel – Matson’s largest and one of its fastest – will embark on its maiden voyage to Hawaii next month, stopping in Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11 before arriving in Honolulu on Jan. 15.

The Lurline is the first of a pair of "Kanaloa Class" con-ro ships by NASSCO, and the third of four new ships Matson is bringing online between 2018 and 2020.

Hawaii Terminal Project Moves to Phase 2

By Karen Robes Meeks

With the first phase of the Kapalama Container Terminal project at Honolulu Harbor completed ahead of schedule, Hawaii transportation leaders are ready for the second phase to begin.

Earlier this month, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division announced that it plans to open the bidding for Phase 2 in February 2020. This phase is expected to cost between $200 million and 300 million and should be completed by 2023.

“Positive improvements are underway at our commercial harbors that will enhance operations for the harbor users, which ultimately benefits the public as a whole,” said Deputy Director Derek Chow, Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division. “This project is especially exciting because it will help address our capacity issues and meet the growing economic demands for the long term, that when complete, overseas transfers of containers to the interisland carrier will reduce traffic around the harbor’s surrounding roads.”

The terminal project, which started in January 2018, is the centerpiece of the Harbors Modernization Plan and is considered the biggest capital improvement project in Hawaii harbors history.

Countries Commemorate Cooperation

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month in Seattle, Wash., the US Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Services (CVTS), a shipping traffic management system that spans from Puget Sound north to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The system works to make vessel traffic movement safer and faster while shrinking pollution risk to the marine ecosystems.

“The region, the people and the relationship we have with Canada is what makes this partnership so unique,” said Rear Adm. Jack Vogt, commander, 13th Coast Guard District. “This team works tirelessly to ensure the safe movement of maritime traffic throughout this pristine environment.”

For more information about the CVTS, visit https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-13/Units/Sector-Puget-Sound/Co_opVTS/.

Everett Announces Strategy

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett has mapped out its vision for the next decade, thanks to a new Strategic Plan adopted by the port commission earlier this month.

Nearly two years in the making, the plan incorporated public comments received during the engagement process and outlines the priorities. Promoting and protecting a balanced waterfront and enabling balanced economic opportunities through a working waterfront with that of a destination waterfront while being accessible to the public are key components of the strategy.

The plan also prioritizes environmental stewardship, recreational access, facilitates a strong regional economy and supports national security and a resilience to disasters while reflecting the values of the community. For more details on the strategic plan, visit http://www.portofeverett.com/home/showdocument?id=14141

Friday, December 27, 2019

Port of Seattle Adopts Environmental
Justice Policy

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle recently adopted the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment, a policy that will foster economic opportunities in this port-adjacent community.

“The Port of Seattle is excited to continue working with the Duwamish Valley community in providing greater opportunities to near-Port neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by environmental justice issues,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “We’ve seen great results so far, and we look forward to engaging more community groups to continue this innovative and impactful work.”

The policy is the culmination of three years of work between the port and Duwamish Valley community and is part of the EPA Ports Initiative Environmental Justice Project. Back in 2006, the port, community members and Just Health Action teamed up to apply for an EPA technical assistance grant to address environmental issues in the Duwamish Valley.

“The communities of the Duwamish Valley have always been rich with talent and continue to add economically and to the rich cultural tapestry of the region. This resolution is reflective of an important step the Duwamish Valley community and the Port of Seattle is making so that all who live, work, and invest in the valley can thrive,” said Bunthay Cheam, Port Community Action Team representative and lifelong South Park community member. “It serves as a model of how institutions and communities can build together. We thank the Port of Seattle for recognizing the need for the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment and for investing in its neighbors that have been here all along.”

Dredging Begins in Bellingham

By Karen Robes Meeks

Efforts to return the Squalicum Waterway to its authorized width and depth are now under way.

Earlier this month, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Bellingham launched a 45-day, $2.2 million waterfront infrastructure project, which involves dredging approximately 254,000 cubic yards of material from the waterway and transporting it by barge to disposal sites. Long Beach-based Curtin Maritime Corp has been contracted to perform the work.

“Maintenance dredging of the Squalicum Waterway is long overdue,” said Bellingham Cold Storage President Doug Thomas, whose company teamed with the port to secure the federal funding needed to perform the work.

“The federal channel was last dredged in 2004 and ongoing sedimentation has created a navigation hazard threatening the economic viability of waterfront industries like Bellingham Cold Storage which rely on a fully maintained channel,” Thomas said. “Over the past several years, vessel loading restrictions have forced us to utilize a makeshift system of loading product onto a floating barge in the middle of Bellingham Bay at considerable added expense. This system was not sustainable, and the economic development potential of our working waterfront has been compromised by increasing limitations in functionality within the Squalicum Waterway.”

Successful Mission for USCGC Bertholf Crew

By Karen Robes Meeks

After 82 days of counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) crew members returned home to Alameda, Calif., before Christmas.

Their efforts resulted in the seizure of 5,851 pounds of cocaine worth more than an estimated $100 million.

The previous week, the crew was in San Diego, Calif., offloading more than 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $312 million. The drugs were ceased over the course of “seven separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and disruptions by five Coast Guard cutter crews”. The operation occurred between October and December while the crews patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the Mexican, Central and South American coasts, according to the agency.

“This offload demonstrates another successful example of the ‘Cycle of Justice,’” said Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan. “This cycle begins with intelligence-driven detection and monitoring of illicit activities that then cue the interdiction and apprehension of smugglers and contraband, and ultimately leads to criminal prosecution,” she said. “This 'Cycle of Justice' disrupts a 'Cycle of Crime,' which left unchecked, fuels violence and instability that corrodes our hemisphere's social and economic fabric, and directly contributes to historically high drug-related deaths in neighborhoods across North America.”

New Govt. Relations Director at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Eleanor Torres has been named the Port of Long Beach’s new director of government relations. She will represent the port’s interests with the federal, state and local governments and oversee the port's legislative advocates in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved the appointment of Torres, who previously worked for the Orange County Water District as public affairs director.

Prior to her work in Orange County, Torres spent a decade working for the California Legislature, which included being district director for then-Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer.

Torres, who is expected to begin in her new role this month, attended Smith College, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Cargo Still Down at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Tariffs continue to affect cargo movement at the Port of Long Beach, which saw its numbers fall nearly 4 percent last month.

Long Beach handled 599,985 TEUs, a 3.5 percent decrease compare to November 2018, with imports dropping 8.3 percent to 293,287 TEUs. Meanwhile, exports rose 6.9 percent to 123,705 TEUs and empty containers dipped 1.7 percent to 182,992 TEUs.

“The effects of these tariffs are being felt by everyone, from American manufacturers and farmers to the consumers who purchase goods moving through our Port complex,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “As we wait for a resolution to this protracted trade war, the Port will remain competitive by delivering exceptional customer service and moving ahead with capital improvement projects that will allow us to grow well into the future.”

So far, 6.9 million TEUs have moved through the port this year, a pace that makes 2019 the port’s second-busiest year. Its best year was 2018.

“We appreciate our terminal operators, truckers, unionized dockworkers and all the other men and women who keep our Port humming with activity,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “We’re hoping to close the year on a positive note that focuses on our continuing efforts to move cargo efficiently and sustainably.”

Seattle Wins Cruise Port Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

Major online cruise resource Cruise Critic recently bestowed The Port of Seattle the honor of Best North American Homeport 2019 and listed Seattle as a ‘Cruiser’s Choice’ in their Top 5 Destinations of 2019.

Cruise Critic described Seattle as “the perfect Pacific Northwest jump-off to the Last Frontier,” praising the free Port Valet for passengers and its plans to open an environmentally friendly terminal in 2023.

“We thank Cruise Critic for their award for Best Homeport 2019, this is a huge honor for the Port of Seattle,” said Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “We’ve worked hard each year to welcome cruise passengers to our wonderful city, and to provide as many opportunities to get them to stay a few extra days. With great public transportation options and our own Port Valet Program, we will continue to innovate and offer the best hospitality possible. It is especially gratifying to be recognized for our efforts to make our home port the most environmentally progressive in the nation.”

This year, the port is poised to serve more than 1.3 million passengers at its Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Terminal 91, while hosting seven major cruise lines.

The port expects 225 cruise ship calls in 2020.

Oakland Hires New Attorney

By Karen Robes Meeks

Michele Heffes is the Port of Oakland’s new Port Attorney, the first woman to hold the title in the port’s 92-year history.

Heffes, a 31-year port veteran, takes over for Danny Wan, who became the Port’s Executive Director on Nov. 14. She started at the port in 1988 as an environmental scientist. In 1993, she became a Deputy Port Attorney, then served other roles in the Port Attorney’s Office, including Assistant Port Attorney.

“I’m honored to serve as the Port Attorney for the preeminent public institution in the Bay Area,” said Heffes. “I look forward to working with the Board and executive management team in fulfilling the Port’s strategic priorities in a socially responsible manner.”

Heffes earned her bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the University of San Francisco.

LTI Moves Homes for Vets

By Karen Robes Meeks

To assist the nonprofit Impossible Roads Foundation with a special Veterans Day project, LTI, Inc. employees drove from Seattle to Ferndale, Wash., to deliver 13 Matson-donated 40-foot high-cube containers that were transformed into homes for disabled veterans in Whatcom County.

Every tiny home created has been dubbed 'The Impossible Tiny Home' because “it is a small miracle that all of the materials, insight, design, labor, and personnel came together to build them,” said John Hope of the Impossible Roads Foundation.

"You guys truly are lifesavers," Hope wrote to LTI, Inc. "We do not know how we could build and provide these tiny homes to veterans without the kindness and generosity of you delivering them to us."

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Los Angeles to Team with Indonesian Port

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) will team up to share best practices related to infrastructure, operations and trade competitiveness.

Officials from both ports recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on issues ranging from the environment to technology that boosts supply chain efficiency.

“Increased global competitiveness, supply chain innovation and the more widespread use of sustainable operations technology can only happen if ports join forces in earnest to share ideas and expertise,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This agreement today is another example of the Port of Los Angeles’ commitment to further promote international cooperation and collaboration across the globe.”

“PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II is excited to establish more formal ties with Port of Los Angeles to collaborate closely in the years ahead,” said Elvyn Gani Masassya, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero). “From the environment to new technologies, business systems to infrastructure development, there is a great deal that we can learn from one another to improve operations and advance global trade, innovation and sustainability,” Masassya said.

Clean Truck Workshop Webcast

By Karen Robes Meeks

Want to hear more about the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Truck Program rate proposal but can’t physically attend the workshop on Dec. 18? You can catch it live online at www.polb.com/webcast.

As part of the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, a proposed 2020 rate structure on trucks handling containers to and from marine terminals is being considered in an effort to quicken the San Pedro Bay truck fleet’s conversion to cleaner trucks. Rebates may be possible for trucks that meet near-zero or zero-emissions.

The workshop, which will include a presentation on the proposed rate and related timeline, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 18, in the Bob Foster Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif.

For more information, visit https://cleanairactionplan.org.

Washington Maritime Accelerator

By Karen Robes Meeks

Eleven startups have been chosen to take part in Washington state’s first maritime accelerator scheduled to launch next month, according to Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle, and WeWork Labs.

The 11 companies – of which more than 30 percent were founded by women and 70 percent are based in Washington state – are Beam Reach, Discovery Health, ecoSpears, eOceans, Equll, MER Equipment, Net Your Problem, oneTank, OneForNeptune, Pure Watercraft, and SPBES.

Over the next four months, the companies will be housed at WeWork Labs where they will receive intensive programming, as well as access to WeWork Labs’ global network of mentors and advisors. According to the press release, this first cohort also will receive “additional mentorship opportunities, drawing on Maritime Blue's coalition of industry experts, as well as ‘pilots with enterprises’ demonstration and sales opportunities, and vast connections to the global maritime industry.”

USCG Teams with University of Washington

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard will be formally collaborating with the University of Washington Tacoma to develop the next generation of Coast Guard leaders.

Officials from the agency and the university took part in a signing ceremony at William W. Philip Hall last week.

"The Coast Guard is excited to work with the University of Washington Tacoma to provide further opportunities for leadership, scholarships, and paths for public service,” said Rear Adm. Jack Vogt, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District. “Together we will work to teach, develop, and guide the future men and women who will lead our country, especially here in the Pacific Northwest and abroad, and further national safety and security."

One program, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), focuses on helping underrepresented students get a degree while at the same time allowing them to join the Coast. "The CSPI initiative at the University of Washington Tacoma is unique in that it allows the Coast Guard to recruit future leaders from our tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest, a population that has been underrepresented in the Coast Guard,” said Vogt.

For more, visit https://www.gocoastguard.com/CSPIScholarship

Friday, December 13, 2019

LA Sees Cargo Drop

By Karen Robes Meeks

Last month, the Port of Los Angeles handled 728,918 TEUs, a 12.4 percent drop from the same period a year ago, according to statistics released Tuesday.

Year over year, imports fell 12.2 percent to 371,350 TEUs while exports dropped 9.2 percent to 138,545 TEUs, marking a 13th straight month of decline. Empty containers also fell 14.8 percent to 219,024 TEUs.

Despite these decreases, the port is reporting a 0.4 percent uptick in overall volumes through the first 11 months of the year compared to 2018, a record year for the port.

“As we expected, 2019 winds down with volumes weakening, due largely to the US-China trade war which continues to negatively impact American consumers, manufacturers and US supply chain jobs,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Although we anticipate tariffs will linger well into 2020, we will continue to aggressively invest in our physical and digital infrastructure through this economic cycle.”

Oakland Trade Rises

By Karen Robes Meeks

At the Port of Oakland, exports rose 5.8 percent to 81,781 TEUs in November compared to the same period a year ago, while import volume fell 7.2 percent to 77,350 TEUs, according to statistics released Tuesday.

The port attributes the increased export numbers to “increased overseas demand – primarily in Asia – for US goods perceived to have high quality. It singled out American-produced farm goods, as an example.”

Meanwhile, the import numbers reflect last year’s rush by shippers to quickly move cargo ahead of tariff hikes.

Total cargo volume dipped 0.8 percent through the first 11 months of the year mainly because of the 10.5 percent decrease in empty container movement, according to the port.

Brown Line Trucking Wins EPA Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

Brown Line, part of the Lynden family of companies that specializes in the trucking of temperature-controlled goods, recently garnered its third straight SmartWay High Performer Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Our team is very proud to receive this award for the third consecutive year," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We continue to work hard to ensure we reduce carbon emissions by reducing idle time, sudden starts and stops and by using a new system called SmartDrive. This system allows our team to work together to improve driver safety and driving habits while reducing carbon emissions."

Brown Line, who has a location in Mount Vernon, Wash., has made several sustainable upgrades this year, including the addition of 14 new fuel-efficient trucks to its fleet – a move that makes 90 percent of its equipment less than five years old – and enhancing its refrigeration units with StarTrak, which alerts personnel of any temperature issues.

The company has also made a nearly 40 percent improvement in its fuel consumption over the past five years. It has curbed its nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions per ton mile by 44 and 62 percent respectively over the last seven years.

Port of Camas-Washougal to Recognize Ward’s Contribution

By Karen Robes Meeks

Departing Port of Camas-Washougal District 2 Commissioner Bill Ward is expected to be honored on Dec. 16.

Ward, who has served as commissioner since 2008, will step down after Jan. 1.

“Commissioner Ward not only has years of outstanding service to the Camas and Washougal communities, but has provided strategic leadership through the early days of the waterfront development and has continued to provide valuable counsel to the board and our staff,” said Port CEO David Ripp. “I want to publicly thank Commissioner Ward for his service and dedication to serving our community and helping grow our economy through economic development.”

A professional engineer who owns and runs a consulting engineering business, Ward is deeply involved in local organizations, including the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club, the Columbia River Economic Development Commission, Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, Washington Public Ports Association, East Vancouver Business Association and the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce.

“Those of us that know Commissioner Ward personally, admire him not only for his business efforts, but also for his personal lifetime values and dedication to community,” Commission President Larry Keister said. “I wish Bill well and am confident the community will continue to benefit from his valued leadership.”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

San Diego Business Women of the Year

By Karen Robes Meeks

The San Diego Business Journal has named Port of San Diego Real Estate Department Manager Penny Maus one of its Business Women of the Year, an honor bestowed upon 15 honorees selected from 100 finalists.

Now in its 26th years, the award recognizes outstanding female business leaders who have made a difference in San Diego’s workspaces and communities.

“Penny is a doer and it’s no surprise that she’s been chosen as one of the San Diego Business Journal’s 2019 Business Women of the Year,” said Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego president and CEO. “She works hard to promote development opportunities and attract developers to the San Diego Bay waterfront. In addition to the STAY OPEN proposal, she has been an important part of the team for all of the Port’s major bayfront redevelopment efforts, from Chula Vista to the Embarcadero to Harbor Island. Penny is so deserving of this recognition.”

Maus, who arrived at the port in 2008, oversees 19 real estate assets, including four hotels, six marinas and four stand-alone restaurants on San Diego Bay.

Cutter Returns to Astoria

By Karen Robes Meeks

The 210-foot cutter Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast recently came back to Astoria, Oregon, after a 60-day counter drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The crew of the Steadfast – a Reliance Class cutter that has been based in Astoria since 1994 – traveled more than 10,500 miles and conducted more than 100 readiness drills. Sailors also supported volunteer projects, including painting and improving the outside of an elementary school for special needs students in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In addition, they helped build a retaining wall that provides pedestrian access to a primary school in Huatulco, Mexico.

The Steadfast was part of the 2019 San Francisco Fleet Week Parade of Ships and hosted over 1,500 public tours.

Clean Trucks to Be Discussed in Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will discuss the Clean Truck Program Rate at a public workshop in Long Beach, Calif. on Dec. 18.

The rate proposal – to be imposed on trucks moving containers to and from marine terminals – is being considered in 2020 as a way to speed up the San Pedro Bay truck fleet’s conversion to cleaner trucks. It is a component of the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Bob Foster Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif.

For more details, visit www.cleanairactionplan.org.

Christmas Ships at Vancouver, USA

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA will host the fifth annual Christmas Ships viewing event at Terminal 1 on Dec. 19.

Ships are expected to arrive between 7:30 and 8 p.m. The event is free and will feature live music, food and various activities, including face painting, free children’s books and an opportunity to pet and feed alpacas dressed as reindeer.

Port representatives will be available to discuss the latest efforts to redevelop Terminal 1.

Parking is limited on the waterfront. Guests can instead park downtown and use two RYD shuttle vehicles for pick up and drop off at the Hilton Hotel pullout. They will run for free from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Warehouse ’23 event space located at 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Wash.

For more about the event, visit www.portvanusa.com.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Coast Guard Cities

By Karen Robes Meeks

The cities of Cordova, Alaska, and Westport, Washington have been designated by US Coast Guard as Coast Guard Cities through 2024.

The designation reflects a community’s close relationship with the agency. The two municipalities, which plan to celebrate the designation early next year, are among 28 others with the special title. Cities may retain the designation for five years before having to recertify for the status.

Cordova – population 2,205 people – is situated in Prince William Sound in Coast Guard District 17 and is the region’s biggest commercial fishing port. The agency has been in the Alaskan city since 1937 with the Coast Guard Cutters Sorrel, Sweetbrier, Sycamore and Fir. Aviation support facility Air Station Kodiak has been based in Cordova since 1980.

Located in Coast Guard District 13, Westport, Wash., has had a relationship with the agency since 1897 when the US Lifesaving Service and the US Lighthouse Establishment were present to support the area’s lumber shipping and fishing industries.

Sea Level Defense

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, leaders from the Port of Redwood City and other California ports gathered for the “Strategies for Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense” conference in Oakland, Calif.

Port Executive Director Kristine A. Zortman shared the port’s efforts to proactively address issues related to higher sea levels, storm surges and flooding.

Approximatively $17 million will be dedicated to making the port ready to tackle major emergencies, including an investment in a wharf that can withstand from three to five feet of sea level rise, and an 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

“Our port has been designated as the only federal staging area for emergencies in the South San Francisco Bay area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” she said. “In a time of crisis, our port will be used to deliver supplies, evacuate people and transport rescue teams to aid in disaster recovery and provide critical relief to our region. This is a tremendously important designation in our service to the community.”

Newest Everett Commissioner

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Everett’s newest commissioner, District 1 Port Commissioner-Elect David Simpson, was sworn in last week, taking over for former District 1 Port Commissioner Bruce Fingarson.

US Navy veteran Simpson comes to the port with more than 45 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including 30 years in the aviation industry – 24 years in manufacturing engineering for The Boeing Co. and six years as an aviation mechanic for the navy.

His public service career includes the Washington State House of Representatives 38th District, Everett City Council, City of Everett Planning Commission, Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, and the City of Everett’s Committee for Housing and Community Development.

“I am looking forward to working for the citizens of District 1 and ensuring the Port of Everett remains a competitive leader in the region,” Simpson said.

WPPA Awards Lifetime Membership

By Karen Robes Meeks

Outgoing Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Jerry Oliver was recently lauded as an Honorary Lifetime Member by the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA).

Oliver was presented with the award on Nov. 22 at the WPPA Annual Convention in Tacoma, Wash. He was chosen for his outstanding leadership and service in the port industry. As a commissioner, Oliver played a key role in the $250 million West Vancouver Freight Access project to extend the port’s rail system from 11 to nearly 50 miles.

“Jerry Oliver’s impact on the Washington Public Ports Association has been monumental,” said WPPA President Don Meyer. “He has served as a past president of the association, as a commissioner at the Port of Vancouver since 2007 and has been an absolute stalwart member. For his contributions and leadership within the association, and within the Vancouver community, we were pleased to present Mr. Oliver with an Honorary Lifetime Membership.”

Oliver, who announced he would not seek a third term, will step down at the end of this month when his term expires.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Long Beach to Discuss On-Dock Rail

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is inviting stakeholders to a community meeting to discuss Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, the key component of the port’s $1 billion rail improvement program.

The facility will allow cargo to be placed on trains rather than trucks when it arrives at marine terminals, curbing truck use in the area.

According to the port, the first arrival, departure and storage tracks are set to be operational in 2024, with more tracks being completed in 2030. The project is expected to be finalized in 2032.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m., at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, 1301 W. 12th St., Long Beach, Calif.

For more information on the project, visit www.polb.com/PierB

New Portland Commissioners

By Karen Robes Meeks

Katherine Lam and Meg Niemi are the newest members of the nine-member Port of Portland Commission, replacing outgoing Commissioners Tom Chamberlain and Gary Young.

Lam, who is president and co-owner of Bambuza Hospitality Group, and Niemi, who has been president of SEIU Local 49 for more than 13 years, were appointed by Gov. Kate Brown. The Oregon Senate approved the appointments Nov. 20.

“It's a great honor to serve the Port of Portland in this capacity,” said Lam. “Portland has an award-winning international airport with an exciting expansion ahead of it. I look forward to building on that momentum to create a prosperous future for the port and our community.”

Niemi said she is honored to join the commission. “We have an incredible opportunity for Oregon’s economy and the Port of Portland to reflect the community it serves and value the workforce that makes it all possible,” she said. “Together, we can navigate a path forward that strengthens and lifts everyone.”

Long Beach Port Offers Park Funding

By Karen Robes Meeks

Six projects aimed toward augmenting greenspace and parks recently received a boost of more than $4.3 million from the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Recipients of the Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program include:

• City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services –$21,472 for Stephens Middle School edible garden

• Camp Fire Angeles – $645,286 for Discovery Trail at DeForest Park

• The Salvation Army – $670,000 for the Red Shield Youth and Community Center at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $981,280 for Lincoln Park landscaping

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $999,100 for the Drake-Chavez Parks Connection Project, and

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $999,115 for the 51st Street Greenbelt

“With these grants, the Port is able to improve parks and recreational facilities that benefit areas around Long Beach that are closest to the cargo-movement routes,” said Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “This program and our environmental initiatives are just part of our effort to be a good neighbor.”

Christmas Ships to Call Camas-Washougal

By Karen Robes Meeks

The 65th annual Christmas Ships Parade returns to the Port of Camas-Washougal on the historic Columbia River on Dec 7.

The port will host as many as 30 decorated vessels for a special performance of this local tradition. Free hot cider and cookies will be served in the port’s meeting room for those wanting to escape the cold. Carolers from Washougal High School will add to the evening’s festivities.

The event is free. Doors open to the public at 5 p.m., with the parade set to begin at 6 p.m. at 24 South A Street in Washougal.

For more information, visit https://portcw.com/news/christmas-ships-parade-returns-to-the-port.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

San Diego Seaport Village Gains Tenants

By Karen Robes Meeks

Three popular local businesses will soon call the Port of San Diego’s Seaport Village home.

Port commissioners recently voted to approve leases for Mike Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza, and Spill the Beans, all of which are expected to open in 2020.

Mike Hess Brewing, which currently has locations in Miramar, North Park, Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach, will occupy a space along the waterfront boardwalk in the Carousel District north of the Pier Café. It will feature a beer tasting room and patio area with a full-service restaurant.

Mr. Moto Pizza will open its sixth location taking the space adjacent to Mike Hess Brewing in the Carousel District.

Opening a second location, specialty coffee and bagel shop Spill the Beans will move in to Seaport Village’s Lighthouse District across from the Marriott Marina near San Pasqual Winery.

“The port is thrilled to bring some new and established local favorites to the San Diego Bay waterfront for the enjoyment of San Diegans as well as those who visit us from across the country and around the world,” said Port Board Chairman Garry Bonelli. “These new tenants will help bring fresh energy and vitality to the diverse shops, unique eateries and outdoor entertainment already offered at the vibrant harbor-side hub.”

Everett Budget Supports Port Upgrades

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett’s $66.2 million budget for 2020 reflects a significant investment in its future and that of the region.

The 2020 fiscal plan includes $24.7 million in operating/non-operating expenses and $24.3 million in capital investment. Approximately $6.5 million has been put aside for environmental remediation and public access projects, and $9.2 million to pay the principal and interest of the port long-term debt.

The $24.3 million capital investment – $103.1 million through 2024 – will help fund 45 projects that further the port’s Strategic Plan. The plan includes upgrades to Seaport facilities, development of the former Kimberly-Clark mill site, and completion of Fisherman’s Harbor, which is Phase One of the port’s 65-acre mixed-use development at Waterfront Place.

The budget sets the financial framework for the port to continue delivering on the vision of a balanced Everett waterfront that supports maritime use at the urban deep-water Seaport, and mixed-use at the destination waterfront.

Port of Seattle to Fund Creek Remediation

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Seattle Commissioners moved to fund a portion of the Miller Creek restoration project in collaboration with the cities of Burien and SeaTac.

The motion to negotiate an inter-local agreement to allocate $800,000 of the $3.5 million joint project would help with the replacement of a failing culvert and the creation of 450 feet of new salmon spawning habitat on port land along Des Moines Memorial Drive. The creek supports existing runs of Coho salmon.

“When fully funded, this project will help restore Miller Creek to a more natural state, cooling and filtering the water to restore salmon habitat,” said Maiya Andrews, Public Works Director for the City of Burien.

SeaTac Public Works Director William Appleton said the project protects a sensitive environmental network and creates the potential for education and outreach.

“This is a fantastic opportunity that creates needed infrastructure and environmental improvements in a watershed that is one of the few salmon-bearing creeks in our area,” he said.

Friday, November 22, 2019

New Container Line for Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Portland will be receiving weekly visits from SM Line starting in January. The South Korea-based container carrier, established in 2017, will add Terminal 6 to its current Pacific Northwest rotation.

“We look forward to this new service in Portland, which will expand our trans-Pacific service coverage and better connect SM Line with customers in the region,” said SM Line CEO Kee Hoon Park.

Using six 4,300 to 4,500 TEU vessels, the weekly service will begin on Dec. 22 at the port of Ningbo in China then stop in Shanghai, Pusan, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Pusan, Kwangyang and Yantian.

“We are thrilled to welcome SM Line and give regional shippers more options and better connect Oregon businesses to global markets,” said port executive director Curtis Robinhold. “This service will help reduce the number of trucks on the road and decrease regional environmental impacts of freight movement.”

Governor Kate Brown’s recent trade mission trip to South Korea played a major role in securing the business. Brown and port officials met with SM Line executives.

“This is great news for Oregon, which will create more jobs for Oregonians and more opportunities for local companies to grow as they market Oregon products overseas,” Brown said. “Oregon sent $1.7 billion in exports to South Korea last year. During our recent trade mission, we met with SM Line executives and made the case for continuing connections with our trading partners in Asia. I’m delighted they made the decision to come to Portland.”

LA and Copenhagen Malmö Ports to Share
Energy Tech

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) will team up on environmental issues for at least the next five years.

On Nov. 15, both ports inked a Memorandum of Understanding in Los Angeles, allowing them to discuss issues and best practices related to “energy use and alternative energy sources; advance clean marine terminal equipment technology, ocean-going vessels and drayage trucks; and involvement in global environmental associations and initiatives,” according to the port.

“This agreement further solidifies our partnership with CMP, and our mutual interest in promoting the most efficient, most sustainable goods movement possible,” said Los Angeles Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “With cooperative information-sharing among ports around the world, the Port of Los Angeles has been able to achieve many of our advancements in reducing environmental impacts from port operations over the last decade.”

Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO of CMP, noted that her organization is looking forward to working with the Port of Los Angeles on how to continuously promote sustainable port development and management.

“In order to accelerate solutions on sustainable matters, we need to push for new technologies and new ways of working,” Agersnap said. “Strong partnerships are key to solid and speedy development – and we hope this agreement will also accelerate cooperation between the green maritime development in our two regions for mutual benefit.”

Port of Hueneme Hosts Newsom Advisor

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Hueneme recently hosted Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

Mendonca toured the port and participated in a roundtable discussion with port stakeholders about generating more economic opportunities for the area and sharing concerns about environmental regulations being considered in Sacramento.

“One in three jobs in our state are tied to the ports and having our state’s leadership understand the positive ripple effect we have on growing the middle class is paramount to our local and state economy’s success,” stated Port Public and Government Relations Manager Cam Spencer. “Today’s visit shows our message is being heard and we have a partner in the Governor’s office.”

“The port and its customers are vital to the local, state, and national economies. Their commitment to leading this region in a path forward toward higher wage jobs and sustainable environmental practices should be replicated around our state,” Mendonca said.

Long Beach Awards Sponsorships

By Karen Robes Meeks

Approximately $376,000 have been awarded to 124 community projects by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, which govern the Port of Long Beach.

Funding – which benefit area organizations dedicated to the arts, environment, social justice and historic preservation – was provided to the Cambodia Town Culture Parade and Festival, the Shared Science 2020 Tech Girls Workshop, the Long Beach Homeless Coalition’s LB Homelessness Ally Program and the Community Action Team’s 30‐Minute Beach Cleanups.

“Long Beach has an abundance of wonderful organizations that produce impressive events and programs. We’re honored to be able to support them through our sponsorship program,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “It’s a way for us to strengthen our commitment to the community while bringing awareness to the port’s important role in the region.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

San Diego Port to Purchase Renewable
Diesel Vehicles

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of San Diego harbor leaders voted earlier this month to approve the $700,000 purchase of seven vehicles to add to the port’s work fleet. The trucks will be powered by renewable diesel.

The Board of Port Commissioners authorized the agreement with 72 Hour LLC, DBA National Auto Fleet Group. The purchase includes one 10-yard dump truck, two ¾-ton crew cab pick-up trucks, one ¾-ton utility gardener truck, one ¾-ton crew cab stake bed truck, one long-bed cargo stake truck and one refuse packer/loader. The contract also includes two gas-powered mid-sized SUVs to replace two older fleet vehicles.

“The use of renewable diesel will help the Port meet its Climate Action Plan goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions along San Diego Bay and its tidelands,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The Port’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 13 percent since 2006 and the purchase of these vehicles will help to further decrease air pollution.”

Seattle Seeks Input on New Cruise Terminal

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle is seeking additional input on a proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46. The comments submission deadline has been extended to the end of month.

The project calls for the development of a new 29-acre cruise terminal that would meet the growing demands of the port’s cruise business. Feedback will be gathered and considered for the project’s State Environment Policy Act analysis.

The public will have until 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 to weigh in on the proposal. Written submissions can be sent by emailing SEPA@portseattle.org or mail to Laura Wolfe, Port of Seattle, Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121. Stakeholders can also go to the Terminal 46 Cruise Development website at http://www.T46cruise.participate.online and click “Participate” to provide input.

New Art for Redwood City Waterfront

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Redwood City’s waterfront will soon feature the work of Bay Area street artist Marlon Yanes.

On Nov. 20, the port will unveil Yanes’ art during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The paintings feature a 3-D mural depicting the inside of a sailboat cabin, utility box artwork honoring the port’s history and a series of nautical-themed light posts.

“These fresh bursts of colorful public art are one of the many ways we’re working to invite more of the community to enjoy our waterfront,” said Port Executive Director Kristine Zortman. “With so many recreational opportunities here along the waterfront, we hope to create a welcoming place where people want to frequent. We invite everyone to come see the new public art here in person, and hope they stay awhile to enjoy our other amenities.”

The ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. at Spinnaker Sailing, 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City, CA 94063.

For more information on the port’s public amenities, go to www.redwoodcityport.com/publicwaterfront.

Coast Guard Seeks Input on Bar Safety

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is asking the public to weigh in on proposed safety requirements at several bar entrances in central and northern California.

The community has until Dec. 9 to submit comments on the proposed Regulated Navigation Areas for harbor bar entrances to Crescent City Harbor, Humboldt Bay, Noyo River and Morro Bay.

According to the Coast Guard, “the proposed regulation would create additional safety requirements for recreational and small commercial vessels operating in these areas during periods of hazardous conditions, such as high wind or breaking surf, as well as establish clear procedures for restricting and closing these harbor bar entrances in the event of unsafe conditions.”

For more details, contact Lt. Andres Ayure, the 11th Coast Guard District Waterways Management Aids to Navigation operations officer; at Andres.a.ayure@uscg.mil, or call 510-437-2982. Comments can be submitted in writing to Commander, 11th Coast Guard District, Waterways Management Branch (dpw), Bldg. 50-2, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA 94501-5100, Attn: ATON Operations Officer, or by visiting https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/07/2019-23968/regulated-navigation-areas-harbor-entrances-along-the-coast-of-northern-california.

Friday, November 15, 2019

New CEO for Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland’s interim Executive Director Danny Wan has been selected to become the port’s new Executive Director. Wan will replace Chris Lytle, who retired in July after six years with the organization.

"We're fortunate to have Danny as the port's new chief executive,” said Board President Ces Butner. “Not only is he an experienced public professional, he is also a local leader with demonstrated commitment to the communities the port serves.”

Wan’s experience in public agency law, finance and environmental policy, community relations and strategic planning spans over two decades. He was the port attorney for six years before serving as port interim executive director.

He has been involved in the Oakland community, serving on the EBMUD Board representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he represented Chinatown and the Lake Merritt district as the Oakland City Council’s first openly gay member.

“It’s an honor to lead an organization that operates international transportation and shipping hubs and that generates tens of thousands of jobs,” said Wan. “I look forward to working with the Board and an excellent Port staff to plan for even greater efficiency in moving people and goods and to grow benefits for the state and the communities that surround the port.”

Vancouver, USA Extends Warehouse Lease

By Karen Robes Meeks

A lease agreement with Warehouse ‘23 was extended Tuesday by the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners, a move that guarantees the facility’s operation through Dec. 31, 2020.

The lease will run until Feb. 15, 2021, giving Warehouse ’23 time to conduct normal operation at Terminal 1 until the end of 2020 before having to vacate the space.

“It has been a great partnership with the port to do this unusual short-term business strategy,” said owner Mark Matthias. “We look forward to being part of the Terminal 1 development in the future with an exciting new concept.”

In 2016, Warehouse ’23 opened in the space formerly occupied by Red Lion Hotel and The Quay restaurant, reviving the waterfront. In 2021, the port will demolish the building, launching the next chapter of its waterfront development project.

“Warehouse ’23 has been a wonderful addition to the Vancouver waterfront,” said Julianna Marler, Port of Vancouver CEO. “Mark’s partnership and his vision to revitalize this space has helped create the energy and excitement for the future of Terminal 1.”

San Diego Harbor Police Chief Honored

By Karen Robes Meeks

The San Diego County Crime Commission has named the Port of San Diego’s Vice President of Public Safety and Harbor Police Chief Mark Stainbrook the 2019 Law Enforcement Official of the Year.

Stainbrook, who was honored earlier this month, was lauded for his outstanding service to his community.

“The Port of San Diego congratulates Chief Stainbrook for receiving this prestigious honor from the San Diego County Crime Commission,” said Garry Bonelli, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Since his appointment as Chief in March 2018, he has done a stellar job in leading the Harbor Police team in making San Diego Bay and its tidelands a safer place for our region’s residents and visitors.”

Before coming to the Port of San Diego Harbor Police in November 2011 as Assistant Police Chief, Stainbrook was a lieutenant for the Los Angeles Police Department working in patrol, the gang unit, internal affairs, and intelligence and counterterrorism.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Busy October for Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach posted its second-busiest October, according to latest numbers released Friday.

Long Beach handled 688,425 TEUs, 2.4 percent less than October 2018. Imports fell 7.4 percent to 337,062 TEUs, while exports rose 9.8 percent to 131,635 TEUs. Empty containers dipped 0.8 percent to 219,728 TEUs.

“As the trade war lingers, these tariffs continue to impact the US economy and have created uncertainty for the business of importers and exporters,” said port executive director Mario Cordero. “We are hopeful for a prompt resolution of the tariff situation between the US and China. In the meantime, we are moving forward with capital improvements that should bring long-term growth.”

Everett Sees Milestone Container Move

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett and shipping partner Brusco Tug and Barge achieved a major milestone last month in South Everett with the completion of the 1,000th direct container-on-barge aerospace cargo transport between the port’s Pacific Terminal and Mount Baker Terminal, its satellite shipping facility.

This means the “just-in-time delivery” of over 10,000 oversized airplane parts in support of the 747, 767, 777 and 777X airplane production lines.

“I’m proud of this strong partnership and the major impact it has had, and will continue to have, on our local and regional economies,” said Carl Wollebek, Chief Operating Officer for the port. “This logistics accomplishment, paired with the Port’s continued facility investments, represents our long-standing commitment to support the aerospace industry and job growth.”

Oakland Sees Export Increase

By Karen Robes Meeks

Last month, exports at the Port of Oakland rose 10.8 percent more than the same period last year, according to latest statistics released Friday.

The port handled 87,393 TEUs in export containers, much of it heading to Asian markets including its top trade partner China. Meanwhile, imports declined 4.6 percent, but are still up 2.7 percent for the year.

“Our export customers have demonstrated their resilience throughout this tariff standoff,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “For their sake, we hope the conflict is resolved and overseas business can grow even more.”

Oil Spilled in Honolulu Harbor

By Karen Robes Meeks

An oil discharge near Pier 19 in Honolulu, Hawaii, prompted the US Coast Guard to respond to the incident Thursday.

Vessel Kamokuiki contacted Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders Wednesday night about “heavy fuel oil discharged during bunkering operations with a barge.”

The crew quickly “secured the discharge, activated their Vessel Response Plan, and began clean-up operations,” according to USCG.

About 25 bales of absorbent material spanning the vessel’s stern to Pier 22 were deployed. Surrounding the bales were 1600 feet of hard boom deployed by two response vessels.

Cleanup efforts are underway. The bales collected two barrels (about 84 gallons) of oil and skimmers have cleaned up 40 gallons.

No wildlife has reportedly been affected.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Everett to Receive Federal Transportation Funds

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett will receive $15.5 million in federal funds for improvements along Everett’s waterfront, paving the way for future freight transportation.

The money, which comes from the US Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, allows the port to buy the land, build utilities, make stormwater improvements and prep the site to support container-on-barge service in the future.

“This grant award is a win-win for the Port of Everett that will clean up a neglected environmental hazard while also restoring the former Kimberly-Clark mill site to support maritime freight and commerce – stimulating Everett’s waterfront economy, and creating hundreds of new jobs in our state’s fastest growing county,” said Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.

“The port is thrilled to receive the BUILD grant to help purchase the former Kimberly-Clark mill site for maritime development,” said Lisa Lefeber, port CEO and executive director. “We will now be able to put this strategic site back into productive use, creating hundreds of jobs for the Everett-area economy,” she said. “The port greatly appreciates the strong support given to our grant application by Senators Murray and (Maria) Cantwell and Congressman (Rick) Larsen.”

Matson Posts Earnings

By Karen Robes Meeks

Matson, Inc. posted a net income of $36.2 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2019 slightly lower than the $41.6 million recorded for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018, the company announced Thursday.

Consolidated revenue for the 2019 third quarter reached $572.1 million, a drop from $589.4 million reported for the same period in 2018.

The quarter’s results came in as expected, according to Matt Cox, Matson's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Within Ocean Transportation, our China trade lane service performed well, but we saw continued weakness in our Hawaii market and experienced softer-than-expected volume in our Alaska service,” he said in a statement. “Within our Logistics segment, we continued to perform well with positive contributions to operating income from nearly all of the service lines."

The company maintains its 2019 consolidated operating income outlook, “given the performance year-to-date and our expectations for our businesses in the final quarter of the year,” Cox said.

“As we near the end of this transition year with Lurline expected to enter service this quarter, we take a significant step towards realizing our previously-mentioned approximately $30 million in financial benefits in 2020, when compared to 2019, driven primarily from the reduction in Hawaii fleet deployment to nine vessels," he said.

LA Cargo Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles handled 770,189 TEUs last month, falling 19.1% below its 2018 October record-breaking figures, according to numbers released Thursday. Imports dropped 19.1% to 392,768 TEUs and exports fell 19.3% to 140,332 TEUs.

The drop was not unexpected. Last year’s October numbers were significant in part because shippers were rushing to import cargo before tariffs took effect.

“With 25% fewer ship calls, 12 consecutive months of declining exports and now decreasing imports, we’re beginning to feel the far-reaching effects of the U.S.-China trade war on American exporters and manufacturers,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We expect soft volumes in the months ahead and with the holiday season upon us, less cargo means fewer jobs for American workers. We need a negotiated settlement and the tariffs lifted.”

USCG to Partner with University of Hawaii

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa have inked a memorandum of agreement as part of the Coast Guard's Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program, the agency announced Monday. The agreement allows both parties to increase opportunities for students.

"This agreement reflects a new chapter in the strong bond between the Coast Guard and University of Hawai’i. We are honored to be a part of the University of Hawai’i ‘ohana and look forward to greater engagement with students and faculty. Working together, we offer students and faculty an opportunity to learn about the Coast Guard and our important work in the Blue Pacific, and the Coast Guard seeks to strengthen our diverse and inclusive workforce through remarkable student scholarship programs,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District. UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno said the college is very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will provide students.

“That includes additional options for financial assistance, academic choices and amazing career opportunities,” he said. “The agreement also offers research opportunities for the university and the Coast Guard to explore.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

USCG Healy Returns to Seattle

By Karen Robes Meeks

After three months at sea, the 420-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Healy recently came back to its Seattle home base. Crewmembers went to the Arctic to support Coast Guard operations and various National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Office of Naval Research missions.

"During our deployment, we successfully transited 14,000 nautical miles and spent 50 cumulative days above the Arctic Circle, reaching as far north as 81 degrees north latitude,” said Capt. MaryEllen Durley, Healy’s commanding officer. “As the Coast Guard's sole Arctic icebreaker, we forged new relationships, trained new Arctic sailors, and conducted high latitude research that will help forecast the impact of seasonal ice formation critical to maintaining the Arctic maritime domain.”

Los Angeles Expects to Exceed Emissions Goals

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles is reaching and surpassing its 2023 targets for curbing pollution as cargo volumes soar, according to the recent release of its 2018 Inventory of Air Emissions Report.

Los Angeles met its 2023 goal to lower its diesel particulate matter in 2012 (77%), its SOx in 2014 (93%), and its NOx (59%) in 2017, the report read. The port also continues to surpass its 2020 goal of curbing the health risk related to port operations first reached in 2014.

The port is pushing to lower GHG emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

“Even as cargo has increased 26 percent since the baseline year of 2005, we’ve sustained the remarkable clean air gains we’ve made since then,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Our goal remains getting to zero emissions, which is why we’re focused on working with our partners on operational efficiencies and next-generation near-zero and especially zero emissions solutions, so our port, community and environment can thrive together.”

For more on the report, visit https://kentico.portoflosangeles.org/getmedia/0e10199c-173e-4c70-9d1d-c87b9f3738b1/2018_Air_Emissions_Inventory.

Seattle Meeting to Discuss Marine Noise

By Karen Robes Meeks

Leading maritime agencies gathered in Seattle recently to discuss efforts to curb underwater noise that is harming endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

Representatives of the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Washington State Ferries, NOAA, and the Puget Sound Partnership teamed to bring about a workshop that could help lower the noise pollution for the orcas, who have a hard time hunting and communicating underwater because of the noise.

“It was heartening to have such a broad range of expertise in the same room committed to tackling the critical issue of orca survival in the Salish Sea,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner and Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Member, Fred Felleman, who studied killer whales in graduate school and championed the workshop. “As we know from the study of cooperative hunters such as wolves, lions, and orcas, we can accomplish great things when we work together, and the recovery of our iconic orca hinges on our collaboration.”

The workshop addressed various matters, such as “acoustic monitoring, real-time notification of orca presence to mariners, vessel operations, and technology and innovation,” the port said. Officials hope these discussions will lead to agreements by mid-2020.

Friday, November 1, 2019

USCG James Crew Participate in Drug Interdiction

By Karen Robes Meeks

Crew members of the US Coast Guard Cutter James were part of a major effort to seize thousands of pounds of drugs in international waters of the Caribbean Basin and the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the Mexican, Central and South American coasts. Cutter James will unload approximately 28,000 pounds of seized cocaine with an estimated value of $367 million and about 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana valued at $10.1 million at Port Everglades.

The Coast Guard conducted 18 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels accounting for the seizure of 19 tons of narcotics with a street value of more than $375 million. The Cutter James crew conducted six of those interdictions resulting in 7,022 pounds of cocaine and 4,085 pounds marijuana.

“These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the James crew and other Coast Guard cutters involved in these interdictions," said Capt. Jeffrey Randall, Coast Guard Cutter James commanding officer. "The James crew conducted counter-drug operations with the cooperative efforts with regional partner nations, like Columbia, Costa Rica and alongside the agencies involved in Operation Martillo to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States. Due to this cooperative effort, we maintain an offensive against criminal networks and criminal organizations."

Seattle Seeks Cruise Terminal Input

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle is seeking input on a proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46.

The public will have until 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 to weigh in on the proposal, which calls for the development of a new 29-acre cruise terminal that would meet the growing demands of the port’s cruise business.

A pair of EIS Public Scoping Meetings/Open Houses, which will provide an opportunity to hear more about the project and weigh in on its potential environmental impact, are scheduled for the coming weeks. Feedback will be gathered and considered for the project’s SEPA analysis.

The first meeting will take place on Nov. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the King Street Ballroom at Embassy Suites at Pioneer Square, 255 South King Street in Seattle, Wash. The second gathering will be on Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Foundry, located at 4130 1st Avenue S in Seattle.

Written submissions can be sent by email SEPA@portseattle.org or mail to Laura Wolfe, Port of Seattle, Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121.

Stakeholders can also go online to the Terminal 46 Cruise Development website at http://www.T46cruise.participate.online and click “Participate” to provide input.

Port of Long Beach Promotes Tomley

By Karen Robes Meeks

Heather Tomley is the new Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Long Beach Harbor Department. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently voted to promote Tomley, who had been serving as acting managing director for the last 12 months while the port carried out a national search for the job.

Tomley was hired at the port in 2005 as an Environmental Planning Associate before being elevated to Environmental Specialist, then Senior Environmental Specialist in 2006, Assistant Director of Environmental Planning in 2008 and Director of Environmental Planning in 2014. Before joining the port Tomley worked for SCS Engineers as a Project Scientist and as an Air Quality Specialist for the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.

In her new role, Tomley will be tasked with overseeing the port’s Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Master Planning divisions. The job is a high profile one at the port, which is ramping up its efforts toward zero emissions operations.

“Heather has deep experience creating and managing cutting-edge projects that have dramatically improved air quality and earned crucial industry cooperation, such as the Clean Trucks Program and the Technology Advancement Program,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The Port will benefit from her skill set and industry relationships while it engages in long-term planning efforts like the Port Master Plan and San Pedro Bay Rail Study Update, and as it proceeds in earnest on its most ambitious and far-reaching goal ever – to achieve zero emissions cargo operations.”

Port of San Diego Honored by Environmental Professionals

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego recently netted a pair of prestigious awards from the San Diego chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals.

The association gave its Outstanding Technical Report Award to the port’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Resiliency Report, which looks at how the port plans to address projected sea level rise and studies its environmental and financial impacts.

The port also teamed up with the California State Lands Commission for the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership Preliminary Assessment Report, which earned them the association’s Outstanding Public Involvement Award.

“As an environmental champion of San Diego Bay and its tidelands, the Port of San Diego is committed to making sure these public lands will be protected so that they may be enjoyed by future generations,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, Garry Bonelli. “Port staff did an exceptional job ensuring that the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Resiliency Report reflected this. Additionally, port staff and State Lands Commission staff have underscored the importance of public involvement to help understand ocean planning. The port is honored to be recognized for its efforts on both of these reports.”

For more information on the port’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Resiliency Report, visit portofsandiego.org. Additional information on the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership Preliminary Assessment Report can be found at sdoceanplanning.org.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

San Diego Seeks Park Input

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista are asking stakeholders to weigh in on the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks at a final Design Workshop scheduled for Nov. 18, 2019.

Combined, those two parks will represent over half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront development.

Following the completion of the designs, staff will perform an environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) before coming back to the board to seek authorization for Coastal Development Permits sometime next year.

The Design Workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City of Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street in Chula Vista.

Visit portofsandiego.org/chulavistabayfront for more information on the development.

Clean Truck Program Wins Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Clean Truck Program recently earned the 2019 Environmental Improvement Award from the American Association of Port Authorities.

The voluntary Clean Truck Program stems from one of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy’s initiatives. As of Jan. 1, 2019, all trucks that enter the NWSA’s container terminals must have engines that are 2007 and newer.

“With newer engines emitting 90 percent less diesel particulate matter (DPM), the program has reduced the pollutant load on our neighboring communities by 33.4 tons of DPM per year,” according to the port.

The award, which highlights the environmental activities of ports, considered environmental benefits, port involvement, creativity, results, cost effectiveness and concept transferability.

USCGC Alex Haley Finishes Bering Sea Deployment

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley recently came back to Kodiak, Alaska, following a 40-day deployment throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. During that period, they patrolled 5,000 miles and conducted 13 at-sea boardings.

The crew of the 282-foot Medium Endurance cutter were deployed at the start of the 2019 Red King Crab season. They took part in several search and rescue operations, among them the medical evacuation of a crewmember from fishing vessel Alaska Victory after he was “exposed to a release of toxic ammonia refrigerant Sept. 28,” according to the USCG. The crew also went to St. Paul, Alaska, cleaned up a local lakefront and visited with community elders.

“The opportunity to patrol the Bering Sea during the highly visible Red King Crab season was tremendously rewarding and uniquely challenging,” Cmdr. Benjamin Golightly, Alex Haley’s commanding officer. “Between the rapid operational pace of fisheries boardings, the notorious unpredictability of the weather, and the fact that search and rescue cases can occur at any time, there was no shortage of challenges to be met by the crew. However, through their perseverance, high spirits, and unwavering dedication to service, Alex Haley's crewmembers exemplified professionalism and operational excellence in all they did. The product of their efforts can clearly be seen in the success we had this patrol.”

Hawaii Search and Rescue Exercise

By Karen Robes Meeks

A joint search and rescue exercise recently took place near Kapalua, Maui. The US Coast Guard, Maui County Fire Department, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, Maui County Emergency Medical Services, American Medical Response and Maui County Police Department all participated in the mock operation.

The two-day event featured a planning, safety and communication meeting, a resource open house and a full-scale open-water exercise that simulated a report of an overdue recreational vessel with two people in the water a mile offshore.

“The robust participation from our Maui partners and Coast Guard units made this exercise not only possible, but an overwhelming success,” said Cmdr. Nicholas Worst, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “The collaboration and already strong working relationships were enhanced through the sharing of best practices to ensure real world events are well coordinated to promote responder safety and increase the probability of success while searching for those in distress.”

Friday, October 25, 2019

Port of Everett to Acquire Former Mill Property

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, commissioners at the Port of Everett moved forward on plans to acquire 77 acres from Kimberly-Clark Corporation for $33 million.

The commission voted to authorize Port CEO Lisa Lefeber to engage with Kimberly-Clark on a Purchase and Sale Agreement, which includes 58 acres previously used as a former mill and 19 acres of tidelands. The port anticipates closing the sale by the end of this year.

The agreement calls for Kimberly-Clark to do upland cleanup work and remove crushed materials using the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology’s approved methods. According to the port, the company will also give the port a $17 million credit “to address environmental impairments in the 12 acres of tidelands in the East Waterway.”

For its part, the port will provide Kimberly-Clark clean fill material to backfill the site after the crushed material is taken away. The work is set to start no later than April 1, 2020 and to be completed by the end of 2020. No current site leases will carry forward with the acquisition.

“I am very pleased the Port and Kimberly-Clark were able to reach a negotiated agreement,” Lefeber said. “Our respective teams did amazing work in a short amount of time to make this very complex land transaction come together. This property is critical to support our working waterfront for decades to come, and we will continue to work expeditiously to restore family wage jobs to the site, enhance trade and ensure compatible land use with Naval Station Everett.”

Bellingham Addressing Storm Damage

By Karen Robes Meeks

Over the next several weeks, the Port of Bellingham will be fixing three shoreline areas that were ravaged by a massive storm. Some of the repair will be happening at night during low tide.

The work includes “armor rock removal and stockpiling, rubble removal, and rock re-placement along the identified shoreline areas, with some limited asphalt repairs at the Squalicum and Fairhaven locations,” according to the port.

Repairs are scheduled to take place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 4 at the Squalicum Location, Nov. 5–14 at the Hilton location, and Nov. 15–30 at the Fairhaven location.

Coos Bay Tunnel Project Moves to Phase Two

By Karen Robes Meeks

The first phase of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s railroad tunnel rehabilitation project has been completed. The $19.9 million project, which began in May 2018, is scheduled in two phases. The initial phase – which cost $5 million – called for finishing structural improvements to ensure the long-term safety and reliability of nine tunnels along the Coos Bay Rail Line, a significant mode for cargo transport in the region.

Meanwhile, work on the second phase has already begun, which entail improvements to drainage and track in six tunnels. Phase Two is expected to be done in the first quarter of 2021.

“Thanks to the financial support from federal and state agencies and hard work of our contractors, Phase I of the Tunnel Project was a success,” said Project Manager John Buckley. “We are excited to have begun Phase II and see this project to completion for the benefit of our rail customers and regional economy.”

Port of Seattle Partners with WeWork

By Karen Robes Meeks

Washington’s first maritime accelerator to assist and develop local maritime firms has been launched by partners Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs.

“The Port of Seattle is committed to investing in maritime innovation, drawing from the diversity of our region’s expertise, to create jobs of the future that fuel a thriving economy which advances our understanding and protection of the marine environment and all those dependent on it,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman. “I look forward to being inspired by the first round of applicants for the accelerator that I’ll be reviewing in my capacity as Vice President of the Port of Seattle Commission and Board Member of Maritime Blue.”

WeWork Labs is seeking applicants who are interested in creating solutions that help the maritime economy. Applications need to be submitted by Nov. 18.

The Maritime Blue advisory committee will review and choose 10 startups that will take part in the first accelerator cohort, set to begin in January 2020.

Chosen companies will benefit from a four-month intensive programming from WeWork Labs\. They will be housed at WeWork Labs and get access to WeWork Labs’ global network of mentors and advisors.

In April, the participating startups will pitch their ideas to the public, investors and government officials.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

San Diego to Test LED Lighting

By Karen Robes Meeks

Efforts to illuminate the San Diego-Coronado Bridge just got brighter.

The Port of San Diego recently received approval from the California Coastal Commission to temporarily put in LED lights on four of the bridge’s mid-span piers for a one-week test to be performed between dusk and midnight, the port confirmed.

The test is part of a fact-finding mission that will be needed to commence the project’s environmental review and hopefully lead to a permanent bridge lighting display.

“Our vision for this project is to inspire and connect people to San Diego Bay through the fusion of art and technology,” said Commissioner Marshall Merrifield, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “We’ve achieved another important milestone in this project that, if ultimately approved, would transform the San Diego-Coronado Bridge into a signature, iconic artwork for our urban landscape.”

Port of Seattle Open House

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle will host the first of two community open house events on October 22. Attendees will have the opportunity to look at the port’s budget for the upcoming year and its five-year capital development plans for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Maritime and Economic Development divisions

According to the port, the plans outline the port’s blueprint to further invest in infrastructure, maximizing efficiency and service to benefit the economic and environmental vitality of our region.

An initial plan on how to pay for the Maritime and Economic Development division capital program will also be presented to the commission. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the port headquarters located at Pier 69, Atrium, 2711 Alaskan Way in Seattle, Wash. Attendees are asked to sign in at the front desk.

Everett Dredging Underway

By Karen Robes Meeks

Maintenance dredging of the Everett Harbor channel and Snohomish River got underway this month.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with Port of Everett on the $1.5 million project. The work involves the dredging of 60,000 cubic yards of material from the upper channel to be placed on a nearby upland site, as well as 40,000 cubic yards from the lower channel. The latter will be put on the west shore of Jetty Island, an island made of sediment from the Snohomish River and owned by the port. The work should be completed by the end of the year.

Olympia Seeks Citizen Advisors

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Olympia Commission is looking for a few residents to serve on the port’s Citizens Advisory Committee, a volunteer group of nine to 13 people who meet every month to assist and lend guidance to commissioners on projects and programs. The committee was formed in 1994. Interested Thurston County residents must submit their application by Nov. 3.

Applicants will be chosen based on “community and economic development activities; volunteer, board or committee experience; work experience; experience or knowledge of the port; and reasons for serving,” according to the port.

Applications will be reviewed by the Port Commission President, Executive Director and the Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee. Recommendations to the commission are expected to be made in mid-December.

Visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portofolympia to apply. For more information, visit http://www.portolympia.com/90 or call 360-528-8014.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fake Filters Seized

By Karen Robes Meeks

Approximately $224,000 worth of counterfeit refrigerator water filters were recently seized at the LA/Long Beach Seaport by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in partnership with import specialists assigned to the Machinery Center of Excellence and Expertise.

The 5,200 fake filters were found while CBP officers examined a Chinese shipment bound for the state of Washington and Machinery Center import specialists confirmed that the filters violated Brita, GE, Frigidaire, PUR and NSF certification protected trademarks.

“Protecting our communities from untested and potentially harmful imports is paramount for CBP,” said CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, Carlos C. Martel. “The risk is the consumer inadvertently may be exposing their family to drinking water that is not up to industry standards.”

According to a study conducted by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, counterfeit refrigerator water filters pose a serious risk to consumer health and safety. The use of fraudulently copied trademarks, branding and misleading claims make the filters look legitimate and while the water may look, smell or taste fine, the counterfeit filters that were tested show that they fail to remove lead from water. Further, many of the filters tested introduced harmful chemicals into clean water.

“It is incredibly difficult for consumers to spot counterfeit filters – and they are widespread online,” said Jill A. Notini, spokeswoman for Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

“We are grateful that CBP officers were able to stop this large shipment of counterfeit water filters from finding their way to online markets,” she said, adding that “5,200 counterfeit filters equates to more than 33 million glasses of potentially unsafe water that could have been put into the hands of Americans across the country.”

Long Beach Sees Best September Ever

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach posted its best September in history last month, handling 706,956 TEUs of cargo, according to the port’s latest numbers released Wednesday.

That represents an increase of 0.8% compared to September 2018.

Imports dipped 0.7% to 354,919 TEUs, exports increased by 1.4% to 123,215 TEUs and empty containers were up 2.9% to 228,822 TEUs.

“We saw increased ship calls in September,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We’re ready to provide high-quality service to all vessels, though we continue to advocate for an end to the cycle of tariffs to give American businesses the certainty they need to thrive. I’d like to thank our terminal operators, the ILWU, ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners and our many supply chain partners who made this record result possible.”

Pace-wise, the port is trailing a bit. It handled 1,992,728 TEUs in the third quarter of this year, 3.7% less than the 2018 third quarter when the port posted record-breaking numbers.

Still, Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal said the port will “have one of its busiest years ever, despite the challenges related to the trade war.”

“Top-notch customer service is our calling card, and we’ll continue to collaborate with our customers to enhance their ability to move cargo faster and more reliably during these challenging times,” she said.

Vancouver USA Commissioner Awarded

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Jerry Oliver was presented with the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 9.

Oliver, who was first elected to the board in 2007, was chosen for “his dedicated service to the maritime industry, including leadership on port and navigation issues that impact the economic health of Southwest Washington and the entire Pacific Northwest.”

“Commissioner Oliver has been a strong advocate for the Columbia Snake River System, particularly the Columbia River Channel Deepening Project and the jetties at the Mouth of the Columbia River,” said PNWA Executive Director Kristin Meira. “We are proud to honor his 12 years of dedicated service to the Port of Vancouver and the region.”

The award comes at the end of Oliver’s involvement on the board. Earlier this year, the commissioner announced he would not seek a third term and would step down when his term expires Dec. 31.

Bellingham Reopens Waterfront Park

By Karen Robes Meeks

After an initial postponement due to rain, the Port of Bellingham has reopened the Waterfront Bike Park to the public. The opening was delayed so that crews could fix unexpected erosion caused by massive rain, repairs that couldn’t be made until the track dried out. The park, a collaboration between the port and Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, features a large pump track and singletrack sidewalk on an uneven gravel surface in addition to picnic tables, according to the port. The bike park is part of a long-term plan to develop a city park that stretches through the middle of the downtown waterfront.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Los Angeles Box Numbers Down

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles handled 779,903 TEUs in September, 2.7 percent less than the same period last year, according to the latest statistics.

Imports fell 2.9 percent to 402,320 TEUs and exports dropped 11 percent to 130,769 TEUs year over year. This represents the 11th consecutive monthly decline of exports. Meanwhile, empty containers rose 2.9 percent to 246,814 TEUs.

These numbers are compared against a record breaking 2018 and an all-time record for September.

“The ill-advised U.S.-China trade war continues to wreak havoc on American exporters and manufacturers,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We've seen declining exports for 11 consecutive months while our fastest growing market segment is exporting empty containers back to Asia. It's likely we'll see softer volumes in the fourth quarter. We must have a negotiated settlement of the trade war as it is beginning to affect the more than 3 million jobs in the US that are tied to this port complex.”

Port of Seattle Extends Industrial Area Housing

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle’s industrial-zoned Tsubota site will continue be a homeless encampment through November 2020, according to the port commission’s recent decision to extend its lease with the city of Seattle for one year.

“The Port of Seattle is pleased to partner with the City of Seattle and the community in addressing the homelessness crisis in our region,” said Port Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “We hope extending this lease for another year will help more people get shelter and the help they need so they can transition successfully into permanent housing.”

“The Human Services Department is grateful to the port for its support of Interbay Safe Harbor Village,” said Seattle Human Services Department Director Jason Johnson.

“Since 2017 the partnership has made lasting, positive impacts on the lives of over 324 people served, or 277 households, as well as on the surrounding community. HSD is honored to continue this partnership and provide life-saving services and shelter to assist people in finding paths to permanent housing,” he added.

Coast Guard Responds to Diesel Spill

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, the US Coast Guard responded to a diesel spill in West Bay Marina near Olympia, Wash., following the sinking of 92-foot recreational yacht King's Way.

The agency enacted the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and asked Global Diving and Salvage to remove the spilled diesel, and recover any leftover pollution within the yacht, which had a reported 1,200 gallons of fuel.

Officials from the Incident Management Division, Washington State response personnel from Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Port of Olympia were also on hand to curb the environmental impact of the spill.

Sham Shoes Seized

By Karen Robes Meeks

About 14,800 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes were seized by US Customs and Border Protection agents at the LA/Long Beach Seaport with the help of officials at the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center of Excellence and US Homeland Security Investigations special agents assigned at the Trade Enforcement Coordination Center.

The shipment of shoes that came from China in two cargo containers were misdeclared as “napkins.” They were counterfeits of the brand’s Air Jordan and Air Max shoes, according to CBP.

“Intellectual property theft is a crime that leads to lost revenue for American industry, a loss of American jobs, and often poses a threat to public health and safety,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “CBP is the frontline that protects American ingenuity, without any doubt, one of the most valuable assets of our country.”

Friday, October 11, 2019

Camas-Washougal Seeks Input on Development

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Camas-Washougal is asking the public to weigh in on three preliminary waterfront concepts. “The community’s input is highly valued and desired in order 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,” the port said. The next opportunity to comment will be at a Special Meeting/Workshop on Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Port conference room. The workshop will feature three concept options with their respective PBS engineering and environmental data. The board is expected to approve a final Waterfront Master Plan Phase 1 concept on Dec. 16. Visit http://www.parkerslandingwaterfront.com for more details on each concept.

Logistics Facility to Break Ground at Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland and CenterPoint Properties broke ground on CenterPoint’s new 466,830 square-foot logistics facility at the former Oakland Army Base. Viewed as a centerpiece project within the port’s Seaport Logistics Complex, the new facility is expected to decrease truck travel and offer living-wage jobs for Oakland residents. The development represents more than $60 million in investment in Oakland’s future. “The facility will be built to LEED standards and be prepped for electric vehicle charging stations,” said the port. “CenterPoint worked with the Port and the community to sign a groundbreaking jobs policy that prioritizes employing workers from nearby neighborhoods to work in living-wage warehouse jobs. This will provide a pathway to good jobs and help curb economic inequality.”

High School Students Win Clean Air Award

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach and Academy of Global Logistics’ education outreach program linking Cabrillo High School students to a project creating non-polluting, zero-emissions cargo-moving technology recently netted a Clean Air Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Zero-Emissions Transformation Capstone Project allowed 60 students to study the Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology project, which tests zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment at two terminals in Long Beach. “Connecting our Academy of Global Logistics students together with our work on zero-emissions technology was so gratifying. I’m doubly pleased to see the students and the Port recognized for this groundbreaking collaboration,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “Our education outreach programs aim to show our local students the universe of career opportunities in international trade and goods movement, and I think we’ve definitely hit the mark here.”

AAPA to Host Three Events on West Coast

By Karen Robes Meeks

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) recently announced that it will host three of its events on the West Coast in 2020. AAPA, which represents 130 seaport authorities in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, will host 10 events next year, including eight maritime industry training seminars and two conferences. Events on the West Coast include the Smart Ports seminar, which focuses on information technology, is scheduled for Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 5–6; the Finance Seminar, presented in partnership with SAP Concur, will be in Seattle, Wash., on April 15-16; and the three-day Port Security Seminar and Expo is slated for San Diego, Calif., on July 15-17.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Everett Waterfront Hotel Now Open

By Karen Robes Meeks

Hotel Indigo Seattle Everett Waterfront, the first completed private development in the Port of Everett's 65-acre Waterfront Place, is now open.

The new hotel features rooms with water views, a large indoor saline swimming pool, nearly 8,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, more than 5,000 square feet dedicated to outdoor events and “a locally inspired restaurant with a seafood-forward concept,” according to the port.

“Welcoming our first guests to Hotel Indigo and Jetty Bar & Grille is truly special along with the enthusiastic community support that is essential to our success,” said Patty Davis, general manager of Hotel Indigo Seattle Everett Waterfront. “The tranquil setting paired with views of the Port of Everett Marina from most guestrooms is ideal for a leisurely getaway and the hotel's amenities are perfect for special events and group meetings of all sizes. We are excited to welcome guests from near and far and look forward to being part of the vibrant and growing community here in Everett.” Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett deputy executive director, said she is happy to officially welcome Hotel Indigo and their guests to the port as they open their doors to the community.

“This exciting and historic milestone marks the first of many openings to come to Waterfront Place, adding to the overall vibrancy and livability of this waterfront destination,” she said.

San Diego Seeks Input on Charter Regulations

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego is seeking input on proposed changes to its charter vessel regulations, Port Code Section 4.37.

The proposal would affect charter vessels that operate in San Diego Bay marinas and sportfishing landings starting January 2020. It would allow the port to “issue permits to qualified charter vessel operators who conduct their businesses outside of a marina or sportfishing landing”. The port would collect the related license agreement fees from those operators.

Currently, unpermitted vessel charters operate in San Diego Bay and some lack proper insurance or operate under unsafe conditions, according to the port.

The outreach meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Port Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101. The public may also submit feedback at charters@portofsandiego.org.

For more information on the proposal, visit https://pantheonstorage.blob.core.windows.net/maritime/Draft-Proposed-Updates-Port-Charter-Vessel-Regulations.pdf.

San Pedro Bay Ports Celebrate Clean Air Day

By Karen Robes Meeks

The nation's two busiest seaports honored California Clean Air Day on Wednesday with the introduction of green cargo-handling equipment.

The Port of Los Angeles introduced two pre-commercial battery-electric top handlers that will be tested over a 12-month period, starting at the end of the year, at the Everport Container Terminal.

“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We're excited to power up these battery-electric top handlers and test them under the real-world conditions of a working container terminal.”

Meanwhile, the Port of Long Beach announced that hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo handling equipment will be tested at two shipping terminals.

The equipment is funded through a $5.3 million California Air Resources Board grant as part of the “C-PORT,” or Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Project.

According to the port, five vehicles will be tested, including two battery-electric top handlers at SSA Marine's Pacific Container Terminal at Pier J, as well as one fuel cell yard tractor, one battery-electric top handler and one battery-electric yard tractor at Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E.

“Projects like these are designed to take us down the road to being the world's first zero-emissions seaport,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We have our labor partners of the ILWU, our terminal operators SSA and LBCT, and our regulatory agencies all working together to find the right technologies to reach our zero-emissions goals. With teamwork and cooperation like that, I think we can look forward to many more innovative projects to demonstrate new technologies.”

New Olympia Business Development Head

By Karen Robes Meeks

Allyn J. Roe has been tapped to be the Port of Olympia's Business Development Director, confirmed Executive Director Sam Gibboney.

Roe has business development, real estate development, and airport management experience, having worked as chief operating officer for Industrial Park at Trans Alta, and as airport manager of the Chehalis-Centralia Airport where, for eight years, he managed daily operations and retail marketing.

“The Port received many excellent applications for this position,” said Gibboney. “And while the competition was close, we found Allyn to be the best fit for the Port of Olympia. We are looking forward to having Allyn on the port's leadership team and working with him to continue to build and foster the port's commitment to economic development, growth and revenue generation in Thurston County.”