Friday, April 9, 2021

Could the Queen Mary Wind Up in the Port of Long Beach’s Hands?

The Long Beach City Council moved forward this week on a plan to possibly transfer control of the land that encompasses the iconic but financially beleaguered Queen Mary to the Long Beach Harbor Commission, which governs the Port of Long Beach.

The Council on Tuesday directed city staff members to return in 60 days with a report proposing how the transfer of Pier H could happen.

“I believe our Harbor Department is well-equipped and experienced to handle leases and development” of the pier, said City Councilwoman Cindy Allen, whose 2nd District includes the Queen Mary.

She added that she trusts the locally appointed harbor commissioners to look out for the best interests of the community.

The Harbor Department previously controlled the land until 1992, when the city took hold of the property to develop it as a tourist destination. But over the years, development plans have been stunted by ongoing costs and various changes in lease management.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents various maritime stakeholders along the West Coast, has come out against the move, citing the Queen Mary as a financial burden to port finances.

“The Port of Long Beach is facing billions (of dollars) in infrastructure costs going forward from the Pier B rail yard along with installing the infrastructure necessary to support the transition to zero emissions under both port and state policy directives,” PMSA President John McLaurin wrote in a letter to city leaders. “If the Queen Mary needed $289 million in repairs six years ago, we assume that figure is much higher today.”

The Council is expected to revisit the matter in June.

Port of Vancouver USA Approves Terminal 1 Lease Agreement

Plans to develop a mixed-use project at Terminal 1 at the Port of Vancouver USA moved forward on Tuesday when the port’s Board of Commissioners approved a ground lease agreement with Boz Port of Vancouver Owner LLC, a joint partnership of Lincoln Property Co. and Bridge Investment Group.

The agreement calls for a 50-year ground lease for Blocks A and C, and two extension options for Terminal 1, a mixed-use project to be developed on 10 acres along the Columbia River that could feature residential, retail, office and parking.

“This is a significant step in the development of Terminal 1,” said Port CEO Julianna Marler. “The approval of this lease moves the entire Terminal 1 project forward and demonstrates that the port is committed to creating a beautiful and thriving development.”

The project, which is expected to start in the fall and be completed by early 2024, may feature various modern and sustainable design elements, such as a Harbor Steps-inspired outdoor staircase, landscaping with native plants and elevated communal outdoor spaces to take advantage of the views of the Columbia River, according to the port.

“In addition to boosting jobs and economic development in Vancouver, this project will be built to minimize its environmental footprint with a LEED Gold-level design,” Patrick Gilligan, Executive Vice President with Lincoln Property Co. explained.

Meanwhile, other work at the Terminal 1 waterfront development is already taking place with the Spring 2022 opening of the AC Marriott Hotel and the late 2021 completion of the Vancouver Landing walkway project.

More information is available at www.discoverterminal1.com.

USCG Cutter Alert Returns to Astoria

After 63 days conducting counter-drug patrols in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert returned to their Astoria, Ore. homeport on Wednesday.

During their deployment, the crew partnered with various Coast Guard and Mexican law enforcement members to prevent over 2,100 pounds of cocaine worth over $41 million from coming into the U.S., the agency said.

The Alert’s crew members went after a suspected smuggling vessel until it ran out of fuel. The matter was moved to Mexican law enforcement officials from the Secretaría de Marina and resulted in arrests and the seizure of 1,600 pounds of illegal narcotics.

Crew members also pursued another suspected smuggling vessel and intercepted about 550 pounds of cocaine and arrested six suspected narco-traffickers. They transferred both to the Department of Justice before continuing on to their deployment.

“Once again, the crew of Alert was able to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and equipment failures on a 50-year-old ship to execute a wide range of Coast Guard missions from the US-Canada Border to the Mexico-Guatemala border over a two-month period,” said Cmdr. Tyson Scofield, Alert’s commanding officer. “Overall, Coast Guard cutter Alert successfully completed a variety of operations through the combined effort of every member of the crew.”

NMC to Use Email as Main Form of Communication to Training Providers

Starting May 10, email will be the National Maritime Center’s primary way of relaying information pertaining to courses and programs to training providers, the NMC announced Thursday.

Training providers must make sure that their email and other contact information is updated with the NMC. They can send that information to NMCCourses@uscg.mil. The NMC has said that it will keep mailing correspondence if an email address is not on file, but that it won’t be able to offer the same service for Designated Examiner and Qualified Assessor communications because of Privacy Act concerns.

E-mailed correspondence will come from NMCCourses@uscg.mil. Make sure spam/junk mail filters are set. Documents traditionally sent as hard copies - including course approval certificates - will now arrive as Adobe PDF files.

“We recommend that every training provider take advantage of the electronic course completion and curriculum upload application in Homeport,” U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer Capt. Kirsten R. Martin said in the announcement. “Using the tool to upload course completions streamlines mariner application processing and reduces the opportunity for fraud. The tool also allows training providers to upload large curriculum files, preventing the need to send multiple e-mails.”

Information on getting a Homeport account is available at: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/training/how_to_obtain_a_homeport_account.pdf.

For more information, email NMCCourses@uscg.mil.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

YM Target Makes 1st North American Call

In its first visit to North America, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp’s latest 11,000 TEU-vessel recently called at Terminal 18 in the Seattle Harbor, the Northwest Seaport Alliance announced.

One of the company’s new T-class level ships, the 1,089-foot-long, 175-foot-wide YM Target is part of THE Alliance’s PN3 service, which gives shippers direct and expedited links to and from Asia, with stops in Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Vancouver, Seattle and Kaohsiung.

The vessel has a capacity of 12,690 TEUs and features 1,000 reefer plugs.

“The Taiwan-based carrier has commissioned new vessels to enhance its global fleet and service network, in addition to addressing environmental and safety regulations,” according to NWSA, adding that a pair of T-class vessels are already working in THE Alliance’s PN2 route serving Southeast Asia and Yantian and calls the Tacoma Harbor.

Waterfront Workers Lauded on Western Hemisphere Ports Day

On Monday, West Coast ports saluted waterfront workers and maritime industry employees in honor of Western Hemisphere Ports Day, which this year was themed “Celebrating Our Workforce.”

“I am proud to announce the sixth annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day in celebration of our vital port workforce all across the Western Hemisphere,” said Christopher J. Connor, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities. “These frontline heroes have often gone underappreciated, yet throughout the pandemic worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of goods to grocery stores, businesses, and medical care facilities in our communities, at major personal risk.”

The AAPA encouraged others to pay homage to those who move essential goods throughout the Americas and their role in powering the economy, especially in a pandemic. In 2018, international trade handled at ports in the Western Hemisphere accounted for close to 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and $3.7 trillion in value, according to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting.

Camas-Washougal Port, City Approve Waterfront Development Plan

Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners and the Washougal City Council have approved a master lease and development agreement with Portland-based RKm Development for the Waterfront at Parkers Landing project.

The votes, which took place in late March, were a big step forward for the port, which is hoping to begin construction late next summer, according to port CEO David Ripp.

The port has said that it selected RKm Development in 2019 for its reputation on mixed-use development projects in the Portland metropolitan region. The port envisions the waterfront project as “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,” according to the port in 2019.

City Councilwoman Michelle Wagner cast the lone vote against the project, objecting to the agreement’s proposed maximum building height of 80 feet, higher than the city’s building code limit of 75 feet for structure heights.

Port of Coos Bay Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

Students within the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay district will have an extended opportunity to apply for a port scholarship.

Seeing that the last 12 months have been “a trying period” for students nationally, the port has pushed the application deadline to May 1 to give students more time to be considered for its third annual scholarship program.

“The port sees great value in investing in our youth and growing our workforce locally,” explained port CEO John Burns. “It is an essential component to cultivate our community and create opportunities to grow and thrive. As we look to the future of this community, it’s important to encourage our young people to pursue successful careers and return to the area.”

Graduating high school seniors within the port district are eligible, with special consideration given to those pursuing education in “trades or skills related to the maritime, rail, or trade and logistics industries.” A student’s academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and “alignment with the port’s mission to promote the sustainable economic development of southwestern Oregon and the State” will also be considered, according to the port.

More information is available at https://www.portofcoosbay.com/community-giving.

A New Beginning

By Mark Nero, Managing Editor

Dear Readers,

As you may know if you read last month’s editorial by publisher Dave Abrams, I’m the new managing editor for Pacific Maritime Magazine Online and its sister publication, Pacific Maritime Magazine.

To longtime readers of this site and the print edition associated with it, my name may be familiar. I wrote the content for the PMM Online newsletter for about six years, until the current writer, Karen Meeks, took over in 2017.

I also worked for the print edition of Pacific Maritime for a number of years as it’s California Editor.

Now, as the managing editor, I have some exciting news to share: the print edition of PMM is returning, and relatively soon. In early May, those who subscribed to the magazine before it went on hiatus will see a new issue arrive at their homes and/or workplaces. Among the content scheduled for the issue is: a roundup of new vessels and tugboats; an article on fuel & propulsion technology; and a feature on the Port of LA’s new, state-of-the-art pilot boats.

Stories planned for future issues include spill response & resiliency; maritime construction; West Coast shipyards; and ocean & coastal towing.

The magazine’s relaunch will begin with a couple of bi-monthly issues – April/May and June/July – then we’ll return to our regular monthly schedule, with the exception of a combined November/December issue during the holiday season.

We’re thrilled to be able to once again bring you the quality news and feature stories that you’ve come to expect from PMM, and we hope that you will join us for the journey.

And with that being said, if you happen to read this and are not a current subscriber to Pacific Maritime, please consider purchasing a subscription for yourself or someone else who may be interested. Or, if you operate a business, please consider purchasing an ad. Information on how to both will be included in the upcoming issue of the magazine.

Subscribers and advertisers are essential partners to ensure that we keep the print edition of the magazine a healthy and economically viable source of news about West Coast marine business. We are dependent upon your ongoing support.

Thank you.

You can reach Mark Nero at mark@maritimepublishing.com.

Friday, April 2, 2021

AAPA Endorses Biden Infrastructure Plan

The American Association of Port Authorities on Wednesday lauded the billions of dollars in port investment included in the proposed American Jobs Plan recently announced by President Joe Biden.

The plan calls for $17 billion to be allocated for U.S. ports, waterways, and gateways, “a substantial down payment on the $29 billion in federal investments necessary to modernizing our ports and ensuring that our trade infrastructure remains strong,” according to the AAPA.

“America’s ports connect the nation’s small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers to the global marketplace,” the organization said in a statement, adding that seaports bring $5.4 trillion in economic value and 31 million jobs.

“Investment in port infrastructure supports the growth of opportunity throughout the national economy and ensures continued global competitiveness,” the AAPA stated. “America’s ports look forward to working with President Biden and bipartisan leaders in Congress to advance significant investments in our nation’s infrastructure.”

NOAA Launches New Forecast Models
to Help Mariners

Mariners and emergency responders travelling along the West Coast and Northern Gulf of Mexico will soon be able to receive more navigational insight on the areas’ coastal conditions, thanks to a pair of new models announced Wednesday by NOAA.

The new coastal condition forecast models, which will offer “continuous quality-controlled data on water levels, currents, water temperature and salinity out to 72 hours,” will be part of a group of 13 other models located throughout U.S. waters.

The Northern Gulf of Mexico model, in particular, unifies three other models and expands the coverage from the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge, Lake Pontchartrain and Bartaria Bay in Louisiana, and along the Corpus Christi waterways and to the Mexico border. The seaports covered by this model are some of the busiest in the nation in terms of tonnage, energy, value and other measures.

“The West Coast model will help the Coast Guard with search and rescue and has implications for other stakeholder groups, such as navigation, shipping, and fisheries,” Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, explained. “The Gulf model improves the safety of marine navigation in an area vital to the safe movement of energy resources and other shipping.”

2 New Appointees Join Port of Portland Commission

Two new appointees of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Ketan Sampat and Stuart Strader, are now sitting members of the Port of Portland Commission.

The Senate-approved commissioners’ terms began March 15.

Sampat, co-founder and chief technology & product officer at The Provenance Chain Network and executive partner at Elevate Capital, takes over for Commissioner Tom Tsuruta, and represents Washington County. Strader, a longshore worker and union leader, replaces Linda Pearce as the port’s Clackamas County representative.

“I want to thank Tom Tsuruta and Linda Pearce for their years of service, and welcome Ketan Sampat and Stuart Strader to the Port of Portland Commission,” Brown said in a statement. “The Port Commission plays a key role in creating new statewide economic opportunities, and Ketan and Stuart’s combined years of experience and leadership will help ensure our marine ports and air terminals continue to keep Oregonians connected to the competitive, global economy.”

Port of San Diego Women Honored by Business Journal

Port of San Diego Engineering & Construction Department employees Perla Goco and Ani Mehra have been chosen as Women of Influence in Engineering by the San Diego Business Journal.

The honor spotlights forward-thinking females who push forward their organization’s goals and bring major projects to the finish line.

Goco, who has been with the port for 21 years, has designed over 50 capital and major maintenance projects in San Diego, including street and park LED retrofitting projects in the port district, resulting in 280,000 kw of electricity and $60,000 in utility cost savings annually to the port.

Mehra, who came to the port in 2019, is a project manager for the port’s major maintenance projects, and leads the port’s Reintegration and Reopening Committee to plan and enact safety procedures to return staffers to port facilities.

“We are fortunate to have women like Perla Goco and Ani Mehra on the Port’s Engineering & Construction team,” Port President and CEO Joe Stuyvesant said. “Both of them have worked on major cost-saving infrastructure projects around San Diego Bay that have improved the quality of life for our visitors and residents.”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Port of Vancouver USA Welcomes New Tenant

The Port of Vancouver USA has welcomed its newest tenant, Rocket Delivery Inc., to its complex, the port announced March 25.

The company, which has been in the Vancouver community since 2006, offers short-haul logistics services to businesses and residents in the Oregon and Washington state area. Rocket Delivery has worked with national and global companies such as Home Depot, Office Depot and Estes Express Lines.

The firm moved into the more than 10,200-square-foot warehouse space after port commissioners approved its three-year lease in August, the port said, adding that facility improvements such as energy efficient lighting were completed in the space prior to the company moving in.

“The port is thrilled to welcome another local company to our family of tenants,” said port director of business development Mike Schiller. “We’re excited to be a part of Rocket Delivery’s next steps in expanding their business.”

Port of San Diego to Update Clean Air Plan

The public can weigh in on the discussion draft of the Port of San Diego’s Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS), which the port is developing in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality while it grows business efficiently and sustainably.

The strategy updates the port’s 2007 Clean Air Program, and will outline emission-curbing efforts in seven areas: cargo handling equipment, commercial harbor craft, trucks, the port fleet, shipyards, ocean vessels and freight rail.

“The MCAS will help the port determine which efforts are feasible and how they should be prioritized and/or phased in over time,” according to the port. “The MCAS is also intended to help clarify the role the port may play in supporting our tenants and terminal operators with transitioning to zero and near-zero emission technologies.”

Once feedback on the draft is received, port staff is expected to come before the board in May for direction.

The port will host a virtual community conversation on the draft at 5 p.m. on April 7. To sign up, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KcQj39R4Raiq6cB4v33I6w. The port is accepting input until April 20 via email at MCAS@portofsandiego.org.

More information is available at portofsandiego.org/MCAS.

Aloha Marine Lines Carries Heaviest Load
to Hawaii

Aloha Marine Lines Voyage H0497W recently reached a major milestone when it moved its heaviest-ever load of cargo from Seattle to Hawaii.

The Namakani barge, which left in December was close to capacity with 691 picks and 1,032 TEUs, according to Aloha Marine Lines Seattle Service Center Manager Tom Crescenzi.

"We still have a little more tonnage we could get on board, but not much,” he revealed. “The barge capacity is 16,850 tons and the sailing carried 13,158 tons of cargo plus the weight of the containers, dunnage, etc."v Hawaii-based Aloha Marine Lines, which is part of the Lynden family of companies, acquired two large barges from Sause Brothers in 2020, allowing for the capacity expansion, Lynden said.

POLB Harbor Board Names New Executive Officer

Longtime Long Beach city and harbor employee Shana Espinoza has been promoted to Executive Officer to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the group that governs the Port of Long Beach, the port announced March 23.

In her new role, Espinoza will help the commissioners on policy matters, develop the board’s agenda, set up trade missions and conferences, organize the board’s administrative and communications activities.

Espinoza started at the city of Long Beach 22 years ago as a special projects assistant for the Department of Economic Development, in June 1998. She then served as the director of scheduling for Mayor Beverly O’Neill from 2000 to 2006, then as an agenda coordinator for the City Manager’s Office from 2006 to 2007.

She joined the Harbor Department in November 2007 as an executive assistant to the board, rising to become a Commission Administrative Officer in June 2013 and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Board in June 2018. Since September, Espinoza has been serving as Acting Chief of Staff to the Board.

“We selected Shana because she has proven herself to be a trusted adviser we’ve come to rely on,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna. “Her leadership skills and unique experience in working with this Commission will help strengthen our ties with the Harbor Department’s executive team, industry leaders and the community.”

Friday, March 26, 2021

NWSA Welcomes New Zim Transpacific Service

This week, the Northwest Seaport Alliance welcomed Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.’s new expedited transpacific service.

The ZIM Southeast Asia E-commerce Express, which stopped at Husky Terminal for the first time Tuesday with the vessel Jackson Bay, offers shippers more ways to move cargo between the Seattle/Tacoma ports and Southeast Asia by providing a fast option for handling time-sensitive products. For this service, the company has committed seven sprinter ships.

“We have recently upgraded Husky Terminal, investing $250 million in modernization projects that include strengthening and realigning the berth and adding eight new super-post-Panamax cranes,” Port of Tacoma Commission President and NWSA Co-Chair Dick Marzano said in a statement. “Investments such as this and the Terminal 5 modernization in the Seattle Harbor are adding critical capacity and living wage jobs in our gateway.”

The NWSA is the port authority based in the Puget Sound region, comprising the Seattle and Tacoma seaports.

Oyster Project Nets Grant

The Port of San Diego and California Coastal Conservancy have received a $960,533 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant for their Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project installed next to the Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve in San Diego Bay.

The $1.38 million pilot project, designed to help bolster the biodiversity and resiliency of a native oyster reef, could be installed in the coming months depending on the native oyster recruitment season, the port said. It was one of eight projects awarded grants this year. The Conservancy will fund the $419,467 not covered by the grant.

“We are honored to be among other great projects that received grant funding for wetlands restorations and enhancements throughout California,” said Port Commission Chairman Michael Zucchet. “We continue to move forward at a steady pace to be able to start the project and place the first nature-based solution of its kind in San Diego Bay. Living shoreline solutions like this have been gaining momentum throughout the state in recent years and we are eager to add one within our jurisdiction.”

Los Angeles and Nagoya Ports Talk Collaboration

In a virtual meeting earlier this month, representatives from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Nagoya, Japan, spoke about ways to work together on shared environmental and sustainability project priorities.

The March 9 meeting, which came a year after the pair agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding to regularly partner and share information on environmental matters, encompassed updates on various initiatives, including the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan; Wabtec’s Port Optimizer, and Toyota’s Hydrogen Utilization Study in Chubu.

“We’re very proud of our collaboration with the Port of Nagoya, particularly since advancing digital technology and fostering more sustainable, environmentally friendly operations is something that both of us greatly value,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The cooperation facilitated by this agreement—a testament to our strong relationship spanning more than 60 years—has been extremely beneficial in advancing our mutual goals.”

The Port of Nagoya has been designated by the Japanese government to host a Carbon Neutral Port Committee, said Governor Hideaki Ohmura, Aichi Prefecture, and president of the Nagoya Port Authority.

“We are committed to leading that effort to realize a decarbonized society and look forward to cooperation from the Port of Los Angeles,” Ohmura said. “We hope that our two ports will continue to prosper under this partnership.”

NOAA Upgrades Global Forecast System
Weather Model

NOAA’s Global Forecast System weather model is being enhanced with various features to improve performance, including the forecasting of hurricanes and rain and modeling for snowfall locations, the agency announced March 22.

The system will include the WaveWatchiII global wave model, which would allow NOAA to predict ocean waves as far as 16 days in advance.

In addition, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction production suite will merge atmospheric and wave forecast information for release together. Upgrades also include improving atmospheric physics to expand snow and precipitation forecasting capabilities.

“This substantial upgrade to the GFS, along with ongoing upgrades to our supercomputing capacity, demonstrates our commitment to advancing weather forecasting to fulfill our mission of protecting life and property,” said Louis W. Uccellini, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

“Today’s upgrade also establishes a strong foundation for further planned enhancements that will allow for the assimilation of even more data into the model.”

Meanwhile, NOAA is also updating its Global Data Assimilation System, which allows the model to take in more information from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, “as well as flight-level wind, temperature and moisture observations from aircraft,” the agency said.

“These upgrades are part of the Next Generation Global Prediction System within the Unified Forecast System framework, which is an ongoing effort to leverage the expertise of the broader weather community and expedite the research to operations pathway,” Vijay Tallapragada, chief of the modeling and data assimilation branch at NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center, explained. “By coupling the WaveWatchIII and GFS models, we will extend current wave forecasts and integrate wave forecasting into the global model to streamline model products.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Energy-Friendly Del Monte Ships Arrive
at Port of Hueneme

The first of two modern, energy-saving ships from Del Monte recently made its way to the Port of Hueneme, the port said.

Port CEO & Director Kristin Decas and officials from Del Monte, Ports America, A.R. Savage and Son LLC and Moran Shipping Agencies welcomed the March 19 arrival of Del Monte Valiant. A second ship, the Del Monte Harvester, is expected to arrive in the coming days.

“Del Monte is our longest-standing customer at the port,” Oxnard Harbor District President Jason T. Hodge said in a statement. “This development shows 42 years of cooperation and collaboration between Del Monte and the Port of Hueneme, and we look forward to many more years of success.”

The pair is part of a new fleet of six, capable of carrying 1,276 TEUs with 634 plugs to accommodate 40-foot-tall, temperature-controlled cube reefer units. They are also equipped with a Hybrid Scrubber system.

“We have been working towards this goal since 2017 and could not be more excited to see it come to fruition,” said Helmuth Lutty, Senior Vice President of Shipping Operations for Fresh Del Monte Produce. “As one of the world’s leading producer, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have set a very high bar for all the reefer containers and ships in our fleet. These six new vessels set the bar even higher, and allow us to deliver the high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables we are known for while meeting our sustainability goals.”

Imports Rise at Port of Oakland

After a dip of nearly 12 percent in January, imported cargo at the Port of Oakland rose 26.2 percent in February compared to the same time last year, according to new numbers released March 15.

The Northern California port handled 80,200 TEUs in imports last month, its busiest February on record.

Meanwhile, the port moved 69,588 TEUs in loaded exports, an 11% drop from the same time a year ago. A reason for the decline? Not enough space on ships for exporters to load their goods.

Other than the January decline -- which was due to congestion at Southern California ports that delayed ship arrivals at Oakland -- import numbers at Oakland have been trending upward since the summer as consumer spending rises.

“It’s what we expected,” said Port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “Oakland continues to benefit from an unrelenting trade boom. We also completed the assembly of three new giant cranes, which will further improve efficiency.”

Engineers Call Port of LA Optimizer a ‘Gamechanger’

Earlier this month, the Port of Los Angeles received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Gamechanger award for its Port Optimizer, a tool designed to give stakeholders up-to-data necessary to improve cargo flow among the supply chain.

“Harnessing the power of data to improve cargo efficiency continues to be a priority for the Port of Los Angeles, and our Port Optimizer is at the center of that effort,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are thrilled to be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers for our digital approach to improving the performance and fluidity of the port supply chain.”

The award honors projects and programs that push innovation in infrastructure.

“The efficiency of our nation’s ports is essential to delivering goods in a timely manner and keeping the economy moving,” said ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud. “While many of our efforts to prevent backlogs at these facilities is focused on dredging and the design of intermodal connectors, software can play a major role in keeping track of containers. I applaud the Port of Los Angeles and Wabtec Corp. for developing innovative technology that can help productivity at ports across the nation.”

New Charging Stations Installed at Port of Bellingham

Electric vehicle owners traveling in Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham will have new places to charge up, thanks to the Port of Bellingham, which recently installed six new charging stations.

The stations are located at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven Station and in the Bellwether Garage next to Squalicum Harbor.

“Port waterfront infrastructure and large sectors of Whatcom County’s economy are on the front lines of global climate change,” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. “Sea level rise, increasing ocean temperatures, and changes to weather patterns are just a few of the challenges facing our community. The port is committed to environmental stewardship and supporting the transition to electric vehicles in an important part of the solution towards mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.”

There is growing demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, with more than 50,000 electric vehicles registered in Washington, Fix said.

“The port now has electric vehicle charging stations at all major public transportation terminals in Whatcom County including Bellingham International Airport, the Alaska ferry, Amtrak and Greyhound,” said Fix. “There are also charging stations near the port’s marinas in Bellingham and Blaine, and the port will continue to look for opportunities to expand its electric vehicle charging infrastructure to meet the essential transportation needs of Whatcom County.”

Friday, March 19, 2021

Barge Collides with Docks, Houses
on Puget Sound

An unmanned gravel barge collided with private docks and houses near Gig Harbor, Washington on Monday, March 15, according to the USCG.

Members of the Coast Guard’s Sector Puget Sound answered a call from Pierce County dispatch who reported that the barge under tow by the towing vessel Island Chief, had come in contact with several docks and homes. The towing vessel’s master apparently fell asleep while steering the vessel, according to initial findings.

No cargo was on the barge, which had been pulled free, and the barge and vessel did not sustain serious damage, according to USCG, adding that the barge was taken to Seattle for more investigation and inspection.

No one was injured and no pollution has been reported, said the agency, which confirmed that a drug and alcohol test was initiated by the vessel operator for all personnel directly involved in the collision.

“Incidents such as this are very concerning,” said Cmdr. Nathan Menefee, Chief of Prevention at Sector Puget Sound. “Fortunately, nobody was injured, and the towing vessel did not release fuel or oil into the water. Sector Puget Sound will investigate the incident to determine the cause and whether additional actions are necessary to prevent a similar incident in the future.”

Meanwhile, the Investigating Officer has deemed the barge collision to be a Serious Marine Incident, and could cost more than $250,000 in damages, according to initial estimates.

Port of LA Cargo Surge Extends to
7th Straight Month

For the seventh straight month, the Port of Los Angeles has seen year-over-year growth in cargo numbers.

Last month, the nation’s busiest seaport handled 47 percent more cargo than it did the same month a year ago, moving 799,315 TEUs in February, its busiest February on record, according to new numbers released Tuesday.

The port moved 412,884 TEUs in loaded imported goods, a 52.9 percent year-over-year increase, while handling 101,208 TEUs in exports, 24.7 percent less than February 2020. Empty containers, which continue to be in high demand in Asia, soared 104 percent to 285,223 TEUs.

“One year ago, global trade slowed to a crawl as the COVID-19 pandemic first hit China and then spread worldwide,” Port Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement. “Today, we are in the seventh month of an unparalleled import surge, driven by unprecedented demands by American consumers.”

The port’s challenges are now concentrated on vaccinating port workers and helping stakeholders manage this heavy flow of cargo, Seroka said.

“We will do everything we can to help get shipping lines back on schedule,” he said. “It’s critical that we clear the backlog of cargo and return more certainty to the Pacific trade.”

More information is available at https://www.portoflosangeles.org/business/statistics/container-statistics.

NOAA Reasserts IUU Fishing Enforcement

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to prioritize efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, Acting NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Paul Doremus has affirmed.

In a recent public message released earlier this month, Doremus said combating IUU fishing is a top priority for the U.S. and battling it must be a multi-pronged effort.

“NOAA Fisheries is proud to be a leader in the nation’s comprehensive approach to this battle,” he said. “It includes many government agencies working in concert to identify bad actors, suspect vessels, and ports that have no interest in protecting the integrity of the seafood supply.”

Economies and marine resources throughout the world and U.S. fishing fleets and consumers are negatively affected by IUU fishing, an impact that could number in the billions annually, he said.

“Neutralizing IUU fishing and its impact on the seafood supply chain in the United States and globally is an immense, complex and varied challenge,” he said. “NOAA and our collaborating agencies and international partners are—and have been—seriously and substantially engaged in working to find solutions to this global problem.”

NOAA Fisheries will team with national and state entities to gain compliance on import requirements to help curb IUU fish products from hitting U.S. markets and partner with foreign agencies and regional fisheries management groups for marine stewardship and sustainable fisheries management, Doremus added.

USCG Cutter Munro Returns to Alaska

After 49 days in the Bering Sea, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro recently arrived home to Kodiak, Alaska, the USCG announced March 17.

While deployed, the high endurance cutter provided enforcement coverage in a region encompassing 890,000 square miles, protecting the $13.9 billion Alaskan fishing industry by undertaking fisheries boarding and enforcing rules to ensure commercial fishing vessel compliance.

Crew members also got their first COVID-19 vaccine doses when they made a logistics stop in Dutch Harbor.

"This has been an extremely exciting and rewarding patrol as it is the end of an era for not only this cutter, but also for all the 378s that have served the Coast Guard since 1967,” said Capt. Riley Gatewood, the Douglas Munro’s commanding officer. “The legacy of Signalman First Class Douglas Munro lives on due to the hard work put forth by the many crew members who spent time away from loved ones to accomplish Coast Guard missions aboard Douglas Munro. It is a great honor and privilege to serve as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s last 378-foot-high endurance cutter.”

The Douglas Munro, which was commissioned in 1971, is named in honor of Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, the U.S. Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, who was killed during the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II on that same date in 1942. The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned later this year.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Port of L.A. to Host Clean Truck Concession Agreement Meeting

As its concession agreements with about 1,100 licensed motor carriers near their Sept. 30 expiration date, the Port of Los Angeles plans to discuss the Clean Truck Program 2021 Concession Agreement Update on March 17.

The public will have a chance to make comments at the meeting, which will include a presentation from the port’s environmental management staff about how the POLA Concession Agreement is being developed.

The port has agreements with about 1,100 licensed motor carriers that have to be replaced before they expire. LMCs regularly visiting Los Angeles port terminals have to have a pending or approved concession agreement with the Port of Los Angeles. (The Port of Long Beach has its own motor carrier registration program.)

The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. local time via Zoom. Attendees can register at https://portla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0pbsPQdVSomzyZ8ozfDqBg or they can dial in at 888-475-4499, using the Meeting ID 979 6114 9333 and passcode 556860.

More information is available at https://www.portoflosangeles.org/environment/air-quality/clean-truck-program.

Maritime Publishing Acquires Professional Mariner, Ocean Navigator Magazines

San Diego-based Maritime Publishing, the owner of Pacific Maritime and Fishermen’s News magazines, has acquired Professional Mariner and Ocean Navigator magazines from Portland, Maine based-Navigator Publishing, Maritime Publishing announced March 15.

“We are in the business of providing mariners with knowledge through education. Professional Mariner and Ocean Navigator have been providing knowledge through current industry news and original editorial content for decades, so they are a natural extension of our existing business,” Dave Abrams, CEO of Maritime Publishing’s parent company, Training Resources Limited, explained. “The titles give us the ability to provide mariners with advocacy, news and information about the industries and adventures we train them for.”

“I am very excited to be passing the torch to Dave and his team at Maritime Publishing,” Alex Agnew, President of Navigator Publishing added. “I believe they will elevate the already outstanding content that we have been known for and provide resources to expand our efforts in both print and digital media. We could not think of a better successor to carry on our legacy.”

“This is the kind of strategic deal that we see as the future of special interest and (business-to-business) publishing,” Ed Fitzelle, Managing Director of Luntz, Suleiman & Assoc. Inc., a publishing industry M&A veteran, added.

All Navigator Publishing employees, including Agnew, will continue with the magazines and will work with Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fisherman’s News, according to Maritime Publishing.

USCG Seeks Input on Proposed Work Bridge

The public is being invited to weigh in on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s request to build a temporary work bridge across the Umpqua River near Scottsburg, Oregon.

The transportation agency, which recently filed the request with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Thirteenth Coast Guard District, wants to construct the temporary span west of the new Scottsburg Bridge.

“ODOT’s construction contractor has determined that the new bridge’s construction can be completed with increased safety and under a shorter schedule by using a temporary work bridge,” according to the USCG.

The temporary 900-foot-long, 40-foot-wide span, to be made up of a middle fixed section linking two working piers, will be removed when the old highway bridge is gone.

Those wanting to comment should do so by April 10. They may reach out to Commander Thirteenth Coast Guard District, Attn: District Bridge Manager Steven Fischer at 206-220-7282, by email at D13-SMB-D13-BRIDGES@uscg.mil, or by letter at 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3510, Seattle, WA. 98174-1067.

More on the project is available at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/D13BN.

SSA Marine Testing Electric Gantry Cranes at Long Beach Port

The first of nine electric rubber-tired gantry cranes is being tested at the SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Long Beach's Pier J.

The demonstration is part of the Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, an effort by the port, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission (which gave a $9.7 million grant toward the project) to bring 25 zero- or near-zero emission vehicles to three marine terminals and logistics truck company Total Transportation Services Inc., according to the port.

“Imagine a port where a ship slows down on approach to reduce emissions, plugs into the electrical grid at berth instead of burning fuel to run vital systems, and is worked by zero-emissions cranes, yard vehicles and trucks,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement. “That’s our reality in Long Beach, and the goals of our tests and demonstrations are to eventually make it possible to do everywhere.”

The port is pursuing its goals to have terminal equipment produce zero emissions by 2030.

Fishing Boat Sinks, Leading to Massive Fuel Removal Effort

Hundreds of gallons of fuel have been removed near Sitka, Alaska, following the sinking of fishing vessel Haida Lady, which had to be retrieved with lift bags and dewatering pumps before being tied off to shore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard monitored Hanson Marine as the contractor handled the removal of about 1,550 gallons of diesel fuel and oil water from the boat’s fuel tanks and 275 gallons of oil from the water using 72 sections of absorbent boom, 1,000 feet of harbor boom and other removal tools.

“After Hanson Maritime removed the fuel from the vessel's fuel tanks, and removed the oiled fishing net, all significant threats from the Haida Lady have been removed or mitigated,” Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Wereda, a marine science technician from MSD Sitka, explained. “We will continue to work with the owner and our port partners to monitor the vessel.”

Friday, March 12, 2021

February Cargo Rises 43% at Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach saw its busiest February in history when the nation’s second busiest seaport handled 771,735 TEUs last month, according to new numbers released Wednesday.

Long Beach moved 43.3 percent more cargo in February than it did the same time a year ago, the largest year-over-year growth in a month on port record. It was also the first time the port surpassed 700,000 TEUs in a February.

Long Beach also moved 373,756 TEUs in imports last month, 50.3 percent more than February 2020, and handled 278,563 TEUs in empty containers, a year-over-year increase of 69.6 percent. Meanwhile, exports last month fell 4.9 percent to 119,416 TEUs.

February is usually a slower month for cargo since factories in east Asia close to commemorate the Lunar New Year, but China stayed open for much of the month to complete back orders and meet growing demand for online purchases, the port said.

“The supply chain workforce is giving its all to keep the cargo moving, even as their ranks are hit by the pandemic. New records are being set, demonstrating how busy they have been,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement. “We understand that shippers are awaiting their cargo, and we are collaborating with our industry partners to deliver shipments as quickly as possible.”

Port of LA Completes SSA Terminal Upgrades

The Port of Los Angeles has recently finished almost $1 million in improvements to the terminal run by SSA Marine, including a new roof for the breakbulk terminal building at Berths 54-55, new lighting and doors, the port revealed March 10.

The terminal is a significant processor for Chilean produce such as grapes and stone fruit and handles as much as 90,000 metric tons of produce every winter, according to the port. The building serves as the main staging space for the refrigerated goods before they are sent to markets and distribution facilities as far as Texas and Canada’s border, the port said.

“Being equipped to handle breakbulk shipments efficiently for our customers is an important priority at our port,” stated port cargo marketing manager Marcel van Dijk, who oversees cold storage shipments. “U.S. consumers expect fresh produce on grocery shelves year-round and we are committed to having the best possible infrastructure and facilities in place to assure that perishables get to market quickly and expediently.”

Port of Vancouver USA Launches Climate Action Plan Webpage

The Port of Vancouver USA furthered its efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions this week when it kicked off its Climate Action Plan webpage.

The webpage allows the public to weigh in on ways to curb greenhouse gases via online feedback form - which is open through April 9 and also available in Spanish - and gives details about the port’s Climate Action Plan, what types of emissions the plan will address, what has already been done to lower emissions and other related information.

“The Climate Action Plan is one more step in the port’s continuing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Port CEO Julianna Marler. “We value input from the public and look forward to hearing their ideas about how the port can reduce its GHG emissions.”

The port has been moving forward on these efforts. A consultant team was hired late last year to work on the document and is teaming with the port to collect and review data that will be incorporated into an implementation plan, according to the port.

More information is available at: https://www.portvanusa.com/environmental-services/climate-action-plan/.

NOAA Moving from Paper to Digital Charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will soon start the five-year process of moving its paper nautical charts to electronic-only versions, beginning with chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe, California. That chart will only be available digitally after August, the agency said.

In 2019, NOAA announced it was planning to make this paper-to-digital transition, which makes it easier for the agency to update charts and keep mariners informed with the latest on marine hazards.

“NOAA will continue to announce the cancellation of additional paper charts as the sunset plan progresses, initially based on volume of sales or downloads, and in regions with improved NOAA electronic navigational chart coverage,” according to the agency.

Mariners can make their own updated paper and PDF charts with the online NOAA Custom Chart tool. For more, visit https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/charts/noaa-enc.html.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Evidence Hearing on Scandies Rose Concluded

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board recently wrapped up a public hearing in which they reviewed the evidence surrounding the Dec. 31, 2019, sinking of the commercial fishing vessel, Scandies Rose.

About 43 witnesses offered their testimony, which ranged from weather conditions to the vessel’s record of complying with regulations. The hearing also included 130 pieces of evidence, according to the USCG.

“The public hearing is a crucial element of the investigation process,” said Marine Board of Investigation Chairman Capt. Greg Callaghan, U.S. Coast Guard. “This hearing presented and confirmed many facts and details surrounding the events that led to the sinking of Scandies Rose and loss of five lives. The goal of this investigation is to improve any practice, procedure, policy or regulation that can prevent the loss of lives in the future.”

The board expects to release a report on the findings of its investigation in the near future.

San Pedro Town Square and Promenade Project on Track

The $36 million San Pedro Town Square and Promenade project is on schedule for completion by the end of July, the Port of Los Angeles has announced.

When completed, the community will have a new place to gather on the Los Angeles Waterfront, with a 30-foot-wide, 1-mile promenade linking retail, attractions and an open-air amphitheater along the Main Channel.

“When I became a Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner, one of my priorities was to get this waterfront developed and delivered to the community,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi, Jr. “I’m excited that we’re so close to the completion of one of its pivotal projects. I can’t wait to see families coming down here with their kids and grandkids enjoying the waterfront and making new memories for decades to come.”

“As part of our public access investment plan, the Port made a commitment in 2015 to make the town square and promenade a centerpiece of our LA Waterfront vision,” said Port Director of Waterfront & Commercial Real Estate Mike Galvin. “As this project continues to take shape, we are delivering on that commitment.”

Port of Hueneme Welcomed Mexico Delegation

Port of Hueneme officials recently hosted a group of Mexico’s top trade representatives that included Roberto Velasco Alvarez, Director General for North America and acting Undersecretary for North America at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The officials took the delegation on a socially distanced tour of the port and engaged in a talk on efforts to bolster and extend trade between the port and Mexico, according to the port.

“Our on-going trading partnership with Mexico continues to grow, from the establishment of a Sister Port relationship with Port of Ensenada in 2015, to supporting trade through our various local customers importing and exporting cargo between our two great countries,” said Oxnard Harbor District President Jason Hodge. “We are committed to supporting the growth of this fruitful partnership.”

The Port of Hueneme’s top imported and exported commodities by value with Mexico are passenger and commercial vehicles, said CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas. Hueneme also moves bananas, plantains, avocados, pineapples, heavy construction machinery and tractors from Mexico.

“With the increase of auto manufacturers relocating to Mexico, the Port anticipates growth from imports of passenger and commercial vehicles via short sea shipping,” she said. “Mexico remains our top trading partner at 20 percent of our tonnage market share, and we look forward to continuing this strategic partnership.”

Matson Announces Q4 Results

In the quarter that ended Dec. 31, Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. recently reported $85.6 million in net income, or $1.96 per diluted share, and $700.1 million in consolidated revenue.

That’s compared to fourth quarter 2019, when the net income was $15.6 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, its consolidated revenue was $540.7 million, according to the company.

“Matson capped off a strong year with continued solid performance in the fourth quarter from Ocean Transportation and Logistics despite the ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic effects,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox.

In Ocean Transportation, Matson’s China service saw significant demand for its CLX and CLX+ expedited ocean services, which primarily drove the increase in consolidated operating income year-over-year for the quarter and the full year, Cox said.

“We continued to see favorable supply and demand dynamics in the transpacific tradelane during the fourth quarter, and we continue to expect largely all of these trends to remain favorable in the first half of 2021 as the pandemic persists,” he said. “As the pandemic subsides with widespread vaccination, we expect some of the supply and demand factors that we are currently benefiting from to remain and continue to drive demand for our CLX and CLX+ services."

Matson has seen ongoing demand for sustenance and home improvement goods, which have led to higher year-over-year volume growth in Hawaii, Alaska and Guam, he added.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Hawaii’s Kapalama Container Terminal
Moving Forward

A central part of Hawaii’s Harbor Modernization Program, the Kapalama Container Terminal project, is right on schedule, with the second phase set for completion in 2024, according to the state’s Department of Transportation.

Hawaii officials on Monday celebrated the finish of the first phase of the terminal project and broke ground on its second phase, all aimed at increasing Hawaii’s ability to handle cargo in the coming years.

“The need for expansion and investment in Honolulu Harbor has been recognized for decades,” said Governor David Ige. “Without vibrant, efficient harbors we would have a hard time enjoying life in Hawaii as we know it. I was a senator when the basic modernization plan was approved, and I’m proud that when fully completed in 2024, this approximately half billion-dollar project will increase cargo capacity by 40-percent and ensures our communities can be served in a more efficient way.”

Phase 1, which was done on time and on a budget of about $174 million, includes a 65.9-acre container yard, entry and exit gates, security fencing, gantry cranes, container handling equipment and a truck weigh station, according to the HDOT.

Phase 2, a $352.5 million endeavor, will feature an 18.5-acre container yard, 1863 linear feet more berthing capacity, dredged waterfront and harbor channel, wider Piers 40 and 41 to accommodate larger inter-island vessels, a reconstructed Pier 41, and Pier 40 upgrades to bolster roll-on/roll-off cargo operations.

“The land and waterside improvements to Honolulu Harbor realized in the two phases of the Kapalama Container Terminal project will benefit harbor users and our friends and neighbors for years to come,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawaii Department of Transportation. “The KCT pier, designed at 9.81-feet, addresses sea level rise where we anticipate water level heights of 3.6 feet by 2060. Phase 2’s pier design also anticipates less maintenance over the useful life of the pier structure compared to existing pier designs. These improvements have been built to last and we’re excited to continue this modernization.”

For more, go to http://www.kctinfo.com/.

Lynden Helps with COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Alaska

When it comes to supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Alaska, Lynden has literally been delivering the goods.

The company has had a hand in delivering the vaccine and the equipment needed to give the vaccine. Lynden International District Operations Manager Bob Barndt has been fielding incoming shipment calls on a daily basis and picking up the 40-pound boxes of vaccine from Anchorage before personally delivering it to hospitals in Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow.

"For over 30 years, we have managed deliveries to remote Alaska communities but the vaccine shipments are different than anything else we have handled,” Barndt said.

Each box features a GPS tracking device and temperature monitor and the vaccine is kept cool in dry ice, Lynden said.

"We never lose control of the boxes and have eyes on them during the entire journey," he said. Lynden also makes sure Personal Protective Equipment gear gets where it needs to go.

"Lynden has a reputation for excellent service and on-time delivery, so we are all working as fast and efficiently as we can to uphold that standard," Barndt said. "We want to get the vaccine to those who need it most and to protect our customers and their families."

Grant Opportunity at Port of Los Angeles

Community groups are invited to apply for the Port of Los Angeles’ 2021-22 Community Investment Grant Program supporting events and projects that help Harbor Area residents and support local workforce, learning, sustainability or the Los Angeles waterfront.

Applications must be turned in by 4 p.m. on May 10. Groups can go for grants in one of three categories: small grants of less than $5,000, medium grants of less than $99,999 or large grants of more than $100,000.

The port, which has had the annual program since 2013 and has given nearly $1 million in grants funded with port revenues to area nonprofits, plans to announce the selected groups in July.

Interested nonprofits can find out more at an April 1 workshop, which will take place at 6 p.m. via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95529627322#success.

For more, go to https://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/grants.

USCG, Japan Coast Guard Team Up

Members from the U.S. Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard recently teamed up on a joint law-enforcement exercise in the Philippine Sea, the U.S. agency announced.

“This exercise reaffirms our long-standing alliance and assures our two coast guards operate seamlessly together,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area. “Together we are committed to safeguarding mariners at sea, preventing destructive illegal fishing and smuggling, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

USCG Cutter Kimball and Japan Coast Guard Ship Akitsushima worked with helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles to prepare for intercepting foreign ships possibly conducting illegal activity within Japanese waters.

"These illegal activities, such as illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, can have a major impact on the fragile marine ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific region," said Capt. Holly Harrison, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball. "We always benefit from and enjoy working with our Japan Coast Guard partners as it enhances our collective ability to respond to any number of maritime threats and challenges."

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Changing of the Watch

By Dave Abrams, Publisher

Dear Readers,

For the past 6 months, I have served as Editor for both PMM and FN online newsletters. This was my first foray into the media world, and I’m learning a lot. As we prepare for the first issues of the print editions of Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fishermen’s News, that learning curve is getting steeper! Our focus for PMM and FN Online has been to report emerging news items that we think will be of interest to you. But news reporting is only one piece of a monthly publication. The real challenge comes in generating interesting and relevant content that informs and educates on a wide range of topics affecting our industry. Creating that content and delivering it in a way that is engaging is a real talent, and one that I don’t really have! So it’s time for me to pass the editorial wheel over to someone that really knows this business. Thus it is with great enthusiasm that I introduce to you our new Managing Editor, Mark Nero. Mark has been covering the waterfront for decades, and for those longtime readers of our print publications, you will recognize his name from the many articles he contributed over the years. Mark is an accomplished reporter, writer and editor, and we are very excited to have him take the helm of Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fishermen’s News.

With Mark on watch keeping a steady hand on the wheel, I am going to shift my focus to the role of Publisher, looking out at the horizon and focusing on the long-term trends in our industry and how we can prepare our readers for the changes to come.

We will soon be reaching out to all of you to renew your subscriptions for the magazines (print and digital), and I hope we can count on your support. Thanks for reading and be safe out there.

Dave

You can reach Dave Abrams at dave@maritimepublishing.com

USCG Launches New Boating App

Mariners traveling through the Pacific Northwest will soon have U.S. Coast Guard information right at their fingertips. The USCG is launching a new free mobile app to help mariners plan their travels and get information on boating safety. The official U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Mobile application is offered on iPhone and Android devices and features weather updates from NOAA weather buoys and the ability for mariners to communicate potential navigational hazards or pollution situations to a local Coast Guard.

The app can also help the agency get mariner information for search and rescue purposes and also features a bright red “Emergency Assistance” button on the home screen that alerts emergency responders to mariners in distress and gives them a GPS location.

Another function of the app allows mariners to create a float plan with designated contacts, giving loved ones vital information on future voyages in case of emergency.

“The Coast Guard encourages mariners to do appropriate research before getting underway and hopes this application will provide a central platform for commonly requested information,” the agency said.

For more, visit https://uscgboating.org/mobile/.

Six New LNG-powered Vessels to be Dedicated by CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group showed its commitment to sustainability when the company announced plans to dedicate six containerships fueled by LNG and a push to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The first of six is set to be delivered in October and by the end of 2022 all six ships are expected to be operational. CMA CGM will use the vessels for its Pearl River Express (PRX) line, which connects China to the Port of Los Angeles.

“The deployment of 6 LNG- powered containerships of 15,000-TEU will go along with the development of the US economy in a sustainable manner,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM, announced. “It is a strong signal in favor of the environment. The United States is strategic for the economic exchanges and for CMA CGM: 2021 will definitely be marked by the strengthening of the ties that have already united us for a long time. We deeply believe in the strengths of the American economy and we’re eager to foster its responsible growth.”

The company has 12 LNG-powered vessels and is expected to increase that fleet to 32 vessels in various sizes by 2022. It’s all part of its effort toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

Matson Publishes Sustainability Report

Matson Inc. has put in writing its various efforts in sustainability with a newly published annual report.

In its Sustainability Report, the Honolulu-based ocean transportation and logistics company spotlights its role as an environmental steward, how it manages the well-being of its employees and community, and its ethical, safe and reliable approach to business.

It also looks at Matson’s progress and major achievements, including a 13 percent drop in CO2 emissions between 2017 and 2019 and the completion of four modern U.S.-constructed vessels designed to lower GHG emissions.

"Over more than a century, Matson's business has been built on earning the trust of the customers and communities we serve and conducting our business with integrity,” said Matt Cox, chairman and chief executive officer. “This report highlights Matson's achievements and the measures we are taking to advance responsible, sustainable and ethical practices throughout our company. I am proud of the work Matson is doing and we remain committed to building on our rich history."

This is an exciting time for Matson, said Rachel Lee, vice president of sustainability and governance.

"We are making progress toward achieving Matson's sustainability goals – from moving toward a low-carbon future; to promoting a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive culture; and continuing to protect our employees in the face of an unprecedented pandemic," she said.

For a copy of its 2019-2020 Sustainability Report, go to www.matson.com/sustainability.

Alaska Marine Lines Installs Proximity
Alarm System

To raise safety awareness at its Seattle and Southeast Alaska yards, Alaska Marines Lines has installed SEEN Safety's Infrared Retroreflector Identification System (IRIS).

IRIS, which can be placed on forklifts and low-speed vehicles, uses light and radar to detect reflective material such as safety vests in close range from 28 feet wide to 25 feet deep, the company said. The alert sounds when people and equipment fall within the proximity zone.

"We also added reflective tape to the counter-weight of the forklifts to help prevent collisions, which has already proven effective during barge operations," said Alaska Marine Trucking Operations Manager Joe Purcell.

The alam is adjustable to meet unique needs.

"For example, when Ketchikan works a barge it is always full, so we adjusted the proximity to a smaller zone compared to Juneau where the barge is more than half empty," he said.

"One of the major risks in Alaska Marine Lines' operations is mixing personnel working on the deck of our barges with 50-ton forklifts," says Don Reid, Alaska Marine Lines Vice President of Operations. "The Alaska Marine Lines safety team has been exploring solutions for many years and this proximity alarm technology is a major step toward mitigating that risk and keeping people safe on the barge deck."

Friday, February 26, 2021

USCG Investigates Marine Casualty

U.S. Coast Guard officials announced Wednesday that the agency is pursuing a formal investigation into the Feb. 20 capsizing of a commercial fishing vessel that resulted in two deaths.

Rear Adm. Anthony Vogt, Coast Guard Thirteenth District Commander, authorized the investigation into the circumstances of the 38-foot fishing vessel Coastal Reign, which capsized with four crew members while they were trying to cross the Tillamook Bay Bar in Oregon, the agency said.

An email has been created for those interested in weighing in or offering any information on the investigation and inquiring about any scheduled hearings.The email is D13WebManagers@uscg.mil. The Coast Guard plans to put out a report after that investigation is done.

Those who traverse the bar should tread carefully as “most accidents and deaths that occur on coastal bars are from capsizing,” according to the state of Oregon.

Before embarking, mariners should check weather, bar and tide conditions, make sure family and friends have your Float Plan, avoid overfilling a vessel, wear a life jacket and have with you flares and a VHF-FM radio.

For more tips, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/forms-library/Documents/Publications/TillamookBayChartlette2020_web.pdf.

Port of L.A. Rolls Out New Data Tool

The Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday introduced a new data tool designed to help make cargo flow more efficient and modernize the way information is conveyed along the supply chain.

The new Control Tower data - the latest in a series of tools being rolled out by the port in the last six months - allows stakeholders to see truck turns in real time at cargo terminals and other truck-related trend information so they can better plan based on flow of cargo, the port said.

“The Control Tower is a service and digital tool that will help get critical and reliable information to San Pedro Bay port stakeholders so that they can improve decision making and efficiencies,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are currently the only port in North America offering this array of digital tools, but I’m optimistic that this type of data will eventually be more uniformly available at every node of the supply chain.”

The tool was developed with Wabtec and is being introduced in phases.

“Data is a critical resource in moving goods across the supply chain and into the hands of consumers,” said Scott Holland, Vice President of Wabtec’s Network and Logistics business. “The Port Optimizer Control Tower is an important step in the journey to connect railroads, chassis providers, truckers, warehouse operators and others across the supply chain, and ensure cargo seamlessly flows in and out of ports. This system’s real-time and historical analytics will help the Port of Los Angeles community optimize their operations, relieve congestion stemming from increased global shipping traffic, and get products to people faster.”

To sign up for Control Tower, go to Tower.Portoptimizer.com.

Imports Up at NWSA

Latest numbers show that imports rose nearly 11 percent last month at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, according to the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The ports moved 288,289 TEUs in January, a 9.3 percent jump from the same time a year ago, with imports up 10.9 percent. Meanwhile, exports fell 13.4 percent.

This news comes as vessels from Wan Hai Lines’ new AA5 service is scheduled to make its call to Seattle Harbor in mid-March, giving customers direct links between Asia and the Pacific Northwest.

Also beginning in mid-March is ZIM new quick transpacific ZX2 service, which will be regularly visiting the Tacoma Harbor and the newly modernized Husky Terminal.

Port of Oakland Chief Selected CAPA VP

Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan has been selected to serve as vice president of the California Association of Port Authorities, it was announced this week.

Wan takes on the role previously held by Port of Richmond Executive Director Jim Matzorkis, who died in December.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help lead a unified advocacy effort for our system of California ports,” said Wan. “Our business recovery efforts in Oakland will guide my work with CAPA as we move toward stabilizing and strengthening our maritime and freight sectors.”   Wan, who plans to work closely with CAPA President and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, spoke of the association’s push for ports in California to be seen as an economic force.

“CAPA calls attention to the need for statewide coordination of investments in goods movement infrastructure, conversion to clean energy operations and efficient transportation corridors,” said Wan. "Just like the Port of Oakland, which supports over 84,000 jobs in Northern California, each California port contributes to a healthy economy, job base and environment in each of its respective regions and statewide."

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

January Cargo Volumes Up at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles handled 3.6 percent more cargo last month than in January 2020, reflecting an upward trend of increases over the past six months and strong U.S. consumer spending, according to recent numbers released by the port.

The nation’s busiest seaport moved 835,516 TEUs in overall cargo last month, including 437,609 TEUs in loaded imports. The port saw 87 cargo ships - including eight extra loaders - arrive in January. Meanwhile, loaded exports fell 19.5 percent to 119,327 TEUs. Empty containers rose 14 percent to 278,580 TEUs, reflecting higher demand in Asia.

“All indications point toward a strong flow of imports over the next few months as consumers continue an unprecedented buying surge which began last summer,” said Port of Los Angeles Director Gene Seroka. “However, U.S. exports continue to lag, down 25 of the last 27 months. What we’re experiencing is one-way trade, which has created challenges for the entire supply chain.

“We are grateful to our dock workers, truckers and terminal operators who have worked every day since the pandemic began to process these record volumes. We will continue to advocate at all levels of government for sufficient supplies to ensure every waterfront worker has a chance to be vaccinated.”

Wan Hai Lines to Call on Seattle Port

The Northwest Seaport Alliance's Seattle Harbor will be Wan Hai Lines’ first port of call for its new AA5 service launching in mid-March, the NWSA has announced.

The Taiwan-based international shipping firm’s new service will include stops in Kaohsiung, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Seattle and Oakland before heading back to Kaohsiung and offers direct links between Asia and the Pacific Northwest, the NWSA said.

"The Northwest Seaport Alliance has ample terminal capacity, provides efficient operations and low dwell times that ensure cargo moves quickly onto its ultimate destination,” said John Wolfe, CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “The gateway offers supply chain flexibility and low-cost transload options to our customers."

The service will call at Terminal 18 in Seattle.

Port of Coos Bay Scholarship Application Open

Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s annual scholarship program, which will be open until April 1.

The scholarship was created to nurture and support the Oregon’s South Coast regional workers of the future.

Applicants must be high school seniors living in the port district and will be given special consideration if the senior is studying a trade or skills in the maritime, rail, or trade and logistics industries.

“The Port sees great value in investing in our youth and growing our workforce locally,” said Port CEO John Burns. “It is an essential component to cultivate our community and create opportunities to grow and thrive. As we look to the future of this community, it’s important to encourage our young people to pursue successful careers and return to the area.”

For more, go to https://www.portofcoosbay.com/community-giving.

Port of Oakland Names New CFO

Julie Lam, who has been instrumental in the Port of Oakland’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the port’s new chief financial officer, it was announced Friday.

Lam, who joined the port eight years ago as its controller, has been serving as acting CFO for the last 10 months. She will be tasked with overseeing the port’s accounting, budgeting, management of finances, human resources, risk management, purchasing and enterprise resource planning.

Lam molded two major efforts to help the port weather the pandemic, including an initiative to refinance a $544 million bond, a move that slashed interest costs by $87 million. She also helped offset revenue losses through a port-wide austerity program. “Julie has been central to our efforts at overcoming the economic effects of coronavirus,” said Port Executive Director Danny Wan. “She’s a strategic thinker who’ll play a critical role in helping us plan the post-pandemic future.”

Before joining the port, Lam was an accounting and treasury manager for M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. Lam graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and a minor in economics.

Friday, February 19, 2021

California Port Leaders Convened Virtually
with Lawmakers

In honor of Ports Day 2021, California port directors and lawmakers recently gathered for a virtual event centered around the theme of “Resilience in Action” and included discussions of the ports’ vital role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic hit, California ports stepped up to meet the moment,” said Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, whose district encompasses the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. “Our state has relied on our ports to minimize disruptions to the supply chain, ease distribution of PPE, serve as vital hubs for testing, and now our ports are helping distribute vaccines to those who need it most.”

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, who also serves as president of the California Association of Port Authorities (an organization representing the state’s 11 public port authorities), urged lawmakers to look to ports as partners.

“California ports were resourceful and resilient through a turbulent 2020,” he said. “Now, as we look to the future, we hope the state will embrace its ports as true partners. As California addresses the great challenges of our time – pandemic response, climate change, trade competitiveness, and equitable job creation – we bring specific solutions to support our state’s recovery and resurgence.”

Phase 1 of Terminal 5 Project Set to Finish End of 2021

The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 5 Modernization Project is expected to finish the first phase of the project by the end of 2021, with an anticipated opening in the first quarter of 2022, it was announced.

The original target date for completion was set for the second quarter of this year for the project, which is expected to expand the seaport complex’s ability to handle cargo.

“This facility will allow our region to remain globally competitive and grow our local economy,” the NWSA said. “Due to the complex nature of this large infrastructure construction combined with unforeseen circumstances, this project is now seeing schedule impacts.”

Port officials are expected to give a comprehensive update on the project at 11:30 a.m. on March 2 at the Managing Members meeting.

“This project remains a top priority and alongside our tenant, SSAT, we are committed to delivering the modernized Terminal 5 facility as soon as possible,” the NWSA added. “We continue to believe this project is critical to maintaining economic and industrial diversity in our region and living wage jobs that are key to building an equitable and resilient economy.”

Puget Sound Area Scholarship Applications Due March 1

The Puget Sound area high school seniors have until 5 p.m. on March 1 to apply for the annual Norm Manly Scholarship conducted by the Youth Maritime Training Association.

The YMTA, which has been a mainstay at Western Washington high school career fairs, will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to attend a maritime school, which include 4-year programs and community-based courses.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be given to students living in Washington State. Applicants should visit YMTA.net for more about the scholarship and access application forms.

For questions, reach out to Director Alicia Barnes at admin@pugetmaritime.org.

USCG Cutter Hickory Makes Emergency Water Deliveries to Alaska

When Angoon, Alaska, residents were dealing with waterline failures, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory came to their aid with four pallets of water to the remote community of 400 residents Sunday evening.

Crew members of the 225-foot sea-going buoy tender based in Homer, Alaska, loaded and delivered close to 7,000 bottles of water after Coast Guard District 17 Command Center got a call from the Alaska Emergency Operations Center for help on the water delivery. About one-third of Angoon was without water, while the remaining residents had to boil water before consuming it, the USCG said.

“There was no water available at the local store and commercial services are not available to deliver water until late next week,” the agency said. “The waterline failures are expected to last for a couple of weeks.”

Besides the pallet delivery, the crew also had about 8,000 gallons of potable water on the vessel that could be given to residents if necessary, the agency said.

Jensen Maritime integrates with Crowley

After joining Crowley as a subsidiary in 2008, Seattle-based Jensen Maritime has fully integrated into Crowley Engineering Services group, it was announced Feb. 19.

Jensen’s marine engineering and naval architectural know-how pairs well with Crowley’s wide-ranging portfolio and extensive track record of engineering, project management and marine operations.

This new group creates “a stronger, singular source for customers seeking high-level design expertise drawing on Crowley’s overall knowledge of management and operations of vessels, including tugboats, tanks vessels such as articulated tug-barges, and other commercial and government vessels,” the company said.

“This exciting transformation reflects the evolution of Crowley’s capabilities as (a) single source for engineering and design,” said Matt Yacavone, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Shipping. “The new group fits our strategic vision for growth by better connecting naval architecture and marine engineering customers with the full suite of Crowley’s experience and knowledge from ship assist tugs to emerging and traditional offshore energy services.”

Ray Martus, vice president of Crowley Engineering Services, added that the “transformative change will best take advantage of our teams’ knowledge and potential to lead more growth for Crowley and more value for customers.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

New CMA CGM Service Begins at Port of Oakland

CMA CGM vessel AFRICA FOUR arrived at the Port of Oakland last Friday, kicking off its new direct vessel service connecting China and Oakland. Oakland will be its first U.S. stop in the company’s weekly Golden Gate Bridge service, which encompasses the ports of Shanghai, Yantian and Kaohsiung in China to Oakland, according to the port. The vessels – which will carry anywhere between 5,000 to 6,000 TEUs – will also stop in Seattle before heading back to China.

“The CMA CGM Group is pleased to introduce this Golden Gate Bridge service as we seek new ways to provide our customers with differentiated services, fast transit times and efficient access to their inland destinations,” said Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM America and APL North America. “We look forward to working closely with the Port of Oakland to help customers increase their speed to market and infuse more consistency into their supply chains.”

This is the first time in over a decade that the Northern California port has offered “a first-call service to U.S. importers,” which will mean more containers and rail cargo from Oakland, the port said.

This new service comes as e-commerce continues to grow in the U.S.

“This opens up so many possibilities,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “Our customers can significantly improve the transit time for getting their products to consumers with a first-call and also use Oakland to reach the U.S. interior through our rail connections.”

USCG Cutter Polar Star to Wrap Up Arctic Deployment

Crew members of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star will soon wrap up a months-long deployment in the Arctic, where members have been assisting scientific researchers and providing security and maritime law enforcement in the polar region.

Cutter Polar Star accompanied scientists and researchers to help better understand the arctic through a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Washington, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the USCG said.

“The Arctic is cold, dark, and difficult to navigate in the winter,” said Capt. Bill Woityra, the Polar Star's commanding officer. “Deploying with researchers and scientists aboard has aided in the development, understanding and pursuit of technologies that will mitigate risks and enable future mission performance so that looking forward, the Coast Guard can safely operate continually and effectively in this remote environment.”

The Polar Star has allowed experts to study ice and water flow in the area and test out technology. For example, the Mobile User Objective System – an ultra-high frequency satellite communications system created by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy – was placed on Polar Star to test out the device at high latitudes during the difficult Arctic winter. The system is designed to offer secure connections for mobile forces. “Looking towards the future, all signs point toward the Coast Guard deploying more platforms to the Arctic, more often and during different seasons of the year,” said Woityra. “The Coast Guard is robustly proficient at summer-time Arctic operations, while winter presents an entirely new set of challenges. Polar Star's winter Arctic deployment has served to better understand and prepare for the challenges of operating in such a harsh and unforgiving environment.”

Port of Long Beach to Co-sponsor Food Drive

The Port of Long Beach, Labor Community Services and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are co-sponsoring a drive-through food drive for Harbor District residents impacted by the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event - which is expected to feed about 2,000 families with up to 50 pounds of groceries per family - will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1650 W. Ninth St. in West Long Beach. Families are encouraged to arrive early, wear masks and stay in their cars while volunteers put groceries in their trunks. No walk-ups will be allowed.

“Too many families within our community are struggling to put food on the table as the COVID-19 pandemic continues with unprecedented effects,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero.

“We hope this event will help to bridge the gap and we look forward to working with our labor, industry and community partners by assisting in any way we can.”

Visit LAFoodBank.org or lcs-la.org for more on the event or how to donate

Maritime Agencies Responded to Bomb Threat

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau Police Department and Alaska Marine Highway System answered a reported bomb threat Wednesday morning aboard a ferry set to leave Juneau, Alaska.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau fielded the call from the captain of motor vessel LeConte, who reported the threat. The police caught the suspect who “reportedly drove a vehicle onto the ferry and made the threats,” according to USCG.

The agencies worked together to make sure passengers were safe and service was restored. The Coast Guard created a 1,000-yard safety perimeter around the ferry terminal to protect boaters while a security sweep of the ferry was done. No credible threats were found.

“Our crews train to respond to a variety of situations and take all threats very seriously,” said Capt. Stephen White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “This incident highlights the importance of maintaining, exercising, and following security plans. The actions taken by AMHS personnel enabled a prompt response by JPD and the Coast Guard.”

Friday, February 12, 2021

New All American Marine President Announced

Veteran maritime leader Ron Wille has been appointed as the next president of All American Marine, it was announced this week.

AAM owner Matt Mullett will continue as CEO and special advisor to the management team.

“During my initial interview with Matt Mullett (AAM’s owner), he indicated he is always considering the future and how the business can be taken to the next level,” Wille said in a statement. “In this situation the future will mean a decreased day-to-day role for him at AAM as he pursues additional time with his family and his many other interests. Matt has had a tremendously successful business career and has built not only a thriving business but an exceptional team here at AAM.”

Wille, who is a licensed merchant mariner and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oakland University, is lauded for his maritime and business experience, including his familiarity with tugboats suited to handle commercial ship assists and commercial towing in Southcentral Alaska, the company said.

Before joining AAM in 2018 as Business Development Manager, Wille had been familiar with the company when he was working for Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward, Alaska. During the decade-long relationship Wille built with AAM, Kenai bought and operated three AAM hydrofoil-assisted catamarans.

At AAM, Wille secured various high-profile contracts, including one to construct Captain Murchison for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He has played a major role in broadening All American Marine’s presence in national and global maritime markets, including work on “the first hydrogen-powered passenger vessel in the US and expansion of its customer base into US Territories,” according to the company.

In his new leadership role, Wille will explore new business, increase his role in vessel contracting and manage staff.

“There are so many things to look forward (to) at All American,” he said. “First, the boats that AAM has and continues to construct are exceptional. We work on every detail of the mission of each vessel prior to production, to ensure the most operator-friendly, fuel-efficient, and best performing vessel in its class. Being part of a phenomenal team that is a market leader, has been and will continue to be, both challenging and rewarding. This leadership position will allow me to participate in the maritime industry as the representative of an extraordinary group of individuals here at AAM. Lastly, I am looking forward to continuing the steady growth of the company.”

Network Issues Causing Radio Outages in Alaska

Mariners travelling through the Southeast Alaskan area from Yakutat to Ketchikan should have additional forms of communication with them beyond their VHF radio systems.

This week, network issues have been causing intermittent outages in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. While a commercial service provider is looking into the issue, the agency is asking mariners to be prepared with additional communication items such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or satellite messaging device.

Cell phones, satellite phones or high frequency radio communications on 4,125 kHz, 6,215 kHz, and 8,291 kHz are also recommended.

“Until this outage is resolved, it’s crucial for mariners to have alternative forms of communication with them,” said Cmdr. Meredith Gillman, search and rescue mission coordinator. “It is also recommended that mariners create a float plan and file it with their local harbor master or trusted friends and family.”

The Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center can be reached via cellular or satellite phone at 907-463-2980.

Commercial Fishing Boat Slapped
with Halibut Violation

The 48-foot Commercial fishing vessel Currency received a violation from the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday after members of the 110-foot Island Class patrol boat USCG Cutter Chandeleur found eight halibut were allegedly caught illegally near Kodiak Island in Alaska.

Crew members seized the fish and gave them to a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the area. “The violation reflected a seasonal closure for halibut,” according to the agency.

“Maritime law enforcement of Alaska’s fisheries protects both our nation’s living marine resources and the livelihoods of those who depend on them,” said Lt. Tim Cassel, commanding officer of Chandeleur. “We’re out here to protect the lives of fishermen and other mariners, to help ensure commercial fishermen all adhere to the same standards, and to safeguard the longevity of our marine resources.”

Port of Long Beach Seeks Nonprofits
for Sponsorships

The Port of Long Beach is looking for nonprofit organizations that are interested in applying for its Community Sponsorship Program.

The program - designed to pay for events and activities that raise community awareness about the port - is accepting sponsorship proposals online from March 1 until 5 p.m. on March 31.

The port will then review the applications and make recommendations to the Board of Harbor Commissioners for approval. Selected organizations will be announced in June.

Groups will be selected based on how the activity or event educates residents of the port’s role as a jobs and economic generator. Virtual events and activities are eligible.

Visit www.polb.com/sponsorship for more.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nautical Institute Approves Kongsberg
Remote DP Simulator

The Nautical Institute has approved Kongsberg Digital’s remote simulation for Dynamic Positioning Induction Courses, it was announced Feb. 1.

KONGSBERG’s cloud-based K-Sim DP technology allows training centers to keep offering mandatory DP simulation-based education remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The functionality of Kongsberg Digital’s remote DP solution has been demonstrated and found fit for purpose,” said Qasim Masood, Accreditation Manager of the Dynamic Positioning Department for The Nautical Institute.

“We’re pleased to give our approval to this solution, which is of great help in training the next generation of DP operators, particularly when more traditional training delivery arrangements are not viable,” Masood added.

After reviewing the technology, the Nautical Institute has approved its use until April 1, 2021, as an equivalent to its Class C DP simulators required for the DP Induction courses. There’s also an option to extend the remote use based on the status of the pandemic.

“It’s encouraging to know that our latest remote simulation technologies are helping students to attain DP skills even in these difficult times,” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice-President of Digital Ocean for Kongsberg Digital. “I strongly believe that the new cloud-based simulation solutions we are now providing represent the future of maritime training and will continue to act as cost-effective teaching aids when COVID-19 has been consigned to history.”

AAPA Urges Relief Funding for U.S. Maritime Transportation

The American Association of Port Authorities recently joined 35 groups in the maritime industry in imploring the federal government to help the U.S. maritime transportation industry with emergency relief funding.

In a letter to Congress and President Joe Biden, the groups asked the leaders to fund the Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Program to help those impacted by the pandemic.

“Despite container surges at several large ports, commercial cargo volumes have plummeted across the industry – total waterborne trade volume is down 5.5% compared to last year, while the value of this trade has crashed by 12.7% totaling $200 billion. Passenger movements remain virtually ceased,” according to the letter.

In uncertain times, the U.S. maritime industry and its workforce has sustained the movement of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods to communities, AAPA President and CEO Christopher J. Connor said.

“This emergency relief will ensure operational continuity at the elevated level which Americans have come to depend on,” Connor said in a statement.

USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon

After 45 days and over 10,000 miles patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean for narcotics offenses, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast recently came back to its Astoria, Oregon homeport.

During that time, crew members boarded four suspected drug-smuggling vessels and found and took possession of over $28 million (1,675 pounds) worth of cocaine and held seven suspected narco-traffickers.

The 210-foot medium endurance cutter Steadfast also finished biennial Aviation Standardization Training, netting certification for Aerial Use of Force, and was a training platform for tactical law enforcement units from Maritime Security Response Team-West.

“The Steadfast crew, families, and friends really came together to keep spirits high while deployed over the holidays,” said Cmdr. Craig Allen, Jr., commanding officer of the Steadfast. “During the patrol, the crew displayed superb skill and professionalism in achieving a perfect detection-to-interdiction record, thus ensuring the holidays were considerably less jolly for narco-traffickers.”