Friday, January 15, 2021

South Terminal Project Completed

The long-awaited $57 million South Terminal modernization project at the Port of Everett has been completed, port officials announced this week.

The updated terminal allows the port to accommodate bigger ships and heavier cargoes, including the new 777X and other wide-body aircraft, and more diverse cargo. It also supports efforts to bolster the regional economy.

In the last 10 years, over $125 million has been put into port facilities to meet market demand and the needs of its customers. The South Terminal is vital to the port’s modernization efforts. In 2018, the port started on the second phase of the project to strengthen the wharf and included moving two Post-Panamax container cranes from the Port of Los Angeles, and improving the electrical dock infrastructure for shore power.

“Having this modernized facility now open for business is more important than ever as our region and nation focuses on the economic recovery needs in front of us in light of this pandemic,” Port Commission President Glen Bachman said. “Completion of this project directly benefits our local, regional and national economies, enhances our national transportation network in support of the movement of commerce, and maintains and grows the 40,000+ family-wage jobs supported by Port operations.”

USCG Cutter Joseph Gerczak on Patrol

The crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak recently stopped in Honolulu after finishing the first stage of their patrol to uphold illegal fishing rules in the Pacific and augment maritime law enforcement self-sufficiency with Kiribati partners, the agency said.

The crew traveled about 2,400 million from Hawaii to Kiribati from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3.

“We’re working to increase awareness of unlawful fishing operations in remote territories of the United States, the Pacific, and the Republic of Kiribati’s exclusive economic zones,” said Lt. James Provost, commanding officer of the Joseph Gerczak. “Over the course of our patrol we queried one Chinese fishing vessel while enforcing Kiribati's sovereignty.”

The crew supported Operation Blue Pacific Task Force to ensure stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific, the agency said.

“Effective maritime domain awareness requires unprecedented information sharing,” said Cmdr. Jason Brand, chief of enforcement, Coast Guard District 14. “We are eager to collaborate with Kiribati on initiatives of common interest.”

Update on Merchant Mariner Credentialing Endorsements

Qualifying mariners will be issued STCW endorsements for Basic and Advanced International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF) Code Operations if they have completed the STCW requirements and ask for the endorsement, the National Maritime Center announced Tuesday.

Applications for IGF Code Operations endorsements should be sent in accordance with CG-MMC Policy Letter 01-21. National endorsements for IGF Code Operations will not be issued by the National Maritime Center.

Inquiring mariners should reach out to the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division at or 202-372-2357. Visit for more.

CAAP Meeting Set for Jan. 27

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will update the public on the status of their San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan goals on Jan. 27.

The meeting – the first for 2021 – will take place virtually from 10 a.m. to noon.

The ports first created the plan in 2005 and since then has seen pollution from port operations decrease, including diesel particulate matter, which fell 87 percent, nitrogen oxides by 58 percent and sulfur oxides by 97 percent.

The ports updated its plan in 2017 to quicken its goals to a zero-emissions and focus on lowering greenhouse gases. The goal is to lower GHGs by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, according to the ports.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

NOAA, The Ocean Foundation Announce
New Partnership

NOAA and The Ocean Foundation have joined forces to further research, conservation and oceans on a global level, thanks to a memorandum of agreement inked in early December, it was announced Jan. 5.

Learning more about climate change and ocean acidification’s impact on oceans and coasts, researching the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and developing sustainable U.S. marine aquaculture are among the initiatives that both sides intend to prioritize under the new agreement.

The new partnership between NOAA and the foundation is the latest in a series of science and technology team ups developed in the last year by NOAA, all in support of the Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and Shoreline and Near Shore of Alaska and the goals unveiled at White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology in 2019, according to NOAA.

“We know that a healthy ocean is the ‘life-support system’ for human wellbeing, planetary health and economic prosperity,” said foundation president Mark J. Spalding. “Our partnership with NOAA will allow both partners to continue our long-established international scientific relationships and research collaborations, including capacity building, that are the foundation for more formal international agreements — something we call science diplomacy — and build equitable bridges between communities, societies, and nations.”

Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fishermen’s News to Resume Print Editions

The new owner of Fishermen’s News and Pacific Maritime Magazine on line newsletters has announced that it will resume publication of the monthly print editions this spring.

San Diego-based Training Resources Limited, Inc (TRLMI), the largest privately held provider of maritime training in the Western United States, purchased the on line titles from the Philips Publishing Group and officially took ownership of the digital publications last September.

“We are in the business of providing mariners with knowledge through education,” said TRLMI CEO Dave Abrams. “Fishermen’s News and Pacific Maritime Magazine have been providing knowledge through current industry news for decades, so they are a natural extension of our existing business. The titles give us the ability to provide mariners and commercial fishermen with advocacy and news about the industries we train them for. After 6 months of learning the markets, we are ready to bring the print editions back to life.”

President of Philips Publishing Group Peter Philips and his brother Chris Philips, who served as publications’ managing editor, are delighted that TRLMI will be continuing publishing these magazines.

Fishermen’s News and Pacific Maritime Magazine are the most widely circulated and highly regarding industry titles on the Pacific Coast,” he said. “I can’t think of a better successor to Philips Publishing than a business involved in the education of mariners.”

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New Port of San Diego Commissioner Sworn In

Port of San Diego’s newest board commissioner representing National City is Sandy Naranjo, who was sworn into office virtually earlier this month.

The political economist and labor and environmental justice advocate joins the seven-member board that governs the Southern California port. She has served in various committees, including the National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis to the Sweetwater Authority Citizen Advisory Committee, the AB 617 steering committee to advise the San Diego Air Pollution Control District and the California Energy Commission’s Advisory Committee for the Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan, according to the port.

“Commissioner Naranjo’s background in environmental justice and economics will serve us well as we strive to balance the diversity of interests on our vibrant waterfront,” said Chairman-Elect Michael Zucchet, “She brings a bold and progressive perspective that will benefit our communities.”

Matson Announces Initial 4th Quarter Results

Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. on Monday the initial financial results of its fourth quarter.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox said Matson ended a strong year with continued solid performance in the fourth quarter from Ocean Transportation and Logistics amid the challenging effects caused by COVID-19.

"Within Ocean Transportation, our China service saw significant demand for its CLX and CLX+ expedited ocean services through year end and was the primary driver of the increase in consolidated operating income year-over-year,” he said in a press release. “We continued to see favorable supply and demand dynamics in the transpacific trade lane during the quarter, and we continue to expect largely all of these trends to remain favorable in the first half of 2021 as the pandemic persists. 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."

In its other core tradelanes, Matson saw a rising demand for sustenance and home improvement goods, which led to increased quarterly year-over-year volume growth in Hawaii, Alaska and Guam, Cox added.

Logistics operating income rose year-over-year due to more “goods consumption and inventory restocking and tight supply and demand fundamentals in our core markets.”

The company anticipates its fourth quarter operating income for Ocean Transportation to be $100 million to $105 million and Logistics operating income to be $8 million to $9 million. Net income and diluted EPS for the fourth quarter is expected to be $76.1 to $81.6 million and $1.74 to $1.87, respectively, according to Matson.

Port of Camas-Washougal Honored for Award

The Port of Camas-Washougal has been honored with the Washington Public Ports Association’s 2020 Community Engagement Award.

The port won the award for its work with stakeholders on the 10-year Parker’s Landing Waterfront Development project. In its application, the port spoke about its community interaction over the project slated at a former lumber site along the Columbia River in east Clark County.

Since the mill’s shutter in 2010, the port implemented cleanup efforts and engaged community members in a series of open houses for the public, which “viewed this site as a natural beauty for its access to the Columbia River and a great place for a commercial development. The main messages were this site would have public access to the river along with the commercial development.”

Residents - including schools - also added input on waterfront trail and park features.

“The public had been a part of the process since day one and helped mold and develop the vision for the final Master Plan,” the port said.