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.”

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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

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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.


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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.

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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 SaadĂ©, 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.

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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."