Clean Energy Factory to Open at Port of Bellingham

Clean Energy Factory to Open at Port of Bellingham

Corvus Energy, a supplier of battery energy storage systems (BESS) for marine applications, has chosen Whatcom County to expand its U.S. operations and plans to open a new factory at the Port of Bellingham, port officials announced in late May. The manufacturing facility, with an annual capacity of 200 MWh of stored energy capacity, would support demand for marine BESS in the Americas as the marine industry accelerates its adoption of decarbonization technology to meet targets for global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, port officials said. “Congratulations to the Port of Bellingham and Corvus Energy on the new facility here…
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Port of Long Beach Joins Green Shipping Corridor

Port of Long Beach Joins Green Shipping Corridor

The Port of Long Beach revealed June 9 that is has signed on to the Shanghai-Los Angeles Green Shipping Corridor, a partnership of cities, ports, shipping companies and cargo owners convened to create a zero-emissions trans-Pacific trade route. First announced in January by the ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles, C40 Cities and key maritime stakeholders, this Green Shipping Corridor is expected to be a big step toward decarbonizing shipping between the busiest ports in China and the U.S. C40 Cities is a network of cities around the world that are working to confront climate change. The partnership said that…
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Shipping Reform Legislation to Ease Bottlenecks Signed into Law

Shipping Reform Legislation to Ease Bottlenecks Signed into Law

On June 16, President Biden signed into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, legislation that officials hope can help alleviate challenges along the supply chain. The measure was passed by a vote of 369-42 in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 13, which followed a 364-60 vote by the Senate in December 2021. The new law broadens the Federal Maritime Commission’s authority to promote U.S. exports and allow it to create a shipping exchange registry. It also could help to make the detention and demurrage complaint process more efficient and clarify ocean-carrier practices related to detention and…
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Long Beach Port Completes Rail Project

Long Beach Port Completes Rail Project

The Port of Long Beach in late April revealed that it has completed construction of a new rail project that’s expected to increase efficiency of goods movement and reduce congestion on local roadways by shifting more cargo to trains. The “Double Track Access from Pier G to Pier J Project,” as it’s known, adds a second rail line running about 8,000-feet long that enables four terminals in the port’s south basin area to simultaneously handle arriving and departing trains. The project is a piece of the port’s ongoing infrastructure capital improvement program, which is aimed at shifting more cargo to…
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Port of San Diego, USS Midway Museum’s Proposed ‘Freedom Park’ Moves Forward

Port of San Diego, USS Midway Museum’s Proposed ‘Freedom Park’ Moves Forward

The Port of San Diego and USS Midway Museum are moving forward on a proposal to turn the Navy Pier into a public space to be named “Freedom Park,” the port announced April 13. Port commissioners inked a Memorandum of Understanding outlining financial commitments for the project—$11.7 million in federal stimulus funds and the museum’s contribution of at least $30 million. Work on the project involves demolishing the headhouse on the pier, finishing pile improvements and pier reinforcements and building out the park with features that honor San Diego’s military history, along with adding amenities, according to the port. “Our…
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British Columbia’s Port of Vancouver Launches Cruise Season

British Columbia’s Port of Vancouver Launches Cruise Season

The 2022 cruise season at the Port of Vancouver launched in April with the inaugural visit of the Holland America Line ship Koningsdam to the port’s Canada Place cruise terminal. “We’re delighted to welcome cruise back to the Port of Vancouver after what has been a long two years,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency mandated to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver has welcomed cruise passengers to Vancouver for more than 40 years. However, in March 2020, as part of its COVID-19 response, the…
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Regional Update: British Columbia Ports

Regional Update: British Columbia Ports

It still surprises some people when they learn that the third-biggest and busiest seaport in North America—after Los Angeles and Long Beach—isn’t in California or Washington, but in the Canadian province of British Columbia. But it’s true: The Port of Vancouver, which boasts an overall size of 217.5 miles (350 kilometers), a land area of 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) and a 16,000-hectare (39,536-acre) harbor, is the largest, busiest port in Canada. With a draft depth of 18.4 meters (60.3 feet) and 57 available berths, the POV is capable of accommodating some of the biggest container ships in existence. However, it…
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Port of Long Beach Officially Retires Decommissioned Bridge

Port of Long Beach Officially Retires Decommissioned Bridge

The Gerald Desmond Bridge, a transportation corridor that served the Port of Long Beach for more than 50 years by connecting Terminal Island with the city of Long Beach, was officially retired in a special ceremony on May 7. The bridge, which opened in 1968, was named after a former Long Beach city attorney and city councilman who helped secure funding to build the 5,134-foot-long through-arch bridge that connected Long Beach and Terminal Island. Desmond died in January 1964, when the bridge that would be eventually named for him was still under construction. The Gerald Desmond Bridge was decommissioned when…
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Initial Findings of Benicia Port Fire Investigation Point Toward Accidental Causes

Initial Findings of Benicia Port Fire Investigation Point Toward Accidental Causes

A fire at the Port of Benicia that damaged part of the port pier during the weekend of April 9 may have started “on or near the lower portion of the coke conveyor belt system near the base of the silos,” according to initial findings announced by Benicia Fire Chief Josh Chadwick on April 12. The fire, a four-alarm blaze, started at the base of the petroleum coke silo midday on a Saturday, then apparently spread under the pier. Fire crews fought the blaze through the night before it was fully extinguished Sunday afternoon. “The fire appears to be unintentional…
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Port of Oakland to Welcome New Logistics Tenant

Port of Oakland to Welcome New Logistics Tenant

PCC Logistics is becoming a tenant at CenterPoint Landing, a massive new warehouse at the Port of Oakland’s Seaport Logistics Complex, the port revealed in April. The new facility is expected to help ease the flow of goods at the Oakland seaport. The logistics company, based just outside Oakland, inked a lease in January for the 27-acre site with CenterPoint Properties, which completed the more than 460,000-square-foot warehouse in 2021. “This effectively marks the launch of the port’s Seaport Logistics Complex, a long-awaited re-use of land that was once occupied by the U.S. Army,” port Executive Director Danny Wan said.…
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