West Coast Ports Participate in Conference on Sea Level Rise

West Coast Ports Participate in Conference on Sea Level Rise

Port officials from around the U.S. and overseas gathered virtually in November to discuss the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan delivered the welcoming remarks at the Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense Conference, which was hosted by the Propeller Club of Northern California in collaboration with the Society of American Military Engineers. The conference, now in its fifth year, is the product of collaboration between California ports, including those in Oakland, San Francisco, Long Beach and Los Angeles. “The Port of Oakland as well as all California ports are literally on…
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Port of Everett Completes New 40-Acre Terminal

Port of Everett Completes New 40-Acre Terminal

On Thursday, Dec. 1, federal, Washington state and local officials participated in a ribbon-cutting event at the Port of Everett to celebrate the completion of the new 40-acre Norton Terminal. The $40 million terminal is the centerpiece of the port’s more than $100 million “Mills to Maritime” initiative aimed at bolstering cargo flow and jobs in the region. The event also celebrated the completion of the MTCA (Model Toxics Control Act) Third Interim Action Cleanup Project. “This work transformed the former Kimberly-Clark mill site into a new 40-acre maritime hub to enhance the movement of commerce, restore jobs and keep…
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Five Washington State Ports Receive $71.5 Million in Federal Grants

Five Washington State Ports Receive $71.5 Million in Federal Grants

A total of $71,488,445 in federal grants have been awarded to five Washington state ports, with the grants offered through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). The five recipients are the Port of Grays Harbor, Northwest Seaport Alliance Port of Seattle, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Port of Olympia and the Port of Port Angeles.  The Port of Seattle will receive a $17,035,900 federal grant for an ongoing expansion and emissions reduction project. “Terminal 5 expansion is central to our strategy to reduce port congestion, strengthen the supply chain, and create more good-paying maritime jobs in Seattle,” Sen. Maria…
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U.S. Navy, Port of San Diego Sign Joint Project Agreement

U.S. Navy, Port of San Diego Sign Joint Project Agreement

To further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality and public health on and around the San Diego Bay, Navy Region Southwest and the Port of San Diego have formed a partnership that gives the U.S. Navy access to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) market. The federal/state initiative is expected to provide millions of dollars for further electrification efforts for both Naval Base San Diego and the Port of San Diego. The LCFS is a cap-and-trade-like program where the producers of fossil fuels must either increase the use of plant-based carbon (e.g., ethanol and soybean oil) or buy…
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Port of Long Beach  Joins Alliance to Further Zero-Emissions Efforts

Port of Long Beach Joins Alliance to Further Zero-Emissions Efforts

The Port of Long Beach in October revealed that it has joined the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a public-private partnership formed to help capture newly available federal funding to assist in developing a robust renewable hydrogen market in California. The partnership was commemorated Oct. 6 during a launch event at the port’s Administration Building, and was attended by officials from the port, City of Long Beach, the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the University of California Office of the President, labor organizations, and state and local officials. ARCHES is expected to serve as the lead…
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Wave Energy Pilot Station Coming to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Wave Energy Pilot Station Coming to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Swedish onshore wave energy technology company Eco Wave Power Global AB revealed Aug. 2 that its energy conversion unit, formerly deployed in Gibraltar, is now on its way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, with a September arrival expected. Eco Wave Power is an onshore wave energy technology company that has developed a technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. Eco Wave Power has said that its mission is to assist in the fight against climate change by enabling commercial power production from the ocean and sea waves. AltaSea is a nonprofit public-private ocean institute…
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Feds, West Coast Seaports Offering Agriculture Exporters Financial Relief

Feds, West Coast Seaports Offering Agriculture Exporters Financial Relief

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Commodity Container Assistance Program (CCAP), which includes a partnership with the Port of Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance—the marine cargo operating partnership between the Seattle and Tacoma seaports. Ongoing market disruptions have created logistical challenges associated with the availability and flow of shipping containers to transport agricultural commodities, which has prevented or delayed American-grown agricultural commodities from reaching their markets. “Both the Port of Oakland and the NWSA in Seattle have been identified as key gateways for American-grown agricultural commodities, and each has experienced significant challenges with the…
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NW Seaport Alliance Again Recognized as a Top Green Supply Chain Partner

NW Seaport Alliance Again Recognized as a Top Green Supply Chain Partner

For the sixth consecutive year, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has earned the distinction of being an Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner. The recognition highlights NWSA’s commitment to protecting the environment through proactive and collaborative partnerships with supply chain stakeholders and communities across the Puget Sound. The 75 organizations selected by the publication Inbound Logistics represent various trade sectors, including trucking companies, railroads, shipping lines, freight forwarders and air cargo carriers.  These companies are recognized for their commitment to supply chain sustainability and ensuring that their operations are environmentally friendly. The NWSA, which is a maritime operations partnership between the…
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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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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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