Port of LA Terminal Operator Looking to Sell: Reports

Port of LA Terminal Operator Looking to Sell: Reports

The majority owner of Fenix Marine Services, which operates a container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, is looking at selling its 90% stake in the company, according to a news report. In September, business news outlet Bloomberg published an article stating that EQT Infrastructure, a division of asset management company EQT AB, is exploring a sale of its controlling stake in Fenix Marine. Fenix Marine Services, located on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles, was previously known as Global Gateway South. It’s one of the largest marine terminals in North America, spanning nearly 300 acres, and…
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Port of Coos Bay to Build Multimodal Container Terminal

Port of Coos Bay to Build Multimodal Container Terminal

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is partnering with Missouri-based development firm NorthPoint Development to build a multimodal container facility on the port’s North Spit, the two parties revealed in September. The port and NorthPoint say they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the project, with the intention of finalizing negotiations and signing a contract by the end of the year. NorthPoint and Coos Bay estimate that the facility, once fully constructed, will move over a million forty-foot containers annually through the port via the Coos Bay Rail Line.  The rail spur on the North Spit is…
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2 New Execs Appointed at Port of Long Beach

2 New Execs Appointed at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in late September selected two new leaders for the Port of Long Beach’s Commercial Operations Bureau. First, Samantha Galltin was appointed managing director of the port’s Commercial Operations Bureau, comprising the Business Development, Tenant Services and Operations, and Security Services divisions. She replaces Kenneth Duncan, who left the port earlier in 2021. Galltin joined the port as Assistant Director of Business Development in November 2020 following a 13-year career at BNSF Railway. Her last position at BNSF was Director of Port Business Development, Pacific Southwest and Gulf. During her time at the railroad,…
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Port of Seattle Bans Facial Recognition for Law Enforcement and Mass Surveillance

The Port of Seattle Commission has voted to permanently prohibit the use of biometric technology — including facial recognition — for law enforcement, security, and mass surveillance purposes by the port and any private-sector entities operating at its facilities. The July 13 vote builds on a moratorium on new biometrics uses that the commission put in place in 2019 until policies could be reviewed and developed. The Port of Seattle, which also operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, has said that it’s the first port authority in the nation to formally limit the use of biometric technology. “No one at a port…
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New Port of Vancouver Overpass Opens

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the body that oversees the Port of Vancouver, has officially opened the Centennial Road overpass on Vancouver’s south shore. The opening of the new overpass marks a milestone for the improvement in the movement of goods to and from the port. Construction of the overpass began in the summer of 2019. On July 4, 2021, it officially opened to container truck traffic in both directions. Coinciding with the opening of the new overpass, additional changes to traffic patterns on port roads were also implemented. The Heatley Avenue overpass temporarily remained open to inbound passenger vehicle traffic only…
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Port of Oakland Gains 2 New First-Call Container Shipping Services

Matson Lines and Wan Hai Lines have each introduced first-call services at the Port of Oakland, meaning the shipping lines are now making their initial U.S. stop the Northern California seaport after sailing from Asia. Taipei-based Wan Hai Lines commenced its new service Aug. 8. Called the AA5, the route links Oakland with three Asian ports: Kaohsiung, Ningbo and Qingdao. This follows the July 27 launch of an Oakland-China first-call service operated by Matson Lines. The new Matson service calls Chinese ports in Ningbo and Shanghai and makes stops in Long Beach and Honolulu after visiting Oakland. According to the…
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Port of Long Beach Officially Completes Ultra-Modern Container Terminal

The Port of Long Beach has ushered in what it is calling “the next era of environmentally sustainable operations” with the completion of the Long Beach Container Terminal at Middle Harbor, which the port calls one of the most technologically advanced cargo facilities in the world. The third and final phase of the years-long LBCT project was officially proclaimed complete during a mid-August press conference at the 300-acre facility. “Developing this terminal has been one of the biggest and most challenging infrastructure projects in our history,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said during the press conference. Equipped…
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LA Port, Wabtec Team Up to Launch Cargo Volume Forecaster

The Port of Los Angeles in July announced that it has launched “Horizon,” a long-term cargo volume predictive feature that offers cargo owners, terminal operators, truckers and other supply chain stakeholders the capability to gauge movement of containers at the port up to six months in advance. Horizon is an added feature of the port’s “Control Tower” service, a cargo flow planning and prediction tool that launched earlier this year. “We’re proud to break ground with this new forecasting tool, which is the first of its kind,” said port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The Horizon predictive technology is…
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BNSF Temporarily Restricts Flow of Intermodal Containers out of LA,  Long Beach Ports

BNSF Temporarily Restricts Flow of Intermodal Containers out of LA, Long Beach Ports

For two weeks beginning July 18, BNSF Railway limited the flow of international containers from the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex to the railroad’s Logistics Park Chicago intermodal terminal in order to deal with a backlog of intermodal cargo traffic at the terminal. “The rate of containers tendered to us on the West Coast continues to exceed the rate of out-gates from Logistics Park Chicago,” railway spokeswoman Amy Casas is quoted as saying in a July 19 trains.com report. “We are confident in our ability to process and unload volume at the rate that we are seeing demand on the…
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Port of Oakland Launches Zero-Emissions Truck Project

The Port of Oakland and its logistics partners have launched a battery electric truck demonstration project on its path to zero emissions at the Oakland Seaport. In mid-July, the port debuted 10 new battery electric trucks at Shippers Transport Express (STE), a port-based trucking operation. The Peterbilt trucks cost a total of $5.1 million and are used to haul cargo within the port’s maritime area. Funding for the trucks comes from a ZANZEFF grant (Zero and Near-Zero-Emission Freight Facility) program. The battery electric truck demonstration project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It expands options for another clean, cargo-handling…
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