Port of Long Beach Announces New Director of Environmental Planning

Port of Long Beach Announces New Director of Environmental Planning

Renee Moilanen, the director of ports for new energy solutions company Build Momentum, has been chosen to be the next director of environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach, it was announced June 10. Moilanen, who is expected to start her new role on July 15, returns to a familiar stomping ground. She began her career at the POLB in 2006, and during her previous time at the seaport, she was an environmental specialist, environmental specialist associate and communications administrative analyst. From 2014 to 2019, she served as the port’s manager of air quality practices. In her new role,…
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Zero Emission Trucks Coming to Port of Prince Rupert

Zero Emission Trucks Coming to Port of Prince Rupert

Four zero and low-emission heavy-duty trucks are expected to begin operating at the Port of Prince Rupert with the help of a project led by Innovate BC, an agency that funds technology startups and entrepreneurs, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced June 10. The project consists of two hydrogen-powered trucks, one battery-powered truck and one hydrogen-diesel co-combustion truck, all of which would be tested on current routes through 2026. The demonstration would help officials determine the trucks’ range and reliability, as well as the scenario for their best use, the port said. The project’s made possible through the Integrated Marketplace,…
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May Cargo Volumes Dip at L.A., Long Beach Ports

May Cargo Volumes Dip at L.A., Long Beach Ports

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports saw their year-over-year cargo numbers for May dip, while year-to-date volumes for this year remained ahead of 2023, according to data released by the ports this month. Los Angeles handled 752,893 TEUs in May, about 3% lower than May 2023, according to data released June 12. Loaded imports fell 4.5% to 390,663 TEUs, while loaded exports jumped 24% to 125,963 TEUs, making May the 12th straight month of export growth. Meanwhile, empties moved fell 12% to 236,268 TEUs when compared to May 2023. Long Beach processed 695,937 TEUs last month, an 8.2% drop…
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Puget Sound Sees Reduced Pollution from Maritime Sector: Report

Puget Sound Sees Reduced Pollution from Maritime Sector: Report

Since 2005, the Puget Sound has seen a drop in the amount of air pollution generated from maritime-related operations, according to a report released June 7 by the Puget Sound Maritime Air Forum. The Puget Sound Emissions Inventory (PSEI) report, created with the help of seven area ports, six government agencies and three industrial partners, shows an 82% decline in diesel particulate matter and a 10% drop in greenhouse gas emissions from port and maritime sources in the region since 2005, the inventory’s baseline measurement. “The Puget Sound Emissions Inventory is an important tool to identify how our policy decisions…
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Port of Coos Bay CEO Stepping Down

Port of Coos Bay CEO Stepping Down

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Chief Executive Officer John Burns is expected to step down after nearly a decade in the leadership role, the port’s Board of Commissioners announced earlier this month. Burns’ last day at the port is yet to be determined as the port begins the process of creating a transition plan, the port said. Under his tenure, Burns, who started at the port in 2015, led the agency during a channel modification project and the ongoing modernization and expansion of the Coos Bay Rail Line. He also served as president of the Oregon Public Ports Association,…
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Port of Vancouver Terminals, Cruise, Shipping Lines Lauded for Environmental Efforts

Port of Vancouver Terminals, Cruise, Shipping Lines Lauded for Environmental Efforts

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has honored 29 terminals, tenants, marine operators, cruise lines and shipping lines for their environmental leadership at the Port of Vancouver, it was announced June 5. The port authority has annually presented the Blue Circle Awards, given to those who excelled in their efforts to lower emissions and underwater noise and save energy through the participation in the port authority’s EcoAction and Energy Action programs, since 2009. This year’s EcoAction Program recipients include shipping lines such as COSCO Shipping, Evergreen Line, Fednav, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, MOL Chemical Tankers, MSC, Oldendorff Carriers, SM Line, Swire Shipping (formerly Westwood…
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BRIX Marine Launches 4615-HTC Catamaran

BRIX Marine Launches 4615-HTC Catamaran

BRIX Marine’s latest catamaran is making its way to Alaska, where it’s expected to be “a versatile construction workhorse for Prince William Sound, capable of hauling freight and equipment to remote locations” for Alaska Native village business Chenega Corp., the Port Angeles, Wash.-based boat manufacturer said June 5. “Chenega Corporation sought to custom-build a boat specific to our needs for accessing the village and our surrounding properties, as well as supporting commercial customers with a variety of small workboat requirements, including crew transportation,” Chenega Corp. General Manager Adam Turner said. This is the second vessel built for the corporation by…
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U.S. Marine Sector a Major National Economic Contributor, Data Show

U.S. Marine Sector a Major National Economic Contributor, Data Show

The U.S. marine sector generated $777 billion in sales, supported 2.4 jobs and accounted for $476 billion in economic impact in 2022, according to data released June 6 by NOAA and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The annual Marine Economy Satellite Account (MESA) data highlighted tourism and recreation as the sector’s biggest contributor with $163 billion, followed by national defense and public administration with $149 billion and offshore minerals with $62 billion. Meanwhile, the sectors that displayed the most growth for 2022 were ship and boat building with a 14.6% increase, coastal tourism and recreation with an 8.1% uptick and…
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LA Harbor Commissioners Approve $2.6B Budget

LA Harbor Commissioners Approve $2.6B Budget

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved a $2.6 billion spending plan for the 2024-25 fiscal year that includes $257.7 million set aside for the capital improvement projects at the Port of L.A., it was announced June 6. The budget for the port’s capital improvement program, which is 19% more than last year’s improvement projects budget, includes $44.3 million for the interchange reconfiguration of State Route 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge and Front Street/Harbor Boulevard; $15.3 million for the Zero-Emission Port Electrification and Operation Program and $14.2 million to restore and update Pasha Terminal. The budget also dedicates $4 million to planning…
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Seaspan Developing Canada’s First Heavy Polar Icebreaker in 60 Years

Seaspan Developing Canada’s First Heavy Polar Icebreaker in 60 Years

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is in the process of developing Canada’s first heavy polar icebreaker in more than six decades. At Canada’s Global Defense & Security Trade Show on May 29, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company gave defense and security representatives an update on its progress. Seaspan said more than 70% of the vessel’s functional design is complete, while the vessel’s 3D modeling is “well advanced,” paving the way for Seaspan to cut steel for the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker vessel before the end of 2024. The 158-meter-long IACS Polar Class 2 (PC2) Heavy Icebreaker is designed to accommodate up to…
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