January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach started 2024 strong with year-over-year double-digit increases in January, mainly a result of shippers rushing to stock shelves before the start of the Lunar New Year, according to both ports. The Port of Los Angeles posted its second-busiest January last month, moving 855,652 TEUs. That’s an 18% jump from January 2023 and represents six straight months of year-over-year growth, according to data released Feb. 14. LA handled 441,763 TEUs in loaded imports, a 19% increase, and processed 126,554 TEUs in loaded exports, a 23% spike from the same time last year. Empties…
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NWSA’s Terminal 46 Welcomes First Automobile Vessel in 20+ Years

NWSA’s Terminal 46 Welcomes First Automobile Vessel in 20+ Years

For the first time in more than two decades, the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 welcomed the arrival of an automobile vessel, according to the Northwest Seaport Alliance. On Feb. 2, the GLOVIS America logistics services vessel Silver Sky called at the terminal, carrying more than 2,500 automobiles bound for KIA and Hyundai dealerships in Canada. The new auto imports business builds upon the gateway’s automobile volumes, which saw a 96% year-over-year increase in December 2023, internal data show. “Terminal 46 is a key marine cargo property, and we are glad to work together with International Longshore and Warehouse Union…
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PMA Announces New President-CEO as McKenna Retires After 20 Years

PMA Announces New President-CEO as McKenna Retires After 20 Years

The Pacific Maritime Association, the organization representing West Coast ports’ shipping lines and terminal operators, has a new president and CEO. The PMA announced Feb. 13 that its longtime Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Hennessey has been chosen for the top job via a unanimous vote by PMA’s 11-member Board of Directors. Hennessey takes the reins from Jim McKenna, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO for 20 years. “PMA is in great hands with Steve Hennessey and the rest of our incredible leadership team and staff,” McKenna said. “I am proud to have led…
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Port of Olympia Selects New Executive Director

Port of Olympia Selects New Executive Director

Veteran leader Alexandra “Alex” Smith has been chosen as the Port of Olympia’s new executive director, the port announced Feb. 13. Smith, who beat out more than 30 candidates for the top job to lead the Washington seaport, previously served as the port’s environmental programs director before working for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, according to news reports. The port praised Smith’s “forward-thinking approach” and “her commitment to sustainability and fostering economic development.” “We are excited to welcome Alex Smith as the new executive director of the Port of Olympia,” port Commission Chair Bob Iyall said in a statement.…
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Legislation That Would Fund Offshore Wind Efforts at Calif. Ports Introduced

Legislation That Would Fund Offshore Wind Efforts at Calif. Ports Introduced

California state Assembly members Josh Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Rick Chavez Zbur (D-Hollywood) on Feb. 7 introduced AB 2208, a bill seeking voter approval for a proposed $1 billion bond to fund seaport infrastructure for potential offshore wind energy projects. “To meet our climate goals, we need to produce enough offshore wind energy to power up to 25 million homes by 2045,” Zbur told Los Angeles' ABC News affiliate. “The cost of improving our ports to enable them to assemble these massive turbines is a multibillion-dollar effort.” “This $1 billion bond,” he continued, “sends the signal that…
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Coast Guard Halting Seasonal Sound Signals at Umpqua River South Jetty, Yaquina Bay

Coast Guard Halting Seasonal Sound Signals at Umpqua River South Jetty, Yaquina Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to discontinue the seasonal Sound Signal audio navigation aids at Umpqua River South Jetty Sound Signal and Yaquina Bay, both in Oregon, at the end of the 2024 spring installation, the agency announced Feb. 7. The Coast Guard is seeking public feedback on the new changes and on the performance and operation of navigation aids. Meanwhile, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River is expected to continue receiving reports of any discrepancies to this and other navigation aids, the agency said. “The U.S. Coast Guard values the input of the maritime community and remains dedicated…
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Port of Bellingham Launching Terminal Modernization Project

Port of Bellingham Launching Terminal Modernization Project

A new and improved Bellingham Shipping Terminal is set to open this spring. The Port of Bellingham announced Feb. 1 that it is moving forward on a $27.5 million effort to modernize the shipping terminal. The project involves removing 22,000 cubic yards of legacy contamination from the Whatcom Waterway, dredging the navigation channel from minus-26 feet to minus-35 feet for better ship access, installing a modern stormwater system and bolstering the main dock by removing and replacing 140 feet of aging, damaged wharf structure, the port said. “This investment is part of an ongoing effort started many years ago to…
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Gunderson Marine to Open Training Center

Gunderson Marine to Open Training Center

Gunderson Marine plans to open a training center sometime this spring that would serve as a hub for developing trade skills that are in demand in the area, the Portland, Ore.-based company announced Feb. 6. The new center is expected to offer participants hands-on paid training to learn basic metals fitting, industrial safety practices and welding techniques, according to Gunderson Marine. “The curriculum will cover basic principles, safety protocols and foundational experience in FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding), SAW (Submerged Arc Welding) and SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) processes,” the company said in a statement on its website. After participants complete…
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Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Workforce Training Facility

Port of LA Seeks Public Input Re: Workforce Training Facility

The Port of Los Angeles is seeking feedback from the public regarding an environmental document for a proposal to build a workforce training center dedicated to the goods movement sector. The port moved forward on the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach Goods Movement Workforce Training Facility project earlier this month with the release of an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation, the first step in the environmental review of the project, the port said Feb. 8. Set for construction on Port of Los Angeles property in the Wilmington area of LA, the new facility would offer training in…
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Port of Guam Expects Bustling Tourism in 2024

Port of Guam Expects Bustling Tourism in 2024

With almost a dozen cruise ships set to visit this year, Port Authority of Guam officials said earlier this month that they’re expecting thousands of visitors and bustling tourism activity to the island. The first cruise ship to visit was the MSC Bellissima, a 1,033-foot-long vessel with 19 decks, four main dining rooms, 12 dining venues, various bars and food places, water park, sportsplex, bowling alley, numerous pools, duty free and specialty boutiques and other amenities, according to the port. The vessel was on a multi-day cruise that began in Japan, the port said. “The influx of passengers aboard the…
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