Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Imports arriving through U.S. West Coast seaports in May fell 4% from the same time a year ago, while U.S. East Coast ports saw an 8% uptick in the same time period, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. While year-over-year percentages dropped for U.S. West Coast ports, ports along the Pacific still processed 43,569 more imports in May than the nine U.S. East Coast ports monitored by PMSA. Meanwhile, West Coast ports saw exports in May 5% from the same time a year ago, PMSA data show. Regarding trade with Asia, West Coast seaports…
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PMA, ILWU Contract Talks Set To Begin May 10

PMA, ILWU Contract Talks Set To Begin May 10

Officials representing West Coast dockworkers and their employers are expected to begin talks for a new labor contract today, May 10, in San Francisco. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing over 22,000 dockworkers across 29 ports on the West Coast, and the Pacific Maritime Association, the group representing marine terminals and ocean carriers, are expected to meet daily to hammer out a new contract before the current one expires at 5 p.m. on July 1. The PMA and ILWU have been careful not to discuss the nuances of contract talks publicly, but leaders from both sides have…
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Port of Long Beach Officially Retires Gerald Desmond Bridge

Port of Long Beach Officially Retires Gerald Desmond Bridge

After more than five decades serving as a major corridor for moving the nation’s cargo, the Gerald Desmond Bridge was officially retired Saturday, May 7 in a ceremony that included city and harbor officials and members of the Desmond family. “Gerald Desmond will always be remembered for securing the Tidelands oil funds that were needed to help pay for a bridge that helped the Port of Long Beach grow to where we are today,” port Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement. “We hope that this retirement ceremony is a fitting tribute to his legacy and for the Desmond…
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USCG Cutter Cuttyhunk Decommissioned

USCG Cutter Cuttyhunk Decommissioned

One of the U.S. Coast Guard’s remaining 110-foot Island-class patrol vessels, the cutter Cuttyhunk, was decommissioned Thursday, May 5 in a ceremony at Air Station Port Angeles in Washington. Cuttyhunk was among the 37 110-foot Island-class patrol boats in service. A fleet of 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters will replace the Island-class vessels, according to the USCG. The Cuttyhunk was commissioned in 1988 to support various USCG operations, including search and rescue, drug and fisheries enforcement and maritime homeland security. During its 34-year tenure, the vessel’s crew has accomplished more than 1,000 operations ranging from responding to search and rescue calls in…
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Container Dwell Fee Delayed Again at L.A., Long Beach

Container Dwell Fee Delayed Again at L.A., Long Beach

Steadily improving cargo dwell times on the docks have prompted Long Beach and Los Angeles port officials to again postpone the start date of a fee that would charge ocean carriers for every import container lingering at terminals for nine or more days. Officials at both ports have pushed the implementation of their container dwell fee to May 13 and plan to review the start date after examining the data over the next week. The ports said they have seen the amount of older cargo drop a combined 47% since announcing the fee on Oct. 25. Harbor commissioners governing both…
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Youth Maritime Training Scholarship Apps Due March 7

Youth Maritime Training Scholarship Apps Due March 7

March 7 is the deadline for high school seniors interested in applying for the 2022 Norm Manly Youth Maritime Training Association Scholarship. The Youth Maritime Training Association, a Washington state non-profit organization, is seeking students interested in a maritime or ocean biology career. The association plans to present scholarships from its sponsors ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, with the potential of adding bonus scholarships for those pursuing sea-going maritime careers. To be eligible, applicants must be Washington state residents and a high school senior planning to attend a maritime school or training program after the 12th grade. “Our mission is to…
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Port of Long Beach to Push for Supply Chain Transformation

Port of Long Beach to Push for Supply Chain Transformation

At his annual State of the Port address on Feb. 9, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero calls for transportation throughout the supply chain to meet future growth and garner trade opportunities. “We continue to debate the same issues year after year, while the operational model remains status quo – never changing,” Cordero said. “The test is not in how many containers we move but in how we transform and build a port that benefits everyone.” That includes embracing technology, partnering with stakeholders and moving toward 24-hour operations, he said. Later in February, the port plans to soft…
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Over $30 Million Worth of Fake Designer Products Seized at LA/LB Port Complex

Over $30 Million Worth of Fake Designer Products Seized at LA/LB Port Complex

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, in coordination with import specialists from the Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center of Excellence and Expertise, recently intercepted 13,586 counterfeit designer products arriving in a containerized cargo shipment from China. CBP officers discovered handbags, tote bags, shoulder bags, crossbody bags, backpacks, shirts, and pants bearing numerous registered and recorded trademarks, including Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, YSL and Louis Vuitton. CBP officers, in cooperation with U.S. Homeland Security special agents, seized the shipment on November 9, 2021. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have a combined estimated…
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Abrams Marine Group Acquires Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy

Abrams Marine Group Acquires Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy

San Diego-based Abrams Marine Group has acquired Virginia-based Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA), the two entities revealed Dec. 1. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MAMA offers 90-plus U.S. Coast Guard approved deck and engineering courses along with customized instruction. Facilities for the vocational training center include a 31,000-square-foot main campus. “MAMA is a great training organization with a highly regarded team and world class facilities,” Abrams Marine Group CEO Dave Abrams said. “The company is located in a strategic location for the growth of both our defense and commercial business segments.” Abrams, who also owns San Diego-based Training Resources Maritime Institute and Maritime Publishing, said that MAMA and TRLMI would eventually merge into one organization under a new name…
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San Pedro Bay Ports Again Delay Implementing Dwell Fee Policy

San Pedro Bay Ports Again Delay Implementing Dwell Fee Policy

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports have again postponed implementation of their “Container Dwell Fee” policy until Dec. 20, both ports announced Monday. The news comes after the ports saw a 47% decrease in the number of containers lingering at terminals at both ports since announcing the fee Oct. 25. Based on the ongoing progress, the ports’ executive directors plan to monitor the data another week before considering when to enact the fee. The temporary fee, which both ports approved Oct. 29, calls for Long Beach and Los Angeles ports to charge ocean carriers for every import that stays…
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