Port of Oakland Head Elected to AAPA Board

Port of Oakland Head Elected to AAPA Board

Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan has been elected by the American Association of Port Authorities’ Board of Governors to the U.S. South Pacific Ports delegate position on the AAPA’s governing board. Wan’s election was made official at the organization’s Annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando on Oct. 17. “I appreciate the confidence the AAPA placed in me, and I’m honored to represent the California, Hawaii and Guam public ports delegation,” said Wan, who is also president of the California Association of Port Authorities. “I’m excited to work with the national port community and leadership to advance important port…
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Port of Seattle Deems 2022 Cruise Season a Success

Port of Seattle Deems 2022 Cruise Season a Success

The Port of Seattle has declared its 2022 cruise season a success that shattered new records and achieved new milestones in economic impact, environmental initiatives and community investment efforts. The port said Oct. 24 that the cruise season brought 1.28 million revenue passengers, or 640,000 individual travelers, to the port on an Alaskan cruise, a new passenger volume record that netted a 6% uptick over the 2019 volumes. “In 2020, when the port and region lost the expected revenue of an entire cruise season, we outlined a recovery strategy to bring the industry back healthier and stronger than ever,” Port…
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Port of Grays Harbor Develops Westport Marina Modernization Plan

Port of Grays Harbor Develops Westport Marina Modernization Plan

The public may now view a draft plan to modernize Westport Marina at the Port of Grays Harbor in Washington state. The plan, which is expected to be considered by the port commission in December, was developed in the last nine months with consultant Moffatt & Nichol as a blueprint for the strategy and phased upgrades to the marina, considered “the hub of tribal, commercial, charter and recreational fishing on Washington’s Coast,” according to the port. “The Draft Marina Modernization Plan is a critical planning document for the future of the Westport Marina,” Port Commissioner Tom Quigg said. “We have…
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August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

Most of the West Coast seaports tracked by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association showed imports in August decline from the same time a year ago, according to the organization’s latest West Coast Trade Report, which was released Oct. 25. The Port of Los Angeles posted a 16.9% drop from 485,672 TEUs in August 2021 to 403,602 TEUs in August 2022, while the Port of Long Beach showed a 5.6% dip from 407,426 TEUs in August 2021 to 384,530 TEUs in August 2022. The Port of Oakland saw imports dip by 10.2% from 97,850 TEUs in August 2021 to 87,844 TEUs…
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New Port of Seattle Police Chief Chosen

New Port of Seattle Police Chief Chosen

Law enforcement veteran Michael Villa is the Port of Seattle’s new chief of police, Port Executive Director Steve Metruck announced Wednesday, Aug. 17. Villa brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to the role. He began his career in 1990 at the Tukwila (Wash.) Police Department, where he established community programs and a neighborhood resource center and was a leader in developing an initiative that improved school safety. He rose through its ranks to become its chief of police in 2011. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Chief Villa since he was a Commander with the Tukwila Police Department,” Washington…
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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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