From the Editor: Panama Canal Update

From the Editor: Panama Canal Update

A few months ago, I wrote a column detailing how the Panama Canal has been affected by drought, and how vessel traffic through the shipping route has been adversely impacted by it. If you missed that column and aren’t familiar with the ongoing situation, here’s a summary: according to climate scientists, Panama experienced its worst drought in over two decades last year, even though the country’s rainy season, which lasts from May through December. Typically, the country experiences anywhere from 8.4 inches to 27.5 inches of rain during the last seven months of the year, but fell well short of…
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POLB CEO Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals and Priorities

POLB CEO Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals and Priorities

During his seventh annual ‘State of the Port’ address, which was given Jan. 17 in front of an audience of about 800, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Officer Cordero announced that construction is expected to begin this year on the port’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, which aims to move cargo more quickly, make the port more competitive and improve the environment for nearby communities. As the centerpiece of the POLB’s on-dock rail projects, the Pier B On-Dock Rail facility would move freight faster and more sustainably, Cordero said. Specifically, he remarked, it would double the size of…
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POLA Head Seroka Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals, Priorities

POLA Head Seroka Outlines Port’s 2024 Goals, Priorities

In his ninth annual ‘State of the Port’ address, given before an audience of about 550 community, business and labor stakeholders, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka presented the port’s top initiatives and plans for 2024, including workforce development and improving infrastructure to handle additional cargo. The luncheon, sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, was held Jan. 10 at the POLA’s World Cruise Center terminal. During his nearly 40-minute speech and presentation, Seroka detailed, among other things, his port’s capital improvement projects and commitment to sustainability and the environment. Regarding the port’s 10-year capital improvement program, major…
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From the Editor: 2024

From the Editor: 2024

Happy New Year! As 2024 gets into full swing, we here at Pacific Maritime Magazine hope that the year will be a very pleasant and prosperous year for you, your loved ones and your colleagues. Here at PMM home base, we’ve been cooking up some special content to publish throughout the upcoming year, and I’d like to take a moment to tell you about some of it. If you subscribe to the print edition of Pacific Maritime, you’ve probably already seen some of our 2024 content by now. In the magazine’s January/February issue, which was mailed out in December, articles…
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From the Editor: Decarbonizing Global Maritime Transport

From the Editor: Decarbonizing Global Maritime Transport

The maritime goods transport industry’s slow-paced shift away from fossil fuels usage took a symbolic step forward in early December, when the CEOs of some of the world’s leading global shipping lines issued a joint declaration calling for an end date for fossil-only powered newbuilds. In their statement, the CEOs also urged the global regulator International Maritime Organization (IMO), to create the regulatory conditions to accelerate the transition to green fuels. “Being at the forefront of introducing lower greenhouse gas emission ships underscores the CEOs’ commitment to the IMO GHG reduction objectives,” according to a statement released Dec. 1 by…
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Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Nelson to Retire

Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Nelson to Retire

After nearly 24 years on the job, Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson has said that he’ll retire March 31, 2024. Nelson, whose pending retirement was announced by the port Nov. 14, was hired as executive director in April 2000, when the port had only 21 vessel calls handling 85,000 metric tons of cargo with an operating budget of just $5.2 million. More than two decades later, Grays Harbor is projected to have 100 vessel calls and handle more than 3 million metric tons of cargo with an operating budget of nearly $40 million by the end of…
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From the Editor: Printing Spare Parts

From the Editor: Printing Spare Parts

Could 3D printing spare parts soon become commonplace in the maritime shipping industry? There’s a very interesting story recently published by Forbes magazine that indicates that it might be. According to the article, marine industry supply chain and distribution company Thyssenkrupp Materials Services has “invested substantially” in 3D printing technology and has been using it to manufacture critical spare parts faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing. The company has even dropped 3D-printed parts onto a vessel from a drone, the article states. A huge leap forward when it comes to 3D printing for the maritime industry came in October, when…
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Port of Vancouver USA Settles Pollution Lawsuit

Port of Vancouver USA Settles Pollution Lawsuit

The Port of Vancouver USA  and environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper on Sept. 12 announced that they have reached an agreement to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit challenging years of alleged unlawful water pollution from the public port. In the settlement, the port committed to make significant changes to reduce the amount of water pollution that flows off the 1643-acre property and into the Columbia River. However, before the proposed settlement can go into effect, it must undergo a 45-day review period by the U.S. Department of Justice and then be approved by a federal district court judge. As part…
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Applications Open for Upcoming Blue Economy Accelerator Program

Applications Open for Upcoming Blue Economy Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs with startups that are tackling an ocean-related challenge with a science-and- engineering-based solution now have a new opportunity to gain knowledge and support. Applications are currently being accepted for free participation in the upcoming cohort of StartBlue, a blue-tech-focused program that’s offered by a University of California, San Diego accelerator program, in partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Rady School of Management. Applications for the upcoming cohort opened Sept.1 and are being accepted through Oct. 31. The program is scheduled to run January-June 2024. StartBlue focuses on company formation, bringing Scripps science and Rady entrepreneurship curriculum to teams…
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Southern California Ports Avoid Tropical Storm Damage

Southern California Ports Avoid Tropical Storm Damage

The major seaports in Southern California mostly avoided being damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary, a downgraded hurricane that blew over much of the western parts of the state last weekend. Between the ports in San Diego, Long Beach and Los Angeles, none reported suffering any noteworthy damage. “The Los Angeles Harbor Department is fully operational with no reported impacts at this time,” the Port of L.A. said in an Aug. 21 statement. “Container terminals are open and operating.” The POLA also said in the same statement that the Los Angeles Pilot Service is monitoring commercial traffic and working with the…
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