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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Pasha Hawaii Activates Maui Disaster Response Efforts

Pasha Hawaii Activates Maui Disaster Response Efforts

Pasha Hawaii said Aug. 11 that its supply chain routes are fully operational as support efforts for Maui wildfire relief are underway. The company said that it has enacted its emergency response plan, which includes prioritizing emergency rations, foodstuffs and medical supplies via available barge capacity to Maui and its direct vessel roll-on/roll-off service. Pasha Hawaii operates two fixed-day direct vessel calls per week from the U.S. West Coast to Honolulu, with twice weekly connections into Maui for the container business. The carrier also provides roll-on/roll-off cargo service with direct mainline vessel calls into Kahului harbor. The m/v Jean Anne…
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From the Editor: Protecting Maritime & Industrial Lands

From the Editor: Protecting Maritime & Industrial Lands

The city of Seattle recently took steps to ensure that its working waterfront will remain the domain of maritime and industrial uses for the foreseeable future and not become the location of large retailers or storage facilities. The new legislation may eventually become a blueprint for other cities with both waterfronts and a housing crunch to follow. On July 25, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the Maritime and Industrial Strategy into law following its unanimous passage by the City Council the week prior. The package of legislation represents the first major update to the city’s industrial land use policy in…
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B.C. Longshore Workers Approve New Contract

B.C. Longshore Workers Approve New Contract

After a second vote, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members have agreed to accept a labor contract negotiated between union leadership and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, the ILWU revealed Aug. 4. The BCMEA and ILWU Canada had originally agreed to a deal on July 13, but rank and file members voted the proposal down on July 28, thereby putting the agreement in jeopardy. But on Aug. 2, leaders of ILWU Canada recommended that its 7,400 members approve the tentative new deal and during the Aug. 3-4 tally, about 75% of members voted to ratify the contract, according…
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From the Editor: The Log Joins Maritime Publishing

From the Editor: The Log Joins Maritime Publishing

The Maritime Publishing family of periodicals has gotten bigger. On June 12, the company announced the acquisition of The Log newspaper from Newport Beach-based Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. For those who aren’t familiar, The Log is a biweekly publication based in Orange County, Calif. It been a boating and fishing essential for recreational anglers throughout Southern California since 1971. “The Log is an iconic publication,” Maritime Publishing owner Dave Abrams said in a statement announcing the acquisition. “I’ve been reading almost every issue since 1990, and I look forward to (acquiring) it. As a boater, it keeps me apprised of…
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ILWU Won’t Handle Vessels Diverted from Canada to U.S. During Labor Strike

ILWU Won’t Handle Vessels Diverted from Canada to U.S. During Labor Strike

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who work at ports in the U.S. will not work vessels that are diverted to America during the ongoing strike by ILWU Canada’s rank and file, the union’s U.S. leader has said. “The ILWU will not be unloading Canadian bound cargo in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in ILWU Canada,” ILWU U.S. President Willie Adams announced July 9. “I promise you: not one ship that leaves here (in Vancouver) will get worked on in Southern California,” ILWU Local 13 President Gary Herrera told assembled strikers on July 9. The remarks came…
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