Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Rod Graham, president of British Columbia-based Velocity Truck Centres, is the newest member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s seven-member Board of Directors, the port authority announced June 26. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, confirmed the appointment of Graham, whose three-year term began June 17. The Calgary-based Graham brings to the new role “extensive experience as senior corporate executive in various sectors including financial/investment, transportation, alternative energy, construction, manufacturing and resource services,” according to the port authority. He has been involved in more than 24 boards in Western Canada, including the Board of Governors of…
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100-Ton Marine Travelift Christened by Marine Group Boat Works

100-Ton Marine Travelift Christened by Marine Group Boat Works

San Diego boat repair and construction facility Marine Group Boat Works has installed a new 100-ton lift that can haul and move vessels to and from the water, the company announced July 3. Adding the 100-ton Variable Width Marine Travelift with a Tier 4 engine allows the company to serve a broader range of vessels without taking up too much room, the company said. “This is really about safely and efficiently maximizing space, especially with one of our busiest seasons upon us,” Marine Group Operations Director Eric Lundeen explained. “This new lift basically adds square footage to the facility without…
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LA, Long Beach Ports Investing $25 Million in Truck Charging Units

LA, Long Beach Ports Investing $25 Million in Truck Charging Units

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports plan to contribute a total of $25 million toward a partnership with area air quality agencies to provide as many as 207 charging units throughout Southern California, they announced June 27. Each port’s harbor commission has approved $12.5 million from its Clean Truck Funds collected from the Clean Truck Fund Rate. Led by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee and administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the project calls for the investment of $135 million to install charging units at eight sites throughout the region, including in the…
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Port of Seattle, Carnival Corp. Reach 10-Year Berthing Agreement

Port of Seattle, Carnival Corp. Reach 10-Year Berthing Agreement

For at least the next decade, Carnival cruise ships are expected to continue to call Seattle its homeport for cruises to Alaska. Port of Seattle commissioners on June 25 approved a decade-long “preferential berthing agreement” through 2033 with Carnival Corporation, whose brands encompass the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Cunard brands. “This long-term agreement provides economic certainty for the port and local businesses who depend upon cruise, while also strengthening our partnership,” port Executive Director Steve Metruck said. The agreement also includes a five-year optional extension and builds on sustainability efforts at the port and by…
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Crowley Christens Its First All-Electric Tug at Port of San Diego

Crowley Christens Its First All-Electric Tug at Port of San Diego

The nation’s first fully electric-powered ship assist tugboat is now operating in the Port of San Diego. Logistics, marine and energy solutions firm Crowley Maritime announced June 25 that it has christened the eWolf, an 82-foot vessel constructed by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Alaska, that can deliver 70 tons of bollard pull and includes a “fully integrated electrical package for battery energy storage by ABB with advanced technology for mariner safety.” The eWolf is able to operate fully on electric power daily with the help of a new microgrid shoreside charging station. “The eWolf is a historic milestone in…
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Marine Group Boat Works’ Owners Launch New Consulting, Services Firm

Marine Group Boat Works’ Owners Launch New Consulting, Services Firm

The owners of San Diego-based boat construction and refit facility Marine Group Boat Works are launching a new maritime consulting company called Marine Group Global Services, Marine Group announced June 17. Marine Group is known for its superyacht refit facility, Marine Group Boats Works, as well as its superyacht marina, Fifth Avenue Landing, and its boat repair shop in Mexico, Marine Group de Los Cabos. That work has led to a heightened “demand for ancillary services that didn’t quite fit the core capabilities of a boatyard/shipyard or marina,” the company explained in its announcement. “We were getting so many requests…
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Canada Place Cruise Terminal to Use Facial Biometric Tech to Process Passengers

Canada Place Cruise Terminal to Use Facial Biometric Tech to Process Passengers

The Port of Vancouver is set to be the first seaport in Canada to use facial biometric technology to process cruise passengers, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced June 18. The port authority is working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to launch the technology at the Canada Place cruise terminal, allowing the terminal to completely automate document identity verification checks for cruise passengers needing U.S. admission, including destinations to Alaska, according to the port. “We’re excited to partner with U.S. authorities to implement this state-of-the-art passenger processing technology—which will help us provide a fast, secure and convenient experience…
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Pacific Merchant Shipping Association Hires New Government Relations VP

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association Hires New Government Relations VP

Government affairs expert Jennifer Cohen is the new vice president of government relations for the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the PMSA announced June 24. In her new role, Cohen is expected to represent the association on various issues at the local, state and federal levels. “Her hiring … comes at a critical time for seaports and their supply chain partners on the U.S. West Coast as they focus on growing market share, demonstrating market competitiveness and building an economically and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for the deployment of new technology,” the PMSA said in a statement. Cohen previously worked for Tesla…
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Glosten-Designed Hydrogen-Hybrid Research Vessel Approved by ABS

Glosten-Designed Hydrogen-Hybrid Research Vessel Approved by ABS

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company Glosten has secured an approval in principle from the American Bureau of Shipping for its design of the University of California at San Diego’s new hydrogen-hybrid coastal-class research vessel (CCRV), the firm announced June 25. The approval means that the vessel design “meets the technical requirements and safety standards of ABS, but more broadly, it validates the use of hydrogen-fuel-cell propulsion for medium-sized coastal vessels,” according to Glosten. ABS’ endorsement is a major milestone for the company, which teamed up with Scripps Oceanography, Sandia National Laboratories and classification society DNV in 2018 on…
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Yusen Terminals Begins Operating Battery-Electric Top Handlers at Port of LA

Yusen Terminals Begins Operating Battery-Electric Top Handlers at Port of LA

Five new battery-electric top handlers are now in operation at Yusen Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, it was revealed June 25. Yusen purchased the Taylor ZLC 996 electric top handlers, which are expected to lower the amount of carbon-related emissions coming from activities at the terminal. Three additional Taylor top handlers are expected to arrive later this year, making 25% of Yusen’s fleet of top handlers zero-emission capable, according to the company. “We are thrilled to unveil the world's first electric top handlers, representing a significant leap forward in our commitment to sustainability,” Yusen Terminals President and CEO…
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