Port of Guam Appeals for Funds to Replace Aging Gantry Cranes

Port of Guam Appeals for Funds to Replace Aging Gantry Cranes

Port of Guam officials, citing national cybersecurity objectives, have appealed to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for Maritime Administration (MARAD) funds to replace three aging STS (ship-to-shore) gantry cranes. Gantry cranes are usually on wheels or mounted onto a track system. They’re easier and quicker to assemble than other types of cranes, and can be easily moved outside and inside and from site to site where required. Gantry cranes are also more flexible and versatile than overhead cranes, also known as bridge cranes. In addition, they’re self-sufficient and supported by their own A frames. “Our reliance on aging infrastructure, which…
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From the Editor: The Baltimore Bridge Collapse

From the Editor: The Baltimore Bridge Collapse

During the early morning hours of March 26, a 10,000-TEU capacity containership, the Singapore-flagged Dali, suffered a complete power loss, resulting in the massive vessel crashing into a support beam for the Francis Scott Key Bridge near the Port of Baltimore. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, but the allision resulted in the deaths of six construction workers who had been on the bridge repairing potholes at the time, as well as the total loss of the bridge itself. Part of the 1.6-mile bridge was turned into a twisted heap of metal by the 984-foot Maersk-chartered cargo…
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Longtime PMSA President Retires

Longtime PMSA President Retires

After nearly three decades leading the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the organization’s president, John McLaurin, officially retired March 29. McLaurin, who became PMSA president in 1995, has been a longtime advocate for the West Coast maritime industry, which has seen significant investment in port infrastructure, supply chain modernization and emissions reduction efforts. PMSA itself grew under McLaurin’s tenure, widening and unifying various trade groups in California and Washington under one voice and expanding the organization from an office in San Francisco to three locations in Long Beach, Calif., Oakland and Seattle. “John McLaurin leaves behind a legacy of success and…
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Auto, Breakbulk Cargo Service Launches at Seattle’s Terminal 46

Auto, Breakbulk Cargo Service Launches at Seattle’s Terminal 46

Regular auto and breakbulk cargo service at Terminal 46 in the Seattle harbor officially began March 27 with the arrival of the vehicle carrier Triumph Ace. For the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Terminal 46 is a key location for cargo, offering more than 42 acres of laydown space in the Seattle harbor for cargo shippers. Terminal operator Pacific Terminal Services Co. and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 are the processors of cargo at the terminal. Port of Seattle Commission President and NWSA Co-Chair Hamdi Mohamed said the alliance is excited to open Terminal 46 for regular service. We appreciate…
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Cargo Volumes Up at L.A., Oakland Ports

Cargo Volumes Up at L.A., Oakland Ports

Cargo volumes were up at the Los Angeles and Oakland seaports in February, a sign of stronger consumer spending, according to new data. The Port of L.A. saw a 60% spike in overall cargo year over year in February, when it handled 781,434 TEUs, marking seven straight months of year-over-year increases, according to data released by the port March 18. POLA imports in February rose 64% to 408,764 TEUs, while loaded exports jumped 61% to 132,755 TEUs when compared to the same time last year. Empties also spiked 54% to 239,916 TEUs year over year. Through the first two months…
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Unionized BC Ferries Workers to Receive 7.5% Wage Increase

Unionized BC Ferries Workers to Receive 7.5% Wage Increase

Unionized BC Ferries workers are expected to receive a 7.75% wage increase for one year, with many getting additional “special increases” such as an extra 10% increase for some licensed mariners, the British Columbia ferries operator announced March 28. The increase, retroactive to Oct. 1, 2023, is expected to be in place through March 31, 2025 as part of a labor settlement. Bargaining unit wages are expected to be negotiated two more times over the next 18 months, “with a second wage reopener in April 2025 and the full collective agreement in October 2025,” according to BC Ferries. The ferry…
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Port of Olympia Hosting Town Hall With New Executive Director

Port of Olympia Hosting Town Hall With New Executive Director

The Port of Olympia is expected to host a town hall on March 27 to introduce new Executive Director Alex Smith to the community. The event gives Smith a chance to meet residents, share her vision for the port’s future and field questions from constituents. “We encourage residents, business owners, stakeholders and anyone interested in the port’s activities to join us in person for this engaging event,” port spokesperson Taber Lee said. “It’s an excellent opportunity to get to know Alex and gain a deeper understanding of her vision and priorities.” The Port of Olympia Commission selected Smith in February…
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Port of Tacoma Okays Maritime Center Design Funding

Port of Tacoma Okays Maritime Center Design Funding

Port of Tacoma commissioners on March 19 authorized $7 million toward the Port Maritime Center, which would pay for master planning, legal fees and community engagement and bring the project to 60% design. The total cost of the design is estimated at $13.5 million, according to a port commission staff report. The port and Tacoma Public Schools are teaming up to develop a Port Maritime Center Campus and a maritime skills center on Parcels 92 and 94, port-owned land along Foss Waterway across from downtown Tacoma. The Maritime|253 Skills Center aims to nurture the industry’s future workforce needs and would…
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San Francisco Bay Ferry Nets $3M for Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration

San Francisco Bay Ferry Nets $3M for Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration

The Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration Project has received a boost in federal funding. San Francisco Bay Ferry on March 12 announced that it has secured $3 million for the project as part of the newly signed federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024. The $16 million project, which could start construction as early as 2025, calls for moving the ferry dock further into the Napa River at the same location downtown. When completed, it would enhance “service reliability, operational efficiency, climate change resilience and the rider experience by redesigning and rebuilding a key terminal on SF Bay Ferry’s most popular route,”…
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L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

The average time it took for a container to leave the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports via rail in February rose significantly from the previous month, according to data released March 19 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Dwell time for containers leaving the ports by rail jumped from a 4.72-day average in January to a 6.26-day average in February, indicating that rail cargo is experiencing a rise in congestion, the association said. However, the average truck dwell time was 2.82 days in February, not drastically different from January’s 2.89-day average. “These truck dwell times for 2024 are near…
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