L.A., Long Beach Ports Delay Container Dwell Fee Start Again

L.A., Long Beach Ports Delay Container Dwell Fee Start Again

As the number of cargo containers lingering in the San Pedro Bay continues to drop, officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have yet again decided to hold off implementing their Container Dwell Fee, this time until Feb. 11. The nation’s two busiest seaports have seen a 68% total decrease in older cargo at their marine terminals since announcing the fee Oct. 25. Formed in partnership with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, the U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain partners, the fee program calls for ocean carriers to be billed $100 for every import…
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USCG Cutter Polar Star Makes It to Antarctica

USCG Cutter Polar Star Makes It to Antarctica

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star made it to McMurdo Station in Antarctica for its annual participation in Operation Deep Freeze, which helps the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Antarctic Program’s lead agency. This is the 25th time the 399-foot, 13,000-ton Seattle-based Polar Star, the Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker, is supporting the mission, which involves cutting through ice as thick as 21 feet to clear a pathway for vessels to bring fuel and supplies to the station, considered the U.S. Antarctic Program’s logistics hub. Each year, the crew pilots the 399-foot, 13,000-ton cutter to break…
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Port of Oakland Heads Toward a Green Future

Port of Oakland Heads Toward a Green Future

The Port of Oakland plans to continue investing in programs that grow the seaport in a sustainable way, Port Executive Director Danny Wan said in his annual State of the Port address on Feb. 2. Wan said this year’s theme is to “invest in and plan for a future that is not what used to be, but one that improves upon the past,” which includes offering punctual, transparent and uncongested cargo drop offs and receiving and giving more entertainment and other options to come to the waterfront and enhance shoreline parks access. “We must do all of the above by…
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Port of Long Beach Seeks Firms for Electric Charging Stations

Port of Long Beach Seeks Firms for Electric Charging Stations

The Port of Long Beach is looking for vendors and suppliers who can help build the electric charging infrastructure for drayage trucks. The work encompasses the installation of 100 charges at four already identified sites. This is part of a larger effort to move the fleet of port-serving trucks to zero emissions by 2035, with a goal to offer at least 100 charging stations by 2028, according to the POLB. “It’s important for us to nurture the market for electric trucks if we are to meet the zero-emissions trucks goal,” port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “This is one of…
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NWSA Reports Record Breakbulk Cargo Volumes

NWSA Reports Record Breakbulk Cargo Volumes

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is the maritime operating alliance between the Seattle and Tacoma ports, ended 2021 with record volumes for breakbulk cargo through its gateway, the alliance announced Jan. 31. Roll-on, roll-off cargo with construction equipment made up about 67% of breakbulk cargo last year. About 15% consisted of agricultural equipment such as tractors and harvesters, while 12% was machinery such as aluminum casting and injection mold equipment, and 5% was mining, which included drill with equipment and mining trucks. Also, about 5% consisted of miscellaneous cargo such as boats, helicopters and leisure equipment, according to the Seaport…
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Port of Port Angeles Seeks Funding for Dry Dock Study

Port of Port Angeles Seeks Funding for Dry Dock Study

The Port of Port Angeles is looking to fund the development of a study that would delve into the feasibility of a dry dock. Port officials plan to seek some of that funding by applying for the Washington State Department of Commerce Community Economic Revitalization Board planning grant program. Up to $50,000 could be made available to help pay for the study, which would look at the port’s options for buying and installing a dry dock to lease and be used by private marine trades firms that maintain and fix vessels. The port has said that it has been approached…
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Port of Oakland Partnering with Feds to Help Agriculture Exporters

Port of Oakland Partnering with Feds to Help Agriculture Exporters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Port of Oakland are teaming up to help agricultural exports move their goods through Oakland more quickly, the port announced Feb. 1. The federal department plans to fund 60% of the cost to launch a temporary yard exclusively for export distribution on 22 acres of waterfront property at the port as a way to address congestion of empty containers that’s impacting the movement of exports in Oakland. This would give agricultural exporters sole use of pre-cool refrigerated containers and USDA incentives to use the “pop-up yard.” This would also divert trucks away from…
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From the Editor: Seafarer Pay

From the Editor: Seafarer Pay

These are very interesting times we’re living in. In another sign that COVID has turned the world upside down, there are now reports that some of the lowest-paying jobs in the maritime industry are suddenly becoming some of the better compensated jobs in the maritime industry. “Several of the world’s largest shipping lines, worried they will be unable to recruit and retain workers, have begun offering unprecedented incentives for a job known for notoriously bad working conditions and low pay,” according to a story by tech reporter Nicolas Rivero, published Jan. 25 on the global business news and insights website…
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Los Angeles, Shanghai Ports Form Green Shipping Corridor Partnership

Los Angeles, Shanghai Ports Form Green Shipping Corridor Partnership

The ports of Los Angeles and Shanghai on Monday announced a major partnership with stakeholders to form a ‘Green Shipping Corridor’ in an effort to make one of the world’s most traveled routes for shipping containers more sustainable. The partnership involves an implementation plan with goals, roles and other initiatives that is expected to be developed by the end of this year, according to the port. That includes the best ways to lower emissions and bolster efficiency for vessels using the trade route, curbing port-related air pollution and transitioning cleaner-burning vessels with low, ultra-low and zero carbon fuels through this…
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Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Delay Container Dwell Fee to Feb. 4

Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Delay Container Dwell Fee to Feb. 4

A fee that charges ocean carriers for imports that sit at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles too long has been given yet another brief reprieve. The nation’s two busiest seaports announced that they will wait to implement their Container Dwell Fee until Feb. 4. The ports said they have witnessed a combined 67% drop in lingering cargo since Oct. 25, when they announced the fee, prompting leaders to hold off on enacting the fee for weeks as it reviews the dwell data week after week. The temporary fee calls for ocean carriers to be fined $100 for…
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