San Pedro Bay Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Still on Hold 

San Pedro Bay Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Still on Hold 

The Long Beach and Los Angeles seaports have moved the implementation date of the “Container Dwell Fee,” a fee that would charge ocean carriers for lingering containers, until April 22.  Leaders at both ports have delayed the fee weekly based on how well containers have been moving out of marine terminals. So far, the adjoining ports say, they have seen the amount of older cargo left on their docks drop by 42% since announcing the program Oct. 25.  Los Angeles and Long Beach port leaders have said they plan to continue monitoring that progress throughout the week.  The temporary fee,…
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Initial Findings of Benicia Port Fire Investigation Announced 

Initial Findings of Benicia Port Fire Investigation Announced 

A fire at the Port of Benicia that damaged part of the port pier the weekend of April 9, may have started “on or near the lower portion of the coke conveyor belt system near the base of the silos,” according to initial findings announced April 12 by Benicia Fire Chief Josh Chadwick.  The fire, which mushroomed into a four-alarm blaze, started at the base of the petroleum coke silo and apparently spread under the pier Saturday. Fire crews fought the blaze through the night before it was fully extinguished Sunday afternoon.  “The fire appears to be unintentional in nature,”…
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Crowley Receives New Tug Delivery  

Crowley Receives New Tug Delivery  

Crowley recently welcomed its fourth and latest tugboat, Athena, a 77-foot work vessel that offers “the most bollard pull for a tug under 80 feet in the market” and runs on two Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier IV-compliant engines.  Built by Diversified Marine Inc. and chartered from Brusco Tug & Barge, Athena is expected to serve the Pacific Northwest from out of Puget Sound.   “We are pleased to have built another record-setting tug for Crowley’s fleet,” Diversified Marine Vice President of Business Development and Operations Frank Manning said. “Athena is going to be a head turner in the Puget Sound.”   The…
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Port of LA Posts 3rd Straight Record Cargo Month 

Port of LA Posts 3rd Straight Record Cargo Month 

Last month, the Port of Los Angeles scored its third straight month of record cargo, wrapping up its best first quarter in history by 3.5%, according to new data released Tuesday.  The nation’s busiest seaport moved 958,674 TEUs in March, the port’s third best month ever.  The port handled 495,196 TEUs in imports in March, a 1% uptick year over year, while it moved 9% fewer loaded exports from March 2021 with 11,781 TEUs.  Meanwhile, empty containers rose 2% from March 2021 with 351,697 TEUs.  In the first quarter of 2022, the port moved more than 2.68 million TEUs, a…
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Port of Oakland to Welcome New Logistics Tenant 

Port of Oakland to Welcome New Logistics Tenant 

PCC Logistics is expected to become a tenant at CenterPoint Landing, a massive new warehouse at the Port of Oakland’s designated Seaport Logistics Complex, the port announced this week.  The company, based in San Leandro, a Northern California city south of Oakland, inked a lease in January for the 27-acre site with CenterPoint Properties, which finished the more than 460,000-square-foot warehouse in 2021.  “This effectively marks the launch of the port’s Seaport Logistics Complex, a long-awaited re-use of land that was once occupied by the U.S. Army,” port Executive Director Danny Wan said. “The warehouse construction supported local jobs and…
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Port of Benicia Devastated by 4 Alarm Fire

Port of Benicia Devastated by 4 Alarm Fire

The Port of Benicia, a small, privately operated port in the San Francisco Bay area, was devastated by a four-alarm fire this past weekend. The port, which is operated by Amports, a Maryland-based auto processing company, saw the blaze erupt in the early afternoon of Saturday, April 9, according to media reports, in the 1000 block of Bayshore Boulevard, next to the Amports port terminal. Benicia Fire Chief Josh Chadwick, according to local reports, said that when fire crews arrived, the blaze was burning upward from a conveyer belt toward a docked tanker ship. The fire initially began  at the…
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Foss to Open East Coast Terminal Supporting Offshore Wind Projects

Foss to Open East Coast Terminal Supporting Offshore Wind Projects

Seattle-based Foss Maritime is teaming up with Cannon Street Holdings LLC to redevelop a 30-acre former Sprague/Eversource site at the Port of New Bedford in Massachusetts into the New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal, Foss has announced. The terminal, set to open in March 2023, is designed to support offshore wind projects off Massachusetts and the northeastern coast seaboard by providing office space for project teams, coordination space for project technicians and yards for storing and laying down equipment and materials, as well as “berth facilities for tug and barge operations, and host crew transfer vessel and service operation vessel support…
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Port of LA Completes Everport Terminal Improvements

Port of LA Completes Everport Terminal Improvements

The Port of Los Angeles has finished construction of its $65 million Everport Terminal Improvement Project located at Berths 226-236 along the Los Angeles Main Channel, the port has confirmed. The project, according to the port, would allow Everport to improve the container-handling efficiency and capacity of its existing terminal to accommodate the projected fleet mix of larger container vessels anticipated to call at the Everport Container Terminal over the next two decades. The deployment of these larger vessels encourages fewer ship calls, reducing air emissions. “The completion of this project marks years of planning and perseverance through a challenging…
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LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Start Again Postponed

LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Start Again Postponed

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have again moved the start date of a fee that would charge ocean carriers for lingering cargo containers. The start date is now planned for April 15, but implementation will depend on the weekly progress of how many older imports are staying on the ports’ docks past their allotted time. So far, leaders from both ports have been seeing the number of aging containers fall by 49% since first announcing the fee Oct. 25. Recently, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association reported better dwell times for cargo leaving by truck in February, with an…
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Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Establish Clean Truck Fund Program

Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Establish Clean Truck Fund Program

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports this month formally kicked off the new Clean Truck Fund, which was established to further the development of zero-emission trucks and related infrastructure.   The Clean Truck Fund program calls for the collection of at least $10 per loaded TEU on trucks coming and going from terminals. Containers hauled by zero-emission and low-nitrogen oxide-emitting drayage trucks may get short-term exemptions from the rate.   The fund is expected to yield about $90 million in the first year of collection, according to the ports.   “The launch of today’s program is an important step forward, yet much…
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