August Imports Up, Exports Down at U.S. West Coast Ports: PMSA

August Imports Up, Exports Down at U.S. West Coast Ports: PMSA

The nation’s two busiest seaports, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saw gains in imported cargo in August, up 1.4% from the same time a year ago and by 17.5% from the pre-pandemic level of August 2019, according to Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. “What’s worth noting is that, through the first eight months of this year, the two ports handled 1,270,524 more inbound loaded TEUs than they had in the comparable period in 2019, before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19,” according to the report. The Port of Oakland also saw an increase…
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Bellingham SeaFeast Highlights Waterfront and Maritime Culture

Bellingham SeaFeast Highlights Waterfront and Maritime Culture

More than 500 people are expected to attend Bellingham SeaFeast 2021 in Bellingham, Wash. on Oct. 30, an outdoor event spotlighting the region’s waterfront and maritime sector. This year’s theme is “Feast of our Seas.” Attendees will be able to check out the new 9,000-square-foot Fishermen’s Pavilion, stroll the spooky Harvest Harbor Walk, meet local fishermen, learn about marine resources, eat seafood and buy from area fishing families at Bellingham Dockside Market. Guests are encouraged to wear a family-friendly costume and go trick-or-treating at various vendors on the Harbor Waterfront Trail. The Pavilion will feature performances from local musicians Timothy…
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August Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Just Short of Record

August Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Just Short of Record

The Port of Los Angeles moved 954,377 TEUs last month, narrowly short of the 961,833 TEUs handled by the port in August 2020, according to new numbers released by the port Sept. 15. The port saw 485,672 TEUs in imports last month, about 6% less than it did in August 2020 when retailers rushed to replenish low stocks of goods. Meanwhile, the port moved 101,292 TEUs in exports last month, a 23% drop from the same time last year, and saw 367,413 TEUs in empty containers processed through their docks, a surge of 17% from August 2020. So far, the…
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Annual AAPA Convention Set for Later This Month

Annual AAPA Convention Set for Later This Month

The American Association of Port Authorities will hold its annual convention and expo from Sept. 26-29 in Austin, Texas. The three-day event will feature various keynote speakers, including Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., chairman and CEO at Crowley Maritime Corporation; former NFL running back Emmit Smith; Christopher Smith, senior vice president of policy, government and public affairs at Cheniere LNG; and Michael Lichte, vice president of milk optimization and customer relations for Dairy Farmers of America. AAPA Chairman of the Board Mario Cordero and AAPA President and CEO Christopher Conner will also discuss the state of the industry. “There is great…
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BAE Systems Nets $90.2M U.S. Navy Contract

BAE Systems Nets $90.2M U.S. Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy recently awarded BAE Systems a $90.2 million contract to maintain and upgrade the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego. The work on the 684-foot-long vessel - which is set to start in September at BAE System’s shipyard in San Diego - encompasses the underwater hull, ballast tanks system, amphibious well deck area and upgrades to the living areas for up to 800 mariners and marines. The work is expected to take more than a year to finish. “The upcoming USS San Diego project is a major event in the service life of the ship, expanding its capability to execute a…
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Annual Fleet Blessing & Memorial Service Cancelled

Annual Fleet Blessing & Memorial Service Cancelled

The Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service - an annual tradition honoring locals involved in the fishing industry who have died since 1941 - will not take place on Memorial Day this year as a safety measure against COVID-19. At the request of the families, the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Committee will include the names of the honored deceased to plaques in the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden for 2020 and 2021. Bill Ainsworth, "Killer" Kent Atwater, Philip J. Gray, Mark A. Gray and Jack L. Hutchens will be added to the “In Memory of Charleston Fisherman.” Wayne James Clemens, Joe…
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Barge Collides with Docks, Houses on Puget Sound

Barge Collides with Docks, Houses on Puget Sound

An unmanned gravel barge collided with private docks and houses near Gig Harbor, Washington on Monday, March 15, according to the USCG. Members of the Coast Guard’s Sector Puget Sound answered a call from Pierce County dispatch who reported that the barge under tow by the towing vessel Island Chief, had come in contact with several docks and homes. The towing vessel’s master apparently fell asleep while steering the vessel, according to initial findings. No cargo was on the barge, which had been pulled free, and the barge and vessel did not sustain serious damage, according to USCG, adding that…
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Applications Sought for National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

Applications Sought for National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is looking for those interested in being part of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. The role calls for a candidate with a QMED rating endorsement. Those with an officer rating cannot apply. Established by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, the committee is tasked with advising the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on U.S. Merchant Marine personnel-related issues such as training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness of mariners, according to the agency. For more, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/12/2021-00383/national-merchant-marine-personnel-advisory-committee-vacancy. Candidates should reach out…
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Area Groups Net Port of Los Angeles Grants

Area Groups Net Port of Los Angeles Grants

Four organizations were recently awarded grants totaling $209,169 from the Port of Los Angeles’ Harbor Community Benefit Foundation grants program, which funds programs serving Wilmington and San Pedro communities. “The grants awarded this year are going to an impressive group of organizations with a strong commitment to making an immediate and real impact on the health and sustainability of our port communities,” said Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee. “We look forward to seeing the results of these programs in the months ahead.” Grants include $75,000 to Los Angeles Walks for the Safe Streets Community Promotora Education Program, which seeks to…
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Auction of Former Evergreen State Ferry Set for Nov. 17

Auction of Former Evergreen State Ferry Set for Nov. 17

The M/V Dream, also known as the former 310-foot Evergreen State ferry, will be auctioned to the highest bidder on Nov. 17. The U.S. Marshal arrested the vessel Sept. 15 at the behest of the Port of Olympia because of almost $67,000 in unpaid dockage and fees. The decommissioned ferry came to the port in April 2018. The port, which had not received payment from the owner since January, placed a lien against the vessel ferry. In June, the port tried to work with the owner who was seeking potential buyers, but the owner came up short. The port had the vessel arrested.…
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