Port of Seattle Hires New Labor Relations Director

Port of Seattle Hires New Labor Relations Director

The Port of Seattle has hired longtime labor veteran Mikel O’Brien as its new senior director of labor relations, the port announced Dec. 1. O’Brien, who had been the port’s senior manager for labor relations since 2015, brings more than 25 years of human resource and labor relations expertise to the new role, 22 of which were with the port. She also worked in HR and labor relations in Utah and Washington state.  As senior manager, she oversaw a team responsible for “negotiating and administering 24 collective bargaining agreements covering over 1,000 employees,” as well as managing compensation studies, serving…
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Port of Grays Harbor Chief Receives Service Award from PNWA

Port of Grays Harbor Chief Receives Service Award from PNWA

Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson has been given a Distinguished Service Award by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the port announced Nov. 25. The honor, which was awarded to Nelson during PNWA’s annual convention on Oct. 12, spotlights those who made tremendous contributions to the region’s navigation, energy, irrigation and recreation communities, according to the port. Nelson has been with the port since 2000, overseeing the “historic growth and diversification of the marine terminals, the completion of Deeper Draft, and the addition and expansion of the port’s business portfolio to include the Satsop Business Park and Friends…
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USCG Cutter Bertholf Returns from 77-Day Patrol

USCG Cutter Bertholf Returns from 77-Day Patrol

After more than 18,000 nautical miles and 77 days on patrol, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf returned to Alameda, Calif. from a trek through the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Guard announced Dec. 3. During that time, the 418-foot Legend-class national security cutter engaged in drug enforcement, including the boardings of several suspected drug-smuggling vessels that resulted in detaining a number of suspected drug smugglers and the interdiction of over 1,050 pounds of cocaine, according to the Coast Guard. This was done while providing enforcement off the Central and South America coasts in support of Joint Interagency…
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MARAD Publishes Energy Efficiency, Decarb Guide Developed by Glosten, META

MARAD Publishes Energy Efficiency, Decarb Guide Developed by Glosten, META

An Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization Technical Guide created by naval architecture company Glosten and the Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance program has been published by the U.S. Maritime Administration, Glosten announced Dec. 1. Glosten, which has an office in Seattle, developed the guide for “owners and operators looking for greenhouse gas emissions-reducing measures that will fit their fleets and operating profiles,” according to the company. “As green technologies are commercialized and regulatory pressures intensify, it is becoming increasingly important for the marine industry to understand the array of options for decarbonization,” Glosten said. The guide features several sections, including sections…
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From the Editor: A Note About Upcoming Changes

From the Editor: A Note About Upcoming Changes

Hello, I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some upcoming changes coming to the print and online editions of Pacific Maritime. First, the big news is that PacMar is switching to a bimonthly printing schedule in 2023. This means that the next issue of the magazine will be cover dated January/February, rather than just January. The plan is to publish six issues in 2023 – one every other month – plus an annual in late summer/early fall that focuses on port facilities, repair facilities, shipyards, intermodal yards and related maritime entities. The reduction in the number…
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Coast Guard Extends Proposed Base Seattle Expansion Public Input Period

Coast Guard Extends Proposed Base Seattle Expansion Public Input Period

The U.S. Coast Guard is giving stakeholders more time to weigh in on an environmental document for the proposed expansion of Coast Guard Base Seattle. The Guard has extended the deadline for public input on the project’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to Dec. 16. The original deadline was Dec. 2. The goal of the draft statement is to investigate possible “environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and identifies related mitigation measures, associated with land acquisition, facility and infrastructure modernization, and continued operation to support current and future Coast Guard missions at Base Seattle,” according to the agency. The full document is available…
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New POLB Bridge Lauded by Engineering, Public Works Groups

New POLB Bridge Lauded by Engineering, Public Works Groups

The Long Beach International Gateway Bridge – the two-year-old span connecting the Port of Long Beach to surrounding areas – has been honored for contributing to the national economy as a vital link in the global supply chain by three leading organizations representing designers and public operators of U.S. infrastructure. Representatives from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Public Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers visited the Port of Long Beach on Nov. 28 as the first stop of a national “Engineering and Public Works Roadshow” that recognizes how critical infrastructure projects benefit the nation’s…
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Port of Portland Seeks Partners in Mass Timber Housing Factory

Port of Portland Seeks Partners in Mass Timber Housing Factory

The Port of Portland is looking for partners to develop a mass timber housing factory at its Terminal 2. The port put out a public Request for Information on Nov. 30 to draw those interested in operating and possibly building an off-site factory at the T2 Mass Timber Innovation Hub. Feedback from the RFI is expected to shape a future formal Request for Proposal. The seaport is part of the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, which netted a $41.4 million EDA grant in September. The factory is key to the coalition’s vision of being “a nationally recognized, regional hub of innovation…
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Pasha Hawaii Nets Environmental Recognition

Pasha Hawaii Nets Environmental Recognition

The Chamber of Shipping of America has honored Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii’s fleet with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for the fleet’s many years of environmental excellence, the company announced Nov. 23. Vessels honored included Horizon Pacific for 22 straight years, Horizon Reliance for 21 years, Horizon Enterprise and Horizon Spirit for 11 years and m/v Marjorie C for three years. “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel ashore who operate their vessels to the highest standards,” Chamber shipping President Kathy Metcalf said. “We celebrate these positive achievements and the critical contributions the maritime…
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West Coast Seaport Cargo Volumes Outpaced by NY/NJ, PMSA Data Show

West Coast Seaport Cargo Volumes Outpaced by NY/NJ, PMSA Data Show

In September, more imported containers went through the Port of New York and New Jersey than any other U.S. port, including the Port of Los Angeles, according to November edition of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s West Coast Trade Report. The report, released Nov. 18, shows that the Port of New York and New Jersey handled 423,424 imported TEUs, far more than the 343,462 TEUs handled by Los Angeles.    With outbound loaded and empty TEUs, the East Coast gateway moved a total of 842,219 TEUs, 18.6% more than the 709,873 TEUs handled in September by the POLA.   “It…
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