Shipping Lines Voluntarily Reduce Speed

Shipping Lines Voluntarily Reduce Speed

Twenty-eight shipping lines have been recognized by the Port of Los Angeles for taking part in the Vessel Speed Reduction Program, which incentivizes operators to curb vessel speeds as they approach the port. There were 174 companies that took part in the program in 2018, including Chevron, CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen Marine, Grieg Star Shipping A/S, Gulf Energy Maritime Gem, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Maersk, Mitsui O.S.K., MSC, Navig8, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Nissan Motor Car Carrier, Ocean Network Express, Orient Overseas Container Line, OSG Ship Management, Pacific Basin Shipping, Pacific International, Panamax International, Saga Welco, Tokyo Marine…
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Long Beach Port Moving to New Administration Building

Long Beach Port Moving to New Administration Building

Earlier this month, the Long Beach Harbor Department began the three-week process of moving into its new Port Administration Building at the new Long Beach Civic Center. This department, which manages the Port of Long Beach, left its longtime headquarters in 2014 after it was determined that the building would not be safe in the event of an earthquake. They moved into an interim building while the center was being built. “We’re all excited to return to the waterfront, where we belong,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Being near the harbor will allow us to work…
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Wilmington Seeks Community Input

Wilmington Seeks Community Input

The Wilmington Waterfront Development Project will be the subject of two community meetings hosted by the Port of Los Angeles. The meetings will allow the public to hear an overview and status update on the project, including a review of the environmental document for the Avalon and Fries Street Segment closure, information about the entry plaza sundial for the Avalon Promenade and Gateway Project and naming development projects along the waterfront. The meetings will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 25 and Sept.12 at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington. Once completed, the Wilmington Waterfront project will…
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Long Beach Board Member to Step Down

Long Beach Board Member to Step Down

Her new role as Costa Mesa’s city manager has prompted Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioner Lori Ann Guzmán not to seek a second term on the board that governs the Port of Long Beach, the port announced Tuesday. Guzman, who was appointed to the position in December 2013, was then the fifth female board member in the port’s 108-year history and served two years as president. She believes the port is best served by someone who can devote sufficient time to its various initiatives. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the Port of Long Beach for…
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Oakland Logistics Complex Underway

Oakland Logistics Complex Underway

Construction is underway on the Seaport Logistics Complex, one of the most anticipated developments at the Port of Oakland. Over the last nine months, CenterPoint Properties has been preparing and conducting ground stabilization operations on its 27-acre site and working toward the building of the 460,000-square-foot facility, set for completion in mid-2020. “We look forward to starting vertical construction and continuing to work closely with the port to make sure this project is a point of pride for everyone involved,” said CenterPoint Chief Development Officer Michael Murphy. When completed, the $52 million project will anchor a logistics campus at the…
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Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Ramps Up North Slope Ops

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Ramps Up North Slope Ops

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge will expand operations on Alaska’s North Slope for the 2019 ice-free season, the independently managed Foss Maritime Company subsidiary announced Tuesday. For the next three months, three tugs acquisitions, as well as barges and shore equipment will run out of Prudhoe Bay, further expanding the companies’ Arctic operations and bolstering harbor towage, oil and gas support services, mining and construction support, and offshore marine transportation services, according to CITB and Foss. “It is great to see these vessels on the water and ready to work,” said CITB President Jeff Johnson. “These shallow-draft tugs and barges…
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Redwood City Breaks Records

Redwood City Breaks Records

For the second straight year, the Port of Redwood City broke cargo records. The port handled 2.65M metric tons of cargo, an increase of 14.7 percent when compared to fiscal year 2017-18. “The port’s growth in cargo and revenue for the fiscal year is a result of our tenants, strategic partners, and the port team in driving our phenomenal success,” said Port Executive Director Kristine A. Zortman. “The port is a proud community entrepreneurial enterprise and we look forward to continuing to strengthen collaborations with our local, regional and federal partners.” The port also saw a 20 percent jump in…
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Long Beach Cargo Volumes Down

Long Beach Cargo Volumes Down

Tariffs continue to dampen cargo movement at the Port of Long Beach, which moved 677,167 TEUs last month, 10 percent fewer containers than it did in 2018, according to the newest port statistics. Imports in June fell 13.7 percent to 331,617 TEUs, while exports dipped 1 percent to 133,833 TEUs. Empty containers were also down 9.1 percent to 211,718 TEUs. Escalating tariffs brought on by the trade dispute between the US and China prompted retailers to quickly ship goods in 2018 before tariffs took effect, according to Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “For 2019, it seems that the cargo is…
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Busiest June for Port of LA

Busiest June for Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles saw its busiest June in history when it handled 764,777 TEUs last month. Imports were up 3.5 percent to 396,307 TEUs, while exports were down 5.6 percent to 139,318 TEUs, compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, empty containers, which are sent overseas to be refilled with goods, jumped 19 percent to 229,153 units. June caps off the port’s 2018-2019 fiscal year, which saw the port move nearly 9.7 TEUs, a 5.7 percent increase from the previous year. “Completing the busiest 12-month period in the port’s history makes me proud of our extraordinary capabilities…
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Seattle Breaks Ground on Terminal 5

Seattle Breaks Ground on Terminal 5

Seattle and Tacoma port officials recently joined ILWU Local 19 president and the head of local terminal operator SSA Terminals in breaking ground on Terminal 5, a modernization project that will allow the facility to handle larger cargo ships carrying up to 18,000 TEUs. Ships carrying 14,000 TEUs already visit the North and South harbors regularly. Activity at Terminal 5 means an estimated 6,600 new direct jobs and over $2 billion in business activity. Port officials approved $340 million in construction funds, while SSA Terminals invested up to $160 million toward the project. “Four years ago this August, our two…
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