Oakland Exports Up

Oakland Exports Up

Export cargo at the Port of Oakland rose 2.4 percent in the first half of 2019, compared to the first six months of 2018. Port officials attributed the rise to double-digit increases of exports to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, filling the gap left by China, the port’s biggest trading partner. Exports to China fell 17 percent, the equivalent of 14,000 20-foot cargo containers this year, a result of Chinese tariffs on US goods. However, shipments to South Korea rose by 10,000, Japan by 7,000 and Taiwan by 3,000. “This is testament to the resilience and ingenuity of our customers,”…
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USCG Sector Juneau Spill Response Exercise

USCG Sector Juneau Spill Response Exercise

This week, members of the US Coast Guard Sector Juneau conducted an oil spill response exercise in Ketchikan, Alaska. Representatives from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization and Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation also took part in the exercise that saw an exclusion boom being deployed in Ward Cove and Whipple Creek. The exercise allows participants to practice on-water recovery of free oil within the Tongass Narrows while using a boom around environmentally sensitive areas outlined in the Southeast Alaska Area Contingency Plan. “This exercise will enable us to assess the effectiveness of our pre-planned…
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Long Beach to Brief Public on Rail Facility

Long Beach to Brief Public on Rail Facility

The public is invited to hear the latest details on the Port of Long Beach’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. The project is at the heart of the port’s $1 billion rail program that will shift cargo transport at marine terminals to rail. The move is expected to lower the number of regional truck trips and aligns with the port’s approach to greening operations. “No cargo trucks would visit the facility,” according to the port. “Instead, smaller train segments would be brought to the facility and joined together into a full-sized train.” The initial arrival, departure and storage tracks…
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Olympia Harbor Days

Olympia Harbor Days

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, the Port of Olympia will host the 46th Harbor Days Maritime Festival to celebrate the community’s maritime roots. Vintage and working tugboats will be on display at Percival Landing and Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. Some tugs will offer tours on Saturday. Festival goers will be able to admire various vessels including the retired US Coast Guard Cutter tug Comanche, now a floating WWII museum, and Tordenskjold, a 100-year-old Bering Sea fishing vessel. Also returning to Olympia is the famous tall ship Lady Washington, which will share dock space with the historic Mosquito Fleet steam ship Virginia V and…
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Port of Hueneme Wins Fiscal Award

Port of Hueneme Wins Fiscal Award

For the ninth straight year, the Port of Hueneme has been honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award highlights the port’s Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). “The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program,” the association’s statement read adding that the port’s report “includes demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.” “As a Special District, the importance…
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Two National Security Cutters Commissioned

Two National Security Cutters Commissioned

The US Coast Guard on Saturday morning celebrated the commissioning of two national security cutters at its Honolulu base. The ceremony was for the USCGC Kimball (WMSL 756), which made it to destination on Dec. 22, 2018, and USGCG Midgett (WMSL 757), which arrived Friday from Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Legend-class national security cutters are some of the Coast Guard's newest additions to the fleet and are a capable platform for a wide range of missions including homeland security and defense. Capt. Holly Harrison is the commanding officer of Kimball and Capt. Alan McCabe commands Midgett. “These national security cutters will continue our 150 years of partnership and…
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Port of LA Awards $1 Million in Grants

Port of LA Awards $1 Million in Grants

The Port of Los Angeles announced on Thursday the recipients of its fiscal year 2019/20 Community Investment Sponsorship Program. Thirty local groups have been awarded a total of $1 million in grants. The program funds community projects that promote the development of a local workforce, education, the environment and the Los Angeles Waterfront. Recipients included EXP for its Preparing the Next Generation Workforce Program, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for its Topsail Youth Program, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for its Port Ocean and Land Awareness Program, as well as Beacon House Association of…
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Redwood City Receives Security Grant

Redwood City Receives Security Grant

The Port of Redwood City has secured a $1.85 million 2019 Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Security Grant, allowing it to bolster its maritime security-related partnership with federal and area first responders. The grant will go towards a new modern Interagency Operations Center, training and exercises. It will also pay for security infrastructure and equipment, including cameras, fencing, lights, a new jet dock, and equipment that detects chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive dangers for the Redwood City Fire and Police Departments. “Receiving this grant underscores the federal government’s confidence in the port as a valued strategic partner in homeland…
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Coast Guard Puts School on Notice

Coast Guard Puts School on Notice

Alaska’s Lower Kuskokwim School District has until the end of the month to remove all fuel oils from its Napakiak School fuel storage facility, where approximately 36,000 gallons of home heating oil threaten the Kuskokwim River. The Coast Guard on Friday issued an Administrative Order, following an Aug. 12 report that stated the storage facility was within 150 feet of the river and at risk of riverbank erosion. “The Coast Guard is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and in this case that means we’re taking preventative steps to mitigate the potential for pollution,” said Lt. James Nunez,…
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Northwest Seaport Alliance Earns Logistics Honors

Northwest Seaport Alliance Earns Logistics Honors

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma recently earned top marks for their customer service in Logistics Management’s 2019 Quest for Quality awards. More than 4,500 readers of the trade publication rated North American ports on ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations. The Northwest Seaport Alliance was one of only four West Coast ports to earn at least 5 percent of the category vote – minimum criteria to be eligible for the win. It garnered the highest score in three of the five categories to claim the overall title. “We are honored for…
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