Largest Wind Shipment for Vancouver USA

Largest Wind Shipment for Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver USA recently handled its biggest single shipment of wind turbine blades, beating a prior record of 156 blades. Thanks to a partnership between blade manufacturer Vestas and project owner PacifiCorp, the port received 198 special repowering blades, which were unloaded, moved to the laydown space at Terminal 5 and eventually trucked to their destination in Dayton, Wash. The blades will enable a 35 percent increase in production at PacifiCorp’s Marengo Wind Project. “We’re excited to bring this upgrade to the Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, a town that’s helping to grow clean, renewable energy right here…
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Long Beach Celebrates Green Flag Program

Long Beach Celebrates Green Flag Program

The Port of Long Beach recently feted over 135 shipping lines for voluntarily taking part in the port’s Green Flag Incentive Program. The program, which launched in 2005, honored ocean carriers who reduced speeds to lower than 12 knots as they approach within 20 or 40 nautical miles of the port. The act of slowing down vessels has resulted in the prevention of 45,000 tons of greenhouse gases and 1,000 tons of air pollution in general annually. “Our shipping line partners play an important role in our efforts to improve air quality at the Port and our surrounding communities,” said…
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Lunch With Camas-Washougal Chief Executive

Lunch With Camas-Washougal Chief Executive

Port of Camas-Washougal Chief Executive Officer David Ripp and the port's lead waterfront developer, RKm Development, will be the featured guest speakers at the 9th Annual “Lunch with Dave” event on July 10. The hour-long lunch will include a Q and A with RKm Development about the Waterfront at Parkers Landing development. “The port’s mission to bring jobs, infrastructure and recreational opportunities to East Clark County is a commitment I take to heart,” said David Ripp, Chief Executive Officer. “When the community comes together to share ideas and information, it is a win for everyone.” The event will take place…
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Seattle Port Police Chief to Head State Association

Seattle Port Police Chief to Head State Association

Port of Seattle Police Chief Rod Covey has been elected as the new Chief At-Large of the board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Founded in 1963, the association has over 900 members, including 39 elected county sheriffs, and 240 police chiefs, the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections and representatives from various federal agencies. “Chief Covey has been involved with our statewide organization for many years, and his election as a board member reflects his great work and the respect our state’s Sheriffs and Chiefs have for him,” said WASPC executive director Steve Strachan.…
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New CO for USCG Indo-Pacific Command Hawaii

New CO for USCG Indo-Pacific Command Hawaii

Capt. Jason Lehto is the new commanding officer of the US Coast Guard Reserve Unit Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii. Lehto, who served as the reserve chief of staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District, takes over for Capt. Andrew Grenier, who will retire after nearly 30 years of military service. Lehto’s experience includes senior reserve officer of Sector New Orleans, executive officer at Coast Guard Reserve Unit PACOM at Camp Smith, Hawaii, and senior reserve officer for Group/Air Station Port Angeles, Washington. Before joining the Reserve force, he served as marine environmental protection branch chief at Marine Safety Office Puget…
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San Diego Earns Green Certificate

San Diego Earns Green Certificate

The Port of San Diego has earned an environmental certification from Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime sector. The port, which enacted its Green Port Program in 2008, was evaluated and ranked at the top on several areas, including efforts to lower greenhouse gas and air emissions, spill prevention, leadership on environmental issues, waste management and underwater noise. “The Port of San Diego is a champion for the environmental health of San Diego Bay and its tidelands,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “To have our initiatives evaluated and verified with such…
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New AAPA President Named

New AAPA President Named

Former Global CEO of Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics Christopher J. Connor has been tapped as the new president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), it was announced this month. Connor will transition into the position on Sept. 23, taking over for longtime leader Kurt Nagle. The AAPA represents 130 seaport authorities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as over 200 sustaining and associate members and stakeholders. Nagle, who has served in the role since 1995, will step down on Oct. 16. “It’s an honor to have been selected as the next CEO…
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Grays Harbor Considers Potash Facility

Grays Harbor Considers Potash Facility

This month, Port of Grays Harbor commissioners authorized port Executive Director Gary Nelson to ink an Options to Lease for BHP’s proposed potash export facility at Terminal 3 in Hoquiam, Washington, a move that could bring potash business to the seaport. Grays Harbor is one of the sites BHP is considering for a potash export facility and the Options to Lease includes certain conditions such as the completion of a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review and the City of Hoquiam vacating parts of Paulson Road and Airport Way. The company still has to secure necessary permits and approvals before…
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New Healy Officer

New Healy Officer

Capt. Mary Ellen J. Durley is now the commanding officer of the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a medium icebreaker and the high-latitude research vessel that is deployed to the Arctic. In a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, Durley takes over for Capt. Greg B. Tlapa, who will be chief of response to the Coast Guard’s 9th District in Cleveland. Durley was previously with the Office of Navigation Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters, where she worked as a program manager responsible for aiding in navigation, vessel traffic services, navigation standards and marine planning within the US maritime transportation system, according…
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Honolulu Removes Derelicts

Honolulu Removes Derelicts

Three derelict vessels that may have posed a risk of sinking during a severe storm have been removed from Honolulu Harbor, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division. Earlier this month, the Kulamanu was towed from Pier 7 and to Kalaeloa Harbor, where it is being prepared for sea disposal, while fishing vessels Manaloa and Pacifica were moved from Pier 12 to a contractor. “We have initiated steps to remove risks that could hamper the recovery of the Harbors during the hurricane season,” said Deputy Director Derek Chow, Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division. “Mariners need to know the HDOT will also pursue owners…
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