New Cargo Record for Port of LA

New Cargo Record for Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles set a new single-month record for cargo volumes for the fourth consecutive month, according to the numbers released Monday. The nation’s busiest seaport handled 912,154 TEUs, making it the busiest July in the port’s 112-year history. Imports jumped 8.7 percent to 476,438 TEUs, while exports dipped 4 percent to 161,340 TEUs. Empty containers, which are sent overseas to be refilled with goods, soared 20.7 percent to 274,376 TEUs year over year. July 2019 was the port’s third busiest month and the fourth time it moved more than 900,000 TEUs. “Container exchange per vessel reached 9,915…
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Camas-Washougal Offers Coffee Talk

Camas-Washougal Offers Coffee Talk

The Port of Camas-Washougal will be hosting a "Coffee Talk with the Commission" on Aug. 21. The informal meeting allows members of the public to chat with commissioners and hear the latest on port projects. Among those projects is a 20-acre waterfront mixed use development at the site of a former lumber mill. The port recently completed the first phase of that project, which involved building a riverfront park and a trail that is roughly about three quarters of a mile. The second phase of the trail will head east and tie into another trail system that goes into the…
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New Long Beach Harbor Commissioner

New Long Beach Harbor Commissioner

Former Long Beach City Councilman and senior pastor for LIFE Gospel Ministries Steven Neal is the newest member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. The council recently approved Mayor Robert Garcia’s appointment of Neal, who represented the city’s Northside from 2010 to 2014. He was also a member of the Long Beach Transit board, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network board and chairman of the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. He co-founded the Economic and Policy Impact Center, established to bolster economic opportunity for working families. Neal, who will serve a six-year term through June 2025, takes over…
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Matson Reports Mixed Quarter

Matson Reports Mixed Quarter

Honolulu-based carrier Matson, Inc. this week reported net income of $18.4 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the quarter that ended June 30. That’s lower than the second quarter that ended June 30, 2018, when the net income was $32.6 million, or $0.76 per diluted share. Meanwhile, consolidated revenue for the second quarter 2019 was $557.9 million, up from $557.1 million for the second quarter 2018. "Our performance in the second quarter was mixed, with Ocean Transportation operating income coming in below expectations and Logistics posting stronger-than-expected operating income,” said Matson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox. “Within…
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Northwest Seaport Commissions Weigh in on Tariffs

Northwest Seaport Commissions Weigh in on Tariffs

Earlier this month, Port of Tacoma Commission President Clare Petrich and Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman weighed in on President Trump’s intent to levy a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imported goods starting Sept. 1. “The Northwest Seaport Alliance has been clear and consistent in our messaging on this topic,” Petrich said. “We support a balanced trading relationship with our global partners but are deeply concerned that the imposition of tariffs leads only to increased costs on US businesses and consumers without any long-term strategic benefit.” Petrich added that this latest hike on remaining…
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Hawaii Hosts International SAR Workshop

The US Coast Guard recently participated in a joint static display and on-the-water demonstration on Oahu’s westside as part of the 8th Pacific Regional Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) workshop in Hawaii. A number of USCG assets were used during the workshop, including the dolphin viewing vessel Dolphin Star, the USCGC Joseph Gerczak, and a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. The multi-day workshop included simulated response to a distressed vessel amid a mass rescue operation off Waianae, as well as a review of case studies, programs and equipment such as the Tsunami warning system and personal locator beacons. More than…
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Bonnie Lowenthal to Lead LB Harbor Commissioners

Former California state assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal is the new president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. The commission governs the Port of Long Beach and the city’s Harbor Department. “I have spent more than half my life in Long Beach, my adopted hometown," said Lowenthal. "My fellow commissioners have honored me by electing me president, and I look forward to the challenge of improving the Port so it can continue to be an economic driver for the city we love." Lowenthal, who was installed as a harbor commissioner in July 2017, is a longtime Long Beach city leader,…
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Port of LA Seeking Cyber Management Firm

Port of LA Seeking Cyber Management Firm

The Port of Los Angeles is looking for a company that can design, install, run and maintain the port’s new Cyber Resilience Center. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 4. The winning bid must receive approval from the Board of Harbor Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council. The port envisions the center as a space to share information about cyber threats to port stakeholders and defend against potential cyber risks that could affect the supply chain. “Collaborative cyber-threat information sharing is critical to the safety and security of our Port,” said Chief Thomas Gazsi, who serves as…
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Oakland Signs Logistics Lease

Oakland Signs Logistics Lease

The Port of Oakland recently inked a 13-year lease with Shippers Transport Express, keeping the company on 32 acres at the Port’s Seaport Logistics Complex through 2032. The move is critical to the prompt handling of import cargo to domestic markets. “Shippers Transport Express hauls 400 loaded import containers off the terminal every night,” pointed out Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. "That frees up space at the terminal for additional cargo and makes it easy to collect those containers for delivery.” By staging containers away from terminals, cargo pickup time is reduced significantly, from 75 minutes to 15…
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Port of Seattle to Announce Cruise Facility Developer

Port of Seattle to Announce Cruise Facility Developer

The Port of Seattle is expected to announce early next year which of the three shortlisted teams it will partner with for the development and operation of the proposed single-berth cruise facility at Terminal 46. The teams, selected last May, are: • Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a joint effort of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., MSC Cruises S.A., Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc. • Global Ports Holding Plc and Civil & Building North America, Inc., and • Ports America, who is partnering with Jacobs Engineering Group. The new facility is expected to be delivered in…
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