COVID-19 Affects Port of Long Beach March Cargo Numbers

COVID-19 Affects Port of Long Beach March Cargo Numbers

By Karen Robes Meeks With growing coronavirus concerns prompting nearly two dozen canceled sailings in the first quarter of 2020, container volumes fell 6.4 percent in March at the Port of Long Beach, according to the figures released Tuesday. Long Beach handled 517,663 TEUs, down 6.4 percent from March 2019, while imports dipped 5 percent to 234,570 TEUs and empty containers fell 21 percent to 137,652 TEUs. Meanwhile, exports rose 10.7 percent to 145,442 TEUs when compare to the same period a year ago. “The coronavirus is delivering a shock to the supply chain that continues to ripple across the…
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Port of Seattle Temporarily Halts Construction Projects

Port of Seattle Temporarily Halts Construction Projects

By Karen Robes Meeks In order to finish reviewing and updating jobsite safety plans to protect against COVID-19 spread, the Port of Seattle announced that it will temporarily stop approximately 20 construction projects from April 9 to April 13. Northwest Seaport Alliance projects are not affected by the temporary pause, the port said. Contractors were required to turn in updated safety plans by March 27 to show how they would apply public health recommendations that minimize COVID-19 spread at their job sites. According to the port, contractors have already enacted a number of health recommendations such as social distancing and…
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Port of Olympia Offers Tenants Relief

Port of Olympia Offers Tenants Relief

By Karen Robes Meeks Effective immediately, the Port of Olympia is offering 90 days of relief to tenants affected by COVID-19, thanks to a recent decision by port commissioners to temporarily suspend issuing notices of default, late fees, and penalties for nonpayment of rents immediately. The port originally published the resolution being in effect for 60 days but has since updated that number to 90 days for real estate leases and liveaboard moorage, or until the commission terminates or extends the time period. Under the resolution, Swantown Marina vessel owners who use their vessel as their main home and have…
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Port of Portland Continues to Operate

Port of Portland Continues to Operate

By Karen Robes Meeks As vital infrastructure to the region, Port of Portland marine terminal facilities will stay open for operations while Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order is in place. The port’s marine terminals remain open and operational, as they continue to help move critical goods in and out of the region. According to the port, “While the port has seen some declines in auto imports and exports, its bulk marine facilities—which handle grains, potash and soda ash—are experiencing normal export numbers.” South Korea shipping company SM Line continues to call at Terminal 6 weekly,…
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Port of Oakland Lauds Dockworkers

Port of Oakland Lauds Dockworkers

By Karen Robes Meeks Days before annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day, Port of Oakland dockworkers were honored by the port for their dedication to the movement of goods amid the COVID-19 health crisis. “Ports including Oakland have been declared essential infrastructure and must keep operating for the public good and the future of trade,” said Port Maritime Director John Driscoll. “That couldn’t happen without the waterfront work force that keeps cargo moving. Dockworkers, truckers, all of those on the front line of the supply chain have earned our sincerest gratitude.” While a shelter-in-place order is in effect in Alameda County,…
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Cruise Ship Cleared to Dock at Port of San Diego

Cruise Ship Cleared to Dock at Port of San Diego

By Karen Robes Meeks The cruise ship, Celebrity Eclipse, was able to dock at the Port of San Diego’s B Street terminal last week after precautionary measures were enacted to curb COVID-19 risk exposure. Before disembarking roughly 2,300 passengers over a two-day period, the port and agency partners made sure passengers and crew completed a CDC COVID-19 survey prior to arrival. Ship staff also conducted temperature monitoring and isolated anyone with symptoms. The cruise ship terminal was cleaned and disinfected and extra hand washing stations were made available. The decision for the cruise ship to come into port was not taken…
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Hawaii’s Harbors Division Gets Affirmation for Revenue Bonds

Hawaii’s Harbors Division Gets Affirmation for Revenue Bonds

By Karen Robes Meeks Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division’s ‘AA-’ rating for harbor revenue bonds Series 2010 A and 2010 B. Fitch did a portfolio-wide review of North American standalone port credits after the COVID-19 outbreak prompted changes in the market and its bond ratings affirmation is a reflection of HDOT’s financial management and steady cargo movement. “Fitch Ratings review affirms the State’s role in providing public confidence on the continued shipment of goods through our ports.” said Transportation Deputy Director for Harbors Derek Chow. “The Hawaii shipping industry continues to meet the…
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Charleston Ice Plant’s Rebuild in Oregon Continues

Charleston Ice Plant’s Rebuild in Oregon Continues

By Karen Robes Meeks Work continues on the rebuilding of the Charleston Ice Plant, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay announced this week. A December fire devastated the plant, and repairs include replacing piles and decking at the dock head, and installing new ice making equipment. About 13 of the 49 new piles have been placed, with more piling being delivered on a barge as early as April 7, the port said. The plant makes commercial grade flake ice that is vital for many fisheries that need their catch chilled until it reaches the market. The commercial fishing industry…
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Port of Los Angeles Chief Talks Cargo, Medical Supply Needs

Port of Los Angeles Chief Talks Cargo, Medical Supply Needs

By Karen Robes Meeks In a video message update Thursday, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka reiterated that all terminals at the port remain open and are operating at 80 percent of normal volume. “The difference being is that China's manufacturing community is not quite up to full capacity yet,” Seroka said. “We had two shocks to our supply chain system –first the trade war between the US and China and now the COVID-19 pandemic. With US retail and cargo owners scaling back on orders, we may not see an April increase in cargo, even though factories in…
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Port of Long Beach Helps to Expedite Vital Health Equipment

Port of Long Beach Helps to Expedite Vital Health Equipment

By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Long Beach is teaming up with stakeholders and the medical suppliers to help fast-track the shipments of medical gowns, gloves and other essential health equipment made in Asia that are key to battling the COVID-19 crisis. The vital goods are being guided through several Long Beach marine terminals and placed in special staging areas for truckers to quickly deliver to regional distribution centers. “It’s encouraging that in these challenging times, when port staff members reached out to our stakeholders about expediting medical supply shipments, they found a great deal of willingness to quickly…
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