Port of Everett Seeks Input on Crane Lighting Demo

Port of Everett Seeks Input on Crane Lighting Demo

By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Everett would like the community to participate in a crane lighting demonstration happening from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5 at the seaport. The port is gathering feedback on a pair of Federal Aviation Administration airspace navigation compliance options it is considering related to the installation of container cranes acquired for South Terminal. The FAA requires that any structure taller than 200 feet located within applicable flight zones must be marked or illuminated per FAA Obstruction Marking and Lighting Requirements. The South Terminal cranes are 215 feet tall, and the port is near the…
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Port of Hueneme Has a New Board President

Port of Hueneme Has a New Board President

By Karen Robes Meeks Jess Ramirez will serve the next year as president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Oxnard Harbor District, which governs the Port of Hueneme. Ramirez takes over for Commissioner Jess Herrera, who was honored with a commemorative gavel for his 2019 service as board president. First elected to the board in 1992, Ramirez has served as president five times. Before retiring last year, he worked as a longshoreman for 51 years. “The Port of Hueneme is the Greenest Port in America,” he said. “During my tenure as Port President, I want to build on…
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Port of Los Angeles Chief Announces Plans, New Cargo Numbers at State of the Port

Port of Los Angeles Chief Announces Plans, New Cargo Numbers at State of the Port

By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Los Angeles handled more than 9.3 million TEUs last year, nearly beating a cargo record, Executive Director Gene Seroka announced at last week’s annual State of the Port. “In the face of lagging exports due to international trade tensions and tariff uncertainties, the Port of Los Angeles has maintained strong momentum and kept cargo flowing,” Seroka said. “This feat was only possible because of the extensive cooperation and continued efficiency improvements by our terminal operators, supply chain partners and longshore workforce.” At the event hosted by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Seroka also…
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Port of Vancouver USA Creates New Community Fund Program

Port of Vancouver USA Creates New Community Fund Program

By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Vancouver USA has developed a new community fund program to support projects that promote trade, tourism and jobs in the region. The port has set aside $5,000 for the first year of the program, which will be used to fund projects and programs within the port district. “Over the years, the port has received requests from school groups and others to help with educational and development programs, but we have never had a mechanism to provide assistance,” said port Chief External Affairs Officer Ryan Hart. “We hope this new program will allow some…
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Port of San Diego Swears in 2020 Executive Officers

Port of San Diego Swears in 2020 Executive Officers

By Karen Robes Meeks Ann Moore has been sworn in as Chair of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, with Michael Zucchet as Vice Chair and Dan Malcolm as Secretary. Moore said her theme for this year is “Port of the Future” and added that the focus will be advancing the Port Master Plan Update and continuing the transformation of the Chula Vista Bayfront. “I’m inspired by ports around the world that continue to reinvest in their waterfronts to keep them new and fresh to meet changing public needs,” Moore said. “Seattle comes to mind with its…
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Empties Led to Dip in 2019 Cargo Volume at Port of Oakland

Empties Led to Dip in 2019 Cargo Volume at Port of Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Oakland moved 1.8 percent fewer containers in 2019 handling 2.5 million TEUs last year compared to 2.55 million TEUs the year before, according to latest numbers released Friday. A 13 percent decrease in empty containers is part of the reason for the lower overall number. Still, the port posted record import and export numbers. According to the port, exports rose by 3.7 percent – thanks to new markets demand for US agricultural goods – and imports by 1 percent in 2019, resulting in 1.9 million loaded TEUs, breaking the 2018 record of 1.86…
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SM Line Arrive at Port of Portland

SM Line Arrive at Port of Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks This week, SM Line made its first vessel call to the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The arrival of the 4,360-TEU Qingdao, marked the start of weekly container shipping service for the company at the Oregon seaport. The inaugural call – which departed the Port of Ningbo in China on Dec. 22 as part of the South Korea-based container carrier’s Pacific Northwest Service – included nearly 200 containers being imported, more than 70 export containers going to Korea, and 330 empty containers. The company’s service route includes stops in Shanghai, Pusan, Vancouver, BC and Seattle, Wash, the…
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Oregon Ports Partner on Dredging Efforts

Oregon Ports Partner on Dredging Efforts

By Karen Robes Meeks The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and the Port of Siuslaw have teamed up to finish dredging at the Port of Siuslaw inner boat basin, which accumulated so much debris that some slips were unusable, according to the port. The project – the culmination of a year of planning between Business Oregon and both ports – calls for the removal of roughly 12,000 cubic yards of sediment from the marina. “Dredging is of dire importance to Oregon’s public ports as drivers of economic development,” says David Huntington, Port of Siuslaw manager. “This is a project…
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Port of Seattle Commission Elects its Officers for 2020

Port of Seattle Commission Elects its Officers for 2020

By Karen Robes Meeks Peter Steinbrueck will lead the Port of Seattle Commission for 2020 as its elected President. Commissioner Fred Felleman will serve as Vice-President and newly elected Commissioner Sam Cho will be Secretary. “The Port of Seattle has a critical mission to foster economic development and living-wage jobs, as we advance social equity and environmental stewardship for the region and state,” said Steinbrueck. “I’m grateful for the support and confidence of my commission colleagues, and for Commissioner Stephanie Bowman’s effective leadership as president last year. Those priorities will shape our work on new waterfront facilities in Elliott Bay…
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Port of San Diego Appoints Interim Port Auditor

Port of San Diego Appoints Interim Port Auditor

By Karen Robes Meeks Former Assistant Port Auditor Mark Yeilding has been appointed as the Port of San Diego’s Acting Port Auditor. Yeilding, who started in his new role earlier this month, takes over for the retiring Robert “Bob” Monson. Yeilding, who came to the port in 2014 as an auditor, became Assistant Port Auditor in 2018. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from USC and is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Auditing Professional. “Mark has done a superior job in his role as Assistant Port Auditor and has demonstrated that he has the ability to…
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