Crowley Receives Devlin Award for Safe Operations

Crowley Receives Devlin Award for Safe Operations

The Chamber of Shipping of America has honored Crowley Maritime with the Jones F. Devlin Awards for safe operations, the company announced July 28. The award, which recognizes those that operate without a work-related injury that led in the loss of a full turn at watch for two or more years, was given to Crowley, which recorded “665 cumulative years of accident-free service on its recognized vessels, ranging from two to 23 years without a loss time injury across its fleet” through 2021, the company said. Last year, employees finished close to 70,000 hours of general, safety and role specific…
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Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Numbers Drop

Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Numbers Drop

Overall cargo volumes fell at the Port of Oakland in June compared to the same time a year ago, according to new data released by the port July 28. The Northern California seaport processed 163,757 loaded TEUs in June, 1.5% less than the 166,252 TEUs recorded in June 2021. With empties factored in, total volume dropped 2.9% year over year, data show. The port did see a slight 0.5% uptick in import volumes with 95,530 TEUs last month, but the increase was countered by the 4.2% drop in loaded exports. In June, the port handled 68,227 TEUs in loaded exports…
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Foss Maritime Gets New Chief Operating Officer

Foss Maritime Gets New Chief Operating Officer

Chris Mack Jr. is the new chief operating officer of Foss Maritime, the Seattle-based company announced via social media on July 20. Mack, a Tacoma native who has been with the company since 2005, was elevated to the COO role and tasked with overseeing all of the company’s harbor services activities centered around “delivering operational excellence including safety, efficient operations, service delivery, technical management, organizational well-being, including engagement and development,” according to the company. He will be responsible for managing marine assurance, human resources and labor, fleet engineering and the company’s regional management teams in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii,…
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PMA, ILWU Reach Tentative Consensus on Health Benefits

PMA, ILWU Reach Tentative Consensus on Health Benefits

Contract talks between West Coast longshore workers and their employers moved forward July 26 when the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union announced that both parties tentatively agreed on contract terms related to health benefits. “Maintenance of health benefits is an important part of the contract being negotiated between employers represented by the PMA and workers represented by the ILWU,” both parties said in a statement. Each side has agreed not to disclose details of the tentative agreement while talks continue, and that this portion of the agreement is “subject to agreement on the other issues…
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Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Imports arriving through U.S. West Coast seaports in May fell 4% from the same time a year ago, while U.S. East Coast ports saw an 8% uptick in the same time period, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. While year-over-year percentages dropped for U.S. West Coast ports, ports along the Pacific still processed 43,569 more imports in May than the nine U.S. East Coast ports monitored by PMSA. Meanwhile, West Coast ports saw exports in May 5% from the same time a year ago, PMSA data show. Regarding trade with Asia, West Coast seaports…
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Oakland Terminals Reopen Following Truckers’ AB5 Protests

Oakland Terminals Reopen Following Truckers’ AB5 Protests

After days of truckers protesting AB5 shut down terminals at the Port of Oakland, the port’s marine terminals are up and running again. “The Port of Oakland has resumed full operations,” Port Executive Director Danny Wan said in a July 25 statement. "We appreciate the independent truck drivers' use of the designated Free Speech Zones and we thank local law enforcement for their continued assistance.” Terminals reopened Saturday, July 23, after hundreds of truck drivers began protesting the implementation of AB5, a state law mandating stronger language for labeling workers as independent contractors. The law that was adopted in 2018…
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Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Maritime cargo volumes last month fell 10.3% to 309,123 TEUs at the Northwest Seaport Alliance seaports of Seattle and Tacoma, with imports tumbling 15.4% and full exports dropping 8.8% compared to the same month last year, according to data released July 19. The ports saw lowered vessel calls brought on by congestion at other ports, ongoing service suspensions and above average import numbers from June 2021 as factors in the declining numbers, Seaport Alliance data show. Year-to-date volumes are behind by 4% to 1,806,732 TEUs, with imports down 6.9% and exports falling 24.2%, according to NWSA’s figures. “Ocean carriers have…
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USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

To strengthen efforts in the Alaskan region, members of U.S. Coast Guard 17th District and Sector Anchorage received Washington D.C.-based lawmakers and mission officials in Anchorage earlier this month. For two days, visitors viewed presentations by officials from the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, U.S. Northern Command and Alaskan Command at Sector Anchorage on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and toured Nome and Kotzebue and met with representatives from the Port of Nome, NANA Regional Corp., Native Village of Kotzebue and the Maniilaq Association, according to the Coast Guard. “With growing activity and increased responsibility for…
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Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Officials at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports have decided to again move the start date of their Container Dwell Fee, this time to July 29. The officials again agreed to delay a fee that would charge ocean carriers for imports staying at terminals past their allotted time after seeing a combined 26% drop in lingering cargo since Oct. 25. Officials said that they plan to continue monitoring dwell times over the week. The temporary fee, which lasts until Oct. 26, was developed with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain stakeholders…
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USCG Cutter Waesche Has New Commanding Officer

USCG Cutter Waesche Has New Commanding Officer

Capt. Robert S. Mohr is the new commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Waesche, taking over for Capt. Jason H. Ryan, who is expected to serve as chief of operations for the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Command in Alameda. Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, presided over the change-of-command ceremony, which was held July 15 at Base Alameda in California. “The Waesche crew truly embodies their official motto of strength, endurance and service,” Tiongson said. “I am proud of this crew, led by Capt. Ryan, for their continuous pursuit of operational proficiency, consummate teamwork, and…
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