First ‘Tri-Gen’ Renewable System Opens at Port of Long Beach

First ‘Tri-Gen’ Renewable System Opens at Port of Long Beach

The first “tri-gen” system to create renewable hydrogen, electricity and water is now operating at Toyota Motor North America’s vehicle processing operations at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota and FuelCell Energy, a company that designs, manufactures, operates and services direct fuel cell power plants, joined local civic and port leaders May 2 for the grand opening of the new system, which uses biogas from landfill waste to make renewable energy and water for the carmaker’s Long Beach vehicle processing and distribution center. Toyota Logistics Services, which annually processes roughly 200,000 new Toyota and Lexus vehicles, is the carmaker’s largest…
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Seaspan Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Its Victoria Shipyard

Seaspan Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Its Victoria Shipyard

British Columbia-based ship design, engineering, building and ship repair Seaspan announced April 25 that it has reached a significant milestone: the 30th anniversary of its Victoria Shipyard. Since its founding in 1994, the yard has grown from a team of five and one 20-foot shipping container into a major ship repair and modernization facility with an 800-person workforce. “Our workforce is the heart of our business and will always be the root of our success,” Seaspan Victoria Shipyards General Manager and Vice President Tony Winter said. “Together, we stand on the values and culture that was built 30 years ago:…
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Port of Oakland Scores $4 Million Zero-Emissions Grant

Port of Oakland Scores $4 Million Zero-Emissions Grant

The Port of Oakland has secured a $4 million federal grant toward its zero-emissions efforts, the Northern California seaport announced April 29. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration grant is expected to pay for five Class 8 heavy-duty electric trucks, an electric street sweeper, an electric pickup truck and electric vehicle chargers for the port and tenant Eagle Rock Aggregates. The money would fund nearly 80% of the $5.1 million project. “With this grant … the Port of Oakland will improve the quality of life for workers and families impacted by pollution from idling trucks while building a…
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Illegitimate Goods Seized at LA-Long Beach Seaport Complex

Illegitimate Goods Seized at LA-Long Beach Seaport Complex

Nearly 2,300 toys and children’s products valued at nearly $80,000 have been confiscated since early this year by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, Customs announced April 29. CBP members seized $79,696 worth of products that did not meet U.S. safety standards, including 96 baby walkers, 216 autism balance chairs, 492 baby changing tables, 196 baby/kids step stools and 1,296 alphabet mystery box toys. The 2,296 products arrived from China in four different shipments in late January and early February, which CBP officers found hidden among legitimate cargo. The toys did…
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5 Global Startups Launch From Seattle’s Maritime Blue Program

5 Global Startups Launch From Seattle’s Maritime Blue Program

Five global tech startups are taking part in Washington Maritime Blue’s One Ocean Innovation Accelerator program, which mentors maritime-focused companies and helps them scale their business model for the U.S. market. Announced in April, the firms include battery and systems manufacturer CTNS as well as Conbo.ai, a company that creates computer vision software for marine terminal operations. Also included: Hiili, which develops shipboard-based carbon capture technology, Watchit, which creates software that improves navigation and collision avoidance and Zeabuz/Future Marine, which provides autonomous water-taxi software and operations, according to Maritime Blue. The startups are expected to participate in eight weeks of…
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Port of Oakland Cargo Volumes Up Significantly in March

Port of Oakland Cargo Volumes Up Significantly in March

The Port of Oakland saw cargo volumes grow by double digits in March, according to data released by the port April 24. The Northern California seaport moved 19.1% more cargo overall last month than it did in March 2023, handling 202,816 TEUs, the data show. For the fifth straight month, full imports at the port rose year over year with a 38.4% spike from March 2023, moving 83,483 imported TEUs last month, a result of “rising incomes and rising net worth among consumers in major Northern California markets,” the port said in a statement. Loaded exports also climbed for a…
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Port of Vancouver USA Moves Record Subaru Vehicles

Port of Vancouver USA Moves Record Subaru Vehicles

The Port of Vancouver USA moved more than 98,000 Subaru vehicles through its gateway in 2022, officials said April 11. This beat the previous record of 91,000 cars set in 2018. The gateway saw a variety of Subarus move through the port, including Subaru BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Solterra and WRX vehicles, the port said. “It makes us smile when passing a Subaru on the road because we know it likely came through the Port of Vancouver USA,” port CEO Julianna Marler said. “We’re thrilled to have set a record year with Subaru because of all the benefits this relationship…
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EBDG, Dakota Creek Industries Deliver Spill Response Barge

EBDG, Dakota Creek Industries Deliver Spill Response Barge

A new, modern oil spill response barge that’s expected to operate in Alaskan waters has been delivered by Seattle-based marine engineering and naval architecture firm Elliott Bay Design Group and Anacortes shipbuilder Dakota Creek Industries, EBDG announced April 23. EBDG partnered with Ottawa, Ontario-based Adaptive Marine Solutions, Inc. to provide the lofting and systems modeling for the new 200-foot barge Allison Creek, which the companies say was designed specifically to handle the rigors of Prince William Sound and to help further enhance the region’s emergency response capabilities. DCI constructed the vessel at its Anacortes, Wash. shipbuilding and repair facility. The…
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Port of Woodland Inks First Marine Terminal Lease

Port of Woodland Inks First Marine Terminal Lease

For the first time in its 64-year history, the Port of Woodland has secured its first marine terminal lease. The Southwestern Washington seaport announced April 4 that it signed a lease with Wilsonville Concrete Products for one the few greenfields zoned for heavy industrial along the Columbia River. “This is an exciting step for the Port of Woodland to diversify our economy in Woodland, bring additional family wage jobs to the area, and prepare the property for its intended use as was set out with its purchase in 1967,” port Commission President Paul Cline said. The port has owned the…
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USCG Cutter Stratton Returns From 111-Day Alaskan Deployment

USCG Cutter Stratton Returns From 111-Day Alaskan Deployment

After 111 days deployed to the Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton returned to her Alameda, Calif. homeport on April 22. Crew members, who left Alameda on Jan. 2, were deployed to support search and rescue activities and guard the nation’s northernmost boundaries. While in the Alaskan region, the Stratton crew supported USCG Air Station Kodiak’s MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and aircrews and finished 363 helicopter landings with crew members. They assisted in helicopter training and bolstering search and rescue capabilities, including landing shipboard, on-deck fueling and in-flight refueling, the agency said. Stratton crew members also conducted 18 boardings…
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