Port of Seattle to Begin Public Meetings on 2023 Budget Proposal

Port of Seattle to Begin Public Meetings on 2023 Budget Proposal

Starting Sept. 27, the Port of Seattle is planning a series of public meetings to discuss the port’s proposed 2023 budget and five-year capital plan. Port commissioners are expected to hear more about the port’s operating division budgets on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11. There are also plans for two public open houses on the budget and capital plan. The open house for the Maritime and EDD divisions is set to take place online at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, while the Aviation Division’s open house is set online for 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. The public may take part or check…
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NW Seaport Alliance Receives 1st Shipment of Hyundai Vehicles

NW Seaport Alliance Receives 1st Shipment of Hyundai Vehicles

The first delivery of nearly 2,000 Hyundai vehicles recently arrived at the Port of Tacoma’s South Harbor on the vessel Grand Mercury, thanks to a new partnership between logistics service GLOVIS America, shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and the Northwest Seaport Alliance, it was announced Sept. 23. The partnership is expected to significantly bolster finished vehicles and breakbulk operations, and more business to local partners, the NWSA said. “The GLOVIS America consolidation expands upon a longstanding partnership between GLOVIS America and NWSA at the Port of Tacoma,” NWSA Managing Member John McCarthy said. “In addition to Kias, many thousands of…
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Port of San Diego Teams on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Green Initiative

Port of San Diego Teams on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Green Initiative

The Port of San Diego and Navy Region Southwest have announced a “first-of-its-kind partnership” that would allow the U.S. Navy access to take part in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LFCS) market, paving the way for millions of dollars to electrify Naval Base San Diego and the port. Navy and port representatives made it official at a Sept. 20 Intergovernmental Support Agreement signing at Cesar Chavez Park in San Diego. The collaboration marks the Department of Defense’s first time in taking part in this type of carbon-lowering effort, enabling the navy to generate LCFS credits while vessels plug into shore…
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Port of Oakland Partners on Transportation, Logistics Workforce Training

Port of Oakland Partners on Transportation, Logistics Workforce Training

The Port of Oakland and the West Oakland Job Resource Center are teaming up to provide training for workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry, the port announced Sept. 26. The center, which launched the “Greening the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry” initiative, netted a $350,000 California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program grant, which is part of the commission’s $100 million annual investment to communities by fast-tracking the development and deployment of green transportation and fuel technologies, the port said. The project seeks to create roads to good-paying, quality jobs in marginalized communities. Those in the program…
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PMSA: Container Dwell Times Remain High at Long Beach, LA

PMSA: Container Dwell Times Remain High at Long Beach, LA

The average amount of time a cargo container remains at Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals before it leaves by rail or by truck remains high, according to new data released Sept. 20 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The average container dwell time in August was a “record high for rail-bound cargo,” at 16.5 days. That’s a slight uptick from the average of 16.4 days in July, according to PMSA data. Meanwhile, the average dwell time for cargo departing by truck averaged 5.1 days in August, dipping from July’s 5.6 day average. About 24.1% of lingering containers leaving by…
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New Roles for Port of Redwood City Commissioners

New Roles for Port of Redwood City Commissioners

Three members of the Port of Redwood City’s Board of Port Commissioners have recently been elected to new leadership roles within the commission, it was announced Sept. 20. Ralph Garcia, who has been part of the commission for 17 years, has been chosen as the new chair of the commission that governs the Northern California seaport. Prior to joining the commission in 2005, Garcia spent 10 years on the Redwood City Planning Commission. Lorianna Kastrop, who joined the commission in 2008, will serve as the board’s vice chairperson. Stan Maupin, who was appointed to the commission in June, will serve…
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Seattle Port Commissioner Going on Nordic Trade Mission

Seattle Port Commissioner Going on Nordic Trade Mission

Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins is expected to travel this week with a delegation from Washington state on the Nordic Study and Trade Mission being led by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington Department of Commerce, the port announced Sept. 9. The mission encompasses travel to Finland, Sweden, and Norway, and includes visits to the U.S. Embassies in Helsinki and Oslo, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the KTH Royal Institute and the Wallenberg Wood Science Center in Stockholm, the Maritime Competence Center in Aalesund, Norway, and to Oceantech Innovation, Trondheim, which delves into technology aimed at supporting…
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Port of LA Nets $20M Federal Infrastructure Grant

Port of LA Nets $20M Federal Infrastructure Grant

The Port of Los Angeles has been awarded a $20 million federal infrastructure grant to pay for a road-railway grade separation project. The project calls for building a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation, allowing for trucks to have easier access to an 80-acre marine support facility on Terminal Island, the port said. Currently, high traffic rail tracks and a tunnel with a low-height clearance has made it harder to access the facility for chassis and empty shipping container storage, according to the port. The project is expected to improve that access. When it’s done, the new rail-roadway is expected to link…
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Alaska Marine Lines Puts New Reefers into Service

Alaska Marine Lines Puts New Reefers into Service

Alaska Marine Lines was able to move 852 containers of Bristol Bay sockeye harvest this year, thanks to new refrigerated containers that were sent in May to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The state-of-the-art reefers include software that can control the temperature of the containers, requiring one-fifth less power than older containers, the company said. This means fewer generators to run, less fuel use and less pollution. “In the Southeast lane alone the lower amp draws … have allowed us to transition from running four or five generators on the northbound sailings to only one generator running 70-plus reefers,” said Steve Hardin,…
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Port of Bandon Seeks Bids for Marina Redevelopment Project

Port of Bandon Seeks Bids for Marina Redevelopment Project

The Port of Bandon in Oregon is seeking bid proposals from applicants interested to designing and building the port’s marina redevelopment project. About 30% of the facility has been designed and includes state and federal permits. The project, which must be developed under a design-build contract, would encompass finishing the design and building a new facility to replace the marina and may involve dredging as much as 39,000 cubic yards of sediment from the marina and sport basins, the port said, adding that it “will be separately proposed as an added alternative to the design and construction components.” Permits for…
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