October Cargo Volumes Down at Port of Long Beach

October Cargo Volumes Down at Port of Long Beach

Slowing consumer demand and a growing number of imports shifting to Gulf and East Coast seaports affected the number of containers coming through the Port of Long Beach last month, the port said Nov. 10. About 658,428 TEUs moved through Long Beach in October, a 16.6% drop from the same time last year, with imports falling 23.7% to 293,924 TEUs and exports dipping 2% to 119,763 TEUs year over year. Meanwhile, empties dropped 13.4% to 244,743 TEUs last month compared to October 2021.  “The supply chain is returning back to normal and cargo continues to move, so I am optimistic…
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Port of Oakland’s Bond Rating Affirmed

Port of Oakland’s Bond Rating Affirmed

The Port of Oakland’s A+ rating for outstanding senior bonds and A rating for outstanding Intermediate Lien and underlying bank bonds have been affirmed by Fitch Ratings, which also said the rating outlook on all bonds is considered stable, the port said Nov. 14. “These ratings reflect continued commitment to prudent financial management and stability,” port Executive Director Danny Wan said. “They represent great dedication and professional excellence by our port staff and the port board.” The Northern California seaport’s ratings reflect the port's various streams of revenue, which include aviation, commercial real estate, maritime and utilities, according to Fitch.…
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Port of Seattle Releases 2023 Budget, Five-Year Spending Plan

Port of Seattle Releases 2023 Budget, Five-Year Spending Plan

The proposed 2023 budget and five-year spending plan for the Port of Seattle includes significant investments in seaport infrastructure and workforce development. Expected to be adopted by port commissioners on Nov. 29, the budget proposal introduced by Port Executive Director Steve Metruck includes a record $5.3 billion investment in capital projects over five years (with $725.8 million being proposed for 2023), as well as more funding for environmental and workforce development initiatives, according to the port.  The 2023-2027 plan includes $522.3 million in maritime and economic development-related projects such as berth-replacing at Terminal 91, electrification work at Pier 66, and…
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Port of Long Beach Seeking Solar Power Generation Project Proposals

Port of Long Beach Seeking Solar Power Generation Project Proposals

The Port of Long Beach is seeking concept proposals for projects that generate solar power and wants to fund winning proposals through its Community Grants Program. Public and private entities are encouraged to apply. About $2 million worth of program funding is eligible for such projects, which should help people most affected by port operations, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, children and people with asthma or chronic conditions, the port said. “Prospective applicants are required to describe proposed projects at a high level and program staff will determine project and applicant eligibility,” the port explained.  Applicants must submit…
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NWSA, Advent eModal Launch Online Trucker Appointment Dashboard

NWSA, Advent eModal Launch Online Trucker Appointment Dashboard

In an effort to help supply stakeholders get real-time capacity information at maritime terminals in Seattle and Tacoma, the Northwest Seaport Alliance and technology platform Advent eModal have launched an online Trucker Appointment Capacity Dashboard, the NWSA announced Nov. 4. The dashboard helps to alert trucking firms of available container pickup and drop off appointments at port terminals, giving them more room and control to plan out dual transaction appointments, allowing for quicker turn times and lowering the amount of time a truck is idling at the port and how long cargo dwells on the docks. There are more than…
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Port of San Diego To Discuss 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego Project

Port of San Diego To Discuss 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego Project

The seven-member Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners is set to meet at 1 p.m. today to hear public feedback on 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego project being considered for the redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero, prime San Diego Bay waterfront real estate that encompasses Seaport Village and surrounding spots between the Manchester Grand Hyatt and USS Midway. Port staff are expected to ask the board at the meeting to commence the environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Since being selected by the port in 2016, the 1HWY1 development team has been honing its proposal, which…
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Port of Bellingham Reopens Little Squalicum Beach Park

Port of Bellingham Reopens Little Squalicum Beach Park

After a significant beach improvement project, Little Squalicum Beach Park has been reopened, the Port of Bellingham announced Oct. 27. The work encompassed removing from the shoreline about 7,000 tons of industrial fill, wood waste and concrete and planting more than 400 native plants and trees. The beach park at 2929 Roeder Ave. is part of “a high-priority habitat restoration area” identified by the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot, which brings together 14 federal, state, local and tribal agencies on efforts “to restore habitat, clean-up historic contamination, control pollution sources and revitalize under-utilized waterfront properties.”  One effort involves re-establishing lost habitat…
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Port of Oakland, Lawmakers Meet with Supply Chain Stakeholders

Port of Oakland, Lawmakers Meet with Supply Chain Stakeholders

Congressional lawmakers and federal and state officials talked about port bottleneck challenges at a congressional supply chain stakeholder meeting hosted this week at the Port of Oakland, the port revealed Nov. 2.  The meeting, which took place in Jack London Square, was helmed by Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) and featured Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-Fairfield). “During the pandemic, international trade on the California coast was disrupted in an unprecedented way,” Lee said. “We know how much these delays have harmed California’s critical agricultural industry and those who rely on these producers.…
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August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

August Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Ports, PMSA Data Show

Most of the West Coast seaports tracked by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association showed imports in August decline from the same time a year ago, according to the organization’s latest West Coast Trade Report, which was released Oct. 25. The Port of Los Angeles posted a 16.9% drop from 485,672 TEUs in August 2021 to 403,602 TEUs in August 2022, while the Port of Long Beach showed a 5.6% dip from 407,426 TEUs in August 2021 to 384,530 TEUs in August 2022. The Port of Oakland saw imports dip by 10.2% from 97,850 TEUs in August 2021 to 87,844 TEUs…
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Port of Oakland Head Elected to AAPA Board

Port of Oakland Head Elected to AAPA Board

Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan has been elected by the American Association of Port Authorities’ Board of Governors to the U.S. South Pacific Ports delegate position on the AAPA’s governing board. Wan’s election was made official at the organization’s Annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando on Oct. 17. “I appreciate the confidence the AAPA placed in me, and I’m honored to represent the California, Hawaii and Guam public ports delegation,” said Wan, who is also president of the California Association of Port Authorities. “I’m excited to work with the national port community and leadership to advance important port…
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