Port of Benton Ends Rail Network Operator Lease

Port of Benton Ends Rail Network Operator Lease

The Port of Benton has ended its lease with Tri-City Railroad Co. for operation of the port’s 16-mile Southern Connection rail line between Center Parkway in Kennewick and Horn Rapids Road in north Richland, port officials confirmed June 29. The Washington seaport said that it terminated the lease after Benton County Superior Court ruled in May that the rail company was in default for not properly maintaining the rail system. Part of the final settlement agreement that took effect June 17 involves the port assessing existing tenants at 2579 Stevens Drive and starting new lease negotiations in anticipation of becoming…
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LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Extended

LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Extended

The Harbor Commissions that govern the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports on July 15 said that they would extend the temporary Container Dwell Fee Program to Oct. 26, roughly one year after the ports announced the fee as a way to combat the growing stacks of cargo clogging their seaports. The fee calls for ocean carriers to be charged $100 for every import that stays on the docks nine or more days, rising in increments of $100 per import per day until the container is gone. However, the ports have yet to collect on it. Since announcing the program…
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Port of Los Angeles Reports Its Best-Ever June for Cargo

Port of Los Angeles Reports Its Best-Ever June for Cargo

The Port of Los Angeles posted its best June to date last month, processing 876,611 TEUs and narrowly surpassing the previous record month of June 2021, according to data released by the port on Wednesday, July 13. This comes as imports last month fell 5% from June 2021 with 444,680 TEUs. Still, the amount is 12% more than the five previous years averaged, according to POLA figures. Meanwhile, loaded exports in June also dipped 2.3% from the same time last year with 93,890 TEUs at the POLA, where exports have decreased in 39 of the last 44 months. Empty containers…
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Port of Everett, City Council Adopt Vision, Guiding Principles for Waterfront

Port of Everett, City Council Adopt Vision, Guiding Principles for Waterfront

A vision and guiding principles for redeveloping the Mukilteo waterfront has been formally adopted by the Port of Everett Commission and the Mukilteo City Council, it was announced Tuesday, July 12. According to the vision statement, the Mukilteo waterfront is to be an easy and welcoming place to gather throughout the year with a mix of activities that “promotes culture, recreation and entertainment.” The commission and council, according to the statement, will be guided by a series of principles that ensure the space is authentically Mukilteo, as well as making it pedestrian friendly, sustainably mindful and boating and shoreline accessible.…
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POLB Begins Dismantling Gerald Desmond Bridge

POLB Begins Dismantling Gerald Desmond Bridge

After more than five decades serving as a vital artery for the nation’s cargo movement, the Gerald Desmond Bridge has officially started coming down. Crews on Saturday took down the 410-foot center part of the bridge and placed it onto a giant barge in one whole piece. “This moment has been 20 years in the making, from the time we started planning to replace the Gerald Desmond with a taller, wider and safer bridge,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. The Gerald Desmond Bridge, which first opened to traffic in 1968, was named after the late Long Beach city attorney…
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Port of Oakland Adopts $480 Million FY 2023 Budget

Port of Oakland Adopts $480 Million FY 2023 Budget

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved a 2023 fiscal year budget of $480 million at its June 23 meeting. The Port of Oakland said it anticipates a $35 million revenue increase in FY 2023, and that cargo volume at the seaport is expected to increase 2%. “Our economy has overcome the initial pandemic shock and our employees have done an excellent job containing expenses,” Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan said. “However rising inflation and a threatened recession mean we have to remain vigilant.” “Port operations are supported by a strong and diverse local economy,” the port said…
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L.A.-Long Beach Container Dwell Fee Start Date Again Moved

L.A.-Long Beach Container Dwell Fee Start Date Again Moved

Leaders at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Friday, July 8 postponed implementing their “Container Dwell Fee” policy on ocean carriers by one week to July 15. The policy, which is expected to remain in effect until at least July 28, was created in conjunction with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and those in the supply chain industry to curb the number of aging cargo containers stacking up at terminals. In May, the average dwell time for a container in both ports was four days, longer than the 3.7 day-average from…
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Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Dips Slightly

Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Dips Slightly

Last month, the number of imports that moved through the Port of Oakland rose 6.7% from the same time a year ago, even as the amount of overall cargo dipped by less than 1% year over year, according to data released by the port Tuesday, July 5. Oakland reported a 0.5 percent increase in May exports year-over-year. The Northern California seaport handled 98,789 TEUs in imports, a win for port officials who pointed to ongoing congestion in the global supply chain. Bottlenecks at some ports and COVID-19 lockdowns at other ports have led to delayed arrivals of cargo to Oakland.…
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California Ports, Stakeholders Laud Goods Movement Funding in State Budget

California Ports, Stakeholders Laud Goods Movement Funding in State Budget

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 30 signed the state’s 2023 budget, which includes $2.3 billion in funding for projects that seek to improve the supply chain. It includes $1.2 billion over two years for expanding rail yard expansions, building new bridges and upgrading to zero-emissions equipment; $110 million over three years for a workforce training facility in San Pedro Bay and $159.7 million to buy zero-emission trucks and put in charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure “We thank the governor and state Legislature for their foresight and responsiveness in including supply chain needs in the budget,” Port of Long Beach…
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NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

The Northwest Seaport Alliance scored Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain Partner honor for the sixth year in a row. The NWSA, which consists of the marine cargo operations at ports of Seattle and Tacoma, was among the 75 organizations across the supply chain industry chosen by the longtime trade publication to spotlight their sustainability efforts. NWSA, one of only two U.S. port agencies chosen in 2022, said it was being acknowledged for enacting “best practices that ‘leave a positive footprint on the world.’” This recognition highlights NWSA’s commitment to protecting the environment through proactive and collaborative partnerships with supply chain…
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