West Coast Seaport Cargo Volumes Outpaced by NY/NJ, PMSA Data Show

West Coast Seaport Cargo Volumes Outpaced by NY/NJ, PMSA Data Show

In September, more imported containers went through the Port of New York and New Jersey than any other U.S. port, including the Port of Los Angeles, according to November edition of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s West Coast Trade Report. The report, released Nov. 18, shows that the Port of New York and New Jersey handled 423,424 imported TEUs, far more than the 343,462 TEUs handled by Los Angeles.    With outbound loaded and empty TEUs, the East Coast gateway moved a total of 842,219 TEUs, 18.6% more than the 709,873 TEUs handled in September by the POLA.   “It…
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Vopak Pacific Canada Project Nets Key Environmental Determination

Vopak Pacific Canada Project Nets Key Environmental Determination

Vopak Development Canada Inc., which is looking into building and operating a bulk liquids storage facility on Ridley Island (an area governed by the Prince Rupert Port Authority), reached a major milestone in its federal environmental impact review. The port authority, along with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada “have determined … that the Vopak Pacific Canada Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” the port said in a Nov. 28 statement. The determination was made according to the requirements outlined in Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and Section 82 of…
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Port of Everett to Celebrate New Terminal

Port of Everett to Celebrate New Terminal

On Thursday, Dec. 1, federal, state and local officials plan to celebrate the completion of the new 40-acre Norton Terminal at the Port of Everett with a ribbon-cutting event. The new $40 million terminal is the centerpiece of the port’s more than $100 million “Mills to Maritime” initiative aimed at bolstering cargo flow and jobs in the region. The event also celebrates the completion of the MTCA (Model Toxics Control Act) Third Interim Action Cleanup Project.  “This work transformed the former Kimberly-Clark mill site into a new 40-acre maritime hub to enhance the movement of commerce, restore jobs and keep…
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Coast Guard Rescues Mariners Stranded Near Santa Cruz Island

Coast Guard Rescues Mariners Stranded Near Santa Cruz Island

A pair of stranded mariners were able to make it home for Thanksgiving with help from the U.S. Coast Guard, the agency said Friday, Nov. 25. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles–Long Beach command center were alerted to an activated Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress signal near Santa Cruz at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24. After making radio calls on VHF Channel 16, watchstanders figured out that the signal was coming from sailing vessel LULA, which ran aground in the area. Coast Guard officials deployed a helicopter from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu and a 45-foot response vessel…
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Long Beach Port Offering Free Charging for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks

Long Beach Port Offering Free Charging for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks

Heavy-duty electric truck drivers operating in the Port of Long Beach can now charge their trucks for free, thanks to the opening of two public charging stations at the port. The port announced Nov. 18 that it has collaborated with EV Connect to install the stations at the Clean Truck Program Terminal Access Center at 1265 Harbor Ave.  Heavy-duty electric trucks can use the charging station for up to two hours as long as they have paid their annual truck fees and are authorized to operate within the port. To use the charging stations, driver can either download the EV…
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Alaska Coast Guard Sector Helps Battle Tanker Fire

Alaska Coast Guard Sector Helps Battle Tanker Fire

U.S. Coast Guard members in Alaska, with the help of the Port of Alaska and the Anchorage Fire Department, battled a fire the night of Nov. 18 on the Atlantic Lily, a 600-foot foreign-flagged tank vessel. Crew members used fire hoses to put out the fire, which apparently occurred around 10 p.m. when “thick, black smoke was seen billowing from the exhaust stack,” followed “by a loud boom and flames,” according to the Coast Guard. The vessel was apparently transferring jet fuel at the time, the Guard said. USCG said there were no injuries or pollution reported at the time…
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Container Dwell Fee Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Good news for ocean carriers: officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have again moved the start date to collect on a fee attached to imports lingering at terminals past their allotted time. The ports announced Nov. 18 that the tentative implementation date of the Container Dwell Fee is now Dec. 16, though this could change depending on how much progress is being made on moving older containers out of congested terminals. Since the start of the pandemic, both ports have seen record amounts of cargo on their docks, leaving ships at anchors and clogging up terminals.…
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Prince Rupert Port Authority, Global Ports Holding Seal Cruise Terminal Pact

Prince Rupert Port Authority, Global Ports Holding Seal Cruise Terminal Pact

Global Ports Holding Plc will operate the Northland Cruise Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert for at least a decade and also operate the port’s shore excursion program, cruise scheduling and passenger services in 2023, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced Nov. 14. The port authority and Global Ports have inked a 10-year terminal operating agreement that GPH expects to take over operations in 2023. Officials said the move could bolster the port’s presence as a cruise destination, especially on the Canadian west coast and Alaska. “This 10-year agreement signifies the wealth of opportunity that exists in the Alaskan…
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Port of LA’s October Cargo Numbers Tumble

Port of LA’s October Cargo Numbers Tumble

The Port of Los Angeles saw its October cargo volumes tumble 25% from the same time a year ago, moving 678,429 TEUs last month, according to new data released by the port Nov. 15. The port saw loaded imports for October down 28% to 336,307 TEUs and loaded exports down 8.7% to 89,722 TEUs when compared from October 2021 to October 2022, according to the new data. Empty containers last month also dropped 25% to 252,401 TEUs year over year. So far this year, the port has moved more than 8.54 million TEUs, down 6% from the first 10 months…
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Coast Guard Seeks Public Input on Proposed Seattle Base Expansion

Coast Guard Seeks Public Input on Proposed Seattle Base Expansion

On Friday, Nov. 18, the U.S. Coast Guard has a public meeting scheduled to discuss the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Coast Guard Base Seattle expansion. The meeting is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jackson Federal Building’s South Auditorium in Seattle, the agency announced. The goal of the draft statement is to look into possible “environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and identifies related mitigation measures, associated with land acquisition, facility and infrastructure modernization, and continued operation to support current and future Coast Guard missions at Base Seattle,” according to the Guard. The public can view…
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