USCG, Other Agencies Help Communities Affected By Alaska Storm

USCG, Other Agencies Help Communities Affected By Alaska Storm

U.S. Coast Guard members teamed up with state and regional agencies to help communities impacted in the aftermath of a historic storm that recently ravaged Alaska’s western coast. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage was sent to communities to survey port conditions and examine fuel storage facilities. In the coming days, more personnel are expected to visit the area to quickly recover local marine transportation systems, which would allow barges to access communities and offer fuel and supplies, the USCG said. Crew members of Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules also performed an aerial assessment of the affected area. “Our top priorities are…
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USCG Seeks Input on Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study

USCG Seeks Input on Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking mariners and other stakeholders to weigh in on a draft Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study, the “first comprehensive evaluation of vessel traffic patterns that use Pacific coastal waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington,” the agency said. Oct. 25 is the deadline for submitting input on the study, which seeks to review the use of historic and future waterways to see if there is navigational risk and make recommendations that would uphold safety navigation. This involves reviewing a decade’s worth of vessel tracking data, as well as various data such as…
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Port of Los Angeles to Offer Incentives for Zero-Emission Trucks

Port of Los Angeles to Offer Incentives for Zero-Emission Trucks

Those looking to operate zero-emission trucks in San Pedro Bay may be eligible for Port of Los Angeles voucher incentives generated from the Clean Truck Fund, the port announced Sept. 13. In the first of a series of incentives from the port, the $5 million fund would use the state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project application process to offer $150,000 to buy zero-emission trucks that serve the port complex. Requests under the $5 million will follow HVIP requirements. For eligible trucks and dealers, visit californiahvip.org. “Our port does more than drive America’s economy forward – it…
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Port of Long Beach August Cargo Numbers Short of Record Month

Port of Long Beach August Cargo Numbers Short of Record Month

As consumer spending slows, the Port of Long Beach saw its cargo numbers dip slightly last month from the same time a year ago, narrowly missing a record month, according to new data released by the port Sept. 16. The seaport handled 806,940 TEUs in August, dipping 0.1% from August 2021, the port’s busiest August on record. Imports fell 5.6% to 384,530 TEUs, while exports inched up 1.6% to 121,408 TEUs last month compared to the same time in 2021. Meanwhile, empties rose 7.2% to 301,001 TEUs year over year. “We’re making great strides in reducing the number of ships…
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Port of Tacoma OKs New Workforce Development Strategic Plan

Port of Tacoma OKs New Workforce Development Strategic Plan

The Port of Tacoma is looking to bolster its workforce development investments in Pierce County and in particular, good maritime and trade sector jobs that don’t require four-year college degrees. Commissioners on Aug. 19 approved a new Workforce Development Strategic Plan, which would include an effort to support the Youth Marine Foundation, working with local groups on internship and paid work experience opportunities for youths with trades employers, a port summer internship program and nurture the Tacoma Public Schools Tideflats Certification Programs. “The port’s workforce development strategies were developed to create more pathways for local youth and young adults to…
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Port of San Diego Nets $2.7 Million for Upgrades for All-Electric Mobile Harbor Cranes

Port of San Diego Nets $2.7 Million for Upgrades for All-Electric Mobile Harbor Cranes

One of North America’s first all-electric cranes may begin operating at the Port of San Diego next year, thanks to a $2.7 million grant from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. The port plans to use the grant to pay for electrical upgrades that will run a pair of new all-electric mobile harbor cranes at the port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in Summer 2023. The new equipment is expected to lower air pollution and raise public health in port-adjacent communities. “Our new electric cranes will be a game changer for our communities as well as the environment and…
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PNW Waterways Association Hires New Government Relations Manager

PNW Waterways Association Hires New Government Relations Manager

Anthony Peña has been chosen as the new government relations manager for the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the organization announced earlier this month. Peña, who started with PNWA on Sept. 6, previously was the Southwest Washington representative and outreach director for Sen. Patty Murray for more than two years, as well as worked for Washington State Senator Annette Cleveland and as a labor and political organizer for Working America AFL-CIO for three years. Peña “brings significant federal and regional experience, as well as a strong understanding of many issues and projects in PNWA’s portfolio,” the organization said in a statement.…
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August Cargo Volumes Dip at Port of LA

August Cargo Volumes Dip at Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles saw cargo volumes for August drop 15% year over year, moving about 806,000 TEUs last month, according to initial data released by the port Thursday. This comes after the nation’s busiest seaport experienced record-shattering cargo numbers in 2021 and the first part of this year. At a media briefing, port Executive Director Gene Seroka said that some fall and winter season goods that usually come in August have been arriving sooner to ensure that goods reach their destination in time. “Additionally, inflationary concerns and elevated inventory levels have made some retailers and e-commerce sellers more…
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Ports America Appoints New CEO

Ports America Appoints New CEO

Marine terminal operator Ports America on Aug. 26 announced the appointment of Matthew Leech as president and chief executive officer, effective in November. He will succeed Mark Montgomery, who is retiring, but plans to continue with the company in an advisory role. Leech is a seasoned ports and terminal executive with more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. Previously, he was CEO and managing director for the Americas with logistics company DP World. Prior to DP World’s acquisition of CSX World Terminals in 2005, Leech oversaw key expansion initiatives for CSX in his role as vice president,…
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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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