From the Editor: New Year’s Resolution

From the Editor: New Year’s Resolution

As we get into the swing of 2022, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. I truly hope that this turns out to be a great year for all sectors of the maritime goods movement industry, including shippers, BCOs, 3PLs, longshore workers, boat builders, tug operators, drayage firms, etc. 2021 was actually booming for some sectors in the industry, in particular a number of ports and terminal operators, which experienced record cargo movement. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the past couple of years have been tough on other sectors during COVID, which has shaken up the entire…
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Long Beach Port Partnering on Tracking Tool, Other Measures, to Improve Flow of Cargo

Long Beach Port Partnering on Tracking Tool, Other Measures, to Improve Flow of Cargo

The Port of Long Beach has revealed that it’s partnering with a U.S. technology firm to create a cargo data tool dubbed the “Supply Chain Information Highway,” with a soft launch planned for February. The platform, which is being developed by St. Louis-based UNCOMN, is designed to help shippers, ocean carriers, trucking companies and others in the supply chain securely connect to track cargo across all modes of transportation. “Shippers have two basic questions: Where’s my cargo? How do I get more visibility?” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “We’re developing a system of systems that complements…
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Port of LA Headed Toward Record Cargo Year, Data Show

Port of LA Headed Toward Record Cargo Year, Data Show

As of late December, the Port of Los Angeles was on track to establish a new record for cargo throughput in 2021, processing more volume than any port in the Western Hemisphere, port data show. This was despite a dip in overall cargo numbers for November year-over-year. Eleven months into 2021, the port had processed 9,891,021 TEUs, 18.7% more than the same time last year. With two weeks left in 2021, the port was anticipating its final volume being about 10.7 million TEUs for the year, about 13% more than its previous record, which was set in 2018. The Port…
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Tours Port of Long Beach

U.S. Transportation Secretary Tours Port of Long Beach

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 11 toured the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, meeting with local officials while seeing firsthand efforts to deliver goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour came as America’s maritime ports are set to receive an infusion of infrastructure funding, with $17 billion allocated for ports and waterways in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. “Thanks to the heroic efforts of supply chain workers and the creativity coming out of our partnerships, we’re making good progress, as shown by the numbers on cargo movement, goods on shelves, and deliveries on time,” Buttigieg said.…
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TTSI Takes Delivery of Zero Emission Battery-Electric Drayage Truck

TTSI Takes Delivery of Zero Emission Battery-Electric Drayage Truck

Total Transportation Services Inc. in late December took delivery of a zero emission battery-electric truck, manufactured by Nikola Corporation, which makes heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). The Nikola Tre BEV is designed for local deliveries up to 350 miles. TTSI, a Southern California-based port trucking company, said it plans to use the truck to expedite zero-emission transportation solutions at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports. “Nikola committed to make its first Tre BEV deliveries in Q4 2021 and it is a big honor to celebrate this milestone with our partner, TTSI, and dignitaries…
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BAE Systems Wins USN Ship Modernization Contract

BAE Systems Wins USN Ship Modernization Contract

BAE Systems has received a $1.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernization of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). The value of the contract, which was competitively awarded, could reach $101.2 million if all options are exercised, according to BAE. BAE Systems, a provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers, operates three full-service shipyards in California, Florida and Virginia. Under the docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract, BAE will dry-dock the ship, perform underwater hull preservation work, support the…
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Port of Oakland to Receive $5 Million in MARAD Clean Energy Grants

Port of Oakland to Receive $5 Million in MARAD Clean Energy Grants

Port of Oakland clean energy efforts are getting a $5.2 million boost from the federal government. The port said in late December that it has been chosen to receive grant funds from the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for electrical-power upgrades. The grant supports the port’s vision of eliminating emissions from maritime operations. “We’ve got an ambitious clean air goal,” port Executive Director Danny Wan said. “This grant from the Maritime Administration is an important moment in helping us take another step toward our goal of zero emissions from maritime operations.” The port said the funds could be used for three purposes: Construction of a fuel-cell site and a solar-panel installation with battery storage, Replacement of an electrical substation, and Connecting the substation to…
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Port of Alaska Wins Lawsuit Against MARAD

Port of Alaska Wins Lawsuit Against MARAD

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in December ruled in favor of Anchorage in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) concerning the Port of Alaska, which the city operates. In a legal matter that had been pending before the court for seven years, the federal claims court found that MARAD breached its contract with Anchorage by failing to provide design, construction and project management services free of defects for the port’s intermodal expansion project. The project was in the works for more than a decade and originally expected to be completed by 2011. It first…
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POLA Executive Director Seroka Receives Industry Award

POLA Executive Director Seroka Receives Industry Award

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka received the Containerization & Intermodal Institute’s (CII) top honor — the Connie Award — during a December ceremony in Elizabeth, N.J. The award honors outstanding leadership and achievements, as well as advancing the industry and its priorities. “Gene is a world-renowned supply-chain expert and a seasoned industry leader,” Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee said as she introduced Seroka at a CII conference that drew leaders from across the maritime and logistics industry. “Everyone at the Port of Los Angeles is so grateful to work with you,” Lee told Seroka. “The…
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Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam  Resumes Port of San Diego Service

Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam Resumes Port of San Diego Service

On Dec. 23, Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam cruise vessel returned to service from the Port of San Diego, becoming the second Holland America ship to resume service in the city since the industry-wide pause due to COVID-19. Zuiderdam joins Koningsdam, which resumed San Diego service on Oct. 10. Holland America Line now has six ships cruising again in the Caribbean, Mexico and along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. “San Diego is an important homeport for us, and we are excited to have two ships back in full-time operation here,” Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha said. “We are proud…
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