Facial Biometrics Introduced at Port of San Diego by U.S. Customs, Princess Cruise Line

Facial Biometrics Introduced at Port of San Diego by U.S. Customs, Princess Cruise Line

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Princess Cruises, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of San Diego, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to revolutionize cruise travel. “As cruise travel resumes around our nation’s ports, it is increasingly important to implement this technology and safely restart cruising, a vital sector of the US travel economy,” Jennifer De La O, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego, said. “With the biometric facial comparison process, travelers have the benefit of secure, touchless and streamlined entry procedures into the United States.”…
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Ocean and Coastal Towing News: 2022 In Review

Ocean and Coastal Towing News: 2022 In Review

Maritime shipping volumes stalled at some West Coast ports in 2022, but even still, there remained a large need for ocean and coastal towing services to guide commercial vessels of all sizes to shore. In fact, according to an analysis released in March by the global firm Technavio Research, the tugboats services market is expected to grow by $2.42 billion between now and 2026, with 33% of that growth originating in North America. The report, titled “Tugboats Services Market by Application and Geography—Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026,” states that the market will witness a year-over-year growth of 14.24% in 2022 and…
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WCT Barges Pilings from  Astoria for I-205 Bridge Work

WCT Barges Pilings from Astoria for I-205 Bridge Work

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-205 Improvements Project involves some challenging engineering on the Abernethy Bridge, across the Willamette River south of Portland. This stretch of I-205 carries more than 100,000 vehicles daily and needs a major upgrade to become a “seismically resilient lifeline” in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, according to the Oregon DOT. Many local contractors are delivering large amounts of material and equipment by road to designated drop-off zones, but WCT Marine, at the Hyak Tongue Point shipyard in Astoria, is using the river itself to ship dozens of steel pilings to support temporary…
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PacMar Retro: The United Fruit Company Steamer Talamanca

PacMar Retro: The United Fruit Company Steamer Talamanca

Called “the most attractive ship to ever visit the port,” the United Fruit Company’s Talamanca made her maiden arrival at the Port of Los Angeles on Jan. 13, 1932.  The ship docked at Berth 188 in Wilmington with 100 passengers and 45,000 stems of ‘Grade 9’ bananas, 19,000 of which were discharged at the company’s facility.  In the years prior to World War II, the port served as the West Coast’s primary unloading spot for bananas shipped from Central America and the Caribbean. In 1937, off-loading at the port using slings and pallets was replaced by specially designed conveyor equipment…
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The Next Challenge

The Next Challenge

The last three years have been difficult. The pandemic crashed cargo volumes, then cargo volumes surged.  It scrambled supply chains and tested the ability of the logistics industry to keep our economy moving. All of that happened with the pandemic sickening our communities and decimating our labor force. Through all of that, the supply chain was largely successful. Strangely, while the next few years are likely to be less difficult, I expect that as an industry we are also less likely to be successful. In times of crisis, it is almost easy to focus on what is necessary to keep…
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Newsmakers

Newsmakers

Peter Levesque Named President of CMA CGM America, APL In late November, the CMA CGM Group, a global sea, land, air and logistics solutions company led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Saadé, announced that Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM America and American President Lines (APL), would retire on Dec. 6. Peter Levesque, an international global supply chain executive with more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, assumed the presidency of both CMA CGM America and APL upon his departure. Levesque is an accomplished international shipping executive who until 2021 was president of Ports America Group. Prior…
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Cyberspace Impacts and Ships and Seaports—U.S. Coast Guard Response

Cyberspace Impacts and Ships and Seaports—U.S. Coast Guard Response

Maritime cyber security risks are increasing for both ships and seaports. These risks and their consequences negatively impact national economies, shipping companies and seaports. There is increased attention on this by national governments, national coast guards and agencies abroad such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO). We also need a sense of how the U.S. Coast Guard is reacting to these threats. About a year ago, the Coast Guard published its Cyber Strategic Outlook to raise awareness and reemphasize the agency’s role in cyber security. Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, observed in his introduction to…
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Maersk, Carbon Sink Sign Partnership to Accelerate Green Marine Fuels Production

Maersk, Carbon Sink Sign Partnership to Accelerate Green Marine Fuels Production

As part of a strategy to decarbonize its customers’ supply chains, Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk has entered a green marine fuels partnership with Annapolis, Md.-based project developer Carbon Sink. The parties have signed a letter of intent covering the development by Carbon Sink of green methanol production facilities in the U.S. The first facility is to be co-located with the Red River Energy existing bioethanol plant in Rosholt, South Dakota, with a production capacity of about 100,000 tons per year.  The commercial start is anticipated in 2027. Maersk has said that it intends to purchase the full volume produced…
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Seaspan Shipyards Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Science Research Ship

Seaspan Shipyards Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Science Research Ship

Seaspan Shipyards, Canada’s long-term, shipbuilding partner for large non-combat vessels under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, and the Canadian Coast Guard on Nov. 25 reached an important milestone in the construction of the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV). The OOSV is expected to be delivered in 2025 and would be able to respond to the Government of Canada’s oceanographic scientific research requirements for the next 30 years. Over the next three years, more than 700 Seaspan employees and hundreds more in the company’s cross-Canada supply chain are expected to work on the 88-meter-long (288.7-foot) vessel. The Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV)…
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Seapeak Orders 5 LNG Carrier Newbuilds

Seapeak Orders 5 LNG Carrier Newbuilds

Bermuda-based LNG gas carrier owner and operator Seapeak LLC has entered into shipbuilding contracts for the construction of five, 174,000-cubic meter M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Admission (MEGA) propulsion LNG carrier newbuilds, the company confirmed in late November. The LNG carriers are to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for a total fully built-up cost of about $1.1 billion. They’re scheduled for delivery in 2027. “Upon their deliveries, the five LNG carriers will each operate under a fixed-rate time-charter contract with an international energy major for a firm period of 10 years, each of which can be extended at…
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