BNSF Building Rail Complex to Help Alleviate SoCal Port Congestion

BNSF Building Rail Complex to Help Alleviate SoCal Port Congestion

BNSF Railway on Oct. 1 announced plans to invest more than $1.5 billion to construct a state-of-the-art master-planned rail facility in Southern California to help relieve congestion at the San Pedro Bay Port Complex.  The project is, according to BNSF, the first of its kind to be developed by a Class 1 railroad and would create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, as well as reduce port and freeway congestion around the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports.  “The significance of BNSF’s investment to improve the supply chain here in California cannot be overstated,” Trelynd Bradley, the Deputy Director of Sustainable…
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Panama Canal Expecting a Record Setting 2022-2023 Cruise Season

On Oct. 4, the Panama Canal announced the transit of Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit, marking the start of the waterway’s 2022-2023 cruise season, during which the Canal is expected to facilitate more than 200 cruise ship transits over the next few months. Forty-four of the transits are expected to involve Neopanamax passenger vessels, which is 17 more than it anticipated in the 2019-2020 season that was cut short by the pandemic, and includes two transits by the Norwegian Encore, the sister ship of the Norwegian Bliss, the largest cruise ship to traverse the waterway. “We anticipate a record number…
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Port of Vancouver Mid-Year Cargo Stats Show 11% Decline

Port of Vancouver Mid-Year Cargo Stats Show 11% Decline

Mid-year statistics that were released by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on Sept. 22 show that overall cargo volumes at the Port of Vancouver have declined 11% to 68.3 million metric tons.  That’s compared to 76.4 million metric tons over the same period last year. The drop, according to the port authority, reflects the impacts of a poor Canadian grain harvest, congestion caused by 2021 flooding in British Columbia and global and national supply-chain challenges. “As global ports continue to face an array of supply-chain challenges, Vancouver’s port community has met the complex and layered challenges of early 2022 with…
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New TT Club CFO Takes Over

New TT Club CFO Takes Over

EeLain Ong has taken over as chief financial officer for international freight transport and logistics insurer TT Club, the London-based firm confirmed in August. Ong’s appointment was announced in April. She then shadowed outgoing CFO Julian Chowdhury for the months prior to his retirement. As CFO of the specialist mutual insurer, Ong’s challenges, according to the company, will include achieving business plan profit targets via operational efficiencies focused on simplifying and automating processes along the insurance value chain.  “TT is fortunate to have in EeLain someone of vast and varied experience so suited to the Club’s structure and nature of…
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Seattle Propeller Club Chapter Named Port of the Year

Seattle Propeller Club Chapter Named Port of the Year

The Port of Seattle Chapter of the International Propeller Club has been named the 2022 Port of the Year by the International Propeller Club, which encompasses 83 clubs around the world, including 58 U.S. ports and 25 international ports. The Seattle Propeller Club promotes maritime commerce in the Puget Sound region. “The Seattle Propeller Club was recognized for a variety of accomplishments, but particularly our resiliency and creativity throughout the pandemic to remain active, as well as our recent, strong growth in membership,” Club President Tosca Pinder said. “We were also recognized for our community outreach and support of local…
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Asia-Pacific Countries Prepare to Tackle Marine Plastic Litter

Asia-Pacific Countries Prepare to Tackle Marine Plastic Litter

The International Maritime Organization announced Sept. 20 that the first regional task force meeting for Asia-Pacific countries in a major international project to help reduce marine plastic litter from maritime transport and the fishing sector has been held in Busan, South Korea.  The meeting brought together 20 participants from 10 countries, according to the IMO. The countries discussed potential joint regional activities where lead partner and partnering countries would establish bilateral and multilateral twinning activities based on the problems and commonalities identified to address the global issue of sea-based marine plastic litter.  The Regional Task Force meeting was sponsored by the…
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Performance Team Deploys 1st Deliveries of Electric Drayage Trucks in Southern California

Performance Team Deploys 1st Deliveries of Electric Drayage Trucks in Southern California

Los Angeles-area logistics company Performance Team has deployed its first Class 8 battery-electric trucks from Volvo Trucks North America in Southern California in response to customer demand for sustainable short-haul warehouse and distribution center operations, the company announced Oct. 6. The Volvo electric trucks are designed to handle local and regional distribution with a range of up to 275 miles on a single charge, Performance Team said, adding that it expects to deploy 126 Volvo Electric trucks in North America by the third quarter of next year. “Customers are looking for more tangible, sustainable options in their supply chain to…
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Maersk Orders 6 Additional Methanol-Powered Large Container Ships

Maersk Orders 6 Additional Methanol-Powered Large Container Ships

A.P. Moller-Maersk announced Oct. 5 that it has ordered a six additional large ocean-going vessels that can sail on green methanol. The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with a nominal capacity of about 17,000 twenty foot equivalent containers. They are set to replace existing capacity in Maersk’s fleet. All six vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2025 and would come with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol. They would eliminate about 800,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, according to Maersk. “Our customers are looking to us to decarbonize their supply chains, and these…
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