24/7 Operations

As you probably know by now, President Joe Biden announced in mid-October that the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to deal with a backlog of cargo that needs to be moved off the docks, and to help reduce a queue of dozens of containerships sitting anchored in San Pedro Bay. And while the announcement was certainly a welcome one for those in the maritime goods movement industry, don’t expect the backlog to be cleared overnight. Or within a week. Or maybe not even by the end of the…
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IANA EXPO:  Inside Marine Terminals

IANA EXPO: Inside Marine Terminals

Freight needs to move,and something needs tobe done about it. That was the overarching sentiment expressed by executives of some of the country’s busiest marine terminals who gathered recently to discuss cargo congestion, chassis, on-dock rail, truck appointment systems and upcoming labor contracts at the annual Intermodal association of North America (IANA) Intermodal EXPO in Long Beach, California. The “Inside Marine Terminals” panel Sept. 14 included Sal Ferrigno, vice president of SSA Terminals; Jon Poelma, managing director of APM Terminals; Brian Kobza, director of sales and marketing at GCT USA; and the panel’s moderator Rob Cannizzaro, vice president of operations…
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IANA EXPO: Port of Long Beach Dialogue Session

IANA EXPO: Port of Long Beach Dialogue Session

Noel Hacegaba knows exactly how busy the Port of Long Beach is.  In a Sept. 14 conversation with attendees at the annual Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, the port’s deputy executive director of administration and operations reported at least 56 container vessels at anchorage that day, 13 months of record cargo volumes coming to its docks, and longer wait times for goods sitting at terminals before leaving by truck or by rail. “We are in the midst of a record surge,” he said, adding that the port posted a 30% increase in cargo between…
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Builders on West Coast, Elsewhere, Answer Demand for Mid-Sized Yachts

Builders on West Coast, Elsewhere, Answer Demand for Mid-Sized Yachts

The pace of America’s yachtbuilding industry remains steady due in part to surging demand during the pandemic. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), retail sales of new powerboats in the U.S. increased nearly 13% in 2020 over the previous year, and sales throughout 2021 have shown no signs of waning. U.S. yacht builders have struggled with the rising costs of raw materials and skilled labor during economic downturns, and several closed for good. Some remaining builders pivoted to refit and repair work, while others are focusing on smaller builds. Yacht builders also are responding to new market interest…
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Climate Change and Ports

Climate Change and Ports

West Coast port leaders are becoming more and more concerned about the immediacy of climate change. As global temperatures increase, sea level rise, fire, drought, flooding, extreme weather events and heatwaves follow. All of these factors have both subtle and severe long-term effects on systems of all kinds, both human and environmental. The problem is urgent, but it is solvable—if smart actions are taken now. There are a range of potential solutions, including new policies, new and improved technologies, and redesigned market and financial instruments. While each port, each community, and each company will choose their own path, a comprehensive…
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Navigation Technology Takes Major Strides Forward

Navigation Technology Takes Major Strides Forward

The earliest mariners charted their courses in the open sea by examining the location of the sun and stars, the direction of currents, and even by following the movements of seabirds. Over time, our ability to find our way around the ocean has developed to the point that today we can track the position of ships with satellites, identify hazards with camera technology and quickly share location data with other ships and the land. Today, navigation is taking more steps forward. Maritime technology companies, including Alphatron Marine, Raymarine and ABB are working on technologies that further change the way mariners…
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TRLMI, Orange Coast College Form Training Partnership

TRLMI, Orange Coast College Form Training Partnership

Orange Coast College’s full mission bridge simulator. Image via Orange Coast College. Training Resources Maritime Institute (TRLMI) of San Diego and Orange Coast College’s Waterfront Campus announced in mid-October that they’ll collaborate to offer professional mariner training at the new OCC Professional Mariner Training Center in Newport Beach, Calif. TRLMI will provide curriculum and certified instructors to teach a range of courses—including U.S. Coast Guard certified ones—at the new OCC Mariner Training Center starting in January 2022. OCC’s Waterfront Campus is home to state-of-the art maritime training and a waterfront facility with boats ranging from 9 to 92 feet. Waterfront…
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Majestic Princess Has 1st Port of LA Call

Majestic Princess Has 1st Port of LA Call

Princess Cruises celebrated the arrival and return to service of its cruise vessel Majestic Princess at the Port of Los Angeles in October. The vessel just completed a partial summer season in Alaska and is scheduled to depart from the Port of LA on 14 roundtrip departures through the end of the year. Cruise itineraries include the Mexican Riviera, California Coast and West Coast Getaways, ranging from three to 10 days in length. Princess Cruises, Los Angeles’ hometown cruise line and leader on the West Coast, sails more frequently than any other cruise line in the region, contributing $594 million…
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Long Beach Port Launches Traffic Text Alert Tool

Long Beach Port Launches Traffic Text Alert Tool

Drayage truckers can now receive information, alerts and updates about adverse traffic conditions within the Port of Long Beach through a new opt-in texting notification system. The port’s new “Truck Alert” program delivers text messages with a specific focus on serving truck drivers delivering cargo to and from Long Beach, America’s second-busiest container seaport. Without using spaces or hyphenation, users can text the keyword TruckAlert (not case-sensitive) to 79516 to subscribe for notifications about road closures, crashes and other conditions at the Port, along with a suggested detour. To be removed, subscribers can text STOP to 79516. “Truck Alert is…
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Washington Marine Cleaning Opens Wastewater Pretreatment Facility

Washington Marine Cleaning Opens Wastewater Pretreatment Facility

After years of work and the acquisition of specialized equipment and experience, Washington Marine Cleaning has commenced operation of a new industrial wastewater pretreatment facility and associated laboratory at the company’s Everett, Wash. location. The pretreatment facility’s opening has brought a new outlet in the Pacific Northwest for nonhazardous, oily and industrial waste streams emanating from ship bilges and tanks, as well as other maritime sources. Washington Marine Cleaning received an industrial waste discharge permit by the City of Everett in October, 2020, enabling the company to provide centralized waste treatment services to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since then…
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