Pasha Hawaii Delivers 1st LNG-Fueled ‘Ohana-Class’ Container Vessel

Pasha Hawaii Delivers 1st LNG-Fueled ‘Ohana-Class’ Container Vessel

Pasha Group subsidiary Pasha Hawaii, together with Texas-based manufacturer Keppel AmFELS, on July 28 announced delivery of the m/v George III, which Pasha has said is the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessel to fuel on the West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii. The 774-foot LNG-fueled containership is the first of two new “’Ohana Class” vessels to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii-Mainland trade lane, according to the company. “Operating fully on natural gas from day one, the new Jones Act vessel surpasses the International Maritime Organization 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, representing the most…
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Port of Oakland Sues After Marine Terminal Operations  Disrupted by Trucker Protests

Port of Oakland Sues After Marine Terminal Operations Disrupted by Trucker Protests

Following marine terminal operations at the Port of Oakland being heavily disrupted for nearly a week in July by truckers who were protesting the state’s “gig worker” law, the port is suing to prevent it from happening again. On July 25, the port filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against four independent contractor truckers who helped organize and participated in the days of protests by drayage truckers. The lawsuit aims to prevent more protests like the ones that occurred for nearly a week. During the protests, which began July 18 and ended July 23, the port’s shipping terminals were…
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Port of Seattle Sues Boeing Over Superfund Cleanup Costs

Port of Seattle Sues Boeing Over Superfund Cleanup Costs

The Port of Seattle filed a civil lawsuit against Boeing Co. on July 19 saying that it wants Boeing to reimburse the port for millions of dollars in superfund cleanup expenses in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. The Seattle seaport is asking Boeing for reimbursements spanning 22 years and is also urging the court to establish “a fair share for Boeing to pay for future cleanup costs.” The port said that for decades the company “pumped polychlorinated biphenyl from numerous transformer vaults (holding leaking transformers) at its Plant 2 facility directly to the Lower Duwamish Waterway.” The port also contends that…
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Simplified Panama Canal Toll Structure Approved

Simplified Panama Canal Toll Structure Approved

The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama said on July 13 that it has approved a new Panama Canal tolls structure recommended by the canal’s Board of Directors, following a formal consultation and public hearing process. With this approval, the Panama Canal will assume a simplified, value-based pricing structure, reducing the number of tariffs from 430 to less than 60. “The proposal aims to strengthen the tolls structure in a way that is consistent with the value provided by the Canal transit service while providing greater visibility and predictability to customers,” Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vásquez Morales explained. The…
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WETA Awarded Nearly $15 Million to Develop Electric Ferry Network

WETA Awarded Nearly $15 Million to Develop Electric Ferry Network

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) has won a $14.9 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to develop a high-frequency network to serve some of San Francisco’s fastest growing neighborhoods with battery-electric ferries. The grant, announced July 15, is to fund the construction of ferries and shoreside charging infrastructure to support the San Francisco Clean Ferry Network, which will use zero-emission ferries to connect waterfront San Francisco neighborhoods including Downtown, Treasure Island and Mission Bay, WETA said. This grant, through CalSTA’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, is the latest in a series…
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Project Would Convert Plastic Ocean Waste to Bricks

Project Would Convert Plastic Ocean Waste to Bricks

An engineer with a background in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is working to recycle plastic garbage retrieved from oceans into construction industry materials, including plastic bricks. Patrick Simpson, president and chief executive officer of PKS Consulting, grew up in a fishing family in Cordova, Alaska. He worked his way up from crew to being a vessel captain, then studied engineering in college. He embarked on various commercial fisheries-related research projects, one being getting plastics out of oceans and recycling them into useable products. His latest grant, funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will…
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NW Seaport Alliance Expands Domestic Intermodal Capacity  with New Rail Lease

NW Seaport Alliance Expands Domestic Intermodal Capacity with New Rail Lease

At a July 6 meeting, Northwest Seaport Alliance commissioners voted to approve a 16-acre lease to BNSF Railway Co. that would allow BNSF to develop and operate a domestic intermodal facility at Lot M in the Tacoma Harbor. The new BNSF facility would increase cargo volumes moving to and from the Seaport Alliance and inland U.S. markets via rail. The adoption of the lease positions the NWSA as a port directly served by two mainline railroads in the domestic movement of containers. The Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Seattle and Tacoma seaports. “Growing the NWSA’s…
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Assoc. of Pacific Ports Elects New President

Assoc. of Pacific Ports Elects New President

The Association of Pacific Ports announced Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Bobby Olvera Jr. as APP’s new president on Aug. 5. Olvera assumes the role following the tenure of Kimberlyn King-Hinds from the Commonwealth Ports Authority, Northern Mariana Islands. “I look forward to working with APP members in the coming year,” he said in a statement, adding that “collaboration and communication between us all are essential as we work to further the best interests of our communities and constituents.” As International Vice President (Mainland) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Olvera serves as the Vice President of the Long Beach…
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USCG Expanding Its Astoria, Oregon Facilities to Accommodate Fast Response Cutters

USCG Expanding Its Astoria, Oregon Facilities to Accommodate Fast Response Cutters

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a contract to expand its shoreside facilities at East Tongue Point in Astoria, the USCG announced July 12. The winning bid was placed by GWWH, a  joint venture team comprised of Granite Construction, Webcor Construction LP, Weeks Marine, Inc. and Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. The $30 million contract provides design-build improvements at the facility to accommodate the homeporting of fast response cutters (FRCs). The facilities are planned to include a fixed pier, two floating docks, gangways between the docks and pier, cutter shore tie utilities on the pier, underground utilities on the shore, new…
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Port of LA Congestion Reduction Project Receives $3M Federal Grant

Port of LA Congestion Reduction Project Receives $3M Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration on Aug. 10 awarded a $3 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Port of Los Angeles Gateway Project. The grant is expected to help the port deploy advanced technologies to improve trucking, drayage and terminal operator activities. Specifically, the Gateway Project will implement cloud-based, artificial intelligence applications to help streamline and schedule the staging of cargo and empty returns, according to the POLA. The application introduces new means to help direct cargo owners, truckers and drayage drivers and reduce congestion at the port. “ATCMTD grants promote…
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