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Nerves abound in the US over the P3 Alliance

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 31, 2013

Perhaps Maersk is taking revenge on Virginia. Although details are still coming through and being thrashed out, it seems that Virginia is possibly getting less attention from the P3 Alliance than it would like. In terms of direct port pair calls…

Canada harrumphs over ballast water

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 30, 2013

You can be paranoid and they can still be watching you. Canada has reason to feel aggrieved and victimized by the US over maritime rules. Following on from the Harbor Maintenance Tax, along come the US Ballast Water regulations. (Detailed requirements…

Long Beach ties itself in knots

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 29, 2013

Two issues are needlessly consuming Long Beach’s board of harbor commissioners. A new head office and executive director search are pushing other more important matters out of the way. The head office squabble is taking on ludicrous proportions.

The Harbor Maintenance Tax comes in for more ire

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2013

Those two intensely pro-maritime senators from Washington State will be jumping up and down with glee or rage, depending on what view you take, at the latest traffic figures for Port MetroVancouver. (The two have introduced the Maritime Goods Movement Act to replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax).

A new DoT national transportation plan gives little cause for cheer

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2013

Sniggering and guffaws are evident from the industry whenever the Department of Transportation comes out with another weighty tome on a five-year national policy and objectives. (Never mind that some people see these plans as almost Stalinist).

The Los Angeles master plan is a revamp

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 30, 2013

The Los Angeles master plan may not be to everyone’s taste but it is a revamp of previous thinking. Three distinct areas are set out, the breakwater to the V. Thomas Bridge (413 acres), West Basin and Wilmington (1,098 acres), and Terminal Island.

Overexcited about the Panama Canal

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 30, 2013

Any opportunity to boost US maritime ability and proficiency is welcome, but there should be a balance and due regard for actual conditions. A report quoting Matt Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America, is a case in point.

Experts emphasize the basics of success for ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 31, 2013

Two recent workshops on West Coast operations have reinforced the basic principles of port strategy. At the Trade and Transportation Center, Cal. State, Long Beach, the message came through from terminal operators that reliability on the dockside is essential.

Surprises in the rankings of top US and world ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 31, 2013

For California ports, the gloom about productivity and loss of market share has become more encouraging than it seems. First, New York/New Jersey is having to turn away traffic because of “operational glitches”. The reaction from port users…

Sequestration seems to have fizzled out

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 30, 2013

Ports were seized on as immediate victims of that dreadful term “sequestration” a couple of months ago. All sorts of problems were envisaged because Customs would be understaffed and shipments slowed down. The small California port of Hueneme…

Oakland gets pummeled by two corporate money machines

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 25, 2013

In Dubai, DP World is chuckling sardonically at Ports America’s outrage. Oakland has worked out a complicated half-resolution to the lawsuit brought by SSA Terminals that claimed unfair advantage for the operating concession awarded to Ports America (and Terminal Investments) for the Outer Harbor.

A comparison of the LA and Long Beach budgets

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 30, 2013

Long Beach has finally caught up with its bigger rival Los Angeles in terms of overall financial firepower for its forthcoming fiscal year. Both have budgets of just over $1 billion, but LA still leads in operating revenue at $413 million vs. $375 million.

Shortsea is sailing under greater power

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 30, 2013

Potentially good news for US water-borne commerce. Shortsea shipping is again showing signs of renewed vitality. The first barges on the Stockton to Oakland “Marine Highway” have made their trip, loaded with animal feed. But the project is still the equivalent of a see-saw…

The latest summary of the national shipbuilding industry

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 29, 2013

Like so many official reports, the annual stocktake on shipbuilding and repair in the US concentrates on the wrong subject. Mostly it deals with the value of the industry in each state ( California is fifth at 7.6 percent) and not enough on just where building and repair is going.

Seattle makes Moody's uneasy

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 27, 2013

Seattle’s credit rating is coming under strain from the ratings agencies. Moody’s has become a little more grim-faced, dropping the ratings on all liens of outstanding revenue bonds from stable to negative. At the same time the individual ratings of bonds have been reaffirmed…

Southern California efficiency is jawed over

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 31, 2013

“I would not panic. Cargo is going to come here,” were the words of Vic La Rosa, president and CEO of drayage company TTSI. He uttered them at a recent Town Hall seminar held by the Center for International Trade and Transportation at Cal State, Long Beach. The setting?

Going in opposite directions

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 31, 2013

Should you go corporate or get the local government/authority to own and operate a port? Two ports in the US have just taken opposite decisions and in the process taken the opposite track to what they were doing. At the river port of Sacramento a division of SSA Marine…

Tacoma reckons more growth will come from oil

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 30, 2013

Tacoma is joining the ranks of ports that see much of their future dependent on oil and related products. Apparently Targa Sound Terminals is shelling out $80 million on a terminal to handle crude coming by rail from Montana, at a site that was originally planned as a container terminal.

The investment world's opinion of a smaller port's credit rating

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 30, 2013

The Port of Longview  in Washington has a reputation of being a tightly and well-run outfit within the maritime community. But operational efficiency is not good enough on its own in the 21 century and finance plays just as important a role.