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They're at it again

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 31, 2012

Two unpopular but powerful agencies in ports operations are doing their best to engender permanent hostility from politicians, the public and the maritime community. The pilots in Seattle and San Francisco are arrogantly going where reason dictates otherwise…

South America needs to be taken into account in the Panama Canal stakes

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 30, 2012

Extra spice is being added to the Panama Canal debate, with belated awareness from the shipping community that South America itself is actually a market and destination to reckon with. Research statistics from Transport Intelligence (via Agility…

The game of high stakes and bluff continues over the Canal

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 29, 2012

The latest toll increase proposals  through the Panama Canal are causing worried frowns on the US East Coast, while the West Coast is more complacent than ever over its importance after 2014. The International chamber of shipping calls the proposals for a 15 percent hike…

Western Seaboard is curious over Panama's tactics

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 30, 2012

The numbers are up and everyone seems to be expecting a party. All Western Seaboard ports are reporting much better volumes, coincidentally just as the Panama Canal announces a new toll structure which will probably also lead to carriers dishing out more dosh.

Boldness is Tacoma's friend

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 29, 2012

Two smaller north-west ports are getting ready for serious competitive action, with Tacoma going further and putting the gloves on to duke it out with its bigger rival 30 miles north. Puget Sound's second port has produced a development plan for the next 10 years that can be described…

The froth in the Los Angeles master plan

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 26, 2012

George Clooney doing karaoke on the deck of a 13,000 TEU Maersk ship. Or Lady Gaga modeling a swimsuit at the Ports O'Call tourist village. That is one of the more questionable aims that the Port of Los Angeles has set out in its Master Plan.

Los Angeles gets strategic

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 25, 2012

Ambition and froth are mixed together in the new Strategic Plan to 2017 drawn up by the Port of Los Angeles. The froth deserves a separate commentary and for the moment the serious stuff should come first. Infrastructure is top of the list…

Puget Sound chases San Francisco Bay

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 31, 2012

In a case of follow-the-leader, Seattle and Puget Sound pilots are pounding their fists on the AIS transponder on the bridge, demanding that their wages should go up. As we have predicted in these blogs before, San Francisco pilots were bound…

California's ports have improved slightly over the past six years

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 30, 2012

California ports have been doing a trifle better over the last six years in keeping their capital equipment in good shape, but they are still some way from reaching acceptable levels. The American Council of Engineering Companies in California has issued a B Minus, up from a C Plus in 2006.

The West Coast reckons it's good to go

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 29, 2012

It's optimism all round at California's ports, following the annual peak season forecast at Long Beach this month. Shippers, economists, shipping lines and port execs lined up shoulder to shoulder to declare that business is brisk and getting better this year. Well, more or less.

End of the voyage for FastShip?

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 28, 2012

FastShip has been an idea whose time has never come. In September, 2010 I reported that the ultra high-speed service to Europe was still waiting at the dockside for more money to get going. Matters were made worse by congress wanting to shift…

Two West Coast ports run afoul of bureaucrats and politicians

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 29, 2012

Politicians and bureaucrats are again bedeviling the work of West Coast ports. Seattle and Los Angeles are having to grapple with meddlesome officials. Washington State's main port has been hit on the knuckles with a ruler for a couple of minor transgressions of procedure.

Seattle takes up the thorny issue of independent truckers

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 28, 2012

Strikes and threats in the Pacific North West have shaken the smooth workings of the ports, and what seems like a compromise to the trucking dispute could mean a hefty rise in costs for shippers and customers at Seattle. A proposed state law…

World ports come to LA for an eco-friendly chinwag

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 26, 2012

The relentless pressure continues to improve port efficiency in the US, especially on the West Coast, at the same times as improving the environment and the communities. At a workshop that has just been held in Los Angeles, the efforts were…

SF Bar Pilots get off lightly in a report by a California state agency

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 23, 2012

The poverty-stricken Bay Area Bar Pilots of San Francisco have just been evaluated by a California state supervisory agency. To the public there's very little of interest, but for the industry the same annoyances as before are there. Generally…

Panama Canal update

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 31, 2012

A new element has been thrown into the Panama Canal discussion – a 13,200 TEU ship on the drawing boards at Samsung Heavy Industries. (The 2015 canal will take 12,600 TEU vessels of conventional design.) If this does come to fruition, it will…

Ports and carriers make huge strides in cutting pollution

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 30, 2012

The anti-pollution brigade continues to rule the waves in port planning in California, imposing ever more strict standards every year. A conference/workshop in Long Beach earlier this month shows just how well the industry has done in keeping up with these demands. Long Beach is a prime example.

Harbor Maintenance Tax gets a novel proposal

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 28, 2012

Interstate Commerce Act, World Trade Organization, Smoot-Hawley. They're all flickering, again, in a tangle across the floor of the Senate and House of Reps. Only, the esteemed and honorable members don't seem to realize it. As the lawmakers get ever more frenzied about protecting jobs and ports…

Delving into Beat The Canal leaders

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 19, 2012

Strange bedfellows are making strange machinations in the united front (Beat The Canal) to stop the Panama Canal taking West Coast port traffic. Those dependable stalwarts, the ILWU local union shops, are rejuvenating their efforts to stop vessels calling at Longview's grain terminal…

Southern California ports start agitating over the Panama Canal

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 31, 2011

A sudden mood of desperation is enveloping corporate head honchos and port boosters in Southern California. A coalition called the Jobs 1 Alliance has formed to counteract the post-2014 Panama Canal, which is seen as a huge threat that could send LA-Long Beach reeling.