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Cross-currents show up in the Harbor Maintenance Tax uproar

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 29, 2011

That proposal to apply the Harbor Maintenance Tax to imports taking the long way round through Canada and Mexico is stirring up considerable debate that exposes sharply different viewpoints. So much so that the Shipping Federation of Canada…

A tax on imports through foreign ports defeats logic

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 26, 2011

What will lobbyists and politicians think of next? Most people in the industry had considered the possibility of the US taxing inward-bound cargo that goes through Canadian and Mexican ports and then heads on by rail and/or truck. But the notion verged on the preposterous – and so of course…

Hefty fees are payable under California's low-sulfur regulations

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 14, 2011

This is the second part of the analysis of California's new rules on low sulfur fuel in main and auxilia4ry engines. The minimum fee payable for any vessel using calling at a California port from August 1, 2012 and using fuel above 1.0 percent MGO or 0.5 percent MDO will be $22,750.

California shows its oddity over low sulfur regulations

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 30, 2011

This is the first part of a two-part discussion on California's low sulfur regulations for main and auxiliary engines. There never has been a public agency that made a regulation that makes complete sense. From December 1 the California air Resources Board is enforcing low sulfur fuel requirements…

Seattle predicts a 5.8 percent rise in container traffic

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 30, 2011

Port of Seattle seaport operating revenues are budgeted at $99 million for 2012, the same as this year. In the budget just passed, revenues are planned to rise 2.4 percent a year, compounded, to $110 million in 2016. Total income from all sources in 2012 is projected to be $159 million…

Seattle keeps the impetus going

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 11, 2011

The West Coast's fourth major port, Seattle, is on course to match budget projections for 2011. But unlike its similar-sized California rival, Oakland, the maritime division is very much a junior partner in the enterprise to the aviation division.

TransPac assocation should prepare for a FMC assault

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 21, 2011

Civil servants are renowned for being sticklers for details, even when these make no sense. If  Form XYZ on ballast volumes has to be filed in triplicate in Peoria every third Thursday in June, you had better make sure it's done, even though everyone has forgotten why.

MarAd highlights the cost differences between US and foreign-flagged fleets

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 9, 2011

No surprises should be expected over the MarAd analysis on cost differences between US and foreign-flagged ships. The conclusion that wages are the main factor is hardly a lightbulb moment. But, closer reading provides a couple of surprises.

The ILWU and Panama pilots tie-up might not have the pulling power

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 23, 2011

The Panama Canal's Alberto Aleman Zubieta is doing the rounds of the maritime equivalent of the TV talk shows – annual conferences and conventions. Most recently he was at the South Carolina trade conference, where the audience pondered deeply…

Anchorage is in a quandary over its new port

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 16, 2011

Alaska has always sailed an uneasy course between federal and private sector involvement in projects. The state and the port are on the fault line between a strategic asset and a small economy, albeit with huge potential in oil that has proved fertile ground for politicians.

A satirical protest shakes up the AAPA

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 14, 2011

Maritime industry satire might seem like a contradiction and a near impossibility but the "alternative agenda" for the American Association of Port Authorities in Seattle this week is about as close as you'll get. General opinion is that the…

A river and open-water barge design is still very much alive

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

Despite widespread industry dissatisfaction with federal efforts to support the inland shipping network, some hardy souls out there are continuing to fight the good fight and stand up for river commerce. As mentioned in this blog a few weeks ago, one of them is Dave Reidt of Argosy Boat in .

Transpacific carriers try to be more market friendly

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 30, 2011

Like a tightly closed faucet being forced open by a wrench, the trans-Pacific carriers are grudgingly releasing more snippets of economic information. The monthly index of average revenue per 40 foot container on the eastbound leg, made public for the first time this month, uses June 2008 as a base.

California goes awry over ballast water treatment

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 25, 2011

The latest folly is the continuing saga over ballast water. The rules apply to vessels being built from January 2012 and carrying at least 5,000 tonnes of ballast. Shoving aside International Maritime Organization suggestions for the maximum…

Matson, Horizon et al are amateurs in a professional game

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 18, 2011

The Propellor Club throughout the world is an august body of serious maritime professionals. Federal Maritime Commissioners have been members, as have naval commanders, not to mention executives of container lines and ports. So, speeches and statements made to the meetings are not idle chit chat.

California's air board bows to the US Navy

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

California is posturing over the use of low sulfur in main and auxiliary engines. Industry technocrats say that the Air Resources Board has bowed to pressure from the Navy to "get commercial ships the heck out of the Point  Mugu missile range"…

A new fillip for river and barge commerce

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 27, 2011

Putting containers on barges has been given new attention following a talk by Washington DC consultant Paul Pollinger. He told a recent meeting of the Transportation Research Board that this form of river commerce could reach $500 million a year.

Oakland's profitable port is predicted to stay healthy

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 14, 2011

Oakland, California's third biggest container port and the fifth biggest in the country, expects operating income of $141 million in the 2011-2012 financial year, which is expected to rise to $153 million in 2013/14. Comparable operating income…

California plays an ace from its sleeve

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 1, 2011

APL has trumped rival Maersk in the new effort by shipping lines, a.k.a the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, to show more concern for their customers. The US division of NOL is passing the bunker fuel surcharge savings from slow steaming to shippers.

San Diego reduces numbers as the cruise ship business dwindles

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 28, 2011

San Diego port is following the sensible example of its larger neighbor 120 miles north, Long Beach. For its 2011-12 budget the port is shedding 43 jobs, bringing the total reduction for the last three year to 93 jobs, 14 percent of the workforce.