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Protecting their pay since 2002

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

Plaudits are apparently due to the San Francisco Bar Pilots for being so competent in stopping the CMA CGM box ship Norma from running aground. When the ship lost propulsion, the two pilots told the master what course to steer and made sure the tugs pulled in the right direction. But wait.

Long Beach shows up its neighbor

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 17, 2011

Los Angeles has been shown up as a stealthy job factory in the budget of its neighbor and theoretical rival, Long Beach port. "Compared to Los Angeles, which is about the same size," says the port's budget proposal for the financial year beginning October 2011…

Los Angeles makes sure it looks pretty

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 10, 2011

Los Angeles port budgets need untangling for those fortunate not to be accountants or bookkeepers. The news media blithely trumpets the $976 million put out in the press release for the financial (fiscal) year beginning July, but this includes all funds available to the port…

Slow steaming is firmly in the environmental camp

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

With maritime economists warning that the environment and green issues will head to the top of the ranking board when carriers and shippers choose ports, slow steaming is about to become a divisive issue. Cynics maintain that carriers tamp down the turbines to save money and not to spare the air.

Panama Canal impact gets more uncertain

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

Assessments of the impact of the widened Panama Canal are needing rethinking. Firstly, the common fiction that 12,000 TEU will be the post-Panamax standard has been demolished. It's now 14,000 TEU, but don't expect rows of vessels to be lining up outside ports…

Happy days again for Southern California ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 24, 2011

All is serene in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with growth back on the path of the experts have laid out. According to a study released this month by the Los Angeles County Economic development Corporation (which falls under the wing…

San Francisco Bar Pilots convince only themselves

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 12, 2011

The verdict is in and it's a resounding howl of derision against the substantial leg up for San Francisco Bar Pilots, who will be raking in about half-a-million big ones a year within the next three to four years. (Officially, California's political rulers still have to approve the decision…

Contracts for Suisun Bay fleet continue to puzzle

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

Strange goings on with scrap contracts for the Suisun Bay reserve fleet, the remnants of which are rusting away gently near San Francisco. On the face of it, the breaker yard that arose without trace, Allied Defense Recycling, lost out to a Texas yard by 0.25 percent - $12…

San Francisco Bar Pilots are in choppy waters

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

Scaling a ladder up a 30 foot steel cliff in a swell of 12 feet with a 30 knot wind is a job for a young, fit man. That is part of the duty for the 60 San Francisco Bar Pilots and is a testimony to their dedication and devotion to the job. In 2010…

It's time for the FMC to belly up to the bar

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 22, 2011

There is puzzlement as to how tough the Federal Maritime Commission really wants to be. Adversaries who have a dog in the fight are taunting and testing the commission to see how it reacts. First in the belligerent stakes is the National Industrial…

Takeovers on the Pacific route are ahead

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 15, 2011

The list of causes of the collapse of Denmark's The Containership Company makes impressive reading for business school graduates. At latest count there are between eight and 10, depending on one's point of view. Vessel sizes, bunker prices, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement…

Trans-Pacific carriers are ruminating over higher fees

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 8, 2011

Higher fees are in the works from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement. As the 15 members lament the cruel turns of economic fate that force them to lay up ships and raise bunker surcharges, there are indications that customers are in line for more grief.

The West Coast should see a steady, sober rise in traffic to 2030

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

With trade on the rebound through West Coast ports, excitement and over-hype of the previous years has thankfully given way to clear-headed assessment of the future. That became clear at Long Beach's Pulse of the Ports annual forecast breakfast this week.

Illogical and self-defeating light punishment for Horizon Lines

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 19, 2011

The justification for the Jones Act has been weakened in the wake of the reduced fine levied on Horizon Lines for cartel behavior on the Puerto Rico lane. J. Act opponents note that even with the considerable protection of the law, Horizon hardly…

Mind the Gap on China's idea to compete with the Panama Canal

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 13, 2011

Colombia’s proposed junior partnership with China for a railway line to compete with the Panama Canal has caused reactions ranging all the way from A to B. Analysts have yawned or dismissed the notion as unworkable. Colombia president Juan Santos calls the project “quite advanced”…

The Port of San Francisco tries again

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 4, 2011

Economic reality showed up at the Port of San Francisco this week, with what is officially termed a Request of Interest to develop a bulk cargo terminal on 15 acres at Pier 96. Like California, the city is struggling with budget problems and knows that a new terminal would go a long way to help.

Long Beach is optimistic and cautious at the same time

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

Long Beach forecasts a 3.5 percent increase in operating revenue from a 7 percent increase in TEUs for the fiscal year to July 2011, according to its latest financial update. In a briefing to the port’s harbor commissioners, finance officials…

Short Sea and the Jones Act

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 24, 2011

The term “cabotage” has, sadly, been deemed to be outdated. In what seems to be a public relations exercise, the Maritime Cabotage Task Force has reinvented itself as the American Maritime Partnership. But, at the heart of its change of name is a change of purpose.

The US Races to Catch up in the Carbon Reduction Stakes

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

Despite the efforts and fuss over cleaning up US ports, especially in Southern California, it comes as a surprise to learn that we are trailing other regions, including countries in South East Asia. International companies specializing in carbon…

Slow, erratic Course over Slow Steaming

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 4, 2011

Befitting the issue it is dealing with, slow steaming, the Federal Maritime Commission is moving at its customary slow pace and this week avowed to find out what is going on, or more accurately, to find out if there is anything to find out.