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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Port of Oakland Unveils Clean Air Vision

The Port of Oakland has announced that it has embarked on a path to emissions-free cargo operations. The ambitious target is at the heart of a draft air quality improvement plan sent out for public review June 29. It calls for reducing criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases at Oakland’s seaport – technology, feasibility and budget willing.“This is a bold and ambitious plan. Achieving a zero-emissions seaport will take years, requiring substantial investments in transformative technology…

the Kalmar Ottawa Electric terminal tractor, T2E

Driving Efficiently Towards Zero Emissions

As the Port of Long Beach Starts Year-long Freight and electric vehicle (EV) testing, Kalmar’s newest workhorse – the Kalmar Ottawa Electric terminal tractor, T2E – will be doing some of the heavy lifting. As California presses on with state-wide transportation electrification (TE), new equipment is starting to bring new, greener muscle to California’s heavy freight and equipment sectors, ready to replace old school dirty diesel machines. This turnover, critical to the state’s environmental and energy policies, won’t be inexpensive.

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle (Photo:Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland, Japan Strengthen Ties

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle, called for strengthened business ties with Japan. Addressing visitors from the Japanese Port of Hakata, Lytle listed opportunities for growth at sea and in the air.“It’s extremely critical for us to have good, strong free trade partners such as Japan,” Lytle told a visiting delegation from the city of Fukuoka. “Japan is a very large and very important part of our business.”Lytle's  remarks came on the 30th anniversary of a sister port relationship between Oakland and Hakata.

Thomas A. Jelenić, Vice President for Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA)

OP/ED: How Growth Can Benefit the Environment

You might call 2017 a banner year for California ports. San Pedro Bay, home to the nation's leading twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach exceeded their pre-recession peaks. Collectively, San Pedro Bay was up 7.2% from its 2006 peak. It took a decade to get there and while you wouldn't want that sort of annualized growth going forward, it did arguably mark the end of San Pedro Bay's recession dip. More importantly, growth looks to continue in 2018. As of the end of May, year to date container volumes are 3.7% higher over the same period in 2017.

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Kalmar Plans to Offer Fully Electric Lineup by 2021

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, announces its commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies. According to the commitment Kalmar's full offering will be available as electrically powered versions by 2021. The target is in line with Cargotec's sustainability roadmap announced in 2016. Innovation has always been at the heart of Kalmar's business. The very first electrically powered machine developed by Kalmar, an electric forklift truck for smaller capacity ranges…

The Hvalur 8 bringing in a Fin whale (right) and a Blue whale (left). Image Credit: Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan, a conservationist organization Sea Shepherd said. "Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by Kristján Loftsson’s commercial whaling company since June 20, 2018," said a press release.

John Moseley (Photo: Port Houston)

Port Houston Taps Moseley as CCO

Port Houston’s senior director of trade development John Moseley has been appointed to succeed retiring chief commercial officer Ricky Kunz.Moseley, the port’s senior director of trade development since 2010, will take the lead in developing and executing Port Houston’s commercial strategy. He is responsible for Port Houston’s real estate, trade development, economic development, marketing/external communications and media relations departments and the administration of Harris…

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Canada Dreams of Oil Exports to Asia, but California Beckons

The nationalization of a crude oil export pipeline in western Canada has buoyed long-standing hopes for crude exports to markets beyond the United States - but the most likely destination for much of that oil is California. Faced with declining production from Latin America and rising prices for higher-grade crudes from the Middle East, the Golden State is importing more oil from Canada - much of it via the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Kinder Morgan Canada last month sold to Ottawa for C$4.5 billion ($3.5 billion).

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero

Long Beach, Oakland Port Bosses Seek Help

Mario Cordero, Chris Lytle want policy and funding for clean air, infrastructure. Two of this nation’s highest-ranking port executives want continued government support for maritime industry clean air efforts and infrastructure development. They made that pitch this week in Oakland to an audience of 100 at the Pacific Transportation Association. Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero and Oakland counterpart Chris Lytle called for government aid and policy direction.

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Port of Long Beach Receives Zero-emissions Equipment Grant

Cap-and-trade funds electric vehicle demonstrationAs part of its transition to zero-emissions operations, the Port of Long Beach will use a $5.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two shipping terminals.The funds for the Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT) leverage Long Beach’s place as the nation’s second-busiest seaport to test the viability of zero-emissions vehicles that are used on the docks.

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Long Beach Container Volumes Dip in July

The Port of Long Beach saw a decline in container volumes in July compared to the same month a year ago, which hit a historic high that has since been surpassed.The drop, 4.4 percent, was attributed to shipping alliances’ decisions in July to shift vessel deployment and port calls. Port officials also raised concerns that escalating tariffs could slow trade activity — thus far the busiest in the Port’s 107-year history — during the remainder of the year.In total, terminals moved 688,457 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through Long Beach last month.

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TOP Ships Terminates ATM Program

TOP Ships, an international owner and operator of modern announced that, effective immediately, it is terminating the equity distribution agreement with Maxim Group LLC providing for the “at-the-market” equity offering program (ATM Offering).The international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" tanker vessels currently focusing on the transportation of petroleum products also announced that it is in discussions and has received indicative terms from financial institutions for the financing of the M/T’s Eco California…

Norwegian Joy (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Norwegian Joy is US Bound

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship custom-designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market will be repositioned to sail from the United States starting in 2019.The nearly 4,000 passenger cruise ship Norwegian Joy is slated to sail seasonally from Seattle to Alaska in summer 2019 before making voyages to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal from Los Angeles in winter 2019/2020.Built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft in 2017, the 1,094-foot-long, 167,725 gt Norwegian Joy was designed with finishes and amenities tailored specifically to the tastes of Chinese guests.

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California Port to Vote on Hydrogen Fuelling

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday, Aug. 13, on a proposal by Toyota Logistics Services to reconfigure its facility at Pier B and build a renewable fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station.The study being released by the Port is called an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND), meaning that no substantial evidence was found that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.Public comment on the proposal…

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APL Expedites Last Mile Delivery in U.S.

APL has announced an enhancement to its exclusive Eagle Express X (EXX) service, promising a more expeditious last mile delivery of import cargo with same-day cargo availability at the Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal in Los Angeles. The latest development is seen as a more optimal solution for a speedier pick-up and transportation of EXX shipments, where APL will deploy a fully-wheeled operation at GGS, supported by a chassis pool, container yard and truck in-gate lanes that are dedicated to the EXX service.

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Paul “Chip” Jaenichen Joins Liberty Global Logistics

Liberty Global Logistics (LGL) announced today that Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, former U.S. Maritime Administrator, has joined the Company as its Executive Vice President – US Flag. In his new position, he will be responsible for the oversight of the day to day aspects of the Company’s business relating to U.S. flag, government relations, strategic business initiatives and US cargo opportunities. Chip received his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his Masters’ degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

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Orient Overseas Back to Black

Orient Overseas International (OOI) has announced a profit attributable to equity holders for 2017 of US$137.7 million, compared to a loss of US$219.2 million in 2016. Earnings per ordinary share in 2017 was US22.0 cents, whereas loss per ordinary share in 2016 was US35.0 cents. The Chairman of OOIL, C C Tung, said, “The economic backdrop for 2017 was more robust than forecasters had expected. Following a decade of low growth, we saw healthier performance in both GDP and trade volumes across most of the world’s major economies.

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Sempra Energy to Build Liquid Fuel Terminal in Mexico

Sempra Energy announced that its Mexican subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova), plans to develop, build and operate a receipt, storage and send-out liquid fuels marine terminal at the La Jovita Energy Hub in Ensenada, Mexico. With an expected investment of approximately USD 130 million, the new Baja Refinados liquid fuels terminal will have an initial storage capacity of 1 million barrels of gasoline and diesel that will increase the fuel supply capacity and reliability in Baja California.

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Crowley Acquires Three SeaRiver Tankers

Crowley Alaska Tankers, LLC, has completed its acquisition of three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime Inc. and is now chartering the vessels back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms.The tankers Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, now under Crowley ownership and operation and renamed Washington and California respectively, each have a capacity of 760,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries. The tanker SR American Progress, renamed Oregon, has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between the U.S.

David Libatique (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Port of LA Promotes Libatique

The port of Los Angeles has promoted David Libatique to deputy executive director of stakeholder engagement, a position on the port’s executive management team.In this new role, Libatique will oversee government affairs, trade development, community relations, media relations and the labor relations and workforce development divisions at the port.David Libatique (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)“We’re very excited to elevate David to this new role,” said port executive director, Gene Seroka.

Jaime L. Lee, the newest Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner Photo Los Angeles port

Jaime Sworn in as L.A. Harbor Commission President

Jaime L. Lee, the newest Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner, has been elected president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. Lee was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council last week. “I’m humbled to join my fellow harbor commissioners and serve as president of this important commission,” said Lee. “I look forward to working with all port stakeholders and staff as I continue the efforts of my predecessor to further enhance North…

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US Questions COSCO's Long Beach Terminal Takeover

A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.The terminal is part of COSCO's planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.COSCO executives met with officials at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) this week and proposed to divest or carve out the Long Beach terminal to ease U.S.

Nick Mori  Photo APS Stevedoring

Mori Named Sales Manager at APS Stevedoring

Long Beach based stevedoring company APS Stevedoring LLC announced the appointment of Nick Mori as its manager of sales and marketing.Reporting to President John Hering, Mori will be focused on customer service, rate negotiations, promoting the company, and acquiring new business for APS Stevedoring.Mori began his maritime career in 1989 with Mitsui OSK Line, holding positions in pricing and marketing. He transferred to Hyundai Merchant Marine’s pricing department in 1994 in order to remain in Southern California.

Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Port wins CMMA Awards

The Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has named the Port of Los Angeles recipient of two Project Achievement Awards for recently completed Port construction projects. The CMAA hosts awards each year to recognize outstanding achievements in the practice of construction management. The Berths 142-143 Backland Improvements project at the Port won in the over $100 million transportation infrastructure category. The renovations involved construction of 15 automated stacking blocks and related infrastructure…

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NRF: Tariffs Against China Would Destroy 134,000 US Jobs

The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, coupled with retaliation promised by China, would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by nearly $3 billion and destroy 134,000 American jobs, according to a new study released today by the National Retail Federation and the Consumer Technology Association. The report finds that four jobs would be lost for every job gained. “As administration officials prepare to head to China for trade talks, the livelihoods of American workers hang in the balance,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.

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Tightening CA Environmental Regs Could Impact West Coast Supply Chains

In a similar fashion to Gulf coast offshore energy producers who, in some instances, must document and count the environmental impact of their third party standby boats, offshore service vessels and other assets, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles could soon be burdened with yet another layer of environmental rules. In Southern California, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are bracing for yet another set of regulations; this time as a function of cargo transported to and from warehouses and even off-site intermodal rail yards.