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Friday, December 13, 2019

Northern California News

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Oakland Port Container Volume Up 3.1% YTD

The Port of Oakland is a major container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay, said that its loaded container volume from January through September increased 3.1 percent compared to the same period in 2018.The Port said that despite a dip last month, loaded exports are outpacing last year’s numbers.Loaded imports are up 3.5 percent and loaded exports are up 2.7 percent compared to the same January-September period in 2018.The Port attributed this…

John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

OP/ED: The Latest Waterfront Development Hustle

Where there is the allure of the water, there is no shortage of dreamers, visionaries, hucksters, investors, or salesmen willing to expound on the endless new possibilities.It's a tale as old as time. Which is why some of the oldest land use regulations, notably the public trust doctrine, have survived as basic underpinning notions of western property law. The importance of the preservation of public control and access to navigable waterways and urban waterfronts for water dependent uses…

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Port of Oakland Reports Surging Q1 TEU's

The Port of Oakland has reported a positive first quarter in its cargo volume. Through the end of March 2019, the Port handled 612,151 twenty foot-long containers compared to 587,356 during the same period in 2018. That represents a 4.2 percent increase.There has been some concern in the shipping industry that a recent import surge has cooled. The surge was caused by shippers last year trying to get ahead of possible new tariffs affecting U.S.-China trade.“Though the import rally has calmed down…

Branton B. "Bal" Dreyfus (Photo: Matson)

Matson Names Dreyfus VP, Alaska

Matson has announced that Branton B. "Bal" Dreyfus has been appointed vice president, Alaska, succeeding Kenny Gill, who has resigned from the company.In his new role, Dreyfus has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales, and financial performance of the company's terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. Dreyfus reports directly to Chairman and CEO Matt Cox.Dreyfus joined Matson in 1993 as General Manager…

Welcome to Lineage Cool Port Oakland, one of the world’s most advanced food storage and transportation hubs. Photo: Business Wire

Port Oakland Opens Cold Storage Facility

Lineage Logistics  and Dreisbach Enterprises announced the official opening of Lineage Cool Port Oakland, the world’s latest next-generation cold storage and logistics facility.Set on 25 acres at the Port of Oakland’s waterfront, Cool Port will serve as the newest hub for temperature-controlled cargo transitioning through Northern California.Cool Port is a collaboration between warehousing and logistics industry leaders Lineage and Dreisbach, with additional funding and support from the Port of Oakland and the State of California.

SSA Marine Puts Wiggins High Capacity Forklift Into Operation. Photo: SSA Marine

SSA Marine, XL Lifts Launch Forklift Initiative

XL Lifts, specializing in zero and low emissions forklifts and a Wiggins Lift dealer, announced it is working with SSA Marine to launch a 36,000 lb. capacity zero-emissions electric forklift suitable for marine terminal and rail yard operations.SSA Pacific, a subsidiary of SSA Marine, has committed to deploying the newly announced Wiggins Yard eBull for its operations at The Port of Stockton facility.Featuring a quick charge lithium battery, the innovative Wiggins Yard eBull offers high-performance and energy efficiency, features never possible in a large capacity forklift.

Eric MacDonald (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.

Mike Paul (Photo: UCA)

UniCarriers Americas Expands Regional Sales Team

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) expands its regional sales team by hiring Aaron C. Boemmel, Michael Paul, Terre Robert Haff and Paul G. West. As a regional sales manager for the northeast, Aaron Boemmel is responsible for strengthening UCA’s dealer network and increasing UCA’s dealer market share. Prior to joining UCA, Boemmel worked as an account manager of equipment sales for Eastern Lift Truck Company. He currently lives in Bel Air, Md., and studied computer science and business at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

From left to right: Arabella Martinez, Libby Schaaf and Andreas Cluver (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Cluver, Martinez Join Port of Oakland Commission

Local labor leader Andreas Cluver and long-time community leader Arabella Martinez have been appointed to the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. They join the Board February 11. Nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council appointed Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees at its meeting February 2. Port Commissioners Cluver and Martinez were sworn into office by Schaaf.

Coast Guard Auxiliarists walk the docks of Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco offering a free safety examination to a crab fisherman prior to the start of crab season, November 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Pamela J. Boehland)

USCG Shines Safety Spotlight on Crab Fishing

One of the most dangerous jobs in America is commercial fishing, and Dungeness crab fishing is the most deadly of all West Coast commercial fisheries. Aiming to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and accidents, U.S. Coast Guard fishing vessel safety experts will visit Northern California fishing ports in early November ahead of California's commercial Dungeness crab season. The season is scheduled to begin at midnight November 14 for the central coast (Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River) and December 1 for the northern coast (Russian River to the Oregon border).

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US Coast Guard Busts Drug-Laden Submarine-like Vessel

The U.S. Coast Guard based in Northern California seized a semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month - the largest bust of its kind in Coast Guard history. The Coast Guard Cutter Stratton intercepted the 40-foot "self-propelled semi-submersible" in the Pacific Ocean 200 miles south of Mexico on July 18 and arrested four alleged smugglers, officials said. The Guard seized 275 bales of cocaine. Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy says that the Alameda, California-based crew also apprehended four suspected smugglers.

USCG Crew Rescues Three in Tomales Bay

The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from the water in Tomales Bay, Sunday morning. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center personnel received notification that three individuals went into the water just off Lawson's Landing when their raft deflated. Watchstanders coordinated with Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay, who launched a rescue boatcrew and notified Inverness Fire Department of the incident. Sector San Francisco issued a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for anyone in the area to assist, and launched an aircrew from Air Station San Francisco.

Foss Maritime's Has New Director of Sales

Foss Maritime announced that Carl Smith has recently joined the company as the Director of Sales and Marketing for its Fleet Services Division based out of Seattle. He will be reporting to Mike Magill, Vice President of Fleet Services. Previously employed by Alaska Ship and Dry Dock (ASD), Smith was part of the ASD Management Team for 18 years. Early in his career, his responsibilities at ASD included Management of Production and Operations and, prior to joining Foss, he served as Director of Marketing.

ABS Nautical Systems Expands in Vancouver, Shanghai

ABS Nautical Systems opened offices in Vancouver, BC Canada and Shanghai, China as part of the company’s continued efforts to expand its global footprint. The Vancouver office will serve local clients including Teekay Corporation, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd., and Valles, while handling all Pacific Northwest operations, spanning from Northern California to Canada including Alaska. ABS Nautical Systems has also opened an office in Shanghai to service maritime companies within China.

Port of Seattle Award Presentation: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Receive Port of Seattle Environmental Award

Crowley Maritime Corp was recently honored with the Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award during the 62nd Annual Maritime Festival Luncheon in Seattle. Crowley’s Gordon Brink, administrative assistant, harbor ship assist and tanker escort  services, accepted the award from the Port of Seattle’s CEO Tay Yoshitani on behalf of the company. Each year the award is granted to a company that demonstrates environmental initiative and leadership through its commitment to helping the Port of Seattle maintain a low-carbon footprint.

Arctic Surveys Yielding Data and Savings

U.S.-Canada Arctic Ocean survey partnership saved costs, increased data; 2011 mission concludes joint seafloor survey operations. A recent mission marked the completion of a five-year collaboration between the United States and Canada to survey the Arctic Ocean. The bilateral project collected scientific data to delineate the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline, also known as the extended continental shelf (ECS). The U.S. has an inherent interest in knowing…

NOAA View of Delgada Canyon: Photo credit NOAA

Ocean Deep Viewing Online Courtesy of NOAA

NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides and likely fish habitat. The new online data viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue, including the latest high-resolution bathymetric (sea bottom) data collected by NOAA's Office of Coast Survey primarily to support nautical charting.

Container Ship Owner Sues Pharmacists

The owners and operators of a container ship that slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 2007 and spilled thousands of gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay have sued the Northern California pharmacists they claim negligently dispensed prescription drugs to the pilot of the Cosco Busan, according to news in 'The Washington Post'. The ship’s owner, Regal Stone Ltd., and operator Fleet Management Ltd. Alleged in court papers filed in San Francisco Superior Court Friday that the pills “recklessly” provided by pharmacists at a Longs drug store in Petaluma, Calif.

Clean Marinas Names New President

The Clean Marinas Program, the only privately administered program dedicated to maintaining environmentally sensitive marina and yachting facilities in the United States, has named Henderson, Nev. resident Rod Taylor president of its board of directors. He is the first Nevada resident to lead the organization, which began in California in 2004. Currently, Taylor is regional vice president of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Forever Resorts, which operates more than 40 U.S. resorts and attractions in the nation’s most scenic outdoor recreation areas…

Obsolete US Ship Recycling Target Surpassed

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Suisun Bay in Northern California to celebrate surpassing administration's goal for recycling. Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary visited Shuisun Bay for the occasion. In 2010, the Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) committed to removing 28 ships from the fleet by September 30, 2012. To date, MARAD has removed 36 ships, with three more vessels scheduled for removal by the end of the year. “Three years ago, the Department of Transportation promised to get rid of the ships that posed a threat to the environment…

This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 24

1955- A Coast Guard helicopter was the first rescue unit to reach a flood disaster scene in northern California.  Its crew hoisted 138 persons to safety within 12 hours. The first 58 were made possible because of the light from a small handheld searchlight from positions of peril among chimneys, television antennas, and trees. In all, the Coast Guard assisted Federal, state, and local agencies in saving over 500 persons by helicopters and boats. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 12

1802-Revenue Marine had a total of 38 commissioned officers in service: 9 captains, 10 first mates, 9 second mates and 10 third mates. 1983-The 605-foot collier Marine Electric capsized and sank off Virginia during a gale. Three of the 34 crewmen on board were rescued by Coast Guard and Navy assets. This sinking and consequent loss of life contributed to the establishment of a permanent rescue swimmer program for the Coast Guard. 1986- Rains began in northern California that lasted for a week, causing severe flooding. Coast Guard units participated in rescue and relief operations.

Award to Restore Habitat After 1953 Sinking

State and federal trustees were awarded $16.9m for seven projects to address harm from mysterious oil leaks that killed more than 50,000 California seabirds since 1990. The projects will help species impacted by oil that leaked from the S.S. Jacob Luckenbach. The freighter sank in 1953 about 17 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, but was not identified as the source of the oil until 2002 after decades of leaking oil, especially during winter storms, causing massive injury to wildlife.