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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Port Of Hueneme News

President Herrera sworn in by his wife, Dr. Cynthia Herrera (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Commissioner Herrera Takes Helm - Oxnard Harbor District

The Port of Hueneme has welcomed new leadership, as the Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted Jess Herrera to serve as President for 2019.President Herrera was first elected to the Board in 1994, and has been the longest consecutively serving Commissioner in Port history with 2019 as his 25th year of service. Herrera has a long history of serving his community including 10 terms as Executive Officer of the Internal Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), as well as serving 8 terms as Chairman of the ILWU’s Southern California Regional Jurisdiction Committee…

Local workers unload new automobiles from the WWO vessel at the Port of Hueneme  (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Automotive Customers Recommit to the Port of Hueneme

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WWO) joins BMW North America (BMW) and GLOVIS America (GLOVIS) to secure their presence at the Port of Hueneme with long-term contracts.Representing over half of the Port’s cargo revenue, the automobiles being imported will reach more than 13 states. In addition, the Port also exports globally multiple OEM brands manufactured in the United States, acting as Ventura County’s international commerce gateway.“In a time of uncertainty from ongoing global trade talks and a watchdog approach to the tariff discussion…

Chiquita staff handed out free bananas and several other prizes by playing the Miss Chiquita game with attendees at the Port’s Annual Banana Festival  (Photo:  Port of Hueneme)

Chiquita Renews Contract with the Port of Hueneme

Chiquita sticks with Hueneme, signing a long-term contract with the Port. The new contract builds on their thriving business relationship which began in 2004.Chiquita imports enough bananas to encompass the globe six times every year through the Port of Hueneme. These bananas then head to their distribution center in downtown Oxnard. Impressively, the bananas find their way to 13 western states, providing potassium and a delicious snack to millions of Americans every day.Chiquita takes investing in the local community seriously.

Graphic courtesy:  Port of Hueneme

Port of Hueneme Breaks Cargo Record

Cargo imports and exports hit an all-time high at the Port of Hueneme with 1.6 million tons of cargo moving through the Port. This represents an 8.1% increase over last year’s performance of 1.48 million cargo tons. The previous cargo record was set in FY2015 with 1.56 million cargo tons.This new cargo record resulted from increases in nearly all areas of cargo imports and exports. Pineapples and melons rose a staggering 50%. Banana imports increased by 5%. “A 5% increase in banana imports may not sound like a big deal…

Kristin Decas (Photo: IAOTP)

Decas Selected as a Top Port Director

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

left to right: Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas, District 3 County of Ventura Supervisor Kelly Long, and Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney.  (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme Wins Environmental Award

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has recognized the Port of Hueneme for its environmental initiatives, presenting it with the County of Ventura 2017 Earth Day Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. The award was presented by Supervisor Kelly Long to Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney and Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas. Every year in recognition of Earth Day, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognizes sustainability leaders in the community.

The funds will enable the port to invest in systems that enhance its capabilities Photo Port of Hueneme

$307,500 PSGP Funding for Hueneme Port

The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $307,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will provide multi-functional applications protecting critical port and regional infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support…

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Port of Hueneme Jobs Impact Up 25%

The Port of Hueneme realized record economic growth with indirect, direct, induced and related jobs up 25 percent according to a new Economic Assessment prepared by Martin Associates, a firm specializing in economic analysis for the U.S. port industry. The Report indicates that numbers soared from 10,226 jobs in 2012 to 13,632 jobs in 2015, underscoring the importance of the Port as a major catalyst in Ventura County and the state of California economies. “The success of the Port impacts the success of the entire region,” said Oxnard Harbor District Commission President Dr. Manuel Lopez.

Port puts final touches on Shore Power Project Photo Port of Hueneme

Hueneme Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

The Port of Hueneme launched the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System, celebrating another next step forward in reducing air emissions and minimizing environmental impact. Among the community leaders attending the ribbon cutting were Congresswoman Julia Brownley, County Supervisor Kathy Long, Ms. Sabiha Khan with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, Port Hueneme Mayor Douglas Breeze, and VCTC chairman Keith Millhouse. By connecting to the Port’s Grid-Based Shore Power System…

Cruise Line President, MARAD To Address AAPA’s 104th Annual Convention

Press release - Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCC) President and COO Adam Goldstein and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Administrator Paul Jaenichen, together with a host of port authority, shipping and cruise line executives, and freight transportation coalition and consulting experts, will take the stage Nov. 3 and 4 during the 104th Annual Convention and Exposition of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas. The member-only meetings will get underway on Monday, Nov.

Mary Anne Rooney (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Mary Anne Rooney Named APP President

Mary Anne Rooney, Harbor Commissioner at California’s Port of Hueneme, has been named President of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP), a trade and information association promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness of Pacific ports. Rooney, who previously served as APP’s Second Vice President, was selected at the group’s 102nd Annual Conference held in August in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As a result, the Port of Hueneme will host APP’s Annual Conference in 2016. “I am very honored to be selected by my peers and have the opportunity to leverage the port and industry needs of our region…

Kristin Decas (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Chairwoman to Speak at National Maritime Day

Kristin Decas, port director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has been chosen to speak at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21. National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by Congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its maritime heritage, honor those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the benefits that result from America’s maritime industry.

Jim Quinn (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Elects Quinn as Chairman of the Board

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected Jim Quinn, president and CEO of New Brunswick, Canada’s Port Saint John, to serve as the international trade association’s chairman of the board for the 2015-16 activity year. Elected at AAPA’s 2015 Spring Conference on April 21, Quinn is slated to be installed as AAPA’s chairman for a one-year term on the final day of the association’s 104th Annual Convention, set for Nov. 2-4, 2015, in Miami. He will assume the AAPA chairmanship from Port of Hueneme (Calif.) CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas…

Port of Hueneme Receives EPA Grant

Port staff received news that the Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to simultaneously connect to the Port’s Shore Power system. Following passage of AB 32 by the state assembly, programs were put in place to allow ships at berth in California ports to turn off their more polluting marine engines dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Photo: Port of Hueneme

Jaenichen Visits Port of Hueneme

Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen met today with Port of Hueneme officials and Port customers for an industry stakeholder meeting and tour of the Port of Hueneme and Navy Base Ventura County. BMW, Global Auto Processing Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Chiquita, Del Monte, Yara, the ILWU and Port Stevedores participated in a strategic round table discussion focusing on partnership opportunities, marine highway trade and Port priorities moving forward. “America’s Ports truly are our economic gateway,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen.

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

California Leaders to Convene for Maritime Conference

The 14th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium, slated to take place February 19-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center, attracts key members from California’s State Legislature and representatives from California’s ports and the maritime industry. The symposium aims to encourage productive dialogue among maritime industry leaders and communicate port needs to California decision makers. The symposium is hosted by a broad-based coalition of the maritime industry, headed up by the California Association of Port Authorities…

Mary Anne Rooney

Rooney to Lead Port of Hueneme Board

The Port of Hueneme Board of Commissioners voted in officers for 2014 at their first meeting of the year held January 13, 2014. Senior Commission member and former five-time President Jess Herrera nominated Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney to take the helm as president. Rooney’s nomination received unanimous Board support and for the first time in the Port’s 77 year history a woman takes the office of Board President. Commissioner Herrera was named Vice President and Commissioner Manuel Lopez was voted Secretary.

Image courtesy of the port

Port of Hueneme Inks BMW North America Contract

Port Officials and BMW of North America, on the eve of BMW’s 26th anniversary at the Port, executed a fifth modification of its 1987 contract extending  their agreement for an additional five years through December 31, 2018. Said Harbor Board President Jason Hodge, “BMW’s Vehicle Distribution Center is a vital community partner and a significant economic engine. BMW’s Port manager Mark T. Port CEO and Executive Director Kristin Decas noted at the announcement, “26 years represents a lifetime in the maritime community.

Port Hosts 2nd Annual Career Day

The Port of Hueneme held a Maritime Career Exploration Day at the Port on Wednesday. Attendees came to meet and talk with representatives of a half dozen companies doing business at the Port, groups that represented everything from a major shipping line to GAPS, an automobile processors. The event was held at the Port’s newly renovated Joint Operations and Security Center just outside the Port’s main entrance. In addition to the table displays, presentations were made by representatives of Del Monte…

Port Hueneme Launches 'Coastal Trident 2013' Exercise

Coastal Trident 2013 Exercise focuses on a Port mining scenario to initiate operational response plans, processes, and systems, June 18 through June 20, 2013. The commercial Port of Hueneme, California, along with representatives from over ninety local, state, federal, and private sector emergency response, management and high-tech organizations launch the Coastal Trident 2013 regional exercise in an effort to address the potential threats of terrorist activities to regional maritime security.

Kurt Nagle, AAPA President and CEO

Ports Workshop to Explore Maritime Economic Drivers

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Maritime Economic Development Workshop in Chicago, June 27-28, will explore the factors driving today’s investments in seaport and related infrastructure. The program's speakers will analyze the risks and rewards for undertaking such investments, reveal how capital improvements propel business development decisions and discuss what influences intermodal connection improvements with ports. Addressing the issue of what is…

Oxnard Harbor District Wins Honor

The American Association of Port Authorities has given an award of excellence to the Port of Hueneme Oxnard Harbor District for its extraordinary cooperative project to clean sediment from the harbor floor. Crafted through a partnership between the Oxnard Harbor District, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Port of Hueneme Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) Facility project is an example of a harbor-wide contaminated sediment management strategy that provided a complete solution to the needs of all three project proponents.