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Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

From SCPR:

New data from the Port of LA shows that air pollution emitted from ships, trains, trucks and cargo equipment dropped during 2016 — even though the port had its busiest year ever.

Every single pollutant tracked by the Port of LA dropped between 2015 and 2016, including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, smog-forming nitrogen oxide, and diesel particulate matter, which causes cancer. The data was released in the port’s latest emission inventory.

The 2016 emissions inventory shows that pollution reductions were distributed unevenly across the Port of LA. Ships and cargo-handling equipment cut their pollution far more than trains and harborcraft. Pollution from trucks actually increased slightly.

More at SCPR


Korean shippers remain sluggish

From the Korea Joong Ang Daily:

It was August last year when leading domestic shipper Hanjin Shipping fell into court receivership. A year has passed but Korea’s shipping industry is still struggling to ride out the storm that sunk its biggest player.

After Hanjin’s bankruptcy in February, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) became the top Korean shipper, but its global market share is a mere 1.6 percent. Its share of the local market is dropping as well.

Korean shippers accounted for 34.2 percent of the shipping volume transferred through Busan’s ports last year, down from 38.1 percent
the previous year. During the same period foreign shippers increased their share of the pie from 61.9 percent to 65.8 percent.

More at the Korea Joong Ang Daily


Port of Longview on track to break last year’s record for cargo

From The Daily News:

Port of Longview is on track for another record-breaking year of cargo activity, thanks to shipments of grain that are beating last year’s record-setting levels, the port announced Friday.

Total tonnage at the port hit 5.2 million in the first six months of 2017, up from 3.4 million in the same period last year, the port announced Friday. For all of 2016, total cargo activity reached 8.33 million tons, the highest in at least 30 years.

Much of the port’s overall success hinges on the fate of its biggest exporter, the Export Grain Terminal (EGT). So far this year, bumper grain crops have EGT’s tonnage surging. Another bright spot for tonnage this year has been bulk mineral exports, which have more than doubled so far this year compared to last, reaching 310,000 tons so far this year.

More at The Daily News


TOTE to start shipping service from Hawaii to mainland, compete with Matson and Pasha

From the Star Advertiser:

The parent company of interisland cargo carrier Young Brothers Ltd. intends to launch a new shipping service between the mainland and Hawaii that would go head-to-head with two existing competitors, Matson and Pasha, that bring the vast majority of goods to the state.

Tote Maritime, a subsidiary of Young Brothers owner Saltchuk, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase four new ships that would be built by a shipyard in Philadelphia for the new service.

Tote also said it has begun discussions with state officials to rent space at Honolulu Harbor for cargo handling operations.

If the plan is realized as envisioned, Tote would have four new ships to compete in Hawaii with Matson Inc. and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines. Matson operates about 10 ships in its Hawaii service. Pasha has six ships.

More at the Star Advertiser


Adm. Mark Buzby sworn in as U.S. Maritime Administrator

From Maritime Executive:

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has given the oath of office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, ret.’d), formalizing his appointment as the head of the Maritime Administration. Adm. Buzby takes over from executive director Joel Szabat, who has headed up the agency since the departure of former administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen in January.

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promotes the use of waterborne transportation, and is responsible for supporting and maintaining a U.S. merchant marine that is capable of service in times of national emergency. MARAD also oversees the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Maritime Security Program and the National Defense Reserve Fleet.

More at Maritime Executive


Councilman shocked car chase suspect got into Port of Los Angeles

Councilman Joe Buscaino said the chase was a “frightening and alarming” breach of security.

See the report at MSN


Investigation launched at Port of LA after man breaches security, dies in fall from crane

From the Press Telegram:

The Port of Los Angeles said today it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV – who evaded police at least twice – breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday night.

The man breached a security gate at the Port of Los Angeles at about 5:50 p.m., then sped up and down the terminal as longshore workers looked on. The man then got out of the SUV and began to climb crane 87, reaching a perch that is 120 feet above sea level, port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said.

At the direction of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Los Angeles Port Police have launched a “full investigation into all circumstances” regarding the incident, including the security breach, according to a statement this morning.

“This thorough review, including protocols necessary to address improvements, will be completed as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

More at the Press Telegram


Port of Oakland OKs new high-power line to plug in more ships

Port of Oakland officials said they’ve commissioned new equipment bolstering efforts to curb diesel emissions from ships. The Port OKd a high-voltage cable system that will connect more vessels to Oakland’s landside power grid. The Port said the breakthrough will accelerate the program that has helped cut emissions 76 percent in Oakland since 2009.

The Port said the 200-foot cable-on-reel system will be deployed by Oakland International Container Terminal. It will connect to ships that can’t closely align with landside electrical vaults at berth. When the ships plug into the vaults, they’ll switch off onboard diesel engines and rely on grid power. The result: no diesel emissions during Oakland calls.

The Port said its engineers have overseen two successful trials of the mobile cable system. It said it expects the technology to be deployed full-time by autumn.

Source: Port of Oakland news release


Port of Vancouver BC mid-year cargo numbers up

From Business in Vancouver:

The Port of Vancouver’s (PoV) buoyant mid-year cargo numbers support recent optimistic shipping sector outlooks from some industry analysts.

Statistics released by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) show overall cargo through the port up 4% to 69 million tonnes compared with the same time last year.

The increase was led by shipments of grain, up 12.9% over mid-year 2016, and containerized cargo, which was 9.6% higher to a record 1.6 million 20-foot equivalents (TEUs).

PoV’s mid-year story was mostly good news, but break-bulk cargo was down 1%, and cruise-ship passenger traffic dropped 6% compared with mid-year 2106.

More at Business in Vancouver


Glencore takeover of Bunge ‘could be possible this year’

From Agrimoney:

A takeover by Glencore of US-based ag giant Bunge “could be possible this year”, Credit Suisse said, cutting its scepticism on a deal after the commodities group unveiled some wriggle room in its financial guidance.

Credit Suisse analysts – who last month flagged a “diminished risk” of Glencore succeeding in the takeover, after using up financial firepower on the acquisition of a stake in Hunter Valley coal operations – said that a Bunge could in fact be possible “in the near term”.

More at Agrimoney


Pasha expanding auto shipments at Port of Grays Harbor

ILWU joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pasha facility in Grays Harbor, Washington.

ILWU Local 24 joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pasha facility in Grays Harbor, Washington. Photo credit: The Daily World

From The Daily World:

Automotive import group Pasha is growing its business at the company’s Port of Grays Harbor facility, expanding its shipments of Chrysler vehicles by about 500 per month and adding another 10 jobs to the 90 it provides now.

Chrysler has been a partner of Pasha’s for nearly a decade, but this new agreement will bring three more models to the terminal — Fiat, Jeep Compass and Dodge Journey — which will increase ship traffic by a vessel or two a month and add to their already growing import business, which includes Chevrolet, GMC, Volkswagen and Nissan, to name a few.

Pasha Automotive Grays Harbor facility General Manager Penny Eubanks also said Pasha is currently finalizing an agreement with Ford that could bring another 500 vehicles through the Port’s Terminal 4 each month.

More at The Daily World


San Diego sees increase in cruise passengers, forecasts growth

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego’s slow but steady success in growing the cruise industry business began declining seven years ago following a boom in the mid- to late 2000s.

Thanks to continued strong interest from Disney Cruise Line and the port’s most frequent visitor, Holland America, San Diego is starting to see a steady upswing in cruise calls and passengers.

“We already are expecting 96 calls for the 2018-19 season so I’m projecting we’ll be getting close to 300,000 passengers,” Deaton said. “What I’m hearing from the various cruise lines is that growth will continue for the next five years in San Diego. We’ll probably see 8 percent growth of passengers for the next couple of years.”

More at the San Diego Union Tribune


Port of LA on track for new record

From Port Technology:

Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the US, has had its best July in the port’s 110-year history, with container volumes climbing by 16% compared to July 2016 volumes to 796,804 TEUs.

The port is now 9.5% ahead of 2016 figures, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs.

July loaded imports increased 13% to 417,090 TEUs, while loaded exports rose 17% to 154,925 TEUs.

Along with a 20% spike in empty containers, overall July container volumes were 796,804 TEUs.

Previously, the strongest July in Port history was 2006, when 761,326 TEUs moved through the port’s terminals.

More at Port Technology


Panama confirms new toll for big ships

From Port Technology:

Panama’s Cabinet Council has set a launch date for the new Panama Canal tolls structure for large ships completing East-West backhauls through the new locks.

Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) latest modifications to the toll structures aim to send container lines the message that there are advantages in routing megaships through the locks on return voyages.

A new modified toll structure, revealed on an ACP website, is scheduled to go into effect in the coming months, on October 1, 2017.

More at Port Technology


Surging Portland auto traffic unaffected by container woes

From the Journal of Commerce:

During the first half of this year, Portland handled 162,504 vehicles, a 19.9 percent increase from a year earlier. The growth came atop an 11 percent rise in 2016 to 291,242 units that made Portland the seventh-busiest US auto port.

The increased vehicle traffic attracted relatively little notice amid the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) well-publicized battles with ICTSI Oregon, which this year gave up its lease at the Terminal 6 container terminal after carriers exited the port.

More at the JOC