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DOJ okays Pasha’s acquisition of Horizon’s Hawaii business

The Pasha Group says that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared its acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines, Inc. (Horizon). This paves the way for an anticipated final closing before the end of the second quarter.

In becoming part of Pasha, Horizon’s Hawaii business will operate alongside Pasha Hawaii’s existing [...]

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Port Metro trucking license system unfair, court rules

From ILWU Canada’s web site:

A group of Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers who were denied licenses to haul cargo in and out of port terminals won their case in Federal Court arguing that the selection process was unfair and their applications should be reconsidered.

Unless Port Metro Vancouver appeals the decision, it means [...]

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‘Container shipping CEOs have huge egos’ in ordering megaships, says CEO

Interesting perspective from OOCL CEO in excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ”No escape from ship ordering ‘arms race,’ OOCL head says”

Container shipping lines cannot get out of the large vessel arms race and excess capacity will be a permanent problem, according to Orient Overseas International Ltd. chairman Tung Chee Chen.

“In [...]

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UP: West Coast woes, Panama Canal expansion won’t spur major cargo shift

The JOC reports that, ”Fritz’s comments poured cold water on industry-wide speculation that shipper frustration with months of West Coast delays could trigger a cargo shift like one following the 10-day lockout of longshore workers on that coast in 2002.” Photo shows Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Union Pacific Railroad on Thursday [...]

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Innovative new tug for Foss Maritime

The tug is built to ice class DO with the hull designed specifically for polar waters and reinforced to maneuver in ice.

Seattle based Foss Maritime have christened the first of three Arctic Class tugs designed for operation in extreme conditions and now ready for its first job, an oil industry tow from South Korea [...]

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Portland City Council's Earth Day session disrupted by opponents of propane export terminal

Portland City commissioners walked out of their Earth Day hearing Wednesday after opponents of a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland staged a small demonstration in council chambers.

The council will vote soon on whether to amend zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow the propane terminal to build [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port chiefs lead forum to improve supply chain

In today’s Press-Telegram:

With competition looming from U.S. and foreign seaports, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports must work together with other stakeholders to improve and enhance the congestion-plagued supply chain responsible for moving goods in and out of the nation’s two busiest seaports, port officials said Wednesday.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director [...]

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Port of San Francisco extends shipyard/repair another 20 years

The San Francisco Port Commission has executed a new 20-year lease agreement with BAE Systems for maritime ship repair that will sustain San Francisco’s 150-year tradition of shipbuilding and repair. The agreement includes a provision that could extend shipyard operations through 2045.

BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair currently leases the Port’s Pier 70 shipyard [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd orders five container ships for more Panama Canal trade

Hapag-Lloyd said since its merger with CSAV, Latin America represented more than a third of its total transport volumes versus around 22 percent previously – with the group among the top four lines in the region.

Ship container line Hapag-Lloyd has placed an order for five vessels as it looks to bolster trade in [...]

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Port of Longview's new marketing materials highlight Longshore labor

From The Daily News’ report called ”Port of Longview launches new brand”:

The Port of Longview is finishing a two-year, $95,000 effort to rebrand itself as “Washington’s Working Port.” The new brand already has won awards and will pay off in better exposure and business for the port, officials say.

“We are [...]

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Hawaii Longshore Division reaches tentative agreement

A tentative agreement covering Hawaii longshore workers statewide was reached Monday afternoon.

The tentative agreement will be voted on by the full Hawaii Longshore Division membership after the Memorandum of Agreement is reviewed by the negotiating committee next week.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released after the membership vote.

The Hawaii Longshore Division [...]

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Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt.

America’s priorities as the incoming chairman of the body “include addressing the impacts of climate change, Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship and improving economic and [...]

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US Federal Maritime Commission ratifies Pacific Ports Agreement

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has ratified the Pacific ports operational improvements agreement (FMC Agreement no. 201227), which is aimed to improve the efficiency of West Coast port operations.

According to the FMC, this agreement will allow the involved parties to discuss and exchange information, and reach agreement on measures to enhance efficiency of operations [...]

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West Coast container volumes bounce back

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.

The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]

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Maersk container ship causes major Suez backlog after running aground

A container ship carrying a grade A hazardous cargo ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Saturday morning, the canal authority confirmed, delaying traffic for several hours through one of the most important trade routes in the world.

Sources in the canal authority said another ship in the same convoy, the Liberian-flagged Margaret Oldendorff, had [...]

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