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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships […]


Brookings Institution: US needs to address congestion, Harbor Maintenance Tax improvements

The Brookings Institution said U.S. government needs to adopt a national policy to address congestion at major ports:

As it stands, policymakers see ports more as local infrastructure and not national assets, the Brookings report said. That means spending is allocated based on local needs, even though congestion near the ports of Houston or Portland […]


WRRDA’s promised funding for US ports isn’t guaranteed

Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.

Just because Congress promises to send hundreds of millions of dollars more annually to U.S. ports and more fairly distribute the […]


Harbor tax rebate could help Seattle, Tacoma ports attract business

The Seattle Times reports that the Ports of Tacoma (pictured) and Seattle ”are losing market share, and they lay part of the blame on the harbor-maintenance tax. Importers and shippers can bypass the levy — $1.25 per $1,000 in cargo — by entering through or Mexican ports and moving the goods to final U.S. […]


Senate bill would increase federal funds to Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

A federal water resources bill making its way through Congress would provide funds to dredge the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Wednesday.

The wording of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a joint House and Senate […]


New terminal in Mexico could mean more competition for West Coast ports

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle and several others are lobbying for Congress to rewrite the Harbor Maintenance Tax so that containers landed in Mexico and Canada will have to pay the same tax when they are imported into the U.S. […]


Maritime Leaders Demand Congress Release Funds for Ports and Jobs

Last week, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome joined maritime leaders at the Port of Oakland “to call on Congress to release funds collected from Californialeaders of the ILWU and the PMA joined elected officials at the Port of Oakland to support California Senate Joint Resolution 15, jointly authored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Sen. […]


Money for port repairs sits in trust funds

California’s shipping channels are in desperate need of dredging and maintenance.

The money to do the work is in the Federal Harbor Maintenance trust fund, but the feds won’t release the nearly $6 billion in that fund.

“Carriers don’t mind paying, shippers don’t mind paying if they get something in return on their dollar,” […]


U.S. Federal Commission asked to investigate Prince Rupert’s Fairview Terminal

Fairview Terminal, Port of Prince Rupert

July 29: American concerns about container shipments through Fairview Terminal reached a new height last week, as Federal Maritime Commission Chair Richard Lidinsky confirmed that congressmen from the west coast had asked him to investigate Prince Rupert to determine if it puts U.S. ports at an unfair disadvantage.



Everett Port director calls for federal investments

Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr testified before Congress today on the maritime infrastructure needs to support the doubling of U.S. exports over the next five years.

To enhance the U.S. marine transportation system so it can handle more exports to compete with Canadian ports and the expanded Panama Canal, Mohr said the federal […]


AAPA Lauds House T&I Committee Chairman Mica’s Commitment to Fix Harbor Maintenance Tax Inequity

The American Association of Port Authorities issued a news release lauding proposed changes to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL). Excerpts below, or read the entire news release at AAPA.

In meetings this year with Chairman Mica, AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle stressed the need […]


Mica to Target Harbor Tax in Transport Legislation

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., digging deeper into specifics of the next multi-year surface transportation bill, says he wants to use the measure to revamp the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to spend down its large balances.

Mica, in a May 23 opinion column in the Politico newspaper, said … the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund “is critical […]