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US Port's Master Plan Ready for Public Comment

Port Planning Area: Image credit Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles has released a Draft Port Master Plan for public review and input through April 8, 2013. The Port Master Plan serves as a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the coastal zone boundary of the Port of Los Angeles. The Draft Port Master Plan combines the original 1980 Port Master Plan and its subsequent amendments into an updated and more concise document that reflects recent land use planning and projects, replaces outdated language, and provides an easy to understand, specific land use plan. After the public comment period, a final version of the Port Master Plan will be considered for approval by the Harbor Commission and California Coastal Commission later this year. A copy of the document is available for public review at the following locations: • Port of Los Angeles website at this link . • Port of Los Angeles Planning and Economic Development Division 
222 W. 6th Street, 9th Floor, Suite 900, San Pedro During the public comment and review period, the Port will hold a public hearing on the Draft Port Master Plan before the Harbor Commission on Thursday, April 4, 8:30 a.m., at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, in Wilmington. Written comments should be postmarked by April 8, 2013 and sent to: Michael Cham
Planning and Economic Development Division
Port of Los Angeles 
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731


Port to Test New Clean-air System

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach will fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Under the pact, the Port would rely upon regional air quality authorities to oversee a demonstration project to thoroughly assess both the safety and the pollution-reducing effectiveness of a mobile, barge-mounted emissions control system to capture and treat ships’ smokestack emissions.


Port of LA Makes $6m Available for Projects

The Port of Los Angeles is making $6m available for projects that reduce air pollution generated by Port operations. The funding is a component of the 2006-2007 Port Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program. An applicant workshop and vendor fair will be held on August 29 at 10 a.m. Deadline for submissions is October 24, 2006. The Port Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program provides financial incentives for programs that will reduce air emissions that affect neighboring communities of


New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria

A new water taxi service will link Old Town Alexandria with National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Willem Polak, president of Potomac Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project


Neighboring California Ports at Loggerheads

Area Map: Image credit Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners to support the city’s appeal against a proposed Port of Los Angeles rail yard project. The city’s appeal is of the Southern California International Gateway rail yard project approved recently by the Port of Los Angeles. The 153-acre facility proposed by BNSF Railway Co. sits just outside West Long Beach, alongside the Terminal Island Freeway on land owned by the Port of Los Angeles


Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Seroka Confirmed in Post

Gene Seroka: Photo Port of LA

The Los Angeles City Council apprises that it has unanimously confirmed veteran shipping industry leader Gene Seroka as the new Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. Earlier in June, the Harbor Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Seroka for the executive director’s position. Mayor Garcetti’s May 27 announcement that he had chosen Seroka for the job concluded a global search to fill the Port’s top management post.


USS Honolulu Prepares For Last Aloha

Honolulu's namesake ship is preparing to say farewell to its island home after two decades of service. USS Honolulu (SSN 718), which is scheduled to inactivate next year, will hold a farewell ceremony April 15 prior to departing Hawaii on her final deployment to the Western Pacific. "This is an exciting and challenging time for us," said Cmdr. John Russ, the nuclear-powered attack submarine's commanding officer


Tractor Tug Begins Service

Boston’s newest and most powerful harbor tug has been christened, crewed up and has started serving customers of Constellation Maritime Co. The tug Leo is a 78-foot, 5,000 horsepower Dolphin-Class vessel built at Foss Rainier Shipyard in Oregon. The brand new ASD-powered tug arrived in Boston on March 7 along with the Orion, a 3,000 horsepower, 95 foot Voith-powered tractor formerly in service for Foss Maritime on the Columbia River.


FMC – LA/LB Marine Terminal Operator Agreement

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it is requested additional information from the Boards of Harbor Commissioners of the Ports of Los Angeles and regarding planned changes to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) Agreement.  This action prevents the agreement from becoming effective as originally scheduled.  Source: HK Law


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 4

USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming at high speed during the Battle of Midway (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 4 1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, Va. 1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins; during battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal captures German submarine, U-505 For more information about naval history


Harbor Commission Approves Port Budget - Long Beach

Capital improvement projects move ahead with $579 million in funding for Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, July 14, approved an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for a robust building and modernization program.


Pier Damaged at Port Canaveral

North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 (Photo courtesy of Port Canaveral)

Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates   The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday. No injuries occurred and cleanup continues today.


USCG saves Distressed Kayaker in Chatham Harbor

  A Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crew saved a kayaker Friday in Chatham Harbor, Massachusetts, after his kayak overturned. Station Chatham was notified at about 6:45 p.m., from a nearby witness that two kayakers were in distress in Chatham Harbor.


ICC Appoints Ximena Tapias Delporte as Vice-Chair

Ximena Delporte

  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ximena Tapias Delporte as Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Marketing and Advertising. Ms Tapias Delporte has been Executive Chairman of the Colombian Union of Advertising Companies (UCEP)


No Discharge Zone Declared in Lake Erie

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today declared the New York side of the Lake Erie shore line a “no discharge zone,” which means that boats are completely banned from discharging sewage into the water


EU Extends Liner Shipping Consortia Exemption

European  Commission extends validity of special competition regime for liner shipping consortia until April 2020 The European Commission has extended by another five years until April 2020 the validity of the existing legal framework exempting, if certain conditions are met


Former FedEx Canada President to Head Long Beach Port

Jon Slangerup to be appointed Chief Executive

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday, June 30, to name Jon W. Slangerup, a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies, as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive.


ISS Aids Complex “Super Crane” Installation

Four STS cranes, the largest of their type anywhere in the world, have been brought onshore, ready for commissioning, at Algeciras port in Spain. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a world's leading maritime services provider, was drafted in by ZPMC to act as agents for the break bulk carrier


Port of Tallinn invests in Paldiski South Harbor

Port of Tallinn

  The council of Port of Tallinn approved an investment of 1.8 million euros for deepening the aquatory of Paldiski South Harbor in order to enable the harbour to accept bigger vessels with total tonnage up to 75,000 GT. With the help of the investment aimed to increase the competitiveness


U.S. Navy Surgeon General Visits the Peace Ark

Peace-ark

  The U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, embarked the People's Republic of China medical ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866) for a tour, while it is in port for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in Pearl Harbor July 2


EU Investigating Dutch Port Tax Schemes

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Taxation of Dutch ports could breach EU competition rules. France, Belgium warned over their tax treatment of ports; EU executive could broaden investigation to other EU ports. The European Union's competition watchdog on Wednesday opened an investigation into tax exemptions granted to ports in


New Crane Boosts Drammen's Handling Capacity

Liebherr LHM 550 allows for highly efficient container handling in Port of Drammen.

The Norwegian Port of Drammen opted for a new Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550, which has started operation in June 2014. This investment in the future represents the second mobile harbor crane for the port, which has been operating an LHM 400 since 2008.


Europe to Cut Swath in Vessel Port Formalities Paperwork

Dr. Takis Katsoulakos: Photo EC

The European Commission informs that a new global era for maritime transport will dawn in June 2015 when it will unveil harmonised e-reporting for all vessels entering in or departing from EU ports. Vessels will provide required information electronically via one single entry point – the


Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor

The red lines (not included on the actual chart 11525) show the limits of the old chart.

The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the


Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity

MV Bay Breeze: Photo SF Bay Ferry

SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional






 
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