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Port of Long Beach Raises Small Business Commitment

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners – seeking to expand opportunities for a wider range of vendors, contractors and consultants – has set a higher goal for the Port of Long Beach to buy goods and services from small and very small businesses. Historically, the port has succeeded in meeting a 25 percent small business participation goal, which led to the recent Harbor Commission approval of a goal increase to 27 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning October 1. “The Port’s efforts to do business with small and very small businesses are beneficial for the local economy,” said Harbor Commission Vice President Rich Dines. “These smaller companies can increase competition for Port contracts and also offer opportunities to nurture a more diverse business community in Long Beach and the Southern California region.” Harbor Commissioner Lou Ann Bynum, a longtime supporter of small business programs, added, "The Port is working hard to improve the local economy, create jobs, and provide resources to our local small business owners." The increased goal demonstrates the port’s continuing commitment to the small business community.  Since the Small Business Enterprise Program was launched in 2004, the Port has frequently exceeded its participation goals


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


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.


Cowes Breakwater Catalyzes Harbor Investment

Photo courtesy of CHC

The main aim of Cowes Harbor Commission’s (CHC) investment into the new Cowes Breakwater was to provide a true sheltered harbor, thereby unlocking its full potential and creating a catalyst for major inward investment and employment generation. The protection provided by the Cowes Breakwater has now enabled the planned marina element of the Cowes Outer Harbor Project (OHP) to move forward. The OHP is a long-standing strategic partnership between CHC and the Homes and Communities


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.


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


Long Beach Officials on Trade Mission in Asia

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Meeting with shipping lines to build business for Port of Long Beach Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Harbor Commissioners and senior Harbor Department staff are traveling to several Asian countries, meeting with the Port of Long Beach’s key customers to retain and bring more business to Long Beach. The Long Beach officials are scheduled to meet with senior leadership of shipping lines based in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan


LA, Long Beach Ports Cooperation Approved

Federal regulators approve expanded working pact for Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles to cooperate on congestion relief   The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles received federal approval Thursday to cooperate more vigorously on finding new ways to prevent congestion and cargo delays, improve the transportation network and enhance air quality.   The Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) decision to grant the expanded agreement allows the ports to pursue joint


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


Environmental Attorney Joins Long Beach Harbor Commission

Tracy Egoscue formerly ran Baykeeper, Regional Water Board

  Environmental attorney and Long Beach resident Tracy Egoscue joined the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday as the first Commissioner appointed by newly elected Mayor Robert Garcia. She was approved by the City Council last week for a six-year term. Egoscue heads a Long Beach-based private law practice, and in the past was Executive Officer of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board – Los Angeles Region


Working Harbor Committee to Screen "Liemba!"

 The MV Liemba (Photo courtesy of the Working Harbor Committee)

  The Working Harbor Committee is presenting a screening of the documentary film "Liemba!" on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Church of NY. The screening will feature special guest speaker James Wong, Director of Ferries, NYC Economic Development Corp.  


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


EU Regulators Order Cosco to Pay for Greek Benefits

Image: Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT)

 European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd, says a report in Reuters.   The European Commission found that Greece inappropriately granted tax


Detained Vessels Released in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after deficiencies detected   The Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, detained and released two vessels in February and March, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.  


EU: Cosco, Piraeus Port to Pay Back State Aid

European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd. The European Commission said the measures, which breached EU rules


Captain to Recount Refugee Rescue at CMA

Captain who rescued hundreds of refugees in Mediterranean to recount experience at CMA Conference   Captain Joshua Bhatt is a featured speaker at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in the Harbor Point Room (Lobby


Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J


Bow Thrusters Ordered for New NYC Ferries

Photo courtesy of WESMAR

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced that its heavy duty Bow Thrusters have been selected for three new 165-foot, 600-passenger excursion and sightseeing ferries operated by Circle Line Cruises, the New York City sightseeing company.


Port of San Diego Plans Terminal Modernization

The port’s proposal includes removal of two outdoor transit sheds among other upgrades in order to provide space and flexibility for cargo and remove unnecessary transit around the terminal. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Port of San Diego proposes plan to increase regional economic impact; Environmental Impact Report commissioned to study modernization of Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal   The Port of San Diego has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Long Beach Extends Congestion Relief Depot

Image: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach continues temporary off-dock storage on Pier S to speed cargo flow   To help Port of Long Beach terminals quickly work through a backlog of cargo, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously approved an extra six months of operation for a temporary


Long Beach Mayor, Port Leaders in Europe

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

  Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is leading a Port of Long Beach delegation on a weeklong business development trip this week to meet with executives at the European home offices of the world’s three largest shipping lines. The group will update Port customers on the impact of the


Los Angeles Unveils Plans for Faster Cargo Flow

Port of Los Angeles

  A new program that expedites cargo by streamlining container moves is speeding up operations at the Port of Los Angeles. Launched February 25, the "Peel Off" Program has added a new operational model to the Port to clear the current backlog of containers and improve the flow of


Shell's Arctic-Drilling Fleet at West Seattle’s Terminal 5

 Shell in the Arctic: Pic by SHELL GLOBAL

 The Seattle Port Commission is seeking a passage to calmer waters after facing protest and song over its lease of Terminal 5 to provide a staging area for Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.   The city’s Department of Planning and Development will “review


Contract Awarded for Savannah Harbor Dredging

Savannah Harbor Image by Georgia Ports Authority

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $134.5 million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to begin dredging work for the expansion of the Savannah Harbor.   The project, known as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) deepening the entrance channel to a






 
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