Forest Promoted to Senior VP at Matson
Ronald J. Forest has been promoted to senior vice president of Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson). The appointment was approved yesterday by the company's Board of Directors and announced by Matson President and CEO James S. Andrasick."This promotion is in recognition of the consistently strong performance Ron has delivered for the company in a number of challenging executive assignments," Andrasick said. "These posts have included area manager of both Northern and Southern California; president and chief executive officer of Matson Intermodal System, Inc.; and his current assignment as head of Matson's operations division."Forest's career in the industry spans 25 years and has included eight years with Matson, eight years with APL and nine years with United States Lines.
Port Traffic Surges at Long Beach
Renewed activity at the Port of Long Beach’s largest terminal and extra ships calling ahead of the Lunar New Year pushed cargo 8.7 percent higher in January compared to the same month a year ago. Dockworkers moved 582,689 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Exports were strong, jumping 10.8 percent year-over-year to 118,234 containers. Imports increased 7.4 percent to 298,990 TEUs, while empties sent back to the Far East rose 9.6 percent to 165,465. Growth at terminals was led by the Port’s Pier T terminal, operated by Total Terminals International (TTI).
Clean Power For Southern California Charter Fleet
Working out of San Diego's Fisherman's Landing Marina, J.J. Gerritsen recently repowered his 65 x 22-ft. aluminum charter fishing boat dubbed Apollo. For Gerritsen sport fishing is a serious business dependent on the unpredictability of fish and weather. Given those two great unknowns, he has learned you can't leave anything else to chance. In the heavily populated southern California market, Gerritsen is also aware of the crucial relation between a healthy environment and success in the hospitality industry. "We were running a pair of the smoke belching old two-cycle engines," he says, "They were the standard in our industry. We understood them and had reliable mechanics and spares available. We can't afford any downtime in our business.
Voices: Todd Roberts, President, Marine Group Boat Works
"As a kid, I worked for our sister company, Flagship Cruises (formerly San Diego Harbor Excursion),” said Roberts. “I wanted to be a deckhand on the ferry but I was told that I was too young, so I started out sweeping the floors in the boathouse, and doing just about anything, from loading the boats to hauling line. Going to work for me was like other kids going to the Little League field. And so starts the story of Todd Roberts’ maritime career some three decades ago. Roberts graduated Cal Maritime…
Los Angeles Port Cargo Volumes Rise
Californian Port of Los Angeles has seen its volumes increase by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017 as it handled a total of 2.23 million TEUs in the three-month period, compared to 2 million TEU seen in the same quarter a year earlier. “We are pleased to end the first quarter of 2017 with strong volumes and continually efficient cargo handling operations,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Gene adde: “We continue to earn the confidence of shippers and are encouraged by the strength of our supply chain partners.
ABB Software Aids Supertankers Entering Port of Long Beach
Supertankers entering the Port of Long Beach will use ABB’s marine software to produce real-time data of the keel-to-seabed clearance, improving the safety and efficiency of the operations. Sensors fitted to Tesoro vessels will send information to a Portable Surveyor Box (PSB), carried by the pilot, which will verify their route to the dock. In this specific case, the system is used to continuously validate (and improve) pre-calculated motions from the online decision support system PROTIDE, which is used to calculate safe transit time windows for large oil tankers to enter the port.
US Coast Guard Shipwreck Found – 100 Years Later
The shipwreck remains of a historic U.S. Coast Guard cutter have been discovered off of Southern California 100 years after the vessel was lost at sea. In its heyday, the Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch – commissioned in 1897 as a cruising cutter for the U.S. Treasury’s Revenue Cutter Service, a predecessor of the Coast Guard – saw its share of action, having served with Commodore George Dewey in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 as part of the U.S. Asiatic Squadron that destroyed the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first major battle of the Spanish-American War.
Ever Sigma Discharges 9 millionth TEU at Los Angeles Port
Evergreen Line’s Ever Sigma container ship discharged the 9 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) to pass through the Port of Los Angeles in the span of 12 months, setting a new annual record for the most container throughput of any port in the western hemisphere. "Nine million TEUs is a major milestone for Los Angeles, and it’s only fitting that Evergreen Line, a longstanding customer, discharged the box that set this new Western Hemisphere record," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.
CEVA Expanding Presence in Southern California
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, today announced plans to expand its presence in the San Diego market with a new Freight Management and Logistics facility totaling 125,000 sq. ft. (11,612 sqm.) and 23 dock doors. The new facility will be the largest Freight Management and Logistics facility serving the San Diego market and represents the largest new warehouse agreement completed in central San Diego in the past five years. It will combine two current CEVA operations – a customer-dedicated facility presently based in Poway, CA, and the company’s current Freight Management operation, which is located in the same office park as the new facility in Mission Trails Industrial Park…
Busch Promoted to GM of Crowley's Southern California Ship
Southern California ship assist and escort services operations. port of San Diego. president and general manager of ship assist and escort services. "Todd brings years of maritime experience to his new job," said Grune. side capacities as well, including tug dispatch and sales and marketing. control and developing operational efficiencies," Grune said. That team recently underwent a reorganization of some office personnel. Crowley's Seattle office. said. been seamless to the customer". Thomas B. Crowley award, the highest honor a Crowley employee can receive.
Dock Workers Injured in Chemical Spill at Port of Long Beach
Twelve people, including one firefighter, sustained minor to mild injuries after a container ship leaked a hazardous material in the Port of Long Beach in Southern California, WSJ reported. A 6,000-gallon container on the ship began leaking the liquid Sunday morning, Officer Brian Fisk with the Long Beach Fire Department said. Workers who were exposed to the leaking chemical, identified as propyl acetate, experienced shortness of breath, said Davonte Marrow, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard. The leak was contained and a 1,000-foot perimeter was established as a precaution.
MarAd Appoints Hicks
The Maritime Administration has named Alan T. Hicks to head its new Southern California Gateway Office in Ten Gateway Offices have been established in the Nation's largest ports to place a team of intermodal maritime experts "on the ground" that work with headquarters staff, state and local authorities and a broad range of port, shipper and carrier stakeholders to cooperate on projects. The goal is to work on reducing congestion, improving freight and passenger movement, and addressing environmental and community challenges in the ports, intermodal connections, and key freight and passenger corridors. The Southern California Gateway Office will provide support in , Southern California (South of Point Conception), West Coast of Mexico, and . Prior to this appointment, Mr.
Guzmán Re-elected Harbor Commission President, Long Beach Port
Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán was re-elected Monday evening to serve a second one-year term leading the board that oversees the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport. The five-member Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary, continuing in the roles they have served in for the past 12 months. Each July, the Commission selects from its own members the President and the other Board officers for one-year terms.
Los Angeles Port Fellows Program Makes an Impact
As the maritime industry continues to evolve, the need for developing well-trained, knowledgeable and tech-savvy port leaders of the future has never been greater. Last April, the Port of Los Angeles announced its first-ever Fellows Program, an educational initiative focused on developing the next generation of maritime and port leadership. The one-year, on-the-job experience for graduate students officially kicked off in June with the selection of three fellows from some of the region’s top universities.
Southern California Port Congestion
Hapag-Lloyd informs about the congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has reached a critical point. I. Several container ships are anchoring off the harbor and waiting in line to berth. Now Vessels are also being delayed due to ongoing congestion. II. There continues to be an acute shortage of truck power. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates that the industry has a shortage of approximately 30,000 drivers nationwide. Hapag-Lloyd continues to explore opportunities to contract additional vendor companies. III.
October Imports up 9% at Port of Oakland
Containerized imports shipped through the Port of Oakland were up 9.17% in October from a year ago, the port said, citing the surge as the biggest jump in import cargo volume in six months. According to statistics released today, vessels discharged the equivalent of 73,124 20-foot import containers in Oakland during October. That was up from 66,983 containers handled in the same period last year. Port executives attributed the growth to two factors: A strategic drive to increase import volumes at the Port of Oakland…
New Virus Found in the Ocean
Researchers from MIT and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered a new type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the ocean but has long escaped analysis because its characteristics are not detected by standard tests. The newly identified viruses have long been missed by previous studies due several unusual properties including a lack of “tail” found on most catalogued and sequenced bacterial viruses. This research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Ventures Fund…
Pacific Storm Triggers Tornado, Mudslides, Floods in Southern California
A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds on Friday, triggering a small tornado, flash floods and mudslides that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes, damaged dozens of others and disrupted passenger rail services along the coast. One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. Separately…
Reducing Emissions in Southern California
The classic Four Preps song says that it is 26 miles or 40 kilometers to Santa Catalina from the California mainland. Others say it is only 20 or 22 miles but regardless of the distance the tugs of the Connolly-Pacific Company, a Subsidiary of Knife River Corp., make regular crossings of the channel with barge loads of aggregate from a quarry on the island to construction firms on the mainland. They supply their own marine construction requirements as well as marketing rock products in the Los Angeles to San Diego area.
Long Beach Port Leads Way to Clear Backlog of Containers Due to Hanjin Bankruptcy
The Port of Long Beach is helping to clear a significant backlog of empty cargo containers from Southern California and free up the chassis they sit on, as part of an agreement with terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to bring in a container ship to remove up to 4,300 empty containers. The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping declared on Aug. 31 resulted in a significant buildup of empty containers across Southern California, tying up the chassis they rest on. “The Port of Long Beach recognized the urgency to alleviate the shortage created by the estimated 6…
Navy Encouraged by Appeals Court Ruling
Navy officials said they are optimistic that a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Nov. 13 ordered a lower court to rewrite restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar in certain Southern California exercises. That ruling was part of a lawsuit challenging the Navy's ability to train Sailors before they deploy to potential hotspots. The Navy had asked the appeals court to overturn a preliminary injunction that was granted by a U.S. district judge on Aug. 6, 2007, that bars the Navy from using active sonar in certain multi-ship exercises off Southern California through January 2009. That injunction was granted in a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental and animal protection groups.
Long Beach Volumes Dip on Hanjin Fallout
October container volumes were down 6.2 percent at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, as the fallout from the Hanjin bankruptcy continues to settle. According to the port, a total of 581,808 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through docks last month. Export TEUs were 1.2 percent down, relatively flat compared to last October, to 126,770 TEUs. Total imports were 296,711 TEUs, 3.7 percent off. Empty containers experienced the largest drop of 13.8 percent to 158,327 boxes. A major factor affecting the port’s volume is the Hanjin bankruptcy.
Long Beach Port Launches Zero-Emissions Project
Officials from the Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission today launched the nation’s largest pilot project for zero-emissions cranes and other cargo-handling equipment for seaports. Funded mostly by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the project will bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near zero-emissions to Port of Long Beach marine terminals for one year to test their performance in a real-world setting.