Archive for 2021

PCNC EMERGENCY PRESENTATION: TUES., SEPT. 28TH @ 11 VIA ZOOM – OCEAN CARRIERS NEEDED BACK AT PORT OF OAKLAND

OCEAN CARRIERS NEEDED BACK AT PORT OF OAKLAND: PETER SCHNEIDER, TGS LOGISTICS

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH @ 11 VIA ZOOM

TGS Logistics’ Peter Schneider will discuss the emergency facing U.S. Ag exporters:

  • The U.S. export harvest is at risk unless ocean carriers bring back regular vessel services to the Port of Oakland
  • Direct Port of Oakland/First Port of Call service is essential to fast-track U.S. Ag exports
  • Exporters & importers need to contact their ocean carrier partners and make their voices heard
  • Current trucking rates between Northern California ...
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California Propeller Clubs’ Meeting Focuses on Railroads’ Impact on California Ports

The Propeller Clubs of Northern California and of Los Angeles and Long Beach convened a joint forum to discuss the impact of U.S. railroads on California ports.

On September 14th, maritime stakeholders from Northern and Southern California attended the virtual event where they heard the following reports:

Jessica Alvarenga, government affairs director Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), reported that average rail dwell time for containers moving on rail destined for Midwest destinations from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach averaged ...

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STORMS, FLOODING & SEA LEVEL DEFENSE 2021 NOVEMBER CONFERENCE

Resiliency Damage photo

ANNOUNCING THE 4TH STORMS, FLOODING & SEA LEVEL DEFENSE CONFERENCE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2021 

0800 – U.S. PACFIC TIME TO 1300 U.S. PACIFIC TIME VIA ZOOM

The Storms, Flooding & Sea Level Defense conference will be the fourth conference produced by the Propeller Club of Northern California and the Society of American Military Engineers. 

This year’s SFSLD 2021 conference will look at:

* Modernizing ...

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PCNC PRESENTS: RAILROADS & WEST COAST PORTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 @ 11 VIA ZOOM

RAILROADS & WEST COAST PORTS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH @ 11 VIA ZOOM

THIS PANEL OF EXPERTS WILL DISCUSS RAIL ISSUES IMPACTING WEST COAST PORTS:

  • RON BROWN, PORT OF OAKLAND
  • MICHAEL SUSSMAN, STRATEGIC RAIL FINANCE  
  • VINCENT IACOPELLA, ALBA WHEELS UP INTERNATIONAL  
  • DAVE ARSENAULT, GSC LOGISTICS & PROPELLER CLUB OF LOS ANGELES & LONG BEACH 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

apmargaronis@gmail.com 

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PCNC PRESENTS “FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND FARMS STRATEGY FOR THE UNITED STATES” FEATURING DR HABIB DAGHER, UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

TUESDAY, JULY 13TH @ 1100 VIA ZOOM

DR DAGHER DISCUSSED:

  • New Floating Wind Turbines to Be Deployed Off Maine’s Coast
  • How Floating Wind Turbines Can Be Built at U.S. Shipyards
  • Training Next Generation U.S. Offshore Wind Turbine Workers
  • Support Vessel Requirements
  • Permitting & Finance Challenges
  • A Floating Wind Farm Strategy for California
  • New Business for California Ports
  • Building 3D Printed Boats 

BIO: Dr, Dagher is the founding Executive Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC).  Under his leadership, the Center has grown from 4 to ...

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U.S. Exporters Continue to Encounter Rough Sailing in 2021

Paul Snell, CEO British – American Shipping, warned that the recent consolidation of ocean carriers into now 17 carriers into a smaller number of alliances has been accompanied by downsizing and automation in which carriers “mimic each other” in emphasizing imports over exports and with the unintended effect of “devaluing” U.S exporters.

This consolidation is causing international trade to favor imports over exports to the United States and is creating long-term obstacles for U.S. exporters.

However, Snell emphasized that challenges faced by ...

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After COVID Losses, Port of San Francisco’s Forbes Hopeful About A Rebound and State Aid

In an interview with AJOT, Elaine Forbes, executive director, Port of San Francisco said the Port could be facing up to an $80 million deficit by the end of 2021. She is hopeful about an economic rebound in 2022 and that $250 million designated by the State of California for ports’ recovery might be partially utilized to reduce Port losses suffered during the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Forbes told the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: “The Port is in a crisis. ...

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PCNC & CBFANC Present “U.S. Exporter Strategies in 2021” – May 20

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021 @ 1030 PACIFIC TIME VIA ZOOM

1030: INTRODUCTION: Stas Margaronis, PCNC & Evey Hwang, CBFANC

1040: WELCOME: Danny Wan, Executive Director, Port of Oakland

1045: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paul Snell, CEO, British-American Shipping, LLC “How to Navigate Export Obstacles in 2021”

1100 PANEL DISCUSSION: “What Strategies Should Exporters Pursue In 2021?”

Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AGTC)

John Lee, President, SW ...

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PCNC Presents: U.S. MARITIME DAY 2021: Salute to the Jones Act with Acting MARAD Administrator Lucinda Lessley – May 21

Friday May 21, 2021 @ 1030 Pacific Via Zoom

1030: INTRODUCTION: Stas Margaronis, PCNC

1035: WELCOME: Niels Aalund, President, International Propeller Club of the United States

Lucinda Lessley

1040: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Lucinda Lessley, Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator, “Should the United States Expand Its Merchant Marine & Shipbuilding to Help U.S. Exporters” 

Lucinda Lessley serves as the Acting Administrator of the Maritime Administration. Previously, she was Senior Investigator with the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Prior to ...

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SEA LEVEL & FLOODING CONFERENCE: TEXAS, LOUISIANA, CALIFORNIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, ROTTERDAM, SHANGHAI & SALTWATER THREAT TO FRESH WATER

Retired Brigadier General Joseph Schroedel urged attendees at the “Strategies for Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense Investments” conference to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission to upgrade the nation’s flood control and waterways infrastructure. Schroedel also urged support for budgetary increases in the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which funds USACE projects.

The WRDA passed in 2020 included key provisions to invest in U.S. ports, harbors and inland waterways; build more resilient communities so that  the U.S. ...

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PCNC Welcomes PCC Logistics Brandon McDonnell, Darren Shems, STORM GEO, Ed Kearney, Founder Boundary Layer Technologies – April 28 @1100 via Zoom

 

Brandon McDonnell is Vice President of PCC Logistics who began his career in transportation while simultaneously attending Cal State Hayward.  His formal initiation into the industry commenced at PCC Logistics, situated in Oakland, CA in 1996. During his tenure there, he has held various positions ranging from operations to sales. McDonnell was a board member for several years of The Pacific Transportation ...

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Oakland’s Proposed New Ballpark and Condo Complex “Long-Term Threat” to Port

PMSA’s Jacob Warns Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Ballpark and Condos Pose “Long-Term Threat” to Port of Oakland Maritime Operations

Mike Jacob, vice president and general counsel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), called the recently-released City of Oakland draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzing the Oakland A’s proposed ballpark and condominium complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal “inadequate.”

Jacob said the report was vague in its analysis of the complex’s impact on harbor trucking, air quality and container rail movements.

Jacob warned ...

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