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SURPRISE! Congressman John Garamendi Will Address PCNC Networking Party, Thursday, July 2 @ 11 AM Via ZOOM

As a pre-Fourth of July celebration, PCNC will hold a networking party for members and friends to meet via Zoom on Thursday July 2nd at 11.00 AM. Zoom allows attendees to be organized into groups so people can talk to each other in a less congested setting. 

If you wish to attend, please contact Stas Margaronis to register at: apmargaronis@gmail.com

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARITIME DAY WITH SEAFARERS, NATIONAL SHIPPING, PASHA HAWAII & MORE! FRIDAY MAY 22 @ 11AM VIA ZOOM

Shipyards During the War by Anton Refregier (Rincon Center Lobby: San Francisco)
Shipyards During the War by Anton Refregier (Rincon Center Lobby: San Francisco)

The Propeller Club of Northern California will be celebrating National Maritime Day on Friday May 22nd @ 1100 hrs. Via Zoom. 

Our speakers will include:

Nick Marrone, vice president Seafarers International Union, who will discuss challenges faced by American mariners during the Covid crisis, ...

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Port of Oakland Welcomes 19,200 TEU MSC Anna, one of the largest container ships to call North America

On April 16th, the Port of Oakland hosted Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Anna, a 19,200 20-foot container ship, which is one of the largest container ships ever to dock at a North American port, according to Michael Zampa, the Port’s communication director.

Zampa told AJOT that the mega container ship “stopped at the Port of Long Beach to pick up empty containers before sailing to Oakland where it will unload import containers, pick up export containers and return to Shanghai.”

Zampa said, ...

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StormGeo and DNV GL sign MoU to accelerate maritime data sharing

Oslo, 18 March 2020: StormGeo and DNV GL announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive digitalization and data standardization in the maritime industry.

In the MoU, both parties aim to strengthen the presence and integration of StormGeo’s fleet performance management and weather intelligence solutions on DNV GL’s independent data platform, Veracity. This will give StormGeo’s customers an enhanced service offering, helping them to further optimize the operations of their fleet. Veracity users will benefit from ...

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PMA and ILWU Pledge Joint Effort to Win Back Lost Market Share from East and Gulf Coast Ports

In an unusual display of unity, Willie Adams, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) pledged to work together to help U.S. West Coast ports regain lost market share from rival ports on the East and Gulf Coasts.

Both leaders agreed that it was vital to lobby the two West Coast rail providers, the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, to reduce the rates they charge ...

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PCNC Welcomes ILWU’s Willie Adams & PMA’s Jim McKenna – February 4

ILWU President Willie Adams and PMA President Jim McKenna jointly addressed the Propeller Club of Northern California on February 4th pledging to work more closely together to improve the competitiveness of California ports with rival ports on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The two leaders also pledged to support efforts to block the Oakland A’s ballpark and condominium complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.

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California Conference Sounds Alarm about Sea Level Rise, Storms

Speaker at Propeller Club meeting says over 600,000 of the state’s residents will be exposed to flooding at the end of the century.

Speakers at a “Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense Conference” in Oakland, California, warned attendees about myriad dangers to coastal and inland residents in coming years from rising sea levels.

Sponsored by the Propeller Club of Northern California, the event featured about three dozen speakers, including representatives from seven of California’s ports, and had more than 150 attendees. Several ...

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PCNC Welcomes USCG’s Captain Marie Byrd – Sep 10

On September 10th, USCG’s Captain Marie Byrd told PCNC that the Bay Area is a vital source for petroleum and agricultural goods and that these resources could be at risk from an earthquake or other catastrophic event. USCG is working with Northern California Ports, the Harbor Safety Committee as well as the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) to support preparedness.

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HTA’S Jerry Moro – “Proposed A’s Ballpark Threatens Harbor Trucking & Port of Oakland Operations”

Jerry Moro, director of Northern California Operations for the Harbor Trucking Association, says plans for the Oakland Athletics’ baseball park to be constructed at the current site of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal will generate so much car traffic that harbor trucking will be brought to a near standstill during baseball games and other events.

The result will be to ...

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SSA says Port of Oakland Turning Basin Expansion is Critical

The Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), general manager, who runs the Port of Oakland’s largest container terminal, Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) says that the Port must quickly embark on an expansion of the Turning Basin located in the Oakland Estuary or face the loss of next generation container ship business.

oakland international container terminal

In an interview with AJOT, Jim Rice, ...

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