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Could U.S. Built and Crewed Ships Help U.S. Exporters?

The United States is facing growing challenges exporting agricultural products abroad at a time when it lacks the U.S. flagged vessels to support international trade, according to panelists addressing a Maritime Day symposium entitled “Do U.S. Exporters Need U.S. Ships?”

The presentations were made before the Propeller Club of Northern California on May 16th via Zoom.

In his welcoming remarks, Jim Patti, president, International Propeller Club of the United States argued that the United States needs to build more commercial vessels as ...

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Could Marine Highway Ships and Port of Oakland Relieve LA/LB Port Congestion?

Paul Snell, chief executive officer, British American Shipping, Long Beach, California, suggested that a coastal feeder ship service linking the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland could relieve Southern California port congestion.

Snell was speaking to the Propeller Club of Northern California Maritime Day forum on May 16th, 2022, where he discussed “Challenges to U.S. Exporters.”

Snell said there is a serious problem with the lack of infrastructure at U.S. ports.

He referenced the lack of on-dock rail which has slowed ...

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Great Lakes Ports’ Director Outlines Infrastructure Priorities

New infrastructure investments will be needed to support U.S. Great Lakes ports and their expansion, says Steve Fisher, executive director, American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA).

The ports are seeing an increase in shipments of wind turbine components, some expansion of container cargoes and continued shipments of steel products and exports of agricultural products.

At the same time, a May report in Maritime Exchange has noted new containership services at the Great Lakes ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Cleveland, Ohio:

“The rise in ...

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Port of South Louisiana & Waterways Council Inc Say U.S. Infrastructure Upgrades Vital

New U.S. infrastructure funding will improve grain and energy shipments transported along the inland waterways thanks to improved port, lock, and dam upgrades, according to Paul Matthews, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana:

“We’re so grateful to Congress and President Biden for passing the Infrastructure Act. We all recognize the importance of infrastructure. Our port and the Mississippi River are connected to thirty-two states and two Canadian provinces.”

Tracy Zea, president, Waterways Council, Inc. based in Washington D.C. also hailed ...

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British American’s Snell Says US Exporters Face a Tough 2022

Smaller U.S. West Coast ports, including the Ports of Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma are experiencing ocean carrier service cutbacks that are adversely impacting U.S. agricultural exporters, according to Paul Snell, president of Huntington Beach, CA-based British-American Shipping.

The export situation is likely to remain challenging for the remainder of 2022, Snell said.

California Exporters Lost $2.1 billion in 2021

Snell was speaking to the Propeller Club of Northern California on April 19th.

In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that final 2021 trade ...

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MARITIME DAY PANELS MAY 16 & 18, 2022 Via Zoom

MAY 16, 2022:  DO U.S. EXPORTERS NEED NEW U.S SHIPS?

0900 (Pacific Time) 
WELCOME: Jim Patti, President International Propeller Club of the United States

0915 
Moderator: Stas Margaronis, President Propeller Club of Northern California
Paul Snell, Chief Executive Officer, British American Shipping, Long Beach California “Challenges for U.S. Exporters in 2022.”
Lars Jensen, Partner Vespucci Maritime, Copenhagen, Denmark, “World Container Trade Overview”
Bruce Jones, Author ‘To Rule the Waves’ & Senior Fellow Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., “Does China Rule the Waves?”
Dr. Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Associate Professor of History, Campbell ...

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GSC’s Arsenault: Space Now More Important Than Cost

Dave Arsenault, president of Oakland, Ca based GSC Logistics and a former president of Hyundai Merchant Marine America, warned that container space has become a more important factor than cost for booking imports and exports on ocean carriers.

“Cargo owners are a bit gun shy right now. For the last few years, they have so much disruption and distress in their supply chains that the cost of service is … secondary to space.”

Arsenault went on to predict that freight rates would ...

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PCNC Welcomes British-American’s Paul Snell: AG Exporters Strategy for 2022 Tuesday April 19 2022 @ 1100 Via Zoom

Port of Oakland’s Ron Brown will introduce Paul.

Paul will discuss:

  • CUTBACKS IN SAILINGS TO OAKLAND
  • TERMINALS APPOINTMENT SYSTEM ADDS COSTS AND PROBLEMS TO EXPORTERS
  • WORKING WITH OCEAN CARRIERS TO ASSURE YOUR FREIGHT SAILS ON TIME
  • IS SHIPPING OUT OF LA/LB THE NEW NORMAL

Paul’s background 

Paul Snell is Chief Executive Officer at British American Shipping, Long Beach, California, United States   

British American Shipping, LLC is a California based licensed Ocean Transport Intermediary (OTI) / Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). Our company operates as a global specialist in ...

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Jensen warns Russia-Ukraine conflict might generate cyberattacks on ports

Container shipping analyst Lars Jensen, the principal at Copenhagen-based Vespucci Maritime Consulting, warned that tensions between Russia and the Ukraine could spill out into cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, including ports.

Jensen warned the element of risk has risen drastically in the last weeks. “I cannot stress enough how seriously this should be taken.”

Jensen was addressing the Propeller Club of Northern California (PCNC) on February 8th.

Recalling the 2017 cyberattack that shut down the ocean carrier Maersk, Jensen said:

“Remember that in 2017 ...

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PCNC Welcomes GSC Logistics David Arsenault: What to Expect from Ocean Carriers in 2022 on Thursday, March 31 @ 11 Via Zoom 

 David Arsenault is the President of GSC Logistics, one of the largest and fastest growing logistics companies on the US west coast providing drayage, deconsolidation, and other value-added services. Mr. Arsenault has over 35 years of global executive leadership experience across all supply chain disciplines including ocean carriers, marine terminals, 3PLs, IEPs, motor carriers and technology companies. Dave previously spent 12 years at Hyundai ...

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! PCNC WELCOMES LARS JENSEN GLOBAL CONTAINER TRADE REVIEW FOR 2022 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8 @ 11 VIA ZOOM

PCNC WELCOMES VESPUCCI MARITIME’S LARS JENSEN “GLOBAL CONTAINER TRADE REVIEW FOR 2022” TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH @ 11 VIA ZOOM

LARS JENSEN WILL DISCUSS:

  • WILL THE TRANS-PACIFIC TRAFFIC JAM CONTINUE IN 2022?
  • WHAT CAN US EXPORTERS DO TO GET THEIR PRODUCTS TO EXPORT MARKETS?
  • WILL CONTAINER RATES DECLINE IN 2022?
  • IS MAERSK CREATING A COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE WITH ITS NEW METHANOL POWERED SHIPS AND PLEDGE TO BE ZERO EMISSION BY 2040?

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QUESTIONS: apmargaronis@mail.com

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PCNC Welcomes Hans Broekhuis CEO of 4FOLD & Amy Grat, CEO of EXP

Speakers: Hans Broekhuis, CEO of 4FOLD, introduces new shipping efficiency that saves space, time, money and our planet – a foldable shipping container that creates extra room on vessels, trucks, trains, terminals and depots. Amy Grat, CEO of EXP, talks about how EXP helps young people gain experience, unlock doors and build the confidence they need to succeed in school, career and life.

Watch the Video

View Hans Broekhuis’ Presentation Slides

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