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PCNC WELCOMES AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION CHIEF GREG REGAN:  RAIL & MARITIME UPDATES TUESDAY OCTOBER 11 @ 11 VIA ZOOM

GREG REGAN WILL DISCUSS:

  • SHIPPER/LABOR COALITION SUPPORTING RAILROAD REGULATION
  • CHALLENGES FACED BY U.S. RAILROAD WORKERS
  • SUPPORTING U.S. MARITIME
  • ATTRACTING WORKERS TO TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRIES

GREG REGAN, PRESIDENT,  TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT AFL-CIO,

In 2021, Greg Regan was elected President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, a labor organization consisting of 36 unions that together represent workers in all areas of transportation. TTD focuses on federal legislation, regulatory matters, and policy issues that impact transportation workers.

In his current position, Greg leads and oversees TTD’s daily operation and serves as ...

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Pasha Boasts New LNG Powered George III Will Substantially Reduce Emissions

With the arrival of Pasha’s new George III at the Port of Oakland on August 31st, Ed Washburn, Senior Vice President Fleet Operation, Pasha Hawaii, said the LNG powered ship will substantially reduce or eliminate emissions compared to conventional diesel-powered ships.

Reduced Emissions

On September 6th, speaking to the Propeller Club of Northern California, Washburn provided highlights of how the new U.S. built vessel will reduce emissions: “In terms of emissions, particulate matter, which is a fine black dust is completely eliminated. ...

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STORMS, FLOODING & SEA LEVEL DEFENSE CONFERENCE: NOV 9, 2022

Read article: U.S. sweltered through third-hottest summer on record

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022

0745 – U.S. PACIFIC TIME TO 1330 U.S. PACIFIC TIME VIA ZOOM

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

This year’s SFSLD 2022 conference will look ...

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PCNC Welcomes PMSA’s Mike Jacob: Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Report, Tuesday September 6th @ 11 Via Zoom

PCNC Welcomes PMSA’s Mike Jacob: Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Report, Tuesday September 6th @ 11 Via Zoom

Mike Jacob Discussed:

  • Ballpark/Condo Complex Approval Process
  • Regulatory Issues To Be Addressed
  • Status of Lawsuits

Mike serves as General Counsel and Vice President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.  Mike advises PMSA on legal, statutory and regulatory matters, and regularly testifies on behalf of industry at administrative and ...

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PCNC Welcomes Blue Diamond Growers’ Steve Schult & the “Almond Express:” Tuesday, August 23rd @ 1100 Via Zoom

Steve Schult, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Blue Diamond Growers, Will Discuss:

  • Almond Export Costs for Southern California Rail Service 
  • Repositioning Empty Containers
  • Exporting Via Houston and Norfolk
  • Oakland is Still the Cheapest Route

Steve Schult is Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Blue Diamond Growers. He leads the end-to-end inventory and service execution from orchard to table for the world’s largest nut processor. Steve serves on the Federal Maritime Shipping Committee National Shipper Advisor Council ...

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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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