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U.S. SEA LEVEL DEFENSE CONFERENCE: TEXAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI RIVER CITIES & CALIFORNIA STRATEGIES

The Texas Legislature will be asked to approve a $26 billion coastal defense network, including $12 billion for storm surge gates to protect Galveston Bay and the Port of Houston from hurricanes and storm surges, according to Tony Williams, environmental review coordinator for the Texas General Land Office.

Williams was addressing the first day of the Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense 2020 conference produced by the Propeller Club of Northern California and the Society of American Military Engineers which took ...

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U.S. SEA LEVEL DEFENSE CONFERENCE: PORT STRATEGIES FOR NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY HAWAII, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, & ROTTERDAM

The second day of the Storms, Flooding & Sea Level Defense 2020 conference featured sea level defense strategies being developed by ports from New York/ New Jersey,  Hawaii, Washington, California and Rotterdam.

The conference was produced by the Propeller Club of Northern California and the Society of American Military Engineers and took place virtually on November 19th, 2020.

The Port of New Orleans discussed its plans on the first day of the conference.

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PMA report warns U.S. West Coast Ports could lose up to 45% of intermodal imports to B.C. ports by 2030

A Mercator study commissioned by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) warns that high U.S. rail costs and other factors could cause U.S. West Coast (USWC) ports to lose between 15% to 45% of intermodal import business to British Columbia (BC) ports by 2030.

The report says 15% of “Intact Intermodal import volumes” could be lost by 2022 and over “45% of the ...

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Congressman Garamendi advances Jones Act requirement for offshore wind

On September 25th, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded passage of his amendment to the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act” (H.R. 4447) by the U.S House of Representatives.

Garamendi’s amendment clarifies that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a 1953 law governing offshore mineral and energy development, applies to lease sales for non-fossil fuel energy sources such as wind power, hydrokinetic, ...

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Pioneer Seafoods luring customers to Redwood City port

Pioneer Seafoods

Popular Pioneer Seafoods is netting long lines at the Port of Redwood City.

Previously operating out of San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, the business that prides itself on catching high-quality seafood in sustainable fashion was forced to shut down and relocate due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Redwood City location features a rolling fish market and restaurant. Customers ...

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OBIT: GSC’s Andy Garcia Harbor Trucking Leader & Champion of the Oakland Waterfront

Harbor trucker Andres “Andy” Garcia, owner of import drayage company GSC Logistics, died on June 24th.

Garcia, who was 72 years old, will be most recently remembered for his leadership role in opposing the Oakland A’s proposed condominium and baseball complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.

Garcia mobilized the forcefulness and eloquence of his Cuban-American heritage to advocate for ...

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New ZPMC Cranes Will Augment Port of Oakland’s Big Ship Capability

Three new ship to shore container cranes, built by Shanghai-based ZPMC, will arrive at the Port of Oakland later this year and will enhance the ability of SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal to handle 19,000 TEU ships and larger.

ZPMC discussed the new cranes and new harbor automation technology at a Propeller Club of Northern California virtual presentation on June 16th.

At the presentation, Port of Oakland executive director Danny Wan welcomed ZPMC: “We are especially excited to welcome ZPMC who will ...

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Evey Hwang Joins PCNC Board

Evey Hwang

On June 2nd the PCNC Board unanimously voted for Evey Hwang to become PCNC’s newest member of the Board of Directors.  Evey Hwang is the current president of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California (CBFANC) and heads the San Francisco division of Alba Wheels Up. She has been in the customs brokerage and freight forwarding business since 1984.

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USCG’S SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO KEEPS SEA LANES & SUPPLY CHAIN OPEN DURING COVID-19

Deploying 24-hour per day boat crew patrols is the way U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Sector San Francisco is keeping vital sea lanes safe and free of obstructions that could slow or stop ocean-going vessels’ ability to access ports in the San Francisco Bay.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll, Public Affairs Officer, U.S.C.G. Eleventh District, which includes Sector San Francisco, said in an interview: “Right now a key element is keeping the ship channels clear and insuring there are no obstacles that might ...

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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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HTA’S LaBar says terminals and trucking companies collaborate on protective gear & sanitary supplies for drivers

At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Weston LaBar, president of the Harbor Trucking Association says that there have been no reported COVID-19 cases among drivers and that marine terminals and trucking companies have been working together to source protective gear and sanitary supplies for drivers.

ILWU Dispatcher Tests Positive for Coronavirus

However, on April 1st, two International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 dispatch halls were closed when a dispatcher tested positive for the Coronavirus, according to Stephen ...

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The Coronavirus Crisis: Message From International Propeller Club President Niels Aalund

The coronavirus pandemic has affected our nation and the world in ways not seen in a century. This global crisis has disrupted every aspect of our social and economic lives. I read in a media report that worldwide, $1.5 Billion people are now sheltering in place or working remotely. My guess is that most of you reading this are in the “same boat” (pun intended). The maritime industry is not exempt from the impact of this virus. While container shipments have decreased, ...

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