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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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California ports support sea level defense

The majority of California ports came together on December 3rd to announce their plans for improved defense against sea level rise recognizing that climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. ports and coastal communities.

The “Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense” conference was coordinated by the Propeller Club of Northern California and took place at Scott’s Seafood in Oakland, California.

Port Presentation Hightlights:

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Oakland A’s Kaval offers partnership but PMSA & ILWU are skeptical

Dave Kaval, president of the Oakland Athletics, wants a “partnership” with the Port of Oakland maritime industry so as to build the new A’s ballpark and “preserve and protect jobs on the waterfront.” 

Speaking to the Harbor Safety Committee of the San Francisco Bay on August 8th, Kaval said that the A’s have pledged to:

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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 place container terminal ...

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PCNC Welcomes USCG’s Captain Marie Byrd & Thanks Captain Anthony Ceraolo As Sector San Francisco Changes Command

Captain Marie Byrd on the left, Rear Admiral Peter Gautier center, Captain Anthony Ceraolo right at Sector San Francisco Change of Command

The Propeller Club of Northern California (PCNC) welcomes USCG’s Captain Marie Byrd who assumes command of Sector San Francisco.
PCNC wishes to thank outgoing Captain Anthony Ceraolo for his service.
The US Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony for Sector San ...

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Sea Level Rise Could Threaten California Cities and Ports by 2040

by Stas Margaronis

Sea Level Rising article

A new U.S. report, using advanced analytic software, says waves and storm surges are gaining momentum from sea level rise and collectively pose a more immediate threat than was previously believed. The result could be serious damage to California coastal cities and ports by 2040.

Elaine Forbes, executive director for the Port of San Francisco, told AJOT that rising sea levels ...

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PCNC Board Supports Port of San Francisco Fresh Fish Market at Fisherman’s Wharf


At the February 12, 2019 PCNC Board members expressed their support for the new Fresh Fish Market at the Port of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Board Member Anita Yao (Port of San Francisco) introduced the team from the Fresh Fisherman’s Group that is selling fresh fish straight off their boats!
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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, general manager SSA ...

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PMSA’s McLaurin warns about higher California taxes to reduce maritime emissions.

John McLaurin at Propeller Club of Northern California

The president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) warned maritime operators and customers to expect higher California air emission related taxes and fees in 2019.

John McLaurin, PMSA president, told a Propeller Club of Northern California luncheon audience to prepare for higher taxes and fees on harbor trucks, warehousing and possibly a tax on ocean containers.

He also strongly criticized plans ...

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