Archive of News Bulletins


November, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Weather slows remediation work
on Port of Port Angeles project

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles reports KPly remediation work will come to a halt this week due to recent excessive rainfall. The port’ contractor, Engineering/Remediation Resources Group, Inc. (ERRG), will resume the remediation operations in the summer of 2016 once the site has dried out. Soil saturated with water in the excavation site won’t allow for the clean fill to be compacted properly. If the fill is not compacted properly, settlement issues could arise later when the site is redeveloped into a marine trades industrial park. ERRG has removed all of contaminated soil from the KPly site since beginning work in August of 2015. ERRG removed 53,766 tons or 3,360 16 ton dump trucks worth of soil contaminated with gas, diesel and hydraulic oil. The contaminated soil was hauled by truck to Bremerton where it was placed on railcars destined for lined landfills in central Oregon. After the contaminated soil was removed, ERRG began backfilling the 13-foot-deep excavation site with clean fill. Approximately 19,000 tons of crushed concrete from the Elwha Dam removal projects provided clean fill for this project. ERRG has completed about half of the backfilling process to date and has about three to four weeks worth of work left to complete in mid-2016.

Vancouver Port Commissioners
vote to approve 2016 budget

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Seattle Commission has approved the 2016 Budget. The total capital budget for 2016 is $408.4 million and the five-year capital improvement program is $2.23 billion. The port’s 2016 Budget assumes a levy amount of $72 million, a reduction of $1 million from 2015. The port had held the levy amount constant for the past four years adjusting the levy rate downward as property values have increased. A typical King County single-family homeowner will pay $82 per year to fund the port in 2016. The budget includes funding major improvements to the Pier 66 cruise terminal. The port saw a nine-percent increase in cruise passengers this year over 2014, making it another record year with 898,032 passengers sailing via Seattle. Estimates indicate that 2016 will see another 6.8-percent increase. The public-private partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line will share the cost to renovate the interior of the terminal to accommodate more passengers and improve mobility along Alaskan Way. In 2015, the port forecasts 12.5 percent growth in airport passengers over 2014, expecting to see over 42 million passengers pass through Sea-Tac by year’s end. Major projects at the airport, such as the North Satellite and South Satellite renovations, new International Arrivals Facility, and the Baggage System Optimization will improve the customer experience, reduce congestion, and add capacity to accommodate future growth.

Trade between NAFTA partners
down during month of September

WASHINGTON, DC — The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $93.2 billion in September 2015 as all modes of transportation carried less value of freight than a year earlier, according to the transBorder freight data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by all modes decreased by 8.8 percent. Large decreases in the value of commodities moved by pipeline and vessel in September were due to the reduced unit price of mineral fuel. In September 2015 compared to September 2014, the value of commodities moving by truck decreased by 0.1 percent, while air decreased by 4.0 percent and rail by 12.2 percent. Vessel freight values decreased 38.9 percent and pipeline freight decreased 41.8 percent mainly due to the lower unit price of mineral fuel. Trucks carried 65.7 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and are the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $31.7 billion of the $50.5 billion of imports (62.8 percent) and $29.6 billion of the $42.7 billion of exports (69.2 percent). Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 14.4 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 5.6 percent; pipeline, 5.1 percent; and air, 3.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.2 percent of the total U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

Ahead of schedule maintenance work
allows early opening of Chittenden Locks

SEATTLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the Chittenden Locks large chamber is now scheduled to opened five days early at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov 27. With annual maintenance and inspections being completed ahead of schedule, operations returned to normal for both large and small chambers. Current locking through information is available at Crews do safety inspections and maintenance during the large chamber pump out and closure. The annual closure gives dam safety experts and maintenance staff an opportunity to dry out the chambers for thorough inspection and make necessary repairs. This routine maintenance is necessary and important in keeping the Chittenden Locks safe and operational as the locks approach the 100-year anniversary in 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the Chittenden Locks. The busiest in the nation, nearly 50,000 vessels lock through each year.

Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter
returns from 50-day Pacific patrol

SEATTLE — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter MIDGETT returned home to Seattle Nov. 24, after a 50-day patrol that took the cutter 5,500 miles from Washington to south of the Baja Peninsula. The MIDGETT crew's patrol began off the coasts of Washington and Oregon, where it conducted Living Marine Resources enforcement boardings and inspections, protecting the multi-billion dollar fishery and those working it. Following, the MIDGETT cruised southward to the Northern Baja region, where it participated in Operation Green Flash - a joint exercise between Canadian, Mexican and United States maritime forces. Operation Green Flash culminated in a formation-cruising exercise and a community relations project delivering wheelchairs and food donations to multiple children's and convalescent's homes. The crew's mission was to patrol historical narcotics smuggling routes, resulting in a 2,400 pound marijuana seizure 200 miles off the coast of Southern California and Mexico. The crew finished the patrol on a high note, participating in Aviation Standardization training or AVSTAN, an evaluated aviation training exercise in which the crew scored well above the fleet average.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Site council releases draft DEIS
for Port of Vancouver crude facility

VANCOUVER, WA — The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed crude oil transload facility at the Port of Vancouver, USA. Known as Vancouver Energy, the proposed facility would bring up to 360,000 barrels of North American crude oil by rail to the port daily. The oil would then be transferred to U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged, and U.S.-staffed marine vessels for shipment to refineries in Alaska, California and Washington. The DEIS documents EFSEC’s analysis of the Vancouver Energy project and provides an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to review and provide suggestions for improving the analysis. The port has assembled a team of more than 20 staff members and consultants to review the DEIS and provide comments to EFSEC during the public comment period, which is Nov. 24, 2015, to Jan. 22, 2016. Once submitted, the port’s comments will be available at, as well as on the EFSEC website.

Seattle Port Commission Oks
budget numbers for 2016

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle Commission has approved the 2016 Budget. The total capital budget for 2016 is $408.4 million and the five-year capital improvement program is $2.23 billion. The port’s 2016 Budget assumes a levy amount of $72 million, a reduction of $1 million from 2015. The port had held the levy amount constant for the past four years adjusting the levy rate downward as property values have increased. A typical King County single-family homeowner will pay $82 per year to fund the port in 2016. The budget includes funding major improvements to the Pier 66 cruise terminal. The port saw a nine-percent increase in cruise passengers this year over 2014, making it another record year with 898,032 passengers sailing via Seattle. Estimates indicate that 2016 will see another 6.8-percent increase. The public-private partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line will share the cost to renovate the interior of the terminal to accommodate more passengers and improve mobility along Alaskan Way. In 2015, the port forecasts 12.5 percent growth in airport passengers over 2014, expecting to see over 42 million passengers pass through Sea-Tac by year’s end. Major projects at the airport, such as the North Satellite and South Satellite renovations, new International Arrivals Facility, and the Baggage System Optimization will improve the customer experience, reduce congestion, and add capacity to accommodate future growth.

Rail freight traffic count
heads lower during week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 21, 2015 was 532,532 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending Nov. 21 were 267,830 carloads, down 9.4 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 264,702 containers and trailers, down 1.7 percent compared to 2014. For the first 46 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,815,842 carloads, down 4.9 percent from the same point last year; and 12,311,269 intermodal units, up 1.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 46 weeks of 2015 was 25,127,111 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to last year.

Panama Canal Authority
seeks proposals for new terminal

PANAMA CITY — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for companies interested in competing to design, develop, finance, construct, operate and maintain the Corozal Container Terminal. The decision by the ACP Board of Directors to authorize the RFQ follows the news this month that 13 of the port operators formally expressed an interest to develop and operate the Corozal Port. The Corozal Container Terminal will be located at the Pacific entrance of the waterway, and is intended to be a common user container transshipment terminal which will distribute cargo to the region, including the West Coast of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. It will provide services to reposition empty containers and handle local cargo, and is the first of several planned projects to enhance the country’s logistics capacity. Among the project’s requirements, is the need to develop a "green" terminal to limit impact on the environment. The planned terminal would feature anti-noise perimeter walls and electrical devices producing zero carbon emissions, along with a number of other elements recommended by a recent Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Following the pre-qualification stage, the ACP will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) and tender for prospective companies. The current RFQ is available at:

Coast Guard museum group
calling for stories of heroism

NEW LONDON, CT — The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. has launched a new social media initiative designed to collect and share personal stories of heroism and honor dedicated to the United States Coast Guard. The campaign gets underway prior to the release of the Disney Motion Picture, “The Finest Hours,” which tells the true story of the Coast Guard rescue attempts of crews from two crippled tankers off the coast of Cape Cod in February, 1952. The #mycoastguardstory initiative is gathering stories from current Coast Guard men and women, veterans, reservists, auxiliary members and civilians who are sharing personal experiences of how the United States Coast Guard has impacted their lives. The National Coast Guard Museum will be built on the waterfront in downtown New London, Connecticut, home of United States Coast Guard Station New London and the United States Coast Guard Academy. The location was selected by the U.S. Coast Guard and the land conveyed by the City of New London in 2014. More details on #mycoastguardstory can be found at

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Trucking association releases
October tonnage index numbers

ARLINGTON, VA — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.9 percent in October, following a decrease of 0.7 percent during September. The September figure was revised down from ATA's press release on October 20. In October, the index equaled 135.7 (2000=100), up from 133.1 in September, and just below the all-time high of 135.8 reached in January 2015. Compared with October 2014, the SA index increased two percent, which was above the year-over-year increase of 1.6 percent in September. However, October’s year-over-year gain was below the year-to-date figure through October, compared with the same period last year (three percent). The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 139.8 in October, which was 2.1 percent above the previous month (136.9). ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month. The report includes month-to-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons and key financial indicators.

WSS warns of fallout
from R-22 refrigerant ban

OSLO — Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a global provider of services and products to the shipping industry, is warning of price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant. The gas, which has high ozone depletion and global warming potential, is still said to be in use on between 6,000 and 8,000 vessels worldwide. R-22 was outlawed throughout the EU in a process that ran from 2010 to January 1, 2015. It is currently being phased out in the US, where no new or imported R-22 will be permitted from January 1, 2020. As part of the Montreal Protocol (MP), a UN agreement to protect the ozone layer, HCFC use will be phased out in member countries by 2030. Industry figures indicate that legal global R-22 production this year will be only 10 percent of the volume produced in 1990. This weak supply and relatively strong demand will exert upward pressure on prices. “When prices increase and/or availability shrinks, alternative and illegally produced products suddenly start appearing on the market,” said Svenn Jacobsen, technical product manager Refrigeration at Wilhelmsen Ships Service. “This is happening already, and will only increase with demand. Gases are being smuggled into countries, mis-declared and counterfeited. The consequences of this can be serious for vessels, catastrophic for equipment, with adulterated refrigerant causing poor mechanical performance and breakdown, and potentially deadly for individuals.” The solution, Mr. Jacobsen says, is clear: “At the end of the day all vessels will have to find environmentally friendly alternatives to R-22. In the meantime, those shipowners and operators that still require it must use reliable suppliers that can provide genuine refrigerant from approved producers. This is the only way to assure quality, standards of purity and worldwide compliance."

Marcon International brokers sale
of oceanographic research vessel

COUPEVILLE, WA — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the sale of the purpose built oceanographic research & survey vessel NEW HORIZON from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests. The vessel was specially built as a dedicated oceanographic research ship for Scripps, whose research vessels and research platform make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. NEW HORIZON is the third vessel which Marcon brokered to or from Scripps Institute of Oceanography as sole broker. Marcon International has concluded a total of 25 sales and charters to date. Several additional sales are pending and expected to close shortly. Five 5,000HP twin screw and ASD tugs; one 9,700HP AHTS; and one 5,150BHP, 2011 built AHTS continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters in the U.S., Latin America and Southeast Asia. Since their first sale, Marcon has brokered a total of 1,387 vessels and barges sold or chartered.

Crowley Maritime opens new
government services office

NORFOLK, VA — Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. This new location will be used to better service the Norfolk Naval Base and several of Crowley managed ships located there, as well as government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Located at 207 Granby St, Norfolk, Va. 23510, the new facility will staff government and technical management employees. The office will have eight employees, with plans to expand to ten. They will report to Andrew Rabuse, Crowley’s director of business development. The staff, with a combined 200 years of experience in the maritime industry, provides bundled vessel management solutions for MARAD, MSC and other agencies; naval architecture and marine engineering services; project management, and a host of other services.

Port of Everett invites public
to Holiday on the Bay event

EVERETT — The Port of Everett invites the community to join them on the waterfront for a day of family-fun at the annual Holiday on the Bay event. The free community festival takes place on Saturday, December 5 from noon – 6:30 p.m. Kids and adults alike will gather in and around Waterfront Center for the day’s activities, located at 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201. This year the event includes:
• Everett Farmer’s Market holiday craft fair
• Decorated wreath silent auction in benefit of Toys for Tots
• Face painting and washable tattoos
• Holiday cookie decorating
• Ornament decorating hosted by Imagine Children’s Museum
• City of Everett fire truck rides
• Holiday drink specials at Bluewater Distilling, Scuttlebutt Brewing & Seas the Day Café
• Tree lighting ceremony
• Visit from Santa and elves
• Viewing of the lighted boat parade
New to the event this year is the Toys for Tots Decorated Wreath Silent Auction with all proceeds benefiting the Toys for Tots cause. Wreaths are on display at Waterfront Center eateries for early bidding now The organization will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys for those in need this holiday season. Bring your gifts to the Waterfront Center drop box, located by the Scuttlebutt entrance now thru December 5. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit For more information about Holiday on the Bay, visit, click Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Port of Kalama receives
WPPA Port of the Year nod

KALAMA — The Washington Public Ports Association has honored the Port of Kalama with the President’s Port of the Year Award for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life. Port of Kalama commissioners received the award at the WPPA annual meeting last week in Olympia, Washington. The City of Kalama Planning Commission recently approved the Port of Kalama’s master plan to develop 70 acres of port property to make way for the anticipated Spencer Creek Business Park. The city and port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use business property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base. The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 850 people.

Port of Seattle upgrading Sea-Tac
with runway debris detection system

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle is completing reconstruction of the center runway (16C/34C) at Sea-Tac Airport with a foreign object debris (FOD) system making it the second in the U.S. to have runway debris safety detectors, advanced automated technology that will ‘see’ potential dangers even at night. The airport is also the first in the world to integrate detection of wildlife hazards into the system. Damage to aircraft and engines by FOD is estimated to cost the aerospace industry over $4 billion each year. The FODetect technology will provide real-time alerts day and night with sophisticated image and radar to automatically alert for FOD, which can be as simple as a metal bolt or a piece of a broken wheel hub. FODetect automatically and continuously scans operational areas and uses sophisticated image and radar processing algorithms to monitor runway conditions during day and night for FOD and wildlife – even during inclement weather conditions. Additionally, the system automatically separates birds from other FOD types, and then alerts the airport’s wildlife team in real time, day and night. The upgraded product enables remote real-time auditory bird deterrence, completing the cycle of runway bird management. FODetect also alerts operators, characterizes objects, assists with safe clean-up and allows incident tracking.

Bellingham Port Commission
Oks 2016 strategic budget

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Bellingham's 2016 Strategic Budget was adopted by the port's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The port’s 2016 corporate goals are:
• Ongoing development in the Bellingham Waterfront District
• Complete Phase One of the Whatcom Waterway cleanup and plan other necessary cleanups
• Expansion of Marine Trades through investments in shoreline infrastructure and planning for future projects
• Strategic management of the Bellingham International Airport to develop additional revenue sources and manage the airport efficiently
• Re-development of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal and Log Pond Area
• Stimulate economic development and job creation
• Restoration and repair of aging infrastructure

CMA CGM expanding
NEMO line coverage

MARSEILLES — CMA CGM, a worldwide shipping Group, has announced a service upgrade to La Reunion Island on its NEMO line. The NEMO service offers a direct connection between Northern Europe, Southern Europe, India, Singapore, and Australia. Commencing December 11, three new calls will be added: Pointe des Galets port in la Reunion Island, Fos in France, and Salerno in Italy. The new rotation will be as follows: Tilbury, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos, Genova, Damietta, Pointe des Galets, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Cochin, Damietta, Malta, and Salerno. CMA CGM will operate seven out of the 13 4,200 TEU capacity vessels - the rest being operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

Mitsui using FLIR thermal system
to monitor coal cargo temperatures

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the introduction of the FLIR C2 thermal imaging system commercialized by FLIR Systems Japan K.K. on MOL Group-operated coal carriers. The system, which relies on infrared rays, helps prevent spontaneous combustion of coal in the cargo hold. Coal loaded in the hold can oxidize, generating heat during transport and cargo operations. This can result in fires in the cargo hold or at unloading stock yards. International rule (the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code) stipulate various measures for ocean transport of coal, for example, coal may not be loaded if it is warmer than a specified temperature before loading, and the cargo hold temperature and gas atmosphere must be monitored periodically to detect dangerous conditions. The cameras allow the crew to quickly pinpoint and visualize high temperatures and combustion spots using infrared rays, not only in the cargo hold but also in other areas of the vessel, allowing remote monitoring of the engine room, for example.

Monday, November 23, 2015

CMA CGM Group confirms
talks with NOL taking place

MARSEILLES — CMA CGM has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited), its controlling shareholder, with respect to a potential combination with NOL. The exclusivity period is expected to run until December 7th, 2015. No agreement has yet been reached and no assurance can be given that these discussions will lead to a definitive agreement. CMA CGM reports it will inform the public of any material developments in due time. From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 160 countries through its network of over 655 agencies, with more than 20,000 employees worldwide. The CMA CGM Group has a fleet of 470 vessels and serves 400 of the world's 521 commercial ports. NOL is the largest shipping and transportation company listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). With more than 7,000 employees and offices located in over 45 countries, the group delivers services through its core business, APL. In 2014, the carrier transported 2.8 million forty-foot equivalent units (FEU) worldwide.

Port of Portland executive
taking post with Oregon governor

SALEM — Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that Brian Shipley, her chief of staff, has stepped down from the governor's office. The governor also announced that her new chief of staff will be Kristen Leonard, the director of Public Affairs at the Port of Portland. Prior to joining the port, Ms. Leonard was owner and operator of C&E Systems, a Portland-based company specializing in government relations, financial services, and software development. In order to preserve clear responsibility and decision-making, the governor has asked Kristen Grainger, communications director, to serve as acting chief of staff until Ms. Leonard wraps up existing port responsibilities.

TSA member lines call for
series of rate adjustments

OAKLAND — Member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines. First, TSA lines are recommending adjustments to minimum rates across the board, on December 1, 2015 and on January 1, 2016. For December 1, the lines will be seeking to restore the lowest current market rate levels to at least US$950 per 40-foot container (FEU) to the U.S. West Coast; $1,700 per FEU to the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts; and $2,950 per FEU for intermodal moves to key Chicago-area inland point destinations. For January 1, TSA members are recommending that a general tariff rate increase be filed in the amount of $1,200 per FEU to the West Coast and $1,600 per FEU to the East and Gulf Coasts. TSA has also finalized its 2016-17 service contract program, which will focus on revenue improvement through both rate and non-rate items. For all 2016-17 service contracts, most of which take effect on May 1, TSA lines are recommending longer-term minimum rates of $1,700 per FEU to the West Coast, and $2,900 per FEU to the East and Gulf Coasts. In addition, the contract program will include adjustments to non-rate charges and practices in areas such as absorption of chassis costs; free-time allowances; port and rail demurrage charges; equipment detention and per diem; full recovery of current and projected trucking costs; intermodal pricing; credit policies; and contract boiler plate terms. A final area of concern is that larger linehaul vessels making fewer port calls have led to higher feeder service and other transshipment costs in maintaining route coverage throughout Asia. Lines will be closely reviewing their schedules of feeder port add-ons in light of rising costs, and will make specific adjustments to those add-ons as warranted in upcoming contracts. TSA is a research and discussion forum of major container shipping lines serving the trade from Asia to ports and inland points in the U.S.

Coast Guard cutter nets praise
for successful drug patrol

WASHINGTON, DC — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson has congratulated the captain, officers and crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF on the vessel's return from a successful patrol in the Eastern Pacific. While at sea, the Alameda, California-based BERTHOLF seized nearly 29,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $432 million during 11 different interdictions. The BERTHOLF also took possession of an additional 20,000 pounds seized by Coast Guard and Canadian forces over a four-month period in the Eastern Pacific. BERTHOLF's total offload was more than 49,000 pounds of cocaine worth $748 million.

Customs catches border crosser
with stashed meat products

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists seized prohibited meat products concealed inside baby formula and milk powder containers at the Vancouver Preclearance Facility on Nov. 13. CBP agriculture specialists discovered pork belly meat and pork sausages in baby formula and milk powder containers. The traveler was referred for an agriculture inspection and provided a negative verbal declaration when asked if they had any agriculture products in their luggage. Upon inspection, CBP agriculture specialists discovered 4.4 pounds of pork belly meat and pork sausages inside baby formula and milk powder containers. The traveler, who was originating from China with a final destination of San Francisco, was assessed a penalty and the prohibited meat was seized and destroyed under CBP supervision.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Northwest Seaport Alliance
releases October cargo numbers

SEATTLE/TACOMA — The Northwest Seaport Alliance saw container volumes surpass the three million mark in October, a five percent increase year-to-date. Containerized exports fueled the growth, posting a nine percent gain over October 2014. Import volumes declined slightly, signaling the end of the peak shipping season when retailers increase inventories ahead of the holiday shopping season. Through the first 10 months of the year, imports rose four percent to 1,208,091 TEUs, and exports grew nine percent to 1,102,194 TEUs. Domestic volumes to Alaska and Hawaii remained flat, up one percent to 748, 769 TEUs. Auto imports also continued to post gains in October—up more than six percent year to date to 154,291 units—as the 2016 models began arriving. Meanwhile, year-to-date breakbulk cargo volumes and grain, log, petroleum and molasses exports continue to be impacted by a weaker export market. The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Port of Port Angeles schedules
Fairchild Airport planning meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles invites the Clallam County community to a public information open-house on the first stage of the William R. Fairchild International Airport master plan update. The open-house will be held on Wednesday, December 16t, 4:00-6:00 PM, at the Port Administration Building, 338 W. 1st Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. The meeting will feature an introductory presentation by the port’s airport consultants, Reid Middleton, and information on the master plan process, chapter outlines, timeline and requirements. It will also include an opportunity for submitting comments from the public. Draft sections of the update, including "Inventory and Existing Conditions" and "Aviation Forecasts," will be posted on the port's website in early December. As required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plan update will look to the short-term of five years, mid-term of ten years and long-term of 20 years to assess the airport’s operations, safety, development needs and capital facilities requirements. The William R. Fairchild International Airport provides access to the Olympic Peninsula for multiple aviation uses including privately owned aircraft, corporate jets, commuter-size planes, cargo aircraft and commercial passenger air service.

Drewry carrier performance ratings
show reliability falls during October

LONDON — Containership reliability took a small step backwards in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9 percent, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The latest result is based on reliability across 10 deep-sea container trades, instead of the three East-West trades as was previously measured up to and including September 2015, when the aggregate on-time result was 79.9 percent. The expanded coverage is part of an upgrade to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight, which now covers 69 ports and 809 port pairs. The on-time result for the East-West trades came in at 77.3 percent in October, while the first aggregate result for the seven North-South routes was at 79.1 percent. In the East-West category, October saw worse performances in the Transpacific, which declined by 3.5 percentage points against September to 75.1 percent, while in the Asia-Europe trade reliability dropped by 3.0 points to 78.2 percent. Reliability on the Transatlantic rose by 12 points in October to a series-high of 84.0 percent. The most punctual of the “North-South” trades in October was the Asia-South Asia route with an on-time performance of 87.8 percent, while the tardiest was the Asia-Africa route that saw only 68.4 percent of voyages arrive as scheduled. Two carriers shared the top of the carrier reliability rankings in October with K Line and Evergreen of the CKYH Alliance both scoring on-time performances of 85.7 percent. At the bottom of the pile was MSC who recorded an average of 52.4 percent in the month.

Panama Canal continues steps
to cut into vessel traffic backlog

PANAMA CITY — In order to accommodate unseasonably high demand, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has taken a number of steps to expedite traffic and decrease Canal Waters Time (CWT). For example, the ACP has postponed non-critical maintenance work, modified bookings and assigned additional operations personnel. As a result, the canal has made steady progress. The current wait time for transiting ships has been reduced by 60 percent from its high and is now four days or less. Moreover, the number of ships awaiting transit has been cut by 40 percent from its recent high in October.

Diana Shipping announces
drawdown of over $27 million

ATHENS — Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has completed the drawdown of an additional US$27,950,000, secured by the vessel NEW ORLEANS, from its previously announced term loan facility of up to US$39,682,500 with ING Bank N.V., London Branch. Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels (two Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, three Post-Panamax, four Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). The company also expects to take delivery of one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016, as well as one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the third quarter of 2016.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

All American Marine relocating
to new Port of Bellingham facility

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Bellingham and All American Marine have reached an agreement to relocate the boat-builder from Fairhaven to a port-owned marine trades area on Bellingham’s central waterfront. The move will allow the company to expand and hire additional employees. The Fairhaven property to be vacated is set to be taken over by another waterfront employer, Fairhaven Shipyard. Under the terms of the deal, the port will build All American Marine a new 39,000 square foot manufacturing facility and two additional buildings on Hilton Avenue. The cost of this facility will be repaid through a new 25-year lease with the port. All American Marine plans to hire an additional 27 employees after the relocation is complete. The port received funding support through Whatcom County’s Economic Development Investment Program, a revolving loan and grant program designed to encourage the creation or retention of private sector jobs, to help pay for the relocation costs. All American Marine specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats and has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, excursion boats, and research vessels.

CKYHE Alliance member carriers
plan seasonal cuts to AWS service

SEOUL — CKYHE Alliance members, COSCON, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line report they will implement a winter service adjustment to their All Water South Eastern Coast Service (AWS) service effective from December 3, 2015. Last voyage of AWS would be week 47, M/V NAGOYA TOWER Voy. 0012E/W (Ningbo ETA November 19, 2015) and Week 48 is implemented as a void sailing. The port rotation of the AWS service includes Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Busan, Colon (Panama), Savannah, Charleston, Colon (Panama), Busan, and Ningbo.

US rail freight traffic
has negative weekly total

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 14, 2015 was 543,681 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending Nov. 14 were 270,793 carloads, down 8.7 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 272,888 containers and trailers, down 0.3 percent compared to 2014. For the first 45 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,548,012 carloads, down 4.8 percent from the same point last year; and 12,046,567 intermodal units, up 1.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 45 weeks of 2015 was 24,594,579 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.6 percent compared to last year.

Maritime Commerce Club plans
annual children's shopping spree

PORTLAND — The Columbia River Maritime Commerce Club's 27th Annual Children's Christmas Shopping Spree is Saturday, December 5. MCC's Shopping Spree provides children and their families, residing in shelters across the Portland Metropolitan area, the opportunity to experience holiday giving. Donations of time or financial means will benefit over 50 children living in shelters this holiday season. Sponsored children will be allocated $75.00 each to spend on gifts for their families. In addition to family gifts, an additional $25.00 is allocated to the volunteer to purchase a surprise gift for the child to open Christmas morning from Santa. For more information, go to:;jsessionid=A957EA600E70ED1BC915F9708C78DD75.worker_registrant?llr=5lugxclab&oeidk=a07ebsa5nzh2d5ea1a5

LAX Customs agents
nab hundreds of pork tamales

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) seized 450 prohibited pork meat tamales discovered inside the luggage of a passenger arriving from Mexico, on November 2. The passenger, who was referred to agriculture examination, marked “YES” on the customs declaration about bringing food, but when asked if the food declared contained any pork meat products, a negative verbal declaration was given. Upon inspection, CBP agriculture specialists found 450 pork meat tamales wrapped in plastic bags. The traveler was assessed a $1,000.00 civil penalty for commercial activity with the intent to distribute. The pork meat tamales were seized and destroyed under CBP supervision.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Everett Port Commission approves
operating/capital budget for 2016

EVERETT — On November 16, 2015, the Port of Everett Commission adopted a $78 million 2016 operating and capital budget. The Port of Everett’s 2016 budget is designed to position the port to implement its capital initiative portfolio, specifically preparing for larger ships at the Seaport and creating a new waterfront community with the Waterfront Place Central Development. These initiatives have been established by the Everett Port Commission and are directing both the long term financing as well as the allocation of staff resources. The 2016 budget includes a one year operating and capital budget as well as a five year capital budget forecast with a three year funding plan. The 2016 budget plans $25.5 million in operating expenses and $6.6 million in non-operating expenses, combined with a $45.9 million in capital investment – for a total port budget for 2016 of $78 million. This budget employs close to 100 employees who operate and manage a full service international seaport, marina and the development of nearly 3,000 acres of waterfront property. It also supports more than 100,000 local longshore hours. The Port of Everett Commission held two public hearings and a formal comment period on the 2016 budget; no public comments were received.

Port of Bellingham Oks plan
for future home of sailing center

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Belligham reports it has reached an agreement with the Bellingham International Sailing Center to locate a community sailing center on port property when fundraising efforts prove successful. The sailing center would be located near the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Pine Street next to the City of Bellingham’s future waterfront park. The Bellingham International Sailing Center is intended to support youth and small boat sailing, sailor and maritime education and the advanced skills required for races and regattas. Over the past year, the port worked with representatives from the center to find a location which would help strengthen community and business connections. Most of the sailing center is intended to be open to the public and would add a community amenity next to an area slated for redevelopment into Bellingham’s largest waterfront park. If fundraising efforts are successful, the port will relocate some of its parking and storage areas to support development of the Bellingham International Sailing Center. Redeveloping the Bellingham Shipping Terminal is a priority for the port in 2016. The port is making investments to modernize the terminal with improvements that include increasing the navigation depth, re-roofing a portion of the over 85,000 square feet of available covered storage space, updating the electrical service and performing stormwater and paving upgrades.

Drewry predicts ship operating costs
will increase over next two years

LONDON — The cost of operating cargo ships is forecast to rise over the next two years after falling in 2015, according to the latest Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast 2015/16 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The average decline in ship operating costs across the sectors covered in the report in 2015 was 1.0 percent, but for ships that are big consumers of lube oils, the decline in overall costs was closer to two percent. Weak freight markets have forced ship owners to trim costs, while they have also been able to take advantage of falling commodity prices and lower insurance costs. Modest increases in manning costs are in the pipeline given the uplifts that have been agreed in International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) wage scales for 2016 and 2017. If freight markets improve hull values for modern vessels will rise and this should lead to higher hull and machinery (H&M) premiums, but only small rises are expected in 2016 and 2017.

Crowley begins construction project
on new pier at Puerto Rico terminal

SAN JUAN — Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. has announced that it has broken ground on a $48.5 million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project includes the development of a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships, which are scheduled for delivery in 2017. Crowley’s terminal expansion also includes the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, which will be supplied under a separate contract. The construction contract is being executed by L.P.C. & D. Inc., of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, which began driving the first piles for the pier last week. About 75 jobs have been created during the construction phase and about 100 new jobs will be created when the construction is completed in mid-2017 and Crowley begins service with its new ships. In all, Crowley is investing about $500 million in its Puerto Rico service with the construction of two new ships, the new pier, three new container cranes, new truck access gates, reefer plugs, new containers and container handling equipment, and more.

Federal Maritime Commission eyes
Ocean Common Carrier rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted to direct staff to prepare an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) and seek comments on proposed revisions to its rules on ocean common carrier and marine terminal agreements. The rulemaking will focus on modifying certain exemptions from the filing and waiting period requirements as well as revising the Information Form and Monitoring Report requirements. The FMC will also propose minor revisions to clarify the agreement regulations and remove obsolete language. Finally, the FMC will seek comment on information disclosure in the agreement review process. The FMC expects to publish the ANPR in the first half of 2016.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New tenant set to occupy
Port of Vancouver property

VANCOUVER, USA — In a collaborative effort between the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Strategic Reserve Fund and the Port of Vancouver USA, a biotechnology company has found a home at the now-unoccupied former Red Lion Hotel building at the Quay. The port and CREDC announced Monday that a lease has been signed with AbSci LLC to occupy a portion of the former hotel building on the port’s waterfront property. The port will renovate a portion of the hotel into the first dedicated life sciences technology lab space in Southwest Washington, allowing AbSci the flexibility to expand. The office and lab space that AbSci will occupy will be named the Columbia River Life Sciences Technology Building. AbSci, which was formed in 2011 in Portland, recently hired its tenth employee and projects to expand to 50 by 2020. The company is partnering with pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of next generation therapies and to make them more accessible to the population at large.

Troy McClelland re-elected
to Everett Port Commission

EVERETT — On November 6, 2015, port district residents re-elected Port of Everett Commissioner Troy McClelland for a second, six-year term. Commissioner McClelland, who ran uncontested, was first elected to the port commission in 2009. Some of his top priorities for the next six years are to prepare the international Seaport for the larger ships that have already begun to call the port, and implement the community’s vision for a new waterfront neighborhood with Waterfront Place Central. Commissioner McClelland, who in his day job is the senior director of Operations for Synrad, is a former active duty Naval Officer, and has continued to serve in the Navy reserve primarily leading Navy Seabees. He recently completed a tour as the commander, FIRST Naval Construction Regiment and now is assigned as the deputy commander of a Naval Construction Group located in Port Hueneme, Calif. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and received a Master of Science in Engineering (Civil) from the University of Washington School of Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.

Foss Maritime vessels take home
Chamber of Shipping of America honors

SEATTLE — The ARTHUR FOSS, the DREW FOSS, and the WEDELL FOSS are just a few of the many Foss Maritime vessels that have been free of environmental mishaps for more than 20 years. With a combined 858 years without an incident, 78 Foss Maritime and subsidiary companies’ tugs and tank barges have been recognized by a major maritime organization for their environmental safety records. The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the 2015 Environmental Achievement Awards honoring Seattle-based Foss’ work on Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C.. Foss and its sister companies have 38 vessels with 10 or more years without an environmental incident, with 12 of those vessels achieving 20-plus years of environmental excellence. The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways. A list of the vessels receiving the 2015 Environmental Achievement Award is posted on CSA’s website Click on “Press Releases”.

NYK annouces purchase
of 5,500 new reefer containers

TOKYO — NYK reports it has placed an order for 5,500 technologically advanced 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers. Delivery of the new units has already commenced. The new order includes 700 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) containers. The advanced technology of these CA units ensures that the quality and freshness of perishable agricultural products, such as fruits and vegetables, is maintained during long ocean transits. The CA technology regulates not only the temperature within the reefer unit but also the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

Over 100 Crowley Maritime vessels
presented with safety recognition

WASHINGTON, DC — More than 100 Crowley Maritime Corporation-owned and -operated vessels were honored with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the recent 12th-annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) awards ceremony, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Each of Crowley’s honored vessels received the certificates for having worked at least two consecutive years without an environmental incident. Each year, CSA invites all owners and operators of vessels who work on oceans or inland waterways to nominate their vessels for Environmental Achievement awards. Approximately 1,601 vessels from 42 companies, including Crowley, were recognized this year. Together, the company’s 101 vessels have logged a combined 984 years of service without incident. Additionally, 46 of Crowley’s vessels have gone without incident for 10 or more consecutive years.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Auto vessel loses steering
grounds in Columbia River

PORTLAND — According to news and U.S. Coast Guard reports the auto carrier, VIKING EMERALD, lost steering and ran aground in the Columbia River near Caples Landing, on the Washington side across from Columbia City, Saturday. The 550-foot vessel was headed to Terminal 6 in Portland following a call in Tacoma. The VIKING EMERALD was towed to Portland by Foss Maritime. There were no reports of pollution, injuries or damage to the vessel.

Port of Olympia postponing
New Market planning meeting

OLYMPIA — The Port of Olympia reports project staff are postponing the upcoming public meeting scheduled for Nov. 19 on the port’s New Market Industrial Campus and Tumwater Town Center Real Estate Master Planning Process. This public meeting will be rescheduled to mid-January 2016. The consultant team and project staff are at this time completing the preferred development concept which will lead to the draft plan. The draft plan will include a detailed vision and strategy for guiding future growth on the port’s Tumwater-owned properties. Postponing the final public meeting will provide stakeholders and community members the opportunity to review the final draft concept site plan and draft recommendations. More details on the meeting date and an agenda will be shared in the coming weeks. Stay up to date with the planning process by visiting the project website at:

Diana Shipping takes delivery
of Capesize vessel SEATTLE

ATHENS — Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v SEATTLE (formerly CHURCHILL BULKER), a 179,362 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel that the company entered into an agreement to purchase in November 2015. Including the newly delivered SEATTLE, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels (two Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, tree Post-Panamax, four Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). The company also expects to take delivery of one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016, as well as one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the third quarter of 2016.

Bunge Limited taps Borg
as human resources boss

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Bunge Limited has announced the appointment of Deborah Borg as chief human resources officer, effective January 1, 2016. She replaces Vicente Teixeira, who is retiring. Ms. Borg will report directly to Soren Schroder, chief executive officer, Bunge Limited. Ms. Borg held a variety of senior HR and leadership positions at Dow, which she joined in 2000. She started her career at the company as Human Resources Manager for Australia/New Zealand, and held regional and business HR roles in Asia, Europe and North America. Mr. Teixeira has led Bunge’s HR function since joining the company in 2008. Previously, he served in senior leadership HR roles at several global corporations. Bunge Limited is a global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide.

Alaska Airlines adding flights
from Seattle to Charleston

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines is expanding its Seattle hub with new service from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina. Starting today, Alaska is now offering one flight to Charleston and a return flight to Seattle on Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sun. Charleston is the seventh new city the carrier has added this year, following last month's start of service from Seattle to Raleigh/Durham. Flights will be operated by Next Generation 737 aircraft. Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through a network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Port of Olympia calling for
hearing examiner proposals

OLYMPIA — The Port of Olympia is soliciting proposals from individuals and firms interested in serving as the port's hearing examiner. The port is seeking persons or firms with experience and expertise in SEPA and SEPA appeals to serve as the Port of Olympia Hearing Examiner to hear administrative appeals under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The port serves as lead agency for project and non-project proposals that the port pursues. The port SEPA Policy provides for administrative appeals to a hearings examiner of port SEPA decisions, including threshold determinations and final environmental impact statements. The port’s SEPA policy empowers the hearing examiner to set general procedural rules for the conduct of hearings, prehearing conferences, the submittal of materials and exhibits, the disclosure of evidence and the presentation of evidence. The hearing examiner will be expected to expeditiously schedule appeal processes and to render decisions on appeals. The port does not issue permits, so the port hearing examiner will deal exclusively with appeals of port SEPA decisions. Submittal instructions and additional requirements are included in the Request for Proposal document at:

Eleven firms show interest
in Port of Corozal operations

PANAMA CITY — The Panama Canal Authority has announced that a total of 11 port operators have formally expressed interest to participate in a public bidding for the Port of Corozal, to be located on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. The following companies have shown interest:
1. Terminal Investment Limited SA (Holland)
2. EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (Germany)
3. Carrix, Inc. and affiliates (Manzanillo) (USA)
4. Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. (Korea)
5. APM Terminals (Holland)
6. Ports America (USA)
7. CMA-CGM Group (France)
8. Evergreen International Corp. (Taiwan)
9. China Shipping Ports Development Co. Ltd. and China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (China)
10. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (Germany)
11. Panama Ports Company (China)
On Dec. 30, 2014, the Panama Canal Board of Directors formally approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region. Upon completion, the port will have the capacity to handle more than five million TEUs within a 120-hectare area at the canal’s entrance to the Pacific.

Crowley Maritime names Craig Tornga
stakeholder relations V.P. for Alaska

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced that Craig Tornga has assumed the role of vice president of stakeholder relations for Alaska. Mr. Tornga will relocate from Houston to Anchorage, and continue to report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum distribution and marine services. Mr. Tornga will work with Crowley’s business units providing a suite of services across the state – from fuel sales and distribution, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation and distribution, to marine solutions and offshore towing services. Mr. Tornga began his career with Crowley in July 1977 as an ordinary seaman in Seattle. Over the years he held supervisory and managerial roles for the company in marine dispatch and customer service. In 1994, he was promoted to director of contract services, and in 1996 he was appointed general manager, oil industry services, and he relocated to Anchorage, Alaska. He later went on to manage the company’s petroleum distribution, Valdez marine services, and North Slope energy support operations. In 2011, Mr. Tornga was tapped to lead Crowley’s new marine solutions group in Houston, and earlier this year, he was appointed vice president of business development in Alaska. Mr. Tornga is a past recipient of the Thomas Crowley Award, the company’s highest honor.

Port Metro Vancouver assisting with
City of Port Moody anchorage project

VANCOUVER, BC — Port Metro Vancouver and the City of Port Moody have together taken a step in resolving issues associated with abandoned and illegally anchored vessels in Port Moody Inlet. A designated anchorage area, providing an approved space for boats to anchor, was approved by Port Moody Council at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 10, 2015. As part of the Designated Anchorage Area Pilot Project, Port Metro Vancouver has provided the City of Port Moody with a lease over a waterlot area in the harbour that will be designated for anchorage. Up to 20 vessels will be permitted to anchor in the designated area for a maximum of 21 days within a 40 day period, and administration of the area will be conducted by Port Moody. Port Metro Vancouver will continue to monitor waters outside of the designated anchorage area, and will address vessels that are anchored illegally beyond it. Port Metro Vancouver will install a series of buoys on the water to mark the designated anchorage area, and will post notices on boats anchored in the inlet requesting they register in the program. At the same time, the community will be notified in various ways. The City of Port Moody will develop a booking and management system for the designated area. Following notifications, vessel owners who have not complied with the request to move will be advised their vessel will be towed.

Peace Arch Customs officers
save life of ailing woman

BLAINE, WA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine, Washington responded with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to assist in saving a 67-year-old American woman’s life Nov. 11. The husband, wife, and their son arrived at the port from Canada around 6:10 a.m. (PST). During routine secondary screening, officers were advised that the woman was experiencing a medical emergency. A supervisory CBP officer and two CBP officers immediately responded to the family. CBP officers notified 911 requesting emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The supervisory CBP officer initiated the AED and CPR, which the traveler responded to and regained consciousness. North Whatcom EMTs arrived and began the evaluation of the woman. Whatcom Medic One arrived and transported the traveler by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. The woman is in stable condition and was admitted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for further evaluation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Port of Coos Bay Commission
taps John burns as new CEO

COOS BAY — The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Port Commission has selected John Burns as the port's new chief executive officer. The first of December will be the official start date for Mr. Burns. The port commission has amended current CEO David Koch’s contract to provide for a November 30 termination along with four months of agreed consultation. Mr. Burns currently serves as president of Burns Resources Group, Inc. (BRG), a consulting firm specializing in improving operational and business performance of organizations within all aspects of the marine transportation system. Throughout his entire career Mr. Burns has worked with ports in various ways. In 2010, he was successful at the redelivery of approximately 15,000 vessels used in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion. Prior to his work with BP, Mr. Burns was vice president and general manager for Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. In addition he served for ten years as the president of Maritrans Inc. The Coos Bay Port Commission offered Mr. Burns the position with a starting base salary of $175,000, along with reimbursement up to $67,600 in relocation cost.

"K" Line joint venture company
begins operations in Dubai

TOKYO — "K" Line reports its new company called K LINE Shipping & Logistics LLC (KLSL) in Dubai, UAE, has started operations. KLSL is a joint venture between "K" Line and Sharaf Group and is the first company to operate in the Middle East among the subsidiaries of Japanese shipping companies. KLSL will conduct businesses in the fields of marine transportation, land transportation and logistics. With offices in the Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent, Red Sea, African Continent, Europe, Far East /South East Asia, Russia and Australia, Sharaf Group was established in 1976 and provides services to the transportation industry, including shipping agency (Sharaf Shipping Agency) and logistics (Sharaf Logistics and Emirates Logistics).

NYK teaming with Astomos
for new very large gas carrier

TOKYO — On October 30, NYK entered into a time-charter contract for a new very large gas carrier (VLGC) with Astomos Energy Corporation (Astomos), the gobal liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company. The new VLGC will be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018. After delivery, the ship will be assigned to a service designated in a five-year time-charter contract, and NYK and Astomos will then have 12 VLGCs in operation under time-charter contracts.

Maersk Line adding services
in Far East, South East India

COPENHAGEN — Maersk Line reports it is enhancing it Far East/South East India network with the introduction of two new services, the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2), effective January 2016. The rotations for these new services will be as follows:
Busan > Qingdao – Xingang – Busan – Shanghai – Nansha New Port – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Chennai – Krishnapatnam / Kattupalli (biweekly) – Visakhapatnam – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore
Busan – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Port Klang – Chennai – Port Klang – Singapore - Shanghai
With two sailings a week, the enhanced network will have a Northern China direct call, headhaul new direct port calls including Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian and Port Klang, and backhaul new direct port calls including Busan, Singapore and Port Klang.

International Trade Administration
offering free export assistance tools

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) has unveiled an enhanced, free export assistance tool that enables U.S. firms of all sizes to immediately access market research intelligence for more than 120 countries around the globe. The Country Commercial Guides are prepared by trade and economic professionals at U.S. embassies and consulates to highlight market conditions in each country. Each guide features the latest intelligence on high-demand industry sectors, as well as market-by-market economic overviews, selling techniques, investment climate considerations, trade financing options, and business travel advice and resources. The guide will help U.S. companies identify opportunities not only in popular markets, but also in many other less crowded markets. Last year, U.S. exports hit a record $2.34 trillion, with merchandise exports supporting an estimated record 11.7 million U.S. jobs. The CCGs are produced by the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service. The enhanced CCGs are available free of charge at

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Port of Bellingham negotiating
possible forest products agreement

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Bellingham reports it has entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Bio-Fibre Manufactures Inc. (BFM) and DKoram Inc. to study the feasibility of exporting logs and bio-fuel materials from approximately 20 acres adjacent to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. Under the terms of the agreement, the port will not negotiate with any other forest product company for use of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal during a six month due diligence period. The port is allowed to negotiate with non-forest product related companies. American Construction is currently working on a cleanup project in the Whatcom Waterway which will increase the navigation depth at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal to -40 feet MLLW in the approach channel and -35 feet MLLW in the berthing area. The port is also re-roofing a portion of the over 85,000 square feet of available covered storage space and budgeting for additional Shipping Terminal improvements in 2016 to include updating the electrical service and performing stormwater and paving upgrades.

Top Ships receives notice
of pending drop from Nasdaq

ATHENS — TOP Ships Inc., an international ship-owning company, has announced that it has received written notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market dated November 4, 2015, indicating that because the closing bid price of the company's common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days was below $1.00 per share, the company no longer meets the minimum bid price requirement for the Nasdaq Global Select Market, set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(a)(1). Pursuant to the Nasdaq Listing Rules, the applicable grace period to regain compliance is 180 days, or until May 2, 2016. The company intends to monitor the closing bid price of its common stock between now and May 2, 2016 and is considering its options in order to regain compliance with the Nasdaq Global Select Market minimum bid price requirement. The Company can cure this deficiency if the closing bid price of its common stock is $1.00 per share or higher for at least ten consecutive business days during the grace period. In the event the company does not regain compliance within the 180-day grace period and it meets all other listing standards and requirements, the company may be eligible for an additional 180-day grace period if it transfers to the Nasdaq Capital Market. TOP Ships reports its business operations are not affected by the receipt of the notification and intends to cure the deficiency within the prescribed grace period. During this time, the company's common stock will continue to be listed and trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Crowley Maritime adding
two new business segments

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced the formalization of two new groups: Government Services and Global Ship Management. These two new, standalone business segments were previously imbedded in other company business units. Leading the new business units are Mike Golonka, vice president, government services, and Wendy MacDonald, vice president, global ship management. The Government Services team combines the technical and professional capabilities of the company’s owned and managed fleets, to bring together operations, engineering and contracting personnel. The team provides bundled vessel management solutions for the United States Maritime Administration, Military Sealift Command, and other agencies; custodial services for vessels seized by U.S. Government agencies; naval architecture and marine engineering services; project management and salvage and dive operations; and a host of other services. The Global Ship Management group – which includes international partnership Crowley Accord and Seattle-based subsidiary Maritime Management Services, Inc. (MMS) – provides technical services and crew management as well as a broad range of back-office services to a variety of conventional vessel types such as tankers, container and general cargo, and Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) vessels; along with specialized vessels such as deep-water pipe-layers, geotechnical and seismic research vessels; and offshore construction support vessels.

Rail association releases
traffic numbers for week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 7, 2015 was 539,165 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending Nov. 7 were 272,063 carloads, down 8.7 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 267,102 containers and trailers, down 1.5 percent compared to 2014. For the first 44 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,277,219 carloads, down 4.7 percent from the same point last year; and 11,773,679 intermodal units, up two percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 44 weeks of 2015 was 24,050,898 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last year.

Port Metro Vancouver celebrating
anniversary of Delta community office

VANCOUVER, BC — November marks one year since Port Metro Vancouver opened a community office in Delta. The office has had over 4,000 walk-in visitors since it opened. Key port-related topics on the minds of local residents have included the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, port operations and growth, the movement of coal, and managing potential impacts of growth on local ecosystems. To mark the one-year anniversary, Port Metro Vancouver will be hosting an open house at the Delta Community Office from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 14. The public is invited to drop in at their leisure to enjoy games, coffee, cake and a special visit from Port Metro Vancouver’s mascot Salty. Port Metro Vancouver’s Delta community office is located at Trenant Park Square, 5225A Ladner Trunk Road, in Ladner. The office is open Wednesdays to Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Panama Canal responding to
high backlog of vessels

PANAMA CITY — The Panama Canal Authority reports it continues to experience unseasonably high demand and is taking several steps to expedite traffic, decrease canal waters time (CWT) and reduce the current backlog of vessels. The canal has postponed non-critical maintenance work at the locks, modified its booking system, canceled draft restrictions, and assigned additional crews to operate the tugs, locomotives and locks. The greater demand is attributed, in part, to traffic diverted from the U.S. West Coast and a higher-than-normal volume of ships that require additional security measures, such as tankers and gas carriers. The canal has also seen a higher percentage of large and deep-draft vessels, which also affect CWT. Weather has also slowed traffic. In the month of October alone, fog delayed 107 vessels. Drought caused by the El Niño phenomenon reduced water levels in Gatun Lake, increasing lockage process time. To further expedite the traffic, the Panama Canal will temporarily suspend booking slots for regulars available in the third period, for vessels less than 300 feet in length and for Just-In-Time slots for regulars. These measures will take effect November 12, 2015. The Panama Canal will continue to monitor the situation, implement measures to speed traffic, and communicate updates as more information is made available.

Crowley Maritime nets go-ahead
for Canadian LNG imports

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply, transportation and distribution throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The renewable, two-year import and export licenses now allow the company to import up to 2.12 billion cubic feet (BCF) of LNG via truck in 10,700-gallon ISO tanks or in bulk via ocean-going vessels. The company is now working to secure long-term, 25-year licenses with the DOE and NEB. At the same time, Crowley is monitoring the development of Alaska LNG supply projects, which would be a closer source to the Alaska interior markets. Similarly, in 2014, Crowley’s Carib Energy was granted a 20-year, small-scale U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The licensing permits Crowley to export 14.6 billion cubic feet (BCF) 0.04bcf/d of LNG – roughly the equivalent of 480,000 gallons – per day via 10,700-gallon ISO tanks to these regions.

Los Angeles Port Commission
Oks three FEMA grants

SAN PEDRO, CA — The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved three grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totaling $1.8 million. The grants will support port police security and operation integration initiatives, as well as cyber security infrastructure. As a condition of the FEMA Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) -- a competitive grant program supporting security enhancements at ports nationwide -- the port will contribute 25 percent in additional non-federal funds, or $625,000. The match brings total funding for the three port security initiatives to $2.5 million. The security projects to be undertaken include integration, maintenance and repair of port security systems; integration of external security video feeds from various government departments, terminals and mobile sources; improvements to the port’s mass notification system; and infrastructure upgrades that address a variety of cyber risks associated with port complex security.

Mitsui celebrates naming
of new LNG carrier

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has taken part in a naming ceremony for the newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier LNG JUROJIN, which is co-owned by MOL and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO), at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. After delivery, the LNG JUROJIN will serve a broad range of LNG transport projects, including the Ichthys LNG Project.

Jim Quinn named chairman
of port association board

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Jim Quinn, president and CEO of the Saint John Port Authority in New Brunswick, Canada, was formally installed on Nov. 4 as the 2015-16 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). As AAPA Chairman, he succeeds Kristin Decas, CEO and port director of the Port of Hueneme. Mr. Quinn accepted his new chairmanship duties at a membership meeting in Miami, FL, during which the entire slate of 2015-16 delegation officers and board of directors were inducted as part of AAPA's 104th Annual Convention. Mr. Quinn also chairs the association’s Canadian delegation, whose other officers include: Chairman-Elect Bernie Dumas, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, and Vice Chairman Carl Laberge, president and CEO of the Saguenay Port Authority. The U.S. delegation officers are: Chairman – M. Kathleen Broadwater, Maryland Port Administration; Chairman-Elect – Mark McAndrews, Port of Pascagoula; and Vice Chairman – Steven Cernak, PPM® – Port Everglades. Chairing the Caribbean delegation is Clement Reid, port director of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands. The Chairman-elect is Glenn Roach of Barbados Port and the Vice Chairman is Orlando Forbes of the Freeport Harbour Company (Bahamas). Officers of the Latin America delegation are: Chairman – Victor Julio González-Riascos, Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura; Chairman-Elect – Juan Carlos Jairala, Autoridad Portuaria de Guayaquil; and Vice Chairman – Gerardo Valero, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá. Also during the three-day convention (Nov. 2-4), AAPA and Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) signed an MOU to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest. The MOU calls for cooperation in the areas of international collaboration, events, exchange of views and information, and an exchange of memberships.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Port of Bellingham draft budget
available for public review

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Bellingham’s draft 2016 Strategic Budget proposes keeping property tax rates flat, redeveloping the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, expanding marine trades, repairing marine infrastructure, completing major environmental cleanup projects and maintaining a strong focus on countywide job creation. Details of the budget were presented at a board of commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 3. The public is invited to comment on the budget at a public hearing at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17. The budget is scheduled to be formally adopted by the Bellingham Port Commission following the public hearing. Written comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm, Monday, November 16. The draft budget is available to review by clicking:

Maersk Line releases numbers
for third quarter of 2015

COPENHAGEN — Maersk Line’s third quarter 2015 (Q3) result was USD 264 million which is 61.4 percent lower than Q3 2014 (USD 685 million). Revenue for the third quarter 2015 (Q3) was USD 6,018 million which is 14.9 percent lower than Q3 2014 (USD 7,074 million). Volumes were 1.1 percent higher to 2,427,000 FFE (2,401k FFE in Q3 2014). The Return On Invested Capital (ROIC) was 5.2 percent, down from 13.5 percent in Q3 2014. The result is below the carrier's ROIC target of 8.5-12 percent. Maersk Line expects the container shipping market to remain weak and it will not recover in 2015. They expect the rates to remain under pressure due to continued over-capacity. Maersk Line expects global container demand in 2015 to grow by 1-3 percent against a previous expectation of 2-4 percent. On November 4, 2015, Maersk Line announced that it will accelerate efforts to reduce operating cost and postpone investments in new capacity. This includes lowering SG&A cost by USD 250 million annualized, capacity reductions in Q4 2015 and throughout 2016, and not exercising the options for six 19,630 TEU vessels and two 3,600 TEU feeders.

Port Hueneme nets TIGER funds
for intermodal improvement project

PORT HUENEME, CA — The US Department of Transportation will provide $12.3 million for the Port of Hueneme Intermodal Improvement project in Port Hueneme. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states selected to receive a total of $500 million under the DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program. U.S. The $24.4 million Port of Hueneme Intermodal Improvement Project will modernize the port’s cargo-handling infrastructure, strengthen one wharf and deepen two of the port’s berths allowing vessels with drafts of 36 feet to serve the port. The project will also use solar panels for electric power as part of the modernization of the warehouses and other support infrastructure.

Alaska Airlines expanding
with several new routes

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines has begun flying four new routes that enhance its West Coast network. The new routes are between: Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas; Eugene, Oregon, and San Jose, California; Los Angeles and Monterey, California; and Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada. All flights, except the Portland-Austin route, will be operated by Alaska's sister carrier Horizon Air, using a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The Portland-Austin flights will be operated for Alaska by SkyWest Airlines, using new 76-seat Embraer 175 jets. Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through a network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Crowley honors Kyra Roca
with Thomas Crowley Award

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Kyra Roca, vice president, customer care, was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley Award, the company's highest honor, at a ceremony held at the company’s Jacksonville, Fla., office. Ms. Roca joins Capt. David Ridge, director of marine operations in Valdez, Alaska, as the second and final Thomas Crowley Award recipient for 2014. Capt. Ridge was presented his award in Anchorage, Alaska last month. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and only 61 of the company's more than 5,300 employees have received the award. Ms. Roca was selected for the award because of her team-building capabilities and leadership skills. Ms. Roca joined Crowley in 2008 as a senior planning analyst. In 2010, the position changed to senior analyst, process excellence, and in the same year she was promoted to manager, freight services, liner and logistics. In 2011, she was promoted to director and, in 2015, she was named vice president, customer care, liner and logistics. Prior to Crowley, she held a wide variety of roles with Verizon, North Memorial Medical Center and the Barcelo Group.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Port of Olympia earns
clean audit report

OLYMPIA — The Port of Olympia reports it recently received a clean audit report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office for the period Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014. The audit’s results in brief stated: “In the areas we audited, port operations complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources. The port also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.” The State Auditor’s Office’s next scheduled audit of the Port of Olympia will be conducted in 2016 and will cover the following general areas for 2015: accountability for public resource; financial statements; and federal programs.

Sea-Tac Airport set to add
Sprint Airlines to carrier lineup

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle welcomes a new airline to the roster at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as CEO Ted Fick unveiled a model plane with the colors of Spirit Airlines at a press conference Nov. 5. The ultra low cost carrier is the newest entrant to Sea-Tac with flights scheduled to begin in March 2016. Spirit will begin twice daily service to Los Angeles on March 24, 2016 followed by two daily flights to Las Vegas on April 14, 2016. Connections will be available to an additional 15 cities via Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Last year, Sea-Tac was the fastest growing airport in the country and this year growth is in the double digits. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 13.3 percent, that’s after 2014 which saw 7.7 percent growth over the previous year. Spirit currently operates more than 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the U.S., Latin America, Caribbean and Canada.

Matson board gives approval
for share repurchase program

HONOLULU — Matson, Inc. has announced that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to 3.0 million shares of common stock, representing approximately seven percent of the company's currently issued and outstanding common stock, through November 2, 2018. Shares will be repurchased in the open market from time to time at the company's discretion, based on ongoing assessments of the capital needs of the business, the market price of its common stock and general market conditions. The company may enter into Rule 10b5-1 plans to facilitate purchases under the program. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

Diana Shipping to extend charter
of Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel

ATHENS — Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v MAIA, for a period of minimum 17 months to maximum 20 months. The gross charter rate is US$7,500 per day, minus a five percent commission paid to third parties. The new charter period is expected to commence on November 11, 2015. The MAIA is a 82,193 dwt Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel built in 2009. This employment extension is anticipated to generate approximately US$3.8 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.

Port Angeles Coast Guard station
to hold annual Veterans Day event

PORT ANGELES — Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the Clallam County Veterans Association, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Air Station/SFO Port Angeles has been designated as a regional Veterans Day observance site for the 19th straight year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The public is welcome to attend and can enter the facility from the front gate at 1 Ediz Hook starting at 9:15 a.m. Due to enhanced security requirements, all guests are required to present valid government issued identification and shall not have any weapon on person or in their vehicle in order to gain access to the base. No walk-ons will be allowed on base.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Federal Maritime Commission
Oks final rule for OTI licensing

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to issue a final rule on ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) licensing and financial responsibility requirements, and directed staff to prepare an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking concerning service contracts and NVOCC service arrangements. Under the new rules, OTIs will be required to renew licenses every three years through an on-line portal beginning in late 2016, and an expedited hearing process will be provided for license denials, revocations, or suspensions. Revision to the OTI rules was first proposed in May of 2013 in an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, and then in October 2014 a proposed rule was issued by the commission. The commission received extensive comment from the industry throughout the process. The OTI final rule may be viewed at:

International Trade Administration
releases September export totals

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. International Trade Administration’s Office of Trade and Economic Analysis reports that in September 2015, U.S. exports of goods and services increased by 1.6 percent from August to $187.9 billion. Imports decreased 1.8 percent to $228.7 billion during the same period. Exports of goods (Census basis) in September increased by 2.2 percent to $126.6 billion reflecting an increase in exports of consumer goods. Exports of services in September were a record high, increasing by 0.1 percent to $60.6 billion. Within services, several sectors also reached record-high exports in September: other business services; telecommunications, information, and computer services; and insurance services. The September U.S. goods and services trade deficit improved by 15.0 percent to $40.8 billion from August 2015. However, year-to-date the deficit has worsened by 3.9 percent, rising to $394.9 billion from $380.0 billion during the same period of last year. U.S. goods and services exports through the first nine months of the year were $1.69 trillion, down 3.8 percent or $66.3 billion from the same period of 2014. Imports of goods and services are also down yearto-date, falling 2.4 percent to $2.08 trillion compared to 2014.

CKYHE Alliance member lines
plan to cancel nine voyages

TOKYO — The CKYHE Alliance (COSCO, "K" Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping & Evergreen) plans to implement service adjustment on its Asia – North Europe and Mediterranean trades in order to cope with the seasonal market demand. The CKYHE members will cancel a total of nine voyages on the current Asia-North Europe/Mediterranean service loops from November 2015 through December 2015. Details of the cancelled voyages are as follows:
Asia-North Europe Services
45th week, NE7 (ETA Ningbo, Nov.04)
46th week, NE8 (ETA Taipei, Nov.08)
48th week, NE7 (ETA Ningbo, Nov.25)
51st week, NE8, (ETA Taipei, Dec.13)
51st week, NE7, (ETA Ningbo, Dec.16)
Asia-Mediterranean Services
47th week, MD2 (ETA Xiamen, Nov.15)
48th week, ADR (ETA Qingdao, Nov.26)
49th week, MD2 (ETA Xiamen, Nov.29)
51st week, MD2 (ETA Xiamen, Dec.13)

US rail freight traffic count
down during month of October

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for October 2015 and the first ten months of 2015. Carload traffic in October totaled 1,124,470 carloads, down 6.9 percent or 83,578 carloads from October 2014. U.S. railroads also originated 1,089,310 containers and trailers in October 2015, down 1.4 percent or 15,769 units from the same month last year. For October 2015, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,213,780, down 4.3 percent or 99,347 carloads and intermodal units from October 2014. Total U.S. carload traffic for the first ten months of 2015 was 12,005,156 carloads, down 4.6 percent or 579,405 carloads, while intermodal containers and trailers were 11,506,577 units, up 2.1 percent or 234,100 containers and trailers when compared to the same period in 2014. For the first ten months of 2015, total rail traffic volume in the United States was 23,511,733 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.4 percent or 345,305 carloads and intermodal units from the same point last year. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 31, 2015 was 549,707 carloads and intermodal units, down six percent compared with the same week last year. For the week there were 279,327 carloads, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,380 containers and trailers, down 3.4 percent compared to 2014.

Matson posts numbers
for third quarter, year-to-date

HONOLULU — Matson, Inc. has reported net income of $41.5 million, or $0.94 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The company's third quarter results were negatively impacted by $10.0 million of additional selling, general and administrative expenses related to the company's acquisition of Horizon Lines, Inc. in excess of the company's incremental run-rate target, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.14. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 was $21.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2015 was $544.3 million compared with $441.8 million reported for the third quarter 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, Matson reported net income of $76.4 million, or $1.74 per diluted share compared with $43.0 million, or $1.00 per diluted share in 2014. Year-to-date 2015 results were negatively impacted by $23.5 million of additional selling, general and administrative expenses related to the Horizon Lines acquisition and by $11.4 million for the company's settlement with the State of Hawaii to resolve all of the state's claims arising from the discharge of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013, which together reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.46. Consolidated revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $1,390.1 million, compared with $1,270.7 million in 2014.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Crowley Maritime completes deal
for Miami-based SeaFreight Line

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services and logistics groups has completed a purchase sale agreement to acquire Miami-based SeaFreight Line, SeaFreight Agencies, and SeaPack, liner and logistics companies that serve the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America. The newly combined services will provide customers ocean freight and logistics services throughout the Caribbean Basin, including 19 islands in the eastern and western Caribbean, Central America, and the South America countries of Guyana and Suriname.

First LNG-powered box ship
passes through Panama Canal

PANAMA CITY — The Panama Canal Authority reports the ISLA BELLA , the world’s first LNG-powered container vessel transited through the Panama Canal October 30. With a 3,100 TEU capacity, the LNG-powered ISLA BELLA reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 98 percent, sulfur oxide emissions by 97 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 76 percent. The ship’s technology also increases fuel efficiency compared to conventionally fueled ships. The 764 foot-long American-flagged vessel, is the first of two Marlin Class container ships contracted by TOTE Maritime and built by General Dynamics NASSCO in partnership with the American Bureau of Shipping and the U.S. Coast Guard. The ISLA BELLA is scheduled to begin providing freight service in the fourth quarter of 2015 between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second Marlin Class containership will be launched in the third quarter of 2015 and will enter service in the first quarter of 2016.

Inchcape Shipping Services
opening new Ukraine office

CHAFFORD HUNDRED, UK — Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the global marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence across the Black Sea region alongside its existing Turkish offices in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin and Izmit. One of the largest exporters of grain, seed oil and semi-finished iron, Ukraine additionally has railway links to transport cargo from its ports to Baltic countries and Russia, as well as connections to other Black Sea ports for Ro-Ro services. Services provided by the new office will include a wide range of marine and cargo activities such as port agency and crew logistics services, vessel husbandry and freight forwarding.

Diana Shipping Oks purchase
of Capesize dry bulk vessel

ATHENS — Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a memorandum of agreement to acquire from an unaffiliated third party the m/v CHURCHILL BULKER, a 2011 built Capesize dry bulk vessel of 179,362 dwt, for a purchase price of US$28.5 million. The vessel, to be renamed SEATTLE, is expected to be delivered to the buyer by mid-November 2015. Excluding the newly acquired vessel, as well as one new-building Capesize dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the company by mid-November 2015, one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the company during the second quarter of 2016, and one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the company during the third quarter of 2016, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 41 dry bulk vessels (two Newcastlemax, 12 Capesize, three Post-Panamax, four Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax).

Federal Maritime Commission
revokes Swift's OTI license

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 2, 2015, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) revoked Swift International Logistics Inc.’s (Swift) ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) license. Swift is no longer authorized to provide OTI services. Consumers and businesses should not tender cargo to Swift or its agents for the international shipment of goods. The FMC has information that four shipments that were handled by Swift will be auctioned by transportation providers to whom payments for service have not been made. The consignees are:
Naveed Ali -- place of delivery: Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, estimated date of arrival: October 7, 2015
Francoise Marie -- place of delivery: Bassens, France, estimated date of arrival: August 25, 2015
Allan Fraser Brown -- place of delivery: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, estimated date of arrival: September 18, 2015
Pasquale Vassilli -- place of delivery: Lisbon, Portugal, estimated date of arrival, August 27, 2015
The above-named consignees or their agents should contact the commission’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services at 202-523-5807 or as soon as possible.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Coast Guard responds to fire
at Boat World Marina near Seattle

SEATTLE — Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to pollution caused by a fire at Boat World Marina on Lake Union near Seattle, yesterday morning. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound personnel opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and contracted National Response Corporation to clean up any spilled product. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified by Seattle 911 dispatchers at about 1:15 a.m. of a fire involving multiple vessels at the Boat World Marina. Response contractors from National Response Corporation deployed 1,000 feet of containment boom around the scene and deployed absorbent pads to remove contaminants from the water. Response personnel identified seven vessels affected by the fire, six of which are submerged at the marina. Global Diving and Salvage and Ballard Marine Construction have been contracted to remove any remaining pollutants from the sunken vessels. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Seattle Fire Department.

Crowley Maritime to christen
new LNG-ready product tanker

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corp. will christen the first of four new, Jones Act product tankers today, at the Tampa Cruise Terminal. According to Crowley, the 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity ship named OHIO is the first tanker ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, meaning Crowley has the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion in the future. OHIO was constructed by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, with construction management services provided by Crowley’s Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime. The remaining three product tankers are also being built by APSI for Crowley and have planned deliveries through 2016.

Hillsboro Airport Roundtable Exchange
schedules public meeting for Wednesday

PORTLAND — Hillsboro Airport Roundtable Exchange meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the City of Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street. The public is invited and public comments are welcome. Among agenda topics is a presentation from Hillsboro Aero Academy on operations at Hillsboro Airport, a presentation by the Port of Portland on resiliency planning and the related role of Hillsboro Airport, and a port background presentation on the last Hillsboro Airport master plan in preparation for the beginning of the master planning process next year. A public comment period is scheduled at 7:15 p.m. Hillsboro Airport Roundtable Exchange is a 22-member advisory group to the Port of Portland, formed to enhance and facilitate communication among people interested in Hillsboro Airport. Committee members represent the airport’s stakeholders such as nearby residents, neighboring businesses, airport tenants and users, and local jurisdictions.

Mitsui container vessel
saves group of castaways

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced that on October 23, 2015, the MOL-operated containership MOL GROWTH safely rescued four castaways 55 km offshore of Brazil. At 11:01 (all times in local time) on October 23, 2015, the MOL GROWTH, sailing from the Port of Santos, Brazil, to Port of Itaguai, Brazil, received a request for assistance from Brazilian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center and immediately changed course to approach the castaways, and started rescue operations. At 12:28 of the same day, the four survivors were safely rescued and later turned over to the authority at Port of Itaguai.

Customs team rescues four
from drifting SeaDoo vessel

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations responded Sunday to a distress call and rescued a SeaDoo vessel with four occupants on board, which drifted because of mechanical failure and bad weather. The distress call was made during an afternoon squall that had hit northeastern coastal area, indicating that the vessel had lost mechanical power between Cayo Icacos and Cabezas de San Juan natural reserve. The vessel master indicated that the vessel was drifting towards the reef with two adults and two children onboard. The CBP marine unit found winds gusting to 40 knots and eight-foot seas in-route to the disabled vessel which was towed to a final destination of Villa Marina in Fajardo.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Port of Tacoma schedules meetings
to discuss 2016 budget, finance plan

TACOMA — Port of Tacoma commissioners have scheduled two public meetings in November to consider the port’s 2016 budget, finance plan and tax levy. The first budget meeting on Nov. 5 will include an in-depth look at the 2016 operating budget, capital building plans, finance plan and the tax levy. Commissioners will invite public comment at this meeting. The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s 2016 operating budget and capital building plans are an integral part of the Port of Tacoma’s budget. Both were reviewed in October at two public meetings. The NWSA draft budget is available at The alliance is a port development authority governed by the ports of Tacoma and Seattle to manage the two ports’ marine cargo operations. Community members are encouraged to attend the Nov. 5 meeting to hear how the Port of Tacoma’s budget is formed and provide input before the budget is adopted at the Nov. 17 meeting. More information about the draft budget is available on the port’s website at Hard copies of the presentation will be available at the port administration building and at both meetings. The Nov. 17 meeting will include a public hearing to formally adopt the 2016 statutory budget, tax levy and authorization to bank excess tax levy capacity. Both meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of the Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. in Tacoma. The public is encouraged to attend. Meetings also are streamed live from the port’s website at and are later broadcast on Click! and Comcast throughout Pierce County.

Greenbrier breaking records
with quarterly, fiscal year numbers

LAKE OSWEGO, OR — The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. has reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ended August 31, 2015. Net earnings attributable to Greenbrier for the quarter were a record $66.9 million, or $2.02 per diluted share, on record revenue of $765.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was a record $147.6 million, or 19.3 percent of revenue. New railcar backlog as of August 31, 2015 was 41,300 units with an estimated value of $4.71 billion (average unit sale price of $114,000), compared to 45,100 units with an estimated value of $4.86 billion (average unit sale price of $108,000) as of May 31, 2015. Diversified orders for 2,900 new railcars valued at $470 million were received during the quarter. New railcar deliveries totaled 6,200 units for the quarter, compared to 5,700 units for the quarter ended May 31, 2015. Marine backlog as of August 31, 2015 was approximately $52 million. For the fiscal year, record net earnings were $192.8 million, or $5.93 per diluted share, on revenue of $2.61 billion. Adjusted EBITDA was a record $433.8 million or 16.7 percent of revenue. New railcar deliveries totaled 21,100 units and orders totaled 32,400 units valued at $3.44 billion across a broad range of railcar types. Cash generated by operating activities was $192.3 million. Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars at its four manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. manufacturing facility.

Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter
returns from historic Arctic expedition

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter HEALY has returned to Seattle after completing four months of Arctic operations. The cutter's return marks the completion of an Arctic expedition which culminated in the crews’ historic arrival at the North Pole and was the first time a U.S. surface vessel has reached 90°N unaccompanied. The crew conducted two separate missions that included operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. Coast Guard Research and Development Center members joined the crew of the HEALY, a 420-foot Medium Endurance Icebreaker, for the third consecutive year to continue their research of Arctic technologies including: remotely operated vehicles, small unmanned aerial systems, an autonomous underwater vehicle and an unmanned surface vehicle. The HEALY departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Aug. 9 for Geotraces, an international effort to study the distribution of trace elements in the world’s oceans to establish the effects of these elements on global climate change. HEALY was commissioned in 1999 and is the nation’s newest and largest U.S. high latitude icebreaker, with extensive scientific capabilities. The cutter is based out of Seattle with a permanent crew of 87.

David Ridge presented with
2014 Thomas Crowley award

ANCHORAGE — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s David Ridge, director, marine operations, was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company's highest honor, at a recent ceremony at the company’s Anchorage, Alaska, office. Crowley's Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., the grandson of the company's founder, presented the award before more than 70 employees and senior leaders who had gathered from around the world for the event. Mr. Ridge joined Crowley in 1984 as a mate, and later went on to work aboard a variety of vessels operated by the company, including oil and cargo barges, offshore towing tugs, and ship assist and tanker escort tugs. In 1986, he was assigned master for Crowley’s military support service operating out of Sasebo, Japan, before transferring aboard Crowley’s harbor ship assist and tanker escort tugboat fleet in San Francisco Bay in 1987. He continued working aboard company tugs until 1996, when he changed roles again, as master of tow operations of Crowley’s 450 series barges transiting U.S. West Coast oil terminals. After many years of working on the water, he came ashore as port captain in Seattle in 2005, and was later assigned to manager, marine operations, in Valdez, Alaska, for the ship assist and tanker escort contract with Alyeska SERVS in 2007. In 2014, Mr. Ridge was promoted to his current position of director, marine operations, in Valdez.

NOL releases numbers
for third fiscal quarter

SINGAPORE — NOL has reported a 3Q 2015 net loss of US$96 million, compared to a net loss of US$23 million in 3Q 2014. The group posted a third quarter 2015 Core EBIT loss (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) of US$66 million, versus a Core EBIT of US$21 million in the same quarter last year. NOL’s Core EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) in 3Q 2015 was US$21 million, compared to US$114 million in the same period last year. In 3Q 2015, APL, NOL’s container shipping business, reported a revenue decline of 29 percent to US$1.2b versus the same quarter last year. APL’s average freight rates fell 21 percent, while volume contracted 11 percent.