Archive of News Bulletins


November, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Port of Olympia selected as
WPPA's top port for 2013

OLYMPIA — The Port of Olympia has been recognized as “Port of the Year 2013” by the Washington Public Ports Association. The port received the award based on job growth driven by the marine terminal, continuing record growth in revenue, investments in environmental stewardship, and expanded public participation and outreach. The award was presented to the Olympia Port Commission at the annual meeting of the Washington Public Ports Association Board of Trustees on Nov. 22nd. The association represents 69 of the 75 public ports in Washington State.

Port of Bellingham joining city, county
for new emergency operations center

BELLINGHAM — The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County are joining forces with the Port of Bellingham to establish a new unified emergency operations center near the Bellingham International Airport. This more than 24,000-square-foot center will be housed in the Port of Bellingham’s special purpose facility, which served as the federal government’s emergency center for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The building has been vacant since the federal lease ended. The proposed 10-year interlocal agreement, which would begin in January 2014, is scheduled for consideration by the Bellingham Port Commission (Dec. 3), the Bellingham City Council (Dec. 9), and the Whatcom County Council (Dec. 10). The city and county plan to co-locate and form an emergency operations center to coordinate fire response, law enforcement response, emergency communications and emergency operations and ancillary public safety activities during disasters. The county and the city are partnering with private businesses and will allow the use of the facility by others for emergency operations, emergency training exercises and other emergency services.

Everett Port Commission Oks
2014 capital/operating budget

EVERETT — On November 26, 2013, the Port of Everett Commission adopted a $64 million 2014 operating and capital budget, which invests in business operations, environmental cleanup projects, infrastructure projects and construction projects. The budget forecasts an increase in shipping volumes, and corresponding increases in staff to meet the increased business demands. The port’s budget is comprised of funds from operating revenues, interest earnings, grant revenues, rail bank loan proceeds, state grants, cash reserves and property taxes. In 2014, the port will collect property taxes totaling $4.4 million, with an average Everett-area household investing $68 annually in the Port of Everett. The port’s tax collection is approximately 2.5 percent of the total Everett-area property tax bill. Per port commission policy, tax dollars are solely used for environmental restoration, infrastructure investments and debt service. For 2014, the taxes will be used primarily to partially fund the budgeted $7.7 million in environmental restoration projects. No tax dollars are used for operating costs, including salaries and benefits.

Olympia port board approves
budget, capital investment plan

OLYMPIA — Earlier this week, the Port of Olympia Commission approved a 2014 Budget and Capital Investment Plan that holds property taxes at 2013 levels. Construction that was new in 2013 will be taxed in 2014. The commission chose to forego taking a one percent property tax increase in 2014, but may use its tax authority in a future year. The port’s five-year plan presented by Finance Director Jeff Smith, CPA, shows a continuing increase in earnings after depreciation. Increased break-bulk cargo activity at the Marine Terminal is driving the growth. Vessel calls have continued to increase from 14 in 2009 to 42 (estimate) in 2014. This is a 300 percent increase in vessels over the last five years. The other three business lines are continuing steady growth: Olympia Regional Airport, Swantown Marina & Boatworks, and Real Estate. The Port of Olympia reports it will be working on several significant capital projects in 2014. Project funding is derived from both unspent 2013 and 2014 funds.

US rail freight traffic
runs positive during week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 16, 2013 with 295,563 total U.S. carloads, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,643 units, up 7.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 20th straight week in a row. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 562,206 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 46 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,977,291 carloads, down 0.5 percent from the same point last year, and 11,397,267 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 46 weeks of 2013 was 24,374,558 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6 percent from last year.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Port of Seattle has celebrated the grand opening of Dufry’s newest American duty free stores in the south satellite, north satellite, concourse A and central terminal of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The port selected Dufry competitively to provide the offering, and the company in turn invested $4 million into four new stores that total nearly 7,000 square feet. The port signed a new seven-year joint venture in October 2012 led by Dufry North America LLC to operate duty-free and duty-paid stores at the airport. Dufry-Seattle JV, which will operate the new Sea-Tac business, consists of Dufry North America LLC and a Seattle-based small business partner, Randi Sibonga of MCSB, Inc. Dufry’s Seattle partner has decades of airport retail experience. Dufry North America LLC is a business unit of Dufry AG, an international travel retailer based in Basel, Switzerland.

CHAFFORD HUNDRED, UK — Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising that Qingdao Port, China, is now operating normally following the pipeline explosion in the city’s Huangdao district last week. Two vessels are currently alongside and discharging, while two further vessels are at anchorage waiting to discharge. Following the explosion, most vessels changed their destination port, so no backlog has occurred. Marine pollution is being treated in the bay and is expected to take some time to clear. The clean-up operation currently involves 24 cleaning vessels, ten fishing boats and one salvage boat.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a study on shipping patterns and industry costs that will help the United States prepare for the anticipated impact on its ports, waterways and intermodal freight systems from the Panama Canal expansion. The expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2015, will give larger vessels, called “Post Panamax” vessels, greater access to the U.S. ports on the East and Gulf coasts. The Panama Canal Expansion Study, the first of a two-part study, found the integration of Post-Panamax vessels into U.S. trade lanes will have substantial implications for the nation’s shippers, ports and surface freight corridors, particularly along the East Coast, Gulf Coast and inland states located east of the Mississippi River. In addition, more cost-effective service generated by the larger vessels could improve the ability of some U.S. exports, like grain, coal, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas, to compete in global markets. The report also noted that shifts in shipping patterns impacting the national transportation system will occur slowly and over time. The Panama Canal Expansion Study can be found at:

OLYMPIA - The Port of Olympia has announced that the maintenance dredge of the port's marine terminal vessel berths and Swantown Boatworks haulout area has begun. It has been more than 30 years since the Budd Inlet areas were dredged. Maintenance dredging is a common project for marine terminals and some terminals must dredge annually to maintain needed water depths. Orion Marine of Tacoma is conducting the project under a contract with the port. Orion expects to complete the project in January or early February 2014. The port is dredging the 20-foot area adjacent to the marine terminal pier to its authorized depth of -42 feet. The port is also dredging any areas waterward of the 20-foot strip that are higher than -38 feet. For the marine terminal, the current shallow depths adjacent to the pier mean the ships cannot dock directly at the pier. To move cargo, a device attached to the dock called a “camel” holds the vessel five feet away from the pier. The cargo loading and unloading must take place across the five-foot span, which carries safety risks. The dredge project will remove these safety risks and will enable fully loaded ships to utilize all the berths simultaneously. Currently, the port cannot accommodate even two fully loaded vessels at berth.

KEELUNG -- Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (YM) has announced that it will launch a new joint service with Wan Hai Lines to provide direct service links between Northeast Asian ports in Japan, Korea and China to Vietnam (KCV service). A total of three containerships, each with 1,200 TEU operating capacity will be deployed in the KCV service, with commencement on November 29, 2013. The service rotation will be: Osaka – Kobe – Kwangyang – Pusan – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Shekou – Ho Chi Minh – Shekou – Hong Kong – Osaka, for a round voyage of 21 days.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Matson plans increases
for Hawaii/Guam services

HONOLULU — Matson, Inc. has announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Hawaii service by $175 per westbound container and $85 per eastbound container, effective January 5, 2014 and raise its terminal handling charge by $50 per westbound container and $25 per eastbound container, also effective January 5, 2014. Matson has also announced it will raise its rates for the Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Micronesia services by $275 for both westbound and eastbound containers, effective January 26, 2014. The rate increase also applies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands In addition, Matson will raise its West Coast terminal handling charge by $75 for both westbound and eastbound containers, also effective January 26, 2014. The increases will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board.

Inchcape Shipping Services
gives Qingdao explosion update

CHAFFORD HUNDRED, UK — Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising that oil tankers are remaining at anchorage having been evacuated from Qingdao Port, China due to an explosion last Friday near the port city. Currently only the oil terminals are affected, with the exception of Dagang terminal, located at east Jiaozhou Bay. Many tankers have received changed discharge instructions from domestic receivers. Other bulk, general cargo and container terminals are operating normally. Sea contamination has extended to around three square kilometres and the oil from the explosion has leaked into Jiaozhou Bay. It is unknown at present when the oil terminal will re-open. The explosion occurred near the southern gate of the Lidong Chemical Plant in the city’s Huangdao district following a leak in the pipeline operated by Sinopec, China’s largest oil refinery.

Crowley places orders
for new LNG-powered ships

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley has announced that it has signed a contract with VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss., to build two LNG-powered ConRo ships for service between the mainland and Puerto Rico. The Commitment Class, Jones Act ships, scheduled for delivery in second and fourth quarter 2017, will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade since the early 1970s. These new ships will be named EL COQUI (ko-kee) and TAINO (tahy-noh). El Coquí is the common name for several species of small frogs that are native to Puerto Rico, and Taíno were native Puerto Ricans who lived off the land and who had great appreciation and respect for their environment. The vessel design was provided by Warstila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Jensen will also provide construction management and supervision in the shipyard throughout the building phase.

Georgia Ports Authority
posts October cargo totals

SAVANNAH — The Georgia Ports Authority reports Georgia ports moved a record 2.54 million tons of cargo during October – a 22 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal combined to move a record 62,343 units of automobiles and heavy machinery in October, for an increase of 10,045 or 19.2 percent over October 2012. October’s growth pushed total tonnage to 9.6 million for the fiscal year to date, a 9.2 percent increase over the same period in FY2013. Also in October, the GPA achieved a 19 percent increase in twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), reaching 274,362 TEUs – an increase of 43,723 for the month. For the fiscal year, the GPA has moved 1.06 million TEUs, for a 5.3 percent increase over the previous year.

DOT calling for applications
for Moving Ahead for Progress grants

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking applications from eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education located in federal regions 3 (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) and 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) for grants authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), released a grant solicitation through and on the UTC Program's Web site,, describing the competition and deadlines for applications. DOT recently awarded UTC grants in the other federal regions.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Two new members confirmed
for Coos Bay Port Commission

NORTH BEND, OR — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed and the Oregon Senate Rules Committee has confirmed two new members to the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Board of Commissioners. North Bend resident Robert E. Garcia and Coos Bay resident Brianna S. Hanson have been appointed to four-year terms on the commission. Mr. Garcia is the tribal chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, having served in that position since 2007. Prior to that, he was the Confederated Tribes’ economic development director from 2003-07. Mrs. Hanson is an analyst with The Sentient Group, a private equity firm and also works as director of sales, marketing and logistics with Oregon Resources Corp. Prior to that she worked for several years in the commercial real estate industry. Both Mr. Garcia and Mrs. Hanson are scheduled to serve until November 2017.

Port of Seattle releases
October container numbers

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle Marine Terminal Information System reports that 130,326 TUEs passed through the Seattle Harbor in October, 2013, a 14.3 percent decline from the 152,047 TEUs reported during the same month last year. Year-to-date, the port has handled 1,349,083 TEUs for 2013, against the 1,622,604 TEUs passing through port facilities over the same period last year, a 16.9 percent drop.

Port of Tacoma inks
box count for october

TACOMA — The Port of Tacoma reports its international container volumes grew 18 percent year to date through October. Full import containers improved 17 percent on the year, while exports were up 19 percent. Domestic volumes were down one percent. Despite the year-to-date gains, container volumes for the month of October fell six percent compared to October 2012.

Carriers coming together
for new service offering

KEELUNG — Yang Ming (YM), United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and China Shipping Container Liner (CSCL) report they are adjusting their service on the Asia – West Coast of North America trade by merging their current services, PSW4 by YM and AAS2/AWS1 by CSCL/UASC, in to a joint service. The new joint will continue to be branded by the three carriers, respectively, as PSW4/AAS2/AWS1. The service will employ six vessels with nominal capacity of 4,250 TEU; three operated by YM, two operated by UASC, and one operated by CSCL. The revised port rotation is: Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Oakland, Xiamen. The first sailing in the merged structure will depart Xiamen on December 6, 2013. Together with the establishment of the new joint PSW4/AAS2/AWS1 service, a broader slot swap agreement will be made including YM’s existing PSW2 service and CSCL’s existing AAC service in this trade. Through the slot swap, CSCL and UASC will take slots from YM’s PSW2 service, and YM will take slots from CSCL’s AAC service.

Foss Maritime vessels
earn CSA safety honors

WASHINGTON, DC — Foss Maritime has announced that 80 tugs and barges owned by the Seattle-based company are being recognized this year by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) for their outstanding environmental safety records. The ARTHUR FOSS, the JUSTINE FOSS and many other Foss Maritime vessels have been free of environmental mishaps for the past 20 years. Altogether, the Foss vessels recognized by CSA have gone a combined 816 years without an environmental incident. That’s an average of more than 10 years per vessel.

Friday, November 22, 2013

TSA member carriers calling for
series of freight rate increases

OAKLAND — Transpacific container shipping lines see late holiday season shipments in December and the pre-Lunar New Year period in January as pockets of particular strength in the Asia-U.S. trade and as an opportunity for revenue recovery, with a recommended two-stage increase in freight rates. Member lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have adopted guideline across-the-board increases of US$200 per 40-foot container (FEU) effective December 20, 2013, and $300 per FEU effective January 15, 2014. TSA lines say they cannot accept contract demands for 2014-15 rates that are based on, or below, current short-term levels, and they cannot agree to provisions that extend free-time allowances, absorb a portion of chassis-related costs as carriers are exiting that business, or mitigate fuel surcharges. The TSA carriers add, that irrespective of perceived supply-demand and other market conditions, they see the scheduled December and January rate adjustments as setting the table for significant additional increases contained in 2014-15 contracts. TSA is a research and discussion forum of container shipping lines serving the trade from Asia to ports and inland points in the U.S.

US rail freight traffic
posts gains during week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increased weekly rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 9, 2013 with 297,581 total U.S. carloads, up 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 265,259 units, up 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 19th straight week. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 562,840 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 45 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,681,728 carloads, down 0.5 percent from the same point last year, and 11,130,624 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 45 weeks of 2013 was 23,812,352 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6 percent from last year.

Archery firm expanding
at port business incubator

NORTH BEND, OR — A&J Archery has tripled the size of its operations at the Business Center incubator in North Bend, Oregon. The Business Center at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport offers low-cost rent and business management assistance to start-up manufacturing businesses. It is a partnership between the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Center and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport. Jim and Joyce Posekany opened A&J Archery two years ago and have since expanded the shooting range and service and gear offerings. The business features Mr. Posekany’s arrow manufacturing skills, along with bow set-up, repairs and tuning. A&J Archery is open 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Four new members onboard
at Port of LA Harbor Commission

SAN PEDRO, CA — The newly assembled Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners held its first meeting Nov. 21, with four of the five-member panel newly appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Three of the commissioners are Harbor Area residents. The commission is expected to elect its president and vice-president at the next Board meeting on December 12. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, Edward Renwick, Patricia Castellanos, Vilma Martinez, Anthony Pirozzi, Jr. and David Arian (Harbor Commissioner since 2010 and current vice president) oversees the management and operation of the Port of Los Angeles. The five-member board is appointed by the mayor of Los Angeles and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. The commissioners serve five-year terms.

Sea-Tac International Airport
sees food bank donation gains

SEATTLE — Food donations at restaurants at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the Des Moines Area Food Bank have exceeded 100,000 pounds since the program began in 2006. The community has benefited from 110,397 pounds of donated food from the airport — equivalent to roughly one third of the weight of an unloaded Boeing 777 aircraft. Through an innovative effort, the Port of Seattle encourages its airport stores to participate in the food donation program, this year alone providing 23,527 pounds of surplus food — or 361 meals per week — to the food bank. At the current collection rate, collected food is expected to pass a record 30,000 pounds by year’s end, an increase of 16 percent over last year’s total. Airport restaurants collect and store pre-packaged food, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and other unsold items in large-capacity refrigerators located in a designated room at the airport. Collected daily by volunteer drivers, the Des Moines Area Food Bank distributes the donated food to residents throughout the local community. Nineteen stores participate in the program, with HMSHost and Hudson News leading the donation effort. Hudson News, Alki Bakery, Ken’s Baggage and Frozen Food Storage and Dilettante Chocolates have participated in the program since its inception seven years ago.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Seattle Port Commission Oks
draft budget/finance plan for 2014

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle Commission has approved its 2014 Budget and Draft Plan of Finance. The port’s total operating revenues for 2014 are forecast to be $538.1 million. With expenses of $323.4 million, the port’s net operating income before depreciation is forecast to be $214.7 million. The port’s operating income helps finance a total capital budget for 2014 of $295 million. The seaport will continue to invest in capital projects that support the port’s long-term competitiveness, including channel and berth deepening, dock upgrades and dredging. Sea-Tac will launch projects to improve the customer experience, reduce congestion, and add capacity to accommodate future growth. Growth at Sea-Tac is forecast at three percent to more than 35 million passengers, above the long-term growth average of 2.2 percent. The port’s 2014 tax levy remains unchanged at $73 million. Due to the increase in property values in King County, the levy rate will decrease from $0.2326 to $0.2153 per $1000 of assessed value. The commission has either decreased or maintained a stable property tax levy since 2008.

WSF plans to convert ferry class
to liquified natural gas engines

OLYMPIA — Washington State Ferries (WSF) reports it is another step closer to reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas. After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to convert six Issaquah Class vessels to run on cleaner-burning LNG. The proposal was officially submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 18 in a formal letter of intent (LOI) and waterways suitability assessment (WSA). The submission of the LOI and WSA marks the official starting point of the Coast Guard’s review process. WSF expects the Coast Guard to issue a finding regarding the LNG conversion proposal in 2014. For the proposed LNG conversions, WSF would install main propulsion engines to use natural gas and retrofit LNG fuel tanks on the top decks of the six vessels. The proposal calls for a phased approach for conversions to avoid schedule changes or delays.

Port of Pasco names Ballew
new economic development boss

PASCO, WA — On December 16, Gary Ballew joined the Port of Pasco as the director of Economic Development and Marketing. In this newly-created position, Mr. Ballew will be responsible to market and utilize port land, infrastructure and other economic development assets to expand and diversify the port district economy and bolster the tax base. He will work with all jurisdictions in the port district to facilitate regional development that will be advantageous to the growth and fiscal health of the port district. Mr. Ballew is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council. He has worked in the economic development field for over 18 years, most recently at the City of Richland as economic development manager.

Corps seeking public input
on lower Snake dredging requests

LEWISTON — Regulatory officials of the Walla Walla and Seattle Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite public comment on two lower Snake River system ports’ applications to dredge port berthing areas and dispose of dredged material. Written comments are due to the Corps no later than Dec. 18, 2013, regarding Port of Lewiston, Idaho, and/or Port of Clarkston, Wash., applications to perform port dredging work in conjunction with the Corps’ proposed “Immediate Need Action” of dredging detailed in its Lower Snake River Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). A detailed joint public notice and diagrams of proposed work are available at the Walla Walla District’s website at The same public notice and diagrams documents are also available at the Seattle District’s website at under the heading “Open Public Comment Periods”; select “Regulatory Public Notices.”

Evergreen Line eyes
rate restoration moves

TAIPEI — Evergreen Line has announced it plans to implement a rate restoration program for the Far East (including Japan) / Indian Sub-Continent and Europe / Mediterranean trades. The rate increase will apply to all cargoes and commodities, including temperature-controlled and special equipment. Effective December 1, 2013 the rate increase for a 20-foot container will be US$750, US$1,500 for forty-foot containers and US$1,500 for forty-foot HQ containers.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Customs nabs toy shipments
containing banned chemical

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators have seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds. Officials seized a total of 10 shipments valued at nearly $500,000 at the ports of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Newark, N.J., Portland, Ore., and Savannah, Ga. The Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center targeted the shipments beginning in April because of the potential that the products presented a safety threat to the American public, particularly children, and contained items prohibited in the U.S. Although dispersed across the county, officials flagged the shipments as high risk after CTAC identified key commonalities in the hazardous products.

ATA truck tonnage index
down during month of October

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.8 percent in October, the first decrease since July. In September, the index was up 0.5 percent. September’s increase was less than the preliminary 1.4 percent gain ATA reported on October 22, 2013. In October, the index equaled 124 (2000=100) versus 127.5 in September. October’s level was the lowest since April. Compared with October 2012, the SA index rose eight percent, which is the largest year-over-year gain since December 2011. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012, the tonnage index is up 5.5 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 133 in October, which was 4.9 percent above the previous month (126.9). 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.

Coast Guard airlifts sailor
from APL ship off Oregon coast

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard medevaced the second engineer of a cargo ship 230 miles off the coast of central Oregon after he sustained burns, Sunday. The crewman was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Pacific Area command center received a call from crewmembers aboard the APL TOKYO after their second engineer came into contact with hot oil. Pacific Area watchstanders contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard District Thirteen command center at approximately 11:30 p.m., Saturday, who began coordinating with the captain of the APL TOKYO and crewmembers from Air Station Astoria and Air Station Sacramento to medevac the individual off the ship. The captain of the APL TOKYO was instructed to bring the ship closer to the Oregon coast. Crewmembers from Air Station Astoria dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crewmembers from Air Station Sacramento dispatched a C-130 Hercules plane to act as air support. At approximately 4:10 p.m., both aircrews rendezvoused with the APL TOKYO and the individual was hoisted aboard the Jayhawk and is now reported in stable condition.

Crowley presents scholarships
to University of Washington students

SEATTLE — Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded $2,500 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four students in the University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. The students, Kainan Bell, Vi Nguyen, Giovanna Oseguera Tapia and David Kashubin, were chosen for their academic achievements, excellent scholarship essays and demonstrated financial need. Crowley scholarships are part of the company's ongoing commitment to education. Over the years, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., has directed the company to present scholarship dollars to deserving students at the maritime academies and other select institutions in the United States, Caribbean and Central America in the name of his father Thomas B. Crowley Sr., who guided the company before passing away in 1994. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students.

Trio of recipients
earn AOTOS honors

NEW YOK — The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2013 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) were presented to Philip W. J. Fisher, president of Chas. Kurz & Co; U. S. Representative Peter King, Republican of New York; and Emanuel Rouvelas, maritime attorney and partner at K & L Gates. The maritime industry awards were given at an industry dinner and dance at the Sheraton Times Square, New York City, on November 15, 2013. Recognition was also given to American Seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea. Proceeds from the AOTOS event benefit USS community services abroad for the U.S. merchant marine, seafarers of all nations, and U.S. government and military overseas.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Diamond Logistics expanding
at Port of Quincy location

QUINCY, WA — Diamond Logistics Northwest (DNLW) reports it has secured approximately 18 acres from the Port of Quincy in Washington state for future expansion of its cross-docking and load consolidation facilities. The property is located in the port's Industrial Park #6, next to the new Amway-Nutrilite Botanical Concentrate Manufacturing facility, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. Currently, DLNW is operating a 15,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse just north of Quincy. However, the newly acquired property will allow for additional cold storage space and more room for loading and unloading trucks. The DLNW development is designed to be built in stages with Phase 1 scheduled for construction in the next 18 months.

Bachman elected to post
on Everett Port Commission

EVERETT — On November 5, citizens elected Glen Bachman to represent them as the Everett Port Commissioner for District 3. Commissioner Bachman, who ran uncontested, draws more than 30 years of real estate experience, 24 of which have been with Kemper Development, as vice president of Operations & Administration for Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Properties. Commissioner Bachman was earlier appointed by the port commission, and sworn into office on Sept. 10, 2013 after Commissioner Michael Hoffmann resigned.

Port of Bellingham honoring
longtime port commissioner

BELLINGHAM — The Port of Bellingham invites the community to attend a public reception honoring Port Commissioner Scott Walker for 22 years of service on the port’s Board of Commissioners. The reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop, at Zuanich Park. Light refreshments will be served. Mr. Walker has served on the Bellingham Port Commission since 1991. He has announced he will not run for re-election this year. His term will end on Dec. 31. 2013. Some of the highlights of port projects that occurred during Commissioner Walker’s tenure include:
• Development of the Fairhaven Transportation Station serving Amtrak and Greyhound.
• Expansion at the Bellingham International Airport including construction of an air traffic control tower, a new runway surface, a fire response station, a new general aviation terminal and an expansion of the commercial terminal.
• A $12 million expansion of the Blaine Marina.
• Development of the Bellwether Peninsula with a luxury hotel, multiple office buildings and restaurants.
• Acquisition of the former Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill site and early stages of demolition and site preparation.
• Restoration of the shoreline at Marine Park in Fairhaven.
• Construction of the Squalicum Boathouse and Marina Square Building at Squalicum Harbor.
In addition, Commissioner Walker provided leadership at the state level serving on the Washington Public Port Association’s Executive Committee for many years, including serving as president of the organization.

Federal Maritime Commission
making leadership changes

WASHINGTON, DC — Federal Maritime Commission Chairman, Mario Cordero, has announced new leadership responsibilities for the following Senior Executives:
• Florence Carr is now serving as director, Bureau of Trade Analysis.
• Rebecca Fenneman is now serving as director, Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services.
• Sandra L. Kusumoto is now serving as director, Bureau of Certification and Licensing.
The Federal Maritime Commission is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the nation's international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC's mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.

Horizon Lines taps Thurston
as Puerto Rico trade senior VP

CHARLOTTE, NC — Horizon Lines, Inc. has announced that Geoffrey Thurston is being named senior vice president and general manager for the company’s Puerto Rico trade, succeeding Richard Rodriguez. Mr. Thurston brings over 25 years of experience in the ocean transport sector. He most recently served as vice president Commercial & Trades for Tropical Shipping, LTD., with commercial, operating and P&L responsibilities. His previous roles included VP/GM of Acquisitions and Business Development, Hispaniola trade management, and senior sales management positions at Tropical as well as the former Puerto Rico container shipping line, Navieras, Inc. Mr. Rodriguez has accepted the newly created position of vice president Terminal Services to oversee and optimize the value of the carrier’s terminals throughout the company. The new appointments will take effect December 2, 2013.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Port of Everett welcomes
AAL as new customer

EVERETT — On Nov. 16, the Port of Everett and Austral Asia Line (AAL) celebrated the inaugural call of the carrier's new liner service to the port. AAL, a subsidiary of Schoeller Holdings LTD, brings breakbulk and heavylift project cargoes that support the growing energy markets. The arrival of AAL, headquartered in Singapore, brings the total number of shipping lines calling the Port of Everett to seven. AAL operates three vessels on the trade lane capable of lifting 700-tons, and is managed by a team of highly-skilled engineers and staff. AAL is an ocean transport operator in the Asia-Pacific region that caters for the specific needs of the breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo industry. The shipping line also operates a network of liner and tramp services in the Asia and Oceania region and in wider geographies such as Europe and the Americas.

Port of Tacoma promotes
pair of port engineers

TACOMA — The Port of Tacoma has announced the promotion of two engineers. Dakota Chamberlain, the port’s former engineering director, has been promoted to chief facilities development officer and Thais Howard, a senior project manager, has been promoted to engineering director, becoming the first woman to lead the department. The promotions were prompted by Sue Mauermann’s retirement at the end of October. Before joining the port in 2011, Mr. Chamberlain served as director of seaport management at the Port of Seattle, where he oversaw a large capital development program. Prior to the Port of Seattle, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. In his new position, Mr. Chamberlain oversees planning, engineering and environmental programs. Before joining the port in 2007, Ms. Howard worked for GLE Associates and The Walter Fedy Group in Florida, Williams-Sonoma in Tennessee and Westinghouse Electric Company in Utah.

Port of Los Angeles releases
October cargo volume numbers

SAN PEDRO, CA — The Port of Los Angeles has released its October 2013 cargo volumes. October overall volumes totaled 684,207 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers. Compared to October 2012, volumes dropped 4.76 percent. Imports declined by 5.14 percent, from 364,881 TEUs in October 2012 to 346,137 TEUs this October. Exports decreased 5.7 percent, from 179,810 TEUs in October 2012 to 169,568 TEUs in October 2013. Combined, total loaded imports and exports for October decreased 5.32 percent, from 544,692 TEUs last October to 515,705 TEUs in October 2013. Factoring in empties, which decreased three percent year over year, overall October 2013 volumes (684,207 TEUs) declined 4.76 percent compared to October 2012 (718,406 TEUs). Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:

Trucking industry research firm
releases hours-of-service findings

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service (HOS) rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013. The changes to the hours-of-service rules implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) include provisions which limit use of the 34-hour restart and require a rest break before driving after 8 hours on-duty. Among the operational and economic impacts identified by ATRI are:
• More than 80 percent of motor carriers surveyed have experienced a productivity loss since the new rules went into effect, with nearly half stating that they require more drivers to haul the same amount of freight.
• Among commercial drivers surveyed by ATRI, 82.5 percent indicated that the new HOS rules have had a negative impact on their quality of life, with more than 66 percent indicating increased levels of fatigue.
• Commercial drivers are forced to drive in more congested time periods, although the FMCSA Regulatory Impact Analysis did not address increased safety risks with truck traffic diversion to peak hour traffic.
• The majority of drivers (67 percent) report decreases in pay since the rules took effect.
• The impacts on driver wages for all over-the-road drivers total $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion in annualized loss.
ATRI’s analysis is based on industry survey data of over 2,300 commercial drivers and 400 motor carriers as well a detailed analysis of logbook data representing 40,000+ commercial drivers. A copy of the report is available from ATRI at

Port association pleased with
new infrastructure legislation

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Following introduction Nov. 14, of the Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and CEO Kurt Nagle commended the senators’ commitment to improving America’s infrastructure, saying initiatives like the BRIDGE Act are vital to strengthening America’s economy and international competitiveness. “This legislation is a positive step toward increasing investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure, which includes ports and the road, rail and water connections with them,” said Mr. Nagle. “AAPA is very concerned that the inadequate and deteriorating condition of America’s transportation system—particularly the portion responsible for freight movement—threatens our country’s ability to remain globally competitive. While the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned seaport infrastructure a ‘C’ grade in its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the country’s infrastructure as a whole only received a ‘D+’. America can and must do better, and that’s the reason why legislation like the BRIDGE Act is so important.” Mr. Nagle added that federal investments in seaports and the connections with them “are an essential, effective utilization of limited resources, paying dividends through increased trade and commerce, long-term job creation, environmental stewardship, and over $200 billion annually in local, state and federal tax revenues.”

Friday, November 15, 2013

US goods, services exports
down during month of September

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. exports of goods and services dropped to $188.9 billion in September, from $189.3 billion in August, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's newly released U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services data. Exports through the first three quarters of 2013 totaled nearly $1.7 trillion, with consumer goods, automotive vehicles and parts, and travel and tourism driving year-to-date export growth. The U.S. exported a record $2.2 trillion dollars last year, up more than $600 billion from 2009.

Evergreen teaming with Hanjin
for NEW Ho Chi Minh Service

JERSEY CITY — Evergreen Line is partnering with Hanjin to create a New Ho Chi Minh Service (NHS), linking Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. The NHS service will employ four ships each with a 2,500 teu capacity (one supplied by Evergreen and the others by Hanjin). The service will have a weekly frequency and a port rotation as follows: Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Shekou, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Port Kelang, Penang, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kwangyang. The first vessel on the NHS is planned to sail from Kwangyang on November 22.

US rail freight traffic count
posts gains during week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for October 2013. Intermodal traffic in October totaled 1,317,601 containers and trailers, up 6.8 percent (84,120 units) compared with October 2012. The weekly average of 263,520 intermodal units in October 2013 was the highest weekly average for any month in history. Carloads originated in October totaled 1,443,609, up 1.5 percent or 21,059 carloads compared with the same month last year. This represents the highest year-over-year percentage total carload increase in the last 22 months, although rail traffic in late October 2012 was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. AAR also reported increased rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 2, 2013. U.S. railroads originated 292,398 carloads during the week, up 5.1 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 264,264 units, up 17.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. rail traffic last week was 556,662 carloads and intermodal units, up 10.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Rail traffic in the comparable week of 2012 was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

NYK/Stolt joint venture
orders new parcel tanker

TOKYO — NYK Stolt Tankers S.A. (NST) -- launched as a joint venture company by NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V., the tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Norwegian business group -- has ordered a 38,000 deadweight ton parcel tanker from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. (head office: Shanghai, China). A parcel tanker is a chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and this vessel is the seventh vessel ordered, following six that NST currently holds and operates. The tanker is expected to be completed in February 2017.

Port of Vancouver, USA
welcomes maiden voyage vessel

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the M/V SHENGKING commanded by Capt. Norman McNee of Scotland on the vessel's maiden voyage to the United States on November 12, 2013. Capt. McNee and his 25-member British, Ukranian, Chinese and Philippino crew were welcomed to Vancouver by representatives from Swire Shipping, Interocean Steamship Corporation, Ports America, Red Lion Inn at the Quay and Port of Vancouver USA. The vessel's keel was laid March 20, 2013 and the SHENGKING was launched September 9, 2013. The SHENGKING is owned and operated by The China Navigation Company Limited and is one of 18 vessels the company currently has in service. The vessel is 656 feet in length and has a deadweight capacity of 30,814 metric tons. Before docking at the Port of Vancouver, the SHENGKING sailed from British Columbia, then to the Port of Vancouver where it unloaded steel and containers and loaded a container, trucks and a boat for Australia and the South Pacific. The vessel will then travel to Los Angeles, Suva, Fiji, and Brisbane, Port Kembla and Melbourne in Australia before its final stop in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bremerton Port Commissioners
name new Chief Executive Officer

BREMERTON — The Port of Bremerton Commission has selected Jim Rothlin to serve as its chief executive officer. He replaces Tim Thomson who is retiring from the position effective December 31, 2013. Mr. Rothlin currently serves as executive director of the Port of Chehalis. He has 10 years experience with Chehalis and serves as the chair of the Economic Development Committee of the State Ports Association. Mr. Rothlin is expected to begin his duties at Bremerton in mid-December. His selection comes after an extensive search and interview process conducted by the port commission.

WSF investigation determines
human error caused ferry crash

SEATTLE — A recent investigation has concluded that human error was responsible for a collision Sept. 13 between Washington State Ferries vessel HYAK and a motor yacht. The incident happened at the confluence of Harney and Upright channels in the San Juan Islands, where the HYAK’s starboard bow collided with the port quarter of the yacht. The sole occupant of the yacht TASYA was rescued by a nearby vessel and taken to Orcas Island. On the day of the incident, WSF convened a board of inquiry to investigate the collision. The board collected a wide array of data and information and spent more than 30 hours meeting to examine evidence and make its determination. According to the report, investigators determined this incident was avoidable as the HYAK had adequate time, equipment capability and “sea room” to avoid the collision. Weather, visibility, tides and currents were not factors in this incident. The report states that the root cause of this incident was human error due to lack of situational awareness.

Port of Vancouver, USA
trench project progressing

VANCOUVER, WA — The Port of Vancouver, USA reports its trench project, which will eventually form the new rail entrance into the port, reached two milestones last week. Not only were all of the piles below the ordinary high water mark completed a month ahead of schedule, but the first wall pour of the actual trench structure took place November 6. Designed to withstand flood waters if necessary, the watertight trench will withstand hydraulic forces from the river, ensuring movement of freight into and out of the port. The new entrance will eliminate a chokepoint on the regional rail system and reduce congestion by as much as 40 percent. The trench will allow trains carrying cargo ranging from wheat, grains, autos, mineral and liquid bulks, to lumber and other cargo to bypass the mainlines by traveling under the historic BNSF Railway Bridge that crosses the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. The $38 million project, which is being built in four phases, is expected to be complete in 2015.

Hapag-Lloyd releases
third fiscal quarter numbers

HAMBURG — Hapag-Lloyd reports it generated a profit in the third quarter of the current financial year, primarily as a result of substantial cost reductions. Between July and September 2013, the group recorded a profit of EUR 16.6 million. The average freight rate in the third quarter was USD 1,476/TEU, which was below the previous year’s figure of USD 1,647/TEU. In contrast, the transport volume increased by 8.6 percent, from 1.28 to 1.39 million TEU. Revenue came to EUR 1.664 billion, a decline on the prior year’s quarter (EUR 1.765 billion), largely due to exchange rate effects. The group achieved an operating result of EUR 66.9 million and EBITDA of EUR 133.6 million in the third quarter.

CSX joining GE Transportation
in LNG test for locomotive power

JACKSONVILLE, FL — CSX Corporation and GE Transportation, a division of GE have announced an agreement to explore emissions-cutting and efficiency breakthroughs in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology for locomotives beginning with a pilot program in 2014. According to CSX, natural gas-fueled locomotives can travel longer distances without refueling stops, as well as provide environmental and economic benefits. GE has been testing low-pressure natural gas technology since spring of 2013, and is working closely with CSX and other Class 1 partners. Field tests are expected to begin in 2014. CSX will be working over the next few months to develop a test plan and secure regulatory concurrence. For CSX, GE Transportation will deploy its new NextFuel™ Natural Gas Retrofit Kits that enable existing Evolution Series locomotives to operate with dual fuel capabilities. CSX and GE will also work on the continued development of LNG technology for other classes of locomotives.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Washington state trade team
begins six-day mission in Beijing

OLYMPIA — One of the largest trade delegations in Washington state history convened in Beijing yesterday to begin a six-day trade mission intended to strengthen educational and business ties between Washington state and the world’s most rapidly growing economy. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who delayed his departure due to a special session and efforts to secure the 777X project, said from Olympia that he’s impressed by both the depth and breadth of interests represented in the delegation. Directors of the state departments of Agriculture and Commerce are also participating. Gov. Inslee hopes to join the delegation once 777X negotiations and votes conclude this week. Delegation activities include meetings with biotech leaders, discussions about sustainability and smart grid technologies and promotions for Washington products such as wine, pears, potatoes and other specialty food items. The delegation will make stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Washington’s trade delegation returns Tuesday, November 19.

Inchcape Shipping Services
warns of Lisbon strike action

CHAFFORD HUNDRED, UK — Inchcape Shipping Services is advising of strike action at Lisbon commercial ports by the stevedores’ union. It is anticipated that the ongoing wave of strike action will cause major backlogs at Lisbon commercial ports which already have a shortage of stevedore gangs. Says Julian Isola, ISS operations manager, Algercias & Iberia, “It is believed that the ongoing nature of this strike action and the existing shortage of stevedores gangs may cause major backlogs in the coming weeks, with some shipping lines considering suspending Lisbon port calls until the action has ended. We would like to stress that tanker vessels are currently unaffected and bulk carriers are unlikely to suffer any more than minor delays.” This new wave of strikes is a continuation of strike action last year by stevedores who are protesting against government plans to introduce temporary contracts.

First canola seed shipment
arrives at Port of Warden facility

WARDEN, WA — The first Columbia Basin Railroad (CBRR) unit train of canola seed for Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) arrived at PCC's facility in Warden, Washington on November 7, 2013. The unit train traveled approximately 1,350 miles from the Northern Plains region of the U.S. to Warden. The train and locomotives including its cargo of canola seed weighed 33 million pounds. This train along with future trains delivering canola seed to Warden marks the beginning of a cooperative effort between PCC, CBRR, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and the Port of Warden. This first unit train shipment is the culmination of efforts that began in 2005 when a site at the Port of Warden was identified for a bio-diesel facility, and then evolved into a canola seed crushing plant which produces canola oil. The plant began producing canola oil in January of this year. Columbia Basin Railroad (CBRR) is a locally owned and operated short-line railroad headquartered in Yakima, Washington.

General Dynamics NASSCO
nets order for new LNG vessel

SAN DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has entered into a contract with Seabulk Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc., for the design and construction of one 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carrier with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity, plus an option for one additional vessel. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015, with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. This new tanker will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, meeting the Jones Act requirement that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards. Including this order, NASSCO is now under contract for the design and construction of seven tankers, plus an option for one additional vessel. In September, NASSCO entered into a contract with Seabulk for two tankers of the same design. That order was preceded by a contract in May for four vessels from American Petroleum Tankers. These seven ships are being designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.

Crowley presents scholarships to
University of Alaska Fairbanks students

FAIRBANKS — Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded four Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., Memorial Scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having met other scholarship criteria. They each received $2,500 toward tuition. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to Alaska natives from Crowley-served communities throughout the state, including Anchorage, Kenai, Palmer, Wasilla, Nenana, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Glennallen, Valdez, Fort Yukon, Galena, St. Mary's, Iliamna, Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Hooper Bay, St. Michael, Nome, Kotzebue, Juneau, Ketchikan, Naknek, Talkeetna and Prudhoe Bay. Since 1984, Crowley has provided scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Alaska, Puerto Rico and Central America. In 1994, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, in honor of his father, and has also donated more than $3 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 2006, the program expanded to Central America and to date has provided financial assistance to more approximately 20 students in that region.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Port of Portland Commissioners
eye fee for airport car rental customers

PORTLAND — The Port of Portland reports a customer facility charge paid by rental car customers is proposed at Portland International Airport to fund future rental car related projects and improvements. One initial project planned is a new quick turnaround facility where returned rental cars are quickly fueled, washed and readied for future rentals. The new facility, estimated at $25 million, would replace an existing, undersized, 24-year-old facility. Approval of the ordinance would allow the Port of Portland to set a charge that will go into effect on Jan. 15. The first reading of the proposal is planned at the Port Commission meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The meeting is in the Chinook Conference Room on the eighth floor of the Port headquarters building at 7200 NE Airport Way. The commission could consider adopting the ordinance at their Dec. 11 meeting.

Moore interim director
of Port of Los Angeles

SAN PEDRO, CA — Gary Lee Moore, who has served as Los Angeles city engineer and general manager of the city’s Bureau of Engineering for the past decade, has started his duties as interim executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Mr. Moore replaces Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., who served as the port’s executive director for almost eight years before announcing her retirement in October. Mr. Moore’s first order of business will be a trip to Japan, where he will meet with Japanese customers and port officials. In his decade-long tenure as city engineer for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Moore oversaw an annual operating budget of $149 million and 400 active projects totaling $2.9 billion. He was responsible for the completion of 1,357 projects and 3,000 emergency sewer repairs totaling more than $5.2 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Moore served as general manager of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, where he was responsible for the city’s network of public infrastructure.

Heartland Express buys
Washington trucking company

NORTH LIBERTY, IA — The Board of Directors of Heartland Express, Inc. has announced that it has acquired 100 percent of the stock of Gordon Trucking, Inc. of Pacific, Washington (GTI) and certain associated assets in transactions valued at approximately $300 million. With combined total revenue of approximately $1 billion and a terminal network spanning from Washington to Florida and from Pennsylvania to Southern California, Heartland estimates the combined companies will operate the fifth largest asset-based truckload fleet in North America. Steve and Scott Gordon have joined Heartland's management team. Larry and Virginia Gordon will retire after 50 years of building GTI, and Larry Gordon has joined Heartland's Board of Directors. The transactions are expected to be immediately accretive to Heartland's earnings per share, excluding transaction-related expenses.

Coast Guard seeking help
to determine boat owner

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard and Kitsap County, Wash., Police are searching for the owner of a nine-foot boat found floating adrift approximately one mile south of the Hood Canal Bridge in Kitsap County, Monday. The Coast Guard and Kitsap County Police are asking anyone with information about the small Livingston recreational vessel with serial number WN 5467 KD, found in the Hood Canal with a six horse power outboard motor, to call the Sector Puget Sound Command Center in Seattle at 206-217-6001. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Seattle have been searching the area around the Hood Canal Bridge since the boat was discovered at approximately 1 p.m. In addition to the motor, the boat contained a gas can with one gallon of gas, one oar, two life jackets, and a cooler containing fresh bait, one full and one empty beer. The boat has not been registered for several years.

Boeing expanding financial aid
for support of Puget Sound veterans

SEATTLE — Boeing has increased its commitment to veterans and military personnel in the Puget Sound region with four new grants. The grants, totaling $625,000, support military members, veterans and their families throughout Puget Sound.
The grants include:
• Military and Veterans Action Summit received $50,000. The statewide summit convened more than 80 public, private and non-profit representatives last July at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island to create a community-based strategy to address the needs of military members, veterans and their families in Washington state. Boeing also will sponsor a follow-up summit in 2014.
• Tacoma Goodwill “Operation GoodJobs” received $75,000 to assist military members and unemployed veterans in the transition to civilian employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program provides employment and related support services, such as intensive case management, mental health and financial counseling, personalized career planning and job placement.
• RallyPoint/6, based in Lakewood, received $300,000 to open a center to address the education, training, health and human services, employment and housing needs of military members, veterans and their families. RallyPoint/6 anticipates serving 2,400 people per year.
• United Way of King County Veteran’s Employment Project received $200,000 to provide employment opportunities for homeless and formerly homeless veterans.
Last year, through its employees and retirees, Boeing contributed $179 million to organizations in the communities where employees and retirees live and work. Of that, more than $51 million benefitted communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Drewry container report finds
market accepting rate increases

LONDON — The World Container Index’s Shanghai-Rotterdam freight rate assessment has increased $1,403 to US$2,498 per 40ft box, more than doubling spot pricing following several months of declines. The weekly World Container Index assessed by Drewry, which captures freight rates with a contract validity of up to one month, has confirmed that the price increases of $750-$1,000 per teu announced by container shipping lines from November 1, were largely accepted by the market. The recent surge in rates follows a period of tumbling pricing in which the World Container Index’s Shanghai-Rotterdam freight rate assessment had fallen over 55 percent since it last peaked as recently as early August. Drewry stressed that week-to-week increases in rates are less significant than how long the increase holds for. Year to date average rates for the Asia to Europe trade are still some way below the average for 2012. Although last week’s GRI has been broadly successful, it has not proven sufficient to make up for the full scale of rate erosion witnessed over the past three months.

Washington legislature approves
parts of governor's Boeing package

OLYMPIA — The Washington state legislature has approved key elements of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed package to help secure a commitment from The Boeing Company to assemble its new 777X jetliner — and the plane’s carbon fiber wing — in Washington state. Gov. Inslee, who called the legislature into special session Thursday, praised lawmakers for working quickly and in a broad bipartisan fashion to approve key measures to:
• Extend all commercial airplane tax incentives until 2040 and expand the current sales and use tax exemption on construction of buildings to manufacture “superefficient airplanes” to include all commercial airplanes and suppliers of wings and fuselages.
• Expand the state’s investment in education and workforce development to boost enrollment in aerospace fields at community and technical colleges, train workers for manufacturing of composite wings and complete the Central Sound Aerospace Training Facility in Renton.
• Streamline permitting actions that will speed up development and expansion of facilities at large manufacturing sites around the state. The governor noted that the legislation includes contingency language to ensure that all of the 777X assembly and wing assembly remains in Washington. Specifically, the bill includes a provision that says the company will lose its preferential B&O tax rate for the 777X if any of that work is moved out of state. The governor also said he is encouraged by progress on a comprehensive transportation investment package and urged lawmakers to move quickly to reach a final agreement. He said lawmakers could consider the package later this month.

Marcon brokers sale
of multi-purpose vessel

COUPEVILLE, WA — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the private sale of a 2010-built, dynamic positioning, firefighting, anchor handling tug supply vessel. The Conan Wu Design (now part of Wartsila Ship Design), 55.0m x 13.8m x 5.5m depth vessel is classed ABS A1 Towing Vessel, AH, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, Offshore Support Vessel, AMS, DPS-1, Unrestricted Service. Buyer and Seller have requested that names be kept confidential for commercial reasons. Marcon acted as sole broker in this sale and has handled numerous sales, purchases and charters for both buyer and seller in the past. To date this year, Marcon has concluded a total of 24 sales and charters.

Vancouver Port Commission
holding budget meeting tomorrow

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners will meet tomorrow, to consider approval of the port’s 2014 budget. Open session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Room at the port’s administrative office, located at 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver. A public hearing on the port’s proposed $86,423,065 budget for 2014 will be held as part of Tuesday’s meeting. Commissioners Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe, and Nancy Baker adopted the port’s preliminary budget on October 22 as one of the first steps in the public process of establishing the organization’s 2014 budget. A day earlier, on October 21, the three commissioners discussed the proposed budget in detail with port staff at a half-day workshop, which was open to the public. The regular meeting will be televised and streamed live on CVTV (Cable Channel 21) beginning at 9:30 a.m. It also will be archived later in the day on for future viewing.

NATO warship detains
nine suspected pirates

LONDON — On October 11, NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD warship HDMS ESBERN SNARE boarded two small craft and detained nine suspected pirates, following an attack in the area the previous day. On Octobe 10, Yesterday the Danish flagged vessel TORM KANSAS reported it was attacked unsuccessfully by pirates in the Indian Ocean, but the ship’s armed security team repelled the attack. ESBERN SNARE, the closest NATO unit to the failed attack, was directed to the scene by the Commander of the OCEAN SHIELD Task Force (CTF-508), Commodore Henning Amundsen. During the night, despite unfavourable weather conditions, ESBERN SNARE located a whaler and a skiff in the vicinity of the attack on the Danish vessel. The ESBERN SNARE’s Special Maritime Insertion Unit, supported by the embarked LYNX helicopter, launched an operation against the two small craft to investigate their possible involvement in the earlier attack. The suspected pirates surrendered without resistance and are being detained aboard ESBERN SNARE. According to NATO, the failed attack on TORM KANSAS is one of several such attacks in the Indian Ocean in recent days.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Trade between NAFTA partners
up in three categories in August

WASHINGTON, DC — Three of the five transportation modes carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in August 2013 than in August 2012 as the value of overall U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 2.0 percent from year to year, according to the August NAFTA freight data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. BTS, a part of the department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that pipelines showed the most year-to-year growth at 18.2 percent. The increase in the value of freight carried by pipelines reflects the rise in prices for oil and other petroleum products, the primary commodity transported by pipelines. The trucking sector, which carries three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA trade and is the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners, rose 0.7 percent while rail rose 3.0 percent. Vessel declined 2.6 percent and air 2.4 percent. Trucks carried 59.9 percent of the $96.5 billion of U.S.-NAFTA trade in August 2013 accounting for $30.3 billion of exports and $27.5 billion of imports. Trucks were followed by rail at 15.6 percent, vessels at 8.5 percent, pipeline at 7.4 percent and air at 3.7 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.9 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.

MarAd providing funding
for alternative fuel projects

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that it is providing a total of $1.4 million for two projects supporting the increased use of alternative fuels and technology in the maritime industry. The funds will be used to collect information on use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine propulsion and study the issues and challenges associated with shore side storage and fueling of LNG vessels. Through a partnership agreement, MARAD will provide Horizon Lines, Inc. with $900,000 to assist in conversion and monitoring of their vessel, HORIZON SPIRIT, to operate on LNG. This ocean going container ship operates between Long Beach, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The conversion is anticipated to be completed by late-2015. The second project is a $500,000 MARAD funded LNG study conducted by the U.S. subsidiary of Det Norske Veritas Inc. to analyze the issues and challenges associated with bunkering, which is the process of supplying fuel for ships, and the landside infrastructure needed to store and distribute LNG. It is anticipated this study will be complete by spring 2014. The two recipients were chosen in a competitive process to partner with MARAD as part of a new program to demonstrate innovative technologies and practices and share data on the results.

Los Angeles Harbor Commission
Oks business incentive program

SAN PEDRO, CA — The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a new incentive program to reward shipping lines that bring new container business to the Port of Los Angeles in 2014. Under the Ocean Common Carrier Incentive Program, an ocean carrier will earn $5 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) for each incremental container it ships through the port in calendar year 2014. The rate jumps to $15 per TEU for all TEUs, if a carrier’s container volume grows by 100,000 or more units for the same 12-month period. The baseline for measuring the increased volume will be the total number of containers each carrier moved through the port in calendar year 2013. Carriers will receive their incentive in a lump-sum payment in early 2015. Port staff will monitor the program on a monthly basis to evaluate its effectiveness and whether to recommend its extension beyond the first year.

Matson plans to issue
$100 million in 30-year notes

HONOLULU — Matson, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a private placement agreement pursuant to which Matson will issue $100 million of 30-year senior unsecured notes (Notes). The Notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 14.5 years and will bear an interest rate of 4.35 percent, payable semi-annually. The Notes are expected to be issued in January 2014, subject to satisfying customary closing conditions, and the proceeds are expected to be used for general corporate purposes. The Notes have financial covenants that are substantially the same as the company's existing outstanding senior unsecured notes. The Notes will begin to amortize in 2021, with annual principal payments of $5-$10 million until 2028. Starting in 2029, and in each year thereafter, the annual principal payments will be $2 million.

US rail freight traffic
climbs during week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported increased weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 26, 2013 with total U.S. weekly carloads of 297,455 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 261,231 units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 17th straight week in a row. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 558,686 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 43 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,091,749 carloads, down 0.8 percent from the same point last year, and 10,601,101 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2013 was 22,692,850 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.3 percent from last year.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

atson places order
for two new containerships

HONOLULU — Matson, Inc. (Matson) has announced that its subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., has signed a contract with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) to build two new 3,600 TEU containerships for an aggregate price of $418 million. The new vessels will be equipped with dual fuel engines that have liquefied natural gas (LNG) capability and are expected to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2018. Matson also announced that the first of the two new ships will be named after the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who was a longstanding supporter of the U.S. maritime industry and its role in supporting Hawaii's economy. The 850-foot long vessels will be the largest Jones Act containerships ever constructed and are designed to operate at speeds in excess of 23 knots. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is a U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the Jones Act market. The shipyard delivered four newly-built Jones Act containerships for Matson between 2003 and 2006.

Port of Olympia celebrates
10,000 boatworks haulouts

OLYMPIA — The Port of Olympia's Swantown Boatworks celebrated its 10,000th haulout on Nov. 4, by presenting a year of free haulouts to John Carey for his Yankee 30’, HANA. Mr. Carey purchased the sailboat in Seattle in June and sailed it solo to Desolation Sound in British Columbia, where me met with friends and then sailed solo back to Olympia. Such a journey is no small task, especially for a man who will be 89 in January. Harbor Director Bruce Marshall said, “All of us at the boatworks are thrilled that the prize went to Carey, an adventurous sailor who had recently purchased his dream craft.” Swantown Boatworks opened in March 1999 on the East Bay in downtown Olympia.

Port of Kalama calling for
rail expansion project bids

KALAMA — The Port of Kalama is giving notice it will be receiving sealed bids at the port office, 380 West Marine Drive, Kalama, Washington 98625 until 10:00 a.m., December 06, 2013 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read for the Kalama Rail Expansion – North Extension project. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on November 15, 2013 at the Port of Kalama Offices (380 W. Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625). Bid packets containing plans, specifications, proposal, contract, bond, and detailed instructions to bidders may be downloaded from under About the Port / News and Notices. Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in an amount equal to five percent of the proposal. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond with surety acceptable to the Port of Kalama, for 100 percent of the contract price. All contractors must comply with the prevailing wage and anti-discrimination laws of the State of Washington, and pay all associated fees. The Port of Kalama will comply with the statutory retainage requirements for public works contracts. The Port of Kalama is an equal opportunity employer. Bids may not be withdrawn or canceled by the bidder for a period of 60 days following the bid opening. For further information contact: Jacobo Salan, Economic Development manager, Port of Kalama

Seattle Corps engineer honored
with White House environment award

WASHINGTON, DC — On Nov. 5, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced the fourth annual winners of the GreenGov Presidential Awards. The awards honor federal civilian and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs that have taken innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in Federal agency operations. At a White House ceremony, senior administration officials recognized the eight award winners, including Seattle’s Jeanette Fiess, for exemplifying President Obama’s charge to lead by example and demonstrating extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of the President’s 2009 Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514). Ms. Fiess, an electrical engineer working in Seattle for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, was selected by the White House as this year’s winner in the Sustainability Hero category. Under Ms. Fiess’ leadership, the USACE Northwestern Division has increased the number of employees with training in high-performance building standards by 70 percent. In 2012, Ms. Fiess led the nationwide USACE effort to update the USACE Unified Facilities Guide specifications, which lacked critical sustainability requirements. USACE Headquarters has recommended that training developed by Ms. Fiess be included as part of their national training platform in future years. Ms. Fiess serves as the Northwestern Division program manager for sustainability and energy.

Coast Guard medivacs sailor
from U.S. Navy vessel

ASTORIA — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured Navy sailor approximately 75 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore., Tuesday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend, Ore., transported the injured sailor to Eugene, Ore., where he was placed in the care of Lane County, Ore., Fire and Rescue, then taken to Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene. Coast Guard Sector North Bend watchstanders received a call from the 510-foot, Everett, Wash.-based USS MOMSEN at approximately 1:54 p.m., indicating a 23-year-old male crewmember had severed part of a finger after it was reportedly closed in a water-tight door. Sector North Bend launched the Dolphin aircrew that arrived on scene at approximately 3:43 p.m. The crew lowered a rescue swimmer and basket, then hoisted the injured sailor before transporting him to Eugene. He was transferred to EMS just after 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Grays Harbor Port Commission
Oks deal for NewWood assets

ABERDEEN, WA — The Port of Grays Harbor Commission has granted port Executive Director, Gary Nelson, authority to execute a $1.3 million promissory note and enter into an agreement with receiver Pivotal Solutions to purchase the assets of the NewWood Facility. NewWood Corporation, which has been in receivership since November 2012, includes equipment assets that are located in a port-owned building. In addition, the assets include intellectual property on the process of turning scrap plastics into usable building material. According to the port, attempts to find an operator to assume the lease and purchase the assets have been unsuccessful thus far. In conjunction, the commissioners also granted the Executive Director authority to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) with NewWood International, LLC, which outlines the terms of a lease and the potential purchase of the equipment and intellectual property. Not associated in any way with the prior tenant, NewWood International is an affiliate of Triventas, a private investment firm based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, which presented to the port commission in June as a potential operator of the facility. A component of the Asset Purchase Agreement with Pivotal Solutions is that all equipment be free of liens. All personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.

Washington Governor calling for
legislature to pass Boeing package

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced he is calling legislators to a special session beginning Nov. 7, to approve a legislative package that The Boeing Company says will ensure its new 777X and composite wing will be built in Washington state. Gov. Inslee wants legislators to approve the package in one week. The governor spoke with officials from Boeing and the Machinists union Nov. 5, when they notified him that they’ve reached a tentative labor agreement to be voted on next week. The aerospace industry in Washington generated $76 billion in economic activity last year. The 777 generated $20 billion in economic activity and supports 56,000 jobs.

NASSCO marks keel laying
for new Mobile Landing Platform

SAN DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO has hosted a keel laying ceremony for the USNS LEWIS B. PULLER, the third ship in the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class. The ship is named in honor of Lewis B. Puller, the most decorated U.S. Marine in history and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. MLP-3 is the first ship of the class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). Delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. The MLP AFSB is a flexible platform and a key element in the Navy’s large-scale airborne mine countermeasure mission. With accommodations for 250 personnel and a helicopter flight deck, the ship is designed to facilitate a wide variety of future mission sets in support of special operations.

Seattle-based CG cutter
returns from scientific missions

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter HEALY moored in Seattle Tuesday afternoon after completing 117 days underway for operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Arctic Ocean.During that time, HEALY’s crew of 88 successfully conducted three science missions and one Coast Guard mission to further the nation’s scientific knowledge of the Arctic. The HEALY, commissioned in 1999, is the nation’s newest and largest U.S. high latitude icebreaker. The cutter is 420 feet long and has extensive scientific capabilities. Homeported in Seattle, the cutter has a permanent crew of 88; its primary mission is scientific support. In addition, as a Coast Guard Cutter, HEALY is capable of other operations such as search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.

Maersk Line takes home
top ocean carrier award

COPENHAGEN — On October 24, Maersk Line was awarded “Global Ocean Carrier of the Year” at the Containerisation International annual awards luncheon at the Sheraton, Park Lane Hotel in London. Janet Porter, the editor in chief of Containerisation International said, “Containerisation International presented its global ocean carrier of the year award to Maersk Line, which has demonstrated leadership and innovation in raising service levels through initiatives such as its customer charter and Daily Maersk product, while taking action to cut costs with the planned P3 Network. Maersk also pioneered new ship technologies that are incorporated in its Triple-E vessels and set clear financial targets.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Port of Tacoma
marks 75th Anniversary

TACOMA — The Port of Tacoma is celebrating its 95th anniversary today. Pierce County citizens voted in 1918 to create the port district on about 240 acres of land. The first ship, the EDMORE, called in March 1921. Since then, Tacoma has grown into one of the top container ports in North America and a major gateway to Asia and Alaska. An estimated 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state are connected to port activities. The port now encompasses about 2,700 acres in the port industrial area, with nine terminals serving international and domestic shipping lines, as well as four rail yards. The port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk, project/heavy-lift cargoes and automobiles. This two-way international trade totaled more than $46 billion in 2012.

Maersk Line containership
loses boxes in Bay of Biscay

COPENHAGEN — Maersk Line is confirming that the containership MAERSK SALINA, while in operation and situated in the Bay of Biscay, lost a number of containers with general cargo into the sea between Sunday, October 27 and Monday, October 28. The crew is reported safe and accounted for and no damage was reported to the 8,750 TEU vessel which was delivered in 2008. French maritime authorities were informed and it has been agreed to call nearest harbor to discharge containers still at risk of falling overboard before continuing the voyage toward Zeebrugge, Belgium. Maersk Line is in the process of contacting affected customers and will update with more information when available.

Port of Vancouver, USA
taps firm for asbestos cleanup

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Vancouver, USA has hired local contractor Performance Abatement Services Inc. of Vancouver to complete the Asbestos Abatement project, part of the West Vancouver Freight Access Project 15. When complete, crews will demolish the Great Western Malting drumhouse and nine existing silos to make room for the port’s expanding rail corridor. Performance Abatement Services Inc. is located in Salmon Creek and has done work for companies such as Macy’s, Portland General Electric and Peace Health. The company was hired as part of a larger safety plan to address asbestos and other consequences of removing the old building. Crews were given the notice to proceed with the project on Tuesday, September 17. Since then, Performance Abatement Services Inc. has finished the interior abatement of the kiln offices, basement pipe insulation, wall mastic and floor tiles, as well as performed abatement of the asphalt roof on one of the port buildings. The entire project is projected for completion in July 2014.

Charges dropped against
picketer at ILWU demonstration

LONGVIEW — ILWU Coast Longshore Division reports that more than two years after Jeff Washburn was arrested in Longview, Wash., during an ILWU demonstration, Cowlitz County prosecutors have dismissed charges against him. Mr. Washburn, then president of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Counties Labor Council and business agent for the United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 26, was arrested on September 7, 2011, while attending an ILWU demonstration at the Fibre Way Overpass. According to the ILWU, at the time he was arrested, Mr. Washburn was standing next to the railroad tracks when Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies moved in and arrested dozens of people. Mr. Washburn was initially convicted in March 2012 of a misdemeanor called obstructing or delaying a train. After he appealed, prosecutors agreed to reverse the conviction. Yet, despite the fact that the ILWU-EGT dispute had settled in early 2012, Cowlitz County prosecutors announced that they would re-try Mr. Washburn and scheduled a new trial for November 1, 2013. On October 30, on the eve of trial, the prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges against Mr. Washburn.

Maritime Commerce Club
seeks help with Christmas event

PORTLAND — The Columbia River Maritime Commerce Club (MCC) is seeking volunteers and financial support to make their 25th Annual Christmas Children's Shopping Spree a success! The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the K-Mart store on NE Sandy Blvd., from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. The club needs volunteers for: Shopping with a child, gift wrapping, check-out line, Santa’s helper and bus riders. The Maritime Commerce Club’s Annual Children’s Shopping Spree helps children and their families living in shelters the opportunity to experience holiday giving. Each sponsored child is allowed $75 to spend on gifts for family members. An additional $25 is allocated to purchase a gift from Santa for the child to open Christmas morning. Go to: for more information and for the volunteer/sponsor registration form.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Alaska Airlines expanding
Portland Airport service menu

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines added new nonstop flights between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Tucson, Ariz., November 1 and will add flights between Portland and Reno/Tahoe, Nev., starting Nov. 8. To help celebrate the airline's new service to Reno/Tahoe, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley will join Portland passengers for the inaugural flight. Mr. Moseley, chief mountain host at Squaw Valley, one of Tahoe's premiere ski areas, recently competed on "Skating with the Stars." Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located 45 minutes from many of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Portland-Tucson flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using 70-seat CRJ-700 regional jets. Portland-Reno/Tahoe flights will be flown for Alaska by Horizon Air using 76-seat Bombardier Q400s. Alaska Airlines last operated between Portland and Reno in 2009 and served Portland-Tucson in 2003.

MarAd dedicates launch
of California trade corridor

STOCKTON, CA — On November 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor. The Corridor will help take freight traffic off California’s congested I-580 by offering shippers an option to move cargo along the waterways between the Ports of Oakland, Stockton and Sacramento. The project received a $30 million grant from the Department of Transportation, as well as $5 million from local sources. Marine Highway M-580, also known as the California Green Trade Corridor, roughly parallels the I-580 corridor between California’s Central Valley and Oakland. It is anticipated that running two barges per week between Oakland and Stockton will eliminate approximately 200 trucks per day from the highway. When the corridor is fully operational, it is expected that barges will make three round-trips up and down the corridor per week.

CSX Transportation inks deal
with multiple labor unions

JACKSONVILLE, FL — CSX Transportation Inc. reports it has signed an agreement with four labor unions at the company’s Huntington (W.Va.) Locomotive Shop. The agreement covers a variety of work, including locomotive rebuilds. The unions signing the agreement are the Transportation Communications Union’s Carmen Division, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. Under the agreement signed October 23, members of all four unions may perform all assigned work without regard to craft or union affiliation. Covered employees will received a $500 signing bonus, a $1 hourly efficiency differential, and guaranteed employment for the duration of the four-year agreement. In addition, the current ratio of members of each union currently working at the Huntington Locomotive Shop will be preserved.

Maersk taps Engelstoft
as new Maersk Line COO

COPENHAGEN — Maersk reports that Søren Toft will replace Morten Engelstoft as COO of Maersk Line. Mr. Toft joined Maersk in 1994 and has held several positions in the group. He comes from a job as head of Network Planning in Maersk Line. Prior to this he has held various positions in Operations both in Headquarters, Germany and Indonesia. Mr. Engelstoft has been appointed CEO of Services & Other Shipping for Maersk, effective January 1, 2014. In addition, he will take over the position as CEO for Maersk Tankers, as Hanne B. Sørensen has been appointed CEO of Damco. The changes in Maersk Tankers and Damco will also be effective January 1, 2014. Services & Other Shipping consists of Damco, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Supply Service and Svitzer.

USITC names Bianchi
new general counsel

WASHINGTON, DC — Irving A. Williamson, chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), has announced that Dominic L. Bianchi has been named general counsel of the USITC. As General Counsel, Mr. Bianchi will serve as the USITC's chief legal advisor. The General Counsel and the other attorneys in that office provide legal advice and support to the commissioners and USITC staff on investigations and research studies. They also represent the USITC in all litigation involving its determinations and activities as well as providing assistance and advice on general administrative matters, including labor relations, personnel, and procurement. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bianchi served in several roles in the agency, including acting general counsel, chief of staff under Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and congressional relations officer. Prior to joining the USITC, Mr. Bianchi served Ambassadors Michael Kantor and Charlene Barshefsky at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as a congressional affairs specialist, policy advisor, and as the assistant USTR for Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (acting). He also has practiced trade law in private practice. The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices in import trade, such as patent and trademark infringement.

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Vigor deck barge
heading to Harley Marine

PORTLAND — Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” ILIULIUK BAY deck barge. Iliuliuk Bay, an Aleut name meaning Big Island, was purpose-built for service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. ILIULIUK BAY is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter
service on November 3. The barge's design provides the flexiblility to switch between containers and other cargo to serve the needs of Harley Marine’s customers. The barge was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants and built at Vigor’s Swan Island Shipyard in Portland.

Greenbrier breaking records
with fourth quarter/yearly numbers

LAKE OSWEGO, OR — The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. has reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.
Fourth Quarter highlights
Record net earnings for the quarter were $22.5 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, excluding restructuring charges of $1.8 million, on revenue of $484.2 million. Net earnings attributable to Greenbrier, including restructuring charges, for the quarter were $20.7 million, or $0.64 per diluted share. Record Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $49.5 million or 10.2 percent of revenue. New railcar backlog as of August 31, 2013 was 14,400 units with an estimated value of $1.52 billion (average unit sale price of $106,000), compared to 14,200 units with an estimated value of $1.57 billion (average unit sales price of $111,000) on May 31, 2013. New railcar deliveries totaled 3,500 units for the quarter. Orders for 3,400 new railcars were received during the quarter. Subsequent to quarter end, Greenbrier received orders for another 1,700 units valued at approximately $140 million. The company ntered into several new long-term railcar maintenance agreements, including multi-year transaction with CIT Rail. Marine backlog as of August 31, 2013 was $10 million, compared to $1.6 million as of May 31, 2013.
Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights
Record net earnings, excluding goodwill impairment and restructuring charges, were $62.5 million, or $2.00 per diluted share, on revenue of $1.76 billion. Goodwill impairment and restructuring charges of $73.6 million net of tax, or $2.41 per diluted share, related to the Wheels, Repair & Parts segment, led to a Net loss attributable to Greenbrier of $11.0 million, or $0.41 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $157.2 million or 9.0% of revenue, just under the 2012 record of $158.3 million. New railcar deliveries were 11,600 units for 2013. Orders for the year totaled 14,800 units valued at $1.41 billion across a broad range of railcar types. An initial order for Greenbrier's new plastic pellet car was received along with orders for nearly 3,000 units of automotive-related products, including Multi-MaxTM and Auto-Max®. Cash from operating activities was $105 million. Proprietary automotive-related product Multi-Max was successfully launched.

U.S. rail freight traffic
delivers positive weekly tally

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported increased weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 19, 2013 with total U.S. weekly carloads of 289,256 carloads, up 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 264,687 units, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 16th straight week in a row. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 553,943 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 2.1 percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 42 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,794,294 carloads, down 0.9 percent from the same point last year, and 10,339,870 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 42 weeks of 2013 was 22,134,164 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent from last year.

Trucking association backs
hours-of-service rule stay

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has thanked Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) for introducing legislation that would put the brakes on the restart provision of the current federal hours-of-service rules until an independent review is conducted. The bill, H.R. 3413, would stay FMCSA’s restart changes until the Government Accountability Office completes a full assessment of the data and rationale the agency used in issuing its rule. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute found that the changes FMCSA made to the restart will ultimately have a net annual cost of up to $376 million, rather than the net benefit of $133 million the agency claimed in its rule. While only in effect for four months, ATA points out the rule is already causing significant disruption in the trucking industry. ATA member Schneider National, for example, reported that while productivity has slipped three - four percent, there’s been little change in the fleet’s safety performance and an increase in driver dissatisfaction.

UK P&I Club taps Olivier
as new chairman, president

LONDON — Alan Olivier was elected chairman and president of the UK P&I Club at their Board meeting in Bermuda on October 28. He succeeds Dino Caroussis who has retired from the board. Mr. Olivier, 53, chief executive officer of Grindrod Limited, became a director of the UK Club in 2000 and a deputy chairman in 2006. Mr. Caroussis, 61, of Chios Navigation, had been the club’s chairman for the past five years, having joined the board in 1996. Following the lub’s annual general meeting seven new directors joined the UK Board. They are Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al Sabah of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Angela Chao of Foremost Group, New York; Michael Fostiropoulos of Almi Tankers; Polys Hajioannou of Safe Bulkers, Athens; Edouard Louis-Dreyfus of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Paris; Paul Wogan of Gaslog, Monaco; and Riad Zein of Naftomar Shipping & Trading, Athens.