Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, October 11, 2013

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  • on October 11, 2013
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Bigger Ships: Crane Productivity Between Panamax and New-Panamax Ships


By Kim Le  


The increasing capacity of container ships is playing a large role in quay crane productivity, but not the only role. As a key point in the international marine industry the Panama Canal allows vessels to transit between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans without having to go around the southern tip of South America. The largest ships currently able to travel through today are called Panamax, a term that has been has been in use since the canal opened in 1914. The size of a Panamax vessel is determined by the dimensions of the canal lock chambers with a length of 965 feet and width of 106 feet…. (Read Full Article) 


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Grain Handlers, Union to Resume Contract Talks

by Mark Edward Nero

After a year of on again, off again negotiations, contracts between the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are set to resume again in the coming weeks…(Read Full Article)


Preferred Site Chosen for Alaska LNG Project

by Mark Edward Nero

The Kenai Peninsula town of Nikiski, the largest cape on the southern coast of Alaska, has been selected by Exxon Mobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada Corp. as the leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia, the companies announced Oct. 7. …(Read Full Article)



Port of Hueneme Receives Shore Side Power Grant

by Mark Edward Nero


A $1.7 million grant was approved Oct. 7 by the Ventura County Transportation Commission to assist with a Port of Hueneme shoreside power project. The port is currently installing an infrastructure system to enable ocean-going vessels to plug in at berth and operate emission-free while in port…(Read Full Article)



ICTF Board Schedules Public Meeting

by Mark Edward Nero


The governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will conduct a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wed., Oct. 23 to discuss, among other things, the status of the preparation and future release of an Environmental Impact Report for the ICTF Modernization and Expansion Project….(Read Full Article)