Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for June 19, 2015


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  Regional Report: The Columbia Gateway

By Jim Shaw  

The Columbia River System has seen two major events take place over the past few months, the inauguration of the nation’s largest floating drydock at the Portland Shipyard and the loss of virtually all of the Port of Portland’s container traffic following the withdrawal of two major container carriers. To date, the drydock has been a huge success, lifting a number of government-owned ships, including the Maritime Commission’s 55,355-ton displacement twins Algol andCapella and the hospital ship USNS Mercy, as well as Portland’s first cruise vessel in more than a decade, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,300 passengerNorwegian StarMORE

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Story5Study: Panama Canal Could Divert 10 Percent of Cargo

The expansion of the Panama Canal “will be the headline event in shipping in 2016” and is set to “reorient the landscape of the logistics industry and alter the decision-making calculus of the shippers that the canal serves,” according to a new study. (Read full article)

Story1Pasha Launches LA-Hawaii Service

By Mark Edward Nero

Pasha Hawaii said June 18 that it has launched an LA-Hawaii Express vessel service, a direct service that offers two vessels that will call Los Angeles every Wednesday and arrive in Honolulu each Sunday. (Read full article)

Story2POLB Sees Strongest May Volumes in Years

By Mark Edward Nero

Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach rose six percent in May 2015, making it the third consecutive month of growth, as well as the busiest month since October 2007 and the busiest May since 2006, according to newly released data. (Read full article)

Story3POLA Monthly Cargo Volumes Rise Slightly

By Mark Edward Nero

May 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles were under one percent compared to the same period last year. According to newly released data, the port handled more than 694,000 TEUs during the month, compared to about 689,000 in May 2014. (Read full article)

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