Pacific Maritime Magazine Online News for March 25, 2016


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Regional Report: LA/Long Beach

What a difference a year can make. Twelve months ago, the adjoining ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were digging out of a backlog of cargo caused in part by a significant reduction in productivity.

There were differing opinions on the cause of the reduction, but the backlog – and it’s eventual elimination – coincided with negotiations on a new labor contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

As a result of the congestion, some shippers diverted cargo to elsewhere on the West Coast, as well as back East, and each port’s monthly container volumes were down for a while as a result….MORE

Friday, March 25, 2016

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Story1Bulk Carrier Grounded in Columbia River

By Mark Edward Nero

A vessel that grounded in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River during the morning of March 21 has been towed to the Port of Kalama, according to the US Coast Guard…(Read full article)

Story2US Anticipates Merchant Mariner Shortage

By Mark Edward Nero

By 2022, the United States will need 70,000 new people for the nation’s maritime fleet, Paul Jaenichen Sr., the head of the U.S. Maritime Administration, told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee March 22…(Read full article)

Story3Panama Canal Expansion Inauguration Set

By Mark Edward Nero

The expansion of Panama Canal, in progress since 2007, is expected to be officially inaugurated on June 26…(Read full article)

Story4Oakland Import Volume Surges
By Mark Edward Nero

The number of full import containers moving through the Port of Oakland leaped 89.7 percent in February 2016 compared to the same month last year, something that the port says demonstrates that it is continuing its cargo recovery from a 2015 coastwide labor contract dispute… (Read full article)

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