In this issue…(view email version)
- APP welcomes MarineLabs Data Systems
- Pacific Port activity updates (January 2021)
- Cruise expert Donna Spalding, CLIA-NWCA, provides update at APP’s AGM
- ICYMI: The January issue of Pacific Ports Magazine is here! Plus: Now working on the next issue of Pacific Ports – contact us with editorial ideas
- Member News:
- Completion of Wharf No. 36 enables Port of Taichung to fully promote national offshore wind farm development goals
- Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels
- Port of Long Beach sees strong start for 2021
- Port of Skagit growing and adding two new positions
- Port of San Diego and ECOncrete begin pilot project to boost coastal infrastructure and ecosystems on Harbor Island
- Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority receives federal grant
- SWCA posts regulatory alert: potential changes to Clean Water Act
- Shey-Harding posts new job recruitment opportunities
- American Samoa’s Office of Disaster Assistance unveils new logo
- Liebherr remains Mobile Harbour Crane market leader
- Port of Nanaimo’s David Mailloux retires
- Jason Hodge takes the helm as Commission President of the Oxnard Harbor District
- Taiwan’s MPB forms “International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group” Ensuring Taiwan’s seamless import and export trading operations
APP welcomes MarineLabs Data Systems
With a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Ocean Wave Energy and Ocean Engineering, CEO Dr. Scott Beatty’s decision to establish MarineLabs Data Systems Inc. – real-time coastal intelligence for marine domain awareness – was the logical next step in a career focused on ocean engineering and wave energy research. “After University, I consulted for organizations that were interested in converting waves to energy — for example, the U.S. Department of Energy,” said Beatty. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that there was a significant lack of data that could assist in ship and maritime safety as well as for validation of predictive modelling of climate change impacts.”
Possessing both the vision and the skills, Beatty set about creating the core technology that monitors wind and waves with solar-powered sensors mounted on buoys and Aids to Navigation (AtoN). Enter an exceptional team of software and engineering leaders, including a few former NASA staff – and MarineLabs with their CoastAwareTM product was born.
Pacific Port activity updates (January 2021)
At the most recent APP Board of Directors meeting, Members provided activity updates, including management of COVID-19 impacts and ongoing projects. Special thanks to Jadene Villagomez, with the Commonwealth Ports Authority, Northern Mariana Islands for her excellent note-taking!
Updates include: Port of Redwood City, Republic of Marshall Islands, American Samoa Port Administration, Commonwealth Ports Authority, Port of Benton, Port of Long Beach, Port of Skagit, Port of Umatilla, Port of Alaska and Port of Newport.
Also featured: updates from Associate Members: The Beckett Group, SSA Marine, Northern Economics, Moffat & Nichol, Lynker Technologies, Yardi Solutions, BNAC Environmental Solutions and Nautical Consulting International.
Cruise expert Donna Spalding, CLIA-NWCA, provides update at APP’s AGM
The Association of Pacific Ports was very pleased to have Donna Spalding from Cruise Lines International Association – North West and Canada (CLIA-NWC) provide an update on the cruise industry to attendees at our recent Annual General General Meeting. She described the efforts of cruise lines to address COVID-19 as well as various government regulations that were in place while the pandemic continues.
Following Donna’s presentation, the group engaged in a robust discussion that included an update from Stephanie Prybyl, Ports Program Policy Coordinator with Business Oregon. Stephanie and her agency had been involved in a study undertaken by the Federal Maritime Commission on the economic impact the loss of cruise was having in U.S. states.
In case you missed it…
January 2021 issue of Pacific Ports Magazine
We’re super excited to give you an early review of the APP’s official publication – Pacific Ports Magazine!
Features in this issue include:
- Best Practices: Abandoned vessels — The bane of ports everywhere
- Pandemic Response: Taiwan ports successfully manage response to COVID-19
- Port Safety: Port safety and risk management…By Captain Brian Tuomi
- Harbour Masters: Today’s harbour master — Ensuring safety, security, and environmental protection
- Port State Control: An ideal of cooperation…By Jeffrey J. Smith
- Environment: Three options for a greener port
- Port Projects:
- Port Alberni builds he case for a floating dry dock
- Port of Skagit — Broadband: The bold idea of a better way…By Linda Tyler
- Port of Newport embarks on infrastructure improvements…By Angela Nebel
- Maritime Community: WSP — A key partner in Canada’s Pacific maritime community
- Maritime Community: Interferry — Voice of the ferry industry
- New Member Profiles:
- Port of Valdez
- Northern Economics Inc.
- Innovative Manufacturing Inc.
- Albion Marine Solutions
Coming up! We’ve already started on our next issue, scheduled for release in April.
We’re already starting on the April issue of Pacific Ports! If you have editorial ideas, please contact Jane McIvor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In addition to editorial, Pacific Ports Magazine provides a great opportunity for exposure. To learn more about the advertising opportunities available, please contact Philippe Critot, APP’s Sales & Marketing Rep to discuss: +1 323-660-5459 (office) or +1 323-578-2452 (cell) / email@example.com).
Completion of Wharf No. 36 enables Port of Taichung to fully promote national offshore wind farm development goals
February 5, 2021 — Port of Taichung, TIPC has a key role to play in helping the Executive Yuan achieve the nationwide target of 5.7GW installed offshore wind farm generation capacity by 2025. Wharf Nos. 2, 5A, 5B, 36, and 106 and adjacent land at the port have already been reserved for firms to use in the manufacture, storage, assembly, and transport of wind turbines and related components. The infrastructure improvements at the port necessary to keep Taiwan’s wind farm development program on schedule wrapped up last year (2020) with the completion of Wharf 36 on October 21st.
Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels
February 4, 2021 — The Government of Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors. Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe and healthy are top priorities for Transport Canada.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022.
Port of Long Beach sees strong start for 2021
February 4, 2021 — The new year ushered in the busiest January on record at the Port of Long Beach, largely driven by the ongoing rise in online spending by consumers following stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 764,006 twenty-foot equivalent units in January, a 21.9% jump from the same month last year. It was the first time the nation’s second-busiest seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs in the month of January, surpassing the previous record set in January 2018 by 106,176 TEUs.
Imports grew 17.5% to 364,255 TEUs, while exports climbed 7% to 116,254 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas increased 34.6% to 270,221 TEUs.
Port of Skagit growing and adding two new positions
February 4, 2021 — A number of projects and developments that began in 2020 at the Port of Skagit continue to move forward, along with new projects that are set to begin this year. This realized and anticipated growth has prompted the addition of two new professional positions with the Port.
A Project Manager position and an Environmental Planning Specialist position have been added to the Port team and are currently posted on the Port’s website. The Project Manager position will provide support for a number of current and future construction projects at Port of Skagit properties. The recent increase in private and public development projects, including the construction of hangar buildings, expanded apron surface and new tenant construction at Skagit Regional Airport and Bayview Business Park has led to the need for an additional staff person to support these and other projects, from start to finish.
Port of San Diego and ECOncrete begin pilot project to boost coastal infrastructure and ecosystems on Harbor Island
February 3, 2021 — The Port of San Diego and ECOncrete®, an eco-engineering company, have launched a three-year pilot project on Harbor Island to demonstrate an innovative new design of ECOncrete’s award-winning interlocking COASTALOCK Tide Pool Armor. Approved by the Board of Port Commissioners in 2019, the pilot project is part of the Port’s unique Blue Economy Incubator, a launching pad for sustainable aquaculture and Port-related blue technology ventures that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with key assets and support services focused on pilot project facilitation.
Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority receives federal grant
February 2, 2021 — The Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority receives a grant from the US Department of Transport / Federal Aviation Administration to maintain airport safety compliance and to upgrade its airport infrastructures at Amata Kabua International Airport.
SWCA posts regulatory alert: potential changes to Clean Water Act
February 1, 2021 — Potential changes to the implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) include the definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the CWA Section 404 Nationwide Permits (NWPs), which are used to permit most projects that discharge fill into WOTUS
The existing definition for WOTUS is provided by the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which was promulgated during former President Trump’s administration and implemented for use nationwide in June 2020 (except for Colorado where the rule was stayed pending the outcome of ongoing litigation). The NWPR provides a narrower interpretation of WOTUS compared to the previous regulations. The NWPR is expected to be targeted by President Biden’s administration and one of several avenues could be used to revert the definition of WOTUS to previous regulations (likely either the 2015 Clean Water Rule or the 1986 Code of Federal Regulations definition as clarified by the 2008 post-Rapanos guidance):
Shey-Harding posts new job recruitment opportunities
A number of job opportunities for the maritime sector have been posted on the Shey-Harding Executive Search website.
- Director, Maintenance & Repair (ASSET MAINTENANCE), Marine Terminal (Terminal Island, CA)
- Vessel Planning and Operations Junior Superintendent (Tacoma, WA)
- Marine Operations Manager, Ocean Carrier (CA)
- Manager, Talent Relations and Engagement, Port of Long Beach
American Samoa’s Office of Disaster Assistance unveils new logo
January 30, 2021 — The Office of Disaster Assistance and Petroleum Management, American Samoa, has unveiled a new logo. The colorful and stylistic design is eye-catching and refreshing!
ODAPM has also been active in a number of additional areas with recent Facebook posts noting:
- A presentation from the US Army Corp on American Samoa Post Disaster Watershed Assessment with local stakeholders and federal partners.
Liebherr remains Mobile Harbour Crane market leader
January 29, 2021 — At the beginning of 2020, Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes was able to rely on a strong order backlog, which was already built up in 2019. The first quarter of 2020 was also very positive with several incoming orders. At the beginning of the second quarter of 2020, a decline in orders was noticeable. This was strongly linked to the corona pandemic and the resulting global lockdown.
However, current projects were not cancelled but postponed. A certain amount of uncertainty was felt in the market, but in this never-before-seen situation, this behaviour was quite understandable and comprehensible. These delayed decisions led, positively speaking, to an extended summer break but not to a drastic downturn. In addition, Liebherr was able to maintain the production operation in compliance with all the required hygiene rules and in constant communication with the local health authority. During this period supply chains could be maintained.
Port of Nanaimo’s David Mailloux retires
January 28, 2021 — The Nanaimo Port Authority announces the retirement of David Mailloux, Director of Communications. After 18 years working with the Port of Nanaimo, David has decided to retire.
“David has seen many changes and developments during his time with the Port. As a respected member of the tourism community David was a natural fit for his first position in 2003 of managing the Port’s marina business. Utilizing his knowledge and skills in marketing and communications, David became the Port’s Director of Communications developing and communicating the Port’s vision with a wide range of stakeholders and the media. David’s positive outlook will be missed and we wish him the very best on the seas of his retirement” says Ian Marr – President and CEO.
Jason Hodge takes the helm as Commission President of the Oxnard Harbor District
January 25, 2021 — The Port of Hueneme welcomed new leadership last week as the Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted Jason T. Hodge to serve as Board President for 2021, marking the 3rd time he has been elected to lead the District.
President Hodge was first elected to the Board in 2010, having served twice before as Board President. Hodge takes the helm focused on energizing the Port’s commitment to furthering the green initiatives and focus on environmental stewardship the Port has become known for.
Taiwan’s MPB forms “International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group” Ensuring Taiwan’s seamless import and export trading operations
January 20, 2021 — Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on global route and vessel scheduling as well as port loading and transportation operation efficiency in 2020, demand for maritime shipping has spiked across the world, resulting in severe cargo space and container shortages. To maintain Taiwan’s competitiveness in international trade and ensure that all types of locally manufactured goods are successfully exported, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) invited the Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA), Industrial Development Bureau of the MOEA, Department of International Affairs of the Council of Agriculture and Taiwan International Ports Corporation etc. to jointly form the “International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group” today (December 31) and seek advice from related industry associations.