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Monday, December 11, 2017

Port Of Los Angeles News

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. (Photo: APM Terminals)

Port of LA on Pace to Surpass 9 Mln TEU in 2017

The Port of Los Angeles said it is on pace to become the Western Hemisphere’s first-ever port to move 9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in a single year, following strong box volumes in the month of October.   Although October 2017 container volumes were down 8.1 percent from 2016’s record-setting figure, the 748,762 TEU moved last month propelled the port to its third busiest October ever and kept it on track to surpass last year’s annual total.   L.A. moved 7,639,756 TEU in the first 10 months of 2017, up 6.4 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which

Port of LA Searches for New Executive Director

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a global executive search to fill the the top post at the Port of Los Angeles.  Under Mayor Garcetti’s direction, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners established an ad hoc search committee to oversee the process, which is comprised of Harbor Commission President Vilma Martinez and Commission Vice President David Arian.  “The Port of Los Angeles is a critical economic driver of our region and plays a central role in L.A.’s reputation as a global city and leading Pacific Rim trade gateway,” said Mayor

Marla Bleavins (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Bleavins Named CFO at Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Marla Bleavins as its Chief Financial Officer. Bleavins will oversee the port’s financial affairs, which include accounting, financial management, debt and treasury, risk management and audit functions. She will manage approximately 60 employees and report to Molly Campbell, Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration.    Bleavins replaces Karl Pan, who retired last week after 11 years with the City of Los Angeles, including the last six years at the port.   Bleavins most recently served as the Assistant General Manager for

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

; The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Port of Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Farren, who was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd America, will be Long Beach’s Director of Tenant Services and Operations, a new position created

Photo: Port of Long Beach

US Shippers, West Coast Dockworkers Union Resume Contract Talks

Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports resumed contract talks with the union for dockworkers on Thursday, as cargo backups continued at the ports, a representative for the labor group said.   Officials from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union resumed negotiations on Thursday morning at the San Francisco headquarters of the association, said Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the union. Talks were expected to last all day, he said.   On Wednesday, the two sides huddled separately, two days after the

Photo courtesy of OW Bunker

Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

before assuming her former role. At OW Bunker, Kounalakis will work within the company’s physical distribution business and will be based out of Stamford, Connecticut. In recent months, OW Bunker has announced the start of physical supply operations in New York and New Jersey as well as at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It also offers physical distribution services offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Adrian Tolson, General Manager, OW Bunker – North America, commented, “We have developed both our trading and physical supply operations across North America quite rapidly

Noelia Rodriguez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Hires Communications Director

Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected Noelia Rodriguez as the Managing Director of Communications to oversee the Harbor Department’s Communications, Government Relations and Marketing divisions.   Rodriguez brings diverse and extensive experience to the newly created role at the Port of Long Beach, ranging from the White House and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to her most recent position with Metro Los Angeles, which is the county’s public transportation authority.   As Metro’s Chief Communications Officer, Rodriguez led 275 employees and managed a $50 million

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Approves Project Labor Agreement

Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners have approved a plan Monday to expand the port’s use of locally hired, disadvantaged and veteran workers for more than $700 million in construction projects.   Under the new Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, at least 40 percent of the work on port construction projects must be done by local residents (Los Angeles and Orange counties), 15 percent by disadvantaged workers and 10 percent by veterans. The PLA also encourages apprenticeship and training programs, and

Forward Focused

West Coast Port Slowdown Won't halt Holiday Goods

  With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers instituted costly contingency plans early on to ensure that holiday merchandise would be on the shelves or sitting in a warehouse ready to go,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

Federal Mediator Joins US West Coast Ports Talks

A federal mediator was expected to arrive in southern California on Tuesday to take part in negotiations over a new contract between employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports and the union representing some 20,000 dock workers.   Negotiators for employers and the union opened talks in May and agreed to keep talking after the old contract expired on June 30. The parties said in August they had reached a tentative deal on healthcare benefits but remained at odds over other issues ranging from wages to work rules.   "We are pleased that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and

Slow Progress in US West Coast Port Talks

The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups.   However, neither side has ventured to say how much longer it might take to reach a settlement, and both parties continued to abide by a news blackout on the details of their talks and the issues that divide them.   The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, representing terminal operators and shipping

File photo: Brian Cronk

How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

Awareness Week) and Subsea U.K., all with the purpose to educate younger people about the maritime opportunities available to them and the benefits a career at sea can bring.   Some ports world have taken the initiative to partner up with training colleges and universities, for example the Port of Los Angeles partners with California State Dominguez Hills, offering vocational logistics programs enabling the port to compete effectively and build the next generation of employees. This is a great way both to offer work-based training with sought after skills and better job prospects at the end of

Tracy Egoscue formerly ran Baykeeper, Regional Water Board

Environmental Attorney Joins Long Beach Harbor Commission

Federal Clean Water Act. She is the 67th Long Beach Harbor Commissioner since the current structure was set in 1925, and the seventh woman to serve on the Board. Egoscue fills a seat vacated by the departure in July of Susan E. Anderson Wise, whose term ended. Wise is also an attorney. “The Port is so important to the City. While its operations impact our community, we are also very proud of what the Port has done ― the Port of Long Beach is a leader environmentally, not just nationally, but internationally, and I look forward to continuing that,” Egoscue said. “I bring a perspective

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office.    Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor for Legislative and Public Affairs at the Federal Maritime Commission, where he reported directly to Chairman Mario Cordero. Previously, he had his own government affairs practice and PMSA was among his clients. He also created the Office of Government Affairs and Communication in the City of Long Beach, and went on to create the Office of Government Affairs at the Port of Long Beach

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, is now WSP worldwide effective May 10. In the United States, the firm will operate as WSP USA.    Parsons Brinckerhoff, a transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S.   WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects, including port master planning, modernization and development programs

Dodge Kenyon (Photo: Liberian Registry)

Liberian Registry Appoints Investigations VP

The Liberian Registry has appointed Dodge Kenyon as Vice President of its Investigations Division. Dodge joins the Liberian Registry from Holland America Group, where he was Manager of Technical Operations, Auditing and Compliance and Chairman of the Fleet Health, Environmental, Safety and Security Committee. His previous experience includes 12 years as a vessel inspector and investigator with the State of Washington Department of Ecology Spills Prevention Program and over two years as a marine surveyor for American Bureau of Shipping in Los Angeles. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian Internation

Port Automation Puts Labor on Notice

to handle more containers with the same workforce, who will be doing different jobs in the future.” He also predicted that the overall workforce will stay steady, but as the volume (TEUs) grows, the amount of labor required per containers will be less. In a report released in 2014, the Port of Los Angeles laid out in stark detail the extent to which automation will likely cut labor cuts, estimating reductions of 40 to 50 percent, or as many as 160-200 jobs, once its semi-automated TraPac facility comes fully online. That’s about half TraPac’s 2011 longshoreman workforce. If the

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