Port of Seattle shelves cruise terminal development amid COVID-19 uncertainties

Port of Seattle shelves cruise terminal development amid COVID-19 uncertainties

April 30,2020 –Offshore-energy.biz

The Port of Seattle has delayed the development of the proposed  Terminal 46 cruise terminal as it needs to investigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the market before proceeding.The cruise industry has been severely impacted by the pandemic especially on the back of the suspension of global sailings that have quashed cruise liners’ earnings.Global liners have predominantly had to postpone their sailings until June awaiting clearance from health and government authorities to continue cruising.

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Port Director Says Port of NY & NJ is Operating at Full Pace Amid COVID-19

Port Director says Port of NY & NJ is Operating at Full Pace Amid COVID-19

April 28,2020–PortBreakingWaves.com

The Port of New York and New Jersey is open for business and fully operational despite the unfolding COVID-19 health crisis. Hear directly from Sam Ruda, Port Director, as he thanks the dedicated workforce and port partners for ensuring cargo is moving efficiently throughout the region and beyond. It is our priority to keep supermarket shelves sufficiently stocked, continuously supply pharmacies with the medications needed for local communities and safeguard essential workers with the appropriate medical supplies to perform their duties.

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Port authorities vow to keep trade going in fight against the pandemic

Port authorities vow to keep trade going in fight against the pandemic

April 27, 2020–Offshore-energy.biz

Twenty port authorities from different parts of the world have signed a declaration calling for collaboration and sharing of best practices in ensuring port operations remain open to trade as part of the global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.Ports across the globe have been declared essential services and have been working around the clock to maintain trade of goods, especially of food and medicines, uninterrupted.However, there have been numerous challenges in ensuring the safety of port workers and seafarers while continuing to keep the operations going.

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Port of LA positioning to aid economic recovery

Port of LA Positioning to Aid Economic Recovery

April 23,2020–FreightWaves.com

While suffering a significant drop in cargo volume during the coronavirus pandemic, the seaport stands “ready to help position America’s industries for future success,” says Executive Director Gene Seroka. The nation’s busiest port earlier this month reported a year-over-year March volume drop of 30.9%. That plummet was blamed in large part on the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown of factories in China.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding to Small Shipyards

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding to Small Shipyards

April 20, 2020- Maritime.dot.gov

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $19.6 million in discretionary grants to 24 U.S. small shipyards through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. The funding will help modernize America’s small shipyards, making them more efficient in constructing commercial vessels.

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CNG Provides Fleets Certainty Through Global Market Instability

CNG Provides Fleets Certainty Through Global Market Instability

April 17,2020–ActNews.com

In an increasingly connected world, unpredictable international events can send shockwaves through our markets overnight. Whether that be disruptions in fuel supply, the fear of impending regulations, global trade tensions or an economic recession—all of which we have seen in the last year—it is no longer a question of if these global events will impact US fuel prices, but when. In 2019, prices for oil have reached as high as $85.83 per barrel and fallen to $50.49 per barrel—a 70% price difference (InfoMine). In 2020, with the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy, we are seeing prices plummet. Prices as of end of March and early April 2020 are between $25 and $35 per barrel.

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Fuel Cell Experts Argue for Cleaner Commercial Trucks

Fuel Cell Experts Argue for Cleaner Commercial Trucks

April 16,2020–TTNews.com

The trucking industry needs to continue adopting electric technologies such as fuel cells in order to combat pollution, experts said April 14. A webinar hosted by the California Hydrogen Business Council, along with ACT News, emphasized that the trucking sector needs to be more green and highlighted efforts already taken by companies and the government.Mace added freight volumes are expected to grow 40% by 2050 with a billion more people projected to live in cities by 2030 and e-commerce growing rapidly.

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Port of Oakland welcomes its largest boxship ever

Port of Oakland welcomes its largest boxship ever

April 16,2020–Offshore-energy-biz.com

A giant containership squeezing under the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge as it made way toward the Port of Oakland was a sight for sore eyes yesterday as shipping enthusiasts flooded social media with images of the sea giant. The 19,200 TEU MSC Anna, owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company, has docked at the port’s Oakland International Container Terminal on the Oakland Estuary, claiming the title of the largest ship ever to call in Oakland. The massive ship can carry 18,000 20-foot containers, and is longer in lenght than the Saleforce Tower is in height.

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Unprecedented disruption’ to supply chain slams US port volumes

Unprecedented disruption’ to supply chain slams US port volumes

April 15,2020–Freightwaves.com

Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) Chief Executive Officer John Wolfe said during a press conference Wednesday he expects second-quarter volumes will be soft as the “unprecedented disruption” to the global supply chain continues and container shipping lines cancel more sailings. The NWSA, which operates the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, said it handled 264,133 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in March. Full imports in March declined 28.2%, while full exports decreased by 8.6% year-over-year.

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Port of Seattle to Halve Carbon Emissions with Renewable Fuel Contract

Port of Seattle to Halve Carbon Emissions with Renewable Fuel Contract

April 15,2020– PortofSeattle.org

The Port of Seattle Commission approved a contract to enable the Port to reach its 2030 goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent, almost a decade early. This long-sought major milestone, voted on at the Commission meeting on April 14, 2020 (Agenda item 8a), results from authorization for a 10-year supply contract with U.S. Gain for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a low-carbon natural gas alternative produced most often from landfill waste. RNG produces no new carbon emissions because it replaces fossil fuels and recycles existing carbon in the atmosphere.

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