Port Houston Container Cargo Jumped in March

Port Houston Container Cargo Jumped in March

April 15, 2021– PortofHouston.com

Container activity at Port Houston jumped 20% in March as cargo volumes that had dipped the previous month due to a deadly ice storm came roaring back.Port Houston handled 297,397 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in March of 2021 compared to March of last year, when 248,840 TEUs were handled. That brought container activity for the year to 751,199 TEUs, down only 3% compared to the 773,087 TEUs for the same period in 2020.The March figures are the highest monthly totals ever, surpassing the record set in October of 2020 by 1,187 TEUs.

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California electric vehicle rebate demand exceeds Clean Vehicle Rebate Project funding

California Electric Vehicle Rebate Demand Exceeds Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Funding

April 14,2021 — CaliforniaAirResourcesBoard.com

In response to strong demand for electric vehicles, the California Air Resources Board expects rebate funds for the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) to be exhausted within 30 days.Electric vehicles (EVs) account for nearly 8 percent of all light-duty vehicles sold in California. Over 145,000 EVs were sold in California in 2020 with a majority of sales taking place in the latter half of the year. Through the first quarter of 2021, CVRP rebate applications have already exceeded levels seen in early 2020, with substantially higher participation by low- and moderate-income consumers. This growing interest has led to a quicker draw on available funds through CVRP than anticipated. Existing funding for both standard and increased rebates is projected to be fully reserved in the coming weeks.

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NC Ports Approves Study to Improve Large Vessel Access to Wilmington

NC Ports Approves Study to Improve Large Vessel Access to Wilmington

April 1, 2021 — TheMaritimeExecutive.com

The North Carolina State Ports Authority which manages operations at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina is moving forward with a program to enhance access to the port by deepening the navigational channel. The project, which was first proposed a few years ago, was included in the 2020 Water Resources and Development Act.

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Truckers’ Strike Not Impacting Records Volumes at Port of Los Angeles

Truckers’ Strike Not Impacting Records Volumes at Port of Los Angeles

April 14,2021– TheMaritimeExecutive.com

The Port of Los Angeles continues to see record container volumes as the surge in import traffic through the port continues unabated. Officials reported that they are continuing to make progress chipping away at the backlogs that developed and that operations at the port are continuing smoothly despite a strike by the teamsters union against one of the trucking companies that has now spread to supporting actions by the longshoremen.

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Port Continues to Advance Equitable Recovery

Port Continues to Advance Equitable Recovery

April 13,2021– PortSeattle.org

Port of Seattle Commissioners focused on equitable recovery initiatives at Tuesday’s Commission meeting, extending relief for airport businesses hit hard by the ongoing pandemic and receives an annual report documenting the Port’s progress to ensure equality in contracting opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses.

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Carbon-Free Port Service Locomotive Propulsion

Carbon-Free Port Service Locomotive Propulsion

April 9, 2021– TheMaritimeExecutive.com

Railway lines extend into many ports internationally while main railway marshalling yards may be located at a distance from quayside. While diesel locomotives are used for port service railway propulsion, several carbon-free options are available and becoming available.

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Charleston Opens First New U.S. Container Terminal in 12 Years

Charleston Opens First New U.S. Container Terminal in 12 Years

April 9, 2021 — TheMaritimeExecutive.com

The first containership arrived this afternoon to officially mark the opening of South Carolina Ports’ new container terminal located in the port of Charleston.  It is the first entirely new container terminal to open in the U.S. since 2009. Operations began March 30 with the arrival of the first container and this afternoon Hapag Lloyd’s Yorktown Express became the first vessel to dock at the new terminal.

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Northwest Ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, BC Aim to Phase Out Maritime Emissions by 2050

Northwest Ports of Tacoma, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC Aim to Phase Out Maritime Emissions by 2050

April 9,2021–ThePortSeattle.org

The Northwest Ports of Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Tacoma, and the combined container operations of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, are jointly committing to a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050. In collaboration among the four ports, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks to meet this target through changes in equipment, fuels, and infrastructure, supporting cleaner air for local communities, and fulfilling the ports’ shared responsibility to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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