Puget Sound Highlights Challenges of Managing Containership Backlog

Puget Sound Highlights Challenges of Managing Containership Backlog

September 23, 2021 — MartimeExecutive.com

While the record backlog of vessels building off Southern California continues to draw extensive attention, ports all along the Pacific Coast are also reporting the impact of the congestion. The U.S. Coast Guard and Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service are highlighting some of the challenges they are facing managing the surge in vessels into the area. There are currently eight vessels in the anchorages on the Puget Sound, meaning that the area is two-thirds full as vessels wait for terminal space at the ports in Seattle and Tacoma.

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Long Beach Container Terminal Pilot Program Moves Toward 24/7 Access

Long Beach Container Terminal Pilot Program Moves Toward 24/7 Access

September 22, 2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

One of the large container terminals at the Port of Long Beach has become the first to announce a new pilot project to expand overnight access for truckers to move containers as the ports explore moving to 24/7 operations. The pilot project follows the recent announcement by the ports working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to take steps to improve freight movement and reduce delays at the San Pedro Bay port complex. Total Terminals International container terminal on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach is making it easier for trucks to access the facility during the overnight hours with a goal of reducing the amount of time cargo spends on the dock. The terminal is taking two significant steps to increase cargo pickup in the late-night, early morning hours when there is less traffic on the region’s freeways and surface streets.

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A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening?

A Record Number of Cargo Ships are Stuck Outside LA. What’s happening?

September 22, 2021 — TheGuardian.com

Southern California is dealing with a traffic jam unlike any other, as a record number of container ships have been stuck waiting in the waters outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to unload cargo.The bottleneck this week at America’s busiest port complex is the result of a shortage of trucks and drivers to pick up goods, coupled with an overwhelming demand for imported consumer products.As of Wednesday, 62 container ships were waiting offshore to unload cargo, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

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New Orleans Cruising Resumes as Ports Appeal for Recovery Aid

New Orleans Cruising Resumes as Ports Appeal for Recovery Aid

September 20,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

Cruising resumed from New Orleans this weekend as the ports of southern Louisiana continue to work to recover from Hurricane Ida that left a part of damage across the region less than a month ago. The resumption of cruising, which was the first since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, is seen as another step forward for the regional economy and recovery for the region. Carnival Cruise Line had scheduled the resumption of cruising for the beginning of the month but delayed two weeks due to the impact of the hurricane.

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July Delivers Double-digit Gains for Autos, Total Volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey

July Delivers Double-digit Gains for Autos, Total Volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey

September 10,2021 — PortBreakingWaves.com

Double-digit gains continued in July at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Autos led the charge posting a stunning 79 percent increase from the previous year’s monthly figure. In July, a total of 39,690 autos moved through the Port compared to 22,178 in July 2020. July’s total volume of 758,810 TEUs (420,847 containers) represented a 25.9 percent increase versus the 607,463 TEUs (342,124 containers) recorded in July 2020. This number brings our year through July total to 5,153,882 TEUs (2,860,886 containers).

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Port Arthur Facility Accused of Violating Civil Rights Act with Emissions

Port Arthur Facility Accused of Violating Civil Rights Act with Emissions

September 8, 2021 — PAnews.com

A group of activists from in and around the Port Arthur area are awaiting word from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it requested an inquiry into Oxbow Calcining plant following allegations it violated the civil rights of those in and around the facility. Passed in 1964, Title VI says “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” accord.

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Air quality warning issued for Beaumont-Port Arthur area

Air quality warning issued for Beaumont-Port Arthur area

September 8, 2021– Chron.com

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an ozone action day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Thursday, September 9. The agency predicts that conditions through the day will likely produce high levels of ozone air pollution, or smog, through the region that can be dangerous for people with chronic conditions, and can cause acute breathing problems when people inhale high concentrations of it over several hours.

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New study shows how air pollution varies block by block

New Study Shows how Air Pollution Varies Block by Block

September 7, 2021 — BerkeleyPublicHealth.com

The amount of air pollution in a community depends greatly on its proximity to emission sources, such as automobiles, factories, and power plants. Now, a group of researchers — led by Joshua Apte, UC Berkeley assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the School of Public Health — has shown that levels of air pollution vary not only by region, such as between urban and rural areas but by city block. Their results, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), expanded on the authors’ previous research by detailing the racial and ethnic disparities in air pollution, which showed that areas with high levels of air pollution tend to be populated by people of color.

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