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Oct 01, 2016

First Containership LNG Conversion

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International classification society Bureau Veritas will class the world’s first conversion of a container ship to operate on LNG in order to meet Tier III of Marpol’s Annex 6 Germany’s Wessels Reederei, will have its MAN 8 L 48/60B engine converted to a 51/60 DF dual-fuel engine while a 500 cubic meter capacity LNG tank will be installed in the fore part of the vessel to supply fuel.

The conversion process will equired the replacement of the combustion chamber and associated systems, including water-cooling jacket, pistons, piston rings, injection components and cylinder head. In addition, the cylinder bore will be increased from 48cm to 51cm while new valve cams and a turbocharger rotor assembly will be added to allow for a change of ignition timing.

Tecnitas, the consulting arm bureau Veritas, will carry out risk analyses for both the use of LNG as fuel and LNG bunkering, and SMB naval Architects & Consultants will be involved in various aspects of the conversion process. The 1,036-TEU capacity ship is expected to start operating on LNG by early next year after which a number of other Wessels Reederei vessels may be similarly converted.

 

 

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International classification society Bureau Veritas will class the world’s first conversion of a container ship to operate on LNG in order to meet Tier III of Marpol’s Annex 6 Germany’s Wessels Reederei, will have its MAN 8 L 48/60B engine converted to a 51/60 DF dual-fuel engine while a 500 cubic meter capacity LNG tank will be installed in the fore part of the vessel to supply fuel.

May 03, 2016

Analyzing the economic case for an Inland Empire ‘port’: Guest commentary

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In 2016, the huge and growing volume of cargo flowing through Southern California is requiring us to rethink how it can be moved efficiently. For this reason, the Port of Long Beach with the cooperation of the Port of Los Angeles has commissioned a detailed economic analysis of an “Inland Port” served by a dedicated train. Daily, the train would bring unsorted Inland Empire-bound containers to this facility to be sorted and delivered to local warehouses and cross-docks. It would carry empty containers and exports on its return.

 

This idea has been floated before. However, several factors now make its consideration very important. Imported volume at the ports will potentially reach a record high in 2016 with no end of growth in sight. This cargo is increasingly arriving on huge ships too large for even an expanded Panama Canal. Just one, the Benjamin Franklin, carries enough containers to line up from Santa Monica to beyond Santa Barbara.

 

The ocean carriers have formed alliances to better use their ship capacity, with cargo on any vessel coming from multiple partners. When a ship arrives, containers bound for any U.S. destination may be stacked all around our terminals and be lifted multiple times before leaving. Eventually, much of this cargo goes to the Inland Empire by truck for storage or processing.

 

To better process cargo, step one will be to work with cargo owners and ocean carriers to have cargo loaded not by port of destination but rather by major U.S. destination, with the Inland Empire the test case. Once a vessel arrives, the inland area’s cargo would be unloaded onto carts, directly towed to the dedicated train and loaded. Daily, the railroad would hook up the 250 cars and tow them to the Inland Port. Once there, the cargo would be unloaded and sorted. Trucks would pick it up and deliver it to inland warehouses or cross-docks. Outbound empties and cargo would be loaded onto the train and moved to the harbors. This process mainly will require changes in procedure rather than capital investment, except for the building of the Inland Port itself.

 

For this concept to succeed, the various players in the supply chain process must find it in their economic interest, hence the need for the economic analysis. It appears that the ocean carriers would benefit from the efficient unloading and turning around of their ships upon arrival. The terminal operators would appear to see greater speed in unloading ships, allowing them to handle more vessels as well as freeing up space in their yards. The harbors would gain the ability to handle ever more cargo traffic, plus faster speed of throughput and national competitiveness.

 

In moving cargo, the railroads should benefit as their costs from lifting containers multiple times would be reduced. They would also gain increased usage of their track capacity and the opening of a new line of business. Trucking companies should see elimination of wait time at port gates and the ability to handle more cargo in less time. Truck drivers should benefit by no longer idling at port gates, not driving through Los Angeles County’s traffic and handling more cargo runs in a day.

 

Companies that own the cargo being moved would benefit from faster and more reliable movement of their cargo and more frequent deliveries to their warehouses. Also, their empties could be delivered in the Inland Empire for return to the ports. U.S. exporters could deliver cargo in the Inland Empire and not have to see it driven through Los Angeles traffic.

 

Certainly, the environment would be a primary beneficiary as there would be a steep decline in the vehicle miles traveled by heavy duty trucks moving from the Inland Empire to the harbors and trucks idling at port gates. Southern California traffic would be cut, with trucks and cars spending less time in stop-and-go traffic.

 

So why hasn’t this all been done by now? To date, the detailed economic case showing how each of the interested parties would benefit from this reorganization of the goods flow has not been studied. If the analysis we have commissioned is successful, huge potential changes in cargo movement could be on the horizon.

 

 

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In 2016, the huge and growing volume of cargo flowing through Southern California is requiring us to rethink how it can be moved efficiently. For this reason, the Port of Long Beach with the cooperation of the Port of Los Angeles has commissioned a detailed economic analysis of an “Inland Port” served by a dedicated train. Daily, the train would bring unsorted Inland Empire-bound containers to this facility to be sorted and delivered to local warehouses and cross-docks. It would carry empty containers and exports on its return.

 

Oct 01, 2016

LA Green Omni Terminal Project

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Burns & McDonnel of Kansas City, Missouri has been selected to provide engineering and overall project management services for the $27 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project being developed at the Port of Los Angeles in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals. To showcase how sustainable, clean energy solutions can revolutionize marine terminals by integrating electric vehicles, including battery-powered drayage trucks, forklifts, and yard tractors, into terminal operations.

The terminal will also feature a 1-megwatt rooftop solar installation, backed by a battery storage system with 2.6 megawatt-hours of capacity, to provide a clean energy microgrid that will allow terminal operations to continue in the event of a widespread power outage. In addition, a ShoreCat Marine Exhaust Treatment System will be provided to capture exhaust emissions from the stacks of berthed ships.

The project, which is expected to be completed by mid 2017, is being funded in part by a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board as part of a wide-ranging effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants throughout the state. It is expected that the technological improvements at the terminal will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3,230 tons per year, diesel particulate matter by 0.6 tons per year, nitrogen oxides by 26 tons per year and reactive organic gases by 1.4 tons per year: the equivalent of removing 14,100 vehicles from Southern California roads and highways.

 

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Burns & McDonnel of Kansas City, Missouri has been selected to provide engineering and overall project management services for the $27 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project being developed at the Port of Los Angeles in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals. To showcase how sustainable, clean energy solutions can revolutionize marine terminals by integrating electric vehicles, including battery-powered drayage trucks, forklifts, and yard tractors, into terminal operations.

Feb 15, 2006

LNG suppliers promote benefits of alternative fuel trucks.

May 16, 2007

The Port of Long Beach shows a decrease of 3.2%

Feb 23, 2007

A delegation of congressional security experts visits federal agencies to

Feb 12, 2014

Trucking Association Calls for 24-Hour Terminal Operations

In an attempt to thin out local port traffic throughout the workday, the Harbor Trucking Association proposed opening terminals 24 hours a day instead of the constrained schedules in place. Currently, terminals are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., five days a week. Operating the terminals around the clock would dissuade trucks from blocking access roads at particular times, according to the HTA. However, terminal operators shot down the proposal citing the prohibiti

In an attempt to thin out local port traffic throughout the workday, the Harbor Trucking Association proposed opening terminals 24 hours a day instead of the constrained schedules in place. Currently, terminals are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., five days a week. Operating the terminals around the clock would dissuade trucks from blocking access roads at particular times, according to the HTA. However, terminal operators shot down the proposal citing the prohibiti

May 20, 2015

HTA Announces Two Industry Changing Programs

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The Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) represents more than 100 intermodal trucking companies operating more than 6,000 trucks in California’s ports. On the heels of the worst period of port congestion to impact California seaports, the HTA is partnering with other stakeholders to help create positive change for the drayage industry in the state. “It is time to do more than identify problems, we must now start identifying solutions” said Weston Labar, Executive Director of the HTA. He continued to state “We feel in order to best serve our members and our industry, we need to do more than just be advocates. We need to make bold moves that help solve issues that our industry faces and make sure we are putting our companies and their drivers in the best opportunity to have success in this industry. The only way we can accomplish this is by thinking outside the box and partnering with other stakeholders to implement game changing programs that move our industry forward.”

Since 2013, the HTA has been partnering with Long Beach City College (LBCC) to address the truck driver shortage in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The creation of the first driver training program formed as a collaboration between an industry association and an academic institution has resulted in the graduation of nearly 100 new truck drivers entering the industry. That success has resulted in the program receiving a $220,000 grant from Jobs for the Future and the Walmart Foundation that will allow the College to expand a training program for harbor truck drivers. A focus of the 2-year grant will be recruiting more women to join the local trucking workforce.

“Transportation and logistics are major industries in our city and vital to the economic strength of our region and nation,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “With this grant, Long Beach City College will be able to further strengthen our efforts to prepare our local workforce for well-paying careers in these industries. Women are severely underrepresented in the transportation industry and we hope that this effort will help increase the number of women drivers,” Oakley said.

LBCC will use the two-year grant to train 300 additional drivers in the College’s Driver Training Program, and recruit more women to the program. The grant pays for most of the cost associated with the program for qualified drivers. This program fits into a greater effort LBCC is part of called Leveraging, Integrating, Networking Coordinating Supplies (LINCS) for Supply Chain Management. This is a consortium of 9 community colleges and 3 universities who received a $24.5M grant from the Department of Labor to create 8 entry-level supply chain management certifications in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. LBCC received $1.75M as its share of grant funds.

The second bold partnership from the HTA is with ChassisFinder and Trucker Chassis Connection. This partnership has come together to create an industry first association chassis pool. “The HTA Members Chassis Pool will create reliability and should help create faster turn-times for port truck drivers” said George Boyle, President of the HTA. He continued to say “The HTA Chassis Pool will also create a more affordable option for trucking companies in need of chassis.” The pool will start with 200 chassis based near the ports in the San Pedro Bay and 50 based outside the Port of Oakland. The chassis pool will grow with the increased demand from HTA members.

“We worked closely with the HTA to create Trucker Chassis Connection, which provides intermodal equipment exclusively to HTA members,” added Bill Knight of Trucker Chassis Connection. “By adding 250 chassis to ports on the West Coast – and delivering a seamless way to reserve them – we are helping resolve significant issues for truckers. We are committed to helping the trucking community move forward. Our partnership with HTA and formation of Trucker Chassis Connection is a testament to that dedication.”

HTA members can reserve this exclusive Trucker Chassis Connection pool of chassis via ChassisFinder.com, the leading chassis reservation exchange. ChassisFinder.com gives access to real-time information on chassis availability and pricing, allowing users to find and lease chassis based on location, date, quantity and type. By inputting basic information into ChassisFinder.com, HTA members can find, price and reserve chassis in less than a minute. The system delivers instant confirmation of the lease, as well as reporting tools that provide users with full transparency into lease history and chassis pick up and drop off information.

“Since 2013, ChassisFinder.com has been on the leading edge of chassis leasing, starting with our creation of the first online chassis reservation exchange,” said Chassis Finder COO Kevin Higgins, “We are thrilled to continue innovating with this new program that expands our available inventory of chassis and gives HTA members access to this exclusive resource.”

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Aug 28, 2008

Clean Trucks Program - A Progress Report

Clean Trucks Program - A Progress Report with special attention to the role of PortCheck and the collection of Clean Trucks Fee. Event Canceled September 3, 2008. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for future meetings. If you have any questions, please call 800.993.0302 or email us at rsvp@cleantrucksprogram.com

Clean Trucks Program - A Progress Report with special attention to the role of PortCheck and the collection of Clean Trucks Fee. Event Canceled September 3, 2008. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for future meetings. If you have any questions, please call 800.993.0302 or email us at rsvp@cleantrucksprogram.com

Jul 29, 2010

Broad Coalition Backs New House Green Jobs Bill to Empower

A nationwide coalition of 120 environmental, public health, labor, business, consumer advocacy, faith and community organizations today applauded Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and 57 other House members from 15 states for introducing promising new legislation that would accelerate the speed and success of clean fleet turnover plans at U.S. seaports, lower public health costs for taxpayers, and help America’s truck drivers re-enter the ranks of the middle class.

A nationwide coalition of 120 environmental, public health, labor, business, consumer advocacy, faith and community organizations today applauded Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and 57 other House members from 15 states for introducing promising new legislation that would accelerate the speed and success of clean fleet turnover plans at U.S. seaports, lower public health costs for taxpayers, and help America’s truck drivers re-enter the ranks of the middle class.