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Port of Muskogee recovers from 2019 floods supported by U.S. infrastructure funding

Both U.S. political parties need to support more infrastructure spending, including for the inland waterways and recognize that barge transportation can provide major cost savings compared to truck and rail, according to Kimbra Scott, port director, Port of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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An Interview with John McCown

John McCown, author of the widely cited McCown Report, is an industry veteran who sees a fundamental shift away from West Coast ports to East Coast and Gulf coast ports where projections indicate that 75% of U.S. trade should be shipped compared to 25% for the West Coast. McCown is the former chairman and CEO of Trailer Bridge, the founder of Blue Alpha Capital where he is working on financing an offshore wind turbine installation vessel. McCown is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Maritime Strategy with the Navy League of the United States where his focus is on the intersection of merchant shipping and maritime commerce with national security.

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Port of Long Beach’s Cordero emphasizes zero emissions

Mario Cordero, executive director of Port of Long Beach emphasized the Port’s success in upgrading its terminals toward zero emissions: “Our terminals have accomplished so much and when it comes to our remarkable zero-emission demonstration projects … since our determination in November 2017 to achieve zero emissions.”

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U.S. says nearly 50,000 new jobs could be created by offshore wind by 2030

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report on January 23rd stating that the U.S. goal of generating 30 Gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power by 2030 will create nearly 50,000 new American jobs, provided that major upgrades in ports and shipyards are achieved.

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‘Don’t bet against LA’ says Port of LA’s Seroka

In spite of the loss of cargo to East and Gulf coast ports and the continued stalemate in dockworker contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka is convinced his port will bounce back stating: “Don’t bet against LA.”

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Jensen says container trade recovery could be delayed until 2024

The hopeful projections for recovery in cargo volumes in 2023 may be overshadowed by the more pessimistic projection of delayed recovery which may only manifest itself in 2024, according to Lars Jensen, Principal at Vespucci Maritime based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Biden Administration Decarbonization Blueprint targets transportation

The document is a collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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California truckers face clean truck challenges

Peter Schneider, President TGS Logistics, Fresno, California says that clean truck rules developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will bar trucks built from 2007 to 2009 accessing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in 2023.

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Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach see further cargo declines and blank sailings

In his media briefing on December 14th, Gene Seroka executive director Port of Los Angeles reported that November cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles declined to 639,344 TEUs in November 2022 compared to 811,460 TEUs in November 2021.

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Port of South Louisiana sees growth in 2022 despite low water on the Mississippi

The Port of South Louisiana reports an 8% increase in tonnage for the first three quarters of 2022 despite low water problems on the Mississippi that have slowed some tug and barge traffic. Micah Cormier, Director of Communications, Port of South Louisiana, told AJOT that agricultural exports increased in 2022 for the first three quarters and cited the following:

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