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Bulk and Breakbulk

West Coast ports can move more than just boxes. They can handle a diverse and robust amount of bulk and breakbulk cargo ranging from automobiles to wind turbine blades. Many specialize in handling suc... Full story

 

Regional Report: British Columbia

British Columbia's unique market and physical attributes make it a formidable competitor in the marketplace. These include: Proximity to the world's largest economies in the Asia Pacific and the US... Full story

 

Cargo Handling Operation and Equipment

When it comes to cargo-handling equipment, the future is sustainability. Along the West Coast, the next generation of workhorses are guzzling less diesel and using more electricity. A major reason... Full story

 

Regional Report: San Pedro Bay Ports Cooperate on the Environment

With 40 percent of US imports from Asia moving through their ports, it's easy to see why the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest seaport complex in the nation. Their proximity to Asia... Full story

 

Company Profile: Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company may be new to the West Coast, but the marine transportation provider, focused on moving petroleum products using tugboats and barges, has been a legendary fixture on the... Full story

 

Ports of the Pacific: staying competitive

Up and down the West Coast, there are dozens of seaports that support US and international markets, whether they play a role in ferrying agricultural and break bulk goods or generate and package... Full story

 

Untapped Potential: Trade With Alaska and Hawaii

Investments abound in Alaska and Hawaii, where maritime companies are broadening their reach and capitalizing on the two states' untapped potential. Firms are flocking to the Frontier State, whether... Full story

 

Workforce Development

From agreements that guarantee local hiring to classes that nurture maritime professionals of the future, seaports along the West Coast play a critical role in a region's workforce development, often... Full story

 

Ballast Water Treatment Systems

If a vessel has been fitted with a US Coast Guard type-approved Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in recent years, chances are likely that it was tested at the Golden Bear Research Facility.... Full story

 

Vessels on the Ways

From pilot boats to ferries and container ships, West Coast shipyards are hard at work, building vessels capable of carrying things vital to our daily lives or guiding them safely through harbor... Full story

 

New Vessels

In 2018, several maritime companies and agencies were hard at work, introducing a slate of new vessels and tugboats to help power the supply chain and carry out the important work of seafarers,... Full story

 

Regional Report: Bay Area Boom

In recent years, ports in the Bay Area of California have been breaking records in cargo – a symptom of an improving economy. Port officials are saying that more housing and road projects – especi... Full story

 

Regional Report: Puget Sound

From apples to autos, Washington is one of the nation's most trade-dependent states, and ports in the Puget Sound are at the center of that cargo movement, creating a $5 billion annual benefit to the... Full story

 

Bulk and Breakbulk Report

There is no doubt that the increase of tariffs is having an effect on West Coast trade, especially on bulk and breakbulk products such as logs and steel. Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe,... Full story

 

Spill Response: Time is of the Essence

When it comes to responding to an oil spill, time is of the essence, and coordinating with local agencies and the private sector on contingency plans is key to mitigating spills. "It's critical,"... Full story

 

Diversity Keeps Pacific Ports in the Game

Port of Bellingham. Port of Portland. Port of Coos Bay. Port of San Diego. For these four West Coast ports, diversity is the name of the game and they play to their strengths. Whether it's proximity... Full story

 

Trade with Alaska and Hawaii

Ports in Alaska and Hawaii are no different. The youngest states in the union are heavily investing in their infrastructure, because for both, the future depends on it. In the newly rebranded Port of... Full story

 

Regional Report: LA/Long Beach

When it comes to shipping, location and access to the world's biggest trade partners is everything. It is a big reason why the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation's two busiest... Full story

 

Puget Sound Report

Situated at the doorstep of some of the most significant trade routes, the Puget Sound plays to its strengths. The Washington region's proximity to Asia and deep ties to the Alaskan economy make... Full story

 

West Coast Bulk and Breakbulk Ports

Although the East and Gulf coasts take on the lion's share of bulk and breakbulk cargo in the US, ports on the West Coast are busy too, thriving in diverse, niche markets. Many of them move the bread... Full story

 

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