Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
July marked the busiest month in the 109-year history of the Port of Long Beach as terminal operators and dockworkers moved 753,081 cargo container units, topping a record set two years ago.
Trade increased 21.1% in July compared to the same month in 2019. The previous single-month record of 752,188 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), set in June 2018, was surpassed by nearly 900 TEUs.
Surge in cargo
In the words of Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach: ‘Supply chain workers at the Port of Long Beach expertly handled a welcome surge in cargo that was brought on due to pent-up demand by consumers.
‘It was a good month, a bright spot, in the midst of the devastating effects of the coronavirus on the economy.’
Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna added: ‘July’s performance reflects our excellent customer service and mission to move cargo efficiently, even during an unprecedented pandemic and the ongoing trade war with China.
‘We will continue to work with our partners to ensure the secure and speedy shipment of goods.’
Surge in online spending
Cargo volumes were bolstered in July by a surge in online spending as consumers continued to avoid leaving home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Port saw a short-term increase in extra vessel visits to compensate for voyages that were cancelled earlier this year.
Imports climbed 20.3% to 376,807 TEUs, while exports grew 24.1% to 138,602 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas increased 20.8% to 237,672 TEUs.
The Port has moved 4,186,115 TEUs during the first seven months of 2020, 2.8% down from the same period in 2019.
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Port offices remain closed, Terminals are open
Although Harbor Department personnel continue to facilitate trade, Port offices including the Administration Building, Joint Security Command and Control Center and Maintenance Facility remain closed to the public until further notice due to Health Department directives.
Stakeholders and the public can reach Port staff online and via phone. Public meetings are being held virtually.
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Port terminals are open and cargo operations are continuing. The Port and its Business Recovery Task Force are working to ensure the continuation of goods movement, addressing issues as they arise.
Even as Port of Long Beach staff follow physical distancing protocols in order to protect public health, they are carrying out their duties to build and maintain Port infrastructure, market the Port’s services to the industry, ensure sustainable operations and enable business continuity.
Long Beach, is the second-busiest container port in the United States, after the Port of Los Angeles, which it adjoins.
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Unlike an emergency situation on land, when a ship faces a crisis at sea, Masters cannot simply dial the emergency services for instant assistance. They take responsibility for dealing with the situation, acting decisively to protect lives and prevent or minimise damage to the ship, environment and cargo.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have worked in partnership to provide the industry with a practical guide
Peril at Sea and Salvage: A Guide for Masters outlines the actions a Master should take when confronted with an emergency: from the initial assessment and immediate actions, through to towage or salvage arrangements, as may be necessary. It also explains the importance of prompt notification to relevant parties with onshore support, particularly coastal States and the company.
A section is included with recommendations for a company’s shore-based personnel.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping commented: ‘Over the years we have seen a reduction in shipping emergencies and major incidents due to the development of regulations governing the safe operation and management of ships. Crews are regularly trained in emergency response preparedness and the industry has adopted a compliance culture.
According to a media briefing from IMO the key project to support the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping in developing countries through regional maritime technology cooperation centres has been extended to June 2021.
Known as the Global MTCC Network (GMN) Project this implemented by IMO and funded by the European Union.
There is a global network of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs). These undertake pilot projects and promote technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector, it is reported.
Since their establishment three years ago, the MTCCs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific have established strong regional networks and are becoming important regional players, with technical expertise in the field of maritime energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions knowledge.
These Centres have undertaken a range of pilot projects, completed port energy audits and established branch offices in three countries. IMO report that more than 50 capacity building activities have brought together a total 2,400 delegates from various parts of the maritime sector.