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The Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners approved
the San Pedro Waterfront Project, a US$1.2 billion
redevelopment that will create over 5,000 permanent and
13,000 temporary jobs.
The waterfront infrastructure and revitalisation project,
expected to take a decade or more to complete, will extend from
the Port's inner harbour cruise facilities to Cabrillo Beach.
The port anticipates funding of approximately US$900
million, largely for public infrastructure, and intends to
raise an additional US$300 million through private
investment in commercial retail redevelopment and
conference centre space.
The project will create an estimated 5,000 permanent jobs
serving cruise operations, waterfront related operations and
new waterfront businesses; and provide more than 13,700
one-year-equivalent jobs (direct and indirect) during project
design and construction.
"I commend the public for coming out, participating in the
conversation and sharing their perspectives," Harbour
Commission President Cindy Miscikowski said.
"While there were some areas of debate, the comments were
overwhelmingly in favour of moving forward with a project that
most everyone agrees will be a benefit to the community," she said.
The board conditioned its approval on the construction of
cruise ship berth facilities in the Outer Harbour being performed
on the east side of Kaiser Point (Berths 49-50) instead of the west
side (Berths 45-47), which faces Inner Cabrillo Beach.
In another condition of project approval, the board directed
staff to respond within 30 days with an implementation strategy
that includes project phasing and recommendations for project
input from the public.
The San Pedro Waterfront Draft EIS/EIR was released in
September 2008. Since that time, the Port has received nearly 300
public comments on the report.
Port of Los Angeles in billion-dollar expansion
The main channel at the Port of Los Angeles
Beluga Shipping, Germany, has
successfully sailed two multipurpose
heavy lift carriers in what is understood
to be the first commercial transit of the
legendary Northeast Passage from Asia
In August and September 2009,
'Beluga Fraternity' and 'Beluga Foresight'
delivered various heavy lift modules
from Ulsan, South Korea, straight to
Novyy Port, Yamburg at the River Ob in
Siberia, exited the so-called "Northern
Sea Route" by passing Nowaya Semlja
and took on the hook-up project by
loading steel pipes in Archangelsk and
delivering them to Nigeria. The
connection utilised the shortcut through
the Arctic Ocean.
Sailing the route -- which is newly open
for a short time-frame in summer due to
global warming and melting ice -- shaves off
some 3,000 nautical miles from the roughly
11,000nm long traditional journey through
the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aden.
"By using the Northern Sea Route we
could reduce the bunker consumption of
low sulphur Intermediate Fuel Oil 380 by
roughly 200 tonnes in total per vessel.
This resulted in financial savings of about
US$100,000 alone for bunker costs with
Beluga F-class vessels plus US$20,000 daily
for each day travelling the Northeast
Passage shortens the usual voyage time,"
said Niels Stolberg, President and CEO of
Beluga Shipping, Germany.
All in all, about US$300,000 per vessel
was saved by transiting the formerly
ice-packed route along the North Russian
shore through the Bering Sea, the Bering
Strait, the Laptev Sea, the Vilkizki Strait
and the Kara Sea instead of taking the
long way round.
As a positive side effect, environmentally
harmful emissions were significantly
reduced: "We can use the Northeast Passage
only because of the effects of global
warming, yet by doing so we reduce the
bunker consumption and cut down
emissions. With regard to the global CO2
balance this is a beneficial achievement,"
Niels Stolberg explained.
No other foreign merchant vessels
had formerly sailed this sea route nor
has any even been allowed to try by the
In 2007 and 2008 reports suggested
that regular shipping through this
inhospitable area could become a reality
as satellite pictures revealed that melting
ice during summer opens the way.
'MV Beluga Foresight' and an icebreaker
First commercial transit of the Northeast Passage
AUSMEPA, the Australian Marine
Environment Protection Association,
has produced a new 13-minute DVD
advising crews visiting Australia of their
environmental obligations while in
To be distributed by the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to all
ships visiting Australia, the short film
covers topics including protection of the
sea conventions and legislation in
Australia, waste disposal processes and
reception facilities, oil and garbage record
books, the reporting of ship-sourced
pollution, Australian ballast water
requirements, port state control in
Australia and MARPOL obligations.
According to AUSMEPA, the purpose
of the film is to both educate visiting
crews as to their obligations and to
orient and encourage crews toward a
better environmental practice and
greater appreciation of the Australian
The clear, professionally produced
film places Australia's strict
environmental obligations into context
by explaining the fragility of the
marine environment and the seriousness
with which the island continent,
almost wholly dependent on the sea
for imports and exports, approaches
the question of marine pollution and
The DVD has been funded by the
sponsors of AUSMEPA with assistance from
a variety of Australian and international
AUSMEPA produces new "Welcome to Australia" DVD
The new film provides education and
encouragement to visiting crews to respect the
Australian environment and environmental laws
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