... From: John Denham Sent:Message 1 of 4 , May 28, 2010View Source
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From: "John Denham" <jdenhamone@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Subject: Short Sea Shipping
Maritime Highway/ Short Sea Shipping
The San Francisco Bay area chapter of " Friends of the Earth" sponsored a 4 hour forum on Short Sea Shipping and the environment. An audience of three dozen plus professional environmentalist, transportation managers, government employees and maritime aficionados met in the shadows of the University of California, Berkeley in the David Bower Center. Two panels of professional and experienced environmentally oriented speakers presented their views on potential environment drawbacks and benefits associated with short sea shipping in the region. The afternoon ended with an audience-panel discussion that mostly summed-up the forum:
Essentially, there was no endorsement of short sea shipping in the region and no noted objections were voiced. MARAD confirmed that funds have been allocated but not actually committed to a federal sponsored test project in the area involving the port of Oakland, Stockton and West Sacramento. Companies, equipment and a time frame have been selected. A concept for coastwise operation; Eureka to Stockton and Oakland to Los Angeles were voiced.
The number of environment problems with possible resolutions far exceeds any operational problems. Similar tug/barge operations have been successfully accomplished in Europe for years and there is an abundance of operational information. The environmental problems posed far exceeds any funding available as most require extensive research and study before resolution. Labor considerations were not discussed but were recognized as a major factor.
The federal Marine Highway Program as viewed in the San Francisco bay area/region as short sea shipping concept appears to primarily target improving regional air quality. JGD
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From: "Harbor Safety Committee" hsc@...
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 11:46 AM
Subject: Short Sea Shipping Conference Notice and Agenda
Attached is the agenda for the Short Sea Shipping Conference. Please note the May 25, 2010 date.
Title FRIENDS OF THE EARTH FORUM ON SHORT SEA SHIPPING & THE ENVIRONMENT
Location Tamalpais Room, 2nd Floor, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA (Downtown Berkeley BART)
Start Time 5/25/2010 1:30 PM
End Time 5/25/2010 5:00 PM
Friends of the Earth is hosting a forum on short sea shipping, or regional shipping, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, on May 25, 2010. The forum addresses the potential environmental drawbacks and benefits associated with short sea shipping in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. The forum also considers how the maritime and landside sectors involved in goods movement operations, including short sea shipping, can enhance their environmental performance, especially concerning harmful air emissions.
1:40 pm - 1:45 pm Welcome & Introduction John Kaltenstein, Marine Program Mgr., Friends of the Earth
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm The Environmental Impacts of Short Sea Shipping
Addressing the potential environmental drawbacks and benefits associated with short sea shipping, as it relates to operations within the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast.
Jackie Dragon, Marine Sanctuaries Program Director (Pacific Environment); Damian Breen, Director of Strategic Initiatives (Bay Area Air Quality Management District); Brian Beveridge, Co-Director (West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project); Moderator - Dr. Sheldon Gen, Assistant Professor - Department of Public Administration, San Francisco State University
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Greening the Goods Movement Chain
How can the maritime and landside sectors involved in goods movement operations enhance their environmental profiles, particularly with respect to air emissions?
Susan Hayman, Vice President of Corporate Development (Foss Maritime); Stas Margaronis, President (Santa Maria Shipowning and Trading); Cynthia Marvin (invited), Assistant Division Chief - Planning and Technical Support Division (California Air Resources Board); Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist (Natural Resources Defense Council); Moderator - Michelle Lapinski, SustainBiz Founding Principal and Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Wrap Up & Final Thoughts
Friends of the Earth is exposing and fighting pollution and exploitation of our ecosystems. Our Clean Vessels campaign is cleaning up the cruise industry, protecting marine sanctuaries, and reducing air pollution from ocean-going vessels. The environment is for everyone, and a healthy and just world requires clean air and water.
John Kaltenstein, Marine Program Mgr., Friends of the Earth 311 California Street, Suite 510, San Francisco, CA 94104-2607, (831) 427-2754