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Cargo ships sporting the MOL logo will soon be passing through the Port of Seattle for the first time since 2008, as the New World Alliance starts a new route through Seattle on May 21.
The new MOL route, which will sail from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., and then on to Tokyo and China, should offer more outbound space for state exports of agricultural and forest products.
Export growth has been significant for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma during the last few years. In 2011 the Port of Seattle exported a record 761,450 full containers.
From the Puget Sound Business Journal

Coast Guard rescue crews respond to the distressed container-ship MSC Idil.
A sudden blast aboard an MSC containership off the coast of Puerto Rico forced crew to spring into action to stem the influx of water and stabilize the vessel, avoiding any injury and pollution.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the explosion occurred late Friday afternoon aboard MSC Idil with 25 people onboard, approximately 60 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The crew of the 900-foot Panamanian flagged container ship is all accounted for and no injuries were reported following the incident that caused the container ship to begin listing and take on water into a fuel tank and cargo compartment.
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Long Beach is operating with six cargo terminals instead of the seven it had before California United Terminals left in late 2010 to move into the Port of Los Angeles. Long Beach officials said the lost terminal, which is a subsidiary of Hyundai, represented about 10% of the port's cargo traffic.The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — which together constitute the nation’s busiest seaport complex — reported very different traffic numbers for April.
The Port of Los Angeles had its best April ever and its best month of the year. … Overall, including empty containers sent back to Asia for later use in delivering more imports, the Port of Los Angeles moved 707,182 cargo containers in April, up 14.6%.
Including empty containers, Long Beach moved 461,911 containers in April, down 13% from a year earlier. That left the combined ports with 1.2 million containers moved in April.
More in the Los Angeles Times

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