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Eric Watkins

Americas Correspondent

San Pedro

Eric Watkins is the Americas Correspondent for Lloyd’s List, covering container traffic in the Western Hemisphere. Based in Los Angeles, California, Eric covers the major container ports along the Pacific Coast and is familiar with the region’s transport system, including maritime, railroad and trucking.

Eric brings a global perspective to his work, having worked as a foreign correspondent in the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. Now living on a bluff overlooking San Pedro Bay, Eric is well positioned to report on the global traffic that plies the seas to and from the Pacific gateways of North and South America.

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Fortunately for the global shipping industry, Kerry believes that while governments have an important role to play in galvanising net-zero transitions, ‘they must partner intimately’ with the private sector

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Trump imposes maritime-related sanctions in final act

The last-minute sanctions came into effect on Tuesday, just hours before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, with experts wondering how they will be handled by the new administration

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Port of Los Angeles offers incentives to boost terminal throughput

Under the programmes, the port will offer terminal operators two ways to earn financial rewards: one for shortening the time it takes to process trucks dropping off and/or picking up cargo, and the other for trucks handling both transactions in the same trip

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Port of Long Beach sets annual container throughput record

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Ship emissions off Southern California pose health risks

The San Pedro Bay ports’ clean air action plan, with tight at-berth regulations, does not apply to emissions of particulate matter from ships at anchor, which fall under the jurisdiction of the California Air Resources Board 

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Port of Los Angeles powers through ‘erratic’ year

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