Pasha Stevedoring & Terminal Services is celebrating the Port of Grays Harbor with a new promotional video. Senior VP at Pasha’s Maritime Division, Jeff Burgin, told Port Commissioners this week, “We are very proud to be not only business partners with the port but also as part of a village of people in the community. It was very important for us that when we came to this area that we recognized the community and what a business should be bringing into the community and being due diligent about those aspects of our business.”

Leonard Barnes, Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor, said that in one 8-hour shift a Pasha ship provides jobs for 75 people, most of those on the harbor. “Three different union groups, Local 24 – our local, also Local 52 and Local 98. We had 40 people employed as driver/lashers and they’re driving autos on, lashing those vehicles to [inaudible] standards. We had signal-men, two crane ops, a gear man, mechanic, a semi driver, a heavy lift driver, floor lashers, we have dock [inaudible], bus drivers, checkers, relief checker, yard liner, basic longshoremen…”

You don’t have to look farther than California to see the company’s plans for the future, the parent company Pasha Group is working on a green port there. Burgin said yesterday, “I think it was probably 6 or 7 years ago that we started going down [this] avenue especially being in Los Angeles. With that many people, 12.8 million people in that area, it’s very important for us to figure out a better way, a better utilization of what we do as a business down there to reduce our footprint.”

A $27 million project at the Port of Los Angeles is being led by Burns & McDonnell and will integrate a number of electric vehicles and cargo handling equipment into terminal operations while also featuring a 1-megawatt (MW) rooftop solar installation, backed by a battery storage system with 2.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of capacity.

The company says the result will be a clean energy microgrid that can allow terminal operations to continue in the event of a widespread power outage.