Pacific Maritime Magazine Online for April 11, 2017

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March 15, 2017
EPA to Reexamine Emission Standards
for Marine Vessels
WASHINGTON- Today. Department of Transportation Secretary (DOT) Elaine Chao and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will revisit the previous administration’s 2008 rule that finalized standards to reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM) by 90 percent and nitrogen oxides (NOX) by 80 percent from engines in marine vessels of under 30 liters per cylinder.

“Today’s decision by the EPA is a win for the American economy,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The Department of Transportation will re-open…

 Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Barge Sinks South of San Francisco Bay Bridge

By Mark Edward Nero
A collaborative unified command, including the US Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, has been established in response to the sinking of the 112-foot freight barge Vengeance near the San Francisco Bay Bridge on April 7…(Read full article)


Alaska Oil Company to Pay Record Jones Act Violation Fine

By Mark Edward Nero
Anchorage-based natural gas and oil production company Furie Operating Alaska LLC has agreed to pay a record $10 million to satisfy a civil penalty originally assessed against it by US Customs and Border Protection for violating the Jones Act, the Department of Justice has announced…(Read full article)


Third Olympic Class Vessel Joins Washington State Ferries Fleet

By Mark Edward Nero

The Evergreen State’s newest ferry,
Chimacum, joined the state fleet on Friday, April 7, as Washington State Ferries (WSF) officially accepted the vessel from builder/contractor Vigor… (Read full article)


Oregon Lawmaker Co-Sponsors Harbor Maintenance Fund Bill

By Mark Edward Nero

On April 5, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR and bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. jointly introduced bipartisan legislation to effectively remove the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund from the US budget, therefore bypassing the annual congressional appropriations process… 
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