Pacific Maritime Magazine for October 31, 2017

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Hamlet is Next 
By Chris Philips, Managing Editor  
The “infinite monkey” theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will eventually produce the complete works of William Shakespeare. Before that, no doubt, he will produce an opinion piece calling for the repeal of the Jones Act.

That monkey will be in good company. The editorial boards of such imposing publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today have produced missives on the devastating effect the merchant Marine Act of 1920 will have on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico.

To hear these experts tell it, fully 70 percent of the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma would not have happened if a tramp freighter from the Maldives had been allowed to carry much needed supplies to the Port of San Juan from the port of Jacksonville.

Nelson A. Denis of the New York Times claims that the lack of German U-boats off the coast of Puerto Rico is proof enough that the Act has “outlived its original intent”… 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Story1Merced County, Port of Los Angeles 
to Collaborate
By Karen Robes Meeks
The Merced County Board of Supervisors has entered into an agreement with the Port of Los Angeles that will pave the way for business development opportunities ..(Read full article)
Story2Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports to Vote on Clean Air Action Plan
By Karen Robes Meeks
Harbor leaders for the nation’s two busiest seaports are expected to vote on Nov. 2 on the 2017 Update of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan…(Read full article)
Story3Everett Seeks Bids for Phase 2 Development
By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett will seek bids for the construction of its South Terminal Modernization project, a $36 million second phase development that will strengthen the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure and upgrade the wharf’s electrical capabilities… 
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Story4Olympia Citizens Sought for Advisory Committee
By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Olympia Commission is in search of residents for its Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee… 
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