Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, May 7, 2013

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  • on May 7, 2013
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Fidley Watch: Vado a Bordo


By Chris Philips, Managing Editor, PMM


Get on board. These are the words Francesco Schettino heard as he stood on the jetty in the small town of Giglio and watched as his ship sank 500 yards away.


Last month an Italian Court began considering whether Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, will face trial for the 2012 disaster grounding off Tuscany that killed 32 people. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all the 4,200 passengers and crew had been evacuated. At least 30 passengers died – two are missing and presumed dead.


Schettino ordered the ship taken off course to bring it closer to the island of Giglio as a favor to friends, but hit a reef off the island, leaving a 230-foot gash in the hull and causing the liner to capsize…. (Read Full Article)

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Columbia Grain Locks Out
Portland Longshore Workers

by Mark Edward Nero

Columbia Grain has become the latest Pacific Northwest terminal operator to lock out its unionized workforce as a result an ongoing labor dispute….(Read Full Article)

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New Port of Portland Commissioner Confirmed

by Mark Edward Nero


Robert L. Levy, a Umatilla County resident and self-employed farmer, has been confirmed by the Oregon State Senate as the newest Port of Portland Commissioner. Levy operates both the Windy River and L&L Farms in Hermiston, Oregon and was previously the owner…(Read Full Article)

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POLB Invests in Electrification Efforts

by Mark Edward Nero


The Port of Long Beach, its terminal customers and shipping lines are investing millions of dollars in new equipment to allow vessels to use clean electricity at berth and cut air pollution in advance of upcoming state deadlines, officials said …(Read Full Article)



Long Beach Opens Port Tour Reservations

by Mark Edward Nero


A rare view of the Port of Long Beach’s operations, construction projects and environmental initiatives can be had this spring and summer during free, narrated harbor and train tours. Reservations opened online …(Read Full Article)