Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, December 31, 2013

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  • on January 2, 2014
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December 2013 Issue 



Fidley Watch: Blivet


By Chris Philips


In late November, an “informational” meeting with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) regarding the establishment of a Puget Sound No-Discharge Zone was well attended by people representing the commercial maritime industries that operate in Puget Sound. Where the State had expected thirty people, more than 60 showed up. The tone was set about 45 minutes in, by the presenter, Amy Jankowiak with Ecology, when she snapped to the room in general, “Do you want me to leave or do you want to listen?”

The State of Washington is concerned that the levels of fecal coliform bacteria in Puget Sound are dangerous to humans. Ecology officials believe that commercial vessel traffic is a large contributor to these elevated levels… (More) 


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K Line, NYK Fined for Shipping Act Violations

by Mark Edward Nero

Two ocean carrier companies operating pure car carriers (PCCs) and roll on/roll off (ro/ro) vessels in US inbound and outbound trades, have been penalized a combined $2.3 million by the Federal Maritime Commission for allegedly breaking rules regarding commercial shipping….(Read Full Article)





Kinder Morgan Buying Tanker Companies

by Mark Edward Nero

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners said Dec. 23 that it is buying American Petroleum Tankers (APT) and State Class Tankers (SCT) from affiliates of The Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management for $962 million in cash….(Read Full Article)




Hawaiian Tug & Barge Adopts Foss Name, Colors

by Mark Edward Nero


Hawaiian Tug & Barge, which provides harbor support services at Hawaii ports, has a new name: Foss Maritime Co….(Read Full Article)



Petrich Chosen as Tacoma Port Commission President

by Mark Edward Nero


The Port of Tacoma Commissioner has named Clare Petrich its president for 2014. Petrich, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1995, succeeds Commissioner Don Meyer as president…(Read Full Article)