Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, April 15, 2014

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  • on April 15, 2014
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Engineering Standards Aid Spill Prevention at Marine Oil Terminals


By Avinash M. Nafday


California’s Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS) were adopted by the Building Standards Commission in 2005 and revised in 2013. During the past eight years, implementation of this comprehensive standard has engendered major facility upgrades at many marine oil terminals, enabling prevention of oil spills in state waters. 


MOTEMS Background 

The Marine Facilities Division (MFD) of the California State Lands Commission regulates marine oil terminals (MOTs) within the state. MFD inspections during the mid-nineties found MOTs …. (More) 


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Report Urges LA, LB Port Merger

The LA 2020 Commission, an independent, private commission formed to study and report on fiscal stability and job growth in Los Angeles, has issued a report that recommends in part, that the ports of Los Angeles .(Read Full Article) 



Retail Federation Urges Early Maritime Contract Negotiations

by Mark Edward Nero

The National Retail Federation, concerned about the potential of a strike or lockout resulting from upcoming contract negotiations between maritime industry management and union labor, is urging the two sides …(Read Full Article) 




Longview Enters Terminal Option Agreement

by Mark Edward Nero


The Port of Longview has entered into a one-year option agreement with a Texas company to explore a proposed propane and butane export terminal interested in developing a new facility on the West Coast…(Read Full Article)


Group Seeks Permits for Grays Harbor
Oil Terminal

by Mark Edward Nero


US Development Group, a Texas-based rail logistics and terminal facilities developer, has filed paperwork seeking permits to build an $80 million oil terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor…(Read Full Article)