Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, May 13, 2014

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  • on May 13, 2014
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Russia From My House


By Chris Philips, Managing Editor


Comedienne Tina Fey, impersonating then-governor Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, said “I can see Russia from my house.” As a line, it’s a pretty good one, and got her the well-deserved laugh. As an observation on US Arctic policy, it’s not so funny.

The country’s national strategy for the Arctic includes a promise to keep the Arctic region peaceful, stable and free of conflict, but consists mostly of concerns over global warming and efforts to safeguard the world’s climate and fragile ecosystems. US policy further pledges to “…intelligently evolve our Arctic infrastructure and capabilities, including ice-capable platforms as needed.”

Those of us engaged in trade along the Pacific and Arctic coasts can certainly attest to the need to “intelligently evolve” our Arctic infrastructure, and that idea seems to have bipartisan support from our lawmakers, but so far no hard plans or funding… (More) 


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Trade Groups Urge Speedy Labor Contract

On May 9, a broad coalition of industry trade groups sent a letter to the heads of the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union urging that a new labor contract be completed in an expeditious manner….(Read Full Article) 



Panama Canal Workers End Strike

by Mark Edward Nero

Construction workers in Panama have ended a strike that had shut down work on the expansion of the Panama Canal for more than two weeks…(Read Full Article) 



Port Connector Road Closing for 2 Years

by Mark Edward Nero


As part of a project to build a replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, the southbound I-710 (Long Beach) Freeway connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard/the Gerald Desmond Bridge closed May 10 so it can be demolished…(Read Full Article)


Crowley Named One of Healthiest Companies in US

by Mark Edward Nero


Crowley Maritime Corp. has been named one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by wellness management company Interactive Health….(Read Full Article)