Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for February 6, 2015

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  • on February 6, 2015

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 Fidley Watch: Homebuilt

John McCain wants to outsource America’s merchant marine.

The cantankerous Arizona Senator has added an amendment to the bipartisan-supported Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, destined for President Obama’s desk later this month, to eviscerate the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.

Senator McCain was a war hero who served with honor and, in the face of brutal adversity, refused early release from a Vietnam POW camp, maintaining that those captured before him should be released first.

While we admire the Senator’s patriotism as well as his loyalty to his brother POWs, his comprehension of US maritime operations is sketchy at best. MORE

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Story1PMA Threatens Lockout, ILWU Says Deal Close

By Mark Edward Nero

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says that a deal with the Pacific Maritime Association on a new labor contract is “imminent” and urged the PMA to not walk away from negotiations and impose a lockout as the employers’ group has said it might do within a week. (Read full article)

Story2AAPA Criticizes Proposed Port Funding Decreases

By Mark Edward Nero

The American Association of Port Authorities on Feb. 2 expressed disappointment over funding level and programmatic changes in federal port-related programs included in President Obama’s recently proposed fiscal year 2016 budget. (Read full article)

Story3Portland Terminal Says Productivity Hits New Low

By Mark Edward Nero

ICTSI Oregon, which operates Terminal 6, the only container terminal at the Port of Portland, says productivity at the facility has fallen “well below acceptable historical levels” because of labor strife.(Read full article)

Story4Port of NY-NJ Sets Annual Volume Record

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of New York and New Jersey, home to the busiest container port on the East Coast, set a new record for annual cargo volume in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012, according to newly-released data.(Read full article)

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