Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for March 3, 2015


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 113th Congress Addresses Arctic Maritime Transportation Needs

By Craig H. Allen Sr.

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (CGMTA). The Act authorized just over $8.7 billion in fiscal year 2015 appropriations for the Coast Guard, while reducing the service’s active duty strength from 47,000 to 43,000. It includes authority for the Coast Guard to enter into multiyear contracts to procure the new class of Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) – requiring that some of the planned 25 OPCs be capable of operating in sea state 5 – and called for a plan to decommission the service’s fourteen remaining 210 foot Reliance-class medium endurance cutters not later than 2029… MORE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


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Story1Environmental Groups Sue Port of Seattle

By Mark Edward Nero

On March 2, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Port of Seattle and its board of commissioners to challenge the port’s approval last month of a lease that opens a container terminal to an Arctic drilling fleet. (Read full article)

Story2Maritime Commission Okays LA,
LB Ports’ Pact

By Mark Edward Nero

On Feb. 26, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles received approval from the Federal Maritime Commission to cooperate on finding new ways to prevent congestion and cargo delays, improve the transportation network and enhance air quality. (Read full article)

Story4Seattle Port Undergoes Organizational Realignment

By Mark Edward Nero

On Feb. 24, Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick presented to his port commission a series of organizational changes that he said are part of the initial phase of a series of measures to help aid the port’s growth strategy. (Read full article)

Story3POLB Hires Two New Managers

By Mark Edward Nero

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the port. (Read full article)

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