Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for March 6, 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

Friday, March 6, 2015


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Story1Vigor Industrial Absorbing Kvichak Marine

By Mark Edward Nero

Aluminum workboat design and build company Kvichak Marine Industries is becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ship building and repair company Vigor Industrial, the two companies confirmed March 3. (Read full article)

Story2Port Metro Vancouver Experiences Chemical Fire

By Mark Edward Nero

A shipping container caught fire at Canada’s largest port on the afternoon of March 4, resulting in an evacuation of the area due to dangerous, potentially toxic fumes. More than a dozen people were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. (Read full article)

Story4Oakland Port Head Calls for Industry Change

By Mark Edward Nero

Disruptions from waterfront labor negotiations have waned, but don’t expect a return to business as usual at West Coast ports, the Port of Oakland’s executive director said during a March 4 meeting of the Waterfront Coalition in Long Beach, Calif. (Read full article)

Story3Containerization Award Nominees Sought

By Mark Edward Nero

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII), a non-profit promoting awareness of the containerization and intermodal industry, is seeking nominations for its 2015 Connie Awards, which are being held later this year in Long Beach, Calif., and the New York area.  (Read full article)

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