Pacific Maritime Magazine Online News for February 23, 2016



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The Coast Guard Advances its Arctic Readiness in 2015, but Challenges Remain


By By Craig H. Allen Sr.

In 2015, as the United States assumed its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the high-level intergovernmental forum for the region, the US Coast Guard planned and executed a number of initiatives to advance maritime safety, security, and stewardship mission readiness in the Arctic. Yet the failure of Congress to provide the level of support necessary for the Coast Guard to adequately recapitalize its small and aging polar icebreaker fleet casts doubt on the service’s ability to fully meet its mandate to provide year-round, assured access and self-rescue in the polar regions. Hopefully, that trend will be reversed in the coming years.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Story1Bulk Carrier Spills Oil in Columbia River

By Mark Edward Nero

The bulk carrier Nord Auckland spilled roughly 80 gallons of oil in the Columbia River while anchored near the Port of Kalama on Feb. 18, the US Coast Guard and Washington Dept. of Ecology say….(Read full article)

Story3Seattle Fisheries Combining Management

By Mark Edward Nero

Two Seattle-based companies, Prowler Fisheries and Blue North Fisheries, have reached a combined management agreement that they say is expected to streamline efficiencies and help optimize day-to-day operations for both businesses….(Read full article)

Story2Oakland, Tenant Reach Lease Termination Agreement

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Oakland has agreed to a lease termination agreement with bankrupt tenant Outer Harbor Terminals LLC…..(Read full article)

Story4FMC Fines Calif. NVOCCs

By Mark Edward Nero

The Federal Maritime Commission said Feb. 18 that it has completed compromise agreements with four ocean transportation intermediaries — including two in California — and one vessel-operating common carrier, recovering a total of $520,000 in civil penalties… (Read full article)

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