Pacific Maritime Magazine Online News for March 8, 2016


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Cognitive Dissonance

Has Senator John McCain (R-AZ) relaxed (reversed?) his stance against the Jones Act?

In late January, Senator McCain, well known as the most vocal legislative foe of the Jones Act, said he would introduce legislation “to ensure we end our dependence” on foreign vessels, contrary to his previously stated policy.

The following month, writing in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator McCain said the US “could and should” build the equipment domestically to move people and cargo, rather than relying on foreign builders. “It is morally outrageous and strategically foolish,” he admitted, to purchase foreign-built rather than American-sourced equipment…MORE

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Story1CMA CGM Deploying Fleet to West Coast

By Mark Edward Nero

On March 3, the CMA CGM Group revealed that starting at the end of May, it would deploy its flagship fleet of six 18,000-TEU vessels between Asia and the US West Coast…(Read full article)

Story2Port of Hueneme to Deepen Harbor

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Hueneme’s Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously approved the signing of an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the port’s general navigation areas from 35 feet to 40 feet…(Read full article)

Story3Shipper Fined $130K for Clean Air Violations

By Mark Edward Nero

The California Air Resources Board said March 3 that it has fined the China Navigation Co. $129,500 for failing to switch its engines over from heavy diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur fuel when close to the California coast, as required by state law…(Read full article)

Story4POLA Reopens Community Grant Program
By Mark Edward Nero

For the third consecutive year, the Port of Los Angeles is making up to $1 million in non-taxpayer funded community grants availalbe to support initiatives, programs, and events benefiting Los Angeles Harbor communities… (Read full article)

Story5Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award
By Mark Edward Nero

The 2016 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award Selection Committee is accepting nominations for this year’s award to be announced at the Seattle Propeller Club’s May Maritime Festival breakfast…. (Read full article)

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