Pacific Maritime Magazine Online for July 28, 2017

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By Chris Philips, Managing Editor  
In 1994, the US Coast Guard stopped training its cadets in Morse code and changed the name of the rating from “radioman” to “information systems technician.”

In 2010 the Coast Guard Navigation Center in Alexandria, Virginia coordinated the shutdown of the North American Long Range Navigation-C signal.

The reason for both of these actions was the advent of modern technology. While some may disagree with the decision, one can be sure that modern technology has taken the place of the older systems.

Last month, longtime reader Mike Trainor in Sitka, Alaska alerted us to another impending shutdown by the Feds. As part of a 15 percent cut to the US Geological Survey’s budget proposed by President Trump, 

the service’s roughly $1.9 million geomagnetism program would be…. 

Friday, July 28, 2017
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Story1Clean Air Comment Period
By Karen Robes Meeks
The nation’s two busiest seaports have released their latest vision for cleaner air and the public will have a chance to comment on it…(Read full article)
Story2San Francisco Port, Shipyard Settlement
By Karen Robes Meeks
The Port of San Francisco and former operator BAE Systems Ship Repair, Inc. have reached a $4.9 million settlement toward improvements and upkeep at the shipyard. The port commission approved the agreement earlier this month. ..(Read full article)
Story3OffPeak Program Successful
By Karen Robes Meeks

Over 40-million weekday truck trips have been diverted off Los Angeles area roads since the OffPeak program started 12 years ago this week, removing hundreds of tons of truck-spewing air pollution, according to PierPass Inc… 
(Read full article)
Story4CG Cutter to Transit Northwest Passage
By Karen Robes Meeks

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter 
Maple, a 225-foot vessel based in Sitka, Alaska, recently embarked on a historic voyage through the Northwest Passage to support marine science and the Scripps Institution … (Read full article)

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