Pacific Maritime Magazine Online for July 31, 2018




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By Chris Philips, 
Managing Editor

As the joke goes, cattle roam in herds, a group of geese is a gaggle, and a collection of hybrid cars is a smug. Spend any time on Interstate 5 between the Canadian and Mexican borders and you’ll likely be caught in a smug of Toyota Prius hybrids, many of which are owned and operated by government agencies.

We don’t intend to argue the merits of hybrid vs. gasoline or electric, but have long been surprised by the vehemence with which environmentalists condemn ocean-going (and port befouling) vessels while driving their wasteful hybrids up and down the freeway.

Yes wasteful. After years of educated guessing, we conducted a brief and simple exercise to determine just how bad a Prius is for the planet.

We couldn’t really compare the 18,000-TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin with your neighbor’s hybrid on a trip to Costco, so we did the best we could with the data at hand. We compared a modern car carrier regularly used to transport Toyotas from the factory in Japan to Benicia. The distance traveled is roughly 5,150 miles, over which distance the Prius would earn a respectable 50 miles per gallon, after running the first 6 miles on battery alone.

Over the distance, the Prius would burn 103 gallons of unleaded gas, and produce 685 kg of CO2. …

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Story1New Long Beach Commission President

By Karen Robes Meeks

Attorney Tracy Egoscue is the new president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member board that governs the Port of Long Beach… (Read full article)

Story2Los Angeles to Welcome Norwegian Joy

By Karen Robes Meeks

Next winter, the Port of Los Angeles will be welcoming Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy, a nearly 4,000-passenger vessel that will be cruising the Mexican Riviera …(Read full article)

Story3Vancouver USA to Hold Strategic
Plan Workshops
By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA will host a special workshop on August 2 to examine the draft goals of the revamped strategic plan… (Read full article)

Story4Olympia Celebrates Five Years
with Sister Marina
By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Olympia’s Swantown Marina & Boatworks and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Hyogo, Prefecture, Japan, recently commemorated the fifth anniversary of their “Sister Marina” relationship… (Read full article)

Story511th Annual Bob Magee Memorial 
Golf Tournament
11th Annual Bob Magee Memorial Golf Tournament  
Mount Si Golf Course – Snoqualmie, Washington
August 30th –  10:00am Shotgun Start

This tournament honors Bob Magee’s commitment, dedication and support for the Youth Maritime Training Activities (YMTA) and the Puget Sound Maritime Community. We are privileged to have Bob’s name associated with the tournament. Proceeds will go to YMTA.

We are Seeking Golfers and Sponsors – Great Golf for a Great Cause! 

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