Pacific Maritime Magazine Online for September 19, 2018

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By Chris Philips,
Managing Editor  
What’s long and thin, made of plastic, often brightly colored, floats in the Pacific and is the bane of humanity? If you said kayaktivists, you’d be right, but that’s not where we’re going with this. No, we’re talking about plastic soda straws, which are so hazardous to life on the planet that they have been banned by the Seattle City Council.

The banning of plastic straws comes on the heels of reports by almost every online and cable TV news show of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is said to be a floating island of plastic debris the size of Texas.  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would like to set us straight. “While everything may be bigger in Texas, some reports  … 
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Story1Vancouver USA Joins Effort to Replace
I-5 Bridge
By Karen Robes Meeks
The Port of Vancouver USA has joined the Port of Camas-Washougal in its support to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the… (Read full article)
Story2Los Angeles Containers Down
By Karen Robes Meeks
The Port of Los Angeles handled 2.5 percent fewer containers last month, moving 826,638 TEUs, when compared to August 2017, the port’s best August in history, according to latest…(Read full article)
Story3More Ships Plugging in at Oakland
By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland recently posted its highest plug-in rate ever recorded in July when 78 percent of container ships used landside electrical power. About 105… 
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Story4New Security Director at Long Beach
By Karen Robes Meeks

Casey Hehr is the Port of Long Beach’s new head of the Security Division. Hehr, who has been with the port since November 2016, previously served as the
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