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Icebreakers for Oil

According to our Alaska bureau chief, Margaret Bauman, an arctic and ice navigation readiness project at the AVTEC Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward, Alaska, has received a $95,000 financial... Full story

 

Hamlet is Next

The “infinite monkey” theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will eventually produce the complete works of William... Full story

 

Homemade

By now the damage from two deadly hurricanes has been assessed, and the states of Texas and Florida are cleaning up and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Harvey/Irma one-two punch. The first storm... Full story

 

Dream the Impossible

In June, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia reaffirmed their pledge to make the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay “global models for cleaner air, sustainability and... Full story

 

Your Money's Worth

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... Full story

 

You're HIRED!

Last month the new administration revealed plans for a renewed emphasis on workforce development, announcing an initiative to expand apprenticeship programs into nontraditional industries in an... Full story

 

Good News for the Maritime Industry

“Out of the five branches of our Armed Services, it’s only the Coast Guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock-solid Arctic ice, right? You’re the only ones. And I’m proud to say that under my administration, as you just... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Trade with Alaska

Alaska's fortunes have fallen with the price of oil, and the ongoing financial woes have set the state on a course for drastic measures to forestall a rapidly approaching budget shortage.... Full story

 

April 2017 Fidley Watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15,2017 EPA to Reexamine Emission Standards for Marine Vessels WASHINGTON– Today. Department of Transportation Secretary (DOT) Elaine Chao and US Environmental... Full story

 

All Stick, No Carrot

The 16th annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium took place last month in Sacramento, California. Past CMLS conferences have been operations-related, well organized and well attended. Past... Full story

 

Fake News

A news story in the Washington Post in mid-December detailed the efforts some scientists are making to ensure that “crucial climate measurements” don’t disappear under a “hostile” Trump... Full story

 

Line Up

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 23! In this space in January of 2014 we made our readers aware of the State of Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) plan to petition the US Environmental Protecti... Full story

 

Regional Report: Puget Sound

Puget Sound has been a active place this year, with new vessel construction and port and terminal infrastructure upgrades. At Anacortes, in northern Puget Sound, Dakota Creek Shipyard has been busy... Full story

 

Major Arctic Oil Finds

Two oil companies are claiming recent oil discoveries north of the Arctic Circle that could produce a combined 10 billion barrels of oil. Earlier this year, Colorado-based Armstrong Energy announced... Full story

 

Land Grab

“For years I have expressed significant concerns about offshore drilling in the Arctic. The federal administration should not enable new oil and gas drilling in these untouched areas that host such... Full story

 

US Bottoms

As this month’s magazine went to press, a press release came across the interweb announcing a contract between West Coast shipping line Matson Navigation and San Diego shipyard NASSCO for two new... Full story

 

Seattle Maritime Academy: A New Facility and a Bright Future for the Maritime Workforce

With the demand for mariners increasing as the pool of qualified candidates decreases, there has never been a better time to be looking for a job in the maritime industry. Meanwhile the need for train... Full story

 

Feeling Flushed

In January, 2014 in this space, we discussed the state’s interest in the levels of fecal coliform bacteria in Puget Sound, and the claim by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) that commer... Full story

 

Garvey Schubert Barer

You've probably heard of the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. If you need an attorney, especially one familiar with the ins and outs of the maritime industry, the Northwest-based law firm would be a go... Full story

 

Collector's Item

On Craigslist in Seattle, at press time, one could buy a 1976 Chevy Monza project for $700, and a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in original condition for $16,950. Both of these 40-year-old... Full story

 

Cow Scrubbers?

Climate forcing is a term that has come into common usage recently to quantify the change in global temperatures attributed to climate change. Climate forcing is a formula used to calculate the... Full story

 

Adventurism

First a correction: In last month’s story on happenings in the Arctic, (A Busy March for Arctic Affairs Watchers, Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2016) we noted efforts to establish marine... Full story

 

Welders Needed

In late December, Seattle’s Vigor Industrial received a notice to proceed from Washington State Ferries for a fourth 144-car Olympic class ferry, with work slated to begin this month. The ferry is... Full story

 

New Vessel and Tugboat Review

This year's selection of new vessels for West Coast work runs the gamut from big steel ships to small aluminum boats, but all are crucial to the continued success of the West Coast maritime industry... Full story

 

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