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Look Out the Window

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers We all make mistakes. Sometimes we pay dearly – other times we escape unharmed but wiser for the expe... Full story

 

Shameless

A truck driver was killed at the Port of Long Beach on September 16th when he was apparently run over by a trailer he had recently unlatched from a tractor. Long Beach Port Police officers responded... Full story

 

Zone Violations

Here are some ways you can help the Coast Guard do their job: Run safety drills. Keep your equipment maintained and your charts up to date. If you have small watercraft like canoes, kayaks or surfboar... Full story

 

Lunch is Served

A competitor aggressively pursuing another's market share can be colloquially said to be 'eating his competitor's lunch.' A good example can be found in a recent report from online trade information... Full story

 

Promise of the Arctic

The Promise of the Arctic Conference took place over two sunny days in Seattle last month. Produced by Pacific Maritime Magazine in partnership with the Institute of the North, the conference was well... Full story

 

Rainbow Warrior

As the Port of Seattle struggles to fulfill its mission to serve the taxpayers of King County by promoting maritime commerce, the Mayor of Seattle is fighting to prohibit maritime commerce at the... Full story

 

Useful Idiots

There is some debate as to whether Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin actually used the term "useful idiots" to refer to communist sympathizers in the US, but there is no doubt that he said, "Give me just... Full story

 

Talk Talk

On page 6 this month (Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2015) is the story of Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its plans to build six 20,150-TEU container ships to operate between Asia and Europ... Full story

 

An Injury to One...

After nine months of negotiations, the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union have agreed in principle to the terms of a five-year contract. The agreement, according to both the PMA and the ILWU, is “good for... Full story

 

Homebuilt

John McCain wants to outsource America’s merchant marine. The cantankerous Arizona Senator has added an amendment to the bipartisan-supported Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, destined for... Full story

 

Interesting Times

Several long-ranging policy and infrastructure developments may have a profound effect on our world in the new year. As the holidays approached, maritime industry talk on both sides of the Pacific... Full story

 

鏟準備*

The US Senate has once again blocked the final permit allowing the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. I heard the news in Hong Kong, where I was attending the fourth annual Asian Logistics and... Full story

 

How it's Done

Late last month a container ship in transit from Everett, Washington to the far eastern Russian port of Provideniya lost power due to a broken oil heater and went adrift off the coast of Haida Gwaii,... Full story

 

A Gentle Breeze

As many as 350 thousand people, emitting as much as 225 metric tons per day of carbon dioxide, converged on New York City late last month to take part in the People’s Climate March, protesting carbon dioxide and its terrible effects on the planet.... Full story

 

Bugs

Last week a subscriber who is a longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles alerted us to a 9,000-TEU container carrier that was “yellow flagged” because of a gypsy moth infestation discovered by US Customs and Border Protection agents. Not to worry... Full story

 

French Distraction

Last month a civilian airliner was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing almost 300 civilian passengers and crew. In the wake of the tragedy, the Obama administration and Congress have loudly and... Full story

 

The Final Yard

At press time, Managing Editor Chris Philips was on vacation, so Publisher Peter Philips penned this month’s editorial. Al Larson Boat Shop has been providing commercial ship and boat repair in San Pedro Bay for more than 110 years. Readers of... Full story

 

Red Tape

In Canada, a Singapore company has signed a Letter of Intent with the government of British Columbia to build a gas liquefaction and export facility, to be the first LNG export terminal on the British Columbia coastline, at Squamish, northeast of... Full story

 

Russia From My House

Comedienne Tina Fey, impersonating then-governor Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, said “I can see Russia from my house.” As a line, it’s a pretty good one, and got her the well-deserved... Full story

 

Lost

At press time, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, operating on a Boeing 777-200, had been missing for 12 days after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia bound for Beijing, China. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers,... Full story

 

A Tale of Tunnels

The keynote speaker at the California Maritime Leadership Symposium in Sacramento late last month was Leslie Blakey, Executive Director of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. Ms. Blakey’s presentation touched on the sad... Full story

 

Ice Strength

Early last month the news media were widely reporting the Russian research cruise vessel carrying 74 scientists, tourists and crew, that became lodged in the ice off the coast of Antarctica on Christmas Eve. On January 2n d, the vessel’s... Full story

 

Blivet

In late November, an “informational” meeting with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) regarding the establishment of a Puget Sound No-Discharge Zone was well attended by people... Full story

 

Maritime Economic Impact Study

With the recent revelation that the federal government has been falsifying employment numbers for political gain, it becomes even more incumbent on the private sector to provide a dose of reality. Fortunately, reliable data on Washington State’s ma... Full story

 

Warrior to Watchstander

Richard Berkowitz, Director of Operations of the Transportation Institute (www.trans-inst.org), recently made us aware of a particularly difficult workforce development issue – one that should have the attention of every legislator of every... Full story

 

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