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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

 

Environmental Awards

A federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has acquitted both the owner, Angelex Ltd. and ISM manager Kassian Maritime Navigation Agency, Ltd., of the Antonis G. Pappadakis of sixteen felony charges alleging that they, through their agents... Full story

 

Safe Harbors

Last month, US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, and Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe held a press conference at the Port of Seattle to announce proposed legislation they claim will significantly strengthen... Full story

 

Congressional Representation

Washington State’s Junior Senator, Maria Cantwell (D) has perked up the ears of the maritime community with recent comments about the Jones Act. At a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on July 16th, the senator called for greater... Full story

 

Sea Powerless

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Teddy Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase in a speech in 1901, and for better or worse, the “Big Stick” theory dominated his foreign policy, and colored the foreign policy of the US going forward. John... Full story

 

Workforce Development

In the 1967 movie The Graduate, a young Dustin Hoffman is told by one of the characters that plastics are the industry of the future. Today’s graduates, faced with the prospect of competing for a dozen jobs with a hundred of their peers, should... Full story

 

Vado a Bordo

Get on board. These are the words Francesco Schettino heard as he stood on the jetty in the small town of Giglio and watched as his ship sank 500 yards away. Last month an Italian Court began considering whether Francesco Schettino, captain of the... Full story

 

Justice for the Downtrodden

After suffering more than a hundred years of repression at the hands of King County taxpayers, Seattle Port Commissioners will finally earn a living wage. Last month, while the rest of the country was discussing the federal budget and sequestration... Full story

 

The State of the State

A collection of maritime leaders gathered in Sacramento, California late last month for the 13th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium (CMLS). Developed as a way to brief Sacramento’s policymakers on key matters related to the entire... Full story

 

Royally Shelled

On January 1, 2013 the Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) drilling rig Kulluk went aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska when the towing line failed while the rig was being towed from Dutch Harbor to Seattle... Full story

 

No End in Sight

At press time, judging by the 3,000-year-old Mayan calendar, the end of the world was fast approaching. If you’re reading this, the world is still turning (although the accuracy of a calendar... Full story

 

'Tis the Season

Every month in this space we publish an editorial on something of importance to the West Coast maritime industry. Sometimes the column is easy to write; other times it’s particularly difficult.... Full story

 

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