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 By Chris Philips    Fidley Watch    May 1, 2019 

Crime and Punishment

Last month a federal judge threatened to stop Carnival Corp. from docking its ships at US ports temporarily as punishment for possibly violating probation, according to the Anchorage Daily News... Full story

 

Gas Plants

At press time, Wärtsilä has been given Notice to Proceed for a Liquid biogas (bioLNG) plant to be built in Asker, Norway. The contract for the plant was awarded in April 2018 by VEAS, a Norwegian... Full story

 

Train in Vain

The good news for Californians this year is that, finally, those of you hoping to travel the 119 miles between Bakersfield and Merced will eventually be able to do so at 220 miles per hour, compared... Full story

 

Russian Roulette

On page 28 of this issue, Jim Shaw describes some of the steps Russia is taking to capitalize on the opening of some of its arctic waters. He notes that last year was the Arctic region’s second... Full story

 

All the Fish in the Sea

The council of the European Union is taking action to reduce plastic pollution by banning the use of plastic and Styrofoam products such as cutlery, plates, straws and food containers, including many... Full story

 

Christmas List

Christmas is coming. What do you give the mariner who has everything? We’ll answer that later. All along the West Coast, ships are calling during the holidays with foreign sailors who are far from h... Full story

 

Punchlines

Humorist Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.” This is especially appreciated by those of us not doing business or living in California,... Full story

 

Coal

H.L Mencken said, “When A injures B on the pretense of saving X, A is a scoundrel.” A joint amicus brief filed in US District Court by the attorneys general of Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska,... Full story

 

Jetsam

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... Full story

 

Emitters

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... Full story

 

Safe Spaces

In 1911, the Washington State Port District Act authorized voters to create public port districts that could acquire, construct, and operate waterways, docks, wharves, and other harbor improvements; r... Full story

 

Can You Dig It?

In mid-April, Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of Organization for International Investment, wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal in which she claimed that only a handful of US ports could accommodate “the most modern transport ships.” She... Full story

 

Law or Not?

In late 2013 the State of Washington announced its intention to petition the EPA to declare all of Puget Sound a “No Discharge Zone” (NDZ). The plan would require vessel operators to keep black... Full story

 

Meaningful Tax Reform

According to the Washington Public Ports Association, as many as half of US-bound containers coming into Canada’s West Coast ports could revert to using US West Coast ports if importers were not... Full story

 

There's One Born Every Minute

Many in the maritime industry have been proactive in calling for the establishment of international standards controlling air emissions from ships. In 2007, the World Shipping Council supported the... Full story

 

Rhetoric

A draft proposal released by the Trump administration includes 47 potential Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales, including 19 off the coast of Alaska and seven in the Pacific... Full story

 

No Coal for You

In the January print edition we discuss the rejection of two shoreline permits by a Washington State hearing examiner for the construction of a $680 million coal terminal. Cowlitz County hearing examiner, Mark Scheibmeir, said he rejected the... Full story

 

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

 

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