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Preaching to the Choir

We are occasionally complimented on our editorials, which makes us feel good, but we are obliged to point out that we have the good fortune to own the magazine, which makes it easier to say things an... Full story


You have to go out…

You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back. This is the unofficial motto of the US Coast Guard aviation survival technician – the rescue swimmer. Much of what he does happens in the dark... Full story


Smoke Signals

At press time, a well-publicized struggle was underway by a powerful group to undermine the rule of law. For more than three years this group has garnered publicity from a mostly compliant media while simultaneously launching legal battles in an... Full story



At press time we had just returned from a junket to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where we attended an IMO conference on Sustainable Maritime Development. In 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations... Full story


Arbitrary and Capricious

China, the world’s largest consumer of coal, imported 281 million metric tons in 2018 including thermal coal, coking coal and anthracite. In August of this year alone, the country imported 33... Full story


Real Estate

The UK Telegraph reports that billions of tons of ice in Greenland are melting 50 years ahead of climate change schedules, leading to the surreal spectacle of children playing in the Arctic sea due... Full story


Good Intentions

A few weeks back we were contacted by a company promoting a “carbon-negative cargo tallship” in Costa Rica. “The shipping industry today is very damaging to the environment,” says a spokesperson in the company’s promotional video. The aim... Full story



Maritime photography has seen a revolution with the advent of drone technology. Since the dawn of the film camera, in order to get a good photo of a vessel underway, one had to be on an adjacent... Full story


Maritime Blues

The month of February was the snowiest in Washington State since 1949. The snow coincided with record cold temperatures, with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s and wind chills from 17 to 22 degrees.... Full story


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



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



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



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



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



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


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