From the Editor: Panama Canal Update

From the Editor: Panama Canal Update

A few months ago, I wrote a column detailing how the Panama Canal has been affected by drought, and how vessel traffic through the shipping route has been adversely impacted by it. If you missed that column and aren’t familiar with the ongoing situation, here’s a summary: according to climate scientists, Panama experienced its worst drought in over two decades last year, even though the country’s rainy season, which lasts from May through December. Typically, the country experiences anywhere from 8.4 inches to 27.5 inches of rain during the last seven months of the year, but fell well short of…
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From the Editor: 2024

From the Editor: 2024

Happy New Year! As 2024 gets into full swing, we here at Pacific Maritime Magazine hope that the year will be a very pleasant and prosperous year for you, your loved ones and your colleagues. Here at PMM home base, we’ve been cooking up some special content to publish throughout the upcoming year, and I’d like to take a moment to tell you about some of it. If you subscribe to the print edition of Pacific Maritime, you’ve probably already seen some of our 2024 content by now. In the magazine’s January/February issue, which was mailed out in December, articles…
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From the Editor: Decarbonizing Global Maritime Transport

From the Editor: Decarbonizing Global Maritime Transport

The maritime goods transport industry’s slow-paced shift away from fossil fuels usage took a symbolic step forward in early December, when the CEOs of some of the world’s leading global shipping lines issued a joint declaration calling for an end date for fossil-only powered newbuilds. In their statement, the CEOs also urged the global regulator International Maritime Organization (IMO), to create the regulatory conditions to accelerate the transition to green fuels. “Being at the forefront of introducing lower greenhouse gas emission ships underscores the CEOs’ commitment to the IMO GHG reduction objectives,” according to a statement released Dec. 1 by…
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From the Editor: Printing Spare Parts

From the Editor: Printing Spare Parts

Could 3D printing spare parts soon become commonplace in the maritime shipping industry? There’s a very interesting story recently published by Forbes magazine that indicates that it might be. According to the article, marine industry supply chain and distribution company Thyssenkrupp Materials Services has “invested substantially” in 3D printing technology and has been using it to manufacture critical spare parts faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing. The company has even dropped 3D-printed parts onto a vessel from a drone, the article states. A huge leap forward when it comes to 3D printing for the maritime industry came in October, when…
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Drought & the Panama Canal

Drought & the Panama Canal

Panama is typically one of the wetter countries in the world due to its tropical climate, but a very unusual occurrence is affecting the Panama Canal during the current rainy season: a severe drought. The drought has already slowed vessel traffic to the U.S. West Coast and is threatening to have an effect on the current peak shipping season, when goods are shipped to North America from Asia in time to be on store shelves for holiday season shopping. Here’s the situation: according to climate scientists, Panama is experiencing its worst drought in over two decades, even though the country…
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From the Editor: Protecting Maritime & Industrial Lands

From the Editor: Protecting Maritime & Industrial Lands

The city of Seattle recently took steps to ensure that its working waterfront will remain the domain of maritime and industrial uses for the foreseeable future and not become the location of large retailers or storage facilities. The new legislation may eventually become a blueprint for other cities with both waterfronts and a housing crunch to follow. On July 25, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the Maritime and Industrial Strategy into law following its unanimous passage by the City Council the week prior. The package of legislation represents the first major update to the city’s industrial land use policy in…
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From the Editor: National & International?

From the Editor: National & International?

As you may know if you’ve been reading the print edition of Pacific Maritime over the last couple of years, each issue of the magazine contains an international news section in its back half, usually around pages 44-45. But since the number of physical issues of the magazine that come out each year has evolved, it has me wondering if we should also make another change, and I’d like your input, if you’re willing to give it. Although the magazine’s International Report is chock full of useful and interesting information, I’ve begun to wonder if we should also occasionally run…
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From the Editor: Rest in Peace, Rick

From the Editor: Rest in Peace, Rick

On May 10, the Port of Long Beach announced that its former deputy executive director, Richard D. Cameron had passed away. Rick, as most people knew him, worked at the POLB for more than 24 years before resigning in March. He first joined the port in 1996 as an environmental specialist and steadily worked his way up the career ladder before being promoted to managing director of the port’s environmental planning division in January 2014, a position where he oversaw the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau, including environmental and transportation planning. Then, in August 2018, he was named to the…
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From the Editor: Oil Spill Aftermath

From the Editor: Oil Spill Aftermath

The massive oil spill that accidentally dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil in the waters off the Southern California coast in October 2021 may have been cleaned up and forgotten about by some, but the ramifications continue to be felt by shipping companies involved in the incident. Case in point: on March 1, the oil pipeline’s owner, Texas-based Amplify Energy, said that it had reached a $96 million settlement with various parties over the spill. The oil company has maintained that as a result of negligent conduct, an estimated 25,000 gallons of crude oil were discharged from…
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From the Editor: Coming Soon in Pacific Maritime Magazine

From the Editor: Coming Soon in Pacific Maritime Magazine

This is just a brief reminder that the next print edition of Pacific Maritime is out this month, and it’s an issue that’s chock full of useful information. In case you somehow missed the news, the print edition of Pacific Maritime now comes out every other month; the next issue, carrying a cover date of March/April, should be hitting mailboxes starting in mid-February. Among the stories in the magazine are a regional update recounting what a wild ride 2022 was for California’s major seaports, as well as an article detailing recent technological advances when it comes to spill response and…
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