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 brief articles regarding national news that occurs beyond the Pacific region.

Another thought along the same lines is to possibly expand the scope of our regular coverage to include Guam and other locations in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.

Although many of the companies around the world that we report on – particularly the international shippers – are directly connected to maritime commence here, so are several companies based on the Gulf and East coasts, such as Florida-based Crowley.

This subject is a particularly important one since the Port of New York & New Jersey has managed over the past couple of years to go from spending decades as the third-busiest seaport in the U.S. to now challenging the Port of Los Angeles for the number one spot on a month-to-month basis.

So, if you have an opinion on whether we should expand our coverage by including more areas of the Pacific and also running the occasional Gulf/East Coast story, please let me know by sending an email to with the word International in the subject line. A decision on the international news section’s future will be made and announced within a few weeks. Thanks.

Managing Editor Mark Nero can be reached at

By Mark Edward Nero