From the Editor: Arctic Commitment

Over the years, the Arctic has gradually begun to play a more important role when it comes to the shipping of goods between the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and now a couple of elected officials are trying to ensure that the role in it by one of America’s biggest geopolitical adversaries is minimized. Two U.S. senators have put forward legislation that they say would eliminate Russia’s monopoly on Arctic shipping by establishing a permanent U.S. maritime presence in the region. The bill, known as the Arctic Commitment Act, was introduced Aug. 3 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). It is co-sponsored…
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Wave Energy Pilot Station Coming to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Wave Energy Pilot Station Coming to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Swedish onshore wave energy technology company Eco Wave Power Global AB revealed Aug. 2 that its energy conversion unit, formerly deployed in Gibraltar, is now on its way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, with a September arrival expected. Eco Wave Power is an onshore wave energy technology company that has developed a technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. Eco Wave Power has said that its mission is to assist in the fight against climate change by enabling commercial power production from the ocean and sea waves. AltaSea is a nonprofit public-private ocean institute…
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Matson Containership Leaks Fuel on Way to Alaska Port

Matson Containership Leaks Fuel on Way to Alaska Port

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies, after monitoring lubricant leaking from a container ship transiting to Anchorage, Alaska allowed the ship to enter the port on Aug. 6 despite the spillage. On the evening of Aug. 4, personnel at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center received a notification that the 645-foot container ship Maunalei was leaking lubricant while transiting to the Port of Alaska. The Maunalei is an Alaska-flagged containership that was built in 2006 and has a carrying capacity of 2,410 TEU and her length overall is 207.4 meters (680.4 feet) and her width is 29.8 meters…
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Coast Guard Cutter Munro Concludes 20,000-Nautical-Mile Deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Concludes 20,000-Nautical-Mile Deployment

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro returned to its homeport of Alameda, Calif. in mid-July after concluding a 128-day, 20,000-mile deployment to the South and North Pacific Ocean to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and strengthen maritime security in the region. The Munro crew supported Operation Blue Pacific and Operation North Pacific Guard during the patrol. Both missions promote international efforts to uphold principles of security, safety, sovereignty and economic prosperity in Oceania and the North Pacific through engagements to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vice Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson, commander for the USGS Pacific Area, said…
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More Than 10 Tons of Illicit Drug Seized at Port of Seattle

More Than 10 Tons of Illicit Drug Seized at Port of Seattle

A joint effort between U.S. Homeland Security Agencies, Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Coast Guard within the Port of Seattle has led to the seizure of more than 20,000 dried pounds of the controlled substance khat, with an estimated street value of $3.6 million, CPB officials revealed July 21. Khat is a plant native in Africa and contains cathinone which causes stimulation and excitement. Its leaves are chewed or dried for tea. Cathinone is known to be very addictive and has been classified as a controlled substance in the United States since 1987. The seized khat, which was destined…
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Glosten Selected as Architect for New Hybrid-Hydrogen Research Vessel

Glosten Selected as Architect for New Hybrid-Hydrogen Research Vessel

Seattle-based design and engineering firm Glosten has been selected as the naval architect for the University of California, San Diego’s new coastal research vessel, the university announced Aug. 2. The university has said that the new vessel will include a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system, and that Glosten will provide the preliminary design, contract design and detailed design for the research vessel, which is to be operated by San Diego-based Scripps Oceanography. Glosten was selected after participating in the university’s request for proposal process. The schedule for design and construction includes one year to complete the basic design. Following U.S. Coast…
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Crowley Honored for Safe Operations by Chamber of Shipping of America

Crowley Honored for Safe Operations by Chamber of Shipping of America

Maritime corporation Crowley Shipping, through the achievements of the captains and crews of 95 company owned or managed vessels, has been recognized for safe operations with Jones F. Devlin Awards by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), it was announced July 28. The Devlin Award is presented to vessels that have operated for two or more years without a work-related injury to a crew member resulting in the loss of a full turn at watch. Through 2021, Crowley has achieved 665 cumulative years of accident-free service on its recognized vessels, ranging from two to 23 years without a loss-time…
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PMA, ILWU Reach Agreement on Health Benefits as Negotiations Continue

PMA, ILWU Reach Agreement on Health Benefits as Negotiations Continue

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are progressing. The labor union and employers association have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement on other issues in the negotiations, they said in a July 26 joint news release. Details of the agreement are currently unknown, as the parties have said they’ve agreed not to publicly disclose the terms of the tentative agreement while negotiations on other aspects of a potential labor contract continue. “Maintenance of health benefits is an important part of the contract being negotiated between…
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MARAD Awards Nearly $20 Million in Funding to U.S. Shipyards

MARAD Awards Nearly $20 Million in Funding to U.S. Shipyards

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grant awards to 24 small shipyards in 19 states through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, with more than a fifth of the funding going to six West Coast operations. The funds are expected to help awardees modernize, increase productivity and expand local employment opportunities to better compete in the global marketplace. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, and small shipyards play a critical role in America’s maritime industry, helping us get the goods we depend on every day,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete…
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Port Terminates Lease with Rail Network Operator

Port Terminates Lease with Rail Network Operator

The Port of Benton, located in south-central Washington, has terminated its lease with the Tri-City Railroad Company as operator of the port’s Southern Connection rail network. The 16-mile rail line runs between Center Parkway in Kennewick and Horn Rapids Road in north Richland. The termination, revealed in late June, follows a ruling from Benton County Superior Court in May that found Tri-City was in default of its lease with the port because the company had not properly maintained the rail system. A final settlement agreement establishing how the transition would occur became effective June 17, and as a result, the…
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