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The level of urgency surrounding our lack of presence in the receding ice of the Arctic is now surpassing our level of commitment to lobbying for ship design and manufacturing dollars. Still, where there’s billions at stake, there’s a fight.
But, alas — Politics. It’s not until we’re out of options that we loosen protectionist legislation. Looking at you, Jones Act.
- PMSA West Coast Trade Report is out. Read the section on the export of recycled material. This is a “must read” for me and I always plan on at least an hour to absorb it. The short version for us is that the containerized cargo trade for the NW Seaport Alliance is down from 3.1 million TEUs a year ago to 2.7 million TEUs in November. This is below COVID numbers.
- Port decarbonization buzz is everywhere. I attended 3 different discussions in the past week where this was a primary talking point.
- Tug Escort Rulemaking workshop wrapped another session last week. I missed the last workshop but reviewed their timeline and finally read their public comments which closed last April. This isn’t over, but the major rub seems to be whether the increased tug traffic (emissions, noise, congestion) is worth the risk being bought down by the increased tug presence. Stay tuned.
- Maritime Day is today! Members of the WA Maritime Federation will be engaging state legislators on a full spectrum of maritime-related policy and funding issues.