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 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    June 1, 2017 

Marine Construction

Marine construction projects are continuing along the West Coast, including several large infrastructure projects in Washington and California. Associated Underwater Services (AUS) has been involved i... Full story

 

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Piracy incidents took a downturn in 2016, according to reports received by the International Maritime Organization. A reduction in incidents of approximately 29 percent occurred from 2015 to 2016 globally, while there was an 85 percent reduction of... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2017

Green Terminals

Ports around the Pacific Northwest have a variety of green projects on the go that help reduce port emissions and more. New technologies are continually being explored and tested in an effort to... Full story

 

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A new online global digital map of ocean litter is now available thanks to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The AWI Litterbase reveals the scientific data, along with how it affects, for instance, fish and seabirds which may ingest litter, get... Full story

 

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New Zealand has become the latest country to adopt the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) in an effort to improve conditions for seafarers who work on New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels. Reportedly New Zealand labor laws already provide... Full story

 

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ExxonMobil reports in its 2017 The Outlook on Energy edition that by 2040, global demand is expected to jump about 25 percent higher than it did in 2015. The majority of demand is reportedly to come from non-OECD nations and economic-rapidly growing... Full story

 

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a website for kids that gives out information about the shipping industry, ways the industry is working to protect the atmosphere and the world’s oceans, explains types of vessels, and more. The... Full story

 

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The Polaris is touted to be the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Built at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for Arctia Ltd., the construction of the vessel which can switch between LNG and ultra-low-sulfur diesel, was supervised by the Finnish... Full story

 

Marine Software and Technology

Maritime software and technology has an increasingly important role to play in the safety of vessel operations and in helping organizations work more efficiently. Simulation training is part of... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

A mix of underwater construction projects, maintenance and repair work, firefighting and vessel recoveries have been keeping several diving and salvage companies busy in the Pacific Northwest and... Full story

 

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A long-unmanned 13,500-ton mobile offshore production unit (MODU) located approximately 62 miles off the coast of Norway in the North Sea has been removed by one of the largest ships ever built. The 382-meter long by 124-meter wide Pioneering... Full story

 

Regional Report: British Columbia

Overall economic growth looks positive for the BC marine industry, as various infrastructure projects take shape, particularly port expansions that are necessary to meet changing trade patterns and... Full story

 

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The Port of Los Angeles is ratcheting up their 2016/2017 budget for daily operations and to ensure they’re keeping pace with growing demand and larger ships. The Port has seen an uptick in cargo volumes since the early 2015 slow-down due to the... Full story

 

Cargo Handling 2016

Advanced container handling technologies are making operations more efficient while reducing emissions and extending equipment lifecycles. The Terex Brand, Fuchs, recently unveiled a new... Full story

 

Marine and Waterfront Construction

A multitude of projects on the West Coast and in Alaska are keeping marine construction companies busy. California-based Power Engineering Construction Company (PEC) recently completed a $6.7 million... Full story

 

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The call has been sounded to increase mariner training levels across the globe. According to the latest BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, by 2025 the shipping industry will require nearly 148,000 more seafarers. The main shortage areas include some officer... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2016

Green Terminals 2016

Ports across the Pacific continue to work toward zero emissions with new and emerging technologies in order to stay compliant while remaining competitive. Christopher Cannon, Chief Sustainability... Full story

 

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It’s probably no surprise that deepwater drilling expenditures are expected to be less than anticipated during the period 2016-2020, due to falling oil prices, according to Douglas-Westwood energy consultants. While current projects will likely...

 

West Coast Workforce Development

Training the next generation of mariners and marine company employees is an ever-evolving process as technologies and training regimens grow and change. BC Ferries (BCF) hires approximately 400... Full story

 

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The ice-classed AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, has become the first vessel to be found in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code by a recent DNV GL survey. The IMO Polar Code comes into effect on January 1, 2017, and is mandatory fo... Full story

 

PMM Shipyard Update

Shipyards along the West Coast are busy this year, where a dip in fuel prices, coupled by tough new EPA emissions regulations, are keeping the yards busy with orders for new tonnage to replace or... Full story

 

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The Cruise Lines International Association predicts that 24 million people will embark on cruises this year with their member lines. Not only will the large ocean-going vessels be seeing more business, but many of the river and specialty adventure... Full story

 

Coastal Transportation

In a modern shipping industry that relies heavily on moving cargo via container ships, Coastal Transportation, Inc. has carved out its own niche as a unique freighter service. For 32 years, the... Full story

 

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In early January, BIMCO released a 32-page document entitled The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Ships , to be used as a complementary guide to existing International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the International Ship and Port Facility... Full story

 

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A new guide is available for tanker operators to inform and prepare them for piracy attacks in Asia, in particular, oil cargo theft activities. Avoiding and deterring would-be thieves and kidnappers is the ultimate goal, and preventative measures... Full story

 

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