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 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018 

A Tug for the World

Dunlap Towing provides a full range of services on the US West Coast, from log rafts in Puget sound to offshore barging to Hawaii and remote locations in Western Alaska. In June 2018, the company was... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2018

Regional Report: Columbia River

The Columbia River saw 1,533 ship visits in 2017 according to the Merchant's Exchange, comprising 520 grain vessels, 176 automobile ships, 106 soda ash ships, and 95 log carriers. These numbers... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2018

Marine Propulsion

The year 2018 ushers in a new era for marine propulsion, as the EPA regulation of emissions for diesel engines of more than 600 kW (805 HP) up to 3,700 kW (4,960 HP) reaches the final Tier 4 level.... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2018

Orders Keep Coming for Northwest Yards

Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle is fitting out the fourth and last Olympic-class ferry for Washington State Ferries. It was christened Suquamish in a traditional maritime ceremony on... Full story

 

New Vessel Review

The last year has seen NW builders completing an outstanding number of vessels that represent the leading edge of nautical engineering. From two of the first Tier 4 tugs in the nation to sophisticated... Full story

 

M/V Rich Padden: Diversified Marine Delivers Sixth Harley Tug

This year, Harley Marine Services celebrated its 30th year and continued its phenomenal growth with the launch of 11 tugs and barges from shipyards in the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf Coast. In... Full story

 

New Liquefied Ammonia ATB tank barge

Vigor, the Pacific Northwest's biggest shipbuilder, has launched the Harvest, the first liquefied ammonia barge built in the US since 1982. It was built for the Mosaic Co. of Minnesota, a leading... Full story

 

Bay Delta Builds "Multi-Purpose" ASD Tug for Foss

The Pacific Northwest has been at the forefront of North American tug design since the 1980's, and has brought many innovations to both ship-handling and long-haul tugs. Over the years, a handful of... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2017

Vessel Profile: Nicole Foss

The Nicole Foss, the third and last of the company's Arctic class tugs, was recently launched by the Foss Shipyard in Rainier, Oregon and officially joined the Foss fleet in a ceremony in Tacoma on... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2017

Vessel Profile: Dr. Hank Kaplan

Last winter, Harley Marine Services continued its relationship with Diversified Marine in Portland by ordering two more 80-foot ship-handling ASD tugs for delivery in 2017. The first, named the Dr. Hank Kaplan, was delivered in June. The second, the... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2017

Final Barge Launched at Zidell's Southwest Portland Shipyard

Last fall, Jay Zidell, president of Zidell Marine Corporation (ZMC), announced that the family-owned company would cease work at its SW Portland shipyard after the launch of the tank barge under...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2017

Deck Machinery Review

Deck equipment delivered recently has included gear for tank barges, two brand new towing winch designs making their first appearance, a full domestic order book for Seattle-based tug winch builders... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2017

Regional Report: Columbia River

After the wettest winter on record, the lower Columbia River has been in a high-water condition throughout the spring, but has avoided any significant flooding. However, there has also been a flood... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2017

Full Speed Ahead!

Shipyards and boatyards in the Pacific Northwest launched many notable vessels in 2016, and the order books for 2017 show a continued demand for more of these technical projects from complex tank barg... Full story

 

Nichols Delivers Versatile Ferry to American Samoa

Nichols Brothers Boatbuilders of Whidbey Island, Washington was contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build the M/V Manu'atele, a 140-foot multi-purpose inter-island ferry to operate... Full story

 

New Vessel and Tugboat Review

The past year has seen a record number of large catamarans (more than 80 feet) constructed by established Pacific Northwest builders, plus two yards with extensive small-boat experience delivering... Full story

 

Contrasting Fireboats: Long Beach and San Francisco Use Different Designs to Fight Fire

Big fireboats are easily divided into two types: lightweight, planing craft for fast response, and full displacement hulls with maximum pumping power. The two craft launched in Seattle this summer... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2016

NW Builders Continue to Launch Innovative High-Speed Craft

In 2016, Northwest boat builders have continued to win contracts for innovative high-speed designs for a wide range of users from commuter ferries to military patrol boats. With its latest order for t... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2016

Deck Gear Survey 2016

There are several components to a successful workboat, including the vessel itself, its suitability for the project and a well trained crew. One key component is the deck machinery, which will... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

New Dunlap Tug for Dutch Harbor

Dunlap Towing of LaConner, Washington was founded in 1925, and concluded its celebration of 90 years of service in December 2015 with the launch of its second ASD tug, the 6,800 hp 101-foot by... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

Columbia Gateway: Yes to Bulk, No to Energy

The last year has been a challenging one for the ports of the Columbia/Snake River system. Ship calls were at a long-term low of 1,488, although some ports reported the year was a good one for... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2016

Propulsion Options for Better Steering and Fuel Efficiency

The last year has seen continued development of propulsion systems to meet the needs of operators of specialized vessels like harbor and escort tugs, ferries and fireboats. These range from... Full story

 

Coastal Transportation Sets a New STANDARD

After more than 30 years of weekly liner service to Western Alaska with a fleet of five or six small fish tender vessels specifically designed for service between Seattle and the ports of Western... Full story

 

Fremont Tug Marks 100 Years Service on Lake Union

1915 was a big year on Lake Union. The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Hiram Chittenden Locks were about to connect the lakes and North Seattle with Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Activity on... Full story

 

Next Tug for Tidewater: Granite Point

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals' series of three new towboats is continuing on schedule with the launch on September 18 of the second of the class, the Granite Point, at the Vigor shipyard in... Full story

 

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