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WETA Plans Major Expansion of Ferry Service on the SF Bay

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is a regional public transit agency tasked with operating and expanding ferry service on the San Francisco Bay, and with...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    October 1, 2017 

Scandinavia Looks Beyond Fast Ferries

Scandinavia has long been known for its high-speed ferries but a shift has been taking place over the past half-decade to a slower but much more environmentally-friendly vessel that makes use of... Full story

 

West Coast Bulk and Breakbulk Ports

Although the East and Gulf coasts take on the lion's share of bulk and breakbulk cargo in the US, ports on the West Coast are busy too, thriving in diverse, niche markets. Many of them move the bread... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

West Coast diving and salvage companies are busy with projects around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. California-based Underwater Resources, Inc. (URI) provides marine construction, diving and... 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

 

Harley Marine Services, Inc. 30th Anniversary

In 1987, Harley Marine Services, Inc. (HMS) Founder and CEO Harley Franco had a vision that is still true today: to become the safest, most efficient, and most environmentally-responsible marine... Full story

 

Oil Spill Response Equipment

Preparing for marine oil spill emergencies along BC's coastline has had more exposure in recent months due to anticipated projects such as the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the recent... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2017

Dangerous Derelicts

Old boats and ships neglected by their owners along the Pacific Coast have caused a considerable number of problems over the years and they don't seem to be going away. There are currently only a limi... 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

 

BC Regional Report 2017

Freight rates took a downward turn in 2015, which caused a lot of challenges for carriers in general due to an oversupply of vessels and a weakening demand for commodities, according to Chamber of... 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...

 

Vancouver-Victoria Ferry Route Opened

In mid-May V2V Vacations, owned by Australia's Riverside Marine, launched an up-scale passenger-only ferry service between the Convention Centre dock in downtown Vancouver and the City of Victoria's... Full story

 

Lunch Box Opens New NYC Ferry Operation

NYC Ferry has begun its passenger-only operations in New York Harbor with the first of what will eventually be twenty, 26-meter catamarans capable of accommodating 119 passengers each. Designed by... Full story

 
 By John Betz    Features    July 1, 2017

Piloting Ships in Restricted Visibility

Maritime piloting is loosely defined as directing the movement of a ship within pilotage waters. This has traditionally been accomplished by frequently and continuously determining one's position... Full story

 
 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

 

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

 

What Ever Happened to States Line?

Outside of refrigerator ships few owners have been willing to paint a cargo ship white, but one West Coast company chose that color for a fleet of fast cargo liners that were doomed by the arrival of... Full story

 

Nichols Brothers Delivering Kirby Tugs

Whidbey Island-based Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has delivered the 120-foot by 35-foot tugboat Mount Baker to Kirby Offshore Marine as the first of two twin-screw tugs the yard is building for the... Full story

 

Ports of the Pacific

Over the past several years, much ado has been made about how the expansion of the Panama Canal affects business at the two largest seaports on the US West Coast – those in the Southern California... 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

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    May 1, 2017

Could the Suez Canal be Closed Again?

The Suez Canal has been expanded significantly over the past half-century and can now accommodate all but the world's largest ships. However, it remains in a politically sensitive area and over the... Full story

 

Pacific Lutheran University Addresses Maritime Workforce

The maritime industry has long been recognized as a major contributor of living wage jobs and economic growth in Washington State (Washington State Cluster Economic Impact Study, 2013). One of the... Full story

 

West Coast's Most Powerful Crane Barge

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Dynamic Heavy Lift Ltd expects to have its crane barge Dynamic Beast in operation this month following the arrival of a 900-ton capacity Manitowoc M-1200 crane from South Korea and a 330-foot by 120-foot deck barge... Full story

 

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