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Trade with Alaska

Alaska's fortunes have fallen with the price of oil, and the ongoing financial woes have set the state on a course for drastic measures to forestall a rapidly approaching budget shortage.... Full story


Who is Driving the Ship?

I attended the annual LNG Symposium sponsored by Pacific Maritime Magazine with every intention of writing an article on the status of marine LNG. The Symposium offered its usual array of industry... 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


Regional Report: Los Angeles and Long Beach

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may be adjacent to one another, but being next-door neighbors doesn't mean that their economic fortunes are completely intertwined. This was certainly the case... Full story


All-Electric: The Future of Ferry Propulsion

Operational costs, environmentally-friendly solutions, and EPA-regulations are all important factors in the future of ferry propulsion. Double-ended ferries carrying passengers and vehicles across... Full story


Cruise Lines Rush to Use New Panama Canal Locks

Due to passenger demand and the larger size of their vessels, cruise lines have been lining up to make use of the new Panama Canal locks. Princess Cruises plans to send its 3,080-passenger Caribbean... 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

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

The Continuing Search for Cleaner Propulsion

Ship operators are continuing to search for cleaner and cheaper propulsion as environmental regulations tighten and fuel prices rise. To date, the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been one... Full story


Promise of the Arctic 2016: Opportunities and Challenges

The 3rd Pacific Maritime Magazine Promise of the Arctic Conference took place in Seattle on November 2nd and 3rd of 2016. This year’s conference, produced with the partnership of the Institute of the North and the Alaska Department of Economic... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

Russia's New Icebreakers

Russia's Baltic Shipyard at St Petersburg has floated out the hull of the icebreaker Arktika (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Feb. 2016) but funding for the highly expensive ship, which will displace... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2017

Gas Carriers: They've Come a Long Way

The use of natural (LNG) and petroleum (LPG) gases as clean energy sources has been increasing dramatically, particularly with the advent of shale gas extraction, and more ships are being built to car... 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


Opinion: The New JADE: Energizing Jones Act Enforcement

This summer, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) created a new enforcement division in the New Orleans Field Office focused solely on the Jones Act: The National Jones Act Division of Enforcement (JADE). The establishment of JADE signals that enfo... Full story


Regional Report: San Francisco Bay Area

Like all businesses, the five seaports located in the San Francisco Bay Area – Oakland, San Francisco, Redwood City, Richmond and West Sacramento – have their ups and downs from time to time. But... Full story


Today's USCG

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 were a terrible shock to the United States and the world, but they also served as a wakeup call regarding national security, as efforts by the US armed forces to... Full story


Polar Code Rings in the New Year for Arctic Shipping

On January 1, 2017, the vessel safety and pollution prevention components of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code)... 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


Regional Report: Puget Sound

Puget Sound has been a active place this year, with new vessel construction and port and terminal infrastructure upgrades. At Anacortes, in northern Puget Sound, Dakota Creek Shipyard has been busy... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2016

The World's Biggest Ships

Considered the world's largest ship by displacement, beam and volume, the 1,253-foot by 407-foot topsides removal/installation vessel Pioneering Spirit (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, March 2016) comp... 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


California's Marine Invasive Species Program Needs to Adopt IMO Standards

In 2003, the California Marine Invasive Species Act named the State Lands Commission as custodian of California waters. The Act, and the regulations that followed, established a program to safeguard our ports and harbors from invasive aquatic... Full story


Bulk and Breakbulk

North America's West Coast may be the focal point of containerized cargo imported and exported to and from Asia, but when it comes to bulk and breakbulk cargo, the ports on the US Gulf and East... 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


Power Engineering Construction Company

It doesn't happen every day but once in a while a client will invite a Power Engineering representative to lunch, especially after the completion of a successful job. It was a surprise, however, to... Full story


Hanjin Hardship

When South Korea-based container carrier Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection in its home country in late August, it set off a chain of events that reverberated across the globe, including... Full story


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