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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

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: More Respect for Tug and Barge Operations

It's been said in the past that the towing industry plays second fiddle to the ship assist and escort sectors. And while that may have been true historically, it seems to be less and less the case... Full story

 

Seattle Maritime Academy: A New Facility and a Bright Future for the Maritime Workforce

With the demand for mariners increasing as the pool of qualified candidates decreases, there has never been a better time to be looking for a job in the maritime industry. Meanwhile the need for train... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2016

Flag of Convenience – or Flag of Necessity?

The flag of convenience, more politely known today as an open registry, is supported by some and damned by others in the international maritime trade. Flag of convenience (FOC) trading, the practice... Full story

 

Garvey Schubert Barer

You've probably heard of the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. If you need an attorney, especially one familiar with the ins and outs of the maritime industry, the Northwest-based law firm would be a go... 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

 
 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 Jim Shaw    Features    August 1, 2016

ATBs Take Over

Articulated Tug/Barge (ATB) sets now dominate the coastwise refined products trade and are being designed and built on all four coast lines to handle liquid as well as dry bulk and unitized commodities. Looking back, it's hard to believe that the... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    July 1, 2016

A Record Number of Cruise Ships on Order

Cruise ship owners continue to be among the more optimistic of vessel buyers in the maritime sector where owners of container ships and bulk carriers have fallen on hard times and a glut in tankers... Full story

 

Ports of the Pacific

The majority of consumer goods that enter North America from Asia come through West Coast seaports. But according to an April 2016 report by Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services and inves... 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

 
 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

 

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