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 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

 By Jim Shaw    Features    March 1, 2018 

Getting Rid of Old Ships – The World of Shipbreaking

The shipbreaking industry has been around as long as there have been ships but over the past half-century it has gravitated to regions offering both inexpensive land and cheap labor. Prior to World... Full story


Regional Report: LA/Long Beach

When it comes to shipping, location and access to the world's biggest trade partners is everything. It is a big reason why the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation's two busiest... Full story


Yang Ming Line Scrapping Older Ships

Taiwan's Yang Ming Line is scrapping 20 of its older container ships in the 3,000-TEU to 8,000-TEU range and will replace them with newer vessels following a decision by the state-backed Taiwan... Full story


Hyak Takes Over Astoria's North Tongue Point

Hyak Tongue Point, recently formed by Hyak Maritime, has purchased a parcel of industrial land on the lower Columbia River known as North Tongue Point from the Washington Development Company for $4.1... Full story


Track Your Fleet's Data from the Office

There's no doubt the maritime industry is steeped in tradition. No sector of the industry embodies this tradition more than the tugboat, towboat & barge sector. Many of the most storied names in t... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

West Coast Ferry Operators Modernizing Their Fleets

Ferries provide extremely important services along the West Coast and a number of new vessels are entering operation this year and next, most incorporating up-graded systems and/or new technologies.... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

Promise of the Arctic: Ice-Capable Vessels

The project to acquire a new polar icebreaker was initiated in the US Coast Guard's FY 2013 budget submission and has received about $190.6 million in acquisition funding to date. The Coast Guard's... Full story


The Gap Grows Larger

When I first became involved in LNG as a marine fuel in 2012, my strong belief was that LNG would grow to occupy a large segment of the marine fuels market and the United States would become the... Full story


New Landing Craft Serving San Juan Islands

Latitude Marine Services of La Connor, Washington has delivered the 86-foot by 25-foot landing craft Nordland II to San Juan Ferry & Barge for operation within the San Juan Islands. The new... Full story


Electric Ferries Making Headway

Hybrid and all-electric ferries are continuing to make headway in Europe where Finland's first all-electric ferry, the 321.5-foot Elektra, has been placed in service on the 15-minute run between... 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


Regional Report: Bay Area Ports

In goods movement, Northern California ports hold their own, competing with their Southern California counterparts and beyond for that precious market share. "Northern California ports in general seem... Full story


Ferries Conference 2017 Recap

The fourth annual Pacific Maritime Magazine Ferries Conference connected public transit agencies, port districts, municipalities and other ferry system users with the operators, architects, engineers and shipyards providing the boats and expertise... Full story


Closing the US Strategic Gap in Icebreaker Capacity: Part 1

An enterprise incurs strategic risk when the demands imposed by its missions (the ends assigned by the policy makers in the case of government entities) exceed the means available to meet those... Full story


Addressing the US Icebreaker Shortage: Part 2

Last month we looked at the current assets and missions of the US Coast Guard's Polar fleet. In the second and final installment, we'll look at where we go from here. Proposals to Close the... 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


Marine Software Systems

There are many moving pieces when building a ship and many pieces to move. SSI, a Victoria, BC-based marine software company, has created EnterprisePlatform, a tool for sharing product data model... Full story


BC Ports are Investing in Maritime Domain Awareness

Stakeholders at British Columbia ports are finding that investments in maritime domain awareness are paying dividends in better safety, security, efficiency and affordability. Prince Rupert's port... Full story


Puget Sound Report

Situated at the doorstep of some of the most significant trade routes, the Puget Sound plays to its strengths. The Washington region's proximity to Asia and deep ties to the Alaskan economy make... Full story


Closing the US Strategic Gap in Icebreaker Capacity

An enterprise incurs strategic risk when the demands imposed by its missions (the ends assigned by the policy makers in the case of government entities) exceed the means available to meet those... Full story


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


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