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 By Peter Marsh    Features    December 1, 2017 

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

 

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

 

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