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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

 

Feeling Flushed

In January, 2014 in this space, we discussed the state’s interest in the levels of fecal coliform bacteria in Puget Sound, and the claim by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) that commer... 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

 

Collector's Item

On Craigslist in Seattle, at press time, one could buy a 1976 Chevy Monza project for $700, and a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in original condition for $16,950. Both of these 40-year-old... Full story

 

Cow Scrubbers?

Climate forcing is a term that has come into common usage recently to quantify the change in global temperatures attributed to climate change. Climate forcing is a formula used to calculate the... Full story

 

Adventurism

First a correction: In last month’s story on happenings in the Arctic, (A Busy March for Arctic Affairs Watchers, Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2016) we noted efforts to establish marine... Full story

 

Welders Needed

In late December, Seattle’s Vigor Industrial received a notice to proceed from Washington State Ferries for a fourth 144-car Olympic class ferry, with work slated to begin this month. The ferry is... Full story

 

New Vessel and Tugboat Review

This year's selection of new vessels for West Coast work runs the gamut from big steel ships to small aluminum boats, but all are crucial to the continued success of the West Coast maritime industry... Full story

 

Look Out the Window

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers We all make mistakes. Sometimes we pay dearly – other times we escape unharmed but wiser for the expe... Full story

 

Shameless

A truck driver was killed at the Port of Long Beach on September 16th when he was apparently run over by a trailer he had recently unlatched from a tractor. Long Beach Port Police officers responded... Full story

 

Zone Violations

Here are some ways you can help the Coast Guard do their job: Run safety drills. Keep your equipment maintained and your charts up to date. If you have small watercraft like canoes, kayaks or surfboar... Full story

 
 By Chris Philips    Features    July 1, 2015

New Terminal Tractor Energizes the Market

The ubiquitous terminal tractor, found at trucking companies, container yards and cargo terminals worldwide, is getting a breath of fresh air with the introduction of the newly designed Kalmar Ottawa... Full story

 

Promise of the Arctic

The Promise of the Arctic Conference took place over two sunny days in Seattle last month. Produced by Pacific Maritime Magazine in partnership with the Institute of the North, the conference was well... Full story

 

Rainbow Warrior

As the Port of Seattle struggles to fulfill its mission to serve the taxpayers of King County by promoting maritime commerce, the Mayor of Seattle is fighting to prohibit maritime commerce at the... Full story

 

Talk Talk

On page 6 this month (Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2015) is the story of Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its plans to build six 20,150-TEU container ships to operate between Asia and Europ... Full story

 

No Idle Yards

West Coast yards are busy building tugs, barges, ferries and small workboats for the rigors of operating in the Pacific Ocean. One notable exception to the West Coast surge is Conrad Orange Shipyard,... Full story

 

Bridge Construction Support in Seattle

Since 1976, Westar Marine Services has been providing marine services to the San Francisco Bay Area and over the course of the last 39 years the company has expanded into other services and markets,... Full story

 

Homebuilt

John McCain wants to outsource America’s merchant marine. The cantankerous Arizona Senator has added an amendment to the bipartisan-supported Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, destined for... Full story

 

Interesting Times

Several long-ranging policy and infrastructure developments may have a profound effect on our world in the new year. As the holidays approached, maritime industry talk on both sides of the Pacific... Full story

 

鏟準備*

The US Senate has once again blocked the final permit allowing the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. I heard the news in Hong Kong, where I was attending the fourth annual Asian Logistics and... Full story

 

How it's Done

Late last month a container ship in transit from Everett, Washington to the far eastern Russian port of Provideniya lost power due to a broken oil heater and went adrift off the coast of Haida Gwaii,... Full story

 

French Distraction

Last month a civilian airliner was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing almost 300 civilian passengers and crew. In the wake of the tragedy, the Obama administration and Congress have loudly and... Full story

 
 By Chris Philips    Features    July 1, 2014

Nichols Brothers Celebrates 50 Years

The first boat produced by the Nichols family was a tugboat. George "Mark" Nichols was an orchardist in Yakima, Washington in the 1930s. His 10-acre apple farm failed during the great depression, and... Full story

 

Russia From My House

Comedienne Tina Fey, impersonating then-governor Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, said “I can see Russia from my house.” As a line, it’s a pretty good one, and got her the well-deserved... Full story

 

Blivet

In late November, an “informational” meeting with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) regarding the establishment of a Puget Sound No-Discharge Zone was well attended by people... Full story

 

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