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 By Jim Shaw    Features    December 1, 2014

Horizon Selling Assets to Matson, Pasha

Matson Inc. and Horizon Lines announced Nov. 11 that they've entered into a merger agreement under which Matson will acquire the stock of Horizon, including its Alaska operations and the assumption... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2014

Building Better Bulkers

A large number of bulk carriers have been delivered over the past several years and more are on the way as iron ore, coal and grain shipments increase. In the first four months of last year 186 new bu... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    October 1, 2014

California's Smaller Ports Handling Bulk and Breakbulk

California's large ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland are well known for their container handling clout but the Golden State also has a number of smaller ports that are efficient cargo... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2014

Ocean and Coastal Towing

The ocean and coastal towing sector on the West Coast is usually seen as the rather routine business of moving barges, plus the occasional dead ship, coastwise and to and from the 49th and 50th... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    August 1, 2014

Southern Yards on Recovery Pace

Southern shipyards have been on a fast-paced recovery from the recession and the future looks bright, with both domestic and export contracts filling order books. However, a question mark remains... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2014

Gulf Coast Ports Look Beyond the Box

Ports along the Gulf Coast have been given at least another year to prepare for the opening of new locks at the Panama Canal but events in the shale oil industry may have already blunted the importanc... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    May 1, 2014

Developments in Propulsion Technology

Vessel owners are continuing to face the challenge of having to lower operating costs while simultaneously meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations. In this sector there has been... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    March 1, 2014

West Coast Shipyards

Shipyards along the West Coast are looking forward with cautious optimism as several trends point toward additional work and more employment this year and next. Increasingly stringent environmental... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2014

LNG Propulsion Moves Forward

The recent announcement by Crowley Maritime that it has ordered two LNG-powered con/ro ships from Mississippi-based VT Halter Marine for Puerto Rico service has helped move the United States to the... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2013

Alaska Prepares for Arctic Traffic

The sailing of the bulk carrier Nordic Orion through the Northwest Passage this past September served notice that the waters off Alaska and northern Canada are no longer just the preserve of... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    October 1, 2013

Bulk and Breakbulk Report: Questions of Crude and Coal

After years of expansion in the container sector investment is now turning to the handling of bulk and breakbulk cargoes along the Pacific Coast, particularly coal and oil. Three coal terminal... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2013

Towing Industry Sees Changes

The Ocean & Coastal Towing sector has been seeing a number of changes over the past few years, most specifically the adoption of Articulated Tug/Barge (ATB) units for most coastal petroleum movement... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2013

Development at Gulf Coast Ports Surges

Ports along the Gulf Coast of Mexico are continuing to look south to potential new container business to be generated by new locks at the Panama Canal but bulk commodities such as coal, oil and gas... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    August 1, 2013

Southern Promise

The past year has seen yards along the Gulf Coast gain a substantial number of new contracts relating to expanding activity in the offshore sector, particularly deepwater work. At the same time there... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2013

East Coast Ports Push Development Projects Forward

With a major labor contract signed, East Coast ports are now able to return to development issues as they continue to ready themselves for an expanded Panama Canal and larger ships arriving from... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2013

Changes Come to the Columbia

The Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River System, which includes segments of the Willamette and Snake Rivers, has seen a number of recent developments take place that will affect its future. One of... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    May 1, 2013

Propulsion: Is LNG the Future?

The move toward using liquid natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is continuing to gain momentum as new environmental regulations are enacted and bunkering facilities are expanded. According to a... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2013

Going to Gas

Federal Way, Washington-based TOTE’s recent announcement that it had contracted two LNG-fueled container ships from San Diego’s NASSCO shipyard is one in a growing number of such orders, although... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2013

Who Will Rule the North?

Russia has launched a major icebreaker construction program to replace a number of its vessels built in the 1970s as well as produce the world’s strongest icebreaker. It has also sent one of its... Full story


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