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Spill Response: Using the Best Available Technology

In 2018, 26 oil spills of 2,200 gallons or more occurred in the United States, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each year, regional Coast Guard units also... Full story

 

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In 2020, the world’s first LNG Bunker ATB will be afloat and ready for servicing LNG-fueled ships. The vessel is being built for Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, Harvey Gulf’s Shane Guidry and HGIM. It is currently under construction in... Full story

 

Op-Ed: It's Time for a Maritime High School

In the next two decades, the maritime industry will add tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. In trade, fisheries, conservation, transportation and tourism, the Puget Sound region is poised to take advantage of these maritime career opportunities... Full story

 

Regional Report: British Columbia

British Columbia's unique market and physical attributes make it a formidable competitor in the marketplace. These include: Proximity to the world's largest economies in the Asia Pacific and the US... Full story

 

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Next year will see the first Canadian woman helm a cruise ship for a major cruise line. Virgin Voyages’ first cruise vessel, named Scarlet Lady will be captained by Wendy Williams, who has extensive seafaring background. Williams hails from...

 

West Coast Barges

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., located in North Vancouver, BC, is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering design company. The company works on a wide range of projects, including... Full story

 

Cargo Handling Operation and Equipment

When it comes to cargo-handling equipment, the future is sustainability. Along the West Coast, the next generation of workhorses are guzzling less diesel and using more electricity. A major reason... Full story

 

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If environmental assessments go well, an impressive inland deep-water terminal project will be in the works along the St. Lawrence River. The Quebéc Port Authority, Hutchison Ports and CN are partnering on the estimated $775 million undertaking to... Full story

 

Regional Report: San Pedro Bay Ports Cooperate on the Environment

With 40 percent of US imports from Asia moving through their ports, it's easy to see why the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest seaport complex in the nation. Their proximity to Asia... Full story

 

Marine Construction

Current or recent marine construction projects on the West Coast range from the removal of navigation hazards to the clean-sheet construction of floating facilities. The latter, a floating fireboat... Full story

 

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into vessel corrosion detection. A partnership between ABS, Google Cloud and Soft Serve has resulted in the successful completion of a pilot program using AI to detect levels of corrosion and coating... Full story

 

Company Profile: Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company may be new to the West Coast, but the marine transportation provider, focused on moving petroleum products using tugboats and barges, has been a legendary fixture on the... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2019

Technology Implementation at Green Terminals

As part of its Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2021, the Port of San Francisco continues with several environmental and sustainability projects. Between April and December 2015, the Port took part in an... Full story

 

Ports of the Pacific: staying competitive

Up and down the West Coast, there are dozens of seaports that support US and international markets, whether they play a role in ferrying agricultural and break bulk goods or generate and package... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    May 1, 2019

Ports Move Forward on Emissions-Reduction Plans

To reduce air pollution, major ports on the West Coast have incentivized the use of zero- and near-zero-emission cargo-handling equipment and have made clean energy part of their plans to modernize... Full story

 

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The Port of Vancouver BC, Canada’s largest port, handled a record 147 million tons of cargo in 2018, reportedly an increase in volume of 3.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, the Port enjoyed a 5.5 percent increase in cruise passenger... Full story

 

Untapped Potential: Trade With Alaska and Hawaii

Investments abound in Alaska and Hawaii, where maritime companies are broadening their reach and capitalizing on the two states' untapped potential. Firms are flocking to the Frontier State, whether... Full story

 

Workforce Development

From agreements that guarantee local hiring to classes that nurture maritime professionals of the future, seaports along the West Coast play a critical role in a region's workforce development, often... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    April 1, 2019

Hybrid Tugs Evolve To Meet Power Demands, Emission Targets

The first hybrid tugboat on the West Coast was introduced by Foss Maritime in 2009. Three years later, Foss followed up with a similar boat, for operation at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.... Full story

 

Ballast Water Treatment Systems

If a vessel has been fitted with a US Coast Guard type-approved Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in recent years, chances are likely that it was tested at the Golden Bear Research Facility.... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    March 1, 2019

Ballast Water Experts Weigh Implications of Type-approval Changes

Looking out over the harbor in Seattle, one would never notice which ballast water treatment system a ship uses. But Mark Riggio, president of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers' Association,...

 

Vessels on the Ways

From pilot boats to ferries and container ships, West Coast shipyards are hard at work, building vessels capable of carrying things vital to our daily lives or guiding them safely through harbor... Full story

 

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Mercy Ships Canada has a new CEO, who has a wealth of experience in humanitarian endeavors and human rights. Jamie McIntosh will be based in Ontario and work with Interim National Director Darryl Anderson during the transition and McIntosh will also...

 

New Vessels

In 2018, several maritime companies and agencies were hard at work, introducing a slate of new vessels and tugboats to help power the supply chain and carry out the important work of seafarers,... Full story

 
 By Kevin Cote    Features    January 1, 2019

Marine Residual Fuels, IMO2020 and Why Chemistry Matters

There is much noise these days surrounding IMO2020 and its effect on the commercial shipping sector moving forward. It appears that everyone has an opinion of which way the market will move regarding... Full story

 

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