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Regional Report: Puget Sound

Puget Sound is at a critical juncture. Various building and infrastructure projects that are happening around the region's ports and highways have the potential to dramatically increase maritime... Full story

 

Safety at Sea

Vessel and navigational safety is everyone's responsibility, and many West Coast marine transportation operators are adopting a top-down strategy that has seen significant company-wide buy-in and... Full story

 

Above Board

The International Maritime Organization has introduced a new software tool to help IMO Member States with electronic reporting procedures when ships arrive or depart ports. The IMO Compendium reference manual that helps orient users, is available... Full story

 

Bulk and Breakbulk

West Coast ports can move more than just boxes. They can handle a diverse and robust amount of bulk and breakbulk cargo ranging from automobiles to wind turbine blades. Many specialize in handling suc... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

From outfall pipes to houseboats to underwater caverns, divers see it all. Infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation, sunken vessels and environmental issues are all in a day's work for West Coast... Full story

 

Above Board – Maritime news from the seven seas

The LNG-powered semi-sub crane vessel Sleipnir... Full story

 

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

 

Above Board

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

 

Above Board

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... Full story

 

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

 

Above Board

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

 

Above Board

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

 

Above Board

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

 

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