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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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2017

Deck Machinery Review

Deck equipment delivered recently has included gear for tank barges, two brand new towing winch designs making their first appearance, a full domestic order book for Seattle-based tug winch builders...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2017

Regional Report: Columbia River

After the wettest winter on record, the lower Columbia River has been in a high-water condition throughout the spring, but has avoided any significant flooding. However, there has also been a flood...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2017

Full Speed Ahead!

Shipyards and boatyards in the Pacific Northwest launched many notable vessels in 2016, and the order books for 2017 show a continued demand for more of these technical projects from complex tank barg...

 

Nichols Delivers Versatile Ferry to American Samoa

Nichols Brothers Boatbuilders of Whidbey Island, Washington was contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build the M/V Manu'atele, a 140-foot multi-purpose inter-island ferry to operate...

 

New Vessel and Tugboat Review

The past year has seen a record number of large catamarans (more than 80 feet) constructed by established Pacific Northwest builders, plus two yards with extensive small-boat experience delivering...

 

Contrasting Fireboats: Long Beach and San Francisco Use Different Designs to Fight Fire

Big fireboats are easily divided into two types: lightweight, planing craft for fast response, and full displacement hulls with maximum pumping power. The two craft launched in Seattle this summer...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2016

NW Builders Continue to Launch Innovative High-Speed Craft

In 2016, Northwest boat builders have continued to win contracts for innovative high-speed designs for a wide range of users from commuter ferries to military patrol boats. With its latest order for t...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2016

Deck Gear Survey 2016

There are several components to a successful workboat, including the vessel itself, its suitability for the project and a well trained crew. One key component is the deck machinery, which will...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

New Dunlap Tug for Dutch Harbor

Dunlap Towing of LaConner, Washington was founded in 1925, and concluded its celebration of 90 years of service in December 2015 with the launch of its second ASD tug, the 6,800 hp 101-foot by...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

Columbia Gateway: Yes to Bulk, No to Energy

The last year has been a challenging one for the ports of the Columbia/Snake River system. Ship calls were at a long-term low of 1,488, although some ports reported the year was a good one for...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2016

Propulsion Options for Better Steering and Fuel Efficiency

The last year has seen continued development of propulsion systems to meet the needs of operators of specialized vessels like harbor and escort tugs, ferries and fireboats. These range from...

 

Coastal Transportation Sets a New STANDARD

After more than 30 years of weekly liner service to Western Alaska with a fleet of five or six small fish tender vessels specifically designed for service between Seattle and the ports of Western...

 

Fremont Tug Marks 100 Years Service on Lake Union

1915 was a big year on Lake Union. The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Hiram Chittenden Locks were about to connect the lakes and North Seattle with Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Activity on...

 

Next Tug for Tidewater: Granite Point

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals' series of three new towboats is continuing on schedule with the launch on September 18 of the second of the class, the Granite Point, at the Vigor shipyard in...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2015

Knutson Towboat: 100 Years Strong

This year marks the centenary of Knutson Towboat Company of Coos Bay, Oregon, founded by Norwegian immigrant Louis Knutson in 1915. He moved west in 1908 when many Scandinavians left the upper...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2015

Shaver Transportation: From Sternwheels to Stern Drives on the Columbia River

Shaver Transportation of Portland, Oregon has been a fixture on the Columbia River since 1880 when George Washington Shaver progressed from supplying wood to fuel steamboats to operating his first...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Michele Foss: Foss Maritime's First Arctic Class Tug

The Michele Foss, the first of three 132-foot tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Oregon Shipyard, was christened in April at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Washington. This new vessel is the...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

M/V Samish: Washington's Second Olympic Class Ferry

The commissioning of the M/V Samish in the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet marks another milestone in the agency's plan to replace the three vessels in the 310-foot Evergreen State-class, built...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Crown Point: A New Quiet Tug for Tidewater

It's been more than 30 years since Tidewater Transportation of Vancouver, Washington has built a new tug, so there was a vast amount of new technology to consider for their new class of three...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2015

New Puget Island Ferry

Washington State Ferries is well known as the fourth biggest ferry service in the world, but there are several small county-run ferries in the state that provide a vital transportation link and also...

 

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