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Promise of the Arctic: New Ships, Opportunities and Challenges

Polar bears and the North Pole immediately come to mind when outsiders think about the Arctic, but those who do business in the region know that the Arctic is so much more than this wintry scene.... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    February 1, 2020 

Vessels on the Ways

The latest reports from West Coast shipyards strongly suggest that 2020 will be another successful year for boat and small ship builders on the West Coast. From Vallejo, California to Homer, Alaska... Full story

 

You have to go out…

You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back. This is the unofficial motto of the US Coast Guard aviation survival technician – the rescue swimmer. Much of what he does happens in the dark... Full story

 

Above Board

New Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) guidelines, titled Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of Ships — Design Development, Installation and Operation of Automated Operation Systems/Remote Operation Systems, have been released by... Full story

 

Above Board

COSCO, Maersk, Yang Ming, and BC Ferries have been recognized for achieving the highest level of participation and performance in 2018 by Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Authority through the Port’s Green Wave vessel incentive program. In a... Full story

 

Don't Be Late

When a new maritime matter comes into the law office, among the first things to be done is determining what the applicable statute of limitations is. A wrong assumption can lead to significant... Full story

 

Fast Ferry Market STEADY, Tugs Pulling Ahead

Last year's new vessel survey found aluminum catamaran ferries were still by far the biggest category in newbuilds, with five Washington yards plus one in the Bay Area all reporting enough orders for... 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

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    December 1, 2019

Federal Contracts - 2020 Is a Good Year to Start

If looking for federal government contracting work is on your 2020 business plan now is a good time to start. After all, in 2019, the federal government spent about $4.45 trillion. On the one hand, researching contracting opportunities has never... 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

 

Maritime Software 2019

Software companies continue to innovate using the latest digital technologies to improve shore-side and vessel operations, compliance and safety across the industry. Maritime tech start-up Voyager... 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

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: New Legislation Poses Challenges

For everyone involved in the towing and ship-docking business on the West Coast, this year has presented at least three legislative issues that have collectively created the biggest challenge to the... 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

 

Good Intentions

A few weeks back we were contacted by a company promoting a “carbon-negative cargo tallship” in Costa Rica. “The shipping industry today is very damaging to the environment,” says a spokesperson in the company’s promotional video. The aim... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2019

Versatile Northwest Yards are Building a Full Range of Fast Craft

This year's survey has found a wide variety of high-performance aluminum craft under construction or delivered by yards from Homer, Alaska to Vallejo, California. They range from a 74-foot oil skimmer... 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

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

 

Crime and Punishment

Last month a federal judge threatened to stop Carnival Corp. from docking its ships at US ports temporarily as punishment for possibly violating probation, according to the Anchorage Daily News... 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

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2019

Propulsion

The new propulsion technology appearing on the West Coast indicates that the US marine industry is now integrating the demands of the EPA Tier 4 rules to reduce diesel emissions into every aspect of... Full story

 

Above Board

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment is working to ensure the safety of lifting equipment such as anchor handling winches and cranes. The hope is to soon have industry-wide SOLAS regulations and guidelines for using preventative... 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,...

 

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