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Addressing the US Icebreaker Shortage: Part 2

Last month we looked at the current assets and missions of the US Coast Guard's Polar fleet. In the second and final installment, we'll look at where we go from here. Proposals to Close the... Full story

 

Closing the US Strategic Gap in Icebreaker Capacity

An enterprise incurs strategic risk when the demands imposed by its missions (the ends assigned by the policy makers in the case of government entities) exceed the means available to meet those... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Good News for the Maritime Industry

“Out of the five branches of our Armed Services, it’s only the Coast Guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock-solid Arctic ice, right? You’re the only ones. And I’m proud to say that under my administration, as you just... Full story

 

Trade with Alaska

Alaska's fortunes have fallen with the price of oil, and the ongoing financial woes have set the state on a course for drastic measures to forestall a rapidly approaching budget shortage.... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Above Board

By 2020, Rolls-Royce hopes to bring to the shipping world a cutting-edge fleet of human-less ships. Working with various partnerships that include Finnish government investing body DIMECC and Norway’s Maritime Administration’s Norwegian Forum...

 

Fake News

A news story in the Washington Post in mid-December detailed the efforts some scientists are making to ensure that “crucial climate measurements” don’t disappear under a “hostile” Trump... Full story

 

Promise of the Arctic 2016: Opportunities and Challenges

The 3rd Pacific Maritime Magazine Promise of the Arctic Conference took place in Seattle on November 2nd and 3rd of 2016. This year’s conference, produced with the partnership of the Institute of the North and the Alaska Department of Economic... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

Russia's New Icebreakers

Russia's Baltic Shipyard at St Petersburg has floated out the hull of the icebreaker Arktika (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Feb. 2016) but funding for the highly expensive ship, which will displace... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2017

Gas Carriers: They've Come a Long Way

The use of natural (LNG) and petroleum (LPG) gases as clean energy sources has been increasing dramatically, particularly with the advent of shale gas extraction, and more ships are being built to car... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Pranks

When George W. Bush prepared to move to the White House for his first term as US President, the place was a mess. The Government Accounting Office reported that Executive Office staff, some of whom had been there 30 years, used words such as... Full story

 

Polar Code Rings in the New Year for Arctic Shipping

On January 1, 2017, the vessel safety and pollution prevention components of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code)... Full story

 

Major Arctic Oil Finds

Two oil companies are claiming recent oil discoveries north of the Arctic Circle that could produce a combined 10 billion barrels of oil. Earlier this year, Colorado-based Armstrong Energy announced... Full story

 

Land Grab

“For years I have expressed significant concerns about offshore drilling in the Arctic. The federal administration should not enable new oil and gas drilling in these untouched areas that host such... Full story

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: More Respect for Tug and Barge Operations

It's been said in the past that the towing industry plays second fiddle to the ship assist and escort sectors. And while that may have been true historically, it seems to be less and less the case... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    July 1, 2016

A Record Number of Cruise Ships on Order

Cruise ship owners continue to be among the more optimistic of vessel buyers in the maritime sector where owners of container ships and bulk carriers have fallen on hard times and a glut in tankers... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Collector's Item

On Craigslist in Seattle, at press time, one could buy a 1976 Chevy Monza project for $700, and a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in original condition for $16,950. Both of these 40-year-old... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Adventurism

First a correction: In last month’s story on happenings in the Arctic, (A Busy March for Arctic Affairs Watchers, Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2016) we noted efforts to establish marine... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Demand for Maritime Transportation to Alaska Remains Stable

Container ships, tugs and barges hauling myriad tons of cargo between Washington and Alaska remain a constant presence in the economies of both states in 2016, with no signs of slowing despite fiscal... Full story

 

Above Board

The ice-classed AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, has become the first vessel to be found in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code by a recent DNV GL survey. The IMO Polar Code comes into effect on January 1, 2017, and is mandatory fo... Full story

 

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