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Fair Winds and Following Seas

Marine business for the operations sector. That’s the tag line on the cover of this magazine, and pretty much sums up what we’ve been producing since 1983. The title, Pacific Maritime, narrows...

 

Regional Report: Los Angeles and Long Beach

As the novel coronavirus shutters businesses and public spaces across the country and the world, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their supply chain partners press on to keep vital goods...

 

Keep Moving Forward

People who study these things say Neanderthal mariners were sailing around in the Mediterranean fifty thousand years ago. Every year since that first Neanderthal boat hit the water, propulsion...

 

Company Profile: Alaska Logistics

For 17 years, Alaska Logistics has been a steady mainstay as a service provider that difficult-to-reach villages rely on in Western Alaska. Since its inception in 2003, the company has grown from an...

 

Small Vessel Ballast Water Treatment

The small vessel operator that must install a ballast water treatment system has little choice other than a handful of 'compact' versions of systems developed for large ocean going ships. One...

 

Preaching to the Choir

We are occasionally complimented on our editorials, which makes us feel good, but we are obliged to point out that we have the good fortune to own the magazine, which makes it easier to say things an...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2020

Fuel Tech: The Propulsion Revolution

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations limiting the sulfur content of bunker fuel to 0.5 percent, a reduction of over 80 percent from previous levels, took effect at the start of...

 

Company Profile: American Marine Corporation

For nearly five decades, American Marine Corporation has built its reputation delivering specialty marine contracting, commercial diving, and vessel support services to public and private sector clien...

 

One Way to Lose a Maritime Lien

A maritime lien is created when certain goods and/or services are provided to a vessel. (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Maritime Liens 101, November 2010). It is a non-possessory lien meaning the...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2019

Regional Report: Columbia River Exports Continued to Grow in 2018

While trade tensions remain between the United States and Oregon's top trading partners, China and Canada, data from the US Department of Commerce shows Oregon exports to both countries increased the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Archive of Past Issues

Click here to see past issues of Pacific Maritime Magazine....

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2019

Russia's Arctic: More Than Promise

The Arctic holds considerable economic potential as ice retreats, with last year being the region's second warmest year on record, but most commercial development is taking place in the Russian Arctic...

 
 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...

 

Nichols Brothers to Build Foss Tugs

Foss Maritime of Seattle, which had earlier decided not to build a series of Dutch-designed tugboats at its now-closed yard on the Columbia River (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Aug. 2018) has ordered a series of four 90-ton bollard pull tractor...

 

Trade with Asia Remains Healthy, but Uncertainty Looms

Ports on the US West Coast (USWC) had a strong 2017, especially in regard to imports from Asian countries. But due to the Panama Canal expansion project, completed in 2016, East Coast and Gulf ports...

 

Libel and Slander at Sea

Nearly every week someone is in the news apologizing for writing or saying something false about someone else. Libel is a disseminated written false statement about someone, damaging that person’s...

 

Can You Dig It?

In mid-April, Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of Organization for International Investment, wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal in which she claimed that only a handful of US ports could accommodate “the most modern transport ships.” She...

 

TOTE Puts Planned Hawaii Service on Indefinite Hold

In a surprise move Seattle-based TOTE Maritime has placed its plans for a new container service to Hawaii on hold and said it will not renew the letter of intent it signed with Philly Shipyard, which expired at the end of January, for several new...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

West Coast Ferry Operators Modernizing Their Fleets

Ferries provide extremely important services along the West Coast and a number of new vessels are entering operation this year and next, most incorporating up-graded systems and/or new technologies....

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

Promise of the Arctic: Ice-Capable Vessels

The project to acquire a new polar icebreaker was initiated in the US Coast Guard's FY 2013 budget submission and has received about $190.6 million in acquisition funding to date. The Coast Guard's...

 

Ferries Conference 2017 Recap

The fourth annual Pacific Maritime Magazine Ferries Conference connected public transit agencies, port districts, municipalities and other ferry system users with the operators, architects, engineers and shipyards providing the boats and expertise...

 

Don't Do That!

Every once in a while, but hopefully not too often, a new case comes into the law office that makes the lawyer want to turn back time and advise the client: “don’t do that.” Unfortunately, the...

 

A Mutual Fault Collision – Who Pays What?

After reading a news story about two ships that collided miles off the Japanese coast with significant damage and loss of life, my brother wrote to me: “How the hell do two ships collide at sea?...

 

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