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 By Peter Marsh    Features    September 1, 2018 

Young Brothers Takes Delivery of the First of Four Damen-designed Tugs for Hawaii Inter-island Service

Young Brothers of Hawaii, the largest provider of inter-island barge services, is updating its fleet with four Damen-designed 6,000-hp 123-foot by 36.5-foot ocean-going tugs from Conrad Shipyard of... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    September 1, 2018 

Ocean and Coastal Towing

The US West Coast is home to a diverse collection of freight services, who must be prepared to deliver shallow-draft cargo up Alaskan rivers in the spring, across the Pacific to Hawaii and US... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Spill Response: Time is of the Essence

When it comes to responding to an oil spill, time is of the essence, and coordinating with local agencies and the private sector on contingency plans is key to mitigating spills. "It's critical,"... Full story

 

BC Regional Report

During 2017, West Coast issues were high on the agenda for the Shipping Federation of Canada, given the growing and significant volumes of cargo moving through Vancouver and other British Columbia... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Catamaran Round Up: Builders Strive for Lower Weight and Lower Wake

In 2018, Washington shipyards are continuing to produce a range of high-speed aluminum catamarans from 65 to 96 feet long for fast transit, wilderness cruises and whale-watching. The international...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Deck Gear Survey 2018

The manufacturers of all types of deck gear are reliant on the tug business for the bulk of their orders, and in 2018 many tug fleets remain reluctant to order new vessels because the EPA's Tier 4... Full story

 

President Trump's Emerging Maritime Policy

President Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to make America great again. Although he did not enter office with a comprehensive national maritime policy, the elements of such a policy have begun to emerge. Since taking office on January 20, 2017,...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018

A Tug for the World

Dunlap Towing provides a full range of services on the US West Coast, from log rafts in Puget sound to offshore barging to Hawaii and remote locations in Western Alaska. In June 2018, the company was... Full story

 
 By Lisa Lefeber    Features    July 1, 2018

Port of Everett

The year 2018 marks the Port of Everett's centennial year – a century of trade. From its early days to now, the Port of Everett Seaport has continued to evolve and grow from a thriving mill town... Full story

 

Cargo Handling Equipment

Cargo and material handling equipment manufacturers continue to innovate, particularly with the trend toward zero emissions technologies. By 2021, Kalmar, a business area of Cargotec, expects all of... Full story

 

Dockside Repairs of the USCGC Bluebell

Portland, Oregon-based Vanport Marine, Inc. has been awarded the contract to perform the dockside repair of the USCGC Bluebell. The scope of the contract includes upgrades to the Allied buoy and... Full story

 

Turkish Yard Building its 100th Robert Allan Tug

Turkey's Uzmar Shipyard has officially joined the Robert Allan Ltd "Century Club" as it begins construction of its 100th tug to be built to a Robert Allan Ltd design. The RAstar 3200 is expected to... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2018

Regional Report: Columbia River

The Columbia River saw 1,533 ship visits in 2017 according to the Merchant's Exchange, comprising 520 grain vessels, 176 automobile ships, 106 soda ash ships, and 95 log carriers. These numbers... Full story

 

Marine Construction Projects

Marine Construction companies have been busy over the past year, building new over-water facilities, upgrading existing infrastructure and demolishing structures that no longer serve a useful... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2018

Digging Deeper: the world of dredging

Marine construction often calls for dredging or filling and a vessel known as the dredge has long fulfilled these requirements, although few know how they work. For the most part they are unappealing... Full story

 
 By Steve Frailey    Features    May 1, 2018

Pacific Tugboat Service Introduces Tier-3 Pacific Patriot

Pacific Tugboat Service, headquartered in San Diego, has completed a total re-fit and repower of the former push tug American River. The 84-foot boat was originally built at Colberg Shipyard in Napa,... Full story

 

Diversity Keeps Pacific Ports in the Game

Port of Bellingham. Port of Portland. Port of Coos Bay. Port of San Diego. For these four West Coast ports, diversity is the name of the game and they play to their strengths. Whether it's proximity... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2018

Glosten: 60 Years of Design Innovation

A steadfast culture of innovation has anchored one of the country's most prominent naval architecture and marine engineering firms across six decades in business. Seattle-headquartered Glosten has... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2018

Green Terminals

In November of 2017, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their industry partners, approved an update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) toward further green technology efforts in the region.... Full story

 

Marine Pilots

What does a pilot do? One might think responding to "What do you do?" for a role that's been around since biblical times would be met with quick recognition and understanding. That may have been true... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2018

Marine Propulsion

The year 2018 ushers in a new era for marine propulsion, as the EPA regulation of emissions for diesel engines of more than 600 kW (805 HP) up to 3,700 kW (4,960 HP) reaches the final Tier 4 level.... Full story

 

Trade with Alaska and Hawaii

Ports in Alaska and Hawaii are no different. The youngest states in the union are heavily investing in their infrastructure, because for both, the future depends on it. In the newly rebranded Port of... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Workforce Development

The California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) requires that all cadets take its four-year Edwards Leadership Development program as part of their education credits. "The program is... Full story

 

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