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New Compact Tug for Seattle Harbor Work

Western Towboat recently took delivery of a new tugboat from its in-house construction facility on the north side of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. The 79-foot Mariner is the 19th tug built by... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2020 

First of Four Foss Tier 4 Tugs Delivered by Nichols Brothers

When Foss Maritime announced in 2018 that it had chosen Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island, Washington to build four 100-foot Tier 4 tugs, with an option for six more, it represented... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    June 1, 2020 

West Coast Maritime Construction

While much of the world is in forced isolation, the maritime construction industry continues to work on essential projects needed to keep the infrastructure functioning at the interface of land and se... Full story


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... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2020

Diversified-built Tier 4 Brusco Noydena Now Crowley Hercules

At the end of 2019, Brusco Tug & Barge of Longview, Washington took delivery of its eighth RApport tractor tug, Noydena, designed by Robert Allan (RAL) of Vancouver, BC, and built by Diversified... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2020

Green Terminals 2020

Ports on the West Coast continue to invest in environmental projects that push the boundaries of technology and innovation. In late 2019, the Port of Los Angeles introduced the world's first zero emis... Full story


Trade with Alaska And Hawaii: Essential Services Spur Expansion

In Alaska and Hawaii, maritime companies operate as a vital link to communities geographically separated from the contiguous 48 states. Whether it is delivering everyday essentials such as food and... Full story

 By Jeremy Wishart    Features    May 1, 2020

Portside Propane Offers Emission Reductions

Are propane-powered ports the next big thing for the industry? It’s a discussion worth having thanks to the economic and environmental benefits the alternative fuel can offer. In fact, propane can be a go-to fuel for many port applications for thes... Full story

 By Jim Shaw    Features    April 1, 2020

Marine Propulsion – Modern Marine Engines

Marine propulsion, the means of making a ship move, has become an increasingly complex segment of the maritime industry over the years as more power is squeezed from less fuel and new environmental... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2020


Since Harley Marine became the first adopter of Tier 4 marine engines of more than 600 kW (805 hp) in 2017, the towboat industry on the West Coast has fallen behind the rest of the US as operators on... Full story


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... Full story


Workforce Development: A New Generation

Whether you are running the nation's busiest seaport or working to raise the economic profile of an entire state, nurturing a robust maritime workforce is essential to your success. Along the West... Full story


Port of Portland Handling Containers Again

Weekly container service resumed at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 in January with the inaugural call of the 4,360-TEU Qingdao operated by the South Korea-based carrier SM Line. The 52,326-dwt... Full story


West Coast Yards Delivering Diverse Projects

The strength of West Coast shipyards is their ability to evolve, diversify and deliver state-of-the-art vessels. Whether they are constructing and/or repairing military vessels, containerships or... Full story


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... Full story


The New Mate on the Bridge: Artificial Intelligence

It seems every week we read of new developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vessels, aircraft and vehicles. It is likely that in the time between writing this article and its publication there will have been announcements of new... Full story


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


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


Matson Places Latest Lurline in Service

Honolulu-based Matson has placed its new 870-foot by 114-foot con/ro ship Lurline in service following the ship's completion by the NASSCO yard at San Diego. Now the largest vessel in the Matson... Full story


BC Ferries' Electric Hybrids

Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered BC Ferries has taken delivery of two diesel/battery hybrid ferries from Holland's Damen Group and has ordered four more. Known as the Island-class, the... Full story

 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... 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


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... Full story


More Alaska Ferries Laid Up

Budget cuts, the result of lower oil production on Alaska’s North Slope, have seen a number of ferries operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) taken out of service. Last autumn AMHS laid up its largest ship, the 418-foot Columbia,... Full story


Regional Report: Puget Sound

Puget Sound is at a critical juncture. Various building and infrastructure projects that are happening around the region's ports and highways have the potential to dramatically increase maritime... Full story


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