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Twenty Years Since New Carissa

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the grounding of the wood chip carrier New Carissa on the Oregon coast near the Port of Coos Bay. In one of the coast's more involved and controversial... Full story

 

Vessels on the Ways

From pilot boats to ferries and container ships, West Coast shipyards are hard at work, building vessels capable of carrying things vital to our daily lives or guiding them safely through harbor... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Crowley Takes Delivery of Taíno

Jacksonville-based Crowley has taken delivery of its 26,500-dwt con/ro ship Taíno from the VT Halter Marine yard at Pascagoula, Mississippi for the Puerto Rico trade. The 22-knot LNG-powered ship,... Full story

 

New Vessels

In 2018, several maritime companies and agencies were hard at work, introducing a slate of new vessels and tugboats to help power the supply chain and carry out the important work of seafarers,... Full story

 

Proper Maintenance Program Ensures Optimal Diesel Engine Performance

Fuel system maintenance is critical for extending engine reliability and performance, whether on the road or on the water. A good fuel supplement should be considered as part of your diesel engine mai... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Lindblad's Second 100-Passenger Cruise Ship Enters Service

In the summer of 2017, the first of two new 100-passenger vessels, the 238-foot (72.5 m) National Geographic Quest, joined the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, and has successfully... Full story

 

Regional Report: Bay Area Boom

In recent years, ports in the Bay Area of California have been breaking records in cargo – a symptom of an improving economy. Port officials are saying that more housing and road projects – especi... Full story

 

Hiring Veterans: A Priority in the Maritime Industry

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) estimates that the United States will need an additional 74,000 licensed and unlicensed civilian mariners over the next decade. In recent years, maritime... Full story

 

President Trump Signs the "Save Our Seas Act of 2018"

In a bipartisan White House ceremony on October 10, 2018, President Trump signed the Save Our Seas Act ("SOS Act") of 2018 into law. The act, which passed both houses of congress unanimously, is... Full story

 

Introduction to Maritime Cybersecurity

It seemed like just another routine day: An 80,000-ton tanker was at an Asian port. One of the crew had brought a USB stick on board with some paperwork that needed to be printed. That was how the malware got into the ship’s computers in the first... Full story

 

Hybrid Ferry Enhydra

Red and White Fleet of San Francisco has launched its new vessel, Enhydra... Full story

 

Anti-Snapback Rope Fuses Can Prevent Mooring Line Accidents

The United States Coast Guard is still investigating a mooring line accident at the Port of Longview this past June that took the lives of two people. News stations in Washington State have reported... Full story

 

Regional Report: Puget Sound

From apples to autos, Washington is one of the nation's most trade-dependent states, and ports in the Puget Sound are at the center of that cargo movement, creating a $5 billion annual benefit to the... Full story

 

Marine Exchange of Alaska

Alaska's capital city sits nestled between mountains and sea upon the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Nearby glaciers and other natural wonders are Juneau's main attractions but standing sentinel... Full story

 

Alaska's First Lady Christens First Ferry Built in Ketchikan

When Alaska's First Lady, Donna Walker, christened the 280-foot by 67-foot M/V Tazlina... Full story

 

Maxum Launches First Self-Propelled Bunkering Tanker in US

Maxum Petroleum is a leading supplier of marine diesel oil and lubricants on the US West Coast, founded in 1946, with centers in seven major ports. Its parent company, Pilot Thomas Logistics has becom... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

Underwater construction and salvage jobs require a lot of planning and mustering of highly-experienced teams to complete work and keep business going. One company that has the capability of... Full story

 

Symbols vs. Facts: Removing Dams Won't Help Killer Whales

Recently, a new symbol has been adopted for a decades old effort to dismantle the critical and efficient marine commerce system that is built on the Columbia/Snake Rivers. Long-standing efforts to remove the lower Snake River dams have received a... Full story

 

Bulk and Breakbulk Report

There is no doubt that the increase of tariffs is having an effect on West Coast trade, especially on bulk and breakbulk products such as logs and steel. Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe,... Full story

 

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

 

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

 

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