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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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

San Francisco Bay Area Ports – How Ready for the Future?

The San Francisco Bay Area's economy is white hot, riding an expansion that has been a constant for nearly 10 years. In the public mind, tech companies get most of the credit, but a closer analysis...

 

Safety at Sea

Vessel and navigational safety is everyone's responsibility, and many West Coast marine transportation operators are adopting a top-down strategy that has seen significant company-wide buy-in and...

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    December 1, 2019

Federal Contracts - 2020 Is a Good Year to Start

If looking for federal government contracting work is on your 2020 business plan now is a good time to start. After all, in 2019, the federal government spent about $4.45 trillion. On the one hand, researching contracting opportunities has never...

 

Maritime Software 2019

Software companies continue to innovate using the latest digital technologies to improve shore-side and vessel operations, compliance and safety across the industry. Maritime tech start-up Voyager...

 

Salvage Union Members Provide Salvage Services

According to the International Salvage Union (ISU), which represents 52 salvage companies based in 32 countries, its members provided 234 services last year, including 224 operations involving over...

 

Bulk and Breakbulk

West Coast ports can move more than just boxes. They can handle a diverse and robust amount of bulk and breakbulk cargo ranging from automobiles to wind turbine blades. Many specialize in handling suc...

 

Diving and Salvage

From outfall pipes to houseboats to underwater caverns, divers see it all. Infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation, sunken vessels and environmental issues are all in a day's work for West Coast...

 

Developing Arctic Infrastructure: Assembly Required

DISCLAIMER: The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, or interests of the US Department of Transportation or the US government. In the August issue we looked at the...

 

Trade With Asia: Uncertain Times

For more than a year, trade with Asia has taken a series of interesting and rather dramatic turns, to say the least. Disagreements between the US and China have led to an ongoing trade dispute that...

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: New Legislation Poses Challenges

For everyone involved in the towing and ship-docking business on the West Coast, this year has presented at least three legislative issues that have collectively created the biggest challenge to the...

 

Spill Response: Using the Best Available Technology

In 2018, 26 oil spills of 2,200 gallons or more occurred in the United States, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each year, regional Coast Guard units also...

 

Op-Ed: It's Time for a Maritime High School

In the next two decades, the maritime industry will add tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. In trade, fisheries, conservation, transportation and tourism, the Puget Sound region is poised to take advantage of these maritime career opportunities...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2019

Versatile Northwest Yards are Building a Full Range of Fast Craft

This year's survey has found a wide variety of high-performance aluminum craft under construction or delivered by yards from Homer, Alaska to Vallejo, California. They range from a 74-foot oil skimmer...

 

Regional Report: British Columbia

British Columbia's unique market and physical attributes make it a formidable competitor in the marketplace. These include: Proximity to the world's largest economies in the Asia Pacific and the US...

 

Developing Arctic Infrastructure: Assembly Required

DISCLAIMER: The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, or interests of the US Department of Transportation or the US government. The current state of discussions on...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Baydelta's Hybrid Tug: Batteries Not Included

The Delta Teresa, the first hybrid diesel-electric tug designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, was successfully delivered to Baydelta Maritime in San Francisco by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Deck Machinery

The last year has seen several new tugs launched in the Pacific Northwest by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island and Diversified Marine of Portland. All are fitted with new or updated...

 

West Coast Barges

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., located in North Vancouver, BC, is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering design company. The company works on a wide range of projects, including...

 

Cargo Handling Operation and Equipment

When it comes to cargo-handling equipment, the future is sustainability. Along the West Coast, the next generation of workhorses are guzzling less diesel and using more electricity. A major reason...

 
 By Bruce Sherman    Features    June 1, 2019

Foss at 130: Homegrown Company is a World Leader in the Tug-Barge Industry

When Norwegian immigrant Thea Foss started renting rowboats from her floating home in Tacoma in 1889, she hardly could have imagined that her small business venture would grow into one of the world's...

 
 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...

 

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