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 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    May 1, 2019 

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... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2019 

Technology Implementation at Green Terminals

As part of its Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2021, the Port of San Francisco continues with several environmental and sustainability projects. Between April and December 2015, the Port took part in an... Full story

 
 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    May 1, 2019 

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... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    May 1, 2019 

Ports Move Forward on Emissions-Reduction Plans

To reduce air pollution, major ports on the West Coast have incentivized the use of zero- and near-zero-emission cargo-handling equipment and have made clean energy part of their plans to modernize... Full story

 

Untapped Potential: Trade With Alaska and Hawaii

Investments abound in Alaska and Hawaii, where maritime companies are broadening their reach and capitalizing on the two states' untapped potential. Firms are flocking to the Frontier State, whether... Full story

 

Workforce Development

From agreements that guarantee local hiring to classes that nurture maritime professionals of the future, seaports along the West Coast play a critical role in a region's workforce development, often... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    April 1, 2019

Hybrid Tugs Evolve To Meet Power Demands, Emission Targets

The first hybrid tugboat on the West Coast was introduced by Foss Maritime in 2009. Three years later, Foss followed up with a similar boat, for operation at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2019

Propulsion

The new propulsion technology appearing on the West Coast indicates that the US marine industry is now integrating the demands of the EPA Tier 4 rules to reduce diesel emissions into every aspect of... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2019

Shaver's Samantha S Redefines the Multi-Purpose Tug

The Columbia River has presented a challenge to towing companies like Shaver Transportation since the pioneer days in the late 1800's when steam-powered sternwheelers had to handle all types of work,... Full story

 

Ballast Water Treatment Systems

If a vessel has been fitted with a US Coast Guard type-approved Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in recent years, chances are likely that it was tested at the Golden Bear Research Facility.... Full story

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    March 1, 2019

Ballast Water Experts Weigh Implications of Type-approval Changes

Looking out over the harbor in Seattle, one would never notice which ballast water treatment system a ship uses. But Mark Riggio, president of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers' Association,...

 

Ballast Water Treatment: Approaching Compliance

A global shipowner questionnaire and a series of ballast water management (BWM) system workshops conducted by ABS in December have found the industry to be trending toward compliance as regulatory deadlines near, but substantial operating challenges... Full story

 

2019 West Coast Shipyard Report: Catamaran Boom Continues

Pacific Maritime Magazine's 2019 shipyard survey reveals that the demand for aluminum catamarans has continued to grow with five Washington yards, one in the Bay Area, plus one fiberglass builder in... Full story

 

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

 

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