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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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Regional Report: San Pedro Bay Ports Cooperate on the Environment

With 40 percent of US imports from Asia moving through their ports, it's easy to see why the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest seaport complex in the nation. Their proximity to Asia... Full story

 

Marine Construction

Current or recent marine construction projects on the West Coast range from the removal of navigation hazards to the clean-sheet construction of floating facilities. The latter, a floating fireboat... Full story

 

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

 

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

 

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