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 By Peter Marsh    Features    December 1, 2018 

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

 
 By Sam Bojarski    Features    December 1, 2018 

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

 

Spill Response: Time is of the Essence

When it comes to responding to an oil spill, time is of the essence, and coordinating with local agencies and the private sector on contingency plans is key to mitigating spills. "It's critical,"... Full story

 

BC Regional Report

During 2017, West Coast issues were high on the agenda for the Shipping Federation of Canada, given the growing and significant volumes of cargo moving through Vancouver and other British Columbia... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Catamaran Round Up: Builders Strive for Lower Weight and Lower Wake

In 2018, Washington shipyards are continuing to produce a range of high-speed aluminum catamarans from 65 to 96 feet long for fast transit, wilderness cruises and whale-watching. The international...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Deck Gear Survey 2018

The manufacturers of all types of deck gear are reliant on the tug business for the bulk of their orders, and in 2018 many tug fleets remain reluctant to order new vessels because the EPA's Tier 4... Full story

 

President Trump's Emerging Maritime Policy

President Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to make America great again. Although he did not enter office with a comprehensive national maritime policy, the elements of such a policy have begun to emerge. Since taking office on January 20, 2017,...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018

A Tug for the World

Dunlap Towing provides a full range of services on the US West Coast, from log rafts in Puget sound to offshore barging to Hawaii and remote locations in Western Alaska. In June 2018, the company was... Full story

 
 By Lisa Lefeber    Features    July 1, 2018

Port of Everett

The year 2018 marks the Port of Everett's centennial year – a century of trade. From its early days to now, the Port of Everett Seaport has continued to evolve and grow from a thriving mill town... Full story

 

Cargo Handling Equipment

Cargo and material handling equipment manufacturers continue to innovate, particularly with the trend toward zero emissions technologies. By 2021, Kalmar, a business area of Cargotec, expects all of... Full story

 

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