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 By Jim Shaw    Features    April 1, 2020 

Marine Propulsion – Modern Marine Engines

Marine propulsion, the means of making a ship move, has become an increasingly complex segment of the maritime industry over the years as more power is squeezed from less fuel and new environmental... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2020 

Propulsion

Since Harley Marine became the first adopter of Tier 4 marine engines of more than 600 kW (805 hp) in 2017, the towboat industry on the West Coast has fallen behind the rest of the US as operators on... Full story

 

Company Profile: Alaska Logistics

For 17 years, Alaska Logistics has been a steady mainstay as a service provider that difficult-to-reach villages rely on in Western Alaska. Since its inception in 2003, the company has grown from an... Full story

 

Workforce Development: A New Generation

Whether you are running the nation's busiest seaport or working to raise the economic profile of an entire state, nurturing a robust maritime workforce is essential to your success. Along the West... Full story

 

Port of Portland Handling Containers Again

Weekly container service resumed at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 in January with the inaugural call of the 4,360-TEU Qingdao operated by the South Korea-based carrier SM Line. The 52,326-dwt... Full story

 

West Coast Yards Delivering Diverse Projects

The strength of West Coast shipyards is their ability to evolve, diversify and deliver state-of-the-art vessels. Whether they are constructing and/or repairing military vessels, containerships or... Full story

 

Small Vessel Ballast Water Treatment

The small vessel operator that must install a ballast water treatment system has little choice other than a handful of 'compact' versions of systems developed for large ocean going ships. One... Full story

 

The New Mate on the Bridge: Artificial Intelligence

It seems every week we read of new developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vessels, aircraft and vehicles. It is likely that in the time between writing this article and its publication there will have been announcements of new... Full story

 

Promise of the Arctic: New Ships, Opportunities and Challenges

Polar bears and the North Pole immediately come to mind when outsiders think about the Arctic, but those who do business in the region know that the Arctic is so much more than this wintry scene.... Full story

 

Vessels on the Ways

The latest reports from West Coast shipyards strongly suggest that 2020 will be another successful year for boat and small ship builders on the West Coast. From Vallejo, California to Homer, Alaska... Full story

 

Matson Places Latest Lurline in Service

Honolulu-based Matson has placed its new 870-foot by 114-foot con/ro ship Lurline in service following the ship's completion by the NASSCO yard at San Diego. Now the largest vessel in the Matson... Full story

 

BC Ferries' Electric Hybrids

Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered BC Ferries has taken delivery of two diesel/battery hybrid ferries from Holland's Damen Group and has ordered four more. Known as the Island-class, the... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2020

Fuel Tech: The Propulsion Revolution

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations limiting the sulfur content of bunker fuel to 0.5 percent, a reduction of over 80 percent from previous levels, took effect at the start of... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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,... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... 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. In the August issue we looked at the... Full story

 

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