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PIL's New ANW Service to Call Port of Seattle

Longshoreman at T30 terminal: Photo courtesy of Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle says it will welcome Pacific International Lines (PIL) to its harbor in February. PIL’s new Asia Pacific Northwest Service (ANW) will call Terminal 30 in partnership with China Shipping Container Lines’ (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) existing joint service. The service will have a port rotation of Nansha/ Hong Kong/ Yantian/ Ningbo/ Shanghai/ Pusan/ Seattle/ Vancouver/ Nansha. The service gives fast and reliable transits for imports to the PNW and beyond, while providing expanded options for exports. PIL is the second major shipping line in the past year to choose the Port of Seattle as its primary U.S. Pacific Northwest port of call.  The company was incorporated in 1967 and is headquartered in Singapore. About the Port of Seattle Founded in 1911, the port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, four container cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage.  


AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia


Stennis 'Looks Ahead' to New Home in Washington

By Journalist 2nd Class Victoria Tobin, Public Affairs Center San Diego USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed San Diego Jan. 5th for its new homeport in the Pacific Northwest. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is making the trip up the west coast to Bremerton, Wash. Shortly after arriving, the ship is scheduled for routine maintenance and technology upgrades for most of 2005 before its next scheduled deployment.


New Vessel Sharing Agreement

Following the success of a previous vessel sharing agreement, Danish carrier Maersk Line announced the establishment of a new Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with French-based CMA-CGM utilizing both the Panama and Suez Canals, which will commence in May 2009. Additionally, further adjustments to the Maersk Line network will provide customers with significant benefits. This new VSA follows almost a year of successful cooperation between the two companies in a trans-Pacific agreement


Zim Receives New Container Ship

According to Reuters, Israeli shipping firm Zim, a unit of holding company Israel Corp., has received the first of 12 vessels it had ordered to meet an anticipated surge in demand as the global economy recovers. Zim said the new ship, Zim Los Angeles, had a capacity of 8,400 containers, and that a second ship with a capacity of 10,000 containers, Zim Djibouti, would be delivered in two weeks. Zim said the two vessels, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries


Panama Canal Expansion Should Slice US Grain Freight Rate

Image credit PCA

Upon completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal, the cost to transport grain from the U.S. corn belt to Asia will drop by an estimated 12%, thus increasing the cost competitiveness of the U.S. as a grain exporter to Asia, Rabobank forecasts. In a new report, “Panama Canal: Expanding the Gateway for U.S. Grain to the East,” Rabobank says the expansion of the Canal will accommodate grain-laden ships from the U.S. of 25% more capacity than before, resulting in a shift in U.S


Todd Wins $6M Deal

Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Seattle Division, Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $6,060,005 cost-plus-award-fee option under contract N00024-99-C-8503 for performance of Docking Phased Incremental Availability 2 of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The option is one of 18 on an existing 5-year contract for non-propulsion work on CVN 68 Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers homeported in the Pacific Northwest, exclusive of the propulsion plant and exclusive of nuclear spaces and systems


PFI Marine Electric, Eltech Electric Partnership

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric LLC announced that it has agreed to sell its marine electrical operation, PFI Marine Electric, to a new company owned by the manager of the business, James Kaldestad, and George Hancock, owner of Eltech Electric Inc, another Seattle-based marine electrical contractor. Kaldestad will be President of PFI Marine Electric LLC, which will continue to operate at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Ballard, Seattle and at Dutch Harbor, Alaska


Vigor to Acquire Alaska Ship & Drydock

Alaska Ship & Drydock: current view & planned development. (Image courtesy: Vigor.com)

Vigor today announced its plan to acquire Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. (ASD), further consolidating the business of ship repair on the U.S. West Coast.  ASD intends to transition its business and assets to Vigor pending approval of the transfer of ownership by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), the owner of the Ketchikan Shipyard where ASD is based. The private companies hope to finalize their agreement on or before March 1st.


Vigor’s CEO, Frank Foti, Keynote Speaker at Upcoming 'Boatyard Day'

Frank Foti: Image credit Vigor Industrial

Frank Foti, CEO & President, Vigor Industrial LLC, will deliver the Boatyard Day Keynote Address on the "Resurgence of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Industry" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, during the 2013 Pacific Marine Expo. During his remarks, Foti will cover training the next generation of maritime workers, reinvesting in marine infrastructure, and opportunities on the horizon, including the revitalization of the fishing fleet.


AGOR 27 R/V Neil Armstrong Launched

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Seattle-based Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) reports that the launching ceremony of the AGOR 27 R/V Neil Armstrong was held at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) in Anacortes, Wash., on February 22, 2014.  


New Legislation Aims to Help American Ports

Jim McDermott

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century (H.R. 4105) legislation that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.


Real Marine Highways for Real Intermodal Solutions

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The Columbia/Snake River System defines shortsea shipping, and promises much, much more.   Lewiston, Idaho, is perhaps best known to tourists as the turnaround for a Columbia River cruise or the jumping-off point for a trip to Hell’s Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge


Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III, president of SEL

Thomas Alva Edison, who is considered to be one of the most prolific inventors in history, once said, “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” His invention of the long-lasting electric light bulb was exactly what the world needed and has revolutionized


Naval Architect Pens History of Northwest Fishing Vessels

Jim Cole

Elliott Bay Design Group's Jim Cole can now add book author to his long list of accomplishments in the field of naval architecture and marine design. The Naval architect and fishing vessel expert recently appeared at Seattle's Pacific Maritime Expo to autograph copies of his new book


American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships

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Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. Rivers American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships


Free Marine VHF Check Call Expanding, Seeks Hosts

VHF whip antenna: Image in public domain

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a leading professional marine assistance provider in the USA, says that the number of stations transmitting its free Automated Radio Check service in coastal and inland boating areas across the U.S. has risen to over 130 locations


Tidewater Barge Lines Selects MarineCFO Enterprise

MarineCFO, a division of VerticaLive Inc., announced today that Tidewater Barge Lines has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including Personnel, Operations, Maintenance and Vessel Live! Tidewater is a provider of marine transportation and terminal services on the


China Bans US West Coast Shellfish Imports

Pacific Oysters: Image Wiki CCL

China has banned shellfish imports from the US west coast, cutting off a US$270-million Pacific Northwest industry from its biggest export market, reports Shipping Gazette (China). The ban was imposed after recent shipments of geoduck clams from northwest waters were found to have high levels of


Transportation Club of Tacoma's Person of the Year 2013 – Terry Thomas

Terry Thomas at TCT Meeting: Photo credit TCT/Matthew Thomas

The Transportation Club of Tacoma (TCT), the largest Transportation Club Chapter in North America, has chosen Terry Thomas, president and one of the founders of his company PNW Equipment Inc., as their 'Person of the Year 2013'. TCT explain in a brief biography that Terry Thomas


Glosten Associates Joined by Marine Consultant Peter Soles

Peter Soles: Photo credit The Glosten Associates

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects. “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation


Soles Joins Glosten Associates

Peter Soles

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects.  “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation


ACL Newbuilds for Mississippi and Columbia Rivers

American Cruise Lines (ACL) today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers


ACL Designate Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

Paddlewheel: Photo courtesy of ACL

American Cruise Lines (ACL) confirms it will be placing the first of 4 upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, 'Queen of the Mississippi'. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers


Port of Vancouver Welcomes Maiden Voyage Filipinos

Bulkship welcome: Image courtesy of Port of Vancouver

Port of Vancouver inform of the welcome given to the 'M/V Alam Sinar' commanded by Capt. Arturo A. Lobigas of the Philippines on the bulk carrier's recent maiden voyage arrival in the United States. Lobigas and his 19-member Filipino crew were welcomed to Vancouver by representatives from Pacific


 
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