PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE
New Vessel Review: West Coast Players
14 brought an interesting mix of new vessels to the West Coast, including ferries, pilot boats, tugs and barges. The fact that most of the vessels were built in Pacific Northwest yards to the designs of West Coast naval architects for use in West Coast waters is an indication of both the strength of the commercial maritime industry and the quality of designs and vessels coming from the West Coast.
In March the Columbia River Bar Pilots took delivery of a new 75-foot by 21-foot pilot boat, the Astoria, built by Seattle’s Kvichak Marine Industries to a design by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK. The all-aluminum, self-righting boat is the third by the same builder and designer for the pilots, and will join the 2008-built Columbia and replace the retired 2000-era Chinook. MORE