Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for January 30, 2015

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  • on January 30, 2015

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 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

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Story1Tug Sinks Off Hawaii Coast

By Mark Edward Nero

Eleven people were rescued and a thin sheen of oil was visible in the water after a 95-foot towing vessel sank about two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii on Jan. 22.(Read full article)

Story2PMA, ILWU Reach Chassis Deal

By Mark Edward Nero

The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which have been locked in negotiations on a new six-year contract for nearly nine months, have come to an agreement on a major issue: jurisdiction over chassis maintenance and repair, the PMA revealed this week. (Read full article)

Story3Chemical Spill Evacuates Port of Olympia

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Olympia was temporarily evacuated the morning of Jan. 27 after a hydrogen peroxide spill occurred at a new stormwater treatment plant that just opened at the port in December. The leak is believed to have originated from a pipe entering a 3,300-gallon tank.(Read full article)

Story4FMC to Host Environmental Forum

By Mark Edward Nero

The Federal Maritime Commission is scheduled to host its third annual Port Environmental Initiatives Forum next month in Washington DC.(Read full article)

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