Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for April 17, 2015

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 JT Marine Delivers A Third Hyak Tug

By Peter Marsh

Eighteen months after delivering the first 120-foot ocean-going tug to Hyak Maritime in August 2013, the JT Marine shipyard in Vancouver, Washington handed over the third vessel in this series, theM/V Montana, in January 2015. The co-owners of all three vessels are two veteran long-haul tug captains, Robert Dorn and Gordon Smith, who saw the need for a modern offshore tug design to replace the hundreds of older, outdated boats still in service. They envisaged a vessel that was turn-key ready, with the best-available equipment from engine room to galley, to set new standards for safety, efficiency and comfort in coastal and ocean towing.

The foundation of this project is the basic Titan-class hull shape developed by Jensen Maritime naval architects in collaboration with Bob and Ric Shrewsbury, owners of Western Towboat of Seattle.  MORE

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Story1Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award

The 2015 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award Selection Committee is accepting nominations for this year’s award to be announced at the Seattle Propeller Club’s June 1, 2015 Maritime Festival luncheon.  (Read full article)

Story2POLA Has 2nd Busiest Cargo Month in History

By Mark Edward Nero

Port of Los Angeles container terminals handled a total of 791,863 TEUs last month, making it the second-highest month in the port’s history, according to newly-released data. (Read full article)

Story3Kvichak Wins $32 Million Ferries Contract

By Mark Edward Nero

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Seattle-based subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, has been awarded a shipbuilding contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority of San Francisco for the design and construction of two all-aluminum 400 passenger-only ferries. (Read full article)

Story4Oakland Monthly Cargo Volume Rebounds

By Mark Edward Nero

Containerized trade is rebounding at the Port of Oakland after two months of decline, according to newly released data. The port revealed April 15 that cargo volume in March increased 6.4 percent from a year ago. (Read full article)

Story5Port of Seattle Seeks Environmental Award Nominees

By Mark Edward Nero

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Marine Environmental Business of the Year, presented by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club. The port is encouraging “companies that exemplify innovative and effective environmental programs” or projects that support the port’s efforts to become the “greenest and most energy efficient port in North America” to apply.  (Read full article)

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