Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online for June 12, 2015


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  Michele Foss: Foss Maritime’s First Arctic Class Tug

By Peter Marsh  

The Michele Foss,the first of three 132-foot tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Oregon Shipyard, was christened in April at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Washington. This new vessel is the first tug in the western hemisphere built specifically to operate in the harsh arctic environment. The design combines the best features of traditional towboat design with advanced engineering concepts to meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency. Its first assignment will be a sealift this summer of oil field modules from South Korea to the Alaskan Arctic.

Michele Fosscomplies with all SOLAS rules and is classed American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) A1 Towing to enable it to work internationally, and meet the latest ecological and navigation safety standards demanded by the oil and gas industry.  MORE

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Story5Ship Recycling Legislation Introduced

On June 4, US Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced legislation to reform the domestic marine recycling industry. (Read full article)

Story1USCG Says Protestors Violated Safety Zone

By Mark Edward Nero

On June 5, US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound investigating officers initiated civil penalties against four protestors who entered an established safety-zone around a Shell-contracted vessel in Bellingham, Washington during Memorial Day weekend. (Read full article)

Story2US Navy Orders 5 Willard Marine Boats

By Mark Edward Nero

The US Navy has exercised an option on its contract with Anaheim, California-based Willard Marine for five additional 11-meter rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) in addition to 10 the Navy ordered in 2014. (Read full article)

Story3POLA Approves $1 Billion Budget

By Mark Edward Nero

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 8 approved a $1 billion fiscal year 2015-16 annual budget for the Port of Los Angeles, including total operating revenues of $428.6 million. (Read full article)

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