Pacific Maritime Magazine Online News for January 5, 2016

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  Westar Marine Services

By By Kathy A. Smith 

Strong family values, long-term employees and an old-fashioned work ethic have been the backbone of Westar Marine Services for the past 40 years. Buzz Heffron who founded the company in 1976 and passed away in 1985, left a lasting legacy that continues today with his daughter Wendy Heffron-Morrow at the helm as Vice-President and Secretary alongside President and CFO Mary McMillan.

The company started with just one tug offering marine towing services in San Francisco Bay, and today Westar boasts 17 ocean-going, escort, pushboats and harbor tugs, six twin-screw steel and aluminum water taxis and 18 flat deck barges….MORE

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


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Story1Vigor Gets Olympic-Class Ferry Order

By Mark Edward Nero

Washington State Ferries signed a notice to proceed in late December with shipbuilder Vigor Industrial for work on a 144-vehicle ferry, with work slated to begin this month. (Read full article)

Story2MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grant Program

By Mark Edward Nero

The US Maritime Administration on Dec. 31 announced the 2016 funding availability for its Small Shipyard Grant Program.(Read full article)

Story3Canal Expansion 96 Percent Complete

By Mark Edward Nero

The expansion of the Panama Canal, which has been ongoing for nearly a decade, is now 96 percent complete, according to the head of the governmental body overseeing the project. (Read full article)

Story4Stockton Port Sets Vessel Record

By Mark Edward Nero

For the second year in a row, the Port of Stockton has set a record for annual vessel traffic. The port saw a total of 247 ships during 2015, compared to 230 ship arrivals in 2014, which had been Stockton’s previous all-time record.(Read full article)

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