Pacific Maritime Online Magazine for May 31, 2016


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The Design of Modern Tugboats

In 1970 there were still many single and twin-screw, relatively low-powered tugs performing ship-assist work. The concepts for the first Schottel/BCP Z-drive tractor tugs were introduced by Corlett and Bussemaker at the 2nd International Tug Conference in 1971, and contemplated tugs with from 6.4 to an awe-inspiring 54 tons of bollard pull (BP) in the largest (33 m) tug of the proposed series. How times have changed! Today a new tug of 50 tons BP or less is rare for any ship-handling task in a major port.

The Z-drive tug, and specifically its Azimuthing Stern Drive (ASD) configuration, has evolved as the dominant tug type of choice worldwide; Z-drive tractors are rare, and VSP tractors have their continued share of devotees…MORE

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Story1Oakland Terminal Making Appointments Mandatory
By Mark Edward Nero

Oakland International Container Terminal announced May 27 that beginning June 6, it is making appointments mandatory for most containerized import pick-ups, meaning harbor truckers usually won’t be able to drive loaded boxes off without a reservation…(Read full article)

Story2Vancouver Shipyards Lands Science Vessels Contract
By Mark Edward Nero

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has signed a $35 million contract with the Canadian division of global technology company Thales regarding the electronic systems for the construction of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, Seaspan and Thales both announced May 26…(Read full article)

Story3NASSCO Hosts Tanker Keel Laying Ceremony
By Mark Edward Nero

On May 26, San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the Liberty, which is the second of three ECO Class tankers due under a construction contract with Florida-based vessel operator SEA-Vista LLC… (Read full article)

Story4Seattle Port Bringing Aboard Dozens of Interns
By Mark Edward Nero

Ninety high school students will have a chance to get a jump start on their careers this summer as part of the Port of Seattle’s high school internship program. Seventy teens will work at port facilities, while another 20 will work with private manufacturing and maritime-related employers on or near the docks… (Read full article)

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