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Gunderson Marine Launches Second of Railroad Barge Trio

Gunderson, Inc. launched the second in a series of what are reportedly three of the largest barges ever built for the maritime industry. Named Fairbanks Provider, the 420- x 100- x 24-ft. barge is being built for Alaska Railbelt Marine for service between Seattle, Wash. and Alaska. Equipped with a RoRo feature for easy cargo handling, the barge will carry the railroad freight cars and cargo in service between Seattle and Whittier, Alaska for the Alaska Railroad.


CG Railway Finishes RoRo Conversion

Measuring 585-ft., the self-propelled RoRo sister vessels Bali Sea and Banda Sea completed shipyard conversion work in January for operation out of Mobile, Ala. by CG Railway. The vessels will be used for CG's new four-day interline rail-ferry service to transport freight in railcars between Mobile and Coatzacoalos, Mexico. Terminal facilities for this operation are in the final stages of completion. Each vessel has the capacity to hold 60 railcars, and each has unique 30-ft


APRG Expands Training & Response Team

The Alaska Pacific Response Group L.L.C. (APRG) has added Dick Jackson and Tom Jones to its ICS training and oil spill response team staff. Jackson, formerly with Mobil Oil, will be the primary representative for Oregon and California. Jones, formerly with Alaska Clean Seas will be the primary representative in Fairbanks, Alaska and serve APRG's clients in Alaska's interior and North Slope. APRG provides OPA 90 Qualified Individual Services


Tugboat Strikes Railroad Bridge

Foggy conditions are being blamed for a tugboat striking the concrete bridge abutments on the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. The Tuesday morning incident occurred when the tugboat Cheyenne was pushing two barges with scrap metal and stone south on the river and could not see the abutment because of dense fog, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Contact made with the Coast Guard indicated one barge was taking on water and that emergency pumps were deployed to keep it afloat


Alaska Marine Lines Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Alaska Marine Lines has filed with the Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from 31% to 29% on shipments to, from and within Central Alaska and Prince William Sound locations. The line has also filed to decrease the fuel surcharge from 14% to 7% on shipments to, from and within Southeast Alaska. The decreases will become effective on January 25, 2015. Alaska Marine Lines said it will continue to monitor fuel prices on a daily basis and will adjust the fuel


Alaska LNG Approved for Non-free Trade Agreement Exports

The Alaska LNG project marks another milestone with today’s announcement by the United States Department of Energy that it has conditionally authorized the Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.   The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July


Alaska Alternative Planning for Tankships – USCG Criteria Compliance

American P&I Club advises the US Coast Guard (USCG) will require compliance with new Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for certain vessels operating in Western Alaska. Last year the Alaska Marine Exchange published proposals for new Alternative Planning Criteri which have now been finalized. Historically, it has not been possible for tank owners operating in Western Alaska carrying oil to comply fully with the vessel response planning requirements of the Oil Pollution Act 1990


Scholarship Fund Launched by US Coast Guard Foundation

Coast Guard Foundation Wally Hickel, Jr. Presentation

The non-profit Coast Guard Foundation establishes the Walter Joseph Hickel, Jr. Scholarship Fund at its recent Alaska Awards dinner. “I am very honored to announce the establishment of the Walter Joseph Hickel, Jr. Scholarship Fund,” said Robert J. Flynn, chairman, Coast Guard Foundation. “This fund will provide scholarship assistance for Coast Guard families stationed in Alaska. It pays tribute and will serve as a lasting legacy to the long and dedicated service of Wally


Infrastructure for Alaska’s LNG and Other Resources

 Joseph N. Fields III,  Alaska International  Development Corporation.

Trans Arctic Shipping Routes (TASR) It is time for the global maritime industry to push development of Trans Arctic Shipping Routes (TASR) and port facilities along Alaska’s northern coast. Not only for shipping goods from the Pacific to Atlantic and vice versa, but specifically to facilitate development of specialized ports for LNG exports from Alaska to global markets. Alaska has a limited maritime community mostly in the south: Southeast Alaska is a maritime community; South Central


Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation

ADEC Cruise Ship Program The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004). This general permit will satisfy the regulatory provisions of Alaska Statute (AS) 46.03.460 through AS 46.03.490 as amended in 2013 by House Bill 80.


Algerian Crude Returns to US East Coast

Phillips 66 has purchased a cargo of Algerian crude oil for its Bayway refinery in New Jersey for the first time since 2013, two sources said, the latest U.S. refiner on the East Coast to shun domestic crudes in favor of cheaper imports.  


ExxonMobil Starts Production at Point Thomson

Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 200 million barrels of natural gas condensate, a high quality hydrocarbon similar to kerosene or diesel Courtesy ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil said today it has started production at its Point Thomson project, the first company-operated project on Alaska’s North Slope. Central pad facilities are designed to initially produce about 5,000 barrels per day of condensate and 100 million standard cubic feet per day of


AccessESP Installs First Access375 Systems

Photo AccessESP

AccessESP, a leading provider of rigless electric submersible pump (ESP) conveyance solutions for the worldwide oil industry, has successfully installed two of its new Access375 systems on the North Slope of Alaska, the first commercial deployments of this system.


Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers


ICEX Camp Operations Conclude Successfully

Ice Camp Sargo, located in the 		Arctic Circle, serves as the main stage for Ice Exercise (ICEX		) 2016 housing more than 200 participants from four nations 	over the course of the exercise. ICEX 2016 is a five-week 		exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational 	capabilities in the region. ICEX 2016 allows the U.S. Navy to 		assess operational readiness in the Arctic, increase 			experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic 	environment, and develop partnership

The Navy announced March 25 that all primary objectives for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 have been met and the breakdown of Ice Camp Sargo is underway. "The objectives of demonstrating presence, gaining additional Arctic operational experience


Long Beach Harbor Patrol Rescues Sea Lion

The sea lion was safely rescued Photo Port of Long Beach

Recently, Harbor Patrol Officer Benjamin Martin, with help from Long Beach Animal Control, rescued a baby sea lion near a railroad track in the Port. No one knows how the sea lion got there, but he may have wanted a place to play, nap or snack.


Vale Says Mitsui Not Reconsidering Mozambique Coal Venture

Brazil's Vale SA, the world's No. 2 mining company, said on Thursday that partner Mitsui & Co Ltd has no plans to revise the terms of a coal venture project in Mozambique, as reported by a newspaper.   Rio de Janeiro-based Vale said in a securities filing that a recent decision to


Port Industry Expects Growth in 2016

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Annual forecasts focus on upcoming peak shipping season   At the 12th annual “Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast,” panelists told the audience of about 550 people that cargo growth should continue through 2016 even though uncertainty remains as the economy and industry


Strong Cruise Season Marks Canada Place’s 30th Anniversary

Star Princess at Canada Place (Photo: Port Metro Vancouver)

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2016 cruise season officially kicks off today with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place. Vancouver expects to welcome approximately 830,000 passengers on 228 calls, reflecting a forecasted 3 percent increase in passenger volume over 2015.  


Elwood Ide Joins Viega

Elwood Ide (Photo: Viega)

Viega expands shipbuilding and offshore team in the West Coast territory   Elwood Ide has joined Viega LLC as the company’s newest technical manager for shipbuilding and offshore for the West Coast.   In this position, Ide will provide analysis


Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an allision and barge breakaway on the Mississippi River at mile marker 43.7 near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   Tow vessel Michael G. Morris allided with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43


Response to Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi Ongoing

The U.S. Coast Guard siad it is continuing its response to an allision resulting in a barge breakaway on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   An Incident Command Post has been established at Marine Safety Unit Paducah. Lt. Cmdr. Heather Stratton is the Incident Commander.


High Correlation of Biomass to Species Diversity in Northern Chukchi Sea - BOEM Study

Last summer, researchers began a five year study to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic Chukchi Sea from an ecosystem perspective, looking at microbes, whales and everything in between. Marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical ecosystem services that contribute to human


Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Dedicated

Board Dedicates $25M Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Photo NOLA

 The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans joined a host of elected officials and industry partners today to dedicate the Port’s new $25 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal. The terminal, made possible by a $16


Cruise Ship Industry Sues Alaska Capital over Artificial Island

City leaders in Juneau, Alaska, have misspent millions in fees from cruise ship passengers to build an artificial island with a life-sized statue of a humpback whale, a passenger vessel association said in a lawsuit.   The Cruise Lines International Association on Tuesday sued Alaska's






 
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