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Cascade General Performing Repairs To Bulk Carrier

During its run along the Columbia River to unload steel in Vancouver, Wash., a 568 ft. (173 m), 36,788-ton Turkish bulk carrier, Cenk Kaptanoglu collided with the BHP dock in Kalama, Wash., sustaining damages to its bow and port side. Running from the starboard hawse pipe to diagonally across the bow to the portside of number one hold, the force of the damage's impact also partially collapsed the port side of the foredeck. Following emergency patching and partial discharge of cargo, the injured vessel underwent an exhaustive survey, in addition to further consultations between the U.S. Coast Guard and Kapatanoglu Shipping Group, which resulted in the carrier being moved by Portland Shipyard to Cascade General.


Crowley Secures Wayward Oil Tanker and Prevents Harm

Crowley Marine Services successfully secured the wayward oil tanker, Atigun Pass, Thanksgiving weekend as it drifted within 20 miles of Oregon’s coastline. The decommissioned Atigun Pass, similar to the Exxon Valdez in size at three football fields in length, was en route from a Portland shipyard to Shanghai, China, for scrapping when the towline from the Chinese tug that was towing it snapped. When the towline parted early November 19, the tanker was about 100 miles west of Tillamook.


Dock Starts 170-Day Journey

On July 2 the ex-Portland Dock # 4, now the Grand Bahama Shipyard Dock # 2, departed Portland,Ore., bound for it's new home at the Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Under a marine management contract with Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSY), Seaspan has chartered the Global Towing Alliance Ocean Going Tug "De Yue". The 'De Yue' is a 20,800 bhp, 200-mt BP, twin screw deep sea salvage tug owned by Guangzhou Salvage of China and is uniquely suited for a tow of this magnitude due to


Portland Waterfront Gets Boost from Oil Rig Construction Project

Portland’s marine commercial shipbuilding industry is getting a boost thanks in part to construction of the “Pride Portland” and the “Pride Rio de Janeiro,” two huge oil rigs built by crews working for Cianbro and funded with a $342 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert today visited the “Amethyst Project” at the terminal where the two 12


W&O Supplies Actuated Valve Solution for Vigorous

Image: W&O

The marine industry watched as the United States’ largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, was delivered to its final home at Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard on the Willamette River in August. W&O is one of the partners that supported Vigor in this $40 million dollar project, by providing an actuated valve solution for the ballast system of the drydock. From design specification through initial commissioning


MN 100: Vigor Industrial

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5555 N Channel Avenue Portland, OR 97217 Tel: (503) 247-1777    Email: heather.blahnik@vigorindustrial.com Website: www.vigorindustrial.com President & CEO: Frank Foti The Company: Based in Portland, Oregon, Vigor Industrial is the Pacific Northwest’s leader in shipbuilding and repair. With seven shipyards and two additional advanced manufacturing facilities, Vigor companies tackle projects ranging from emergency repairs


U.S. Lines' MS Patriot Challenges Cascade General

Since 1999, when American Classic Voyages (AMCV) first announced its intention to construct two U.S.-flagged cruise ships that would be staffed by American officers and crew, the U.S. shipbuilding industry received a boost back into an area that it had not participated for almost 30 years — the cruise shipping market. Prior to the construction of the two vessels by Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, AMCV wanted to start making money right away — it purchased the 17-year-old ms Nieuw Amsterdam for


NOAA Partners to Return to 19th Century Steamship Portland

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut (NURC-UConn) returned on Sept. 13, 2003, to the wreck of the famed 19th-century steamship Portland, kicking off a week-long expedition to peer into the vessel's past and plan for its future. The NOAA-UConn team is conducting the first surveys of the Portland since they confirmed its location in


Vigor Inks Deal for 80,000 Ton Drydock

Vigor signs deal for largest floating drydock in the United States.   Vigor Industrial has reached an agreement with Daoda Marine Heavy Industry Company (DDHI) to purchase a new floating drydock for $40 million. At 960 feet long, with an inside width of 186 feet and a lifting capacity of 80,000 long tons, it will be the largest floating drydock in the United States.   “We decided now is the time to buy because demand to service large vessels is growing and large drydock


Korea's Hanjin Shipping Mulls Portland Pull-out

Manila's International Container Terminal Services Inc's (ICTSI), troubled venture in Portland, Oregon, faces more difficulties as its big customer, Hanjin Shipping, is pondering whether to leave the port for either Tacoma or Seattle, according to the 'China Logistics Portal'. Portland has been plagued with labour problems, resulting in on-again off-again work slowdowns, which came from conflicting undertakings given to two unions over which union would supply reefer box monitors.


Barge-Rail Service on Upper Columbia, Snake Rivers

Columbia-Snake River System Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Container barge service is back on the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Up river Container Barge-Rail Shuttle will help importers and exporters in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho move containerized agricultural products to markets in Asia


Harley Marine Selects Cat Power & Propulsion

Image: Caterpillar

Seeking a complete power and propulsion system designed specifically for tug operations, Seattle-based Harley Marine Services turned to Caterpillar—ordering four Cat 3516 marine propulsion engines and four Cat Propulsion Marine Thruster Azimuth – Tug (MTA-T) rated drives.  


NLRB Holds ILWU Guilty of Labor Law Violations

Courtesy ICTSI Oregon

  For the second time in ten weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 (Local 8) violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive


Foss to Open Oregon Customer Service Center

Foss Maritime Company recently announced it will open a consolidated customer service center in Oregon in April 2016.   The company's existing Portland office will be renovated and modernized to incorporate the best available customer service technologies


Oregon Bridge Danglers Hope to Delay Shell's Arctic Drilling

Protestors rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday hoping to delay Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration this summer by blocking the return of a ship to Alaska that holds emergency equipment.   Greenpeace said 13 protestors lowered themselves from the St


Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone.   The 13 Greenpeace protestors


Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  


Huge Shiploader Journeys from China to the US

Photo: HANSA HEAVY LIFT

A shiploader weighing more than 560 metric tons has made the voyage from Nantong, China to Portland, Ore. in the U.S. with the help of transporter HANSA HEAVY LIFT GmbH (HHL).   The shiploader, which measures 36.5 meters in length x 56.44 in width x 31


Fishing Boat Catches Fire off Maine

U.S. Coast Guard photo

U.S. Coast Guard crews from Station South Portland, Maine, and Air Station Cape Cod responded to a report of a fishing boat fire Wednesday, about six miles from Jeffreys Ledge, a fishing area which stretches from the coast of Rockport to just southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  


Penobscot Bay Dredging Called Off, for Now

Penobscot Bay. Credit: FreeFoto

 The Army Corps of Engineers withdrew on Tuesday its state permitting application for a Penobscot Bay dredging project opposed by lobstermen, tourism business owners and environmentalists.   The Portland Press Herald reports Corps project manager Barbara Blumeris sent a letter to the


Man Rescued from Willamette River in Portland

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  The Coast Guard rescued a man from the Willamette River after his sail boat capsized near the St. Johns Bridge, in Portland, Sunday night . The man was delivered to awaiting emergency medical services at the Cathedral Park boat launch were he was checked for injuries and released.


U.S. Culls Over 1,200 Oregon Cormorants

Oregon Cormorants Courtesy Wikipedia

  The U.S. federal government has killed more than 1,000 seabirds on an Oregon island since May to protect endangered salmon as part of a plan that environmentalists say is flawed and are seeking to stop with a lawsuit. So far, 1,221 adult cormorants have been killed and more than 5


Captain of Ill-fated El Faro was Known as Trusted Mariner

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The captain of the ill-fated cargo ship that sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with no survivors last week was an experienced and highly trusted mariner who had spent a lifetime on the water, friends and colleagues said.   The captain of El Faro, Michael Davidson of Windham, Maine


Port of Portland Welcomes New Commissioners

Alice Cuprill-Coma

  The Port of Portland Commission today welcomed new commissioners Alice Cuprill-Comas and Gary Young. Both were earlier nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed the Oregon State Senate. Alice Cuprill-Comas Cuprill-Comas of Portland is a transactional lawyer


Car Carrier Runs Aground off Washington

Viking Emerald. Photo: Gram Car Carriers

The car carrier Viking Emerald got steering gear failure and ran aground off Woodland, Washington.    The vessel, owned by Norway’s Gram Car Carriers and managed by OSM Ship Management in Singapore, was refloated several hours later with the help of tugs, and resumed voyage






 
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