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Vancouver Considers Bringing Back Fast Cat Ferries

The CEO of the Washington Marine Group is downplaying environmental concerns as he considers the idea of bringing back the Fast Cat ferries to work a Vancouver to Nanaimo run, CKNW News Talk reports. The vessels would be run at a slower speed than previously, and officials say that improvements have been made since they were first introduced and that the Fast Cats wouldn't do any environmental damage that isn't already being done by current service. Washington Marine could have an answer within six weeks on whether to go ahead with this plan. Source: CKNW News Talk

Seaspan Container Lines Expands

Seaspan Container Lines has placed an order for nine new 4,250 TEU container ships. The new ships will be chartered to the Canadian shipping company, CP Ships. “It is an honor for us to expand our customer base to include CP Ships. Their people, performance, and history are all first class. We are extremely excited about this new relationship,” said Kyle Washington, CEO and chairman of the Washington Marine Group.

Polar Tankers to Pay $588K for 2004 Spill

Polar Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co., has agreed to pay $588,000 to help compensate the public for environmental harm caused by the October 2004 crude oil spill into Puget Sound’s Dalco Passage near Tacoma. The payment would come under a proposed settlement agreement or consent decree filed this week in U.S. District Court, Western Washington Division involving Polar Tankers and the United States, state of Washington

WMG & Thales Teaming Agreement Signed

Washington Marine Group (WMG) announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement with Thales Canada forming a strategic alliance to provide the Government of Canada a single solution for the future build and in service support of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The AOPS program is worth over $2b dollars, delivering six ice breaking patrol vessels to the Canadian Navy, as part of the Federal Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)

Analytic Systems Lowers Battery Charger Prices

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Analytic Systems has released new lower 2011 pricing for industrial application AC source battery chargers, AC/DC power supplies, DC/AC PureSine and Quasi-Sine inverters.   Analytic Systems provides high performance power conversion products to a variety of industrial users like the commercial marine, utility vehicle, mining, bus and rail, oil and gas, telecom, alternative energy, etc due to their high reliability and rugged designs

USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Bellone (yellow hat), a boatswains mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., observes the buoy deck as the 60-foot-long Fast Sweep Boom is ra

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday. The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th District Response Advisor Team, Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, California, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington State Department of Ecology, Harley Marine Service Inc

ExxonMobil Receives Washington State Exceptional Compliance Award

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that its U.S. marine transportation affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. SeaRiver achieved this through meeting the state's voluntary Exceptional Compliance Program for Tank Vessels (Ecopro) and is the only company to attain full Ecopro status for a third consecutive renewal period since the program's inception in 1999.

USCG Marine Safety Center – Address Change

The U.S. Coast Guard promulgated a technical amendment reflecting a change of address for its Marine Safety Center. Effective immediately, the physical address is: Commanding Officer (MSC); USCG Marine Safety Center; Suite 1000, Room 525; 1900 Half Street, SW; Washington, DC 20024. Regular mail should be sent to: Commanding Officer (MSC); USCG Marine Safety Center; 2100 Second Street, SW; Washington, DC 20593. The telephone number is 202-475-3400. 70 Fed. Reg. 75731

New Washington DC Office for Mobilarm

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    * New Washington office to support expected roll-out of MBO’s Crewsafe V200 submarine escape and survival beacon for US Navy     * Follows exercise of purchase option on VHF locator beacon by US Navy in January     * Appointment of Roger Hoff as Defence Program Manager and North American Business Manager based in Washington     * Roger Hoff previously responsible for 50

Art Anderson Associates Hires Marine Engineer

BREMERTON, WA - Art Anderson Associates, a Bremerton-based multidisciplinary engineering services firm, has hired Sean McKee, PE, as a Senior Marine Electrical Engineer.  Mr. McKee will work in the firm’s Marine Division, and be responsible for leading and executing electrical engineering assignments for marine and vessel engineering projects.  He will also provide additional support to the firm’s Facilities Division to accommodate surges in electrical workload. Mr

Crowley Vessels Win Environmental Awards

Accepting the awards on behalf of Crowley were Golonka; John Bohn, captain at Crowley’s Marine Transport Lines; Wendy MacDonald, vice president, technical management; Keith Montpas, chief engineer, petroleum services; Jay Debruhl, port captain, petroleum services; Jack Andrews, technical management, and Jarrett Flynn, captain, marine services.

101 Crowley Vessels Honored with Environmental Awards in Recognition of 984 Combined Years of Safe Operations.   More than 100 Crowley Maritime Corporation-owned and -operated vessels were honored with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the recent

Obama Says China Must Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.  

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

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Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

Foss Hires VP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull has joined the company as the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer.   Based in Seattle, Nguyen-Bull will lead Foss's Legal and Risk Management Group, where in addition to providing counsel on legal issues and business

US Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Offshore Drilling

A group of U.S. Senators on the West Coast have introduced a bill Wednesday aiming to prohibit offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf of California, Oregon and Washington.   First introduced in 2010, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act

US Must Exercise Freedom of Navigation in Asia-Pacific -Navy Commander

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Friday the United States must carry out freedom of navigation patrols throughout the Asia Pacific, but declined to say whether it planned go within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.  

World Ship Owners Adopt Kalu as President

Photo: Orji Uzor Kalu, Facebook Page

 World Shipowners’ Association (WSA) has appointed Nigeria-born Forbes billionaire and President of Slok Group, Orji Uzor Kalu as interim president of the body.   Kalu, an eminent businessman and former governor of Abia State will occupy the position pending the election of

NTSB: El Faro Investigation Continues

NTSB investigative team en route to investigate the Loss of Container Ship El Faro

NTSB Issues Update on Investigation Into Sinking of Cargo Ship El Faro. In its continuing investigation of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information:

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

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Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry.   Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings

Despite Agreements, U.S.-China Naval Risks Linger

In 2013, a U.S. guided-missile ship veered sharply to avoid a Chinese navy vessel that tried to block its path in the disputed South China Sea, according to the U.S. account.   The next year, the United States said a Chinese fighter jet buzzed within 30 feet (9 meters) of one of its Navy

Oil Spills into Potomac River near D.C. Airport

Aerial view of the oil spill near the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Oct. 30, 2015. A safety zone was established with a 1,500-yard radius from source of the spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nicholas Rodriguez)

An estimated 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of Jet A aviation fuel has spilled within Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and into the Potomac River, Friday.   A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority personnel

Car Carrier Runs Aground off Washington

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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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