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PIL's New ANW Service to Call Port of Seattle

Longshoreman at T30 terminal: Photo courtesy of Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle says it will welcome Pacific International Lines (PIL) to its harbor in February. PIL’s new Asia Pacific Northwest Service (ANW) will call Terminal 30 in partnership with China Shipping Container Lines’ (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) existing joint service. The service will have a port rotation of Nansha/ Hong Kong/ Yantian/ Ningbo/ Shanghai/ Pusan/ Seattle/ Vancouver/ Nansha. The service gives fast and reliable transits for imports to the PNW and beyond, while providing expanded options for exports. PIL is the second major shipping line in the past year to choose the Port of Seattle as its primary U.S. Pacific Northwest port of call.  The company was incorporated in 1967 and is headquartered in Singapore. About the Port of Seattle Founded in 1911, the port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, four container cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage.  

AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia

Stennis 'Looks Ahead' to New Home in Washington

By Journalist 2nd Class Victoria Tobin, Public Affairs Center San Diego USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed San Diego Jan. 5th for its new homeport in the Pacific Northwest. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is making the trip up the west coast to Bremerton, Wash. Shortly after arriving, the ship is scheduled for routine maintenance and technology upgrades for most of 2005 before its next scheduled deployment.

New Vessel Sharing Agreement

Following the success of a previous vessel sharing agreement, Danish carrier Maersk Line announced the establishment of a new Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with French-based CMA-CGM utilizing both the Panama and Suez Canals, which will commence in May 2009. Additionally, further adjustments to the Maersk Line network will provide customers with significant benefits. This new VSA follows almost a year of successful cooperation between the two companies in a trans-Pacific agreement

Zim Receives New Container Ship

According to Reuters, Israeli shipping firm Zim, a unit of holding company Israel Corp., has received the first of 12 vessels it had ordered to meet an anticipated surge in demand as the global economy recovers. Zim said the new ship, Zim Los Angeles, had a capacity of 8,400 containers, and that a second ship with a capacity of 10,000 containers, Zim Djibouti, would be delivered in two weeks. Zim said the two vessels, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries

Panama Canal Expansion Should Slice US Grain Freight Rate

Image credit PCA

Upon completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal, the cost to transport grain from the U.S. corn belt to Asia will drop by an estimated 12%, thus increasing the cost competitiveness of the U.S. as a grain exporter to Asia, Rabobank forecasts. In a new report, “Panama Canal: Expanding the Gateway for U.S. Grain to the East,” Rabobank says the expansion of the Canal will accommodate grain-laden ships from the U.S. of 25% more capacity than before, resulting in a shift in U.S

PFI Marine Electric, Eltech Electric Partnership

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric LLC announced that it has agreed to sell its marine electrical operation, PFI Marine Electric, to a new company owned by the manager of the business, James Kaldestad, and George Hancock, owner of Eltech Electric Inc, another Seattle-based marine electrical contractor. Kaldestad will be President of PFI Marine Electric LLC, which will continue to operate at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Ballard, Seattle and at Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Vigor’s CEO, Frank Foti, Keynote Speaker at Upcoming 'Boatyard Day'

Frank Foti: Image credit Vigor Industrial

Frank Foti, CEO & President, Vigor Industrial LLC, will deliver the Boatyard Day Keynote Address on the "Resurgence of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Industry" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, during the 2013 Pacific Marine Expo. During his remarks, Foti will cover training the next generation of maritime workers, reinvesting in marine infrastructure, and opportunities on the horizon, including the revitalization of the fishing fleet.

KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

Image courtesy of KVH Industries

                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping, the company announced today.   Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage

EBDG Remembers James A. Cole

Jim Cole (Photo: EBDG)

Fishing vessel expert and award-winning author, leaves legacy of excellence   EBDG announced the passing of Jim Cole. Over the span of a half century, Jim distinguished himself as among the best in his field, demonstrating extensive expertise in the design of a variety of vessel types ranging from ferries, innovative tugs and his beloved fishing boats.    Jim earned a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Washington in 1957 entering Seattle's marine industry

America's First Female Cruise Ship Captain on Maiden Voyage

Kate McCue. Photo by Celebrity Cruises, Inc

 An American woman Kate McCue is on her maiden voyage at the helm of the Celebrity Summit. She's leading the 14-day cruise with more than 2,100 passengers and a crew of about 950.     Kate McCue, 37, took the helm of her maiden voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship on Sunday as the

Vigor Hires Senior VP of Public Affairs

Jill Mackie (Photo: Vigor)

Jill Mackie will join shipbuilder and repairer Vigor’s executive team as senior vice president of public affairs, the company announced today.   In her new role, Mackie will provide leadership and oversight of strategic communications, community and government relations at the local

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

Photo: Inhabitat

 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.   Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study

Crowley Approved to Import Canada-sourced LNG

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply

WISTA USA Hosts 2015 AGM & Conference

Photo: WISTA

This year's WISTA USA Annual General Meeting (AGM) brought together more than 120 maritime industry professionals from across the United States and around the world.    Declared a major success by WISTA USA president, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons (president, Total Marine Solutions)

Canada LNG Import on Indian Menu

Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India

 India is considering importing liquefied natural gas from Canada towards meeting its requirements, the petroleum ministry said.   Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford to discuss enhancing energy cooperation between the two

Cruise Industry Gets First American Female Captain

Captain Kate McCue (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

For the first time in the cruise industry, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit, a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet

British Columbia Readies for LNG Industry

Image: Pacific NorthWest LNG

British Columbia Finance Minister Mike de Jong has tabled a bill designed to spell out the rules for a proposed $45-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, placing the Liberal government’s pro-LNG agenda on a collision course with the NDP.  

FMC Approves Northwest Seaport Alliance

Photo: Port of Seattle

Upon competitive review and analysis of the Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted unanimously to allow the Northwest Seaport Alliance to become effective as scheduled on July 23, 2015.  

Petronas-led Consortium to Start Construction of B.C. LNG terminal Soon

Gas and Power Regas Terminal. Photo: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

 British Columbia's finance minister Michael de Jong said that the construction of Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Canada is expected to start in September.  

Totem Inks LNG Conversion Deal with Keppel

Midnight Sun

  Totem Ocean Trailer Express announced that it has signed a contract with Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd for the conversion of  the  Midnight Sun to dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion

Puget Sound Box Volumes Continue Growth in July

Photo: Port of Seattle

Container volumes through the newly established Northwest Seaport Alliance continued to post gains in July, growing nearly 8 percent compared to July 2014, according to the ports alliance.   The Northwest Seaport Alliance, formally launched by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma on August 4

US Navy Sub Completes Arctic Deployment

The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. (U.S. Navy photo)

Fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton August 21, following a six-month Arctic deployment during which it conducted routine submarine operations, including under-ice transits and under-ice operations.   

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Ignacio is east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and not expected to pass north of the islands until Monday night and Tuesday

  Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1

US Navy Awards $22mln Waterfront Inspection Deal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a five-year, $22 million contract to Appledore Marine Engineering, a specialist focusing exclusively on the inspection and design of marine infrastructure, for waterfront inspection services.   The contract covers Region 4, which includes the Northwest, Alaska

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