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Port of Tacoma Settles Environmental Violations

The Port of Tacoma and two contractors have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty and restore wetland habitat at an estimated cost of over $3 million to compensate for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that damaged valuable Puget Sound wetlands, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed settlement has been filed with the court and the public will have 30 days to provide comments, which the court will consider before the settlement is approved. In 2008, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered that the Port of Tacoma hired a contractor to raze vegetation and destroyed more than four acres of wetlands in Hylebos Marsh, an area that provided important wildlife habitat and enhanced Puget Sound water quality. The contractor performed the work at the direction of the Port of Tacoma, which had been working to eradicate vineyard snails from Hylebos Marsh with guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An order from USDA stated that plowing and grading to deal with the invasive snail species was acceptable in non-wetland areas only. At the time EPA and the Army Corps discovered the destroyed wetlands at Hylebos Marsh, the Port also disclosed that in 2006 it directed a contractor to dump over 4,000 cubic yards of urban fill materials—including soil, concrete and asphalt pieces—into nearly two acres of wetlands in an area called EB-1B, located east of Hylebos Marsh.


HAL to Conduct Air Emission Reducing Study

To determine the feasibility of new technology designed to dramatically reduce air emissions on seagoing vessels, Holland America Line plans on conducting a seawater scrubber feasibility project aboard one of its cruise ships thanks to the assistance of a $300,000 EPA/West Coast Collaborative grant and $100,000 contribution from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The total cost of the installation is more than $1.2 million


Washington – Cruise Ship Agreement Got Results

More cruise ships took steps to protect Puget Sound from wastewater pollution in 2005, the second year of an environmental agreement signed in 2004 with the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Port of Seattle. Ecology issued a report on progress under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in April of 2004 as the cruise season began.


Australia is a Tough Testing Ground for Marine Equipment

When heavy ships are maneuvered in rough waters with a small crew, or oil tankers are escorted through narrow confined channels, the strength and reliability of a tug boat's towline is paramount to safety and efficiency. Tugboats require ship-assist ropes that are extraordinarily strong, yet light enough for a crew of only a few to handle. Tugboat operators around the world have found a solution: Plasma ropes manufactured from Honeywell's Spectra fiber. Made by the Puget Sound Rope Corp


$30m for Washington State Port Security

April 8, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Washington state ports will receive $30.3m for port security efforts across the state this year. The funds, which will now begin to be distributed to state ports, will go toward infrastructure security improvements including chemical detectors, cameras, security gates, access controls, and training and exercises. “As we work to stabilize our economy and spur investment in Washington state


American NW Ports Set Marine Emissions Goals

NW Ports Logo

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver, Canada, aim to cut diesel emissions by 75 percent per ton of cargo moved by 2015 and 80 percent by 2020, from a 2005 baseline. Factoring in projected cargo growth, this will result in overall reductions of 70 percent by 2015 and 75 percent by 2020. The ports also set a goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 10 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020 per ton of cargo moved.


Coast Guard Commissions Patrol Boat

A commissioning ceremony for the Pacific Northwest’s third and newest Marine Protector Class Cutter is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, at Coast Guard Group Port Angeles, in Port Angeles, Wash. The Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-ft. patrol boat, will assume the primary missions of search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. It is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art navigational technology, a fast small boat rear-launch system


Action Eliminates Threat of Spill

NRC Contractors, Adam Wilkison, Collin Potts and Ron Broadway, put up a barrier of think plastic to prevent fuel from escaping the containment area around a damaged tank at the BP Harbor Island Seattle Terminal Dec. 6. The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and BP worked with NRC contractors to keep any of the fuel from entering Puget Sound. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert) NRC contractors meet to discuss their plans to keep diesel fuel from


NAVSEA Teamwork Delivers USS George Washington On Time

By Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) repair work will enable USS George Washington (CVN 73) to assume its role in Yokosuka, Japan, as our nation's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in September. Working as "One Shipyard," skilled personnel from two NAVSEA field activities -- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) provided most of the


New Navy Contracts

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $42,108,043 firm-fixed-price contract for preparation and accomplishment of the FY09 dry-docking selected restricted availability of USS Springfield (SSN 761).  The contractor will perform advance planning, design documentation, engineering, procurement, ship-checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard work and/or any other work necessary to prepare for the accomplishment of


USCG Seeks Prankster who Made Fake Distress Calls

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is working to track down a prankster who called in fake distress calls in Washington state that led agency officials to launch two rescue efforts that cost over $200,000, an official said on Thursday. The suspect made his first call over VHF radio on May 31


Helmsman Falls Overboard, Boat Crashes Into Breakwater

Boat hits breakwater: Picture from USCG video

 Coast Guard and Washington State Ferry crews rescued a man who fell overboard from his vessel in the vicinity of Elliott Bay Marina. The 39-foot boat was moving at the time the man fell overboard and it continued on its course until it hit the Elliot Bay Marina break wall where it began


Polar Tankers Win Prestigious Coast Guard Award

Tankship Polar Discovery: Photo ConocoPhillips

The United States Coast Guard informs that it has recognized ConocoPhillips subsidiary Polar Tankers, Inc. with the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Osprey Award for Environmental Excellence. Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, the USCG 29th Vice Commandant


Pacific Ship Repair Awarded 'USS Shoup' Contract Modification

USS Shoup: Photo USN

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $9,093,866 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-12-C-4400 for repair and modernization of 'USS Shoup' (DDG 86).


Jona Takes Over as SVP at Cobham SATCOM

Cobham SATCOM has appointed Paul H. Jona as its new Senior Vice President (SVP). Starting March 03, 2014 Paul will work alongside incumbent SVP Walther Thygesen. After completing seven years of service as CEO of Thrane & Thrane A/S, and since July 2012 heading up Cobham SATCOM as SVP


State leaders christen first Olympic-class ferry at Vigor

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State elected, transportation and manufacturing leaders were on hand today to celebrate the christening of the state’s first 144-car Olympic Class ferry, the M/V Tokitae, at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard in Seattle. Lynn Peterson, Washington’s Secretary of Transportation


Long Beach Dismisses Proposed Los Angeles Merger

West coast rival: Long Beach is opposed to the merger with its long-time rival. Photo: Paul Ottaviano

A proposal by the LA 2020 Commission to merge the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – the two busiest container ports in the US – has been slated by Long Beach leaders for being “condescending and disrespectful”.  


Safety Alert: Inadequate Snaphook on Lifejackets

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The information in this safety alert was distributed a few years ago by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans with limited geographic reach. Recently, Washington State Ferry personnel discovered numerous problematic snaphooks on one of their vessels and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.


Stennis Departs Dry Dock

USS John C. Stennis

  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has today departed the dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyards and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) . The event marked the conclusion of the 9-month dry dock portion of Stennis’ Docking


Port of Everett Solicits Bids for Nearly $6 million marina cleanup project

Port of Everety

  ESY In-water cleanup area Everett, Wash. – Last month, the Port of Everett began soliciting bids for the final phase of its Everett Shipyard Cleanup project, located along West Marine View Drive between 15th and 14th Street.


Sherwin-Williams Awarded for Work on USS Ronald Reagan

USS Ronald Reagan (U.S. Navy photo)

Sherwin-Williams said it was awarded Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence for exceptional coatings work on U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrierUSS Ronald Reagan at SSPC 2014. The award recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S


Senators Murray, Cantwell Secure Wins for Ports of Seattle, Tacoma

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

  U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) yesterday announced that a critical provision they authored to reform the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) and significantly benefit the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma was included in the bipartisan


USCG Rescues Man, Woman, 2 Dogs

USCG photo

Port Angeles, Washington-based U.S. Coast Guardsmen rescued two people and two dogs from a vessel taking on water near Port Angeles, Friday morning. A man and woman wearing lifejackets were aboard a 19-foot vessel with their dogs when they began taking on water.


AMI Wins $3.5 Million Defense Contract

Photo courtesy of Auburn

Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) has won a multiyear contract to supply over 200,000 yards of AMI-SIL fabric to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (NSY) in Bremerton, Washington, for use in hot work operations during ship repair.    


Vigor Delivers Washington’s First 144-car Ferry

MV Tokitae (Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation)

Vigor Fab delivered the Tokitae, the state’s newest ferry, to Washington State Ferry officials this week. The Olympic class Tokitae is the first of three 144-car ferries currently planned. It will enter service this summer on the Clinton-Mukilteo route






 
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