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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


FVF Chenega Completes Sea Trials with MTU Engines

FVF Chenega

Over the past several months, FVF Chenega, a high-speed car ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet, was repowered with four new MTU Series 4000 engines. In April, the project was completed with two days of successful sea trials in Seattle.


Seattle, Tacoma Prepare for Seaport Alliance

Terminal 46 in Seattle (Photo: Port of Seattle)

The Northwest Seaport Alliance hits key milestone as ports of Seattle, Tacoma prepare to unify marine cargo management   A draft of the final agreement between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle has been released, heralding a milestone in the formation of a Seaport Alliance that will unify the


Seattle, Tacoma Container Volumes Stable in April

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Puget Sound container volumes stabilized in April, growing 1 percent year to date to 1,106,384 TEUs.   The moderate volumes reflect the return of normal operations at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, as the ports finished clearing the backlog of cargo that built up during contract


USCG Assists 2nd Activist From Arctic Challenger

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assist Chiara D’Angelo, an activist, down from the anchor chain of Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham, May 25, 2015. The Coast Guard crew responded to D’Angelo’s request for assistance to come down from the anchor chain. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham)

  Coast Guard personnel assisted in the removal of an activist who secured herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham, Wash., Monday morning. Chiara D'Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from the vessel's anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m


USCG Detain Tanker in Port Angeles

OVERSEAS JADEMAR Vessel Photo from www.marinetraffic.com

  Coast Guard personnel detained the tanker Overseas Jademar in Port Angeles, Monday. Port State Control officers, from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, discovered several significant safety violations during a port state control exam of the Marshall Island-flagged tanker


Oil Tanker Detained for Safety Violations

U.S. Coast Guard personnel on Monday detained the oil tanker Overseas Jademar in Port Angeles after several safety violations were discovered during a port state control exam.   Marshall Island-flagged tanker Overseas Jademar was en route from Malaysia to Anacortes


Settlement Approved Between USCG, Tug Operator

A settlement between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the operator of the tug Shannon was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judge.   The settlement calls for a two month suspension of Merchant Mariner’s Credentials


Puget Sound Container Volumes Slide

Photo: Port of Seattle

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma saw combined container volumes fall 13 percent in January, continuing a trend that started in November.   The Puget Sound gateway handled 226,906 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Containerized imports plunged 21 percent to 89,982 TEUs


MOL Containership Detained in Seattle

Port State Control officers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound detained the container ship MOL Precision in Seattle, Thursday after discovering several significant violations during a port state control exam of the Panamanian-flagged ship


Seattle Fears Arctic drilling, Shell Moves Rigs

How we operate in the Arctic: Shell Global

 Shell Oil Co is poised to restart oil drilling in the Arctic in the near future once it receives the go-ahead from the U.S. government, which could happen soon.     The decision to allow the oil company access has been controversial among environmentalists groups as well as local


All American Marine Delivers Ferry to Seattle

   The maiden voyage of the MV Sally Fox (photo courtesy of All American Marine)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle.    The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s


Seattle Area Could Use Old Aircraft Carriers as a Bridge

In this 2012 aerial view of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the aircraft carriers Independence, Kitty Hawk, Constellation and Ranger are visible. The Ranger and Constellation have since been scrapped. Pic USN

  A Washington state lawmaker looking to ease traffic congestion for several Puget Sound-area communities near Seattle has proposed building an eye-catching new toll bridge made from retired Navy aircraft carriers. Republican Representative Jesse Young has been gathering support among


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


Six Washington Students Earn Maritime Scholarships

Left to right: Bethany Shimasaki, Rosie Wilcox, Donald Lay, Connor Vincent, Christine Kimball and Alyssa Scott

The 11th annual Norm Manly Puget Sound Maritime (PSM) / Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Compass Course Maritime Training. Six high school seniors in Washington State were awarded the 2015 YMTA


Shell's Arctic Return Faces Hurdle at Seattle Port

Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs.   Seattle Mayor Ed Murray






 
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