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Monday, December 5, 2016

PMI to Train Alaska Marine Highway System Personnel

Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), the West Coast affiliate of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) will be providing Fast Rescue Boat training for marine personnel of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). The Fast Rescue Boat training will take place on the M/V Columbia on September 22-26 and September 29-October 3, 2003. The Alaska Marine Highway System requires that Chief Mates, Boatswains, Able-Bodied Seamen, and First and Junior Engineers must obtain Fast Rescue Boat certification on their STCW-95 certificates.

MITAGS Wins Bid for Alaska Marine Highway Fast Ferry Training

Glen Paine, Executive Director of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) announced today that Derecktor Shipyard, on behalf of Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), awarded a contract to MITAGS for High Speed Craft (HSC) Bridge Resource Management and Simulator Training. Derecktor is building the M.V. FAIRWEATHER for AMHS, a 235'X 60' fast passenger vehicle ferry that will be powered by four Kamewa 90 waterjets and have a service speed of 32 knots. MITAGS' STN Atlas Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator, with Kamewa style controls, 360 degree theater and a 279' X 79' Fast Ferry model, will be utilized for two training sessions. The first five-day training session for six (6) AMHS officers will be held in September.

Conrad Awarded Ferry Contract

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the award of a $9.5 million contract for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The contract award calls for the construction of a 181-ft. ferry capable of transporting 149 passengers and 18 vehicles. When delivered, the vessel will provide service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, two of the Inside Passage of Alaska’s southernmost communities. Kenneth G. (“Jerry”) Myers, Jr., Conrad’s President and CEO commented, "We’re excited about the opportunity to work for the Alaska Marine Highway System on this first of a kind ferry. This project, coupled with several recently awarded contracts also in the government segment, continues to allow us to diversify both our customer and product bases.

Derecktor and Alaska Government Officials Sign Contract

Paul Derecktor, Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Perkins and several Alaska State Officials were in attendance last week at the State Capitol in Juno, for the signature of the contract that entrusts Derecktor Shipyards with the construction of two new high-speed ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System. This contract will be the first time a U.S. yard builds passenger-vehicle high-speed ferries. Until now the domain of overseas shipbuilders, the passenger-vehicle high-speed ferries have proven their worth in many countries around the world. The Jones Act requires that these boats servicing U.S. waters be built in the US.

SSNPRM on Alaska Passenger Vessels Security Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Second Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SSNPRM) regarding security zones around escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System vessels in navigable waters of Alaska. Under this proposal, all commercial fishing vessels while actively engaged in fishing would be exempt from the security restrictions. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 30. source: HK Law

Rolls-Royce wins AK Ferry Propulsion Contract

Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide a highly efficient propulsion system for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears. A Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system, which integrates controllable pitch propellers and rudders, will increase fuel efficiency and enhance manoeuvrability. “What is also exciting about this contract is that it represents the first time a ferry operator in North America will utilize our Promas integrated propeller and rudder system…

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Alaska Class Ferries

Alaska Class Ferry concept

Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide a highly efficient propulsion system for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears. A Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system…

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for New Alaskan Ferries

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

The new Alaska Marine Highway System ferries, to be built by Vigor Industrial, will feature Rolls-Royce propulsion systems. Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide propulsion systems for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears.

Ottawa Bars Use of 'Buy America' Rules at Ferry Project in Canada

The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation. The U.S. federal rules are designed to protect U.S. companies from foreign competition in transportation infrastructure projects. The state of Alaska has refused to waive the provisions for the $15 million rebuild of the Prince Rupert, British Columbia, ferry terminal although the project is solidly in Canadian territory. Canada is fighting back by invoking rarely used anti-sanction laws to prevent bidders on the project from agreeing to use only U.S.-made iron and steel.

Thordon Bearings Bags Alaska Ferry Contract

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings, will deliver the Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL)-compliant COMPAC propeller shaft bearing system for shaft diameters of 267mm. The twin-screw, 280ft long Alaska-class ferries will each have capacity to carry 300 passengers…

NTSB Reports on Alaska Ferry Grounding

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its brief report on the May 10, 2004 grounding of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LeConte on Cozian Reef. The probable cause of the grounding was the failure of the master and chief mate to recognize and appreciate the consequences of passing on the wrong side of the daymark marking the charted reef. Both the master and the chief mate were fatigued. MAB 05/02 (10/25/05).

NEWS:Derecktor Tapped to Build Second 73M Ferry for AMHS

Derecktor's investment in a new construction facility in Bridgeport, Conn., has paid off with a prestigious contract to build two new high-spec ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Will the company soon be able to lure new defense construction business to the buildings? The State of Alaska gave notice to Derecktor Shipyards to proceed on construction of a second high-speed ferry for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). M/V Chenega is the second of a two-ferry $67.9 million contract. In February 2002 Derecktor Shipyards was awarded the contract to design and build two high-speed passenger & automobile ferries as the first phase of Alaska's plans to re-tool its regional water transportation system with fast, modern, efficient, environmentally-friendly vessels.

SeaWave Delivers for Alaska High Speed Ferry

SeaWave, LLC has installed the SeaWave Integrator 3.0 aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System's (AMHS) high speed ferry "Fairweather," as it embarks on a one month trip for delivery from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Juneau, Alaska today. The builder of the vessel, Derecktor Shipyards, wanted to have a communications system on board for email and weather tracking for its delivery voyage. Working with SeaWave, this has been accomplished. The SeaWave Integrator will provide voice and email communications to the Derecktor delivery captain and 10 crew members during transit of the first commercial ferry to be built to the international High Speed Craft (HSC) code in the United States.

Alaskan Ferry Repower Completed

M/V Columbia (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Alaska, today announced the completion of the M/V Columbia repower. EBDG provided design services and ongoing owner support services for the ferry's repower, which was performed by Vigor Marine in Portland, Ore. "The Columbia was designed for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) by EBDG's predecessor firm, so we're intimately familiar with the vessel and its systems," said EBDG Project Manager Matt Williamson.

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten, who along with Vigor Alaska, are two of Cadmatic’s newest customers in the U.S. Delivering its design in the imperial unit versions of both Cadmatic Hull and Outfitting, Glosten’s production design of the Alaska Class Ferry represents the premiere application of Cadmatic 3D CAD/CAM engineering software in the northern U.S. The 280-foot, 300-passenger, 53-vehicle Alaska Class Ferry will primarily transit the Lynn Canal and shorter AMHS routes in Southeast Alaska.

Crowley Refloats Stranded Passenger Ferry

Crowley Marine Services refloated the passenger ferry Le Conte, which had run aground about 30 miles north of Sitka, Alaska on Monday, May 10. Crowley, under contract with the Alaska Marine Highway System, floated the Le Conte off Cozian Reef. The salvage team made internal and external surveys and the Le Conte is presently being towed to the Ketchikan Ship Yard by the tug Chahunta with Crowley's salvage vessel, the American Salvor, escorting. The 31-year-old ferry was transiting from Angoon to Sitka with more than 100 passengers and crewmembers onboard, when it struck the reef located in Peril Strait. All of the passengers were successfully evacuated by the Coast Guard and local private watercraft immediately following the grounding with only a few people sustaining minor injuries.

Elliott Bay Design hires Senior Naval Architect

Richard Holcomb

Richard Holcomb has joined the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, as a senior naval architect. Holcomb is a registered professional engineer (PE) and the latest hire at the growing firm, which has been acquiring new talent in response to increased customer demand for its services across the country. Holcomb brings more than two decades of naval architecture experience to his new position with a focus on project management, technical direction, and consultation in the areas of ship performance and design.

Alaska: No Rush for Canada Ferry Project Resolution

Alaska can use an existing British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada enforces an order blocking so-called "Buy America" purchasing rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official said on Tuesday. A $15 million plan to overhaul the Prince Rupert ferry terminal, which is located in Canada, has escalated into a trade dispute with the United States. Alaska has refused to seek a waiver to the controversial law, designed to protect U.S. companies from foreign competition in transportation infrastructure projects. That prompted Canada on Monday to fight back by invoking rarely used anti-sanction laws that would prevent bidders on the project from agreeing to use only U.S.-made iron and steel, potentially delaying construction.

Foss Maritime Acquires Harbor Marine Group

Foss Maritime Company will acquire Harbor Marine Group Inc., a full service Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consulting firm. Along with their existing suite of services, Foss can now offer full service logistics and project management to their domestic and international customers. The new line of business will operate under the Harbor Marine Group name as a division of Foss Maritime Company. Harbor Marine Group principals David Dumont and Elizabeth Reynolds have both accepted positions at Foss. Dumont has been named director of Harbor Marine Group, and Reynolds has been named director of Foss engineering. Harbor Marine Group currently serves a broad range of commercial and public marine clients operating throughout the U.S. West Coast and Alaska.

Derecktor Awarded High Speed Ferry Contracts

Derecktor Shipyards won the contract for the construction of the first two passenger /vehicle high-speed ferries for the State of Alaska's Marine Highway System. The NGA design presented by Derecktor competed in a bid race that lasted several months and ended with the notice of intent to award going to Derecktor Shipyards. This project, funded by the Federal Government, allows the State of Alaska to link Sitka to Juneau with fast modern boats, capable of a one-day round trip. The Alaska Marine Highway System has been operating year-round since 1963, with regularly scheduled passenger and vehicle service to 32 communities in Alaska. It carries more than 300,000 passengers every year. The new boats are designed by Nigel Gee and Associates (NGA) Ltd.

M/V Malaspina Aids Stranded Fishing Vessel

Four stranded fishermen were aided by the M/V Malaspina Sunday night after their fishing vessel ran aground southwest of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The M/V Malaspina responded to a mayday call from the F/V Alaska Queen. The F/V Alaska Queen was stranded on the north east side of Pitt Island, southwest of Prince Rupert. The M/V Malaspina deviated from its course, and was the first ship on the scene. The Malaspina launched a fast rescue boat and stood by the four stranded fishermen for approximately 45 minutes, until the Canadian Coast Guard arrived on scene, and released the Malaspina. At the time of the mayday response, the Malaspina was south bound from Ketchikan bound for Bellingham, Wash. AMHS General Manager Capt. John Falvey.

Lawmaker Urges River Ferry Expansion

Representative Woodie Salmon from Beaver on the Yukon River would like to see state ferry routes expanded to that historic Interior Alaska waterway. Ktva.com reported that expanding the Alaska Marine Highway System to communities on the Yukon River would boost their economies and foster tourism. Salmon's House Bill 432 calls for the Alaska Department of Transportation to study ferry travel on the Yukon. The bill claims that summertime barge service on the Yukon is slow and infrequent with many communities taking deliveries once or twice per summer. With regular ferry service, the bill suggests, villagers would have another option for…

Marine Highway to Fly State Flags at Half-Mast

Governor Frank H. Murkowski has authorized the Alaska Marine Highway System to fly the state flag at half-mast on all ferries, at the AMHS headquarters building in Ketchikan, and at DOT&PF headquarters in Juneau on Sunday, December 11 in memory of Capt. Tom Reed. Flags should be lowered on Sunday morning, and returned to full staff by Monday morning. A memorial reception will be held at the Ketchikan ferry terminal on Sunday while the M/V Taku is in port. Capt. Reed, 57, died of a heart attack on board the Taku on December 5 while the vessel was underway en route to Sitka.


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