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Coast Guard Foundation Honors USCG Seattle

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 2013 Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Honoring the bravery and heroism of the more than 6,000 U.S. Coast Guard men and women in the area who courageously serve, protect and defend our nation, its people and mariners operating in its waters, as well as its marine environment and natural resources…

WISTA at Seattle Maritime Academy: Sept. 23

Women’s Maritime Shipping Group Meets at Seattle Maritime Academy: Sept. 23; WISTA USA Pacific Northwest Visits Training Vessel E.L. Bartlett. The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA Pacific Northwest Chapter is gathering aboard Seattle Maritime Academy’s Training Vessel, E.L. Bartlett, on Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. Following a presentation on the academy’s programs and graduate placement, the WISTA USA Pacific Northwest Chapter will convene its quarterly business meeting. All are welcome.

Washington State Sued for Blocking Coal Exports to Asia

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A company that planned to build a coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest to ship western U.S. coal to Asian markets sued the state of Washington on Wednesday for blocking construction last year. Lighthouse Resources Inc filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington Governor Jay Inslee and two state regulators for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by denying permits to allow the company to ship coal mined in Wyoming, Montana and other western states through its proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal to clients in Japan and South Korea.

PNW Coast Guard Foundation Awards Dinner

Stonington, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Annual Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Honoring the heroic efforts performed in the Pacific Northwest over the past year and recognizing the service of those who enforce maritime law…

Cautious Optimism on Pacific NorthWest LNG Report

Pic: Pacific Northwest LNG

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)  has ruled that Pacific NorthWest LNG’s project in British Columbia would likely harm harbour porpoises and contribute to climate change, but the export terminal could be built and operated without causing major ecological damage, reports The Globe and Mail. CEAA says that the Pacific Northwest LNG project will not lead to significant adverse impacts on the Skeena salmon fishery. The federal government has released its draft environmental assessment report on the proposed Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas terminal…

Abu Dhabi Forms Joint Fast Containership Line

Abu Dhabi Investment Company has established Abu Dhabi Container Lines Limited (ADCL) with Norasia Shipping Limited, Switzerland. The new venture will acquire and operate a fleet of 10 fast containership vessels servicing Asian ports and the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada. The 10 technologically driven vessels, seven of which have already been delivered, move at speeds of 25 knots. The remaining three ships will be sent off between January and July 2000. Commercial and technical operations of the fleet are contracted with subsidiaries of Norasia for the vessels, which will provide weekly services from Asian ports to the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Southwest.

Abu Dhabi Forms Joint Fast Containership Line

Abu Dhabi Investment Company has established Abu Dhabi Container Lines Limited (ADCL) with Norasia Shipping Limited, Switzerland. The new venture will acquire and operate a fleet of 10 fast containership vessels servicing Asian ports and the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada. The 10 technologically driven vessels, seven of which have already been delivered, move at speeds of 25 knots. The remaining three ships will be sent off between January and July 2000. Commercial and technical operations of the fleet are contracted with subsidiaries of Norasia for the vessels, which will provide weekly services from Asian ports to the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Southwest.

Congress Urges Obama to Encourage Ports Resolution

U.S. Members of Congress Dave Reichert (WA-8), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), Doc Hastings (WA-4), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Greg Walden (OR-2), and Mike Simpson (ID-2) sent a letter to President Obama to ask that he encourage the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to use a federal mediator in order to bring about a swift resolution to their current contract negotiations. The members said, “Communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country rely on thriving ports – which support hundreds of thousands of jobs in our states – to export their products around the world. This is the second letter Pacific Northwest members of Congress have sent regarding the ILWU and PMA to call for a quick resolution.

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.

Port of Portland Linked to Med by German Line

Hamburg SĂĽd Ship: Credit Hamburg SĂĽd

Containership Cap Cleveland inaugurated a new service offering freight connections between US Pacific Northwest and Mediterranean ports when she docked recently at the Port of Portalnd, to be greeted by port officials and container terminal managers from Philippine-based International Container Services Inc. Hamburg Süd offers new and more regular calls to Mediterraneon ports as well as feeder connections to the Far East, Middle East, Indian Ocean, Latin America and West Africa.

New Canadian LNG Terminal Becoming Real

Pacific Northwest LNG awards FEED contract, takes next step toward an LNG export terminal island on Lelu Island, near Port Edward. The front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract will see three firms working together to design the terminal and work on feasibility studies in the Port Edward area, were awarded to  Bechtel, a KBR/JGC joint venture, and a Technip/Samsung Engineering/China Huanqiu joint venture, reports 'The Northern View'. The FEED and Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning bid is expected to be complete by August 2014.  At the end of 2014 Pacific NorthWest LNG partners, Malaysia's national energy company, PETRONAS and Japex, plan to make the final investment decision on the project. Source: The Northern View  

Latest FMCS Update on West Coast Labor Talks

FMCS Statement on Labor Negotiations Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service issued the following statement (PM / 9 July) on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest grain handlers: "Negotiators for the Grain Group and the ILWU met on July 8 and 9 under the auspices of the FMCS. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

MMS Supports Workshop on Effects of Wave Energy

Scientists from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) will join colleagues from federal and state government, academia, and industry to examine potential effects of wave energy at the Ecological Effects of Wave Energy Development in the Pacific Northwest Workshop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, on October 11-12, 2007. MMS is a major co-sponsor of the scientific workshop along with Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Land Development and Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Fisheries, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, several Pacific Northwest utility companies and others.

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, Snake and Willamette rivers during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions. Scott Young, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.…

Women’s Maritime Shipping Group to Meet in Seattle

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) Pacific Northwest Chapter is gathering for a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle Command Center on August 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM. Following the tour, the group will relocate to Salty’s on Alki Beach, located at 1936 Harbor Avenue SW, for a social hour. Contact Cynthia Powell at wistapnw@gmail.com for more information about this event. WISTA is an international organization committed to promoting women in management positions in maritime transportation businesses and related trades. WISTA focuses on attracting more women to the industry and on providing networking, education and mentoring opportunities. WISTA USA includes over 240 maritime professionals from 20 states.

MSC US N.W. Pacific Asset Acquired by US Joiner

The purchases by US Joiner affiliates, furniture providers, enable establishment of an office and factory in the US Pacific Northwest. US Joiner is a leading independent domestic provider of turnkey marine joiner and furniture solutions for U.S. Government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Crozet, VA, the company employs approximately 500 employees across the United States. Joe Mullen, President of US Joiner, said, "The purchase of these assets from MSC is an excellent addition to US Joiner and a highly complementary fit. We look forward to expanding our presence and capabilities in the Pacific Northwest to better serve our existing customers as well as the broader marine marketplace in this region. US Joiner was acquired in June 2011 by J.F.

Pacific Northwest To Host Port Security

The commander of Maritime Defense Zone Pacific will conduct a multi-agency, multi-national port security exercise titled Seahawk 02 in the Pacific Northwest beginning Monday. Participants in the exercise will include more than 1,000 active and reserve U.S. military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Personnel from the Canadian Defense Forces and Republic of Korea Navy, as well as representatives from numerous federal, state and local emergency response and law enforcement agencies, will also participate. Designed to test operational and command and control doctrine, as well as to provide a training opportunity for participants, Seahawk 02 will take place in two phases.

British Columbia Signs LNG Deal with Petronas

Agreement between the government of BC and Pacific NorthWest LNG establish signed. Photo: BC Gov News

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced an agreement in principle with Pacific NorthWest LNG, owned in majority by Malaysia's Petronas, for a liquefied natural gas development on the province's northwest coast. Hailed as “the largest capital investment in B.C. history,” Clark said the LNG framework will result in stable, long-term revenue for B.C. and $36 billion in investment, including a proposal for an LNG facility near Prince Rupert. Both are intended to provide certainty…

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Units Contribute Nearly $4B in Narcotic Seizures

The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than 93,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in the fiscal year that ended September 30; an amount equal to 80 percent of the 117,280 pounds of cocaine seized. Combine that with the nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana seized, equals $3.9 billion in illegal drugs the Coast Guard kept off America’s streets. Pacific Northwest units have played a major role in these seizures, which includes the third largest recorded amount of cocaine seized, while maintaining a demanding homeland defense mission. "The Coast Guard is committed to securing America from all maritime threats, whether they be terrorist or smugglers, and we will continue to deny the seas to those who would harm our citizens," said Vice Adm.

Stennis 'Looks Ahead' to New Home in Washington

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. "We will miss San Diego's beautiful weather and wonderful people," said Capt. David H. Buss, Stennis' commanding officer. Nearly 1,400 married Sailors and their families, along with 1,140 single Sailors, will take up residence in Bremerton and the surrounding area. "We look forward to building a strong relationship with the many communities in the Pacific Northwest as we did in San Diego," said Stennis' Executive Officer, Capt. Joseph Kuzmick.

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. grain shipping routes that doubles the draw area west of the Mississippi River for exports through the Panama Canal.

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, and represents further rightsizing of capacity in the trans-Pacific trade. Demonstrating a new perspective on service to North America, Maersk Line and CMA-CGM provide two strings with new services for customers.

Film Celebrates Golden Age of NW Boats

Motor yacht Kensington on the ways at Jensen Motor Boat Company, circa 1929. For more than a hundred years, the Pacific Northwest has ranked as a center for vessel design, construction and preservation. Beginning with the advent of the Pacific cod fishery in the 1880s, utilizing the raw material afforded by the vast Northwest forests, Seattle-area boat builders began creating one of the world’s great fishing fleets. Soon, they would craft sailing ships to support the lumber and cargo trades, and work boats that sustained Pacific commerce.

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