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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Townsend Bay Receives Dive Boat Order

Townsend Bay Marine LLC, a yachtbuilding and repair company based in Port Townsend, Wash. has received an order from Fr. Lurssen Werft of Bremen, Germany, to build a high-speed dive boat for a European client. The 73 ft. composite yacht has been designed by British naval architect Don Shead for a September 2000 delivery. The vessel is powered by a pair of 1,800-hp Detroit Diesel MTU 16v2000 engines coupled to custom-designed 22-in. Lips LJ51E waterjet drives. The yacht's design cruising speed at half load is 40 knots.

Townsend Bay Receives Dive Boat Order

Townsend Bay Marine LLC, a yachtbuilding and repair company based in Port Townsend, Wash. has received an order from Fr. Lurssen Werft of Bremen, Germany, to build a high-speed dive boat for a European client. The 73 ft. (22.2 m) composite yacht has been designed by British naval architect Don Shead for a September 2000 delivery. The vessel is powered by a pair of 1,800-hp Detroit Diesel MTU 16v2000 engines coupled to custom-designed 22-in. (558 mm) Lips LJ51E waterjet drives. The yacht's design cruising speed at half load is 40 knots.

Townsend Bay Launches First in Series

Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) has launched the first in a series of 73-ft. SportBoats. Built for an overseas client to be used as a diveboat, the boat exceeded contract requirements and can reach 50 knots with a pair of MTU power plants driving Lips waterjets. The vessel is the first ever to make use of the new Lips composite jetdrives, which save weight and promise lower maintenance cost. "We are very pleased with the performance of the boat and her propulsion package," stated Paul Zeusche, TBM general manager. "The waterjets make an exciting package for all boating conditions, including those in the Northwest where floating debris often threatens traditional screw installations." Zeusche noted that TBM has already begun construction of a second SportBoat for a U.S. client.

Townsend Bay Marine Launches New Vessel

Townsend Bay Marine LLC (TBM), a yachtbuilding and repair company based in Port Townsend, Washington, announces the launch of Alaskan Grandeur for Glacier Guides, Inc. The 68-ft. (20.7m) composite vessel has a 21.5-ft. (6.5m) beam and is based on a limit seiner hull. Designed by John L. Anderson Yacht Design of Kingston, Wash., to be independent of shore support for periods of up to three months, Alaskan Grandeur emphasizes simplicity and reliability. Used for hunting and fishing charters in Alaskan waters, the vessel will be provisioned at the beginning of the season and will cruise to remote locations without returning to base. Guests are flown in and out by float plane throughout the summer. Accommodations include four double staterooms for guests and two double cabins for crew.

Lürssen, Townsend Bay Alliance Announced

At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) and Lürssen Yachts formally announced the business relationship that the companies forged quietly several months ago, when Lürssen became the majority shareholder in the Port Townsend, Washington-based shipyard. In addition to allowing the two firms to share technical expertise and resources, the alliance adds a composite shipbuilding component to Lürssen's unparalleled capabilities as well as providing customers with worldwide resources. In business for more than 125 years, Lürssen (www.lurssen.com) specializes in vessels up to 160 meters in length. Services include design, engineering, construction, repair and logistics as well as a complete training program.

Coast Guard Appoints Director of Intelligence

The United States Coast Guard has named Frances Fragos-Townsend as its Director of Intelligence. In this position, Fragos-Townsend leads the service’s Intelligence Directorate, the Intelligence Coordination Center and act as program manager for the Coast Guard’s national intelligence effort. She is charged with enhancing inter-agency and maritime awareness in the war on terrorism. “The Coast Guard is widely respected by our intelligence, military and law enforcement partners for our multi-mission maritime capabilities,” said Fragos-Townsend. “Those partnerships and robust information sharing between agencies are key to our long term homeland security mission.” According to Fragos-Townsend…

New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin…

New Ferry Salish Begins Service July 1

The new 64-car ferry Salish will begin service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route at noon on Friday, July 1, following a community celebration in Port Townsend on June 30. Two-boat service will continue on the route until Oct. 10. “I know how important it is to the communities to restore full service on the route in time for the busy holiday weekend,” said Assistant Secretary David Moseley. “This couldn’t have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of many people. I especially want to thank the deck and engine crews for their role in bringing the Salish into service. The Salish begins service with the noon sailing from Port Townsend. The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) will begin taking vehicle reservations for the Salish soon.

Citizens Lobby to Keep Ferry

A campaign is being mounted to retain passenger-only ferry service between Port Townsend and Seattle, according to an AP report. Ridership has reportedly grown daily since the route was instituted after the state's only vehicle-and-passenger vessels that could operate on the Port Townsend-Keystone run were pulled from service last month for safety reasons. The fast ferry Snohomish, which makes four round trips a day, could carry 350 passengers but it is limited to 149 without the preparation of a safety and security plan.

Washington State Ferries Ridership at a 15-year High

(Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation)

Washington State Ferries, the nation’s largest ferry system, carried nearly 24.5 million passengers in 2017, its highest ridership since 2002. Ridership increased for the ninth consecutive year and was up by more than 250,000 over 2016. “We expect our ridership to continue to grow as more people move to Western Washington,” said WSF head Amy Scarton. “As part of the state highway network, the ferry system is a critical link between more affordable housing on the west side of the sound and key employment centers on the east side.

Coast Guard and Navy Assist Grounded Vessel

The Coast Guard and Navy assisted the two-man crew of a 62-foot pleasure craft LEGACY III after it ran aground Monday night North of Port Ludlow near Mats Mats Bay. The LEGACY's crew used their cell phone to call Jefferson County Dispatch who then notified the Coast Guard at 7 p.m. of boats situation. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was dispatched from Port Angeles and the U.S.S. ZEPHYR, a 170-foot Navy Patrol boat, diverted from its course to assist. The U.S.S. ZEPHYR dispatched a small boat to bring the two men from the grounded boat onto the patrol boat. Then two Coast Guard personnel attached to the ZEPHYR were placed on the LEGACY III with two dewatering pumps. The Coast Guardsmen stayed onboard the vessel until a commercial salvage contractor out of Port Townsend arrived on scene.

North Puget Sound Welcomes New Ferry

Nearly four years after the retirement of the Steel Electric Class ferries, the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) will welcome the newest addition to the state ferry fleet. The 64-car Salish will be the center of a community celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Port Townsend ferry terminal. WSF and the communities of Port Townsend and Whidbey Island will celebrate the restoration of two-boat service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route. The Salish will join her sister ship Chetzemoka on the route in July. WSF hopes to have the Salish in service by the Fourth of July weekend, but will confirm the date at the conclusion of sea trials scheduled to wrap up at the end of June.

Chetzemoka Stays in Service During Busy Summer Weekends

Vessel will go to drydock for repairs mid-week. PORT TOWNSEND – The Port Townsend and Whidbey Island communities have been seeing record-breaking numbers of tourists as vacationers take advantage of the last few weekends of summer. To help accommodate another influx of tourists expected this weekend, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is scheduling needed repairs to the Chetzemoka for mid-week. WSF has been running the Chetzemoka after temporary repairs were made to the vessel last week, but yesterday a custom-manufactured part arrived from Wisconsin and the vessel has been scheduled for drydock.

Cut Off

The value of ferry service in the Northwest United States has never been in question, yet last weekend solidified the importance of water transport to the region. Aging infrastructure and poor weather conspired to isolate Port Townsend from the mainland this week, according to a report in the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader (www.ptleader.com). Severe weather conspired to close a major roadway, which was closed in three places due to storm damage from a strong storm system. At the same time, Washington State Ferries is grappling with a plan of action on scrapping or saving its aging Steel Electric ferries, ferries with 80-year-old hulls.

WSF Port Townsend-Keystone Route to Continue Full Servcie

Washington State Ferries (WSF) said that the Port Townsend-Keystone route will continue to operate on a two-boat regular schedule, despite reports that the Nisqually may be taken off the route and service reduced to one vessel. The Nisqually and the Klickitat will operate on the published summer schedule, which is available online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/. On Sunday, July 29, a slow leak was discovered in the stern tube (part of the vessel steering system) of the Illahee. The Illahee was removed from service and taken to Todd Shipyard in Seattle for repairs. On Monday, July 30, the Nisqually was brought to Port Townsend to replace it and will remain in service on this route…

Cargo Ship Crewman Medevaced Off US West Coast

A USCG aircrew medevaced a crewmember from the Horizon Tacoma near Port Townsend, Wash. (Screenshot of USCG video courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles

A crewmember aboard containership Horizon Tacoma was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew near Port Townsend, Wash., Saturday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the man and transported him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the 700-foot ship’s master contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, requesting assistance for a 72-year-old crewmember reportedly suffering chest pain. The crewman is in stable condition. The aircrew launched at 12:25 p.m., arrived on scene and completed hoist operations at 12:40 p.m.

Ferry Experts and Legislators to Discuss Steel Electric Ferries

Washington State Ferries will hold meetings regarding the status of the Steel Electric class vessels and Port Townsend/Keystone ferry service. Legislators and staff from affected ferry communities, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will review current ferry status and discuss future vessel and service options. John Boylston, Naval Architect, Legislative Joint Transportation Committee consultants and WSF engineers will present Steel Electric repair and replacement options. Legislators and their staff, shipyard representatives, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will likely attend. The meetings will be held in the Rainier Conference Room.

Coast Guard Frees Vessels Frozen on the Hudson

Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay helps break free tug Brooklyn from the ice on the Hudson River near Saugerties, N.Y. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Steven Strohmaier, courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay)

The U.S. Coast Guard helped free two vessels beset by ice in the Hudson River this week as frigid temperatures in the U.S. Northeast continue to hamper the region’s commercial shipping. A Coast Guard icebreaker vessel freed tug Stephanie Dann near Kingston, N.Y. on Tuesday, as well as the tug Brooklyn stuck in ice near Saugerties, N.Y. on Sunday. The 140-foot icebreaking tug Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay was able to clear an area for Stephanie Dann to continue its transit after the tug had been beset by ice for a full night.

Two boat service returns to Port Townsend/Coupeville

Full service will resume Friday on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route when the 64-car Chetzemoka returns to service for the noon sailing from Port Townsend. The vessel was pulled from service Tuesday so shipyard craftsmen could install a new keel cooler. “We met our goal to get the Chetzemoka back into service for the busy weekend,” said Assistant Secretary David Moseley. “It couldn’t have been accomplished without the hard work of ferry and shipyard employees. The Chetzemoka was towed on Tuesday to Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes for drydocking.

WSDOT Welcomes 64-Car Ferry to Fleet

Image courtesy WSDOT

The newest vessel to be added to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) fleet of ferries was delivered by builder Todd Pacific Shipyards today. The 64-car ferry, Salish, will restore two-boat service to the Port Townsend/Coupeville route in July. “We feel a great sense of satisfaction after having built and delivered this complex vessel,” said Steve Welch, president of Todd Pacific Shipyards. “It’s going to transport millions of passengers for the next fifty years or more.

Todd Shipyard Gives Klickitat Early Drydock for Repair

Washington State Ferries Director of Marine Operations Traci Brewer-Rogstad announced that M/V Klickitat went into Todd Shipyard’s drydock this afternoon, ahead of schedule. The Klickitat was removed from service on the Port Townsend-Keystone route on Monday after a crack in the hull plating was detected. The ferry run is temporarily closed until the vessel can be repaired. “Todd Shipyard was able to slip us in between two other drydock customers, which we really appreciate,” says Ms. Brewer-Rogstad. “This allows us to examine and correct the crack in the hull plating that has caused the disruption to our ferry service on the Port Townsend/Keystone route.

Pertamina Delivers First LNG Cargo to Nusantara FSRU

Photo: PT Pertamina(Persero)

Indonesia's government controlled PT Pertamina said that the first LNG cargo produced with the gas sourced at the field has been delivered to the Nusantara Regas’ Nusantara FSRU in the Jakarta Bay. The shipment is the first LNG cargo since the official PHM became the operator of the Mahakam block as of January 1, 2018. The LNG gas cargo of 2 million per million british thermal units (MMBTU) is delivered to Nusantara Regas One's floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) in Jakarta Bay. The LNG Carrier Aquarius ship carried the LNG gas cargo on Thursday, (4/1).

Errant Boater Endangers Commercial Traffic in Puget Sound

The US Coast Guard announced that an unidentified vessel operator forced five large commercial vessels to take evasive action in Puget Sound near Port Townsend. The incident occurred during a period of low visibility and the boater did not respond to radio calls. The professionalism of the commercial mariners involved, with assistance from the Puget Sound VTS, averted what could have been a potentially disastrous situation. [Source: HK Law]

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