Removal Planned for Tug Submerged at National Guard Dock in Alaska

Removal Planned for Tug Submerged at National Guard Dock in Alaska

Weather permitting, work to remove a partly submerged tugboat at the National Guard Dock in Gastineau Channel, Alaska, was expected to be underway this month, the U.S. Coast Guard said Feb. 7. The Coast Guard contracted salvage firm Melino’s Marine Services to perform the work of removing the tug by using a barge and crane system that came from Bellingham. Once removed, the tug is expected to be moved by barge to an out-of-state disposal site. The tug had been partly submerged with an oil sheen since at least Dec. 29 when Coast Guard Sector Juneau first received word on…
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WETA Board of Directors Gets New Member

WETA Board of Directors Gets New Member

Pippin Dew is one of the new members of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority Board of Directors, taking over for the departing Anthony Intintoli, it was announced Jan. 12. “Ferry service has always been such an integral part of the Vallejo community and the expansion of the system has brought those same benefits to residents and businesses throughout the region,” Dew said. “I’m looking forward to furthering that progress.” Dew, a realtor who was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, served on the Vallejo City Council from 2014 through 2022. Dew currently serves as president of…
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MARAD Making Nearly $20 Million Available for Small Shipyards

MARAD Making Nearly $20 Million Available for Small Shipyards

Small shipyards along the West Coast may be able to upgrade their facilities and provide workforce training, thanks to $20 million of federal fiscal year 2023 funding made available by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). Announced Jan. 19, MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program offers grants that could go toward training employees or buying new equipment, including U.S.-made manufacturing equipment. “Small shipyards play vital roles in their local economies and our national economy,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “With these funds, we are helping small shipyards across the country train their workers, modernize their equipment and improve…
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Long Beach Port Seeks Input on Proposed World Oil Terminals Project

Long Beach Port Seeks Input on Proposed World Oil Terminals Project

The Port of Long Beach is asking the public to weigh in on a World Oil Terminals project to put in two more oil storage tanks at its Pier C facility, the port announced Feb. 1.  That input is expected to be included in an environmental impact report for the project, which calls for the company to build and run two new 25,000-barrel petroleum storage tanks for crude oil, “with internal floating roofs with new tank foundations and piping connections to existing facility infrastructure, including the truck loading racks,” according to the port.  Third-party customers would be able to lease…
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Glosten Chosen to Design San Francisco Bar Pilots Station Boats

Glosten Chosen to Design San Francisco Bar Pilots Station Boats

The San Francisco Bar Pilots transportation escort service has chosen naval architecture and marine engineering company Glosten to design low-emission station boats, it was announced Jan. 23. Seattle-based Glosten is said to be working on a propulsion feasibility study for the vessels, two of which are planned for service in 2024 and a third vessel planned for 2025. The vessels are expected to be compliant with California Air Resources Board requirements. “We are pleased to work with Glosten to design our new cutting-edge station boats,” San Francisco Bar Pilots President John Carlier said. “These new vessels will allow the Bar…
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NASSCO Christens Third Ship in U.S. Navy T-AO Fleet Oiler Program

NASSCO Christens Third Ship in U.S. Navy T-AO Fleet Oiler Program

A christening ceremony was held recently for the future USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207), the third vessel in the John Lewis-class fleet oiler program for the U.S. Navy at General Dynamics NASSCO’s San Diego facility, the company announced Jan. 21. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and other company and naval officials joined the vessel’s sponsor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who shattered the ceremonial champagne bottle against the hull of the Earl Warren, which is being named after the 14th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. “Along with its namesake, this majestic vessel will be instrumental…
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POLB ‘State of the Port’ Highlights Zero Emissions, Renewable Energy Projects

POLB ‘State of the Port’ Highlights Zero Emissions, Renewable Energy Projects

At the Port of Long Beach’s ‘State of the Port’ address, held Jan. 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center, port Executive Director Mario Cordero said that Long Beach is working to become the world’s first zero-emissions seaport. The event, which was the first in-person State of the Port address since 2020, following two years of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attracted more than 700 attendees, port officials told Pacific Maritime. During his 50-minute speech and video presentation, Cordero committed to supporting state and federal efforts to increase renewable energy sources, and called 2023 the “Year of Imagination.”…
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BC Ferries Names New President-CEO

BC Ferries Names New President-CEO

The British Columbia Ferry Services Board has announced the appointment of Nicolas Jimenez as president and chief executive officer of BC Ferries, effective March 6. Jimenez, currently president and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), was selected following an international search, according to the Ferry Services Board. Over the last 20 years, Jimenez has held a number of senior roles at ICBC, taking over as president and CEO five years ago. He led structural reforms at ICBC in recent years, returning the auto insurer to financial health and delivering more affordable insurance to customers, according to the Ferry…
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POLA Exec. Director Outlines Priorities During ‘State of the Port’ Speech

POLA Exec. Director Outlines Priorities During ‘State of the Port’ Speech

Economic growth, job creation and expanding zero-emissions operations are among the Port of Los Angeles’ goals for 2023 and beyond, port Executive Director Gene Seroka said during this year’s ‘State of the Port’ speech on Jan. 19. The State of the Port is an annual event put on by the port in conjunction with the independent, non-profit Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. This year’s event, held at the port’s cruise center terminal, attracted 510 attendees, according to the PMSA. During his 35-minute speech, Seroka revealed that the POLA moved 9.9 million TEUs in 2022, the second-highest annual amount in the port’s…
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Seattle Port Commissioner Appointed to U.S. Travel, Tourism Advisory Board

Seattle Port Commissioner Appointed to U.S. Travel, Tourism Advisory Board

Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman has been appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced Jan. 12. The board includes 32 leaders from businesses and organizations in the domestic travel and tourism industry. Members advise the secretary on how government policies and programs affect the travel and tourism industry and offer counsel on current and emerging issues to support sustainable industry growth. Felleman has been a vocal advocate for the Port of Seattle’s role as a regional and national tourism leader, particularly in developing ecotourism opportunities in and around Washington…
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