NASSCO Christens USNS Robert E. Simanek

NASSCO Christens USNS Robert E. Simanek

General Dynamics NASSCO has christened the fifth vessel in the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base program at its San Diego shipyard, the company announced May 4. Military officials and other attendees were present for the christening of the USNS Robert E. Simanek, named after Private First Class Robert Ernest Simanek, who was honored with the Medal of Honor in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for protecting his fellow Marines from a grenade at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the Korean War. Simanek’s daughter, Ann Simanek Clark, was at the event to ceremoniously break the champagne bottle along the…
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L.A., Long Beach Ports Secure $112M in Federal Funding

L.A., Long Beach Ports Secure $112M in Federal Funding

Expect more maintenance and repair projects along the Los Angeles and Long Beach waterfront in the future. The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports announced May 14 that they’re receiving a combined $112 million as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan. The funds stem from the Harbor Maintenance Tax, which the federal government collects from all U.S. ports “based on the value of imports, some domestic cargo and on cruise passengers” to pay for port-related dredging projects, according to the Port of Long Beach. Los Angeles and Long Beach officials and others have long fought for…
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Port of Portland Reverses Decision to End Cargo Handling at Terminal 6

Port of Portland Reverses Decision to End Cargo Handling at Terminal 6

The Port of Portland, which in mid-April said that it was halting cargo handling services at Terminal 6 later this year due to a funding shortfall, has reversed its decision following an expected new cash infusion from the Oregon state Legislature. A proposal issued May 16 by Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek includes $35 million for the port from her 2025-2027 proposed budget and $5 million in funding that’s expected to be requested at the September meeting of the state Legislature’s Emergency Board. Each expenditure would need lawmakers’ approval. “After the Port of Portland’s April announcement that container service would end…
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Monthly Cargo Dwell Times Improve at San Pedro Bay Ports

Monthly Cargo Dwell Times Improve at San Pedro Bay Ports

The average time that cargo containers lingered at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports in April improved from the same month last year, according to data released May 16 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The average dwell time of containers that stayed at the nation’s busiest seaport complex before leaving by truck was 2.50 days last month, a slight improvement from the 2.59-day average in March, according to the data. Meanwhile, the dwell time of cargo destined for rail showed larger improvements, with an average dwell time of 4.55 days last month compared to the 7.02-day average during…
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BRIX Marine Delivers Sovereign One Catamaran to Puyallup Tribe

BRIX Marine Delivers Sovereign One Catamaran to Puyallup Tribe

The Puyallup Tribe in western Washington state has received a new BRIX Marine-built vessel that’s expected to help bolster shellfish monitoring operations in the Pacific Northwest. The Port Angeles, Wash.-based vessel designer and builder announced April 24 that it has finished and delivered to the tribe the 3513-CTC Sovereign One. The vessel is a custom-built aluminum catamaran that features 5086 alloy aluminum hull skins, 5052 alloy aluminum interior transverse frames, twin Yamaha XTO 425hp outboards c/w SS props, a 12V DC electrical system and a 30A 120V AC system, according to BRIX Marine. The 35-foot-long catamaran has a13-foot beam as…
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BRIX Marine, Ashbreez Boatworks Introduce New Catamaran

BRIX Marine, Ashbreez Boatworks Introduce New Catamaran

BRIX Marine has introduced its latest vessel in partnership with Anchorage, Alaska-based Ashbreez Boatworks: a 35-foot, full-width catamaran, the Port Angeles, Wash.-based vessel manufacturer said May 8. Completed in December 2023, the Just 1 More catamaran was designed to be a cruiser that could handle fishing and shrimping expeditions, according to BRIX. The marine-grade aluminum-crafted vessel, which underwent sea trials last month, features Yamaha XTO 2 x 425 HP outboards, a fuel capacity of two 200 gallons and Yamaha Helm Master EX steering and joystick controls. It also contains a Flir night vision camera, Quick Gyro MC2/X10 gyro stabilizer and…
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NW Seaport Alliance Launches Cargo, Service Incentive Program

NW Seaport Alliance Launches Cargo, Service Incentive Program

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has launched an incentive program that officials say could help increase rail cargo and enhance service delivery in the Seattle-Tacoma gateway. About $11 million has been committed to the incentives, which took effect May 1 and includes the Voyage Consistency and On-Time Arrival Award Program, the International Container Rail Cargo Incentive and the Gate Operations Incentive. Under the Voyage Consistency and On-Time Arrival Award Program, ocean carriers are rewarded for keeping the most reliable voyage schedules, with top performers qualifying for $200,000 to $500,000 in rewards. With the International Container Rail Cargo Incentive, the Seaport Alliance…
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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Predicts Robust Cruise Season

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Predicts Robust Cruise Season

With nearly 70,000 passengers set to move through the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver this week, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is anticipating a very busy cruise season this year, especially during the spring and summer months, the agency announced May 8. The cruise season, which lasts through the end of October, is expected to bring about 1.27 million passengers to the terminal, with 329 scheduled cruise ship visits, a 2% increase from 2023’s record of 1.24 million passenger visits, Port Authority data estimates. “We are expecting another exciting season for the award-winning Canada Place cruise…
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Longtime Seattle Shipyard Manager Doug Dixon Dies

Longtime Seattle Shipyard Manager Doug Dixon Dies

Longtime maritime industry figure Douglas Dixon, who was the former general manager and director of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Seattle, has died. Dixon died last week after a short battle with cancer, his friend Bill Forslund told Maritime Publishing May 4. “Unfortunately my friend Doug headed to the hospital in late March with an unknown malady and was quickly diagnosed with cancer that had spread pretty much all over his body,” Forslund said. Another friend, Nathaniel Howe, said that during his lifetime, Dixon was an “unrelenting advocate for the marine trades, both in Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and in youth outreach…
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Marine Group Boat Works Receives Pioneer Award

Marine Group Boat Works Receives Pioneer Award

San Diego-based Marine Group Boat Works has been honored by the South County Economic Development Council with its 2024 Pioneer Award, which recognizes leaders that opened doors in the South San Diego region, the company announced April 24. The award celebrates the boat construction and superyacht refit business’ efforts to bring a new superyacht market to the region in 2005, when there were only 650 superyachts still under construction globally and the capacity to repair them in the U.S. was lacking. “Superyacht owners would have to stay in Europe and Australia to service the vessels they had on order,” the…
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