New Vessel Response Planning: Alaska

On Dec. 4, the Coast Guard published a Request-for-Information (RFI) pertaining to vessel response plans (VRP) for western Alaska. VRPs are developed in order to prepare for an oil spill [...]

New Report Reveals Concerning Rise in Maritime Piracy Incidents

The annual Piracy and Armed Robbery Report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) released in mid-January has raised concern over the first successful Somali based hijacking since 2017. The [...]

IMO Names New Secretary-General, Senior Management Team

A new secretary-general has been installed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has announced the members of his leadership team. Arsenio Dominguez became the 10th elected Secretary-General of IMO [...]

Maritime Security: 2023’s Attacks, Pitfalls and Impacts

The maritime industry continues to be a target for cyberattacks. In 2023, the industry witnessed increased cyberattacks, with ransomware and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks being the most predominant. [...]

Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd Forming New Shipping Network

International shipping companies Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd in January announced that they’re joining forces to form a new network, which they’re calling Gemini Cooperation. “Together we aim to develop a new [...]

Maersk Holds Naming Ceremony for Its First Methanol Vessel

A ship that Maersk is calling the world’s first large methanol-enabled container vessel was named Ane Mærsk during a late-January ceremony in the shipyard of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries in [...]

Spill Response + Recovery: 2024 Update

From difficult weather conditions to the state of a location in the aftermath of a disaster, a number of factors come into play when an oil spill occurs. And while [...]

Marine Construction Update

Whether it’s expanding marinas in Southern California or shoring up the structural integrity of dock structures, West Coast maritime heavy civic engineering and construction companies have been playing a major [...]

LA, Long Beach Port Execs Outline 2024 Goals, Priorities

During their annual “State of the Port” speeches in January, the heads of the adjoining Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports outlined their goals and priorities, which include increasing market [...]

Regional Update: California Ports

Data show that in 2023, maritime cargo numbers at most California ports started to stabilize to pre-pandemic levels, and officials have zeroed in on key priorities. Last year, the state’s [...]

Newsmakers

Coast Guard Captain Named POLB Security Director The Port of Long Beach’s harbor commission in late January approved the appointment of U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Manning as the port’s [...]

Coast Guard Conducts Compliance Exam at Port of Guam

U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam conducted a Certificate of Compliance (COC) examination on the MSC Bellissima, a 1,036-foot cruise ship flagged out of Malta, at the Port of Guam [...]

Coast Guard Urges Preparedness for Hazardous Maritime Conditions

Due to recent strong winds through coastal waters and high surf conditions with large breakers that have created hazardous conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard recently urged mariners and members of [...]

Panama Canal Update

A few months ago in this space, I wrote a column detailing how the Panama Canal has been affected by drought, and that vessel traffic through the shipping route has been [...]

Port of Prince Rupert Annual Cargo Falls for 3rd Straight Year

The Port of Prince Rupert moved 23.5 million tons of cargo in 2023, 5% less than 2022’s volumes, the Port Authority revealed in January. This marks a third straight year [...]

Kitsap Transit Reports 33% Annual Increase in Ferry Ridership

Kitsap Transit said in January that its passenger-only ferries carried more than a million commuters in 2023, a 33% jump over ridership in 2022, as demand rebounded in the post-pandemic [...]

British Columbia’s Snug Cove Marine Terminal Undergoing Improvements

Updates to Snug Cove’s marine infrastructure on Bowen Island, British Columbia are underway and expected to be complete by the end of March, BC Ferries confirmed in January.  The $3.7 [...]

San Francisco Bay Ferry Opens Renovated Terminal

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), the agency that provides ferry service to the San Francisco Bay, announced in January that its Main Street Alameda Ferry [...]

West Coast Freight Transport Projects Chosen for Federal Investment

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Jan. 25 awarded funding to 11 projects through the fiscal year 2023-24 National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) program, including two projects in the Pacific [...]

Port of Everett Seeks to Expand District Boundaries

For the first time since voters approved the creation of the Port of Everett in 1918, the port is advancing an effort to expand the boundaries of its district.  Port [...]

Navy Secretary Orders Shipbuilding Portfolio Review

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro in mid-January ordered Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition Nickolas Guertin and Commander Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. [...]

Crowley Vessels, Crews Recognized for Environmental Achievement

Eighty-five Crowley vessels and their crews have been recognized by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) for a cumulative 782 years of safe environmental practices and operations. The Environmental [...]

Floating Offshore Wind Port & Vessel Summit Set for Sacramento

The inaugural Floating OSW (Offshore Wind) Port & Vessel Summit is scheduled for Feb. 22 in Sacramento, Calif., presented by Oceantic Network, a nonprofit focused on harnessing the power of [...]

BRIX Marine Delivers Shark Tours Catamaran

Port Angeles, Wash.-based BRIX Marine in January said that it has delivered Kamohoali’i, a state-of-the-art 40-foot by 14-foot Classic Tunnel Catamaran (CTC), purpose-built for Haleiwa Shark Tours on the North [...]

BC Ferries Awards Contract for New Hybrid Electric Vessels

British Columbia Ferry Services (BC Ferries) said in mid-January that it has chosen Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group to build four new hybrid electric vessels to add capacity and help [...]

Austal USA Delivers Fast Transport Ship to Navy

Shipbuilder Austal USA, which is headquartered in Mobile, Ala. and has a service office in San Diego, said in January that it has formally handed over the expeditionary fast transport [...]