World Distribution Services Opens Distribution Facility in Tacoma, Wash.

World Distribution Services Opens Distribution Facility in Tacoma, Wash.

World Distribution Services (WDS), a Cleveland-based warehouse logistics solutions provider, on Oct. 10 announced the opening of a new 300,000-square-foot Tacoma, Washington distribution facility. The new facility is the company’s first on the West Coast and its fourth new location in less than two years. Fully staffed and operational, the WDS Tacoma facility offers cross-dock and transload services, distribution and fulfillment and e-commerce capability. “With a 36-foot clear height, 46 dock doors, a state-of-the-art warehouse management system and parking for trailers, the new location offers a variety of storage and distribution solutions to the region and acts as a gateway…
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Newsmakers

Newsmakers

John McCarthy Named CEO of Seaspan Shipyards North Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards announced Sept. 20 that the board of directors of its parent corporation, the Washington Companies, has appointed John McCarthy as CEO of the shipyards, effective immediately. He succeeds Mark Lamarre, who assumes a new role as president and CEO of the Washington Companies, following the planned retirement of his predecessor.  McCarthy has been a part of the senior leadership team with Seaspan since 2018 and brings more than 36 years of experience in shipbuilding, repair and overhaul and as a senior leader at American and international shipyards. As Seaspan’s…
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Deck Machinery in 2022

The region’s deck machinery industry examined. The deck machinery industry directly impacts working life for maritime industry professionals. New iterations of winch models or power blocks can make the difference on the job and informs new purchasing decisions. Here are developments from some of the West Coast’s major deck machinery manufacturers.  LA CONNER MARITIME – La Conner and Mount Vernon, Wash. La Conner Maritime was founded by Ed Oczkewicz in 1978 to make deck gear for commercial fishing boats. The company started providing field service in Bristol Bay around 1984. Ed’s son, Isaac Oczkewicz, carries on the tradition as La…
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Diving  and Salvage: Beneath the Surface

Diving and Salvage: Beneath the Surface

It is easy to see a company’s successes above water, but there’s also some quality work happening beneath the surface. Whether it is pulling wreckage from seemingly unreachable depths or laying down hundreds of miles of cable that would provide internet access to remote Alaskan communities, these companies and their talented workforce of experienced divers, salvage experts and support staff are the industry’s underground workhorses. Here is a look at what these diving and salvage companies are accomplishing along the West Coast: AMERICAN MARINE CORP. 2022 has been a busy year for longtime West Coast specialty marine contracting, commercial diving…
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Vessel Profile: R/V Resilience

Vessel Profile: R/V Resilience

The Department of Energy anticipates its first hybrid-electric research vessel. The r/v Resilience is a hybrid electric research vessel being built by Seattle-based contractor Snow & Company, is expected to join the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-Sequim (PNNL) fleet in April 2023. The PNNL is one of the United States Department of Energy’s national laboratories, managed by the DOE’s Office of Science. The laboratory houses several scientific user facilities and research facilities. “They (PNNL) have a fleet of two boats right now and they wanted to expand with (the addition of) a larger vessel with more capabilities,” Snow & Company Project…
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Annual Intermodal Expo Explores  the Business of Goods Movement

Annual Intermodal Expo Explores the Business of Goods Movement

From Sept. 12-14, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) welcomed more than 2,000 members of the goods transport industry to Long Beach, California for the organization’s annual Intermodal Expo, which was chock full of information, analysis and insight across its three days. Many of the event’s IANA-organized sessions focused on ongoing supply chain challenges and opportunities within the industry. Representatives from more than 110 companies were in attendance, according to IANA. The expo’s first general session, “Inside Intermodal,” which was led by John Larkin of Clarendon Capital, offered thoughts and insights on intermodal’s direction from the perspectives of 3PLs,…
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Port of Long Beach  Joins Alliance to Further Zero-Emissions Efforts

Port of Long Beach Joins Alliance to Further Zero-Emissions Efforts

The Port of Long Beach in October revealed that it has joined the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), a public-private partnership formed to help capture newly available federal funding to assist in developing a robust renewable hydrogen market in California. The partnership was commemorated Oct. 6 during a launch event at the port’s Administration Building, and was attended by officials from the port, City of Long Beach, the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the University of California Office of the President, labor organizations, and state and local officials. ARCHES is expected to serve as the lead…
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USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Astoria, Oregon

USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Astoria, Oregon

After 55 days on narcotics enforcement patrol, the crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast returned to Astoria, Oregon on Oct. 7. The 210-foot medium endurance cutter traveled over 11,000 miles between Oregon and Central America, doing training, law enforcement, search and rescue and helicopter operations in international waters, the agency said. The crew was deployed with Maintenance Augmentation Team Seattle, Electronic Support Detachment Petaluma and cutter Argus, which is expected to be commissioned soon. During their tour, Steadfast crew members pursued a high-speed, panga-style vessel suspected of smuggling contraband before handing off the case to a partner…
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CMA CGM Orders Biogas-Powered Ships to Serve French West Indies

CMA CGM Orders Biogas-Powered Ships to Serve French West Indies

During a recent trip to Martinique and Guadeloupe, CMA CGM Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Saadé announced the rollout of seven new container ships powered by biogas to enhance and modernize services to the French West Indies.  Set for delivery in 2024, the seven new container ships—four 7,300 TEU vessels and three 7,900 TEU vessels, each with 1,385 reefer plugs—will serve Guadeloupe and Martinique, significantly increasing services to the two islands, while also maintaining the same service standards, reliability and regularity, according to the French container shipping company. The vessels are slated to replace smaller ships that sail…
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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels Bunkers Containership with Sustainable Biofuel in Singapore

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels Bunkers Containership with Sustainable Biofuel in Singapore

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has successfully completed the refueling of a CMA CGM containership in Singapore with sustainable marine biofuel, marking a milestone in the company’s ambition to become a key biofuel bunker supplier across strategic hubs by 2030, officials said in a Sept. 20 announcement. In late July, the 4,294 TEU CMA CGM MONTOIR container vessel was bunkered via ship-to-ship transfer with TotalEnergies-supplied biofuel. The biofuel is made of very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) blended with 24% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME). “We are delighted to continue our partnership with CMA CGM, a global…
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