The Next Wave In Renewable Energy From the Ocean

by Tim Flanagan on February 12, 2012

Todd Woody has this article in the February 27, 2012 issue of Forbes Magazine:

MOTORING ACROSS THE PUGET Sound, Reenst Lesemann spots a yellow, barnacle-encrusted contraption bobbing on the wind-whipped waters off Seattle. Called the SeaRay, it’s the prototype of a device that Lesemann’s startup, ColumbiaPower Technologies, is betting can help transform wave energy from a long-running science experiment into the next renewable energy bonanza. “I have never seen a multibillion-dollar market where the customers are literally waiting on the technology,” says Lesemann, a former venture capitalist.

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Feds to save Swinomish Channel from silting over

by Tim Flanagan on February 12, 2012

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:


[The Swinomish Channel would have become impassable as early as 2015 without dredging, a study found.]

The Swinomish Channel will get the dredging it needs to avoid becoming impassable, thanks to almost $2.3 million in federal funding allocated for the work.

The channel was expected to silt over by 2015 without dredging, putting hundreds of jobs at risk and making it inaccessible to thousands of boaters who use it annually to get to and from the San Juan and Gulf islands.

But funding for the dredging was included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work plan for 2012, which was provided to Congress this week. That was welcome news to Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit.

“The Swinomish Channel is a vital inland marine waterway for this region,” she said. “Over 500 jobs depend directly on that waterway as a transportation corridor. It must be maintained.”

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Man dies from boat explosion injuries

February 12, 2012

Following up on a story I covered at Navagear recently, Arwyn Rice has this story in the Peninsula Daily News: SEATTLE — A 78-year-old man injured in a boat explosion at Sequim’s John Bay Marina on Feb. 7 has died in the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Keith Bryant’s condition had been [...]

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Gale force ferry service warnings

February 12, 2012

The state is talking about cuts in the neighborhood of 40 percent. But would such drastic cuts really happen? C.B. Hall has the story at Crosscut: If the world were flat, one might assume that Washington’s ferry system is about to sail off its edge. Recent pronouncements from Washington State Transportation secretary Paula Hammond and [...]

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Coast Guard rescues sailor near Olympia

February 12, 2012

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: The Coast Guard rescued a man from a 35-foot sailboat in Nisqually Reach, northeast of Olympia, on Tuesday night. The man was onboard a sailboat named Four of Us and made a mayday call just after 7:30 p.m., reporting that the boat had either ran aground [...]

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Hydrophones pick up sonar pings in WA waters

February 12, 2012

The Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times: FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Hydrophones near Washington’s San Juan Islands have picked up dozens of sonar pings, raising worries the noise could harm marine mammals. The coordinator of the Salish Sea hydrophone network, Scott Veirs, says at least 82 mid-frequency sonar pings were recorded early [...]

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Spectators cheer as crew strains to move floating home into Port Townsend Bay

February 12, 2012

Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: [Jeff Monroe, left, owner of Monroe House Moving of Carlsborg, orchestrates the move of a 400,000-pound floating home Tuesday night at the Port of Port Townsend boat yard. The home, which was moved about 20 feet toward a launch in Port Townsend Bay, was built [...]

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Yachting Magazine article on Friday Harbor

February 12, 2012

Don’t miss the March 2012 issue of Yachting magazine. Fellow blogger Captain Richard Rodriguez has an article on San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor: On newstands now! Or you can click over to Richard’s BitterEnd blog and read it there.

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Crane removes blast debris from Sequim marina

February 5, 2012

Jeff Chew has the story (including video) in the Peninsula Daily News: [Part of the deck of a explosion-shattered 38-foot boat is lifted from the bottom of John Wayne Marina on Thursday during a dive and salvage operation involving a crane barge, which was contracted by the Port of Port Angeles. --Photo by Jeff Chew/Peninsula [...]

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Manchester dock swap goes smoothly

February 5, 2012

Chris Henry has the story in the Kitsap Sun: [Roeun Chin with Marine Floats of Tacoma works on the new Manchester dock on Friday. (LARRY STEAGALL/ KITSAP SUN photo)] MANCHESTER — Replacement of the south dock on the Manchester waterfront went off Friday without a hitch and in jig time. Marine Floats of Tacoma, the [...]

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Navy destroyer USS Shoup in Seattle drydock

February 5, 2012

MIKE SIEGEL has this great photo in THE SEATTLE TIMES: Workmen are dwarfed by the Navy destroyer in dry dock as they put the finishing touches on its seven-month restoration. The Shoup will be relaunched this week and leave for its home port in Everett. See the entire photo gallery here.

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Port of PT approves passenger ferry lease option rather than construction

February 5, 2012

Lauren Salcedo has the story in the Port Townsend Leader: Plans for a Port Townsend-to-Seattle passenger ferry are still in the paperwork phase, but the Port of Port Townsend is looking to make the plans more appealing to locals. “The commissioners gave permission to buy a used boat, or lease a boat,” said Jim Pivarnik, [...]

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Locks to close for two days next week

January 31, 2012

Deborah Bach has this announcement at Three sheets Northwest: The Hiram M. Chittenden locks in Ballard will be closed during the day next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7. The locks will be closed to all vessel traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, but will remain open between 6 p.m. Feb. [...]

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Suquamish tribe retrieves bones of gray whale

January 30, 2012

This story appears in the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission: The Suquamish Tribe’s shellfish coordinator Luke Kelly pulls out the whale’s baleen plates to dry on the deck of the tribe’s barge. The Suquamish Tribe recently pulled up a net full of bones of a gray whale from Agate Pass, with hopes of rebuilding the skeleton [...]

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8 sea lions found dead, apparently shot

January 28, 2012

This Associated Press story appears in the Seattle Times: Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks – all apparently shot. KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/s1aYqA) that both the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the deaths. [...]

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Plan to dart tag Puget Sound orcas raises concerns

January 26, 2012

PHUONG LE of the ASSOCIATED PRESS has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune: SEATTLE — Federal biologists plan next month to attach tiny satellite devices on Puget Sound’s endangered orcas off the West Coast to better understand where they go during winter. But some whale experts worry the tags – about the size of [...]

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Arctic ribbon seal spotted near Seattle, Marysville

January 26, 2012

Phuong Le of the Associated Press has this story in the Everett Herald: [K.Wilkinson / NOAA: A ribbon seal is seen Friday on a dock in Marysville.] SEATTLE — A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted twice in the Seattle area. It’s quite [...]

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Kalakala could cause millions in losses and unemployment, feds say

January 26, 2012

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Despite being evicted, the Kalakala remains moored next to a concrete plant on Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway.] If the Kalakala sinks at its moorings in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway as it is likely to, it will cause an economic disaster totaling millions of dollars in losses monthly and [...]

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Port of Tacoma container business ekes out an increase

January 26, 2012

John Gillie has this story in the Biz Buzz blog at the Tacoma News Tribune: The Port of Tacoma’s dominant business eked out an increase last year, new statistics show, but that business volume remains far below its pre-recession highs. The port’s terminals handled 1,488,799 cargo container units last year, figures released by the port [...]

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New Black Ball owners get 30-year lease for Port Angeles ferry terminal

January 26, 2012

Arwyn Rice has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — Port of Port Angeles commissioners agreed Monday to a 30-year lease with the new owners of Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the MV Coho vehicle ferry, for its terminal on the Port Angeles waterfront. The lease provides for the possible purchase [...]

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