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2009 January

From the monthly archives:

January 2009

POINT DEFIANCE – The Point Defiance/Tahlequah (Tacoma to south Vashon Island) route will continue to operate at reduced capacity until the end of February while scheduled maintenance and annual inspection are completed on the 48-car Rhododendron. The 34-car Hiyu has operated on the route since the Rhododendron went out of service on Jan. 6. The […]

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New German-built ferry en route to BC

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2009

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to announce its brand new northern vessel, the Northern Expedition, is now underway for Canada. The ship departed FSG Shipyards in Flensburg, Germany this morning bound for its new home in British Columbia. BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition departs Germany The voyage from Europe to Canada via the Panama Canal […]

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Get Your Waggoner Cruising Guide!

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2009

Don’t forget to stop by East 714 at the Seattle Boat Show to pick up an updated copy of the indispensable Waggoner Cruising Guide. Bob and Marilynn Hale are there to sign your copy, or just to chat. As I’ve written before, this is the one “must-have” cruising guide for Puget Sound, the San Juans, […]

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WSDOT prepares to build bridge pontoons in Grays Harbor

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2009

HOQUIAM – The Washington State Department of Transportation confirmed today at a public open house in Hoquiam that it is preparing to build pontoons in Grays Harbor County to replace the SR 520 bridge across Lake Washington. “We are excited to be back in Grays Harbor County sharing the latest pontoon construction information with this […]

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Lower Duwamish River Habitat Restoration Plan

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2009

[Just an note that I spent some time looking over this document this morning. Even if this isn't your particular cup of tea, the plan makes interesting reading, and the diagrams, maps, and photographs are very enlightening. —Tim] On January 7 the Port of Seattle concluded a programmatic environmental review of the October 29, 2008 […]

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Environmental cleanup in Port Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2009

Tom Callis at the Peninsula Daily News has some news on the environmental cleanup effort at the 75-acre Rayonier property on Port Angeles Harbor. Port Angeles council gives approval to Harbor-Works The seven-member City Council unanimously reaffirmed its support of the Harbor-Works Public Development Authority on Tuesday. The resolution was approved more than one month […]

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What does 2009 hold for the Port of Seattle?

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2009

Some great work by Kristen Millares Young over at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Economy’s effect at Port of Seattle could lead to wage freezes, layoffs The Port of Seattle seaport is losing its containerized trade more rapidly than its West Coast counterparts, ending 2008 with staggering declines. In a sign of harsher times to come, waterfront […]

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For most part, fishing spotty

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2009

“The saltwater salmon fishing scene continues to lure some of the best action, while winter steelhead returns are somewhat of a bust in local rivers.” Read the entire story by Mark Yuasa at the Seattle Times.

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Neah Bay tugboat could strike oil

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

“Strike oil”?! These headline writers…I tell ya what. Anyhoo, below is an excerpt of an article by Tom Callis from the Peninsula Daily News. Here’s the direct link to the page about HB 1409 at the Washington State Legislature. Oh, and here’s a radio news report from KPLU’s Liam Moriarty. NEAH BAY — Oil, cargo […]

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Agencies respond to bomb threat aboard ferry

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol and Washington State Ferries (WSF) responded to the report of a bomb threat against a ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton, Wash., Wednesday.  The Coast Guard worked closely with WSF and Washington State Patrol to ensure passenger safety and restore service. The Coast Guard did not receive any […]

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Bill would look at merging ports

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

Here’s a tidbit from the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: OLYMPIA — The state would do a feasibility study of merging the ports in Puget Sound under a bill proposed Friday in the state Legislature. House Bill 1421 would mandate a year-long study to determine if creating a Puget Sound port authority would make Washington […]

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Ports of Seattle, Tacoma match EPA grant

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced a combined match of $318,000 in additional funding for the Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Ports Cargo-Handling Equipment Replacement and Retrofit Program.  This comes on top of $850,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for this new initiative that combines […]

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Judy Clibborn chimes in on ferry crisis

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

BitterEnd alerted us to an editorial by state representative Judy Clibborn (D, Mercer Island). The original article in the Seattle Times is available here. Be sure to read the comments. Amidst the usual sniping and whining, there are some good ideas. And, in this case, a link to a website you might want to know […]

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Port of Bellingham takes next step in NOAA bid

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2009

John Stark of the Bellingham Herald has a piece on the Port of Bellingham’s efforts to entice NOAA to set up shop there. Port of Bellingham commissioners hoped for the best Tuesday, Jan. 27, as they took another step toward luring the NOAA marine operations center here from Seattle. After a two-hour closed session to […]

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Two Super-Cranes Arrive in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2009

The Port of Tacoma announced that two bright orange cranes arrived on Monday. They’re bound for Washington United Terminals (WUT) on the Blair Waterway. Ordered from the Shanghai-based ZPMC, the new cranes traveled to Commencement Bay fully-assembled and welded to the ship. Additional pictures at Feed Tacoma. Check out a KIRO 7 video of the […]

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Port of Seattle Posts Record Grain Exports in 2008

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2009

Grain exports set a new record at the Port of Seattle in 2008, with 6.4 million metric tons of corn, soybeans and sorghum moving through the Port’s grain elevator at Terminal 86. “Last year’s grain exports were 20% higher than 2007,” said Port of Seattle Managing Director Charlie Sheldon. “That figure clearly demonstrates that our […]

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Ferries announces fare collection "improvements"

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2009

[Normally, I just publish the press releases, but this one begs for some editorializing. That's why I put the word improvements inside quotation marks. I couldn't help myself! After all, two of the three improvements involve eliminating customer options. If I were a cynical person—the sort that views every policy change at the Washington State […]

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The Steel Electric ferries are for sale. Again.

by Tim Flanagan on January 25, 2009

Check over at BitterEnd for a copy of an email being sent “to the group of interested parties who received the 2008 project notices soliciting proposals for the purchase and sale of the Steel Electric class ferries, plus any new interested parties since that time.” Weren’t these boats sold already? To be scrapped, right? Well, […]

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Bellingham waterfront cleanup underway

by Tim Flanagan on January 24, 2009

John Stark’s article in the Bellingham Herald makes it all sound pretty straightforward. No significant levels of mercury contamination have been found in tissue samples from marine organisms. Old sediment contaminated by the old Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill is being removed or isolated beneath a layer of “clean material” to minimize harm. Sounds great! […]

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Ferry Crisis: Citizens Create "Plan C"

by Tim Flanagan on January 24, 2009

As usual, BitterEnd has the REAL scoop on the Washington State Ferry crisis. Follow this link to get the skinny. And then check out the website: http://www.citizenswriteplanc.com/

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