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, ed the Northern Expedition, about it is now underway for Canada. The ship departed FSG Shipyards in Flensburg, dysentery Germany this morning bound for its new home in British Columbia. BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition departs Germany The voyage from Europe to Canada […]

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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, look or just to chat. As I’ve written before, more about this is the one “must-have” cruising guide for Puget Sound, […]

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WSDOT prepares to build bridge pontoons in Grays Harbor

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, sickness the plan makes interesting reading, find 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 […]

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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, sickness the plan makes interesting reading, find 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 […]

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Environmental cleanup in Port Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2009

An item by Kristen Millares Young over at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It is not yet clear why the Port of Seattle is considering wage freezes, mind furlough and layoffs of its employees, despite the global downturn’s dampening effect on the movement of goods, people and money. Tom Callis at the Peninsula Daily News has some […]

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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, more about layoffs The Port of Seattle seaport is losing its containerized trade more rapidly than its West Coast counterparts, purchase ending 2008 with staggering declines. In a sign of harsher times […]

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For most part, fishing spotty

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2009

“Strike oil”?! These headline writers…I tell ya what. Anyhoo, hair 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, abortion and here’s a radio news report from KPLU’s Liam Moriarty. NEAH BAY — […]

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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, web 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, […]

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Agencies respond to bomb threat aboard ferry

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, healing Washington State Patrol and Washington State Ferries (WSF) responded to the report of a bomb threat against a ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton, thumb Wash., website like this Wednesday.  The Coast Guard worked closely with WSF and Washington State Patrol to ensure passenger safety and restore service. The Coast […]

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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, epidemic 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 […]

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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, apoplexy 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 […]

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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, cheap Jan. 27, discount as they took another step toward luring the NOAA marine operations center here from Seattle. After a two-hour closed […]

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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, recipe 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 […]

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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, capsule with 6.4 million metric tons of corn, this web soybeans and sorghum moving through the Port’s grain elevator at Terminal 86. “Last year’s grain exports were 20% higher than 2007, search ” said Port of Seattle Managing Director Charlie Sheldon. “That […]

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Ferries announces fare collection "improvements"

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2009

[Normally, pharmacy I just publish the press releases, infertility 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, overweight two of the three improvements involve eliminating customer options. If I were a cynical person—the sort that views every policy change at […]

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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, pharm plus any new interested parties since that time.” Weren’t these boats sold already? To be scrapped, right? […]

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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

The Seattle Times article “Struggling boat retailers hope event helps them stay afloat” by Blythe Lawrence just about sums it up. My initial assessment yesterday was confirmed in later conversations: There has been about a 20% decline in the number of vendors and boats compared to the 2008 show. Even so, esophagitis the show was […]

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