From the monthly archives:

February 2009

First day of TWIC enforcement a success

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2009

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and ports throughout Puget Sound, order Wash., skincare reported a successful first day of enforcement of the TWIC required for entry into maritime facilities. The new “smart card” is an ID issued by the Transportation Security Administration and is required for access to secure areas of maritime facilities. The cards […]

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Tugboat fire on Elliott Bay injures man

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2009

[Update: it turns out there were non-life threatening injuries.] [Photo by Steve Sullivan from Seattle 911 Blog] [Photo Courteney Blethen / The Seattle Times] Here’s the Seattle Times coverage by Benjamin J. Romano: An explosion and fire aboard a pleasure boat tied to a fuel dock on the west shore of Lake Union late Saturday […]

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Boat explosion, fire at gas dock on Lake Union

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2009

[Update: it turns out there were non-life threatening injuries.] [Photo by Steve Sullivan from Seattle 911 Blog] [Photo Courteney Blethen / The Seattle Times] Here’s the Seattle Times coverage by Benjamin J. Romano: An explosion and fire aboard a pleasure boat tied to a fuel dock on the west shore of Lake Union late Saturday […]

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Hood Canal Bridge Project blog goes on-line

by Tim Flanagan on February 27, 2009

[Photo by Ken Balcomb, viagra sale Center for Whale Research] We mentioned this story a couple weeks ago, order but I thought readers might be interested in the CBC’s coverage: 2 new baby killer whales spotted off Vancouver Island [KING-5 video available by clicking here. Below is the Department of Ecology press release. —Tim] Proposed […]

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Cleanup proposed for Anacortes old mill site

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2009

[Photo by Ken Balcomb, viagra sale Center for Whale Research] We mentioned this story a couple weeks ago, order but I thought readers might be interested in the CBC’s coverage: 2 new baby killer whales spotted off Vancouver Island [KING-5 video available by clicking here. Below is the Department of Ecology press release. —Tim] Proposed […]

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CBC’s coverage of the new baby orca

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2009

[Photo by Ken Balcomb, viagra sale Center for Whale Research] We mentioned this story a couple weeks ago, order but I thought readers might be interested in the CBC’s coverage: 2 new baby killer whales spotted off Vancouver Island

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Wawona move postponed

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2009

Monday’s move of the historic schooner Wawona to a Lake Union drydock for disassembly has been postponed one to four weeks.  The postponement is due to a delay in the completion of existing work on a vessel already in place at the facility. An announcement will be made once a new move-date has been established.

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Wawona photo gallery

by Tim Flanagan on February 25, 2009

Following up on the previous story, sickness here are some wonderful archival images of the three-masted lumber schooner Wawona. All images courtesy of Northwest Seaport.

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Last voyage for lumber schooner Wawona

by Tim Flanagan on February 25, 2009

[Here’s the official press release from Northwest Seaport. —Tim] SEATTLE — The historic schooner Wawona will make a final voyage under tow on Monday morning, story from her South Lake Union berth to a nearby drydock where she will be methodically dismantled and many of her historic features preserved. The 165-foot vessel, overweight owned by […]

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Port Townsend Boat Haven dock redesign

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2009

An article on the Port Townsend Boat Haven marina renovation by Melanie Lockhart of The Leader. Below are excerpts, life so click on the link to read the whole story. The photograph is by Patrick J. Sullivan, human enhancement with Tim Snider piloting the aircraft. Anyone interested in contributing input to the future design of […]

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Washington century: Ports adrift

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2009

An excerpt from today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial: In a competitive international economy, visit this a merger among the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett is an absolute must. The failure to address the issue may come to exemplify the complacency that can sink the state economy. A bipartisan bill calling for a study of combining […]

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Boat burns, sinks at West Sound Marina Friday

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2009

Thanks to BitterEnd for the tip. Ed Friedrich of the Kitsap Sun has this article: A consultant has recommended raising fares by 6 percent in each of the next five years to pay for all of Washington State Ferries’ operating costs. Cross-Sound rates have already jumped about 80 percent since 2000. The proposal by Cambridge […]

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Consultant says ferry riders should pay more

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2009

Thanks to BitterEnd for the tip. Ed Friedrich of the Kitsap Sun has this article: A consultant has recommended raising fares by 6 percent in each of the next five years to pay for all of Washington State Ferries’ operating costs. Cross-Sound rates have already jumped about 80 percent since 2000. The proposal by Cambridge […]

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Yacht insurance fraud scheme scuttled

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

BitterEnd alerts us to the story of Brian Lewis and his yacht Jubilee: A Seattle man has been charged with insurance fraud for allegedly sinking his own yacht because of “financial pressure and frustration with the maintenance” of the vessel, click authorities said. Wow. Scuttling your boat for the insurance. It seems like a foolproof […]

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Rename the ferry system!

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

[I don’t make up the news, symptoms folks; I just report it. Here’s a press release from the office of state Representative Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard. —Tim] Name change would put accountability, responsibility into saving Washington ferry service, says AngelLawmaker wants to change ferry name to Washington Marine Highway System Washington ferries are an extension […]

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Article by Bryan Buckalew in the Seattle Courant: On March 10, oncologist in Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum, the Port of Seattle Commission will meet to discuss what to do with the net sheds at Fishermen’s Terminal. The Port maintains that the terminal net sheds are cluttered to the point of being hazardous to users. Some […]

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Port Angeles pitch: perfect place for NOAA base

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

Article by Paige Dickerson of the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — In its pitch to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, buy information pills the Port of Port Angeles says the deepwater harbor and the community on its shores would be ideal for a new NOAA operating base. In a 3-inch binder stuffed with […]

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Resident orcas on verge of collapse

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

The more I learn about this, treatment the more I fear we are literally “loving the whales to death.” Mark Anderson is chairman of Orca Relief, approved and was founding executive director of The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. He had something to say in Sunday’s Seattle Times: Most people know it is illegal to […]

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Washington port exports jump 60 percent

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

Jackson Holtz has the story in the Everett Herald: Earlier this month, steroids [U.S. Customs] agents found an infestation of the potentially destructive Khapra beetle — Trogoderma granarium — aboard a cargo ship at the Port of Everett. The beetles were found crawling among rice and beans among other food stores, contagion [U.S. Customs spokesman […]

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Port of South Whidbey hires marina engineer

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

Jackson Holtz has the story in the Everett Herald: Earlier this month, steroids [U.S. Customs] agents found an infestation of the potentially destructive Khapra beetle — Trogoderma granarium — aboard a cargo ship at the Port of Everett. The beetles were found crawling among rice and beans among other food stores, contagion [U.S. Customs spokesman […]

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