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, Wash., 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 were required […]

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Tugboat fire on Elliott Bay injures man

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2009

Seattle Times coverage of another local fire. This one took place Friday. A man suffered minor injuries in a two-alarm fire on a 120-foot tugboat in Elliott Bay, tonight, a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman said. The fire, at 1711 13th Ave. S.W. on Harbor Island, was reported shortly after 7 p.m. [on Friday, February 27.] […]

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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

With the big six-week closure of the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge looming, WSDOT is stepping up its effort to share information about the project. Last month, the WSDOT launched a SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge blog, http://hoodcanalbridge.blogspot.com/, offering the public an additional opportunity to chime in on everything from getting ready for the six-week […]

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Cleanup proposed for Anacortes old mill site

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2009

[KING-5 video available by clicking here. Below is the Department of Ecology press release. —Tim] Proposed cleanup of old Scott Paper mill site could spur new era for Anacortes waterfront’s environment, economy OLYMPIA – Comments are being sought on a possible cleanup plan for an old mill site on Fidalgo Bay that could remake the […]

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CBC’s coverage of the new baby orca

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2009

[Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research] We mentioned this story a couple weeks ago, 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, 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, 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, owned by NW Seaport, […]

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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, so click on the link to read the whole story. The photograph is by Patrick J. Sullivan, with Tim Snider piloting the aircraft. Anyone interested in contributing input to the future design of the A/B Dock […]

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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, 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 the ports […]

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Boat burns, sinks at West Sound Marina Friday

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2009

Thanks again to BitterEnd for the tip. The photos were taken by David Luton. According to the San Juan Islander, A 45-50 foot boat burned up and sunk at West Sound marina on Orcas Island this afternoon. A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, Orcas firefighters, Friday Harbor firefighters aboard the fireboat Confidence responded to the fire. […]

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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, authorities said. Wow. Scuttling your boat for the insurance. It seems like a foolproof plan, […]

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Rename the ferry system!

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

[I don't make up the news, 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 of […]

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Article by Bryan Buckalew in the Seattle Courant: On March 10, 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 fishermen, […]

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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, 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 pages of information, […]

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Resident orcas on verge of collapse

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

The more I learn about this, the more I fear we are literally “loving the whales to death.” Mark Anderson is chairman of Orca Relief, 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 harass marine […]

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Washington port exports jump 60 percent

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

Thanks to Ingrid Stegemoeller at the Tri-City Herald for this story: Food and agriculture exports from Washington ports amounted to about $14.8 billion last year, a 60 percent increase from 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Several factors contributed to the increase, including strong yields, high prices for commodities, the relatively low value […]

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Port of South Whidbey hires marina engineer

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

The Port of South Whidbey has chosen engineering firm Reid Middleton of Everett to help the port on the next step of design, permitting and construction of an improved marina in Langley. Reid Middleton was awarded a $29,000 contract for pre-design evaluation and assessment, including a thorough look at existing wind and wave studies and […]

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