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2010 February

From the monthly archives:

February 2010

65-foot tug boat sinks at mooring in Duwamish River

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2010

SEATTLE – A 65-foot tug boat belonging to Island Tug and Barge sank while moored to a dock in the west waterway of the Duwamish River, north of the Southwest Spokane St. Bridge here, Sunday. Investigators determined that the bow of the tug boat Island Wind became wedged beneath the dock at low tide, causing […]

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Maritime Monday focus on the Pacific Northwest

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2010

Maritime Monday is a regular feature at gCaptain.com, and this week it features a special focus on our very own region. Check it out! Regular PugetSoundMaritime readers will already be familiar with many of the stories, of course, but remember that the audience for Maritime Monday is much broader—truly a global audience of maritime professionals […]

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Two cruise ship visits scheduled for Port Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2010

David G. Sellars has this story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES WILL be port o’ call for multiple cruise ship visits this year. On Friday, May 7, the Holland America Lines cruise ship, ms Zuiderdam, will arrive at noon. It is not known how many people will be aboard, but she can carry […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — Community leaders are floating options to bring passenger ferry service to Port Townsend with a direct route to Seattle. The Port of Port Townsend is contemplating the prospect. More than a week ago, the port commissioners applied for a Federal Highways and […]

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Robert Matas has the story in the Globe and Mail. Lyle Stafford took the photograph. Canada and U.S. authorities are talking about extending cross-border security measures that were implemented for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were to end with the closing of the Winter Games. The RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard have jointly […]

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Tsunami advisory for Washington coast canceled

by Tim Flanagan on February 27, 2010

This brief announcement appears at the Seattle Times: The tsunami advisory for the Washington coast was canceled at 5 p.m. Saturday with little to show for it. The advisory, issued as a result of the Chilean earthquake, was announced because there was some concern that waves could increase by up to a foot on the […]

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Leading Northwest Salmon Derby just got bigger

by Tim Flanagan on February 27, 2010

Mark Yuasa has the story in his Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog: The Northwest Salmon Derby Series, the largest fishing derby series in the United States, continues garner plenty of attention and has added four more events this year. "The purpose of the derby series is to encourage people to go fishing and boating," […]

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Let’s hope this gamble pays off for the Port of Kingston

by Tim Flanagan on February 27, 2010

The North Kitsap Herald has this editorial on the new Kingston passenger ferry: The Port of Kingston has taken the plunge into the passenger-only ferry business. On Wednesday night, port commissioners Pete DeBoer and Tom Coultas agreed to purchase the 72-foot, 149-seat ferry Spirit from Four Seasons Marine Service of Silverdale. The aptly named ferry […]

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SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast alerting the Pacific Northwest’s maritime community of a potential tsunami impact to Oregon and Washington’s coastal regions arriving around 2 p.m. Saturday. The first waves should arrive in Charleston, Ore., with an estimated 1-foot wave height and subsequent areas across the Pacific Northwest […]

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Paddle To Seattle movie trailer

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2010

I’m what you might call an EXTREMELY casual sea kayaker. I admire the boats. I admire the aesthetic. I’ve enjoyed many short sea kayak outings. I’ve never toured on one, but I totally get the attraction. So I’m pretty excited about this Paddle To Seattle movie. Watch the preview. [Paddle to Seattle Trailer from Ben […]

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Kayakers laugh off foibles in 1,200-mile-long journey

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2010

Cinthia Ritchie of the Seward Phoenix Log has this story in the Seattle Times. AP provided the photo: What happens when two guys from Seward, Alaska, take off for Seattle in kayaks? A lot of laughs, according to kayaker and filmmaker Josh Thomas. But not slapstick comedy so much as slices of life that become […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: [The Port of Kingston purchased the passenger ferry,Spirit, for $2.5 million Wednesday night. A final inspection was being done Thursday at the Port of Port Townsend's Boat Haven work yard. -- Photo by Jeff Chew/Peninsula Daily News] PORT TOWNSEND — The Port of Kingston’s newly […]

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WSDOT officials delay SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge completion

by Tim Flanagan on February 25, 2010

West-half hydraulic system concerns push out final functional draw span tests SHINE – WSDOT is delaying the completion of the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge project after functional testing of the bridge revealed poor performance of the west-half lift span hydraulic system. “While conducting functional testing of the hydraulic systems we were able to identify […]

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This brief notice appears in the Port Townsend Leader: Locals intrigued by the prospect of a Port Townsend-Seattle passenger ferry can take a look-see Thursday at the sort of vessel proposed for the run. At 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, the Port of Port Townsend is scheduled to lift out of the water for inspection […]

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Communities face derelict vessel challenges

by Tim Flanagan on February 25, 2010

Ear to the Ground has this item. The photo is from the DNR. Yesterday, the San Juan Journal ran this piece about DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program. The article illustrates the challenges small comunicties are have in finding their 10 percent match (with the state’s 90 percent) for costs of removing derelict vessels from their […]

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Richard Walker, editor of the Journal of the San Juans, has this article: The idea seemed to be win-win. Under the state Department of Natural Resources’ Derelict Vessel Removal Program, local governments could get reimbursed for 75 percent — later upped to 90 percent — of the cost of disposing of derelict boats. Reimbursement would […]

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In Migael’s Wake | Poulsbo

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2010

Migael Scherer has this item (on my daughters’ favorite Puget Sound destination) over at Three Sheets Northwest: [Photo by Migael Scherer. The Poulsbo Marina at low tide. Most of the guest slips are 30 to 40 feet long, with end slips on both floats for larger vessels.] This once-thriving fishing village less than 20 miles […]

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Kingston port commissioners to vote on ferry purchase

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2010

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: KINGSTON — Port of Kingston commissioners will vote Wednesday night whether to buy the passenger-only ferry M/V Spirit for a new route between Kingston and downtown Seattle. The port hopes to begin offering service as soon as September. Only two commissioners, Pete DeBoer and Tom Coultas, […]

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Erik Lacitis has the story in the Seattle Times: It’s not quite an orca baby boom, but the latest birth of a calf, L114 — that’s how science-types like to name subjects — is cause for optimism for whale researchers here. There have now been five orca babies born in the past year for this […]

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Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea departs for Bering Sea cruise

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2010

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, one of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear icebreakers, homeported in Seattle, departs the week of Feb. 22 for a two-month deployment in support of the Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST). The BEST cruise is part of a six year study of the Bering Sea ecosystem supported by […]

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