From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Port of Tacoma biggest loser among nation’s major ports

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2011

John Gillie has this item in the Tacoma News Tribune’s Biz Buzz blog: The Port of Tacoma was the biggest loser among the nation’s major ports in containerized cargo from mid-2008 to mid-2010, a new government study says. The port’s volume of foreign containerized trade fell 36.3 percent in that two-year period, said the Federal [...]

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Cypress Island restoration

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2011

Washington’s DNR has this item in the Ear to the Ground blog: It’s a new year with new and exciting restoration projects around Puget Sound. As outlined in DNR’s strategic plan, cleaning up the Sound is one of the top priorities of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. With more than 2.6 million acres of [...]

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Awaiting cleanup, Camano Island residents worry about foam hazard [Tyee Beach residents Howard Strong (left) and Ed Herring look over a huge chunk of a barge or dock that washed ashore just after Christmas on the east side of Camano Island. Neighbors are concerned about urethane that is breaking apart and spreading. Dan Bates / [...]

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That sinking feeling: Cleaning up abandoned boats

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2011

Liam Moriarty has this story at KPLU: [This abandoned boat sank in the Duwamish River in Tukwila about two months ago. DNR says the city is going through the required process of trying to notify the boat's owner. If the owner doesn't deal with the boat by mid-February, the city will take over. Liam Moriarty [...]

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John Stark has the story in the Bellingham Herald: BELLINGHAM – Port of Bellingham staffers are taking steps to prevent another mass nesting of Caspian terns on the port’s waterfront property this spring. An estimated 3,000 of the black-capped sea birds staked a claim to a large portion of the old Georgia-Pacific Corp. mill site [...]

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Northwest Salmon Derby Series starts at Roche Harbor

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2011

Mark Yuasa has the story in the Seattle Times: The kickoff for the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, the biggest series in the United States, begins Thursday with the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic in the San Juan Islands. "I’m very excited about the Roche Derby, and so far this month there has been some quality larger [...]

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[USCG photo] SEATTLE – Coast Guard Station Seattle invited media aboard the new, multi-mission, 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), Friday. How could I say no? [USCG photo] Especially when we were given the chance to witness some serious high-performance boat handling, up close and personal? Let’s face it; I’m a hopeless Coast Guard fan-boy. I was [...]

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Ballard High students conduct oil spill drill

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2011

The Geeky Swedes at MyBallard have this story: Ballard High School students are learning how to handle oil spills. On Thursday, students in the school’s Maritime Academy conducted an “oil spill drill” as part of their Sophomore Maritime Survey. The fictitious spill took place off Port Angeles where one oil tanker collided with another vessel. [...]

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New agency would focus on Puget Sound restoration

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2011

This editorial appears in the OLYMPIAN: The Washington Conservation Corps could be headed in a new direction – straight to Puget Sound – if several key legislators and state Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark have their way. Bills introduced in House and Senate committees call for a consolidation of corps administration from several agencies into [...]

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Ten things to see at the boat show before it’s too late

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2011

Marty McOmber has this article at Three Sheets: The Seattle Boat Show is almost over. It’s so big that no human can possibly take in all of the boats, booths and seminars that fill the Qwest Field Event Center and the docks at South Lake Union in just one visit. After a full day at [...]

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Logs, gypsum and auto cargoes up at Port of Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2011

John Gillie has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: While the Port of Tacoma’s most important business, containerized cargoes, was down again in 2010, new figures show the port cargoes increased in three other important categories. New figures show that auto imports and exports rebounded last year, increasing by 3.1 percent to 120,996 vehicles [...]

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Ross Anderson has the story in the Port Townsend Leader: [Science center volunteers (from left) Sue Long, Karen DeLorenzo and Linda Dacon measure a fin bone for drilling while visiting expert Lee Post looks on. Photo by Ross Anderson] To fully appreciate nature’s handiwork, or God’s creation, just try replicating it. Start with the pieces [...]

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MUKILTEO –The Mukilteo ferry terminal will temporarily close for three extended weekends this spring for extensive preservation work. Riders of the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route should begin making alternate travel plans now. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close the Mukilteo Terminal Friday through Sunday on March 18-20, March 25-27 and April 1-3. During [...]

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Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: He may not know his kings from his silvers or a humpy from a chum, but President Obama’s mention Tuesday night of the Northwest’s signature fish seems to have resonated with the public — though probably not as he’d hoped. While many laughed at the president’s [...]

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Puget Soundkeeper Alliance not invited to show

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: There’s one longtime exhibitor you won’t see at the Seattle Boat Show this year. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) has been a regular at the show for a decade or so, occupying space provided at no cost by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), which co-produces the show. [...]

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Steven Gardner has the story in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Port of Bremerton commissioners Tuesday approved a lease with the city of Port Orchard for a boat ramp used often by Safe Boats International. The port will lease the Water Street boat ramp from the city for up to 30 years at a rate [...]

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Captain Richard rodriguez has this story at BitterEnd. Clicking through to view the MarineTraffic.com page for Horizon Consumer shows the vessel has been towed to Tacoma: This 721′ container vessel is currently (21:40 Tuesday) adrift in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Response Tug Lindsey Foss is underway from Bellingham to assist. Her ETA [...]

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Officials monitoring listing log ship in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2011

Stacia Glenn has the brief story in the Tacoma News Tribune: A 560-foot cargo bulk carrier grounded in Tacoma’s Hylebos West dock Tuesday was being monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard and the state Department of Ecology. The M/V Ranunculus, which is owned by a Japanese shipping company, was loading logs bound for Shanghai when [...]

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Prince Rupert port bustling with Asian business

by Tim Flanagan on January 25, 2011

Proximity to Asian markets cited as major reason for port’s growth It isn’t “Puget Sound” maritime news. No, but it’s a direct threat to Puget Sound ports such as Tacoma and Seattle. Puget Sound Maritime believes it’s time for the two ports to consolidate, in order to improve efficiency and increase competitiveness. Brian Morton has [...]

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Waggoner guide changes hands as founder retires

by Tim Flanagan on January 25, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [The man behind Waggoner, Bob Hale, is set to retire.] For close to 20 years Bob Hale has been the man behind the Waggoner Cruising Guide, the annually updated book used by countless Northwest boaters. But not anymore. Hale, who is retiring, has sold his trademark [...]

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