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2011 November

From the monthly archives:

November 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Boats moored at Blakely Island Marina on Nov. 11, 2010, the night Don Mierzeski died. Photos courtesy of Colin Wahl] A crew member on the boat whose owner died at Blakely Island Marina earlier this month is warning fellow boaters about a danger that is easily […]

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Port of Tacoma on watch for bad containers

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2011

JOHN GILLIE has the story in the News Tribune: Tacoma longshore workers say they’re taking a cautious approach to potentially explosive shipping containers that are arriving at the Port of Tacoma. The International Longshore Workers Union and shipping lines have agreed on a procedure coast-wide to screen out those containers after three workers in Vietnam […]

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STEVE MAYNARD has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department wants to purchase a new saltwater patrol and rescue boat to replace its last one, The Reliance, which sank over the summer. The new boat would be larger, faster and more expensive. The price tag: $730,000. Talk about sticker shock. […]

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JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: The Port of Tacoma plans to spend some $1.5 million to deepen water adjacent to one of its main containership terminals because sediments have restricted the terminal’s use. Puget Sound pilots guiding ships into Husky Terminal on the port’s Blair Waterway warned the port in […]

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This announcement appears at Heavy Lift PFI: November 23 – The first sailing of FESCO Russian Pacific Line’s new direct all water service to Vladivostok has departed from the Port of Tacoma offering a direct fortnightly ro-ro service to Vladivostok and all points in the Russian Far East. A variety of break bulk and ro-ro […]

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Gale Fiege has the story in the Everett Herald: EVERETT — No. 72 is loading up and preparing to head out. When the USS Abraham Lincoln pulls away from its homeport of Naval Station Everett for the final time early next month, Charlotte Alexander expects she’ll stand on the pier waving to her husband, Capt. […]

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Coast Guard warns to prepare for winter storms

by Tim Flanagan on November 15, 2011

SEATTLE — With severe weather approaching and forecasts of strong winds and heavy surf, the Coast Guard reminds boaters and beach-goers to be prepared and stay aware; and reminds mariners to take the necessary steps to ensure that their boats are properly secured. “During the fall and winter storms in this region, the Coast Guard […]

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Deborah Bach, Three Sheets Northwest: Don Mierzeski was found in the waters of Blakely Island Marina, indicated on the map with a red arrow. A Bellingham sailboat captain who went missing before the start of the Round the County race in the San Juan Islands was found dead in the waters of Blakely Island Marina […]

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[Press release from our friends at the Seattle Boat Show. —Tim] SEATTLE – Start dreaming and get your shopping lists ready! The Big Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is just around the corner. The largest show on the West Coast, it opens on Friday, January 27th, 2012 and continues through Sunday February 5th. It’s […]

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High winds to rock waters today

by Tim Flanagan on November 11, 2011

Marty McOmber, Three Sheets Northwest: A strong cold front will sweep across the region today, bringing high winds in its wake — especially on Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where winds speeds could hit 40 to 45 knots and gust higher. A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for […]

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Longtime Seattle boating magazine calls it quits

by Tim Flanagan on November 11, 2011

Deborah Bach, Three Sheets Northwest: [The final issue of Nor’westing magazine wraps up more than 46 years of local boating coverage.] The region’s oldest recreational boating publication, Seattle-based Nor’westing magazine, has closed after more than four decades in existence. The magazine, published by Canadian company Trader Corporation, put out its last issue on Nov. 2. […]

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Ballard Locks closed for annual cleaning

by Tim Flanagan on November 11, 2011

Geeky Swedes at MyBallard: The large lock at the Ballard Locks is closed for its annual cleaning. The view from above, taken in 2009 Each year the Corps of Engineers “de-waters” the locks, which is the official term for letting the water out, to scrape barnacles off the walls and make sure all the mechanical […]

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Deborah Bach, Three Sheets Northwest: The city of Seattle has revised a set of proposed regulations that would limit liveaboard vessels and place new restrictions on marinas, but not all liveaboards are happy with the changes. The city had previously proposed to define liveaboards as anyone spending more than four nights a week aboard their […]

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Deborah Bach, Three Sheets Northwest: [Mark Bunzel, who visited close to 140 marinas this year to update the Waggoner Cruising Guide, addresses marina owners on Thursday.] Very few people have visited close to 140 marinas in the Northwest in a single season, but Mark Bunzel has. Bunzel, the new owner of Waggoner Cruising Guide, traveled […]

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Charlie Bermant, Peninsula Daily News PORT TOWNSEND — Port of Port Townsend officials have chosen Puget Sound Express Inc. to operate its passenger-only ferry service, which they have committed to begin in August 2013. The port commissioners made the decision Wednesday at the same time that port officials heard that final paperwork for the collection […]

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Despite cleanup, creosote toxins common in our waters

by Tim Flanagan on November 11, 2011

The discovery may encourage greater steps to remove old pilings coated with the preservative. Bill Sheets, Everett Herald: EVERETT — Perhaps the biggest surprise in a recent study of pollution in Puget Sound and other waterways was the amount of toxic material from wood soaked with creosote, a state official said. Creosote, an oily, coal-based liquid […]

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Kingston-Seattle ferry bounces on iffy financial seas

by Tim Flanagan on November 4, 2011

C.B. Hall, at Crosscut: [The Spirit of Kingston passenger ferry] If ever a sea-going vessel has sailed uphill, it is the much-beleaguered passenger-only ferry between Kingston and Seattle’s Colman Dock. Following in the wake of the Aqua Express, a passenger-only service that failed back in 2005, the Port of Kingston’s SoundRunner service has seen no […]

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BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), Port of Seattle (Port) and North West & Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA) are asking the public to suggest amendments to their seven-year-old environmental protection agreement. The NWCCA represents large cruise liners that operate between Seattle and Alaska from April to October each year. Ecology, the Port and […]

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USS Enterprise decommissioning, first of its kind

by Tim Flanagan on November 4, 2011

Kitsap Navy News has this story: The USS Enterprise, which was originally slated for decommissioning in 2014, will now be taken out of the fleet a year earlier. The Department of the Navy and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard are evaluating this large-scale, unprecedented project and its impact on workers and the surrounding community. The Puget […]

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) have released the latest look at what’s known about toxic chemical pollution in the Puget Sound region. The report, titled “Assessment of Selected Toxic Chemicals in the Puget Sound Basin,” is an important piece of information in the effort to restore […]

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