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2011 December

From the monthly archives:

December 2011

93-foot boat sinks in Everett’s Steamboat Slough

by Tim Flanagan on December 25, 2011

This brief, unsigned article appears in the Everett Herald: EVERETT — The state Department of Ecology and Global Diving, a private contractor, are responding to a sunken 93-foot pleasure craft in Steamboat Slough near Everett. The vessel is not believed to be actively leaking fuel, but the Everett Fire Department placed absorbent boom around the […]

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Coast Guard rejects Kalakala owner’s appeal

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 2011

Susan Gilmore has the story in the Seattle Times: [ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES photo: The historic ferry Kalakala has been languishing for years since it was rescued from the mud flats in Kodiak, Alaska. The 276-foot silver ferry with sleek lines sailed on Puget Sound from 1935 to 1967.] The ferry Kalakala has […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Everett Herald: EDMONDS — For people on south Whidbey Island or for those riding the Edmonds-Kingston ferry Thursday, the sight of the USS Kentucky being guided by four tugboats and a Coast Guard crew might have raised some questions. The submarine, which was belching steam, was not disabled or […]

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Bellingham marina dredging, waterfront cleanup under way

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 2011

ANDY BRONSON has this story in the BELLINGHAM HERALD: BELLINGHAM – A long-abandoned waterfront garbage dump is getting some environmental attention as part of a $7.5 million project that includes dredging and moorage upgrades inside Squalicum Harbor. "In the 1950s and ’60s they just dumped garbage into the bay," said Brian Gouran, environmental project manager […]

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Kingston Port sticking with SoundRunner ferry for now

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2011

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: KINGSTON — SoundRunner passenger ferry service is enjoying smoother sailing the second time around, but remains a long way from becoming sustainable. Bad weather and a broken engine forced the Port of Kingston to shut down operations after five weeks in late 2010. The Spirit of […]

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: TACOMA — Puget Sound Action Agenda — the blueprint for restoring Puget Sound to ecological health — now contains the "links" needed to connect science to goals and goals to actions. Puget Sound Partnership, which recently released a draft of its new Action Agenda, faced criticism […]

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Boaters, get your cameras – the king tides are coming

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2011

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [A high tide on Jan. 6, 2010 floods Olympiad Drive in Southworth, Washington. Photo by Ray Garrido] Extreme tides are starting on the Washington coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca today, and the state Department of Ecology is inviting people to share photos of […]

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Ship saved from sinking on Lake Union

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2011

Associated Press and JAKE WHITTENBERG of KING 5 News have this story: SEATTLE — Emergency responders are making progress pumping out water from a 200-foot fishing vessel that took on water on Lake Union early Wednesday. The Arica, a fishing vessel at a dry dock on the east side of Lake Union, began taking on […]

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B.C. ferry terminal closed after hard landing

by Tim Flanagan on December 21, 2011

Coverage of this story appears in numerous outlets, including CBC News: [Crew members inspect the areas of impact after the BC Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration made a hard landing while trying to dock at Duke Point on Tuesday. (Ron Forsythe/CBC)] Hard ferry landing1:25 BC Ferries closed its Duke Point terminal near Nanaimo after a vessel […]

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Stacey Mulick  has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: [The 276-foot Kalakala lists in its mooring on the Hylebos Waterway, in Tacoma, Thursday afternoon, March 24, 2011. The 1935 art deco ferry sailed the Puget Sound from 1935 to 1967. It’s been moored in Tacoma since 2004. Supporters have not been able to raise […]

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Just a few (really big) ships passing in the night

by Tim Flanagan on December 21, 2011

Ed Friedrich has this story in the Kitsap Sun: [PHOTO BY LARRY STEAGALL/KITSAP SUN: The USS Nimitz undergoes work Monday at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Its major overhaul at the shipyard was to be completed by the end of the year, but the Navy says some additional work needs to be done.] BREMERTON — Aircraft […]

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Southern Resident Orcas have a new calf

by Tim Flanagan on December 21, 2011

SeattlePI.com has this unsigned item: [J 16 with previous calf (2007) Courtesy the Center for Whale Research)] Orca Network has just announced that a new calf has been born to J pod, the most consistently seen pod in the Puget Sound/Central Salish Sea region of Washington state.  This brings the total to for J pod […]

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IOSA on standby after burned boat sinks near Shipyard Cove

by Tim Flanagan on December 21, 2011

JACKIE WOLF has this story at San Juan Islander’s website: PRESS RELEASE: Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) responders are on standby since 3 am on December 17, 2011, after being notified of a vessel on fire near Shipyard Cove Marina. When IOSA was notified, the crew of fire boat Confidence was fighting the fire.Despite their […]

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SANDRA MCCULLOCH has the story in the Victoria TIMES COLONIST: [The Royal Canadian Navy submarine HMCS Victoria is moored in the magnetic silencing facility at the U.S. naval base in Bangor, Washington, for a deperming treatment. It reduces the sub’s electromagnetic signature, making it harder for enemies to detect. Photograph by: Lt. Ed Early, U.S. […]

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Lake Union houseboat owners bracing for a fight

by Tim Flanagan on December 19, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: A group of liveaboards on Seattle’s Lake Union say they will consider taking legal action against the city if it implements a set of regulations that would ban new houseboats and place other restrictions on them. Members of the Lake Union Liveaboard Association (LULA) say the […]

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Tanker traffic increase threatens the Salish Sea

by Tim Flanagan on December 16, 2011

CHRIS GENOVALI an MISTY MACDUFFEE have the story in the Victoria TIMES COLONIST: On British Columbia’s south coast, Kinder Morgan wants to triple the amount of crude oil being shipped from Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet through Georgia Strait, the Fraser estuary, Gulf Islands, Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait. The proposed pipeline expansions would deliver […]

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Build-in-Washington team announced for new 144-car ferry

by Tim Flanagan on December 14, 2011

[It’s a press release from Vigor/US Fab. —Tim] Multi-company approach means 500 jobs across the region SEATTLE (Dec. 14, 2011) – Major members of the build-in-Washington subcontracting team that will build the state’s new 144-car ferry are now set, as prime contractor US Fab today announced final subcontracting agreements with companies, including Nichols Brothers Boat […]

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Boat battles brewing in Oly

by Tim Flanagan on December 14, 2011

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Allowing visiting boats to stay in Washington longer, making it easier for boatyards to install water treatment systems and protecting boaters from additional taxes are among the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s legislative priorities for next year. The Seattle-based NMTA, whose mission is to promote recreational boating, […]

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Canadian submarine visiting Bangor base

by Tim Flanagan on December 14, 2011

[The Canadian submarine HMCS Victoria (SSK 876) arrives in Kitsap County in 2004. The submarine is back in local waters again, using Bangor's magnetic silencing facility to "deperm" its hull. (U.S. Navy photo by Ray F. Longaker Jr.)] Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: BANGOR — A Canadian attack submarine is making […]

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Occupy protest at Port includes melee, arrests

by Tim Flanagan on December 13, 2011

A crowd of 500 people peacefully blocked a Port entrance near the lower West Seattle Bridge on Monday before violence broke out nearby during an "Occupy the Ports" day up and down the West Coast. Mike Lindblom has the story in the Seattle Times: The Seattle group marched from Westlake Park to lower Spokane Street, […]

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