From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Locks to close for two days next week

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2012

Deborah Bach has this announcement at Three sheets Northwest: The Hiram M. Chittenden locks in Ballard will be closed during the day next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7. The locks will be closed to all vessel traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, but will remain open between 6 p.m. Feb. [...]

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Suquamish tribe retrieves bones of gray whale

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2012

This story appears in the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission: The Suquamish Tribe’s shellfish coordinator Luke Kelly pulls out the whale’s baleen plates to dry on the deck of the tribe’s barge. The Suquamish Tribe recently pulled up a net full of bones of a gray whale from Agate Pass, with hopes of rebuilding the skeleton [...]

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8 sea lions found dead, apparently shot

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2012

This Associated Press story appears in the Seattle Times: Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks – all apparently shot. KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/s1aYqA) that both the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the deaths. [...]

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Plan to dart tag Puget Sound orcas raises concerns

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

PHUONG LE of the ASSOCIATED PRESS has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune: SEATTLE — Federal biologists plan next month to attach tiny satellite devices on Puget Sound’s endangered orcas off the West Coast to better understand where they go during winter. But some whale experts worry the tags – about the size of [...]

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Arctic ribbon seal spotted near Seattle, Marysville

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

Phuong Le of the Associated Press has this story in the Everett Herald: [K.Wilkinson / NOAA: A ribbon seal is seen Friday on a dock in Marysville.] SEATTLE — A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted twice in the Seattle area. It’s quite [...]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Despite being evicted, the Kalakala remains moored next to a concrete plant on Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway.] If the Kalakala sinks at its moorings in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway as it is likely to, it will cause an economic disaster totaling millions of dollars in losses monthly and [...]

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Port of Tacoma container business ekes out an increase

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

John Gillie has this story in the Biz Buzz blog at the Tacoma News Tribune: The Port of Tacoma’s dominant business eked out an increase last year, new statistics show, but that business volume remains far below its pre-recession highs. The port’s terminals handled 1,488,799 cargo container units last year, figures released by the port [...]

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Arwyn Rice has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — Port of Port Angeles commissioners agreed Monday to a 30-year lease with the new owners of Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the MV Coho vehicle ferry, for its terminal on the Port Angeles waterfront. The lease provides for the possible purchase [...]

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Boaters would foot the bill for proposed marine center

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Two bills proposed by Washington legislators would take money from an account dedicated to boating infrastructure around the state and charge boaters higher registration fees, using the funds to study and establish a marine innovation center in Anacortes. Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes) is sponsoring House Bill [...]

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U.S. Coast Guard photo: The Kalakala is shown on a Tacoma estuary. It listed at about a 30-degree angle after being blown onto a sunken barge during last week’s storms. Peninsula Daily News and The Associated Press have this story: TACOMA — The historic former state ferry Kalakala is no longer listing and wasn’t responsible [...]

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State’s newest ferries are proving pricey

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

The ferries were bought at a high price and have some odd characteristics: the tendency to list, the engines that seem to waste fuel, and tight quarters for vehicles. They are very comfortable, but the state is looking at a potentially bleak future for ferry service finances. C.B. Hall has this story at Crosscut: As [...]

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Seattle Boat Show starts this week

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2012

[It’s a letter from Northwest Marine Trade Association President George Harris. —Tim] Seattle is slowly thawing after the big snow and freeze this past week, and boats are being prepped for move in to the Big Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, opening next Friday, January 27 and continuing through Sunday, February 5 at CenturyLink [...]

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Each situation unique for anchoring ships

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2012

David Sellers has this story in the Peninsula Daily News: Dan Kauffman of Port Angeles recently asked me the following questions: How many ships can safely anchor in Port Angeles Harbor? Are all ships entering and exiting the harbor required to use a tug? And are the anchorages controlled by the Coast Guard? Ron Winterfeld, [...]

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[Tim Flanagan photo from 2008; she looks worse now!] Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Damage to the Kalakala has caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a call for a contractor to stabilize the vessel and move it to a new location on Tacoma’s Commencement Bay. The 1926 ferry [...]

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Puget Sound squid jiggers woo tasty tentacles

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2012

Fishing, or jigging, for squid has become a popular winter sport on fishing piers around Puget Sound, as anglers dream of tasty ways to prepare their catch (as calamari, adobo, and more). Tan Vinh has the story in the Seattle Times: [MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES] At midnight on the Des Moines Fishing Pier [...]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Mention U.S. Navy patrol boats during World War II and people are likely to think of Pearl Harbor, maybe the waters of Europe or the South Pacific. But few may realize the role that Puget Sound has played in the evolution of the patrol and rescue [...]

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Brynn Grimley has the story in the Kitsap Sun: SEABECK — Port of Bremerton commissioners are considering a request by the owners of the private marina under construction in Seabeck to take over control of the facility’s maintenance and operations. Commissioners met Tuesday with the private developers of the Olympic View Marina to discuss the [...]

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Scott Panitz has the story at IslandsSounder.com: In the first phase of a plan to expand and upgrade its reservation program,Washington State Ferries launches a new vehicle reservation system this June for the Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes, as well as commercial routes in the San Juan Islands. The reservation system is scheduled to [...]

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Keeping the Swinomish Channel flowing

by Tim Flanagan on January 17, 2012

Local officials meet, consider contributing funding Whitney Pipkin has the story in the Skagit Valley Herald: [Dunlap Towing Company's Rosario tugs a barge along the Swinomish Channel in La Conner. The 12-foot-deep channel has to be dredged every two to three years to prevent it from silting in with sediment.] LA CONNER — A consortium [...]

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Steve Wilhelm has this in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Two years before the widened Panama Canal opens to giant cargo ships, Washington state port leaders are watching with trepidation as East and Gulf coast ports accelerate their preparations. Those ports are hoping to grab a larger chunk of business, hoping the wider canal will [...]

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