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Maritime news and resources in and around Puget Sound — Page 2

Boaters would foot the bill for proposed marine center

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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Kalakala no longer listing, but federal agencies keep watch

January 26, 2012

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

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

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

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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Storm-damaged Kalakala close to sinking; feds step in to stabilize listing ship

January 22, 2012

[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

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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New book details ‘top secret’ history of patrol boats on Puget Sound

January 21, 2012

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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Port of Bremerton considers partnership with Seabeck marina developers

January 21, 2012

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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Ferry system to upgrade, expand reservations starting this summer

January 17, 2012

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

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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Bypass West Coast? Other ports prepare to grab shipping as Panama Canal widens

January 17, 2012

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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After renovations, 52,000-pound passenger ferry now in East Bay, Olympia

January 17, 2012

[Project supervisor Cooper Devlin walks a rope line out from the dock area as the Admiral Pete, a Kitsap Transit wooden passenger ferry, is launched early Thursday at the Swantown Boatworks in the Port of Olympia. Olympian photo] ROLF BOONE has the story in the Olympian: The wooden ferry Admiral Pete returned to Puget Sound […]

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Port of Everett hires new marina director

January 17, 2012

This unsigned story appears in the Everett Herald: Jeff Bearman took over as Everett’s marina director Jan. 10. Bearman has more than 20 years of experience, primarily managing marinas in Hawaii. "I’m really looking forward to helping the Port of Everett’s marina reach its fullest potential," Bearman said in a press release. "It’s a beautiful […]

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Ballard locks to close for repairs at end of month

January 17, 2012

Deborah Bach has ths story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Water, nature’s most destructive force, eroded a portion of the small lock wall at the 95-year old Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. The locks are expected to close to traffic for a few days at the end of the month. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of […]

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Ferry Kennewick arrives, but not service ready

January 6, 2012

Patrick J. Sullivan has the story in the Port Townsend Leader: The third and last of Washington state’s special 64-car ferries is being introduced to her new home on Friday, but is not actually ready for work. Read more

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Firefighters stifle damage from derelict vessel

January 6, 2012

Unsigned story in the Kingston Community News: KINGSTON — A stock of marine spill response equipment, ready for use at the Port of Kingston Marina, gave local firefighters the chance to quickly limit the damage from the sinking of a motor vessel in the waters of Miller Bay Thursday afternoon. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue […]

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Cause of Edmonds Marina fire not yet known

January 6, 2012

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Authorities say it could be several more days before they can determine the cause of a fire at the Port of Edmonds Marina that destroyed two boats, sinking one of them. The fire was reported at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 by a janitor […]

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Edmonds Seal Sitters Watch Over Pup at Marina Beach

January 6, 2012

Founder Susan Morrow helped "sit" with a seal pup until it was ready to slip back into Puget Sound. Brian Soergel has the story at Patch: While strolling on Marina Beach on Thursday, Vivian Murray of Edmonds came face-to-face with one of Puget Sound’s most popular residents. “As I went to see some seabirds perching […]

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Adventuress leaves Seattle for centennial restoration work

January 6, 2012

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: When you’re a lady getting ready for your hundredth birthday, the preparations can take some time. So this week, the historic schooner Adventuress headed out from Seattle’s Lake Union Park to Port Townsend to undergo repairs in preparation for her 100th birthday in 2013. The repairs […]

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