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Update: First Pacific Northwest WISTA Meeting

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 26, 2011

The Pacific Northwest chapter of WISTA USA had its plankowners meeting last Wednesday in Seattle. We discussed what we wanted out of the organization and elected officers. Yours truly is the PNW chapter secretary responsible for minutes and membership. Our president is Capt.

WISTA USA's New Pacific Northwest Branch

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 18, 2011

Last April, at the annual general meeting of WISTA USA, a new chapter was voted into existance in my neck of the woods. We now have a Pacific Northwest chapter, with activities centered around Seattle. WISTA is the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association…

Small Washington Ferry Struggles

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 8, 2011

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief, a ferry connecting Lummi Island to mainland Washington via a short run across a narrow waterway between Bellingham Bay and Lummi Bay.

Bellingham Bay Welcomes the Zodiac

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on April 22, 2011

Last weekend we had a rare, nearly sunny, break in the Pacific Northwest drizzle to enjoy the first annual Bellingham Bay Rendezvous. The rendezvous gave the local community a chance to tour small charter vessels that run throughout the Puget Sound, the Inland Passage and all the way up to Alaska.

West Coast Looks at Shipping Coal to China

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on April 4, 2011

The Seattle Times did a front page story on the "Coal Quandary" in a recent Sunday edition. According to the report, the project would bring 125 car loads of coal from Montana on the railway to Cherry Point every day. The coal would then be sent to China in ships.

The Port of Seattle's Centennial 1911-2011

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 22, 2011

I took a trip up the Seattle's Space Needle last weekend where you can eat hot dogs and view the Port of Seattle through binoculars. It reminded me that this year is the port's 100th birthday. To celebrate its centennial, the Port of Seattle…

Don Horton's WWII Coastwise Merchant Seaman Blog

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on February 10, 2011

I interviewed Don Horton for an article in last November's edition of MarineNews. He grew up on tugs and barges off the U.S. East Coast during WWII and lost his brother to a German U-boat that attacked his brother's tug. Don has been championing…

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum for 2010

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on February 4, 2011

On September 19, Arctic sea ice reached its 2010 minimum, at 4.60 million square kilometers (1.78 million square miles). The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported that 2010 Arctic sea ice extent was the third-lowest on the satellite record.

Blackbeard's Sword Found off North Carolina?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on January 18, 2011

Archaeologists recently discovered what is believed to be the sword of a famous pirate, off the shore of North Carolina's Coast. Captain Edward Teach (1680 - 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a pirate who plundered the coasts of the West Indies, North Carolina and Virginia.

Seattle Activites: PMI, WISTA

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on January 13, 2011

I've been spending a lot of time in Seattle lately, neglecting my sleepy little corner of Bellingham, Wash. Most recently I traveled to the Pacific Maritime Institute for a lesson on their Z-Drive tug simulator from Jeff Slesinger - mariner, author and instructor.

Propeller Club Seattle Hosts IMO Secretary General

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on September 16, 2010

To put the work of mariners in perspective, the Secretary General pointed out that while the world’s population is somewhere around 6.5 billion, and waterborne shipping moves 90% of all trade for that population, there are only about 1.5 million mariners in the world to service that trade. Mr.

Locked Away

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 14, 2010

After 9/11 security at locks on the inland waterways came down hard. Most locks won't allow crew changes, which is unfortunate because they are the perfect location for it. The tow is already stopped, it's easy to step onto the lock wall from the tow…

RiverNotes: Photos

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 12, 2010

RiverNotes: Wrapping up My River Trip

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 12, 2010

My inland waterways education included breaking the tow to get through locks, rearranging the tow to drop off and pick up barges, making tight bridges, conducting safety training, and innovative ways to board and debark a vessel. Not that I actually did any of those things myself…

RiverNotes: On the Thomas E. Erickson

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 8, 2010

I woke up this morning at 0500 hours and the boat had pulled up alongside another vessel and been there since late the night before. We had joined the Mississippi River and showed up for what we were told would be a 16 hour wait above the Merle Price Locks.

RiverNotes: A Thinking Man's Game

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 6, 2010

On the upper Mississippi at Lynwood, it was time for the Theresa Wood to drop off two empty barges. To rearrange the tow, the deckhands pulled apart and remade 22 lines; set the sounder and speakers at the head of the tow and ran the cords back to the boat…

RiverNotes: A Moment on the Mississippi

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 5, 2010

Behind the boat, the lights of Quincy, Illinois receded into a bright cluster. On either side of the river, the outline of the heavily treed banks closed in on the city and contrasted like a black cutout against the transluscent night sky. The stars were out…

RIverNotes: Mom & Pop on the Mississippi

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 3, 2010

S&S Boat Store is one of the Captain's favorite boat store. He said once there was a deckhand that flew into Burlington to catch the boat, but he got there five hours before the boat did.The deckhand was just starting out and had a wife at home.

RiverNotes: FIrst Day Aboard The Theresa Wood

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 2, 2010

The boat and its tow pulled into Lock 25 near Winfield, Missouri. The three guys at the head of the tow, acting as the eyes for the pilot, were probably wondering who this weird chick was taking photos of them as they tied the barges to the lock wall.

RiverNotes- Live Blog Posting Starts Tomorrow

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on July 1, 2010

Raina Clark, Managing Editor at MarineNews, is pulling on her steel-toed boots to ride pushboats and barges from St. Louis, Missouri to Davenport, Iowa.The Upper Mississippi is known for its agricultural commodities and Raina will be getting…
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