PORTLAND The Port of Portland reports Portland International Airport (PDX) joined five other airports to bring an internationally recognized carbon accreditation system for the aviation industry to North America this month. The system is endorsed by Airports Council International and officially launched in Europe in 2009 where it has been widely in use since. It provides a common standard for airports across the globe to measure carbon emissions and commit to reduction actions. With the system now expanding to regions worldwide, PDX committed to be an early adopter of the system along with Aéroports de Montréal, Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Sea-Tac International Airport. In the coming months, PDX will work towards achieving certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, joining 108 airports on five continents. The Port of Portland already brings experience in carbon accounting to this new process. As part of its commitment to promote clean air and reduce impacts to global climate change, the port signed on as a founding reporter of The Climate Registry (TCR) in 2008. Reporting to TCR has helped the port identify its largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and several actions to address them. The combined actions have yielded a 65 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below the baseline year of 1990 for port-owned and controlled sources.
VANCOUVER, USA Tidewater vessel crews were first responders in the rescue of four boaters in two separate incidents on September 9, 2014. Two tribal fishermen were unhurt after their fishing boat overturned on the Columbia River just east of Stevenson, WA. At approximately 1:15 a.m., Todd Takalo, piloting the Tidewater tug MAVERICK, spotted a flashing white light. Upon inspection, Mr. Takalo, along with Deck Mechanic Ryan Jones, discovered that the light was coming from an overturned fishing boat with two men on top. MAVERICK Captain, Chris Patnode, who was not on duty at the time, was notified of the situation and joined Mr. Jones on deck to ready man overboard equipment. In 35 mph winds and four foot swells, Mr. Takalo navigated the tug to the vessel in distress. The crew on deck were able to retrieve the two men and pull them aboard the MAVERICK. The fishermen said they had been stranded in the water for over 45 minutes. Their boat was unable to be towed or salvaged. The MAVERICKs crew made contact with another tribal fishing vessel which picked the men up and took them to shore. In a separate incident, around 7:00 p.m., two recreational boaters were pulled from the water after their boat caught fire and capsized. Captain Greg Majeski on the tug CAPTAIN BOB, was leaving the Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River when he saw black smoke in the distance. As a precaution, he navigated the tug around the corner to investigate the source of the smoke. He describes seeing a recreational boat fully engulfed in flames and two people in the water near the burning wreckage. He called for all hands on deck and immediately went to the scene to begin rescue operations. The two stranded boaters, a man and woman described by the crew as being in their 70s, had been struggling trying to make it to shore. The CAPTAIN BOB crew pulled the couple from the water, just as their burning boat slipped beneath the surface pf the river. They were given blankets and taken to the Ice Harbor Dam where an ambulance was waiting.
SAN DIEGO On Sept. 12, General Dynamics NASSCO and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signaled the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony for the first tanker, the APT-1, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The 50,000 deadweight ton APT-1 is the first tanker of a five-tanker contract between General Dynamics NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The LNG-conversion-ready 610-foot-long product carriers are a new ECO design, offering improved fuel efficiency, and include the latest environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System. They have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea. The ECO-class tankers represent the continuation of NASSCOs partnership with DSEC, which was a partner on the five APT State-class product tankers and currently is contributing to two LNG-powered containerships for TOTE Shipholdings, Inc. The new construction and operation of the new vessels are aligned with the Jones Act, which requires that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards.
TOKYO On September 11, a naming ceremony for a new LNG vessel ordered by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. At the ceremony, Toshihiro Sano, executive vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Company named the ship PACIFIC ARCADIA, and his wife cut the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place. NYK president Yasumi Kudo was also in attendance. Arcadia means paradise, utopia and conjures the tropical image of Papua New Guinea, from where the LNG will originate. Moreover, the countrys national bird is the bird of paradise. After delivery, PACIFIC ARCADIA will be assigned to transport LNG for TEPCO from Papua New Guinea for 15 years under the operational management of LNG Marine Transport Ltd.
The Seattle Museum of
History & Industry and the Puget Sound Maritime
Historical Society will present a discussion Saturday,
October 04, 2014, at the museum located at 860 Terry
Avenue N in Seattle. Maritime leaders will explore the
current state of the maritime industry in the Puget Sound
region. Panelists include: