The Northern Sea Route along Russia’s north coast is projected to be more passable than the Northwest Passage, located above Alaska and Canada, in the short term. But as the decades wear on, both may be feasible for more months out of the year, with a trans-polar route in international waters possibly coming into play [...]
The long-awaited General Accountability Office (GAO) study on the Jones Act in Puerto Rico shows that the U.S. domestic container shipping fleet has provided regular, reliable service while offering significant rate reductions, according to the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), an industry trade group.
“GAO disproved charges that the Jones Act raises prices for consumers in [...]
Juneau Longshoremen Larry Englund, Francisco Velasco and Daniel Churchill haul in the tag and heaving lines, attached to one of the ship’s heavy mainlines. Capital City Weekly photo.
The following is an excerpt of a lengthy article published in Alaska this week.
Though the work can be arduous, and the hours long, both Iver Nore [...]
Already $305 million in public money has been spent on the Port of Anchorage expansion, but not all that went toward the dock in question. New roads, an expanded rail line, a new port security system and a fuel pipeline were built with project money as well, according to federal officials. That work will [...]
Seattle is now the 7th largest port of origin for cruises in the nation, and number-one on the West Coast. Seattle Times photo
A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those [...]
The state of Alaska is planning to create an Arctic Port Authority to cater for a boom in Arctic shipping in the future. It is also working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to locate a site for a deep water port.
Alaska Senator Mark Begich confirmed that the move is part of [...]
Despite the Great Recession, millions have disposable income. It helps that plenty of retired Americans are able to spend money for the luxury of cruises.
For Seattle, that means going to Alaska, a route that is growing again after the state reduced a passenger head tax that had dampened cruise-ship visits.
Even with the Alaska [...]
Alaska Marine Highway Terminal in Prince Rupert
The State of Alaska is planning to rebuild its Marine Highway ferry terminal in Prince Rupert.
The terminal was originally built in 1963 and is the only Canadian stop on the state’s extensive coastal ferry system. With the original agreement soon to come to an end, the State [...]
When news first leaked last year that the Port of St. Helens might be working on deals to export coal, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for “an open, vigorous public debate” before any projects moved forward.
But the port’s first major step on coal didn’t follow that blueprint. By the time the port went public in [...]
The Grand Princess will move to San Francisco in May 2013.
Princess Cruises plans to base a cruise ship year-round in San Francisco — a first for the line.
The California-based cruise operator said the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess would move to the city in May 2013 to sail a mix of voyages to Alaska, Hawaii, [...]
Horizon Lines issued the following statement opposing any changes to the 1920 Jones Act that imposes restrictions on shipping between U.S. Ports.
Horizon Lines is, and always has been, a very staunch supporter of the Jones Act and all of its requirements. The Jones Act stipulates that cargo shipped between two U.S. ports must be [...]
Celebrity Cruise’s Solstice will be one of the largest cruise ships to berth in Seattle, with an overall length of 1041 feet and a capacity of 2850 passengers. The Solstice will be making 19 calls, with the bulk of the itineraries being seven day roundtrip cruises departing from Smith Cove Terminal at Terminal 91.
Disney is the newest of seven major lines that will call in Seattle after the Alaska cruise season kicks off May 6, but already has made the decision not to come back in 2013. Instead, Disney will return to Vancouver, B.C., where it began its foray into the Alaska market in 2011.
The line plans [...]
The New Zealand Herald reported in an article called “Port strike backed in NZ and beyond:”
Auckland’s waterfront dispute has spread to other ports and a visiting American unionist yesterday described it as an “international incident”.
“There’s huge international support – I mean this is an international incident at this point,” said International Longshore and [...]
The ILWU at the Port of Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska, refused to transport any Maersk reefers until Horizon provided maintenance records for the containers. So far they have identified and isolated approximately 60 at-risk containers in Unalaska and Akutan.
The Horizon Lines cargo terminal in Unalaska [Port of Dutch Harbor] shutdown Sunday over [...]