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Another southern resident orca found dead

An endangered Puget Sound orca was found dead on Vancouver Island Thursday morning. The 18-year-old female washed ashore near Courtenay, British Columbia, according to the Center for Whale Research, and is believed to have died 24 to 48 hours earlier. She was a member of the J-pod, one of three families of southern resident killer […]

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Idaho Representative Mike Simpson was named Legislator of the Year by the PNWA - (Photo courtesy U.S. House website)

Pacific Northwest Waterways announces 2014 Distinguished Service Award winners

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) has announced their 2014 Distinguished Service Award Winners at their recent annual convention in Vancouver this past October 15 through October 17. Although you may not be immediately familiar with the PNWA, you have undoubtedly benefited from its efforts. The organization is one of the primary lobbying groups advocating […]

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Simushir tied up in Prince Rupert

Drifting Russian vessel off Haida Gwaii towed to safety

The 400-foot Russian cargo vessel Simushir which had been without power and drifting dangerously close to the west coast of Haida Gwaii (as reported here on Saturday), raising the specter of a significant ecological catastrophe in the environmentally-sensitive archipelago, has been safely towed into the northern B.C. port of Prince Rupert, according to Canadian authorities. […]

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The sunken tug Chickamauga surrounded by spill pads and a containment boom

Washington State takes another step to reduce number of derelict vessels

The Washington State Department of Ecology finalized a new type of permit recently to allow businesses and boat owners to dismantle vessels while they are still in the water, providing another option to cash-strapped owners seeking to prevent their derelict vessels from polluting state waters. Previously, there was no legal option for deconstructing a vessel […]

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The 30-inch test version of the sail-driven freighter - (Photo via Pacific Sky Power)

Kickstarting sustainable shipping

“Sail-powered shipping is coming back,” says Dan Tracy, looking confidently into the camera as he pitches his latest Kickstarter campaign. The mission: construct full-size, sail-driven catamaran cargo ships, built right here in Seattle, in the next five years, to transform the shipping industry. The goal: raise $1,000 to build a 60-inch radio-controlled foam prototype for […]

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