Vigor gives Vancouver a boatload of work.

When it comes to building a new generation of landing craft for the U.S. Army, Vancouver is the big winner. Over the next 10 years, Vigor will be the prime contractor on the nearly $1 billion contract for the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), or MSV/L. Vigor will...

An electrifying choice in maritime.

LAVLE USA, Inc. has announced that Anacortes, Washington will be the site of its new North American headquarters. The joint venture is focused on combining advanced energy storage technologies from Japanese battery company 3DOM with the latest in marine engineering to...

Seattle waterfront to get a facelift.

While city planners are excited to connect the waterfront with the Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle, the Port of Seattle has some big plans of its own. The port and the city are studying a plan to invest $340 million in new facilities for cargo operations and...

Recycled boats: Trash to treasure.

It’s been long said that a boat is nothing more than a hole in the water you put money into. But who puts the money into it after years of neglect or worse, it becomes a hazard to navigation? Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is not only looking for...

A real wonder down under.

Designed to dive to 13,000 feet to give researchers greater access to the unexplored depths of the world’s oceans, OceanGate is putting the finishing touches to its new submersible, Titan. The five-person sub is the only privately-owned submersible in the world...

A very SAFE boat indeed.

Every company likes to claim it started in someone’s garage. In the case of SAFE Boats, which is celebrating its 20th year, it’s true! – you can still drive by the garage on Port Orchard’s Mullenix Road. “We literally started as small as you...

State lands grant to create maritime cluster for the future.

The Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program to support Washington Maritime Blue 2050, a statewide vision for creating and expanding...

Electric ferries on the horizon?

Seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint while making the state’s waters more friendly to marine life, Washington State is studying the use of an all-electric ferry, the first of its kind for the United States’ largest ferry fleet. The run between...

Fast ferry service cuts commute by half.

Commuters on the west side of Puget Sound can now enjoy a quick commute to downtown Seattle, thanks to a new fast ferry service that kicked off this week. The Kitsap Peninsula is fast becoming a hotbed for housing as new residents seek affordable housing options in a...

Vigor to add new dry dock, capacity.

Washington’s maritime sector got a big boost this week as Vigor Industrial agreed to purchase a dry dock from a South Korean company. The dock, which is 640 feet long and 116 feet wide, will be the company’s largest in Washington State. It allows Vigor to...
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