SPOTD: Record-Breaking CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin Arrives in Seattle

The largest containership to ever dock in the United States made its inaugural visit to the port of Seattle on Monday, arriving at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 18. The 18,000 tue, 399 meter long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin's visit to Seattle is the last in a series of 4 trial-calls meant to test U.S. west coast port's ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

U.S. Regulator Approves Alliance Between Ports of Seattle and Tacoma

  The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted to unanimously to allow an alliance between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle that is to become effective as scheduled on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Commission’s decision is based on a determination that the agreement is not likely, by a reduction in competition, to produce an unreasonable increase in … [Read more...]

Seattle Protesters Gear Up To Fight Shell

By Victoria Cavaliere May 16, Seattle - Hundreds of activists, many in boats and kayaks, were gearing up on Saturday to protest plans to store two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before the oil giant resumes Arctic oil exploration this summer. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the oil giant's efforts to use the Port of Seattle as a home base … [Read more...]

Seattle Mayor Tackles Shell’s Arctic Plans

By Timothy Gardner May 4 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded … [Read more...]

MOL Containership Detained in Seattle

The U.S. Coast Guard has detained an MOL containership in Seattle over multiple significant violations discovered during port state control inspections. The violations were discovered Thursday by Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound aboard the Panama-flagged MOL Precision. Violations included defective oil bilge line filtering equipment, missing … [Read more...]