Harbor News

From South Africa to Seward by Sail

From South Africa to Seward by Sail

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   Over a perfectly lovely cup of Sri Lankan tea in the literate saloon of their homey sailboat, Rainbow Gypsy, Cherry and Alec Yarrow recounted their voyage starting in Durban, South Africa that has landed them in Seward. Their voyage began six years ago with many roundings, setbacks, frights and delights along the way. […]

by · July 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At a press conference held in Anchorage on July 17, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Global Community Monitoring released results of a 1.5-year-long, airborne dust sampling and analysis effort. Key findings from the 15-page report “Coal Dust in Alaska: Hazards to Public Health” by Heidi Zimmer 2014, include that […]

by · July 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The City of Seward will spend $1.4 million to purchase a new 330-ton boat lift for Seward Marine Industrial Center, and will increase the cost of lifting these large boats out of the water by about 25 percent. Seward City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s July 14 regular meeting allowing the city administration […]

by · July 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – In a meeting rescheduled to June 18, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board gave consensus support to a City Administration proposal to replace B-, C- and S-floats in the small boat harbor. The project comes with an estimated cost of $5.6 million. City Manager Jim Hunt plans to sponsor a resolution before the City […]

by · June 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

By Kris Norosz, Julie Decker and Doug Ward -  With our massive land endowment and bragging rights as the largest state in the nation, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact – Alaska is a maritime state. We have more miles of coastline than all other U.S. coastal states combined. Alaska’s Arctic coast makes the U.S. an Arctic […]

by · June 6, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The public comment period for City of Seward’s permit application to dredge and discharge at Seward Marine Industrial Center closed in late April. Five parties commented. According to Public Affairs Specialist Curt Bieberdorf of the Corps of Engineers, the agency that would issue the permit, the Corps has the application under review and has […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords Tours Receives Trip Advisor Award of Excellence

Kenai Fjords Tours Receives Trip Advisor Award of Excellence The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has awarded Kenai Fjords Tours and Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge with their prestigious Award of Excellence. Only 10 percent of worldwide businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious accolade, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. […]

by · May 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On Friday the 23, two hefty trucks from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Wm. Jack Hernandez fish hatchery lumbered up to the Seward Lagoon and released their shimmering cargo of 95,000 quite lively coho salmon smolts into the brackish water. Those that survive north Pacific rigors will return as adults in August […]

by · May 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mariners’ Memorial Committee prepare for busy Summer

Mariners’ Memorial Committee prepare for busy Summer

Judy Christiansen proudly displays the Seward Mariners’ Memorial quilt she won at a raffle drawing May 17 at Chinooks during the Harbor Opening dance. Donated by the Seward Area Quilters, the group invested more than 14 hours in their creation featuring the memorial lighthouse replica surrounded by Celtic knots. Even though many quilters were involved in the project, members Tammy […]

by · May 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
More charter boats, less halibut

More charter boats, less halibut

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The charter boat fishing fleet adds great value to Seward’s economy, said Crackerjack Charters captain Andy Mezirow. Anglers fill up local hotels and campgrounds, dine at local restaurants, and shop at the stores. Mezirow, an instructor at AVTEC Maritime Training Center, and a longtime representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Advisory Panel, spoke recently […]

by · May 15, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Council paves the way to a new shipyard era

Council paves the way to a new shipyard era

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council unanimously approved a resolution at Monday night’s May 12th meeting authorizing the assignment of the city lease for two city lots at Seward Marine Industrial Center, currently leased to Seward Ship’s Drydock, Inc. through June 2040, to the large and multifaceted shipbuilder Vigor Alaska-Seward LLC. That, provided that Seward is […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
All Hail M/V Tustumena

All Hail M/V Tustumena

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Longtime Sewardites can never forget and all patriotic Alaskans ought to salute the M/V Tustumena, not too long ago home ported here in Port City and recently overhauled at Seward Ship’s Drydock. As a workhorse ferry in rough, north Pacific waters, she has few peers. A tour of displayed mementoes on her bulkheads reveals […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Drydock Sale on Track Despite Soil Contamination

Drydock Sale on Track Despite Soil Contamination

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The most recent Vigor Industries-commissioned assessment of soil and water at Seward Ship’s Drydock shows the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in shallow sediments near the ship lift across Resurrection Bay from Seward. Investigators also found heavy metals and petroleum by-products other than PAHs. The findings have not changed Vigor’s plans to purchase […]

by · May 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Port and Commerce Advisory Board: Seawater Heat Pumps Work Session May 21

Port and Commerce Advisory Board: Seawater Heat Pumps Work Session May 21

by · May 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Board Continues Push for New crane

Board Continues Push for New crane

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on May 7, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board learned that city administration would not support  PACAB’s recommendation that City Council fund the installation of a public-use crane in the small boat harbor. Assistant city manager Ron Long explained that replacing worn out infrastructure such as harbor floats had higher […]

by · May 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Harbor Opening Weekend May 17

Harbor Opening Weekend May 17

by · May 7, 2014 · 0 comments ·
As Summer draws near, Resurrection Bay comes alive

As Summer draws near, Resurrection Bay comes alive

On Tuesday afternoon the Kenai Fjords Tours vessel Coastal Explorer departed from the Seward Small Boat Harbor to head into Resurrection Bay in hopes of seeing the ever elusive gray whales on their migration route from Mexico to the Chukchi Sea.  Driven by Captain Chris Overbeck, the Coastal Explorer found more than just a gray whale, it found Resurrection Bay coming […]

by · April 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Dannah Johnston Receives Peter McNeal Scholarship

Dannah Johnston Receives Peter McNeal Scholarship

Press Release -  Seward, AK: Dannah Johnston, a Sr. Deckhand and valued employee of Kenai Fjords Tours, was awarded the Alaska Vocational and Technical Education Center’s 2013/2014 Peter McNeal Scholarship. This memorial scholarship, funded by Brice Marine, is in honor of Peter McNeal, a valued crewman of the Tug SamB. Dannah was chosen for this award based on her scholastic […]

by · April 23, 2014 · 0 comments ·
CATC Top Honors Best Places to Work in Alaska 2014

CATC Top Honors Best Places to Work in Alaska 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Anchorage, Alaska – CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) ranked first in the 2014 Best Places To Work in Alaska program, conducted by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.  The surveys were taken by Best Companies Group last fall. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. took the top honor, and its parent company Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) ranked seventh among the […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 1 comment ·

A Statement from Jim & Rhonda Hubbard

Press Release – By 8pm Tuesday evening, April 15th, after a year long ordeal the jury deliberated the facts of our case and rightfully deemed us innocent on all counts of felony and misdemeanor charges “heaped”, (as quoted from lead investigator Hinton), upon us by the State. The bias by a few state workers and their 3.5 year investigation on us were […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Jury Finds Hubbards Not Guilty on All Counts

Jury Finds Hubbards Not Guilty on All Counts

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – At about 8:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, a jury of 12 returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all 12 counts against James T. Hubbard and Rhonda K. Anderson-Hubbard, who own J&R Fisheries and operate F/V Kruzof. On the most serious charge of attempted perjury, the jury could not agree […]

by · April 16, 2014 · 4 comments ·

Hubbard’s Found Not Guilty!

Justice has been served. I thank all the jurors and judge for their commitment to work toward a just end. I am grateful that our justice system does work. I am grateful to live here.

by · April 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Hubbard Trial Goes to Jury, More Charges Dismissed

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Shortly before 4:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, the case of State of Alaska v. James T. Hubbard and Rhonda K. Anderson-Hubbard went to jury. Judge Anna M. Moran read aloud to the jury each count against the Hubbards. She gave them their final instructions and sent them to deliberate amongst themselves as to […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has awarded First Student, the local school bus company, another two-year contract to provide shuttle bus services during the busy tourist season that runs from mid-May to mid-September. It did so during Monday’s April 14th City Council Meeting. The service is paid from cruise ship head taxes, and primarily serves […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – State of Alaska has charged James T. Hubbard, age 58, and his wife Rhonda Anderson-Hubbard, age 52, with perjury, a class C felony, and several misdemeanors in connection with their fishing business, J&R Fisheries of Seward. In a trial that began April 7, the State presented witnesses that testified to actions the Hubbards took […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – During its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in March, engineers discovered that Research Vessel Sikuliaq had lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit. According to Sikuliaq Project Manager Daniel Oliver, the fix will require re-engineering the suction system whereby the vessel circulates and cools lubrication oil in its sophisticated Z-drive propulsion […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – Between 100 and 200 persons, mainly students, attended the annual job fair hosted by Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward on Monday, April 7. At least six maritime employers handed out applications and company information. Several said they had hired from AVTEC programs in the past. Riki Clark, crewing administrator for Crowley […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Kenai Fjords Tours Thanks Seward Boys and Girls Club

Kenai Fjords Tours Thanks Seward Boys and Girls Club

Kenai Fjords Tours would like to thank the Seward Boys and Girls Club for contributing their lovely artwork to our Marine Science Explorer Program. With the guidence of Justine Pechuzal, amazing community artist, the students transformed a white box into an enchanting underwater look at Resurrection Bay. While studying the intertidal ecosystem in our backyard, students added paintings to the box until […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·