Harbor News

Seward Mariners Memorial Donor Plaque

Seward Mariners Memorial Donor Plaque

Dot Bardarson proudly points to the donor plaque mounted on the end of the graceful Wave Wall recently constructed as part of the Seward Mariners’ Memorial.  Holland America viewed this project worthy of substantial support.  The wall serves as a wind break as well as a decorative part of the memorial complex, the focus being the lighthouse overlooking Resurrection Bay.  […]

January 27, 2015 ·

Oil/Chemical Tanker Loses Propulsion Near Anchorage

US Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class, Shawn Eggert reports that Pyxis Theta, a 600-foot oil/chemical tanker lost propulsion after leaving Port of Anchorage on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Coast Guard has no reports of injuries or pollution linked to the incident. Eggert said that USCG did not deploy assets to the scene. Tugs Glacier Wind and Stellar Wind escorted Pyxis […]

January 22, 2015 ·

No PACAB or Seward Recreation Meetings Today

Both the Port and Commerce Advisory Board Work Session and Seward Recreation Committee Meeting have been canceled due to a lack of quorum.

January 21, 2015 ·
Freighter Loses Power in Cook Inlet

Freighter Loses Power in Cook Inlet

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Near the end of its run from Tacoma, Wash. to Anchorage, Alaska, motor vessel Midnight Sun partially lost power and proceeded to Kachemak Bay under orders from US Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Western Alaska, Paul Mehler III. Radio and e-mail logs at the Homer Harbormaster’s office indicate that the 839-foot M/V […]

January 21, 2015 ·
Polar Bear Jumpoff Still Going Strong at 30

Polar Bear Jumpoff Still Going Strong at 30

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – About 100 people lined the dock of Seward’s Small Boat Harbor, and leaped into the chilly Resurrection Bay waters Saturday afternoon January 17 to benefit the American Cancer Society and help achieve its goal to assure more birthdays. It was a balmy 35 degrees and raining lightly off and on. This is the […]

January 19, 2015 ·
Engineering study approved for smaller harbor crane

Engineering study approved for smaller harbor crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – City Administrators and the Seward Harbormaster had a difficult time recommending that the Seward City Council agree to fund a second engineering study, proposed by their own Ports and Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) that would help toward creating an 8-ton public fixed crane at I Dock, for use by fishermen at the Small Boat […]

January 16, 2015 ·
AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 14-19

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 14-19

January 12, 2015 ·
Local Guide Business Charged With Numerous Violations

Local Guide Business Charged With Numerous Violations

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — On New Year’s Eve of last year, State of Alaska charged Miller’s Landing Inc., and the company’s owner Michael Allen Miller age 64, with nine, class-A misdemeanors related to a guided sport-fishing trip that occurred on August 22, 2013. State of Alaska also charged Shane D. Ring, age 20, with five class-A misdemeanors connected […]

January 6, 2015 ·
Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — ARRC has received a grant of $2.5 million from US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to create a “master land-use plan” for the Seward Marine Terminal and surrounding 328 acres of railroad-reserve tidelands and uplands. ARRC contributed $500,000 as matching funds to the project it calls “Seward Marine Terminal Expansion Planning”. According to […]

December 18, 2014 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 ·
Smooth Salvage Re-floats M/V Spirit of Adventure

Smooth Salvage Re-floats M/V Spirit of Adventure

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — By first light on Sunday, December 7, the salvage crew had already started packing up loose equipment from a job well done. Except for significant damage to the seaward end of E-float in the Seward small boat harbor, a casual observer might not suspect that only several hours earlier, Spirit of Adventure’s stern rested […]

December 7, 2014 ·
Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

The 85 foot catamaran Spirit of Adventure, which is owned and operated by Major Marine Tours, was discovered partially submerged by a passerby in Seward Small Boat Harbor this morning. Three of the rearmost compartments near the engines had flooded overnight until coming to rest on the bottom of the harbor and leaving the bow buoyant and pitched up at about a 40 […]

December 6, 2014 ·
Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Regardless of where you live in Alaska, the health and pulse of the state’s maritime economy affects you. According to the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan (AMWDP) issued May 2014, the maritime sector employs over 68,000 workers statewide, making it Alaska’s largest private sector employer. What Alaskans don’t catch, grow, dig up or make for […]

November 24, 2014 ·
City Council Emerges from Executive Session

City Council Emerges from Executive Session

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Seward City Council gave due public notice of its special meeting and Vice Mayor Marianna Keil gaveled it to order promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10 with a scant half dozen citizens in attendance. The duly noticed agenda listed “executive session” as the only item of business. Only three things happened publicly […]

November 12, 2014 ·
U.S. Ninth Circuit Denies Appeal, Coal Operation Must Obtain Permit

U.S. Ninth Circuit Denies Appeal, Coal Operation Must Obtain Permit

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On October 31, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by Alaska Railroad Corporation and Aurora Energy Services, LLC, to have an entire 11-judge panel rehear their case rather than the three-judge panel that ruled against them on September 3, 2014. This appears to exhaust appeal avenues in the Ninth Circuit […]

November 4, 2014 ·
Local Committee Favors Reducing Lingcod Bag Limit, Tables Motion to Restrict Catch and Release of Kings

Local Committee Favors Reducing Lingcod Bag Limit, Tables Motion to Restrict Catch and Release of Kings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – By a vote of 6 yeas to 1 nay, Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee approved a resolution reducing the bag and possession limit for lingcod in Prince William Sound down to one per day and one in possession. By an additional 6 to 1 vote, SF&GAC approved another resolution recommending that commercial retention […]

October 30, 2014 ·
City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

Heidi Zemach for SCN – All of the same faces were up front again in the Council Chambers at City Hall at Monday night’s Seward City Council Meeting following a brief swearing-in ceremony for the four re-elected incumbents Marianna Keil, Rissie Casagranda, Dale Butts and Iris Darling. Keil was reappointed vice mayor. Most significant was the council unanimously passing a […]

October 29, 2014 ·

Opinion: Facts about the R/V Sikuliaq

Written By Bill McCrossan – Having just read the Op-Ed Piece in the Seward Phoenix Log in support of Senator Begich  I feel compelled to respond. There is no way to post comments on the Seward Phoenix Logs website so I’ll post my comments here. Referring to the paragraph about the ship Sikuliaq, the phrase “Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot” comes to mind. This […]

October 19, 2014 ·
Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council agreed at Monday night’s October 13 council meeting to allow transfer of the city lease known as Marina Subdivision from Charles “Scottie” Bald to Elliot Johnston without any changes to its rear right of way. The decision came with little comment by council following an executive session prior to the meeting […]

October 16, 2014 ·
North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Press Release – (ANCHORAGE) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to move forward, for formal analysis, the “Catch Accountability Through Compensate Halibut” (CATCH) proposal by Alaska’s guided recreational sector. SouthEast Alaska Guide Organization (SEAGO) Executive Director, Heath Hilyard commented, “We’re pleased that the Council recognized the merit of this proposal. There […]

October 14, 2014 ·
Mariners’ Memorial wave wall installed

Mariners’ Memorial wave wall installed

Harmon Construction workers began installation of a gleaming metal wave wall on the west side of the Mariners’ Memorial yesterday. To see a video of the wall being moved from the production facility in Seattle, go to the Seward Mariners’ Memorial website at http://www.sewardmarinersmemorial.org/ Carol Griswold

October 14, 2014 ·
Port Advisory Board Sets Priorities, Works on Harbor Plan: Public Input Scarce

Port Advisory Board Sets Priorities, Works on Harbor Plan: Public Input Scarce

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   At its October 1 meeting, Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) passed its capital improvement priorities list by a vote of four to one with Chair Deborah Altermatt the lone no vote. Two board members had excused absences. The seven-item list requested nearly $5.5 million for specific items plus unspecified “additional funding” […]

October 12, 2014 ·