Harbor News

Governor Nominates AVTEC Instructor/Charter Captain to Fisheries Council

Governor Nominates AVTEC Instructor/Charter Captain to Fisheries Council

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service dated March 13, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker nominated Andrew (Andy) Mezirow of Seward as one of Alaska’s five representatives to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. The US Secretary of Commerce (NMFS) must still approve Mezirow’s nomination. Of three candidates to fill seat 2, (recreational […]

March 16, 2015 ·
PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

Public Notice ___________________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board’s (PACAB) regularly scheduled meeting on April 1st 2015 is hereby substituted with a Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council with the discussion topic of How to attract more fishing vessels to Seward At noon in Council Chambers. The PACAB Regular Business meeting will […]

March 13, 2015 ·

PACAB Hears from City Administration and Public

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At the regular Port and Commerce Advisory Board meeting on March 4, assistant city manager Ron Long briefed board members on a city administration initiative to modify the system by which city of Seward taxes vessels kept within city limits. Code requires the city to tax personal property such as a vessel, at its true […]

March 13, 2015 ·
UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery lies tucked into a seaside corner with University of Alaska Fairbanks, Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center very near the place where the city of Seward began. Resurrection Bay still provides clean seawater to all. Through a sharing of resources and personnel, a desirable symbiosis has furthered […]

March 10, 2015 ·
New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Shortly after high tide on Tuesday, city of Seward’s new 330-ton travel lift successfully lifted the Mary J out of the water at Seward Marine Industrial Center. A big-boned gal, Mary J weighs about 250 tons. This simple feat becomes simply remarkable when one considers that just one week earlier, the lift arrived […]

March 6, 2015 ·
AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward April 14-19

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward April 14-19

March 6, 2015 ·
NOAA vessel Oscar Dyson visits Seward

NOAA vessel Oscar Dyson visits Seward

The NOAA fisheries and oceanographic vessel Oscar Dyson arrived in Seward from Ketchikan, but soon departed for its home port of Kodiak. Built in 2005, it measures 63×15 m (206.7′ x 49.2′), 2218 gross tonnage. By comparison, the ice capable research vessel Sikuliaq, now in its home port of Seward, is almost 55′ longer and 1,211 tonnes heavier at 79.71 x15m […]

February 28, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq arrives home to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq arrives home to Seward

 

February 23, 2015 ·
Sikuliaq arriving in Seward Monday!

Sikuliaq arriving in Seward Monday!

A Message from the City Clerk – The new R/V Sikuliaq will be arriving in Seward for the first time on Monday, February 23, 2015.  Crews plan to pass by Lowell Point at abou 11:30 a.m., travel by the Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center, and then onto the cruise ship dock at the Alaska Railroad Terminal around […]

February 22, 2015 ·

Public Notice of Cancelation

Public Notice of Cancellation NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at noon in council chambers has been cancelled. The next regular meeting of PACAB is Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, at noon in Council Chambers.

February 17, 2015 ·
Dall’s Porpoises in Rez Bay

Dall’s Porpoises in Rez Bay

Several pods of 10-20 Dall’s Porpoises have been cruising Resurrection Bay the past few weeks. Watch for their characteristic “rooster tails” as they exuberantly speed through the water chasing fish and racing boats. Yesterday, the sun highlighted their spray, making them visible from Lowell Point to Fox Island. Submitted by Carol Griswold      

February 12, 2015 ·
USCG SPAR heads out

USCG SPAR heads out

The US Coast Guard Cutter SPAR arrived in Seward on Friday, and after a short shore leave, including watching the Super Bowl, departed this afternoon. SPAR stands for the Coast Guard’s motto: “Semper Paratus! Always Ready!” For more information, go to their website at <http://www.uscg.mil/d17/cgcspar/> Submitted by Carol Griswold    

February 2, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

  Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks as they celebrate the homecoming of the R/V Sikuliaq in Seward: March 6: Ship tours, 1-4:30 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 7: Commissioning ceremony and reception, 11 a.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) Ship tours, noon-5 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 8: Ship tours, 1-4 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey […]

February 2, 2015 ·
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 ·