AK Fishing Vessel, Beauty Bay, Alaskan Lady, Nordic Tugs, Fishermen’s Terminal WA Ship Canal, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source

The Pacific Northwest, Washington Maritime Economic Impact Studies are positively astounding for the Seattle greater region and throughout Washington state. The Maritime Sector Economic Impact for Washington State – maritime sector directly supported 69,500 jobs, over $4.7 billion in wages and over $17.1 billion in business revenue in 2015 according to recent studies.  The Maritime Industry in WA provided 191,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in revenue statewide.

WA, Boat and Ship Building Exports in 2015, produced $403.0 million worth of Washington built and manufactured boats, yachts and ships for national and international use exported across the globe. Washington’s top export market in 2015 was Singapore, due to a single large purchase of a floating or submersible drilling or production platform. From 2012 through 2014, exports of Washington manufactured boats, superyachts and ships averaged over $112.5 million per year and growing to current date.

Superyacht, Calypso, Seattle, WA Ship Canal, Ballard Bridge Lift, PNW Mega Yacht, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source

WA, Recreational Boating and Boat Building: Washington’s recreational boat manufacturing, maintenance, and repair companies are supported by the same ecosystem of suppliers and professional services that benefit Washington’s commercial and military boat builders, buyers participate in recreational and commercial manufacturing. Recreational marinas, retail boat dealers, and waterborne scenic and sightseeing companies such as the famous Arogsy Tours in Seattle; are also included in these stats and growth number results. In 2015, there were more than 400 employer establishments directly involved in the Recreational Boating and Boat Building in Washington with the main boat brokerages in the greater Seattle maritime region. In 2012 to 2015,  500 jobs were added to this area of emphasis, growing from 3,500 to 4,000 employees. Revenue increased from $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion.

Ballard and the InterBay Maritime Industrial area of Seattle’s maritime businesses are heavily concentrated around the Port of Seattle’s marine freight terminals, but a large number of maritime companies can also be found in the Ballard-Interbay area. Fishing vessels pass through the Chittendon Locks and reach the Port of Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal in Salmon Bay to Lake Union and Lake Washington; this is a busy and active waterway year round. The bay is home to a number of maritime businesses, including fuel providers, shipyards and boatyards, supply companies, and seafood processors, seafood fisheries, such as Trident Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Silver Bay Seafoods, Ocean Beauty and many more.

Ballard Locks, Seattle Yachts and PowerBoats, drop to Shilshole Bay, PNW Canal, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source

Many of these businesses have been part of the Ballard marine staple industry for many years,  with 3rd and 4th generation running family owned and operated local Seattle Marine business, such as Ballard Oil just east of the Ballard Locks. Ballard Oil has been a home heating oil and marine fuel provider since 1937. The company’s location on the Washington Ship Canal, next to Pacific Fishermen Shipyard – allows them to both serve fishing vessels on their way out to sea,  and up and down hill between Alaska commercial fishing seasons; by providing diesel fuel, lubricants, hydraulic oils, and filters to much of the region’s fishing fleet. Covich-Williams Co. is also just east down the canal toward the Ballard Bridge, they are another marine fuel provider in Ballard. CovichWilliams also provides lubricants, filters, and sorbent, materials that soak up oil, typically used after an oil spill for commercial marine operators. Both fuel docks are generations of family run businesses.

Ballard Oil, East of Ballard Locks PNW Go Warren & Debbie, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source PNW

A huge impact to the Pacific Northwest is Washington’s Shipbuilding, Repair and Maintenance industry that includes the both commercial and federal operations. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard employed nearly 13,400 civilian workers in 2015, in addition to many other private sector contractors hired for non-nuclear-related maintenance on naval vessels. Private sector, privately owned shipyards across the state of WA maintain and manufacture the maintenance of tugs, ferries, other federal vessels, and commercial fisheries.

F/V Pacific Capes, F/V Alyeska, Fishermen’s Terminal, WA Ship Canal West of Ballard Bridge, PNW AK Fishing Vessels, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source

Washington’s commercial fishing and seafood processing, seafood fisheries subsector is a huge jobs contributor tied to the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, from WA to AK, homeported in Seattle. Washington state is a significant beneficiary of the Alaskan fisheries, and many of these jobs are high paying, of which a large share of income is spent within the Greater Seattle region. Deep sea fishing operations, at-sea processors and shore-based processors, wholesalers, and retailers constitute huges seasonal impacts to the Pacific Northwest fisheries industry.

Aspen Alternative, Superyacht Seattle, Ballard Bridge Lift, Eastbound to Lake Union Mega Yacht Dock on WestLake Side of the Canal, Photography By: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing, PNW, Salty Sea Gal, AK Marine Traffic Commercial Underway Source NW

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