Rustic boat workshop partially demolished
August 23, 2016, Chinook Observer
The Port of Ilwaco continues to improve facilities at it popular self-service boatyard, with contractors demolishing part of an antiquated workship last week.
Ilwaco is home to one of the few facilities in the region where boat owners can hoist vessels out of the water and then work on them either indoors or outside, depending on their specific requirements. The facilities are designed to contain and capture potential pollution from boat paint and other substances.
The old workshop nearest the mooring basin was added to over the decades, and has been the target of occasional beautification efforts, but last week’s partial demolition was the biggest project involving it since at least the 1980s.
‘A’ gets armored up as repairs to jetty system quicken
David Plechl, August 23, 2016, Chinook Observer
Crash! Bang! Boom! On a recent Tuesday afternoon, the construction site at “Jetty A,” near U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, was something straight out of a child’s imagination. On a barge tethered to the tip of the jetty, a crane was swinging rocks as big as cars ashore. The giant claw of an oversized excavator hefted most of the massive boulders into oversized dump trucks and plunged some of the rock directly into the weather-worn chinks in the jetty’s aging armor.
Workers at the site were unloading the third of six barge-loads of meta-basalt that will be used to fortify the 77-year old jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Built in 1939, the one-and-a-half mile-long jetty’s primary function is to direct river and tidal currents away from the North Jetty foundation. Engineers say the lifespan of a jetty is about 50 years, so on the whole, Jetty A has outlived expectations.
Boatyard BMP session August 31 at Port of Port Townsend
August 24, 2016, PT Leader
The Port of Port Townsend is sponsoring a “Boatyard Best Management Practices” (BMP) workshop from noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op, 919 Haines Place, located in the Port Townsend Boat Haven.
BMPs are important to help the port meet state environmental requirements, and keep marine trades activities available. Topics include improving boatyard practices around dust management, toxics containment and other types of boatyard environment management. No pre-registration is required. Participants should bring their own lunch. For more information, contact the Port at 360-385-0656.
Fishing fix: 20 lb. Chinook takes top prize, contest raises $1,200 to benefit Port of Chinook restoration projects
Luke Whittaker, August 23, 2016, Chinook Observer
Too warm. Too choppy. Too foggy. Too early. Few salmon were caught but fun was had and funds were raised during a day-long fishing derby Saturday, Aug. 20, in Chinook. Record-breaking heat on Friday was replaced with a cool, fog that covered the coast, including Chinook.
“It was so foggy out there. You couldn’t see further than 100 yards in any direction,” said participant Gordie Robinson, “But it was a lot of fun and it went to a good cause.” Robinson took home the $200 top prize with 20-pound Chinook salmon. Sasha La Greide took second place with a 19-pound salmon and Greg Moyer rounded out the top three with a 15-pound catch. While only four salmon were entered among the 66 boats participating in the day-long tournament, most were satisfied to spend a day on the water with friends and family while contributing to a cause. Sponsored by the friends of Chinook Park, the proceeds from the day tournament will serve Chinook restoration projects at the Chinook Port and county park.
“After the purse and everything, we raised $1,000 for the cause,” said Sheila Cox flanked by fellow organizers Valerie Wilson, Jody Ooley and Carol Harley.
Port creates new ‘director of operations’ role
August 24, 2016, ptleader.com
The Port of Port Townsend has announced the new position of director of operations and business development.
Sam Gibboney, the port’s new executive director, has redesigned the former deputy director role and shifted job responsibilities among port staff.
This new position forms part of the port’s executive leadership team, handling business operations, property management and business development. The director of operations reports directly to Gibboney, and manages the port’s maintenance staff, hoist and yard teams, and harbormaster operations.
The deputy director position has been vacant since Jim Pivarnik resigned early this year to take the job of Port of Kingston executive director.
The port has begun advertising to fill the new job description.