Dredging underway at Port of Chinook
Luke Whittaker, January 31, 2017, Chinook Observer
Annual dredging has commenced at the Port of Chinook. The mission this year is to remove as much as 15,000 cubic yards of material that have accumulated at the port.
“We are budgeting on 30 operational days of dredging, which would be approximately 300 operation hours,” said Port Manager Guy Glenn Jr. in a Jan. 27 email.
“The entire budget for dredging in the Chinook Marina this season is around $120,000, which we are targeting. If all goes as planned, as much as 15,000 cubic yards of material will be removed.” The port is permitted to do annual maintenance dredging from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28, referred to as the “in-water work window,” designed to avoid potential impacts on migrating salmon.
Port of Longview busiest it’s been in at least 30 years
February 1, 2017, The Spokesman-Review
The Port of Longview is the busiest it’s been in at least 30 years.
The Daily News of Longview said the port announced Wednesday that 8.3 million tons of cargo moved through its docks in 2016, thanks to shipments from the Export Grain Terminal.
The terminal moved 6.6 million tons of grain last year, its best year since opening in 2012.
Hoist fails, boat dangles; No one hurt; Port hoist out of service
Patrick J. Sullivan, February 1, 2017, PTLeader.com
Mike Deach expected to be halfway home to Lopez Island by noon on Monday aboard Bernice, his 60-foot commercial fishing vessel that had been three weeks in the Port of Port Townsend Shipyard.
Instead, he was sipping coffee and waiting for his boat to be returned to the yard after the port’s 75-ton mobile hoist failed while preparing to lower Bernice at the Boat Haven.
The boat dropped about 15 feet in two increments, bow-down in the water but without hitting tthe concrete pier.
Port oil project in limbo as Contanda Terminals ponders next steps
Dan Hammock, January 30, 2017, The Daily World
Despite a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that put Contanda Terminals’ Port of Grays Harbor expansion project on hold, the company is confident it can meet the additional requirements created by the ruling and continues to pursue a shorelines permit from the City of Hoquiam.
“While Contanda disagrees with the court’s interpretation of the Ocean Resources Management Act, we are working closely with the City of Hoquiam to demonstrate how our terminal expansion project satisfies the Ocean Resources Management Act conditions so we can begin construction of this project as soon as possible,” said G.R. “Jerry” Cardillo, president and chief executive officer of Contanda Terminals.
The court case centered on whether Contanda’s expansion project — which would include an area to receive, store and ship crude oil and enable its Port of Grays Harbor facility to receive up to 17.8 million barrels of oil per year and add 1 million barrels of storage capacity for crude oil — fell under the umbrella of the Ocean Resources Management Act. The state Supreme Court said it did, which suggested the project would face much more strict environmental scrutiny than it would under the City of Hoquiam’s shorelines regulations.
Port cargo handling surges to three-decade high
Marissa Luck, January 31, 2017, The Daily News
About 8.33 million tons of cargo moved through Port of Longview docks in 2016, the most in at least 30 years, on the strength of record-breaking shipments from the Export Grain Terminal, the port announced Wednesday.
EGT moved 6.6 million tons of grains last year, its best year since the terminal opened in 2012.
“This is precisely the tonnage outcome we were aiming for when EGT signed on at the Port of Longview,” said Norm Krehbiel, CEO, in a press release. “EGT utilizes key infrastructure, such as the port’s dedicated industrial rail corridor and our position on the deep-draft navigation channel, designed to efficiently move bulk commodities for the benefit of the entire region.”
CoderDojo comes to Allyn
Arla Shephard Bull, February 1, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Who doesn’t dream of inventing the next Google, Amazon or Facebook?
For students ages 7 to 18, that dream might one day become a reality with the help of West Sound CoderDojo.
West Sound CoderDojo is a licensed regional branch of the international coding club CoderDojo, where kids can learn the skills to make computer games and other programs in an open source, inclusive and free learning environment, according to the group’s website.