Port faces blunt questions at Hoquiam council meeting
Dan Hammock, November 30, 2016, The Daily World
Representatives from the Port of Grays Harbor gave a presentation at Monday’s Hoquiam City Council meeting detailing continued growth and profitability, and that led to some tough questions from community members and councilmembers.
Port public affairs manager Kayla Dunlap spoke on the Deeper Draft celebration to be held Dec. 14 in the Port commission chamber. Deeper Draft is the name given to the ongoing dredging operation adding another two feet in depth to the navigation channel, which will allow ships to carry up to 10 percent more product. It should be completed in 2018. Dunlap also announced the Port plans to start another dredging project in Westport in the fall. “We have a request into the state legislature to fund the project,” said Dunlap, who adds that any delay in funding could delay the project and put fishing and processing jobs at risk.
Dunlap described the burgeoning automobile shipments from the Port and announced that the first ship bringing cars in for import will be arriving Friday. To this point all the traffic has been from domestic vehicles shipping out.
Boat Haven breakwater to receive emergency repairs
Charlie Bermant, November 29, 2016, PTLeader
The Port of Port Townsend has authorized the emergency repair of the Boat Haven breakwater, which would not hold through the winter.
“The structure is nearing the end of its life, so we are fixing the things that we can see,” said Sam Gibboney, port district executive director. “The risk is so great now that it could lead to a catastrophic failure that could close the marina.”
The rock structure protects the public moorage from winds and high tides. It is divided into two sections: the original 550-foot section, built in the 1950s at the marina entrance to protect what initially was a small boat basin; and an attached 1,950-foot section, which protects the large Boat Haven built in the early 1960s.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance welcomes largest single-deck log ship
AJOT, November 29, 2016, American Journal of Transportation
The Olive Bay, reputed to be the world’s largest single-deck bulk/log carrier, arrived Thursday at The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s West Hylebos log terminal in Tacoma. The terminal, operated by Seattle-based Merrill & Ring Forest Products, welcomed Pacific Basin Shipping’s Olive Bay, the largest ship in the Chinese log business to call the West Coast.
Their pipeline won’t work without oil
Brian Huseby, November 30, 2016, SocialistWorker.org
AS THE fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline gets increasing national attention, one front in the battle has continued thousands of miles away from the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.
For almost a week, activists in Washington state blocked a train carrying ceramic proppants–which are used in the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to keep fractures open for oil and gas extraction–from leaving the Port of Olympia for the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.
On November 11, protesters set up a camp on the railroad tracks in downtown Olympia to prevent the train from proceeding. The encampment lasted until armed police and railroad guards raided the camp on November 18.