Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

March 12, 2013

The Harbor Safety meeting of March 12, 2013 was called to order at 3:00p.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chamber in, Aberdeen, Washington.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:

Committee Members
Bradley Morlock - Kiewit General
Phil Wallace - Kiewit General
Gary Nelson - Port of Grays Harbor
Leonard Barnes - Port of Grays Harbor
Marc Horton - Port of Grays Harbor
Mike Johnson - Port of Grays Harbor
Kayla Dunlap - Port of Grays Harbor
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring
Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
Doug Coburn - General Steamship
John Gillespie - Imperium Grays Harbor
Tim Walker - Imperium Grays Harbor
John Doucette - Westway Terminal Co.
Ryan Brady - USCG
Sean Morrison - USCG

Items discussed were as follows:

Terminal Dredging
Mike Johnson gave a recap of the terminal dredging that took place and noted that there is a high sport in the turning basin according to Capt. D’Angelo.

Kiewit General shared that they will be dredging the launch channel in the next couple of weeks.

Marc Horton gave a presentation on the proposed minor channel realignment that is being considered by the Army Corp of Engineers. During the presentation Marc showed that the average dredge material removed over the last ten years has been about 1.175 million cubic yards, where it should have been 1.8 million c/y per year to maintain it at its authorized depth of -36 feet. Deferred maintenance leaves high spots every year but the pilots still find a way. The proposed realignment would be a first year dredge of 1.8 million c/y and annual maintenance being 1.275 thereafter. It would be a significant cost savings and has received support at the division level.

TWIC requirements
Mike Johnson updated everyone on the TWIC requirements that will take effect at the Port on May 1, 2013. Tenants, customers, stevedores, etc. will be required to possess a TWIC or be escorted by an authorized escort.

TWIC Download available in the right column.

Pilot Training
Ryan White will start training with Port pilots on May 1, 2013.

Crude by Rail Update
Westway and Imperium have both submitted completed applications to the City of Hoquiam. City of Hoquiam, along with co-lead DOE, were expected to issue a MDNS threshold determination in Thursday’s publication of The Vidette for Westway’s SEPA checklist. It was estimated that there would not be an increase in vessel traffic at Terminal 1 for another 9-12 months.

Imperium reported they had their annual emergency preparedness visit with DOE and all went well.

Sean Morrison of the USCG noted that inspectors were on hand for the first 5 vessel visits at a CBR facility in Clatskanie, OR to oversee and ensure vessel loading went as planned. He noted that the Ports of Vancouver and Portland had also seen interest in CBR.

General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment
General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment (GNOME) was brought to the Port’s attention and was discussed as a useful tool going forward. Sean Orr offered that someone at DOE was working on something similar and may be a good starting point for further information and collaboration. Information from GNOME’s website indicates that it is mandated to support the Coast Guard. (follow up from Sean Orr that modeling was not in DOE’s current plan; Kayla followed up with USCG and they indicated their Incident Management Division would be contacting NOAA to begin developing location files)

Next Meeting
It was agreed the Committee’s bylaws should be discussed and finalized at the next meeting. It was suggested we look at other organization’s information for examples.

May 14th was proposed for the next meeting.