Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

August 15, 2017

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting 2017 – Meeting 4

The Harbor Safety meeting of August 15, 2017 was called to order by Kevin Campbell at 10:05 a.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chambers in, Aberdeen, Washington.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:

Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge
Mike Johnson - Port of Grays Harbor
Garrett Dalan - The Nature Conservancy
Larry Thevik - WDCFA
Steve Williams - Contanda
Scott Ferguson - DOE
Natalia Lopez - USCG
Elizabeth Chien - USACE
Brian Shay - City of Hoquiam
Vince Addington - General Steamship
Joseph Tabisola - General Steamship
Brian Fry - Pasha
Linda Orgel - CCH

Items discussed were as follows:


From the Chairman
Kevin Campbell, Chair, completed roll call for all attendees present and over the phone.

Approval of Minutes:

Quorum was not met at meeting opening but as the meeting progressed, voting members arrived to fill majority needed to approve. Motion was made and unanimously approved, the meeting minutes from June 20, 2017 meeting.



Mike Johnson, Port of Grays Harbor, reported that the summer maintenance dredging for Terminals 1, 2, and 4 have been completed. The following amounts were dredged from each terminal to keep the berth at elevation -41 to -43.
Terminal 1- 7,450 cy
Terminal 2- 29,071 cy
Terminal 4- 6,900 cy

No work scheduled for T-3 this summer.

The Port Pilot Boat is currently at the Shipyard LLC in Hoquiam. Work will include bringing the boat up out of the water, sand blast and paint the entire hull above and below the waterline, check the rudder, wheel, shaft, and repair as needed. Work is expected to be complete in about 2 weeks.


Scott Ferguson, of the DOE, provided a power point presentation on Grays Harbor Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment (GHVTRA) that will be conducted by Ecology. This study will focus on establishing a base analysis of current day activities in the port and waterway and work towards evaluating oil spill risk today and as related to future changes as well response capability analysis. This work will also consider risk reduction measures to foster public health, safety, and environmental protection. A workgroup is being formed and the first meeting is being scheduled for October. The Columbia River study is near completion and his team will soon start work on the GHVTRA. Scott stated there will be challenges with the budget but his goal is to regarding risk is to establish a good baseline and where we are today. As a team he will be looking at all aspects of the Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan (GHGRP).

Scott wants to conduct a Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) that includes these steps-
• Preparatory Step
• Definition of Goals, Systems and Operations
• Hazard Identification
• Risk Analysis
• Risk Control Options
• Cost-Benefit Analysis
• Recommendations for Decision Making

Scott plans to work with Kevin Campbell to schedule a workgroup meeting for after the October regular safety meeting.

Committee member Larry Thevik stated the makeup of the workgroup should include tribal representation and asked where are we with choosing on working with this for the group. Larry indicated the need to make sure of tribal representation to eliminate issues if they are not included.

Scott Ferguson stated that he will ensure that there is tribal representation in the workgroup.

Kevin Campbell stated that if anyone on the committee knows of someone from the tribe that would be interested to contact him. He stated they have not attended the safety meetings and he has tried to contact the tribe and they do not return his calls.

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard stated there were issues with Willapa Bay Entrance Light 13. There is no evidence of debris. Incident has been posted in the Local Notice to Mariners.

The entrance to Grays Harbor is comprised of a system of fixed floating aids. The Coast Guard stated if Port Pilots or anyone else needs help from the Coast Guard please call.

Corps of Engineers

Elizabeth Chien reported American Construction is currently dredging the unsuitable material outline in their contract. They should complete the work by August 22. Water quality monitoring is being performed as outlined by Ecology. When the unsuitable material removal is complete they will gear up for the open water disposal with the dump scows.

Removal of the sunken vessel in the river is currently underway. US Army divers along with Corps Aberdeen Boat Crew are on site this week preparing for the lift which is scheduled for August 21st.

Brian Shay asked about the sunken vessel on the Hoquiam River. Was it going to be removed. Corps indicated they had declared it a hazard to navigation but at this time no funds were available to remove the vessel and they currently have no plans to remove it.

Incidents / Communications Discussion

Scott Kevin Campbell indicated that he found some more information that might be helpful for our Safety Plan on Loss of Propulsion. Kevin stated the information in our plan is vague and the information he has provided indicates better detailed instructions for this type of incident. He indicated per our current plan we have contact information and emergency steps to take in the event of an emergency. He will mail these out to all for review.
• Larry Thevik asked if there was a report of Loss of Propulsion.
• Laura Springer stated that there was and she would send that information out to the group.
• Vince Addington added that the Harbor Safety Plan should include these instructions but is not our responsibility to enforce.


The Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment provided by Scott Ferguson from Ecology earlier in the meeting.

Old Business


New Business

Public Comment

Garrett Dalan told the committee that Grays Harbor College is sponsoring an event and will be providing a live feed from the Nautilus Research Vessel which is conducting a bottom mapping exercise off the Washington Coast.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held in the PGH Commission Chambers on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Meeting adjourned.