Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

August 20, 2013

The Harbor Safety meeting of August 20, 2013 was called to order at 10:02 a.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chamber in, Aberdeen, Washington.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:

Committee Members
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
Kevin Campbell - Brusco
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring
Dale Jensen for Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
Vince Addington for Doug Coburn - General Steamship
John Gillespie - Imperium Grays Harbor
Matt Dicrescentis - Kiewit-General
Matthew Taborski - Sierra Pacific, Ind.
Brian Shay - City of Hoquiam
Sean Morrison - (dial-in) U.S. Coast Guard
Elizabeth Chien - (dial-in) Army Corps of Engineers

Items discussed were as follows:


Port Maintenance Dredging – PGH reported that annual maintenance dredging is currently out to bid and if a responsive bid is received the project will be awarded at the September 10, 2013 Commission Meeting.

Video Surveillance Grant – PGH reported that FEMA auditors would be in on August 22 for an audit of the 2011 and 2012 Homeland Security Funding received by the Port.

Geographic Response Plan Update- Ecology reported that the NW Area Contingency Plan is now available for viewing and downloading. They encouraged committee members to go online and review the plan. Comments from the public can be sent to Steering Committee Co-Chairs Josie Clark and Heather Parker.

Josie Clark
EPA Region 10 - [ECL-116]
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Heather Parker
USCG District 13
Jackson Federal Building
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174

Coast Guard
Sean Morrison reported that the Coast Guard is working on Heavy Weather Standards of Care.

Sean also reported that the USACE Dredge “Essayons” suffered some damage last week when it ran aground at Coos Bay. Extent of the damage was not known at the time of the report but they were investigating the incident.

Corps of Engineers
Elizabeth Chen reported the Corps would begin dredging the inner harbor the first part of October. Mobilization funds have been awarded to American Construction and the Corps is waiting for additional funds to be approved for release to the contractor.

Channel re-alignment is being looked at and the Seattle District is waiting for environmental to finalize. Re-alignment and movement of channel marker buoys cannot be performed until all environmental documents are approved.

Seattle district group will continue to move forward with current dredge plan as proposed and have the hopper dredge(s) scheduled in the spring of 2014.

Kevin Campbell reported that there are issues with the turning basin. Shallow water is prohibiting turning of vessels.

Elizabeth Chen responded stating the Corps was aware of the issues with the turning basing and has approval to award operations to start the dredger in this area. She reported they still need environmental clearance for other areas of the dredging operations that are planned.

Marc Horton reported that the Port has a need to dredge Terminal 3 as soon as possible and requested that if American is low bidder for the Port dredging we give direction to start at T-3 first.

Gary Nelson stated the sooner the better getting American here for dredging operations.

Gary Nelson informed the committee that we currently have 2 new pilot trainees. Captain Ryan White who started his training on May 1, 2013 and Captain David Surface has begun his Grays Harbor training. Gary also mentioned that the pilots are looking at the use of Portable Piloting Unit (PPU) Systems. PPU Systems are portable units that provide navigation channel support in real time mode for pilots on the vessel.

Gary Nelson reported a YouTube video of a capsized boat out in open water off Westport. Video shows actual footage of fisherman clinging to their boat waiting for help.
See the video.

John Gillespie updated the committee and gave a presentation on the draft copy of Standards of Care (SoC). One of the topics was how do we enforce the policy once it is complete. PGH and most others are not regulatory agencies and was assumed that the Coast Guard would be the enforcing agency.

Old Business
The Coast Guard indicated that laws are already in place to provide safety and possibly a reference in our SoC siting regulations.

Procedures for vessels entering Grays Harbor to assist with local knowledge was discussed and was well received.

Vessel Traffic Impact Analysis is currently in the works with Imperium and Westway and should be completed soon. It was suggested that they get a copy of this to Sierra Pacific when complete.

Action Item - Membership Requests
Sierra Pacific representative Matthew Taborski attended and stated at this time they are not interested in being a voting member of the committee and will just plan to attend the meetings.

John Gillespie is going to review the list people invited to meetings and have not attended. By laws state that you must attend the meetings or you are dropped from the committee.

September 17th at 10:30 was proposed for the next meeting.