Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

October 15, 2013

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

The Harbor Safety meeting of October 15, 2013 was called to order at 10:04 a.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chamber in, Aberdeen, Washington.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:

Committee Members

Mike Johnson - Port of Grays Harbor
Kayla Dunlap - Port of Grays Harbor
Marc Horton - Port of Grays Harbor
Leonard Barnes - Port of Grays Harbor
Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge
Matt Dicrescentis - Kiewit-General
Aaron Byron - Kiewit-General
Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
Dave Byers - Department of Ecology
John Doucette - Westway Terminal Co.
John Gillespie - Imperium Grays Harbor
Kevin LaBorne - US Development
Josh Metcalf - HDR Engineering
Doug Coburn - General Steamship
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring
Craig Wear - Transmarine
Aaron Tyler (dial-in) - USCG
Elizabeth Chien (dial-in) - US Army Corps of Engineers

Items discussed were as follows:


From the Chairman

John Gillespie conducted roll call and provided Go To Meeting login information for call in participants.


Mike Johnson reported that annual maintenance dredging would take place in conjunction with Corps work and as berth space allows, all Port berths will be dredged this season.

Marc Horton reported that deepening of Port Terminals is being considered as well as Westport Marina Dredging. The Coastal Marine Advisory Group is assigned to provide information to agencies for Marine Spatial Planning. Marc informed the group to review their website for more information.

Marc also reported that cities are going to be updating shorelines master plans consistent with guidelines adopted by DOE. All cities and GH County will be adopting new master plans.


Sean Orr reported that the Grays Harbor Emergency Response Plan (GHERP) draft is on Ecology’s website for review and public comment. Contacts are listed below for anyone wishing to make comment.

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

Sean informed the committee that the West Coast Harbor Safety Committee Summit was being held in Napa California on October 29 and 30. He indicated that this would be a very informative meeting and urged committee members to attend.

Sean stated that they were contacted about an old sail boat that washed ashore near Ocean Shores.

Coast Guard
Nothing to report

Corps of Engineers

Elizabeth Chien reported the Grays Harbor Inner Harbor Dredging Pre-Construction Meeting was completed and American Construction was planning to arrive in GH on the 24th of October and start work on the October 26.

1. Turning Basin @ Cow Point
2. East end T-4 thru Cow Point
3. Middle of Crossover and upstream
4. Back to Cow Point Turning Basin for additional work
Contractor will be working 24-7 operations thru 2/14/2014.

Leonard Barnes indicated his displeasure in the late arrival of American starting Corps work. He wanted to know if American would be able to get all their work completed by 2/14/2014. Elizabeth Chien stated that American would have enough time to complete the Corps work.

John Doucette asked about channel realignment and where the Corps was with this effort. Elizabeth indicated their environmental group was working on this but was slowed due to the government shutdown.

Marc Horton stated he would like to meet with the environmental group. Elizabeth will schedule.

Marc brought a copy of the channel pre-dredge survey for the committee to review.

Incidents / Communications Discussion

Kevin Campbell stated they are having issues with tribal fishermen laying nets in front of vessels and the pontoons. He stated it is a navigational hazard and that maybe the Coast Guard could assist? No response from the Coast Guard call in Aaron Tyler. Was assumed that connection was lost or was disconnected.


Dave Byers gave a powerpoint presentation to the group on Ecology’s Incident Command System (ICS). An overview of the origin of ICS, why the need, organization, response objectives, GHGRP’s, and overall incident objectives. A great presentation by Dave on how the ICS works. Dave talked about the equipment available and how long it would take to mobilize. He said there are about 30 vessels around the state ready to go in the event of an emergency.

Old Business

CBR Update- John Gillespie will give an update at next meeting

Action Item – Membership Requests


New Business – Membership Requests


Next Meeting / Adjourn

Adjourn- 1137 hours
Next meeting- November 19th at 10:00