Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

December 17, 2013

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

The Harbor Safety meeting of December 17, 2013 was called to order by Co-Chair John Doucette at 10:00 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
Leonard Barnes - Port of Grays Harbor
Gary Nelson - Port of Grays Harbor
Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
John Doucette - Westway Terminal Co.
Josh Metcalf - HDR Engineering
Doug Coburn - General Steamship
Vince Addington - General Steamship
Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge Co.
Craig Wear - Transmarine
Brian Shay (dial in) - City of Hoquiam
Elizabeth Chien (dial-in) - US Army Corps of Engineers
Mike Fullilove - Brusco Tug and Barge Co.

Items discussed were as follows:


From the Chairman
John Doucette opened the meeting and conducted roll call. John Gillespie was on vacation and did not attend this month.


Mike Johnson reported that Terminal 3 dredging was scheduled for December 26 – 31 with post dredge survey to be conducted on January 1 or 2. An estimated 45,000 cubic yards of sediment is estimated to be removed from the berth.

Gary Nelson asked Kevin Campbell to give an update on the new tug that arrived in GH. Kevin stated the WYNEMA SPIRIT arrived in Grays Harbor for ship assist services on December 16. Kevin introduced Mike Fullilove who is operating the tug. The Wynema Spirit is 78 feet long with a 31 foot beam. Horsepower rating is 4000 and is a tractor type. Kevin invited all on the committee to tour the boat at 1230 and a demonstration was also going to be part of the day’s festivities. The tug is also equipped with firefighting equipment with water and foam. Kevin also indicated that another tractor type tug is coming to Grays Harbor and will be here March or April 2014 for ship assist services.

Gary Nelson brought up the issue with ships anchoring within the dredge disposal site. Corps had a problem a few weeks back getting to their target area within the site. Corps had to approve more areas for disposal within the Pt. Chehalis Disposal Site. Kevin Campbell stated they have also used the South Jetty Site when weather permits. Elizabeth stated the tugs tried to radio the pilot but he would not respond. It was stated that the pilot may have been busy with procedures for anchoring the vessel and did not respond.

Imperium Grays Harbor

No Report


Sean Orr reported that NRC will provide coverage for Grays Harbor and Ecology has approved their plan. WSMC is approved for Puget Sound but has not been approved for Grays Harbor work. WSMC is currently working towards approval for service in Grays Harbor. Their previous plan had Global Diving listed as their Primary Response Contractor (PRC). The new plan calls for MSRC to to be WSMC’s primary PRC. . Both MSRC and Global Diving will provide service in Grays Harbor to meet the applicable planning standards.

Sean Orr stated that he is working with Doug Coburn and John Gillespie on the draft Standards of Care (SoC). Sean found a template for the group to use from the Puget Sound and Lower Columbia regions. He indicated they may have a draft to present at the next meeting.

Sean stated the Imperium Deployment Drill went well. Ecology had some suggestions for Imperium but all agreed the drill was a success.

Coast Guard

No Report

Corps of Engineers

Elizabeth Chien reported that Corps Channel realignment is still in the process. Public comment period has closed. Corps environmental agencies are still working on approvals for realignment. Once all approvals are received, final documentation will take a couple of weeks to complete.

Elizabeth reported that American has completed dredging the pinch point on the crossover channel and have moved to another segment in the crossover. Should be complete with this work by Christmas. After American completes dredging at Terminal 3, they will have American mobilize up to Cow Point 2 and after that is complete, move back over to the turning basin.

Incidents / Communications Discussion


Gary Nelson reported the tribal crabbing is currently underway and non-tribal boats will be heading out very soon. He reminded everyone to be aware of the boats.



Old Business

CBR Update- John Doucette stated the Westway is still working on the project and is currently focusing on the Vessel and Rail Impact Analysis.

Official ruling from Shorelines Hearings Board and applications are being sent back to the City of Hoquiam and Ecology for more review.

Brian Shay stated the City of Hoquiam received a notice that the Quinault Tribe filed an appeal in Thurston County which could impact the timeline.

USD is currently working on their application and is planning to submit the first quarter of 2014.

New Business – Membership Requests
John Doucette asked about the new NOAA committee member and what the status was. Will wait for John Gillespie to respond next month.

New Business – Action Items

Standards of Care (covered as discussed earlier in meeting)

Imperium Booming Drill (covered as discussed earlier in meeting)

Leonard Barnes informed the committee that the Grays Harbor Shipping Club Annual Crab Feed would be held on February 11, 2014. February Safety Committee Meeting should be planned for the same day so all could attend.

Next Meeting / Adjourn

Next meeting- January 21, 2014 at 10:00