Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

January 28, 2014

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting 2014-1

The Harbor Safety meeting of January 28, 2014 was called to order by Co-Chair John Gillespie at 10:00 a.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Conference Room “A” 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
Gary Nelson - Port of Grays Harbor
Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
John Gillespie - Imperium Grays Harbor
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring Co.
Doug Coburn - General Steamship
Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge Co.
Elizabeth Chien (dial-in) - US Army Corps of Engineers
Sean Morrison (dial-in) - U.S. Coast Guard
Samud Looney (dial-in) - U.S. Coast Guard

Items discussed were as follows:


From the Chairman

John Gillespie opened the meeting and conducted roll call.


Mike Johnson reported that dredging operations for Terminal, 1, 2 (second round), and 4 were scheduled to start January 29 thru February 1. Pre-dredge surveys will be provided by American Construction to determine volume of sediment to be removed from each berth. Bathymetry surveys will be provided by NW Hydro, Inc. NW Hydro will also conduct post-dredge surveys of each berth to calculate volume of sediment removed to Ecology reporting.
Mike also reported he attended a post fire recap (hot-wash) for the vessel JUNO. Final report issued by the Coast Guard was just received and Port staff would like to review and then report back to the committee next month.

Gary Nelson reported the proposed oil bill is in Olympia and although he has not heard anything to date, expects we may see more this week from the legislature. The Port cannot afford to get into the service if we do not get the business. The Port maintains that current commodities such as biodiesel and methanol should not be included in the bill.

Kevin Campbell raised safety concerns if tethered escorting is required outside of Grays Harbor during times of inclement weather. Brusco Tug and Barge currently picks up ships for escorts at Buoy 11 just inside the Grays Harbor Bar.

Kevin also stated the second tractor tug scheduled for Grays Harbor, the Peter “J” Brix is scheduled to arrive in March 2014.

Imperium Grays Harbor

John Gillespie reported Imperium and Westway had announced their self-election to begin an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for their CBR projects.

Shawn Orr reported with legislation in play, Ecology is responding to agencies touching bases with them to keep in contact with regard to tug escorting and tethering. After the hearing we will most likely see a revision in the bill.

Shawn also reported he has a template for the Grays Harbor SOC Plan. He will be working with Doug Coburn and John Gillespie for finalize and bring to the committee. He has drafts from the Lower Columbia and Puget Sound to use as a template and feels they will be able to use for our plan. Items for addition to the plan will be towing barges in bad weather, tribal notification, as well as other harbor information.

Coast Guard

Samud Looney reported the JUNO fire is still under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard found that undocumented modifications had been done to the vessel.

Shawn Morrison reported that the Port of Portland reported two breaches of security to the Coast Guard.

Corps of Engineers

Elizabeth Chien introduced Captain Rex Broderick to the committee and stated that he will be the Corps of Engineers representative for Grays Harbor. Elizabeth also reported that American Construction was completing their work for the Corps today but final survey reported a few high spots that needed to get removed. American was working on them but should be finished very soon. Elizabeth also reported that infill for the month of December indicated sediment build up has occurred. Additional work to -38 / -39 was completed in the turning basin. Cow Point 1 and 2 also required additional dredging. Elizabeth stated that American removed just under 1,000,000 cubic yards of sediment this dredge season.
Elizabeth reported that the Hopper Dredge Essayons and Yaquina would be arriving in April for work on the outer reach. The Essayons will be here of 16 days and the Yaquina, 21 days. Elizabeth stated that the Coast Guard would need to move one buoy as it is in the way of the hopper dredge process.

Elizabeth reported that the Corps and the Port met to discuss the Westport Marina Dredging Project. Sediment Characterization needed to be performed but work is being planned. Marc Horton from the Port stated that the process may take 2 years to get approved. Corps and Port are working on it and a public meeting is set for February 27, 2014 at the City of Aberdeen Log Pavilion.

Channel realignment environmental documents are still at Ecology and the Corps is waiting for their review. As soon as the Corps gets their input the project will be going out for the public review process. Marc Horton indicated that changing the alignment has benefits for all. By realigning the channel, less sediment removal which equates to less dollars as well as less impact to the environment.

Incidents / Communications Discussion




Old Business

CBR Update - John Gillespie reported that Imperium Grays Harbor is working on their Environmental Impact Statement. John reported that both Imperium and Westway are working with the city and DOE to keep the process on track and provide any needed information. When they have the report complete they will bring to the committee for a full report.

New Business – Membership Requests

John Gillespie asked about the new NOAA committee member and stated he has not heard back from them. He will follow up and see if they are still interested.

New Business – Action Items

Next Pontoon Float-out is scheduled for April 1. American Constructions will be providing dredge services to the facility in March to remove sediment built up at the entrance to the site.

John Gillespie reported that the booming drill performed by Imperium and Ecology was a success. An emergency shutdown drill was also include in the drill and was successful. John stated that they are required to conduct these drills to ensure that all systems are in order in the event of an emergency.

Doug Coburn stated that there was an issue recently that ships were not able to enter or leave Grays Harbor due to closure of the bar by the Coast Guard.

Kevin Campbell stated that the Captain of the Port (COTP) has the authorization to close both the Columbia River Bar and the Grays Harbor Bar if poor weather exists.

John Gillespie stated we should have this information included in our Standards of Care (SoC)

Next Meeting / Adjourn

1100 hrs.

Next meeting - February 18, 2014 at 10:00