Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting 2014-3

The Harbor Safety meeting of March 18, 2014 was called to order by Chair John Gillespie at 10:10 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
Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge Co.
Doug Coburn - General Steamship
Matt Discrescentis - Kiewit-General
John Doucette - Westway Terminals
John Gillespie - Imperium Grays Harbor
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring
Brian Shay - City of Hoquiam
Sean Orr - Department of Ecology
Marc Horton - Port of Grays Harbor
Gary Nelson - Port of Grays Harbor
Leonard Barnes - Port of Grays Harbor
Elizabeth Chien (dial-in) - US Army Corps of Engineers
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 repairs to Terminal 3 Fender Piling were complete. The contractor was able to get in and make the necessary repairs prior to the in-water work window closure. Cost for the repairs along with the damage assessment came to about $60,000.

Gary Nelson reported that the Seattle District US Army Corp of Engineers has information on their website for anyone wanting information about the deeper draft project.

Deeper Draft Project

Gary also stated that the pilots are requesting a walking path on top of the logs above deck on log vessels. Walking on top of the logs at times is unsafe and they are requesting for safe access off the vessel when leaving Grays Harbor. Pilots will request as needed for each vessel.


Sean Orr has been working with Doug Coburn on the Draft Standards of Care. They attended the Columbia River Safety Committee Meeting and were able to share information with the group about the Grays Harbor Safety Committee.

Sean reported that both bills failed to get passed by the legislature but some dollars for a transportation study was handed off to Ecology.

Sean stated that the Harbor Safety Committee Standards of Care Team have been working on the draft and brought to the meeting to discuss.

Coast Guard

Samud Looney reported the Coast Guard inspected pontoons at Grays Harbor for shipment to Seattle on March 15, 2014. Specific criteria must be met for transit to be allowed. Contractor is currently waiting for a weather window to allow transit.

Corps of Engineers

Elizabeth Chien stated the Corps of Engineers has scheduled the Coast Guard buoy tender to move buoy 11 out of the channel. The Yaquina Hopper Dredge will mobilize to Grays Harbor on March 29 for about 20-days. The Yaquina plans to perform dredge operations at the Grays Harbor Entrance, Point Chehalis, and the Cross-over. The Hopper Dredge Essayons is performing maintenance repairs and is expected to arrive around the 15th of April if they can get the repairs completed. As soon as the Essayons arrives, it will provide dredge operations for the Grays Harbor Entrance, Bar, and Point Chehalis. The dredge is expected to be in Grays Harbor for 16 days. Notice to Mariners has been issued as well as notification to the Quinault Tribe, Port, and Local Fishermen.

Incidents / Communications Discussion




Old Business

Standards of Care (SoC) for Grays Harbor- Sean Orr discussed the draft SoC sent to all on the committee. John Gillespie stated that all members should review the draft and send comments back to him and Sean by April 7. Traffic management, a component of the SoC needs more work. It was decided that Doug Coburn, John Gillespie, John Doucette, Sean Orr, Leonard Barnes, Capt. Steve Cook, Capt. Ryan White, and Kevin Campbell would be able to give input for this section.

New Business – Membership Requests


New Business – Action Items

Brian Shay reported that the City of Hoquiam has hired a 3rd party consultant ICF Jones and Stokes to assist the co-lead agencies, the City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology, with the management, review and analysis necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statements on the Imperium Renewables and Westway Terminals expansion projects.  The scoping for the EISs will begin in April and the entire EIS process is likely to take a year to complete.  US Development has not submitted applications yet, but they are expected very soon. 

Kevin Campbell reported that the new Tug “Peter J Brix” arrived in Grays Harbor and is now in service. Kevin informed the committee that the bollard pull test has been completed and he is waiting for the certificate. As soon as he receives this, he will forward on to the Port. The new tug horsepower rating is 4000 hp.

Kevin also reported that the Tug Terry L was assisting American Construction Company during the dredging project currently in operation for Keiwit General.

Matt Discrescentis informed the committee that they were not able to make the April 1st date for the next float out. New date scheduled for April 15th from 2100 to 0400 hours.

Marc Horton stated he would provide information about the Harbor Safety Committee Web Site at the next meeting.

Doug Coburn stated that the State will be looking for more information about Harbor Safety Committees for the next session. He stated we should try to make every effort possible to complete our Standards of Care.

Next Meeting / Adjourn

Next meeting scheduled for April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am. Meeting Adjourned at 10:55 am.