Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

August 16, 2016

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting 2016 – Meeting 4

The Harbor Safety meeting of August 16, 2016 was called to order by Kevin Campbell at 10:00 a.m. at the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chambers in, Aberdeen, Washington.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:
Kevin Campbell - Brusco Tug and Barge
Mike Johnson - Port of Grays Harbor
Elizabeth Chien - USACE
Fred Goheen - Jones Stevedoring
Ken Lawrenson - USCG Portland
Randy Lewis - Port of Grays Harbor
Gary Nelson - Port of Grays Harbor
Mandy Garcia - Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals
Marisa Yauch - Port of Grays Harbor
Garrett Dalan - The Nature Conservancy
Scott Ferguson - Department of Ecology
Larry Thevik - WDCFA
Linda Orgel - CCH
Darren DeLoe - REG Grays Harbor
Richard LaBlonde - Shell Corporation

Items discussed were as follows:


From the Chairman
Kevin Campbell, Chair, completed roll call for all attendees present and over the phone.

Approval of February Minutes:

Motion made by Fred Goheen, seconded by Mike Johnson and unanimously approved, the meeting minutes from June 21, 2016 were approved.


Corps of Engineers
Elizabeth Chien, USACE, reported the Corps is busy dredging in front of Terminal 4 currently. They finished Hoquiam Reach on August 5th and moved to T-4 and will next move to the turning basin. They will be wrapping up the dredging on August 28th until October 1st to allow for tribal gill netting the month of September. On October 1st dredging will resume and will include the deepening. They will start in the outer areas in October and November and work the inner areas beginning in December.

Ms. Chien also mentioned they are still working on removal of the sunken vessel on the edge of the channel. They are hoping to get it out by September or October but the Navy will be assisting with the removal so they will be subject to their schedule.

Mike Johnson, Port of Grays Harbor, reported that the summer dredging has been completed, which was for approximately 32,000 yards and completes the summer dredging.

The Port Pilot Boat is going into dry dock from September 16-23. They will be sandblasting the hull and repainting. Other routine annual maintenance will take place while out of the water as well. Grays Harbor Pilots will use a helicopter to access vessels during this time.

Scott Ferguson, DOE, reported on the risk work being completed in the Lower Columbia. They are finalizing risk mitigation measures and going to GWU contractors for results on implications. They are gearing up for the Salish Sea workshop October 18-19. Currently in the outreach phase with the tribes, agencies, ports, etc., they plan to finalize the gathering of data October 6th in Portland.

Kevin Campbell inquired on the timeline for the Grays Harbor Risk Assessment study. Mr. Ferguson stated that they are trying to get funding for this in the next legistaltive session. If all goes well this project may begin in the beginning of July 2017.

Coast Guard
Ken Lawrenson stated they are getting to the peak of the make way season. They have to work to ensure that the waterway is being kept clear for deep water vessels in the Columbia River. He wants to be sure that a similar issue is not happening in Grays Harbor where large vessels could have recreational boats to navigate. It does not sound like this is an issue in Grays Harbor at this time.

Incidents / Communications Discussion

No incidents


Kevin Campbell reminded the group of the upcoming national HSC meeting for 2016 being held in Portland, OR. He plans to attend as well as Mike Johnson from the committee.

Old Business

The issue of the anchoring of large vessels off of Grays Harbor waiting to enter the harbor was visited again. Larry Thevik brought up the question of what the definition of a deep draft vessel will be in this case. There should be specific parameters whether those are a weight limit or a size limit, which will be clearly defined so there would be no issue in determination. Since the last meeting, this was not researched further; Kevin, Mike, Ken and Doug have agreed to work on more descriptive language before the next meeting in September. The outcome should refer to tonnage or draft of the vessel.

New Business

No new business

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held in the PGH Commission Chambers on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.


Today’s meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.