Port of Grays Harbor

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting

October 18, 2016

Harbor Safety Committee Meeting 2016 – Meeting 5

The Harbor Safety meeting of October 18, 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
Ken Lawrenson - USCG Portland
Randy Lewis - Port of Grays Harbor
Mandy Garcia - Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals
Marisa Yauch - Port of Grays Harbor
Garrett Dalan - The Nature Conservancy
Larry Thevik - WDCFA
Linda Orgel - CCH
Brian Shay - City of Hoquiam
Doug Coburn - General Steamship Corp.
Ray Toste - Coalition of Fishermen
Ryan White - Port of Grays Harbor
Sean Orr - DOE
Steve Williams - Westway Terminals

Items discussed were as follows:


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

Approval of August Minutes:

Motion made by Doug Coburn, seconded by Randy Lewis and unanimously approved, the meeting minutes from August 16, 2016 were approved.


Mike Johnson, Port of Grays Harbor, reported on work completed to add ladders to the existing dolphins at Terminal 1 for the tug boat operators that have to climb onto the dolphins in order to secure lines and tie up large vessels to the Port dock. Additional ladders that hang lower for better access were installed by Quigg Brothers who won the bid.

At Friends Landing in Montesano, the Port repaired 6 piling that were no longer stabilizing a walkway and platform for water access. The wood piling replaced will be galvanized steel and will be placed deeper into the ground below for added stability.

The Port also recently replaced the dolphin at Terminal 4. The dolphin was coming loose so bids were accepted and Rognlin’s came in with the low bid around $430,000. The existing wood dolphin was replaced with concrete and steel piles.

Sean Orr, of the DOE, spoke of the rail rules developed by the DOE. The new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification was adopted August 24, 2016 and can be found on the DOE website.

Coast Guard
Ken Lawrenson, of the Coast Guard commented that the national HSC conference was well attended in Portland. The main purpose of the event is to ensure that the waterways are being used safely. This is a great forum to be able to keep people informed on the issues.

Corps of Engineers
Elizabeth Chien, USACE, stated that they have not completed new dredging since the last report. They just recently started at North reach on a new contract working downstream into crossover. No issues have been encountered so far; it has been standard dredging and the materials are going to Pt. Chehalis.

They will be dredging with the clam shell in the inner harbor and the materials will be going to Pt. Chehalis and the entrance to South Harbor; inside the jetty. They never use South beach for clam shell disposal. A small area in Cow Point, about 22,000 cy will not be dredged until next summer as they will go into the upland disposal site in Hoquiam.

Larry Thevik asked why the Cow Point disposal materials are not qualified for in water disposal. Ms. Chien stated that bio assay tests were conducted and the results were that the materials would need to be disposed of upland. Though there is no known contamination or chemical contaminants, organisms died when fed the materials.

Incidents / Communications Discussion

Randy Lewis reported on a 77 foot shrimping boat that sank in the Westport Marina. Port staff deployed absorbant booms and assitsted a contractor to contain pollution. The boat will have to be scrapped and the Port is hoping to raise the boat soon.

Larry Thevik asked how much fuel/oil was spilled and recovered. Mr. Lewis stated that about 700 gallons were pumped off and less than 100 gallons were lost; fuel was contained well in this situation. Global Diving and Salvage is working with Ecology and the Coast Guard on the process. The owner is able to give a good chunk of money to the clean up and salvage as well as Coast Guard and Ecology funds set up for emergency situations like this.

Mr. Thevik stated that none of the fuel was recovered from the Privateer. Sean Orr of Ecology confirmed that this is correct as this vessel had run aground in the surf making fuel recovery much more difficult.

Mr. Lewis mentioned that in Ocean Shores the Trinity also ran ashore, but they were able to pull the vessel back out with a tug bat before it became an issue. This also happened recently with the Jamie Marie.


No presentations

Old Business

Doug Coburn and Mike Johnson attended the National HSC conference in Portland, OR. They were pleased to have gone and found the information at the conference helpful.

Kevin Campbell brought up the vessel anchoring offshore that the group has been discussing for a few months. Discussions about what will qualify as a large vessel for tonnage and length ensued.

Mr. Lawrenson summed up the comments: We are not setting rules, we are setting a standard of care which is advised. Rules come from federal documents, but the Captain of the Port has jurisdiction up to 12 miles off shore. We are setting a standard of care stating that the HSC believes large vessels should be anchoring at least 25 miles off shore if they have to wait to enter the harbor. Mr. Thevik also mentioned that the group agreed to the intent of changing the term deep draft vessel to a 1,600 ton vessel.

Ken Lawrenson read aloud the intended changes for Section 2.3 and this was moved by Doug Coburn and seconded by Larry Thevik. The group voted unanimously to accept the changes as written and add them to the Standards of Care document. The group believes this will capture all concerns of the HSC and will be a good addition to the SOC.

New Business

Mr. Coburn brought up the possibility of adding weather forecasting links for bar information to the HSC page. The group thought this was a good idea, and will work together on which links should be used since there are many different links that people in the group use for their information. All of the links will be collected, explored and discussed at the next meeting.

Linda Orgel suggested the committee look through the Final EIS for the crude oil projects and address the responsibility of this committee where referenced. Mr. Campbell responded that the group does plan to address these references so we will be ready when the project moves forward.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held in the PGH Commission Chambers on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.


Today’s meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.