Grays Harbor tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to port in September

Grays Harbor’s two tall ships return to their home port of Aberdeen next month for public tours and sailings before heading to California for their 2014-2015 tour of Golden State ports

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Quinault Tribal Enterprises purchases controlling interest in Westport Marina tenant RPMM, LLC

While Quinault tribal fishermen have long used the moorage facilities at Washington’s largest fish landing port, Westport Marina, it is now home to one of Quinault Tribal Enterprises’

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Port of Grays Harbor and Satsop Business Park announce public tours

Aberdeen, Wash.  – The Port of Grays Harbor is once again pleased to announce that it will be offering public tours of its industrial properties and marine terminals, as well as walking

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Port of Grays Harbor approves acquisition of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing

The port of Grays Harbor added two parks to it’s list of properties yesterday, approving the deal that accepts Friends Landing and Sterling Landing as a gift. The non-profit that currently owns them asked the commissioners to consider the acquisition in April. Satsop Business Park Manager Alissa Shay said Sterling Landing comes with something it didn’t have before. “Access to Sterling Landing is provided by a gravel road owned by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The current owners do not have an easement to access their property, but initial discussions with Fish and Wildlife indicate that an easement would likely b granted to the Port so long as we would continue to provide recreational fishing access.” They’ll also have to apply for some access at Friend’s Landing “In terms of the Department of Natural Resources aquatic lease at Friend’s Landing, according to the DNR there is currently not an active lease on the aquatic lands, although one was maintained in the past.” Shay said that “as-is” the sites could either cost or make the port about 15-thousand per year. Legal Council Art Blauvelt said the Port will add the two properties to it’s comprehensive plan in July before looking at any changes. Friend’s Landing on the Chehalis River is a 152 acre, handicap accessible recreation area just outside of Montesano, and includes a 32 acre man-made lake, 1.7 miles of paved trail, a boat launch as well as camping facilities. Sterling Landing on the Wynoochee River is an undeveloped 30-acre site with a gravel boat launch located outside of Montesano.

“The Commissioners and staff are honored that the stewards of these vital waterfront facilities feel the Port of Grays Harbor would be best suited for the long-term

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Lady Washington Adds Visit to Westport to Its June Schedule

Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, will help the City of Westport celebrate its 100th birthday with a visit June 27-29. The vessel will offer walk-on tours and

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Port of Grays Harbor to consider acquisition of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing near Montesano

Aberdeen, Wash. – Popular recreation areas, Friends Landing and Sterling Landing, in eastern Grays Harbor County could soon be the newest waterfront public access facilities managed

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Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit to enhance safety on Grays Harbor

Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.
Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.

Hoquiam, WA – Brusco Tug & Barge, the ship-assist service provider at the Port of Grays Harbor, docked the Wynema Spirit in Hoquiam this week. The Wynema Spirit is a 78’ x 31’ ship-assist

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Judge approves sale of NewWood Corporation assets to the Port of Grays Harbor

Montesano – The next step for the Port of Grays Harbor in acquiring the assets of former Satsop Business Park tenant NewWood Corporation was achieved on Monday when Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey approved the sale of the company’s manufacturing assets in the amount of $1.3 million.
The sale includes the manufacturing equipment that is located in a Port-owned building, as well as the intellectual property on the process of turning scrap plastics into usable building material. New Wood Corporation has been in receivership since November 2012. The sale required that all equipment be free of liens and that personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.
The Port of Grays Harbor Commission took action in November to authorize the purchase with the intent to work with companies to find a viable operator for the facility. “We are committed to getting the facility up and running and by purchasing these assets we are in a better position to control our own destiny,” explained Executive Director Gary Nelson.

Tall ship Lady Washington runs aground at Westport

WESTPORT, Wash. - The tall ship Lady Washington ran aground last night at the entrance to the Westport Marina.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport said on their facebook page that they were directed by the US Coast Guard to Port Angeles, where she will be hauled out for a hull inspection on Saturday. If all goes well, she will sail for Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Sunday morning.

Westport Marina Manager Ken Rausch Honored by Ecology Department

A Westport Marina Manager is being honored with an environmental excellence award from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for going above and beyond normal duties to keep boats afloat -- reducing potential for sinking of boats and the resulting damage to the environment.

Marina manager Ken Rausch also is being honored due to his extra diligence in working with boat owners and operators, Ecology’s Spill Response Team, contractors, and others to contain and clean up fuel spills when they have occurred during the last two decades.

Ecology will present the award to Rausch today during the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Meeting, held at 9 a.m. at the port’s main office, 111 S. Wooding Street, Aberdeen.

When boats take on water and sink, they often release fuel and other petroleum and toxic chemicals to the environment.

Boat owners and operators who spill oil can face monetary penalties for allowing oil to pollute state waters. Because petroleum products damage the environment and can threaten fish, shellfish, birds and critical habitat areas, spillers can also be held responsible for compensating Washington citizens for damage done to the public’s natural resources.