A local business owner is looking to start a new business along the river with a bid on the Pontoon Construction site in Aberdeen. Tim Quigg, of Quigg Brothers Inc. submitted the paperwork this week to offer a bid of over $5-million on the property for the company Grays Harbor Shipyard LLC.
Quigg said on Tuesday, “We’re going to pursue the sight, long-term, as a barge maintenance and repair facility for ocean class barges.”
The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is the largest segment of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, employing more than 33,000 American mariners aboard its vessels. Quigg wants to service that industry here in Aberdeen. He said currently if the barges need repairs or annual maintenance they go to Mexico or Vancouver, Canada. “The fleet is aging, they’re making new barges, but when maintained and repaired these vessels can last a long time.”
His bid includes conditions that the state acquires the permits to get the site operational and back to where it was when WSDOT was using it to build pontoons for the 520 floating bridge. Quigg said a booming business could employ 100 to 150 at the former pontoon construction site.
Earlier this summer the state commissioned a feasibility study which concluded the site was worth zero dollars as-is. The first round of a closed auction failed to get a bid offer above the minimum of nearly $10-million. Since then the state has lowered the minimum bid to 5-million. Quigg said he doesn’t know if anyone else has submitted a bid but he expects to hear back from the state within 8 months.
Quigg said he doesn’t know if anyone else has submitted a bid but he expects to hear back from the state within 8 months.