ON THE WATERFRONT: Boat Haven opens laundry facility

WORK IS PROGRESSING well at the site of the Marine Trades Industrial Park which is located at the former site of the Pen Ply mill.

The wash-down facility that is currently under construction is scheduled for completion by the end of November and to be open for business by the end of January 2019.

The Port Angeles Boat Haven’s newly constructed laundry facility, located at the former site of the restaurant, opened Thursday.

The laundry facility is available only for the moorage and transient moorage tenants of the Port Angeles Boat Haven.

Previous marina studies and the Boat Haven tenants had identified a laundry facility at the marina as a desirable amenity for current tenants and boaters visiting from other marinas.

The Port responded to this request and applied for a Recreation Conservation Office (RCO) grant to help pay for the facility.

The Boating Infrastructure Grant program (BIG) provides funding to develop and renovate boating facilities targeting guest recreational boats.

The funding for the BIG comes from a portion of the federal Aquatic Resources Trust Fund that utilizes motorboat fuel taxes.

The Port bid the construction of the laundry facility in 2017, but the lowest bid received was $91,000 over the engineers’ estimate of $145,000.

In lieu of using a contractor for this facility, the Port chose to utilize the talents and skills of their facilities maintenance crew.

The final cost to build the laundry was approximately $65,000 and the RCO grant will fund approximately 50 percent of the project.

On the docks

Cable Innovator moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal one North on Monday and will be there until about November 21.

The vessel is flagged in the United Kingdom and is permanently stationed in Victoria, B.C.

The vessel’s owners have a contract with a number of companies to maintain their fiber optic cables that stretch from the west coast to Asia along the ocean floor.

When there is an issue with a cable, the vessel is required to respond immediately.

Because the vessel is manned by a predominately British crew, the ship is required to periodically leave its berth in Victoria and head out to sea for a brief period of time to comply with Canada’s immigration laws.

Early Thursday morning, Dream Island, a 590-foot bulk cargo ship, moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 3. The Panamanian-flagged vessel will be in port until next Friday taking on about 5 million board feet of logs for export to China.

Last weekend, the log barge Z Big 1 offloaded 501 bundles of logs at the log booms at the west end of the harbor. I understand the logs, which came from Coos Bay, Ore., are to be utilized by PA Hardwood.

Platypus Marine, the full-service shipyard, yacht repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer on Marine Drive in Port Angeles, has the Puget Sound pilot boat, Strait of Juan de Fuca, in the Commander Building.

Personnel cleaned and waxed the hull and house and applied a new coat of bottom paint.

While the boat is out of the water the crew of the vessel will make good use of their time by performing routine maintenance on the engines and drivelines.

Both of the pilot boats, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound, were built in 1999 by the Nordlund Boat Company of Tacoma. The boats measure 74 feet long and are powered by two 900-horsepower marine diesel engines that drive two Hamilton waterjets.

These are the only 2 pilot boats the Tacoma yacht maker has built.

Tuesday, Tesoro Petroleum provided bunkers to Stroviken, an 820-foot Bahamian-flagged crude oil tanker.

Thursday, Tesoro refueled Amis Wisdom III, a 653-foot bulk cargo carrier that came from Japan and was on its way to Grays Harbor.

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David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area’s waterfronts and boat yards.

Items and questions involving boating, marina and industrial activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. News announcements about boating groups, including yacht clubs and squadrons, are welcome as well.

Email dgsellars@hotmail.com or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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