ON THE WATERFRONT: New piles, boats in Port Angeles Harbor

RECENTLY, CONTRACTORS INSTALLED a new piling at the Port of Port Angeles’ terminal one and four pilings at terminal three as well as performing maintenance functions, including installing bull rails.

Tuesday, two barges were brought alongside Terminal 3 and at 7 p.m., personnel began filling the barges with wood chips. By Wed at about 9 p.m., the barges had been filled with 3,654 gross metric tons of product and they were taken under tow for delivery to a Canadian client.

Once Terminal 3 was clear of the chip barges, Cable Innovator came alongside and will be in port for the next month. I understand she had to vacate her berth in Victoria to make room for a cruise ship.

Wednesday afternoon, the pusher tug Nancy Peterkin moored to Terminal 1 for emergency repairs that were tended to by Vigor Industrial which accomplished their tasks and had the vessel underway by midnight.

Scout about

Armstrong Marine, the aluminum boat manufacturer midway between Sequim and Port Angeles, recently delivered a 38-foot monohull dive compliance vessel to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Named Salish Scout, she is the sister ship to Sentry, which was completed earlier this summer.

Salish Scout is customized for efficient geoduck fishery management along with other marine law enforcement operations.

A 4-foot dive platform, tank racks, aft deck shower and custom dive ladder serve DNR divers monitoring geoduck stock and habitat.

“As the manager of 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, the Department of Natural Resources plays a critical role in protecting our waters and preserving habitat from those who seek to damage it,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

“Sentry and Salish Scout will be DNR’s first line of defense against derelict vessels, abandoned fishing gear, and plastics that pollute our waters. Built by Armstrong Marine USA right here in Washington, these boats and their crews will assist recreational boaters and enforce the laws that keep our natural resources healthy and productive.”

Lee Shore Boats, the aluminum boat manufacturer west of Port Angeles on Edgewood Drive, recently completed and will deliver this upcoming Thursday a diesel-powered 55-foot scow workboat for Salish Seafoods for use in their aquaculture and shellfish logistics operations.

The 55-foot aluminum scow is equipped with a single John Deere 425-horsepower keel-cooled diesel engine with ZF305 down angle gear.

The pilot house sits above the engine room, providing 360 degrees of visibility while vessel and crane operations are underway. The control station is outfitted with a Garmin electronics package that includes a 24-inch radome, GPS and autopilot.

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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 [email protected] or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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