West Coast Harbor Upgrades
May 1, 2018
By the fourth quarter of 2018, the Port of Seattle will be breaking ground on an aggressive redevelopment program at Fishermen's Terminal. The Gateway Project is part of a $42 million revitalization project as part of the 25-year plan for Fishermen's Terminal.
Phase One involves creating a 70,000-square foot retail warehouse facility, which will be constructed at the Terminal's entrance. A new light industrial office/warehouse facility is also being planned for the western edge of the Terminal.
The redevelopment of the historic Seattle Ship Supply building, likely in 2019, will make room for a brand new Commercial Maritime innovation center.
"What we want to do there is provide a venue for those maritime-related entrepreneurs that have low capital to where they can come into our facility and create through their ingenuity, products that have some relationship towards the maritime industry," says Kenneth R. Lyles, Director, Fishing and Commercial Operations, Maritime Division. "We want to provide those entrepreneurs with this venue to explore and promote these innovations."
Industrial warehouse space is being constrained dramatically with the influx of new tech housing density; what Lyles calls "the Amazon of our community here." "What we're trying to do is preserve industrial land so we can continue to promote this economic engine called the maritime cluster." The industrial lands make up 10 percent of the zoned property in Seattle but they return nearly 30 percent of the tax revenue to the city, according to Port spokesman Peter McGraw.
The Port has also commissioned an analysis that shows there is a shortage of moorage capacity for the new commercial fishing vessels. "Boats are getting larger and more efficient, and we want to accommodate this new and growing fleet," says Lyles.
In another forward-looking initiative the Port of Seattle Commission voted last December, to purchase the salmon Bay Marina, located on the Ship Canal adjacent to the Port's Fishermen's Terminal facility. The five-acre property contains five docks supporting 166 slips measuring 6,547 lineal feet of moorage on freshwater. The purchase price was $15,679,120.
commercial fishing operations are getting stronger at the Port of Port Townsend, according to Greg Englin, Director of Operations & Business Development. "Some of the salmon fisheries were struggling a bit over the past few years, but we're seeing a lot of boats coming in and doing refits here," he says. "We're putting in another 1,000 amps of power in our yard as well as additional broadband fiber, and that will add additional capacity for people to do larger projects."
The Boat Haven shipyard offers three Marine Travelifts, which can lift vessels up to 150 feet long and weighing up to 330 tons. Vessels being refit cover every hull material including steel, aluminum, fiberglass, composites and wood and cover every type of fishing vessel – crabbers, draggers, seiners, longliners, gillnetters, trollers, dive boats and tenders.
The yard provides more than 100 marine trade businesses that service vessel owners, and last spring, PYR Preservation Services, Inc. was added as a new vendor along with longstanding service providers, such as ACI Boats, PT Shipwrights Coop, Haven Boatworks, Steelhead Marine, Eagle Harbor Boats, and Scow Bay. PYR provides sandblasting and coatings, and can handle complete refits, a very welcome addition according to commercial fishing customers.
Englin reports a lot of infrastructure improvements have been made in recent years, and its storm water systems have also been upgraded. While the yard can handle more than 1,000 vessels annually for haul-outs, this year the number is expected to come in around 900.
"I think a lot of people have deferred work until they had a good year," he explains. "And a number of people had a decent season last year, so fishermen are reinvesting in the boats and equipment this year."
In March, the Port of Bellingham Commission authorized the Port to engage RMC Architects for three infrastructure projects totaling more than $245,000.
Blaine Webhouse 1 will be removed from Blaine Harbor Shipyard Industrial Park and rebuilt next to other webhouses on Milholin Drive to support the expansion of Blaine Harbor seafood processors and industrial users. The newly rebuilt Webhouse 1 will be designed to support the commercial fishing industry.
"Blaine Harbor is a popular place for our marine trades and commercial fishing tenants to do business" said Port of Bellingham Public Affairs Administrator Mike Hogan. "The Port of Bellingham is committed to working with our marine trades community to identify the infrastructure investments necessary to support continued job growth in Blaine."
The second project includes paving work between Webhouses 2 and 3 as well as stormwater improvements. The third project will see a brand new enclosed work facility for Port tenant Walsh Marine Services to perform boat repair operations at their location on McMillan Avenue.
Over the past year, several infrastructure upgrades have been taking place at Blaine Harbor at the Port of Bellingham.
American Construction was awarded a $750,000 contract to update three of the Harbor's piers, including the Sawtooth pier that services the commercial fishing fleet and the north and south piers used by Port tenants. Work started last fall and was completed at the end of November. Completion of the project means the piers can now accommodate heavier weights and more equipment. Gate 3 utility hangers in the Blaine Marina were also updated.
Port of Everett
The first Phase of the 65-acre mixed-used development Waterfront Place Central at the Port of Everett is actively in progress. The first items to be built include apartments, three restaurant pads and a hotel. "All of the infrastructure has been put in; roads, curbs, lighting, and utilities" says Jeff Lindhout, the Port's Marina Director. "The splash park that is part of the Pacific Rim Plaza is complete, but will be turned off while construction is going on."
The new Guest Dock 5 is slated for construction in the Fall. It will be open to the public and adjacent to the Pacific Rim Plaza at Fisherman's Harbor. "There's some dredging that will occur in connection with that project, but once it's complete, visitors and boaters will have a full dock walk that connects the upland property at Fisherman's Harbor with the water," says Lindhout.
At Seiner Wharf, there will be inner harbor pedestrian areas adjacent to the commercial fishing fleet. Whether people are walking around or eating at one of the outside patios along the site, they will be able to watch fishermen who come into port with their catch. In addition, the City of Everett is currently constructing a pedestrian overpass, the Grand Avenue Park Bridge, leading to the new complex.
The marina has 2,300 slips and can accommodate up to 38 commercial fishing vessels. The Fisherman's Harbor district of Waterfront Place is expected to be complete in mid to late-2019.