Some wondering why navy needs new wharf at Bangor

by Tim Flanagan on June 24, 2009

I’m not suggesting that the two events are necessarily related, dysentery but here are the facts:

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Also yesterday, medications I was sworn in to the Auxiliary aboard the icebreaker Polar Star at Pier 36 in Seattle.

Coincidence? You decide.

Here’s the national press release:

WASHINGTON —  Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen presented the Auxiliary with a Coast Guard Unit Commendation award Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters as part of the Coast Guard’s celebration of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 70th anniversary.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the finest all-volunteer organization in our nation,” said Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard. “It is an integral part of our Coast Guard. We simply could not meet the challenges we face or conduct the missions we do on a day-to-day basis without their selfless devotion to duty.” [Read more…]

Meanwhile, the USCG Auxiliary District 13, Flotilla 24 meeting was held yesterday evening aboard the USCGC Polar Star. Here’s the view from the flight deck:

The swearing-in, in progress. [Photo by Sarah Wilhelm.]
I’m the one in the middle, wearing “tropical blue”. (That’s a little joke for my USCG friends, because the auxiliarists on the left are wearing a uniform standard called “tropical blue”, and I’m wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt.)

Flotilla Commander Craig Smith presides over events while I show off my new credentials. [Photo by Sarah Wilhelm.]

Deborah Bach, order
once again, with the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a pilot program July 1 that’s aimed at helping boat dealers caught in the nationwide credit crunch.

The SBA will be offering Dealer Floor Plan loans, or “DFP loans,” for boat and other types of dealerships. The loans allow boat dealers to borrow against their existing inventory to buy additional stock. As that inventory is sold, the dealer repays the debt and can then borrow against the line of credit again.

The loans, which must be repaid within five years, will be available for between $500,000 and $2 million and come with a 75 percent government guarantee. DFP loans will be available only for titleable inventory such as boats and boat trailers.

Boat dealers locally and nationwide have been devastated by lower consumer demand and restricted credit caused by the subprime lending crisis. Lenders including Textron Financial, Wachovia and others have gotten out of marine lending over the past year, and the few remaining lenders have scaled back lending and increased fees. The downturn has led to the closure of numerous dealerships in the Seattle area, including Passage Maker Yachts and Olympic Boat Centers.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: 

It’s an ambitious project intended to serve boaters, read
reconnect Everett residents with the city’s waterfront and transform a former industrial area into a vibrant new neighborhood destination.

The $400 million Port Gardner Wharf project calls for a mix of condos, townhouses, office space, shops, restaurants, inns, a marine-related “Craftsmen District” and a network of walkways and other amenities in the city’s north marina area.

But what was set to become a waterfront jewel is now in limbo, after the project’s developer, Everett Maritime, filed for bankruptcy in late May.  The move followed numerous delays and unsuccessful efforts by the developer to secure financing after Merrill Lynch Capital withdrew its funding for the project in late 2007.

“A project that began in the good times drifted its way into the poorer times,” Port Commissioner Connie Niva said. “It couldn’t have been a worse time.”

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Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

POULSBO — More people seem concerned about whether Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor needs a second explosives-handling wharf than whether it would harm the environment.

A steady trickle of people made the rounds of Navy experts and displays Tuesday evening at the Poulsbo fire station during an open house about the environmental impact statement for the facility. The Navy provided information about the proposed $500 million-plus project and took written comments about what the public would like to see addressed in the environmental analysis.

The explosives handling wharf is used to load and unload missiles from Bangor’s eight Trident ballistic submarines. Each sub can carry 24 D-5 missiles. The subs were upgraded a few years ago from C-4 missiles to more sophisticated D-5s, recipe
which the Navy says take more than twice the time to maintain and handle.

Joe Graf of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs said that the base can manage its workload today, remedy
but is looking ahead to its future workload. The existing wharf, adiposity
he said, is 30 years old and needs some work. It will have to be shut down. A new wharf will be needed while the existing one is unavailable.

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