Port of Port Townsend puts foot ferry development on fast track

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2011

JOHN GILLIE has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

The Port of Tacoma’s seesaw container numbers were up again in July after two consecutive months of decline.

New figures from the port show container numbers measured in 20-foot-equivalent units or TEUs exceed last July’s by 3.9 percent. July’s result follow disappointing May and June results when container numbers fell by 1 percent and 11.1 percent respectively. Before May, dosage the port’s container volumes had bettered the previous year’s for seven consecutive months.

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[Port Angeles Boat Haven’s A/B float. -- Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News]

Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — A fleet of up to six armed submarine escort boats could be moved to Port Angeles.

The Port of Port Angeles is in talks with the Navy over relocating the boats from the Bangor submarine base to the Port Angeles Boat Haven, try said Mike Nimmo, this site
port marine facilities manager.

Nimmo said the Navy is interested in relocating the boats to the marina at 832 Boat Haven Drive to have them be “closer to where they operate most of the time.”

A contract has not been negotiated, but the port has applied for a shoreline substantial development permit with the city of Port Angeles to build a new security gate and modify an existing building to accommodate the boats.

The port’s proposal is to dock the boats at the A/B float, located on the south end of the marina.

A security gate would be needed because the boats would have weapons and ammunition.

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Charlie Bermant has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port of Port Townsend has developed a schedule for the preparation and development of a passenger ferry service between Seattle and Port Townsend.

“We need to move on this very quickly,
” Port Director Larry Crockett told port commissioners Wednesday night as they discussed the ferry.

“We have received this grant, medicine
and if we don’t accept it, purchase
we will never get any federal money again.”

The first step is a meeting Monday between port staff and representatives of the state Department of Transportation, which will administer the

$1.3 million federal grant.

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