Newport Port Manager Don Mann/Teevin: Partial log shipments possible this year, full loads by year’s end
Newport Port Manager Don Mann says log exporter Teevin Brothers could be shipping logs from the port’s recently renovated International Terminal later this year. However, those shipments would be partial loads, something that Teevin Brothers aren’t happy about but will accommodate for a short time while deeper dredging, to allow for full loads, is completed.
Mann says getting a permit for deeper dredging before the deadline for “in-water” works that ends February 1st, is looking less and less likely to happen. That’s because additional environmental evaluation of the deeper dredging, and an environmental mitigation plan probably can’t be done fast enough to meet the February 1st date. Mann said getting a temporary exemption from the deadline, although not impossible, is very hard to get.
Mann said in the meantime he expects Teevin will proceed with the construction of the log yard and would ship partial loads for several months while they wait for the deeper dredging to be completed. Teevin pays the port pretty much the same fee for each ship to dock and load up regardless if it’s a full or partial load. So when a ship leaves Newport and still needs to make a port of call at Astoria or Longview to fill it the rest of the way up, it further damages Teevin’s bottom line. Oien told News Lincoln County that they’re hopeful they can begin creating their log yard at the far east end of the terminal area sometime this summer and be ready to ship partial log loads in September. “However, shipping partial loads is not a long term option for us,” Oien said.
Meanwhile, Alcan Timber, based out of Ketchican, AK, is waiting in the wings in Toledo where they would debark their logs before trucking them to the International Terminal for shipment.
Coast-watch group Oregon Coast Alliance Land Use Director Cameron LaFollette says that the Alliance will closely monitor the Port’s plan to mitigate the effects of the deeper dredging. She said the port must enhance the ecological environment of Yaquina Bay enough to offset the further loss of productive bay bottom for Gaper Clam and Salmon habitat near the terminal. LaFollette also said the port must make a compelling case for using the larger Handysize ships. These ships are equipped with their own onboard loading cranes so smaller ports don’t have to provide them.