Newport Port General Manager Kevin Greenwood reported to his Port Commission this week that all the permits are in and signed, giving the green light to make the International Terminal ready for log ships next year.
Greenwood said the current dredging operation in the bay will continue by removing some riverbottom right up against the terminal docks so that it will be deep enough for log ships to take on full loads, rather than half loads. If more work is required that exceeds the current dredge’s capabilities, then further work will be done during the annual “in water works period” which runs from November 1 to February 15.
Meanwhile Greenwood also reported that Teevin Brothers will begin construction of their four million dollar log yard out on McLean Point. Greenwood said Teevin’s debarking equipment operates much quieter than debarkers of old and that it will be positioned out toward the LNG tank so neighbors will not notice any noise any louder than normal log truck traffic.
Greenwood also brokered a joint workshop meeting between commissioners from the Port of Newport and the Port of Toledo to discuss common goals and possibilities closely working together for the benefit of the region. The Port of Toledo just recently was awarded a nearly $5 Million grant for a new boat lift that can make the Port of Toledo able to work on 98% of the West Coast and Alaskan fishing fleets. The Port of Newport, of course, is a prime moorage location for Newport’s fishing fleet operations.
And also at that joint workshop, the Newport port commissioners will be making good on their bet (that they lost) during the recent Toledo Wooden Boat Show…the containerboard race between their respective general managers. Bud “The Scoot” Shoemake bested Kevin “The Pirate” Greenwood in that aquatic contest. Newport port commissioners will deliver the spoils of a full pizza banquet for Toledo Port Commissioners who are expected, by special proclamation, to allow Newport port commissioners to also partake thereof.