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Port of Toledo: Full speed ahead on rebuilding new boat yard around huge boat lift

A 500 ton lift has been approved for the Port of Toledo - a total game changer for the facility and likely to become a big family wage job creator.

An “up to” 600 ton lift is being sought for the Port of Toledo’s Yaquina Boatyard – a total game changer for the facility and the region.

Port of Commissioners Tuesday evening decided they have a long way to go and a short time to get there. So they’re puttin’ the pedal to the metal to get their Yaquina Boatyard property ready for a huge new boat lift which arrives next Spring – size to be determined by financial feasibility. But before all this happens the port will have to completely redo the Yaquina Boatyard itself. They’ll have to relocate the existing dry dock, remove the dry dock piers, relocate the wash system, build a new haul out pier system for the lift and lots more.

To get all that done, and all the in-water work completed before next February 15th, they’re going to have to really hustle. And hustle SMART!

The tight timeline and tight margins prompted Toledo Port Commissioners and Port Manager Bud Shoemake to pursue what’s called a “design build” process. A designed build project has a lot of competitive bidding by subcontractors but the leadership comes from someone who may not have been the cheapest. He or she will simply be the best in the opinion of port commissioners and Shoemake. Design Build asks the question, “Who better to coordinate the construction than those who designed the project?”

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The commission this week decided to put out a “Request for Proposals” to get several firms to propose competent “fast-tracking” of the project.

The port set the deadline for the RFP’s for November 10th with the bid award for November 15th. Then the design-build firm will get to work.

Port officials say the star of the show, an “up to” 600 ton lift, will arrive late next spring. But it’ll arrive not fully assembled. That will take some time, as well as for training the lift operators.

Port officials say with a 600 ton lift, there were be very few fishing boats in the U.S. or Alaskan fleets that can’t be worked on at the Yaquina Boatyard. It’s a complete game changer – and a huge economic boost for the regional economy. Shoemake predicts it will provide many partnering and other mutually beneficial relationships between the Port of Newport and the Port of Toledo, along with other local boat works companies. Shoemake says these new relationships will begin growing more family wages jobs that the area is starved for.

The first customer fishing vessel arriving at the Port of Toledo’s Yaquina Boatyard should be lifted up out of the water by next fall. Shoemake says the boat works should be able to work on nine boats at a time, once they get the routine down.

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