Work on building a new International Terminal at the Port of Newport is changing gears since they finished removing the remains of the U.S. Navy concrete ship the U.S.S. Pasley. The Pasley was a very old sunken ship that had held up the west end of the old terminal for decades. Port Manager Don Mann says work crews will now clean up the last of the debris associated with the Pasley’s removal. After that they will get working on the new west pier which they hope to have finished by the middle of February. The work involves the driving of more pier pilings.
However, to finish the east end of the terminal, where the commercial fishing boats tie up, and the rest of the upland buildings, Mann says it will take an additional $3.8 million which must still be found, either through public works project funds or grants. Mann says he’s confident they’ll locate the money because the International Terminal will be a big jobs creator when it’s finished. Mann says it’ll handle everything from log and lumber exports to regional pleasure cruise ships. He said he hopes to have the terminal finished within the next year or two.