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.
Longtime maritime professional Ginny Goblirsch says she’s had her fun and thrills with the Port of Newport, but now she’s stepping down as a port commissioner even though she was re-elected just last Spring.
Goblirsch, credited with being a primary moving force behind the landing of NOAA in Newport as its new home port, says “It’s time for me to enjoy my accomplishments but also to move ahead with my life. I’m not getting any younger, and I feel now is the right time to retire for good.”
Goblirsch retired initially as a long-time OSU Seagrant Marine Extension Agent, but shortly thereafter was encouraged to run for Newport Port Commissioner. She told NewsLincolnCounty.com that “I was always interested in what the port did so I thought I’d give it a shot, and I won!”
She said she will always fondly remember the support that she and others on the port commission gave Port Manager Donn Mann and port staff who had the courage to think that Newport could become NOAA’s home base for its Pacific Fleet. She said it was a complete team effort, a COMPLETE team effort that produced the $40 million project that now stands proudly and glistening whether in fog or sun at South Beach.
Goblirsch said her last meeting as a port commissioner will be September 27th. After that her fellow commissioners will form a subcommittee to solicit “letters of interest” from those who would like to take her place until they have to run for election in their own right. Whoever is chosen Goblirsch’s successor will have to run for election next Spring.
Goblirsch said, “I’m going to enjoy my new grandson and for once I’ll have enough time to properly clean up my house! After that who knows?”