Harbor News

Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — ARRC has received a grant of $2.5 million from US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to create a “master land-use plan” for the Seward Marine Terminal and surrounding 328 acres of railroad-reserve tidelands and uplands. ARRC contributed $500,000 as matching funds to the project it calls “Seward Marine Terminal Expansion Planning”. According to […]

December 18, 2014 · 1 comment ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Smooth Salvage Re-floats M/V Spirit of Adventure

Smooth Salvage Re-floats M/V Spirit of Adventure

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — By first light on Sunday, December 7, the salvage crew had already started packing up loose equipment from a job well done. Except for significant damage to the seaward end of E-float in the Seward small boat harbor, a casual observer might not suspect that only several hours earlier, Spirit of Adventure’s stern rested […]

December 7, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

The 85 foot catamaran Spirit of Adventure, which is owned and operated by Major Marine Tours, was discovered partially submerged by a passerby in Seward Small Boat Harbor this morning. Three of the rearmost compartments near the engines had flooded overnight until coming to rest on the bottom of the harbor and leaving the bow buoyant and pitched up at about a 40 […]

December 6, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Regardless of where you live in Alaska, the health and pulse of the state’s maritime economy affects you. According to the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan (AMWDP) issued May 2014, the maritime sector employs over 68,000 workers statewide, making it Alaska’s largest private sector employer. What Alaskans don’t catch, grow, dig up or make for […]

November 24, 2014 · 2 comments ·
City Council Emerges from Executive Session

City Council Emerges from Executive Session

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Seward City Council gave due public notice of its special meeting and Vice Mayor Marianna Keil gaveled it to order promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10 with a scant half dozen citizens in attendance. The duly noticed agenda listed “executive session” as the only item of business. Only three things happened publicly […]

November 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
U.S. Ninth Circuit Denies Appeal, Coal Operation Must Obtain Permit

U.S. Ninth Circuit Denies Appeal, Coal Operation Must Obtain Permit

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On October 31, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by Alaska Railroad Corporation and Aurora Energy Services, LLC, to have an entire 11-judge panel rehear their case rather than the three-judge panel that ruled against them on September 3, 2014. This appears to exhaust appeal avenues in the Ninth Circuit […]

November 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Local Committee Favors Reducing Lingcod Bag Limit, Tables Motion to Restrict Catch and Release of Kings

Local Committee Favors Reducing Lingcod Bag Limit, Tables Motion to Restrict Catch and Release of Kings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – By a vote of 6 yeas to 1 nay, Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee approved a resolution reducing the bag and possession limit for lingcod in Prince William Sound down to one per day and one in possession. By an additional 6 to 1 vote, SF&GAC approved another resolution recommending that commercial retention […]

October 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

Heidi Zemach for SCN – All of the same faces were up front again in the Council Chambers at City Hall at Monday night’s Seward City Council Meeting following a brief swearing-in ceremony for the four re-elected incumbents Marianna Keil, Rissie Casagranda, Dale Butts and Iris Darling. Keil was reappointed vice mayor. Most significant was the council unanimously passing a […]

October 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Opinion: Facts about the R/V Sikuliaq

Written By Bill McCrossan – Having just read the Op-Ed Piece in the Seward Phoenix Log in support of Senator Begich  I feel compelled to respond. There is no way to post comments on the Seward Phoenix Logs website so I’ll post my comments here. Referring to the paragraph about the ship Sikuliaq, the phrase “Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot” comes to mind. This […]

October 19, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council agreed at Monday night’s October 13 council meeting to allow transfer of the city lease known as Marina Subdivision from Charles “Scottie” Bald to Elliot Johnston without any changes to its rear right of way. The decision came with little comment by council following an executive session prior to the meeting […]

October 16, 2014 · 1 comment ·
North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Press Release – (ANCHORAGE) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to move forward, for formal analysis, the “Catch Accountability Through Compensate Halibut” (CATCH) proposal by Alaska’s guided recreational sector. SouthEast Alaska Guide Organization (SEAGO) Executive Director, Heath Hilyard commented, “We’re pleased that the Council recognized the merit of this proposal. There […]

October 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mariners’ Memorial wave wall installed

Mariners’ Memorial wave wall installed

Harmon Construction workers began installation of a gleaming metal wave wall on the west side of the Mariners’ Memorial yesterday. To see a video of the wall being moved from the production facility in Seattle, go to the Seward Mariners’ Memorial website at http://www.sewardmarinersmemorial.org/ Carol Griswold

October 14, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Port Advisory Board Sets Priorities, Works on Harbor Plan: Public Input Scarce

Port Advisory Board Sets Priorities, Works on Harbor Plan: Public Input Scarce

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   At its October 1 meeting, Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) passed its capital improvement priorities list by a vote of four to one with Chair Deborah Altermatt the lone no vote. Two board members had excused absences. The seven-item list requested nearly $5.5 million for specific items plus unspecified “additional funding” […]

October 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has one particularly thorny decision to make at Monday’s October 13 regular council meeting: whether or not to pass a resolution approving the transfer of its city lease of the Marina (Restaurant) Subdivision from Charles Scottie Bald to Elliot Johnston, including an amendment retaining the right of way easement at […]

October 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Quick Resolution to Coal Loading Problem Satisfies Some, Not All

Quick Resolution to Coal Loading Problem Satisfies Some, Not All

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – [UPDATE AT 8:33 PM: State Signs and Issues Compliance Order by Consent ] Late in the day on Monday, September 29, in the matter of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation vs. Aurora Energy Services, Director of ADEC Division of Water, Michelle Halle and Senior Assistant Attorney General, John A. Treptow, issued a legal order […]

September 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Vigorous Housecleaning Underway at Shipyard

Vigorous Housecleaning Underway at Shipyard

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The relative absence of junk first strikes the eye. Compared to their appearance in June, fence lines around the shipyard at SMIC (Seward Marine Industrial Center) now look clean and lack jumbles of metal clutter as before. Fall has arrived and so has new owner, Vigor Alaska, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial. In addition […]

September 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Reds Burgers closes Monday

Reds Burgers closes Monday

James Minden and Sara Kirby, of Red’s Burgers stand at the corner of Seward Highway and 302 Van Buren St., will soon be closing for the winter. They want to remind everyone that they can still come out and get their last fix of gourmet burgers, garlic fries, and shakes until they close on Monday (Sept 29th) at 6 p.m. […]

September 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council delays lease transfer of harbor business

Council delays lease transfer of harbor business

Heidi Zemach for SCN – After hearing from a few concerned neighboring business owners who want delivery and emergency access behind their businesses, Seward City Council postponed a resolution for two weeks allowing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Charles “Scottie” Bald reassigning the 8,300 square foot Marina restaurant property on Fourth Avenue to Seward Lodging […]

September 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio with translation by Luzan Quintero for SCN – After an absence of over nine years, Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc (two syllables before the ‘t’ with stress on the “te¢ ”) docked at the port of Seward shortly after 10:00 am on Monday. As she does on all ceremonial occasions, Cuauhtémoc “manned the yards”, a nautical term which […]

September 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
BBQ for the crew of the Cuauhtémoc

BBQ for the crew of the Cuauhtémoc

Hello all! The Kenai Fjords Yacht Club and Seward Mariners’ Memorial are sponsoring a BBQ at the Branson Pavilion, Wednesday September 17, from 5pm-10pm, for the crew of the Cuauhtémoc and everyone else in the community that would like to participate. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

September 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Cuauhtémoc arrives in Seward

Cuauhtémoc arrives in Seward

The Mexican Navy Tall Ship, “Cuauhtémoc” arrived safely into port  this morning, despite the heavy rain. Tours to the public are scheduled for the following times: September 15th from 11:00am to 4:00PM September 16th from 11:00am to late afternoon September 17th from 11:00am to late afternoon September 18th from 11:00am to late afternoon

September 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
FEMA Announces New Flood Maps, Hears from Lowell Pointers

FEMA Announces New Flood Maps, Hears from Lowell Pointers

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   At an open house/informational meeting in Seward on Tuesday, September 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) displayed and explained new flood-hazard maps of the Seward waterfront from Lowell Point around to the industrial center at Fourth of July Creek. Based on new LIDAR (light detection and ranging) mapping of the topography and […]

September 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
MEXICAN SAILING SHIP “CUAUHTÉMOC” IS ARRIVING TO SEWARD, ALASKA

MEXICAN SAILING SHIP “CUAUHTÉMOC” IS ARRIVING TO SEWARD, ALASKA

Consul of Mexico in Anchorage Press Release – On April 9, 2014, the Mexican Navy Tall Ship “Cuauhtémoc”, affiliated to the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico, began their training cruise called “America 2014″, sailing from its home port of Acapulco, Guerrero. Under this framework, this ship will arrive to Seward, AK, USA on September 15, where it will remain until September 18, […]

September 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
$2.5 Million in funds granted towards Seward marine terminal expansion

$2.5 Million in funds granted towards Seward marine terminal expansion

Office of Mark Begich Press Release – Begich:  Foxx Visit to Alaska Results in $2.5 Million in TIGER Grant Funds Seward Terminal Expansion will Bring Jobs, Growth to the Local Economy U.S. Senator Mark Begich welcomed today’s news that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.5 million in planning funds to complete the master plan for expansion of the […]

September 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·