Harbor News

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
City Proposes Mitigation of Impacts; Gives Notice of Intent to Award Contract to Develop SMIC

City Proposes Mitigation of Impacts; Gives Notice of Intent to Award Contract to Develop SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As part of its ongoing development of Seward Marine Industrial Center, City of Seward obtained a permit from US Army Corps of Engineers on May 26, 2015 to dredge and dispose of about 206,000 cubic yards of material from the SMIC harbor basin. To compensate for negative aspects of the project, city administration proposes […]

July 19, 2015 ·

Seward Tsunami lives again in Waves Over Seward documentary

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day in Seward, or just have a interest in history, make your way to the viewing of Waves Over Seward, a documentary that features footage of the disaster of the Good Friday earthquake that shook Alaska to its core and set Seward, Alaska on fire. March 27, 1964, the […]

July 16, 2015 ·
Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a 60-year lease extension for the Small Boat Harbor property at 1212 Fourth Avenue where the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center is located. The lease extension has an additional 5-year option. The NPS has leased the visitor center at its harbor location for the past […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Aurora Charters can continue under the Hughes family ownership for another 13, plus 33, plus 33 years. Heidi Zemach photo.

Council approves another lease extension and will extend electric to SMIC

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night awarded a liquor license to The Cookery, a new downtown eating establishment that offers fresh Alaskan oysters and small portions of  “hand-crafted” food prepared by award-winning chef Kevin Lane and his wife Stacy. Council also approved a city lease extension of 13 years on the lot upon which […]

June 10, 2015 ·
Coal Ship Double Progress loads up in Seward's Resurrection Bay.  The first coal ship of the year. Heidi Zemach photo.

First coal ship signals slow season ahead as U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Since its arrival on Saturday, M/V Double Progress, the first coal ship to dock at Seward’s Alaska Railroad Terminal since last November, has been loading 72,000 metric tons of coal, bound for Japan. Aurora Energy Services, LLC says it will receive between two and four coal ships this year, or more if Usibelli Coal’s […]

June 8, 2015 ·
Coast Guard Cutter Munro Stands Ready for Patrol, Awaits Decommissioning

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Stands Ready for Patrol, Awaits Decommissioning

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Although Cutter Munro homeports in Kodiak, it makes port calls all over Alaska, including Seward. During its brief layover at the railroad east dock, crew of Cutter Munro gave public tours of non-sensitive parts of the 378-foot, high endurance cutter. Lieutenant junior grade Eric Ressel stands at the entrance to the helicopter hangar to […]

June 5, 2015 ·
US Coast Guard Cutter Munro open for public tours June 3

US Coast Guard Cutter Munro open for public tours June 3

The USCG Cutter Munro is happy to announce they will provide PUBLIC TOURS in Seward on Wednesday June 3, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The USCG Cutter Munro is docked on the east side of the Cruise Ship Dock at the Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal.   Public can park in front of the Seward Dale Lindsey Terminal and […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Council delays SMIC lease but approves city parcel for senior housing

Council delays SMIC lease but approves city parcel for senior housing

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Senior Housing Seward City Council voted to authorize the city manager to negotiate an agreement with Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative at Tuesday night’s May 26 meeting, as it is donating approximately 1.7 acres of city land at Fort Raymond Subdivision, across from the military rec camp, to develop non income- based independent senior housing.  KPHI’s […]

May 28, 2015 ·

Job Opening at the Library Museum

CITY OF SEWARD POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT The City of Seward is hiring a Library Museum Technician. This is a regular, full-time position, with benefits, paying $15.57/hr. Performs difficult and complex tasks based upon detailed knowledge of particular library, museum and information technology functions. Responsible for quality control of library museum records. Manages and implements interlibrary loan, notary and passport agency procedures. […]

May 28, 2015 ·
Before I die public awareness project at harbor

Before I die public awareness project at harbor

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Before I die I want to… hug a bear, go to law school, save my marriage, have a child, see the Aurora Borealis. The precious hopes and aspirations of 146 people in Seward were colorfully chalked onto a large public art board on the Seward Harbormaster’s office in the first two days since it went […]

May 27, 2015 ·
USCGC MUSTANG Promotes Safety First

USCGC MUSTANG Promotes Safety First

  By LT Matthew Brinkley, Commanding Officer, USCGC MUSTANG – In preparation for National Safe Boating Week and the 2015 fishing and boating season, your local US Coast Guard Cutter MUSTANG (WPB 1310) wants to share some reminders to stress the importance of safety to help reduce boating accidents and fatalities. Boating safety is one of the Coast Guard’s top […]

May 15, 2015 ·

Coast Guard Observes National Safe Boating Week in Alaska

United States Coast Guard 17th District Alaska News Release – Coast Guard Observes National Safe Boating Week in Alaska KODIAK, Alaska — In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2015, the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary across Alaska are encouraging and promoting safe boating practices to protect lives at sea. The National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach […]

May 15, 2015 ·
Council approves another public crane study

Council approves another public crane study

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- After a great deal of debate, and two rejections of amended versions, the Seward City Council members Monday night approved an engineering contract with Moffat & Nichol to further study the feasibility of one or two public use cranes in the Small Boat Harbor, and appropriating $9,800 for the study. The locations for study listed […]

May 13, 2015 ·
Seward Harbor Opening Weekend May 16

Seward Harbor Opening Weekend May 16

May 13, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council approved certain increases to the harbor fee structure at its Monday April 27th meeting that will help the city harbor department pay for new services and boat cleaning infrastructure at Seward Municipal Industrial Center, SMIC. The 5-2 council vote came upon written reconsideration filed by Councilwoman Marianna Keil, […]

April 29, 2015 ·

Opinion: Where does your boat sewage go?

By Heather Leba – Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within 3 nautical miles of the U.S. coast? As the summer boating season approaches and more boats are utilizing coastal harbors, it will be important to keep your sewage management strategy in mind. Where do you dump your sewage […]

April 22, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·
Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Friends of the Seward Library are having the first used books sale in the new facility! All proceeds go to library programs. Saturday, April 18, 2015. There is still time to bring us your used books! (If you do it soon!) Seeking volunteers to help with our sale. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48afaa2ca5f85-used See our website for more information: www.friendsofsclm.org The used books are […]

April 7, 2015 ·
M/V Spirit of Adventure Update

M/V Spirit of Adventure Update

According to USCG senior marine investigating officer Lieutenant Rven T. Garcia of Sector Anchorage, a ball valve left open in the port engine room allowed water to flood into the below-deck space on December 6, 2014 and sink the Spirit of Adventure, owned and operated by Major Marine Tours out of Seward. In an e-mailed communication, Lt. Garcia said that […]

April 6, 2015 ·
To Attract Fishing Boats, Start With Infrastructure Say Fishermen at Seward Meeting

To Attract Fishing Boats, Start With Infrastructure Say Fishermen at Seward Meeting

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Seward fishing community showed up in force at a mid-day work session of City Council and the Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Council and PACAB had a question: How do we attract fishing boats to Seward? The fishermen and women had an answer: build more infrastructure and develop marine service businesses. Seward fishermen […]

April 6, 2015 ·
Governor Nominates AVTEC Instructor/Charter Captain to Fisheries Council

Governor Nominates AVTEC Instructor/Charter Captain to Fisheries Council

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service dated March 13, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker nominated Andrew (Andy) Mezirow of Seward as one of Alaska’s five representatives to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. The US Secretary of Commerce (NMFS) must still approve Mezirow’s nomination. Of three candidates to fill seat 2, (recreational […]

March 16, 2015 ·
PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

Public Notice ___________________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board’s (PACAB) regularly scheduled meeting on April 1st 2015 is hereby substituted with a Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council with the discussion topic of How to attract more fishing vessels to Seward At noon in Council Chambers. The PACAB Regular Business meeting will […]

March 13, 2015 ·

PACAB Hears from City Administration and Public

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At the regular Port and Commerce Advisory Board meeting on March 4, assistant city manager Ron Long briefed board members on a city administration initiative to modify the system by which city of Seward taxes vessels kept within city limits. Code requires the city to tax personal property such as a vessel, at its true […]

March 13, 2015 ·
UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery lies tucked into a seaside corner with University of Alaska Fairbanks, Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center very near the place where the city of Seward began. Resurrection Bay still provides clean seawater to all. Through a sharing of resources and personnel, a desirable symbiosis has furthered […]

March 10, 2015 ·