Harbor News

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 […]

by · September 30, 2014 ·
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 […]

by · September 30, 2014 ·
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. […]

by · September 25, 2014 ·
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 […]

by · September 25, 2014 ·
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 […]

by · September 18, 2014 ·
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!

by · September 16, 2014 ·
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

by · September 15, 2014 ·
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 […]

by · September 11, 2014 ·
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, […]

by · September 10, 2014 ·
$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 […]

by · September 9, 2014 ·

FEMA OPEN HOUSE Tuesday 5pm-8pm

UPCOMING MEETING Flood Risk Information Open House Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. City Council Chambers PRELIMINARY FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAP (FIRM) AND FLOOD INSURANCE STUDY (FIS) In cooperation with FEMA and the State of Alaska, The Kenai Peninsula Borough, City of Homer and City of Seward are hosting a combined Flood Risk Information Open House. The Seward will […]

by · September 8, 2014 ·
US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs Against Railroad at Seward Coal Loading Facility

US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs Against Railroad at Seward Coal Loading Facility

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The storm-water discharge permit issued to Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) in 2001 for its coal loading facility in Seward does not allow discharge or spillage of coal into Resurrection Bay, said a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court on September 3, 2014. Back in 2009, Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club and Alaska […]

by · September 4, 2014 ·
What’s happening at the Seward Mariners’ Memorial?

What’s happening at the Seward Mariners’ Memorial?

By Nancy Erickson It may not look like much is happening in a timely fashion with Phase III of the Seward Mariners’ Memorial project, but that buzz you hear is workers at RP Art in Seattle bustling to complete construction of the wave wall in time for the next Samson barge. Due to problems with suppliers, the arrival date of […]

by · September 1, 2014 ·
Sailing Vessel Tlingit Wins 2014 Rum Doodle Race

Sailing Vessel Tlingit Wins 2014 Rum Doodle Race

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – As she did in 2011, S/V Tlingit won this year’s Rum Doodle Race and will have her name inscribed on the Rum Doodle Cup trophy, currently housed at the William H. Seward Yacht Club (WHSYC) in the small boat harbor. Tlingit, a 44-footer handily took first place in both heats of the all-women sailboat […]

by · August 26, 2014 ·
Rum Doodle Sailboat Race Invites All

Rum Doodle Sailboat Race Invites All

NOTICE OF RACE! WILLIAM H. SEWARD YACHT CLUB PRESENTS: The Rum Doodle Race ( ALL WOMEN) Saturday, August 23, 2014 This year’s “Women-Only” Rum Doodle Race will take place on August 23 in Seward on beautiful Resurrection Bay. This is your Notice of Race!!! Entrants Thus Far 1. S/V Tlingit ( Marcy Baker) 2. S/V Radiance ( Laurence Blakely) 3. […]

by · August 21, 2014 ·
Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Anchored serenely offshore of the busy Waterfront Campground, the impressive expedition yacht Dorothea III dwarfed the six-packs zooming back to the boat harbor with their silver salmon bounty. The 147′ vessel is on a spectacular world cruise from Australia to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Singapore. After visiting Alaska, it will go through the Panama Canal and […]

by · August 13, 2014 ·
Seward Silver Salmon Derby Day 1 Results

Seward Silver Salmon Derby Day 1 Results

August 9, 2014 – Jim Corttell from Anchorage Alaska is the current leader in the 2014 Seward Silver Salmon Derby after catching a 16.66 lb silver on the CoHo LoCo near Caines Head. Second place is held by Gene Duillo of Springfield, Missouri, with his 15.93 lb silver salmon. Emma Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska, is back and fishing to keep […]

by · August 10, 2014 ·
Icebreaker docks in Seward

Icebreaker docks in Seward

The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 224th birthday on Monday, August 4, 2014, and invited area residents and visitors to tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The CGC Healy is a medium icebreaker designed for scientific research in both the Arctic and Antarctic poles. Measuring approximately 420 feet in length, it  can accommodate […]

by · August 6, 2014 ·
Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – When snow melts and forms ice ponds on city property leased to private businesses, who has responsibility to drain the problem? City of Seward has spent about $35 million over the years to develop Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC), but serious problems due to inadequate drainage persist, according to at least some tenants at […]

by · August 4, 2014 ·
Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

  In a rare turnaround, the Seward City Council this week reversed a unanimous decision, made at the July 14th meeting, to direct administration to begin negotiating the sale of a city parcel leased by Larry Harmon, at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) to Harmon, so he could build four boat-storage warehouses there in partnership with another influential local businessman, […]

by · July 30, 2014 ·
CGC Mustang & CGC Healy Open for Tours August 4

CGC Mustang & CGC Healy Open for Tours August 4

The public is invited to help the Coast Guard celebrate a happy birthday by opening up the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang for public tours from 1pm-5pm on August 4. Please come and wish the Coast Guard a Happy Birthday!  

by · July 30, 2014 ·
From South Africa to Seward by Sail

From South Africa to Seward by Sail

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   Over a perfectly lovely cup of Sri Lankan tea in the literate saloon of their homey sailboat, Rainbow Gypsy, Cherry and Alec Yarrow recounted their voyage starting in Durban, South Africa that has landed them in Seward. Their voyage began six years ago with many roundings, setbacks, frights and delights along the way. […]

by · July 24, 2014 ·
Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At a press conference held in Anchorage on July 17, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Global Community Monitoring released results of a 1.5-year-long, airborne dust sampling and analysis effort. Key findings from the 15-page report “Coal Dust in Alaska: Hazards to Public Health” by Heidi Zimmer 2014, include that […]

by · July 21, 2014 ·
SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The City of Seward will spend $1.4 million to purchase a new 330-ton boat lift for Seward Marine Industrial Center, and will increase the cost of lifting these large boats out of the water by about 25 percent. Seward City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s July 14 regular meeting allowing the city administration […]

by · July 16, 2014 ·
Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – In a meeting rescheduled to June 18, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board gave consensus support to a City Administration proposal to replace B-, C- and S-floats in the small boat harbor. The project comes with an estimated cost of $5.6 million. City Manager Jim Hunt plans to sponsor a resolution before the City […]

by · June 19, 2014 ·