Harbor News

SMIC – PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

From now until the Fall of 2017, the public is requested to stay clear of North Dock and North Dock parking area at SMIC, including Jellison Avenue, during the construction time frame. Heavy equipment is being used in this area for the SMIC Breakwater construction project. For questions about the project, contact Harbormaster Norm Regis at 907-224-3138 ext. 2. or […]

January 22, 2016 ·

HARBOR – PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

HARBOR – PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT From now until April 30, 2016,  the public is requested to stay clear of the South Harbor Upland parking area and the south employee parking area during the construction time frame. Heavy equipment is being used in this area for the A, B, C, and S-Float replacement project. For questions about the project, contact Harbormaster […]

January 22, 2016 ·
Emergency Workers Volunteer to Enable a Safe, 2016 Polar Bear Jump

Emergency Workers Volunteer to Enable a Safe, 2016 Polar Bear Jump

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — About 150 costumed jumpers and their several hundred cheering fans came to Resurrection Bay’s port city to defeat cancer. At the orderly prompting of the Master of Ceremonies, teams of jumpers plunged into boat-harbor waters which had developed a thin skin of ice the night before. They all deserve hearty applause. Nor should the […]

January 18, 2016 ·
Seward B,C,S Dock Replacement

Seward B,C,S Dock Replacement

Turnagain Marine Construction will begin work on the replacement of Seward’s B,C,S Dock on January 18th. Construction activities will include: demolition of existing, float installation, pile driving, trestle construction & utilities. For more info please contact: 907-261-8960.

January 15, 2016 ·
ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comment on its revised permit–one that allows Aurora Services LLC to continue incidentally releasing coal into Resurrection Bay while loading ships from the Seward coal conveyor belt and ship loader. Aurora manages the Seward storage transfer facility for Usibelli Coal and the Alaska Railroad Corporation. The […]

December 13, 2015 ·
Crimson Monarch as it receives 68,400 metric tons of coal from Usibelli mine in Healy, coming off the conveyor belt. Heidi Zemach photo.

Settlement reached in 6-year Seward coal case

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Aurora Energy Services LLC and Usibelli Coal finally reached a settlement December 8th in U.S. District Court for the State of Alaska with the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Sierra Club’s Alaska Chapter over a six-year old legal case concerning the discharge of coal from the Seward coal facility into Resurrection Bay. Under […]

December 10, 2015 ·
Op-ed: Crane Purchase and Placement deserves Funding Priority in Seward’s Harbor

Op-ed: Crane Purchase and Placement deserves Funding Priority in Seward’s Harbor

Op-ed by Rhonda Hubbard – Mariners and harbor users have spoken for over a decade regarding the need for a working crane in Seward’s Small Boat Harbor. Seward is among Alaska’s top 5 fishing ports in value and volume and among the top 20 in the U.S. Yet unlike other major ports in Alaska, it has no independent working crane […]

December 3, 2015 ·
Mayor Jean Bardarson recognizes former council members Iris Darling and Kristy Terry. Heidi Zemach photo

Council passes $11.4 million budget, fee increases; no funds for public crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Commercial fishermen and those who work in the fishing industry packed City Council Chambers at Monday Nights’ November 9th meeting to lobby once again for a public use crane at the Seward Small Boat Harbor. Their passionate plea for a five-ton crane to help them unload fish and gear, came too late to make it […]

November 11, 2015 ·
One-ton capacity crane seen at Resurrection Bay Seafoods dock. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Support for Harbor Crane Still Strong, Funding Remains Uncertain

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At Tuesday evening’s City Council work session to discuss funding a harbor crane, Seward’s mariners showed up in strength to once again demonstrate their support for the project. Of the many ideas batted around from the floor, none seemed to gain clear support from City Council or, almost as important, city administration. Administration has […]

November 11, 2015 ·
Seward Fisheries 14-ton crane at dockside. Photo by R. Smeriglio.

Port and Commerce Advisory Board Continues Push for Harbor Infrastructure

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At its regular monthly meeting this November, Seward PACAB once again formally recommended a public-use crane in the small boat harbor. Additionally, the Board passed a resolution recommending about $12.3 million in various harbor improvements including a 5-ton crane. The Board seemed to reach consensus that the crane proposal had strong support and that […]

November 8, 2015 ·
City Council members pour over every aspect of the budget at a recent worksession. Heidi Zemach photo.

City’s proposed two-year budget increases user fees, shows fiscal restraint

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City Council, which has the final decision on city budgets, has been making some difficult choices lately. As state and federal funding sources decline, Seward’s General Fund is facing a $1.3 million dollar budget gap in each of the upcoming fiscal years, 2016 and 2017. Their choices on the biennial budget will be reflected at […]

October 23, 2015 ·
Mariner rescued after fall from T-Dock

Mariner rescued after fall from T-Dock

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A rather daring, successful rescue took place recently off T-dock behind Icicle Seafoods in the Seward Small Boat Harbor, saving the life of an unidentified mariner who had fallen into the water while heading down the ladder to his boat after midnight. The September 19th rescue began when an unidentified local taxi driver saw the […]

October 12, 2015 ·
City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — For years, commercial fishers and other vessel owners have steadily pushed for a public crane and a tidal grid in Seward small boat harbor. City of Seward administration last Wednesday briefed the Port and Commerce Advisory Board on costs and locations for this infrastructure. Actual installation appears years away, if approved by City Council. […]

October 9, 2015 ·
Tougas purchases, rebrands waterfront hotel

Tougas purchases, rebrands waterfront hotel

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Tom Tougas has purchased the 90-room Holiday Inn Express on Alaska Railroad Corporation land at the Seward Small Boat Harbor, changed its name to the Harbor 360 Hotel, and is looking forward to giving it a more distinctly Alaskan flavor. “I’m very excited to take over this hotel and to make it even more […]

September 15, 2015 ·
City traffic laws enforceable and debate over leases at SMIC

City traffic laws enforceable and debate over leases at SMIC

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Those who park in the wrong places, run stop signs, or violate a host of other traffic laws within Seward city limits will soon get ticketed and fined rather than getting off with merely an educational warning. Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons and his staff have been working for the past two years to […]

August 31, 2015 ·
Council approves SMIC breakwater and final boat harbor dock replacement

Council approves SMIC breakwater and final boat harbor dock replacement

Heidi Zemach for SCN – At Monday night’s meeting the Seward City Council unanimously approved two resolutions concerning multi-million dollar projects that will help improve and modernize Seward’s harbor infrastructure. One will replace the last four ageing floats in the Seward Boat Harbor. The four floats to be replaced are B, C, S, and possibly A-floats, all located along the […]

August 13, 2015 ·
Crimson Monarch as it receives 68,400 metric tons of coal from Usibelli mine in Healy, coming off the conveyor belt. Heidi Zemach photo.

DEC hears different views of AES’s permit to allow coal to fall into bay

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – About 35 people attended a public hearing by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on its plan to issue an individual pollutant discharge elimination system permit to Aurora Energy Services Inc., allowing it to legally allow coal to fall from its belt conveyor system, transfer feeder, and swing arm shiploader system into Resurrection Bay. […]

August 10, 2015 ·
Familiar Holland America cruise ship diverted to Seward for repairs

Familiar Holland America cruise ship diverted to Seward for repairs

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Holland America-Line cruise ship M/S Statendam, which used be a regular sight in Seward during the summertime, made an unexpected return visit Monday, August 3rd, adding to the growing number of people and cruise ships the town has seen during this particularly busy summer tourist season. The Statendam, which is on a 14-day […]

August 3, 2015 ·
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 ·