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Newport International Terminal Project

Project Overview

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The Port of Newport is rebuilding the International Terminal, which includes two docks, warehousing, and administrative offices. Two former World War II concrete cargo vessels, the Pasley and Hennebique, were sunk in place in the late 1940's to serve as dock foundations. The Pasley has experienced significant structural failure and requires near term action to prevent a potential release of contaminants into Yaquina Bay. Both vessels require environmental cleanup and remediation.

The new terminal will be able to play a crucial link between Oregon's central coast highways and the movement of marine commerce.

A phased approach to accomplish project goals within the existing budget was approved by the Port of Newport board of commissioners on February 23, 2010. This recommendation was first presented by staff and port consultants to the Port’s Terminal Steering Committee, a committee composed of industry, environmental and technical members for review and comment.

Following is the project scope including all appropriate supporting data and documents for US Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands joint permit application (JPA) submittal:

1. Continue the use of the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) method of contracting.

2. Phase One: Utilizes the existing construction budget of $12.9 million and proceeds with the following work scope and project alternative (see Alternative Drawing):
a. Construct and remove a cofferdam around the Pasley;
b. Remediate the Pasley and Hennebique;
c. Remove the Pasley;
d. Construct new west dock to replace the Pasley dock;
e. Upgrade existing fishing dock to ensure safe continued use during phase one construction of the west dock;
f. Demolish office and warehouse buildings over the Hennebique;
g. Provide sufficient asphalt at new west dock upland transition;
h. Provide needed utilities to service west and east docks.

3. Phase Two: Contingent upon cost savings from the first phase, install a sheet pile bulkhead wall at Hennebique bow, fill in void between new west dock and Hennebique bow, and reduce elevation to match west dock surface elevation.

4. Phase Three: Utilizing value engineered dollars discovered from Phase One and/or additional funding sources:
a. Build new east dock in front of Hennebique to replace old wooden dock;
b. Demolish/remove existing wooden dock;
c. Complete upland and dock utilities;
d. Install mooring dolphin(s) if needed; and
e. Fulfill remaining obligations of Bond Measure 21-114.

Ongoing value engineering and the use of an innovative contracting method are expected to reveal cost savings as the project moves forward. Additional funding sources will be required to accomplish Phase Two elements. The Port is continuing to investigate programs to secure additional funding to complete the project.

Project Benefits

The International Terminal Renovation project will:

1. Retain and create local jobs and economic development opportunities, increase port access for commercial fishing boats, and provide for future market opportunities.

2. New terminal facilities will be built and will play a crucial link for commerce between Oregon's central coast highways and the movement of marine commerce.

3. Remove potential environmental contaminants (remediation) and protect the marine ecosystem of Yaquina Bay.

Why is the project needed?

The Pasley now serves as the foundation of the Port's west dock and has experienced deterioration and structural failures over time. The Pasley has shifted and rolled toward the bay; cracks in the hull are widening and are visible from the bay and the shore. In 1996, oil leaked into the bay due to the structural conditions of the hull. As a result of the progressive structural deterioration, the cargo dock was closed in 2001 and is no longer usable. The conditions limit current activities, prevent future economic growth, and pose an environmental concern to Yaquina Bay.

Environmental Remediation

Approximately 8,000 gallons of Bunker-C fuel and oily water waste have already been removed from the Pasley. Primary contaminants of concern include additional Bunker-C fuel which remains in the ship's piping system, petroleum contaminated water from the ship's fuel tanks and wing ballast tanks, asbestos pipe insulation, small petroleum tanks used for lamp and storm oil, and residual paint and fuel contamination on concrete bulkheads. Environmental contaminants on both ships will be remediated , treated, and disposed of prior to demolition and construction. All contaminants will be managed in accordance with a Contaminated Media Management Plan (CMMP) which will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environmental Quality prior to execution. In general the CMMP will provide guidelines for material handling, storage, testing, and disposal. Environmental contaminants on the Hennebique will be remediated to the same standards.

Project Schedule

According to the design details and work scope above, the commission intends to meet the following milestones for the International Terminal Renovation Project:

• Refine designs and complete construction documents (Spring 2010)
• Submit Joint Permit Application (Spring 2010)
• Project Open House (Spring 2010)
• In-water construction begins (November 2010)

Project Costs and Funding

Value Engineering (VE) is a management tool being utilized in the development of the preferred design plan for the International Terminal. VE is defined as the identification of construction economies that can be achieved through the incorporation of design revision and refinement, which increases the likelihood of cost savings. The successful application of the VE process can contribute measurable benefits to the quality and effective delivery of the overall project. Please continue to monitor our web site for updates.

How can I get involved and learn more?

Comments and questions can be submitted anytime. The next project open house is expected in spring 2010. Project updates will also be provided at Port Commission meetings and online.

In order to move forward to complete the construction work, the Port of Newport must submit a Joint Permit Application to the Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands. Once the application is submitted and deemed complete by these agencies, there will be a 30-day review period. DEQ will issue the final Remedial Action Work Plan for public comment. This Work Plan will describe in detail how both the Pasley and Hennebique will be remediated. The public comment period will be advertised locally and on the Port’s website.

In addition, a project Frequently Asked Questions section is regularly updated with responses to commonly asked questions. Please fill out the comment form or contact the project manager via e-mail, mail, or phone. Contact information is provided below.

Submit a comment or request more information anytime:

Call: 541-265-7758
E-mail: terminalproject@portofnewport.com
Write: Port of Newport, 600 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, OR 97365