Newsletter of the Pacific Coast Congress of
 Harbormasters and Port Managers, INC.
PCC Harbormasters
In this issue
The RANGEMARKER is the newsletter of the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers, Inc.
Membership of the PacificCoast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers, Inc. (PCC) is well represented by harbormasters, port managers, marina owners,corporations, firms and institutions of higher education. All of which, support the objectives of the Congress. If you are new to the profession, operate a marine facility or are involved in the marine industry and are looking for valuable and current information, membership in the PCC is your organization. Join today and see what the PCC members are doing in their ports and marinas.
For Membership Information please go to our web site at www.pccharbormasters.org
A New Direction For The Rangemarker

Hello to all of the members of the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers Inc. (PCC). You may have noticed that you're now receiving the RangeMarker via email as an electronic document. As the new age of technology is upon us, it's important to change with the times and not get left behind. The new RangeMarker is created in a program called *Constant Contact* and is used as a tracking source to allow us to:

  • Receive real-time reports to know what is (and isn't) working
  • Track opens, clicks, forwards, social shares, and more
  • Integrate with Google Analytics to track your email links

The new look of the RangeMarker and change in way the PCC is getting this information out is something that has been discussed at our Board meetings and we are now happy to announce the first inaugural issue is here!

With the change, the PCC is not only saving money on the printing costs of the RangeMarker, there is also significant savings on the postage to snail mail them out. More importantly, there are savings in the time it takes to put the letters into their envelopes and in making sure that all of the labels are correct and properly addressed.

Even with the new changes to the RangeMarker, we would like to remind everyone that this is the Newsletter of the Membership and it takes all of its member's involvement to truly be a success. We would like to encourage everyone to think about contributing an article. I recognize that at times when we're at the conferences during the Call of the Ports section, some individuals may find it difficult to stand up in front of everyone and talk about their Port, Harbor or Marina, but believe it or not we are all interested in what you have to say. If it is easier for you, we encourage you to submit your thoughts and experiences in writing.

With the cost savings from sending out the RangeMarker electronically, we may look at the possibility of increasing the editions from twice a year to quarterly, with the goal to keep our members more informed. In order for us to accomplish this goal we need input from you, so I encourage everyone to submit an article. It doesn't have to be an award-winning article as it's the little articles and reminders about our organizations that tie us together. For example, we welcome articles about safety, home land security, staff insights, current or future projects, environmental issues or even customer service success stories!

Re-Cap of the 39th Annual Confrence April 9-12
Co-Hosted by City of Des Moines and Port of Seattle
"Keeping Ahead of Rising Tides"
What GREAT Conference!
The Hilton in Sea Tac was a very nice venue. Through the efforts of both Co-Hosts Joe Jewell , City of Des Moines Marina, and Giuseppe Alvarado, Port of Seattle, the conference reflected the professionalism of both. The Conference was outstanding. The T&E committee came through once again with a "content filled agenda". The networking between attendees was invaluable and ongoing throughout the conference. 
The session's included,
The Power of Collaboration presented by Carol Zizzo with the Henley Leadership Group.
Maintenance Challenges, presented by Jon Kaiser, PND Engineers, Inc., Joe Dusenbury, City of Des Moines and Jesse Ellenz, "Bellingham Marine Industries.
Don't Flush presented by Aaron Barnett, Washington Sea Grant.  
Grow Boating presented by Paul Sorensen, BST Associates, and John Thorburn, Northwest Marine Trade Association.
But is It Legal presented by C. Kent Roberts, Attorney, Schwabe,Williams&Wyatt.
Rising Tide....adapting to the inevitable" presented by Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant, Mike Hemphill, Moffatt & Nichol and Joe Dusenbury, Harbormaster, City of Des Moines Marina.
Fighting the Blog presented by Peter Schrappen, NW Marine Trade Association. 
To view the presentations, please follow the link to "Past Conference Presentations" on our website
Election Results    
It was election time and we welcome or new President.......Lon White.
Lon is the Deputy Harbormaster with the Port of Kodiak, Ak. He has been with the Port of Kodiak for 31 years, and has been a Board member for eight years representing Alaska position #1. Lon brings experience and energy to the PCC and we look forward to the next two years. Lon replaces Bud Shoemake who is with the Port of Toledo and served us well for the past two years. We loose him as President but he will still be with us representing the Port of Toledo.

Mike Loy was elected as our new Vice President. Mike is the Harbour Manager for Fasle Creek Harbour Authority and has been with them for eight years. He has served as a Board Member with the PCC for the past two years.


Giuseppe Alvarado was elected to Board Position #5, and is Operations Manager for the Port of Seattle.


Diane Kinney was elected to Board Position #1 and is the Ports & Harbor Director for Valdez, AK.


Paul Stallard was elected to Position #7 and is Maintenance Supervisor for Salmon Harbor Marina.
Phyllis Titus was elected by the Board to fill Board Position #3. Board Position #3 was vacated by Mike Loy with his move to Vice-President. Phyllis is the Harbour Manager for Campbell River Harbour Authority.
Award Recipients!
  Steve Slaton
Steve Slaton received the "MAD" Award and a Life Membership Award. Steve is retired from his position as Director of  Marine Facilities at the Port of Bremerton.  Steve served the PCC as a member, served on the Board as Vice President and as Secretary/Treasurer. Steve has contributed greatly to the PCC and the awards are greatly deserved.
Jeff Vander Kley received a Life Membership Award. Jeff is retired from the Salmon Harbor Marina and was the Harbor Manager. Jeff served on the PCC Board and contributed experience and dedication to the PCC.
 We look forward to seeing both at future conferences.
Where is the next Conference?    
October 8-10, 2013  
We will converge on Eureka, CA with a beautiful venue and outstanding host, Suzie Howser with Humboldt Bay Harbor District. This will be a conference you don't want to miss. As we progress more information will be forthcoming.
Humboldt Bay, the second largest natural bay in California, remains an undiscovered gem that can best be appreciated by those who take the time to turn off the main highway to explore. Much of what we see today is a reflection of the early commercial development of the bay and the surrounding territory. There are many exciting, and often overlooked aspects to what Humboldt Bay offers for visitors and residents alike  careful preservation of the waterfront and its colorful history, a pristine environment that is the home to year-round and seasonal wildlife, and many recreational opportunities. There are many attractions in the area to fill your "down time" during the conference.
Check out the Humboldt Bay Chamber of Commerce.
"Career Training for Ports and Marinas 
uas logo                                                                Pcc Logo

About 8 years ago, the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers began to discuss ways that they could increase the knowledge, skills and professionalism of employees of their harbours.  The president at that time, Ray Majeski, was the harbormaster in Sitka, Alaska so he turned to the local campus, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka to investigate training opportunities for harbor employees.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect.  The Sitka Campus was applying for a grant which provided the opportunity to develop online courses at a non-academic level.  The courses were developed in close partnership with the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers, the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, the Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia, and Washington Sea Grant.  Drawing from these professional organizations, UAS partnered content experts with instructional designers.  The content experts were expert in the fields of Oil Spill Prevention, Fire Safety for Marinas, and other topics related to Harbor Management.  The instructional designers were expert in how to develop an engaging effective online course, but relied completely on the professionals to provide the content.  An education committee from PCC provided the initial direction for UAS to take and ensured that the result would be the kind of quality that would truly support the industry.

Ten courses now comprise the Career Training for Ports and Marinas program. PCC provides certificates at 3 levels.  Complete any 3 courses of your choice for Level 1 Certification, another 3 courses of your choices for Level 2 Certification, and the last 4 courses for Level 3 certification. The courses are:

1.      Marine Structures and Materials

2.      Facility Safety

3.      Oil Spills: Prevention, Preparedness and Response

4.      Fire Safety for Ports and Marinas

5.      Customer Service for Ports and Marinas

6.      Marina Utilities: Electrical Systems

7.      Marina Utilities: Water and Sanitary Sewer

8.      Hazardous Materials and Waste: Risks and Controls

9.      Harbor Operations and Planning

10.  Harbor Administration

All of the courses are offered online.  They take approximately 12-15 hours of actual work, but students are given 3 months to complete them.  Clear navigation instructions and tutorials are provided when students begin, so that even if they've never taken an online course before, they quickly learn how easy it is.  Content material is provided through text and pictures or audio lectures accompanied by notes; there are interactive self-check activities, and sometimes a short written account of an actual walk-about the harbor.  Students are in touch with the instructors for the courses by email.  Instructors are Shannon Kinsella, Ray Majeski, Larry Boyer, Alan Sorum, Eric Olsson, John Lewis and David Garrett.  All instructors are professionals in the field of harbor management.

Check out the UAS website to learn more about each course and about the instructors or to register for a course.  They cost $195 per course.  
Welcome aboard our New Members!
BSM Engineering, Inc.         website
Bill Marczewski
Port of Kingston                  website
Kori Henry
High Tide Exploration          website
Chris Hoffman  
SF Marina Systems USA      website
Mason Sears

Executive Secretary at 800.236.0748 or  click here to send an email

Cliff Maynard 
The Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters
120 State Avenue, PMB 231, Olympia, WA 98501
Toll-Free: 800-236-0748 Fax: 800-236-0748
Email: cmaynard3@wildblue.net or clmaynard2@msn.com