December 2014
The RangeMarker is the newsletter of the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers, Inc.
PCC Harbormasters
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

In this issue


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As another year soon comes to a close, we wish all our members a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



Letter from our President



Season's Greetings,


It's hard to believe another year has passed. In 2014 we had two great conference venues, first Newport Oregon, and then Campbell River BC. Both were spectacular experiences on all levels and combined attendance was the highest in over six years. It's great to see PCC is strong and still growing. Our board works hard to keep PCC on the cutting edge with current and relevant information that meets membership needs. As a member driven organization we need your feedback to improve and grow.


The spring conference is just around the corner and it's not too early to plan your trip. The ports of Astoria, Warrenton, Ilwaco and Peninsula are joining forces to host this one on April 7th- 10th. As always, thank you to the Training and Education Committee for putting together the agenda. Information regarding the agenda and venue will be available soon.


Speaking of conference venues; the fall conference for 2015 will be in Juneau Alaska. We are looking even further forward and planning for 2016 and beyond. Our goal is to post our conference schedule well in advance to avoid conflicts with other organizations. Consider hosting PCC at your Port. It's good business for your community and valuable to our membership to see new venues. "If you host it we will come!"


It's been a pleasure serving as president of PCC for almost 2 years. I've been involved with PCC for over 20 years; serving as a board member or officer for over 10 years. Involvement with PCC at the management level has greatly enhanced my knowledge and value to my own harbor. At the April conference in Oregon we will be holding elections of officers and 3 board seats: BC, Washington and California. This is a great opportunity for you to step up and be a part of PCC as a board member or officer.


See you in Oregon!


Lon A. White

President, PCCHPA

Port & Harbor Director

Kodiak, Alaska



Join us for the
2015 Spring  Membership Conference
April 7-10, 2015
Hosted by The City of Warrenton along with
Port of Astoria, Port of Ilwaco & Port of Peninsula

The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon at
"The Loft at the Red Building"
Click below for location information
Lodging will be at the
"Holiday Inn Express & Suites"
Click below for location information
Details are being worked out, so look forward to registration information coming in January 2015

The Loft Meeting room
The Loft




The RangeMarker has evolved greatly over the years. It started as a typed, black and white photo copied flyer, then a color flyer that was folded,stapled and sent U.S Mail. We then moved forward with a full color, paged newsletter and now an emailed Newsletter with links and plenty of room for articles and information. The plea goes out always for your articles. The content of the RangeMarker is driven by the members of the Pacific Congress. It is your opportunity to share any information on projects, issues, problems, announcements, interesting stories or anything at all. This can include cartoons or interesting pictures. The Pacific Coast Congress is made up of members with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We want to capture that in written form in the RangeMarker. It is an opportunity to solicit your staff, and tap into those with valued interest and information to write an article. The success and quality of the RangeMarker hinges on your articles and contributions.

So take a little time out of your busy day and if you have something to share, write it down, listen to your staff, they may have an interesting idea or story to share. It's a great opportunity to value them by asking them to write something.

Thank you to those who have helped out with your articles. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at email.

Send all articles to Articles {clmaynard2@msn.com.} Word is the best format, and if you have pictures send them separate and in jpeg.

Thank You
Cliff Maynard
RangeMarker Editor


 Professional Services and Vendors


Please visit our vendors for products and professional services. As members their contribution is invaluable to our industry in both product quality, services and information. They represent a wide variety of products from computer software, construction, engineering, products and more.

Click below for a full list and links to our vendors:



Yaquina Boatyard Expansion Project

With key funding now in place, the Port of Toledo will be replacing the Yaquina Boatyard's 200-ton dry dock with a large mobile vessel lift.  The haul out piers and upland improvements are being designed to accommodate vessels up to 600 tons.  These improvements will allow for full utilization of boatyard property as well as expanded boatyard services. Additionally, these improvements will create new infrastructure for rail transfer at the Yaquina Boatyard, which is located at the western most terminus of the P&W railroad.


Work is already underway, with the placement of over 20,000 cubic yards of fill material that required relocation from ODOT's Highway 20 bypass project. The fill is being used to develop the new vessel lay down area, and provided the Port with a welcome cost saving measure. To efficiently coordinate construction of the piers for the new Marine Lift during the upcoming in-water work period, the Port is currently soliciting proposals for the Design and construction of the piers.


Thanks to extensive statewide support for this project, the Port was able to secure a Connect Oregon V grant for $4.7 million. This will complete the first two phases of the expansion. The Port is excited by what this grant award means to the commercial fishing fleet, wave energy research, and the marine trades industries, as well as creating new living-wage jobs. For more information about the Yaquina Boatyard visit Yaquina boatyard.com 



Welcome aboard our New Members!

There were no new members this quarter and our membership is holding steady. 

The PCC does not advertise for new members, and our membership is via word of mouth and our organization speaks for itself. Those in the industry hear about the good thing's we do and offer. We encourage each of you to keep getting the word out to those you know and encourage them to become a member. If you have any questions about membership or need assistance with providing information please contact the,

Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers
 Executive Secretary
click on email link below



Just For Fun




  • Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. 


  • Don't take life too seriously. You'll never escape it alive anyway.


  • An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
  • And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

  • What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.



"Career Training for Ports and Marinas
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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.  

Cheryl Maynard, Executive Secretary at 800.236.0748  


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RangeMarker Editor 
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