June 2015
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

Join us for the
41st Semi-Annual Membership Conference
September 15-18, 2015
Hosted by The Port of Juneau

The conference and lodging will be held in Juneau, Alaska at the
"Baranof Hotel"

Details are being worked out, so look forward to registration information on our newly remodeled website



Letter from our President



I would like to cordially invite you all to our 41st Semi-Annual Membership Conference in beautiful Juneau, Alaska hosted by Port Director Carl Uchytil and the rest of the team at the Port of Juneau. The conference dates, September 15-18are a little ahead of when the fall conference usually takes place but it was decided to have this conference a little earlier in the year to be able to see some attractions and activities while the City of Juneau is still in its tourism season, and before things start to close up for the winter. The warmer temperatures will also be welcomed and it also limits the possibility of not being able to fly in.  

With the fall conference just around the corner and the busy summer season nearly upon us, now is the time to start thinking about attending this conference. Deciding now provides you time over the summer to start planning, as this location will surely present you with some spectacular scenic views, fantastic salmon and halibut fishing, whale watching, glacier flightseeing and an array of memories that will last you a lifetime.

This conference will provide you with an excellent opportunity to see how our group can work together, sharing ideas and success stories along with projects that didn't work out so well and what could be done differently, if given the chance. The T&E Committee will be working hard on creating an agenda full of topics that will undoubtedly prove to enhance our skill set and knowledge. Through education and communication with other professionals in the marine related industries, we ultimately improve the goals and objectives of our Port, Harbor and Marina facilities.

On another note, the new website has now launched and the Board is interested in hearing feedback about the changes and updates. Please, take the time to give it a look through and if you notice any updates that you would like to make to your directory listing, just send Cheryl an email with your requested changes.


I hope everyone has a safe and successful summer season and I look forward to seeing you all in Juneau!


Mike Loy


Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers Inc.


Kodiak Pier III Update, March-April 2015

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Managing Your Engineering Consultant

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 Managing Your Engineering Consultant pdf







Prepared April 1, 2015

Contact: Eric Wareham, 360-693-9958  



VANCOUVER, Wash. -Determined efforts by the treated wood industry to remove an arbitrary ban on preserved wood finally bore fruit as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to withdraw its regional conditions because of a lawsuit brought by the industry.


Under settlement negotiations in early February, the Corps withdrew its regional conditions in Oregon and Alaska that effectively restricted the use of preserved wood in aquatic areas.

The Corps will now review the use of preserved wood on a case-by-case basis.

In 2012, Western Wood Preservers Institute, the treated wood industry associations, and producers brought the lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers for illegally restricting the use of preserved wood in and over bodies of water. A federal judge issued rulings on elements of the case, with the industry choosing to move forward on some of the claims.


After the Corps agreed to settle one of the major claims in the suit, one claim remains and industry plaintiffs are negotiating a settlement and pursuing recovery of attorney fees. It's hoped that money can be returned to the industry by the end of this year.


The withdrawal of restrictions has already led to more preserved wood use, with one WWPI member treater making a sale for a project, which would have otherwise been restricted.


WWPI is working with the Corps on finding ways to accommodate those who want to use preserved wood in aquatic projects, utilizing tools such as the Environmental Assessment Model in planning projects. Settlement opens way for treated wood use.


In late February, WWPI hosted a workshop for more than a dozen Representatives from federal and state agencies who learned how to use the Environmental Assessment Model and other materials available on preserved wood. More workshops are planned for later this year.


The model is available for downloading from www.preservedwood.org, in the Technical Library.




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:


Welcome aboard our New Members!

Echelon, Inc
Shelley Sommerfield

Port of Kalama
Erik Swenningson

Thunderbolt Wood Treating
Miguel Gutierrez

North Pacific Crane Company, LLC
Vish Rajkumar

Steven Leskin

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





  • Some day's your the dog, and some day's your the hydrant


  • Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better         attorney


  • If at first you don't succeed....so much for skydiving


  • Never mistake motion for action


  • You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give


  • What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and a cleaner minds



"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