In order to prepare for emerging cargo opportunities, the Port plans to implement repairs and improvements to its Dolphin Berth facility, which extends to the northwest from South Terminal. Repairing an existing dolphin, adding a new dolphin off of the existing service platform and upgrading the fendering system are the major components of the work.
Also, 12 creosote-treated timber piles that formed the previous fendering system will be removed. Once completed, the improved Dolphin Berth will allow larger vessels with ro/ro type cargo to potentially call on the Port. The SEPA environmental review is complete, and construction is scheduled to occur during the in-water work window of late 2012 - 2013, pending receipt of all necessary permits.
Terminal Lighting Improvements
Increased security lighting is planned for both South Terminal and Hewitt Terminal. The lighting improvements are needed to comply with stricter governmental security requirements.
The design of the lighting improvements takes into account the Portís sensitivity to the adjacent residential neighborhoods. It incorporates additional light control features in addition to the low light encroachment fixture optics.
These include light baffles on the already non-intrusive, light-controlled reflectors. Other features include motorized fixture lowering devices at each pole to minimize the difficulty with bulb changes and fixture aiming and maintenance.
The SEPA environmental review us underway, and construction is scheduled for the fall of 2011.