The Boatyard Expansion Plan was developed through the Port of Toledo’s 2013 Strategic Business Plan which identified the need to expand the Port of Toledo’s newly acquired boatyard. The Strategic Business Plan was developed through a public planning process to ensure project readiness and included stakeholder meetings, interview sessions, site visits and tours, progress meetings, open houses, as well as review and analysis of available Port data and market analysis.
This project provides key infrastructure to the region’s commercial fishing and scientific industries. By equipping the region with a lift capable of hauling out vessels up to 660 tons Oregon will remain competitive in the large vessel repair marketplace. Public benefits include economic growth, job creation/retention, wave energy research, and environmental upgrades.
The Port’s boatyard is operated as an open yard, providing work space for outside marine vendors. The expanded boatyard infrastructure provides the platform for growth of those small businesses, and creates quality jobs in an economically distressed community. The project will retain the Yaquina fleet’s maintenance budget in the local economy in addition to attracting vessels from the South Pacific to the Bering Sea.
The expansion project includes: Purchase of a new mobile vessel lift, construction of new piers for the lift, a new washdown pad, site restructure to accommodate the weight of vessels and lift, relocation utilities in order to remove power poles, construction of a covered work shed, and construction of a new office and restrooms.
In late 2014, the Port received grant funding through ConnectOregon V to complete the first phases of the project, and with assistance through Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority increased the size of the lift and piers from the original project scope of 300 tons. In 2015 the new piers were constructed by Bergerson Marine, and the utility lines relocated. In 2016 the the power poles were removed, the upland work area structured, a new washdown pad was built, and a brand new ASCOM 660 ton mobile lift was placed in to service.
In 2017 the Port is starting work on the next phase of the expansion project: construction of a large Environmental Work Building. The metal building will be constructed to accommodate the largest vessels hauled out in the boatyard. The building’s preliminary design is for a 75’ x 150’ metal building with a 90’ height to accommodate the new lift and the large vessels. The building will include systems to control interior environmental conditions, including a heated floor and filtered ventilation system providing efficient painting and sandblasting of vessels, as well as a recovery system in order to recover and recycle spent sandblast media.
The building will fully contain hazardous maintenance operations and will accommodate year round operations. Many commercial vessels would like to plan their routine maintenance during breaks between commercial fishing seasons, which often coincide with our worst weather months. Currently, sandblasting and painting operations are completed on upland work pads, or by shrouding a docked vessel utilizing sand blast curtains and tarps to contain hazardous sediment. This process entails significant labor and expense, and the sandblast curtains and tarps cannot withstand winds higher than 15 knots, and may need to be taken down in adverse weather conditions causing additional expense and delays to vessel owners and environmental risks. These improvements benefit the commercial fleet by eliminating weather related delays.