John Moren, Director of Operations, and James B. Pruett, General Manager, present to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on July 15, 2020.
Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) Grant Spending Authority.
Authorize the General Manager to expend DBW SAVE Grant monies for removal of abandoned vessels at Oyster Point Marina and Pillar Point Harbor up to the amount previously approved annually by the Board of Harbor Commissioners via resolution.
From time to time all marinas/harbors have vessels abandoned at the facility. There are many reasons individuals abandon their vessels, e.g., expensive mechanical problems, excessive rot/rust making repair non-viable, etc.. DBW understands this and has created a grant funding mechanism to reimburse costs so marinas can accept the challenged vessel instead of it being abandoned at anchor and ending up an oil spill, so to reduce the negative environmental impact.
The District has been awarded DBW grants for this purpose for many years. Most recently, the District was informed on December 20, 2019 of the successful application and SAVE Grant award of $150,000 to be used for removal/demolishing abandoned watercraft and debris, also accepting aged vessels turned in by owners that no longer have means to properly care for their vessels. On January 15, 2020 the Board approved acceptance of the $150k DBW SAVE Grant monies via Resolution No.20-02. This Program ensures vessels in poor condition that are abandoned do not become a hazard to navigation and/or become a threat to the environment. In accordance with the Program, the District obtains three quotes for the vessels to be removed, pays for removal, then is reimbursed by DBW. Sometimes the abandoned vessels are very large and expensive to remove properly. The District also tries to remove several vessels at one time, so costs are minimized through lessened mobilization efforts. Therefore, each removal episode sometimes exceeds the General Manager’s spending authority. Going forward, staff requests the Board consider authorizing the General Manager to spend monies removing vessels up to the previously approved DBW allotted grant limit for that year, which District will be reimbursed for.
Staff recommends the Board authorize the General Manager to expend DBW SAVE Grant monies for removal of abandoned vessels at Oyster Point Marina and Pillar Point Harbor up to the amount previously approved annually by the Board of Harbor Commissioners via resolution.
PHOTO ESSAY / VIDEOs. BY (EDIT)
The Oriental Lady was high and dry for the better part of a month. Pillar Point Deputy Harbor Master, Cary Smith, came with his crew at high tide and tried to twist and drag the keel out of the water. After 20 minutes it was not looking good as the tide was ebbing (going out). Cary decided to use his jetski to wash the sand away from the keel. Eh, voila!