Rick Fuller Hired As Port Director Of Operations: The Port of Newport wishes to announce the promotion of Rick Fuller to the new position of Director of Operations. The Port’s General Manager, Kevin Greenwood, announced the promotion to the Port staff and commission by saying “I’m excited to have Rick in this position due to his high level of professionalism exhibited at the NOAA facility, active participation in management team meetings and his willingness to raise the bar on maintenance programs, training, and safety” Mr. Fuller comes with more than 30 years of experience in construction management and facility operations. He first arrived in Newport in 2011 as the NOAA Marine Operation Center of the Pacific (MOC-P) Lease manager with the construction management firm Day CPM who headed the NOAA MOC-P development. Rick had oversite of construction closeout and managed the transition into sustainable operations at the NOAA MOC-P facility. In 2012 his employment was transferred to the Port where he continues his “boots on the ground” management style at NOAA today. With a working knowledge of the trades, Rick will be using all of his skills to lead and support the Port of Newport’s field staff. His objectives are modernization and improvement of overall operation services that the Port of Newport provides. His new position has Port-wide oversite of maintenance & operations, project administration, safety, and training. PORT OF TOLEDO BOATYARD EXPANSION 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. According to Port Manager Bud Shoemake 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 5 grant for $4.7 million. This will complete the first two phases of the expansion. Shoemake said 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.