You are currently browsing the monthly archive for November 2008.

Of cruise ships and other fishiness
November 13, 2008

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Commission is so excited about the latest Marine Terminal plan that it’s holding a meeting to hear from the public — on Friday night.

Friday night? Sounds suspicious. Maybe they hope no one will come.

 

More >

“When the Port of Humboldt Bay has only brought in one to two cruise ships per year over the past decade, it’s hard to imagine Eureka is suddenly going to become the next big thing for West Coast cruise ships.”

A real plan needs real numbers
The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 11/13/2008 01:33:12 AM PST

This Friday, the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District will take up for the second time a business plan by consultant TranSystems on how to make a proposed $36 million marine terminal pay.

And again, for the second time, the consultant used numbers that seem less based on reality than on arbitrary estimates based on what ports elsewhere are able to attract.

Not for the first time, the consultant depends too heavily on a gigantic spike in cruise ship traffic to make the project profitable. In the first version of the study, TranSystems estimated that the port would draw 43 cruise ships. In this revision, the consultant says 30 to 40.

When the Port of Humboldt Bay has only brought in one to two cruise ships per year over the past decade, it’s hard to imagine Eureka is suddenly going to become the next big thing for West Coast cruise ships.

Without some solid interest from real businesses and cruise lines, it appears less than wise to pursue doing the environmental analysis needed to build the terminal.

If, however, that interest can be secured, it’s certainly an effort that should come before the public for review, to see if such a project could yield real benefits for the community and the economy.

The harbor district should proceed cautiously and methodically while using real numbers — not vague and perhaps overly optimistic assumptions.

Final marine terminal report complete
The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 11/01/2008 01:16:20 AM PDT

A final business plan for turning the Redwood Dock in Samoa into a marine terminal is now available for review.

The plan can be viewed at the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District’s Web site, http://www.humboldtbay.org, or at the district’s office at 601 Startare Dr. on Woodley Island between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The district board will hear a presentation by consultant TranSystems on Nov. 14.

Written and oral comments on the first draft business plan were taken by the board at five meetings and over a 64-day comment period ending Aug. 28. At the Nov. 14 meeting, TranSystems will present an updated report providing additional information based upon the comments received.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the board will consider receiving and filing the business plan and directing district staff to proceed with the environmental review process.

The board meeting will be held at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka at 7 p.m.

 

Read the rest of the article >