By JEFF ST. PETER
The Port of Brookings Harbor has taken steps to ensure a source of fuel for boaters until a new marine fueling station is operational.
Port Manager Russ Crabtree on Tuesday said both unleaded and diesel fuel are now available to recreational boaters, charter services and commercial fishing enterprises while the station is under construction.
The port is leasing a 5,000 gallon tanker to supply unleaded gasoline, Crabtree said.
Recreational boaters and others in need of unleaded gas can fuel up at the end of the transient dock in Boat Basin II, directly across from the U.S. Coast Guard station, he said.
A new permanent marine fueling station will be constructed at the same site and should be operational by Oct. 1, he said.
Port staff are manning the temporary fueling site on Mondays from 8-11 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 7-11 a.m.
Boaters can pay for their fuel purchase with cash (no bills larger than $20), check or credit card.
Crabtree said the port is buying unleaded fuel from different distributors depending on the spot market fuel price.
The port is also coordinating an effort with Colvin Oil Company to provide diesel fuel on a temporary basis, he said.
Theyre bringing in a truck and bobtail fueling diesel at the end of the port receiving dock, he said. They will provide fuel to commercial, recreational and charter buyers.
The truck will be there approximately every other day.
Crabtree said the Coast Guard has set up a temporary 200-gallon tank at its base to supply diesel fuel to its larger ships.
The port manager added that the Coast Guard is utilizing the ports temporary fueling operation for unleaded purchases and will become a customer of the new marine fueling station once its up and running.
Work on the new station is already underway, Crabtree said.
All the site preparation work is complete or near completion, he said. We have some rock revetment work to do along the banks and are in the process of staging the docks and pilings.
The port is working with the Oregon Division of State Lands and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permits on the construction projects, he said, and expects to have them in hand by Sept. 15.
Bellingham Marine, based in Washington, is already building the floating fuel docks, Crabtree said.
The bids are being taken for the purchase of the specialized marine fuel supply equipment, he said.
A project to improve the frontage along Sporthaven Beach is also proceeding, Crabtree said, although it is a lower/secondary priority to the fueling station.
Were working with Oregon State Parks to get our permit so we can start construction, he said. Well begin as soon as the permit arrives.
The project includes placing a sidewalk and curb along the present parking area at the beachfront, paving and marking the parking spaces, placing handicap-accessible gangways to the beach and paving the street access.
Crabtree said port staff will do the majority of the work on the Sporthaven Beach project, but that a private paving contractor would be hired.
He expects the improvement project to be completed sometime in October.