Port of Anacortes received $2.3 million in state budget for capital improvements

May 25, 2023 | News

The Port of Anacortes received $2.3 million in the 2023 state budget for its T-Dock reconstruction, electrification, and vessel pumpout projects. The funds supplement capital projects in the Port’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

“The projects supported by these funds are critical to the future of the Port and our community,” said Port Executive Director Dan Worra. “We’re grateful for the assistance of Senators Lovelett and Muzzall and Representatives Lekanoff, Ramel, Paul and Shavers in securing state dollars to support these key priorities.”

“Our partners representing the 40th and 10th Legislative Districts in Olympia are constantly working to provide for the needs and interests of our region,” said Commission President Bonnie Bowers. “This includes initiatives and projects across the district that support the economic and environmental health of all our communities. We appreciate their hard work and support.”

T-Dock Reconfiguration
The Port received $1 million in the state capital budget to reconstruct T-Dock, its publicly accessible commercial dock at Cap Sante Marina. The aging and heavily used dock supports $14 million in economic activity in Anacortes, including commercial and Tribal fishing, emergency response vessels, and maritime services. The Port Commission approved replacement in 2022 and staff are designing a reconfiguration project to double the dock’s size, allowing it to serve local workers and businesses well into the future. The total cost of the T-Dock reconfiguration project is estimated at $9.25 million.

Electrification
The Port received $500,000 in funding through the statewide port electrification grant program to install shore-to-ship power at the Port of Anacortes marine terminal. The marine terminal supports more than 900 jobs and $53 million in annual wages for workers in Anacortes and the region. Installation of shore-to-ship power is expected to reduce emissions, in line with the Port’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

Commercial vessel pumpout
Starting this month, new regulations from the Washington State Department of Ecology require commercial vessels to hold their untreated sewage until it can be pumped out at an approved station. The Port received $800,000 in the state capital budget to build a pumpout station to support the commercial vessels that call the Port of Anacortes, including tugs, emergency response vessels and cargo vessels.