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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Peninsula Daily News


North Olympic Building Association Executive Officer FaLeana Wech, left, and Karen Nordstrom of Comcast Spotlight plan for the the NPBA’s Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo in Sequim on March 12-13.

David Sellars

Engineer Jon Judd, left, and Capt. Bruce Biddle of the Garth Foss.

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ment of the ship relative to the pier. What struck me during the docking process was the absolute trust and confidence the tug captains and pilots have in each other. Capt. Biddle seemed as at ease in manipulating the paddles on the Voith Schneider propulsion system in response to the myriad commands of the pilot as one would be in their easy chair, operating a TV remote control. I’m certain his unflappable demeanor belied a churning mind anticipating a plethora of contingencies.

Another day at the office Nonethelesss, once the ship was docked and Garth Foss was released to move onto her next job, it was just another day at the office for Capt. Biddle and his crew. In contrast to most tugs, the work platform aboard Garth Foss is on the stern of the vessel. That is where their towing gear and equipment is set up. So if a local waterwatcher happens to see either of these tugs steaming parallel to a tanker bow to bow, then the tugs are escorting the vessel. When you see the stern of either tug up against the side of a ship or traveling stern first, then the tug is tethered to the ship. A common example of this is when a laden tanker comes in to Port Angeles Harbor, and one of the Foss tractor tugs is providing a tethered-assist. The bow of the ship will be pointed towards the Nippon mill, and the bow of the tug will be pointed

toward Seattle.

PA Harbor watch We shall all awaken this morning to Santiago Basin, a 587-foot log ship that anchored overnight to the Port of Port Angeles’ T-Pier after her voyage from Inchon, South Korea. Longshoremen will begin loading the ship today with about 2.5 million board feet of logs that were debarked at the Pen Ply mill. Loading of the logs from dockside should be completed by Tuesday, at which time the seventh log ship to make port this year will get underway for Aberdeen. There her load will be topped off, and she will make her way to Zhangjiagang, China. Last Tuesday, Tesoro Petroleum provided bunkers to Overseas Los Angeles, a 675-foot petroleum products carrier now underway to Long Beach, Calif. They also refueled Empire State, a 630-foot tanker. On Wednesday, Tesoro bunkered Rea, a 620-foot bulk cargo ship that is due in Mariveles, Philippines, on Nov. 23. To end the week, Tesoro on Friday refueled a pair of crude oil tankers, the 944foot Alaskan Navigator and the 985-foot Polar Resolution.


David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the waterfront. Items involving boating, port activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. E-mail or phone him at 360-417-3736. His column, On the Waterfront, appears every Sunday.

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framed and sheeted. Each team will be PORT ANGELES — challenged to clad the The planning committee exterior and fully finish for the North Peninsula and decorate the inteBuilding Association’s rior during a 24-hour Building, Remodeling on-site build Saturday, and Energy Expo in March 12. March has come up with The winner will be a brand new “addition” chosen by a panel of for members — the celebrity judges based re:Structure-re:Design on a point system that Competition, sponsored will include public votby Built Green Clallam. ing. The inspiration for The group is in the the competition comes process of recruiting from “Design Star,” a high-profile judges for design competition show the event, including an on the cable network HGTV celebrity. HGTV. “It is a great opportu“We wanted to have a nity for exposure for the ‘Clallam County Design contest participants,” Star’ competition, but said Wech. the ‘Design Star’ name The competition also is copyrighted by includes a student diviScripps Networks,” said sion. FaLeana Wech, North At the end of the Peninsula Building competition, the strucAssociation executive tures will be auctioned, officer. and proceeds will benefit several community ‘Uniquely ours’ nonprofits — the Future Builders Charitable “So our group had Organization, Built several brainstorming sessions to find a way to Green, Habitat for Humanity, Serenity have a design competiHouse and the Penintion and make it sula College Foundation. uniquely ours.” For a complete list of She said the competicontest rules and to tion is an opportunity apply, phone NPBA at for NPBA and Built Green Clallam members 360-452-8160, stop by 3430 E. U.S. Highway “to get creative and 101, Suite No. 1 or visit showcase their skills with an emphasis on The expo is March green, energy-efficient 12-13 in the Sequim and recycled material High School gymnaproducts.” sium. The first round of The expo planning judging will consist of a submission of portfolios committee members are Wech; Expo Chair Kim and/or design boards. The finalists who are Beus of Hartnagel Building Supply; Clair selected from the first Kirkman, NPBA memround of judging will move on to a second and ber services director; final round, where they and Karen Nordstrom of will be provided with an Comcast Spotlight. The expo’s capstone 8-by-10-foot structure to sponsor is the Clallam complete on the expo County Public Utility grounds. The structure will be District. Peninsula Daily News

Waterfront: Cooking shared Continued from D1 spit, the tugs approached from the port side matching Cooking duties are split the course and speed of the 675-foot tanker to await between the watches. The able-bodied seaman instructions from Capt. Alex on watch from 6 a.m. to Neuman, the Puget Sound noon prepares lunch for the pilot who had boarded the tanker prior to the arrival crew. The afternoon watch of the tugs. Pacific Star took up her prepares the evening meal. position off the port bow, All hands are on their own for breakfast — and with Garth Foss off the you clean up your own stern quarter. When the time came to mess. pass the tow lines to the ship, deckhands aboard It’s a fireboat, too ship dropped a small line Garth Foss is a fully into the waiting hands of the deckhand aboard each capable fireboat. The exterior of the tug is tug who then bent them to fitted with a sprinkler sys- the hawsers which were tem similar to what would hauled aboard the ship, fed be seen in a commercial through chocks and looped around bitts. building. Onboard, the tugs the This allows the tug to get close to a burning vessel hawsers were wound around winches and a strain or fire on a pier. She is equipped with two taken, at which point the nozzles each capable of tugs and ship become a spraying 6,500 gallons of triad under the control of Capt. Neuman. water a minute. They can also spray foam fire retardant in a solid Critical placement stream or blend it with As we made our way the water as the situation dic- last few hundred yards to tates. the port terminals, Capt. Garth Foss can act as a Neuman began orchestratmobile marine fire hydrant. ing the placement of each In the event a ship has participant’s throttle setlost power and has an ting, rudder angle and onboard fire, the tug carries winch tension — as well as an inventory of adapters their relative position to that will connect their water each other. suppression system to that Well in excess of 200 of any foreign vessel — and directions were sent down restore that vessel’s fire to the tugs by radio from fighting capabilities. the ship’s bridge by the pilot Before 9 a.m. just east of as he directed the maneuPort Angeles’ Ediz Hook, we vering of the ship into her met up with the petroleum berth. products tanker Overseas Mike Nimmo, the Port of Los Angeles as well as Port Angeles’ terminal mananother Foss tug, Pacific ager, could also be heard on Star. the radio coordinating with Rounding the end of the the pilot the perfect place-

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method has proved effective at reducing mortality from the disease. Four randomized controlled trials done during the 1970s showed that chest X-rays, while they helped catch cancers at an earlier stage, had no effect on overall death rates. Since then, researchers have suggested that CT scans — which use coordinated X-rays to provide three-dimensional views — could detect lung tumors at an even earlier stage than X-rays. “This is the first time that we have seen clear evidence of a significant reduction in lung-cancer mortality with a screening test in a randomized controlled trial,” said Dr. Christine Berg of the National Cancer Institute. Cancer doctors and others predicted the study’s results would soon lead to widespread use of CT scans, in particular for older smokers, who have a one in 10 chance of contracting lung cancer. “These people are worried about lung cancer, and now there is an opportunity to offer them something,”

said Dr. Mary Reid, an associate professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. But health officials involved in the study refused to endorse widespread screening of current or former smokers, saying more analysis of the study’s results is needed to further identify who benefited most. Such an analysis is months away. And they pointed out that the study offers no reassurance about the safety of smoking or the advisability of CT scans for younger smokers or nonsmokers. “No one should come away from this thinking that it’s now safe to continue to smoke,” said Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Patients wishing to get a CT lung screen will most likely have to pay the roughly $300 charge themselves because few insurers pay for such scans unless an illness is suspected. The federal Medicare program soon will reconsider paying for such screens, a Medicare official said.