PORT OF ILWACO - After a vessel that sank at the Port of Ilwaco Marina in December didn't sell on eBay last month, it was announced at the port's commission meeting Monday that the state's Department of Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Removal Program will be receiving bids Feb. 9 to destroy the 58-foot fishing vessel Ivanhoe and haul it away.

The eBay auction ran for a week, beginning Jan. 14, but there were no bidders for the boat that cost the DNR's Derelict Vessel Removal Program thousands of dollars to remove diesel fuel from the water after it sank. The minimum bid was $1,000, but the state required proof of an additional $30,000 in cash or credit line to make the Ivanhoe seaworthy.

Sarah Wilson, Derelict Vessel Removal Program manager for the Aquatic Resources Division of DNR, said at the time of the sinking that the cost of pumping out the Ivanhoe and raising it to the surface cost about $8,000 a day. The funds come from the division's $50,000 pot for removing derelict vessels that threaten human health and safety and pose an environmental hazard. The funds come from a $2 fee added on to boat registration fees in the state.

Wilson will be at the port on Monday, Feb. 9, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to conduct inspections of the Ivanhoe for prospective bidders for the removal of the boat. Bids are due on Feb. 13 and will be awarded Feb. 18. According to Harbormaster Jamie Sowers, "Any contractor who wishes to bid must conduct a DNR-facilitated visit to the vessel on Monday, Feb. 9."

The request for proposal is posted on the DNR Web site at http://www.wa.gov/htdocs/agr/derelict vessel/index.html.

In other Port of Ilwaco news, Sowers reported that the port's dredging crew is "smoking" with a month left in the dredging season. She said extra evening shifts have been added and that during the past two weeks, the fairway at G and H docks and 10 slips at G dock have been dredged to 12 feet.

Port commissioners discussed a problem with boat trailers that have been left by their owners on port property. Five trailers have no license plates or VIN numbers and seven have expired plates. Sowers said the port needs a policy put in place to deal with trailer parking so owners can be identified and notified.

Commissioners agreed to draft a policy and present it at a future meeting.

Port of Ilwaco Manager Mack Funk reported that plans to construct a new building to house Grays Harbor College are progressing rapidly and that the project is a top priority for a state matching funds grant.

Funk also reported that requests for grants for dock reconstruction at the port have been submitted and Sowers has obtained permit applications for the project.

New signs have been obtained by the port for the heads of the five ramps outlining rules and regulations for boaters, Funk said. The signs should be installed shortly.

Funk announced that vendor fees for the port's Saturday Market have been increased. Ilwaco City Councilman Mike Cassinelli asked that market officials make sure sales tax is being collected from the vendors and that, if they use electricity, they are billed for usage.

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