04/04/2018: "Port Goes Off Island For Jensen Shipyard Management"
(L to R: Graham Black, Barbara Marrett, Greg Hertel & Todd Nicholson -IG photo)
With a creative development plan in hand to manage Jensen Shipyard, and nearly 40 letters of local support, Mike and Janice Close saw their plans for taking over, and improving the shipyard, sunk by the Port Commissioners Wednesday night when the Commissioners selected mainland NIB (North Island Boat) as the most likely to move quickly to take over existing shipyard operations.
Based on the back-and-forth between the commissioners and owners of NIB's “plan” ( pdf (627\k file), it was difficult to determine what, exactly, and when, they will replace or rebuild buildings; and the many options the Close proposal (550\k file) offered were not discussed with the NIB representatives to see if they intended to pursue any innovations that went beyond the existing services traditionally provided by the shipyard.
The NIB stated the administration of the shipyard will be based at NIB headquarters, and they have already hired a local man as manager. They stated if additional workers are needed, and if they are unable to find qualified local help, employees will be supplied from their mainland operation.
The FH Port Executive Director told the commissioners that NIB was ready to begin management “right now”, and that NIB had agreements with Jensen Shipyard to “seamlessly” assume responsibility of the stormwater permit required to run the port, and they expected to work closely with the current owners once they took over.
With some hesitation by Port Commissioners Barbara Marrett and Graham Black, both of whom were encouraged and supportive of the new community and business programs offered by the Close proposal, they ended up siding with the strong endorsements for NIB made by Commissioner Greg Hertel, Port Director Todd Nicholson, and former port commissioner, and part owner of Jenson Shipyard, Mike Ahrenius.
Next issue, the purchase of the shipyard by the Port.
(see related story FH Port Commission Meets Wednesday To Select Operator For Jensen Shipyard below)