Stas Margaronis did a presentation about the possibility of "Short Sea Shipping" in the form of a new 4,000 ton Container Ship that would cost about 30 million dollars shipping containers from Stockton to Eureka. Currently there are about 400 trucks from Stockton area distribution plants travelling to Eureka. And about 200 local trucks heading to Stockton. Stas said that the turnaround time for his concept was 25 hours and all those trucks could be replaced by this Ship that would travel to our port 2 times a week. This would actualize a 66% reduction in emissions compared to trucks. Also there is cost savings. It costs $1,500 per truck to haul goods from Stockton, compared to $1,100 by ship. A saving of $400 a load!
Currently there is a successful pilot project working from Oakland to Stockton that travels 75 miles. Stockton to Eureka would be around 300 miles.
There were arguments in the room about the use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) use of the ship over the use of diesel fuel.
Financial obstacles were also identified. 15 million for container dock with 7 acres upland properties for temporary storage. All together Stas felt it would probably initially take a 60 million dollar investment. He felt a joint partnership between the Port of Stockton and Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District would be mutually profitable.
I am a self-avowed radio channel surfer and many times I
will turn to songs that I will quickly change to the next when these songs come
up. Some are older and some newer. Links for them are here on my blog.
10. "Macarena"Los Del Rio-Can’t turn it off fast
8. "Rumour has it"
Adele-Love some of her stuff but this just bugs me. Make the skin crawl.
7. "Ebony and Ivory"McCartney and Jackson-I don’t know who
thought this would be a good idea, it was not.
6. "My Humps"Black Eyed Peas-Really. Have you ever
listened to this? Unbearable.
5. "Your having my baby"
Paul Anka-Didn’t anybody tell Paul this would be the cheesiest of songs of all
4. "Seasons in the sun"
Terry Jacks-Will change the channel every time this comes on. And this made it
3. "My Sharona"The Knack-When Robin and I first got
married our new neighbors played this full blast for what seemed months!
Ironically their next door neighbor ended up touring with Rush with an opening
band called the Boogies.
order of business was the appointments of the new Directors to NCRAcommittees.
Alex Stillman and I were appointed to the Finance Committee. Alex was also
appointed to the Properties Committee. Next up was
a Resolution supporting CalTrout Fisheries Restoration of Bridge Creek, which
is about 12 miles south of Scotia. The
removal of rails was not a big issue since that part of the line had “Blown Out.”
Restoration preemption was also a big issue. North Western Pacific company
(NWPco) operator John Williams said he was in favor of an excursion train with
this rail line. After much discussion and amendments to resolution the item
passed unanimously 9-0.
second Resolution concerned Restoration of Woodman Creek near Laytonville.The 200ft of rail that was proposed to be removed
is classified as “active railroad.” NCRA project engineer Dave Anderson pointed
out that obstacles were in the 29 miles between Willits and Woodman Creek that
needed to be addressed, namely:
is well isolated and far into the future. In both restoration cases it was
pointed out that this would help mitigate the issues for the future use of the
rail, so why not address this now? Operator John Williams said that “money is
the root of this issue!” He said he would support the project if it was well
defined. He also pointed out that the 1 million dollar estimate for the
replacement bridge would likely be 7-10 million and that the project would
affect 2,000ft and not 200ft. The resolution with amendment’s passed
of business for the day was whether to approve an agreement with Parallel
Infrastructure (PI) to audit the Rail Line for Right of Ways (ROW) and to
identify encroachments. Passed
Operator John Williams announced that the company has survived 2 years of rail
service. He said the Federal Rail Authority had removed the Emergency Order
from the rail also. So far there is 62
miles of service in Marin and Sonoma Counties. He passed out pictures of rail
and passenger cars delivering 500 passengers to Sears Point Raceway. He was
proud to point out that there have been no injuries on the rail line. He was
still hoping for TIGER grant funding to help completion of rail line to
Oh yeah, by the way, the NCRA is broke. That was pointed out repeatedly during the meeting. Hope this last meeting won't literally be the last!