Repaired float brackets snap from Coupeville fuel float

The saga of the Port of Coupeville’s dilapidated fuels floats continues.

The brackets on one of the two recently-repaired fuel floats broke during a severe storm Monday. The floats are located at the end of the Coupeville Wharf and, during the slow winter months, are used by Penn Cove Shellfish to refuel its fleet.

Port of Coupeville Executive Director Jim Patton said the new bracket on the western fuel float, which receives the brunt of the severe weather in Penn Cove, broke and sank during a storm earlier in the week.

The wharf’s harbormaster chained the float to the wharf to prevent it from drifting away.

Patton said he is talking with the company that made the repairs, Northwest Docks in Anacortes, to come up with a solution.

The company recently replaced the brackets on both floats.

The floats are insured and the port paid a $1,000 deductible for its share of the repairs.

Patton said the most recent repairs would cost about $20,000 without insurance.

The Port of Coupeville will start soliciting requests for proposals to design new fuel floats to replace the old concrete ones.

Patton said the lack of a breakwater could prove challenging to designers.

Once the design is complete, the port will looks for bids from companies to build the new floats.


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