Sr. Harbor Officer Tim Mahoney is hereby recognized as the Port of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska Employee of the Year 2013 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Tim has served Dutch Harbor for15 years. His past experience in the fishing fleet industry has brought a tremendous wealth of knowledge to their staff. He is instrumental in the tie up of the commercial fleets during the off season.
Due to the geographic location and sometimes harsh weather conditions Unalaska/Dutch Harbor presents its own unique challenges. Vessel groundings, boat fires, vessels taking on water, skiffs overdue, missing people, injured crewman on offshore freighters and many more issues are handled by Tim. He is also Captain of the Port’s 32’ Almar rescue vessel and Marine Rescue Team saving lives and property innumerable times. Maintenance on dock facilities is a full time job in itself and Tim is very proficient in problem solving those issues. He is also responsible to train new harbor officers and gives valuable advice on how to efficiently get the job done. Tim requires minimal supervision as he addresses daily duties and projects with a “can do” attitude making work with him a pleasure. Tim Mahoney is truly deserving of being recognized by AAHPA members as Port of Dutch Harbor Employee of the Year.
Port Engineer Mr. Gary Gillette, AIA, is recognized for his superlative performance as the Juneau Docks & Harbors Employee of the Year for 2013. During this period, Gary was engaged in ongoing construction projects, design reviews of future projects, management of contracts requiring fiduciary oversight; and, spearheading the approval of a critical conditional use permit.
Gary was instrumental in ensuring the $8.5M Statter Harbor Phase I project was completed on time and with minimal change orders. Diligently managing the construction needs with prospective harbor patron expectations, he aptly coordinated a smooth transition from contractor to customer on the anticipated date of completion. Concurrent with the Statter Harbor project, he oversaw the $2M downtown ferry terminal “deck over” project which also was capably completed on budget and in time. He was also tasked with executing design contracts to rebuild the Juneau Fisheries Terminal Dock, the Taku Dock, new cruise ship floating docks and the uplands portions of the Cruise Ship Terminal Staging Area. Gary was the cornerstone in coordinating all necessary permits and resolved multiple challenges to the project. The total estimated construction value of these projects exceeds $55M and all are expected to be awarded by early December. Each stated project has unique characteristics requiring innovative solutions and forward thinking managerial skills which
Gary continued his dutiful work in pursuit of the Douglas Harbor dredging Corps of Engineer’s permit and continued the design effort for the $11M Aurora Harbor rebuild. Additionally, he found time to coordinate the development of a $3.35M grant application for the proposed, multi-use Alaskan Maritime Services Building.
Mr. Gillette’s dogged resolve to secure the Statter Harbor conditional use permit for a new launch ramp was noteworthy and extraordinary. Gary worked tirelessly to engage all interests of the project in revamping a concept which eventually garnered nearly universal support.
His dedicated and professional service to Docks & Harbors is commendable and truly worthy of recognition by AAHPA members as Juneau Ports & Harbors Employee of the Year.
Ketchikan Senior Assistant Harbormaster Les Zetterberg is hereby commended for his contributions to the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. For more than two decades his insights, anecdotes, advice, suggestions and ideas have facilitated improvements to the operation and maintenance of port and harbor facilities throughout the State of Alaska. His honesty, wit and wisdom will be missed but the friendships he has forged will remain. We wish him fair winds, following seas and good luck in his future endeavors.
Assistant Harbormaster Andrew Mulder is hereby named the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators employee of the year for Ketchikan for 2013. He was almost always the first Assistant Harbormaster to arrive on days he was scheduled to work and made coffee for the rest of the crew and conducted thorough harbor rounds both via vessel and on foot and was the most conscientious in regards to picking up trash, and litter. In addition to his regular duties he performed numerous maintenance projects including repairs to the antennas on the Sumner Straight, steering cables on the work skiff and to the anti-two block equipment on the Bar Harbor crane. He also fabricated a set of custom skid plates for the bottom of Bar Harbor ramp no. 4 to relieve a chronic problem with the ramp hanging up on extreme low tides and helped construct a new information kiosk for the recently replaced Bar Harbor launch ramp, which included a cedar shake roof.
He responded after hours on several occasions to secure vessels that had broken free from their moorings during high winds and check on vessels reported to be taking on water. The most notable occurred during hurricane force winds in November 2012. His insights during review of the drive down float 35% design were especially helpful and resulted in a shift of the net float from float 3 to float 16 which was well received by both the engineers and users.
Andrew Mulder is truly deserving of being recognized by AAHPA members as Ketchikan Port & Harbors Employee of the Year.
Deputy Harbormaster Norm Regis is hereby recognized as the Seward Harbor Employee of the Year 2013 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Norm consistently exceeds expectations in his work with customers, subordinate employees and superiors. He knows how to handle emergencies. He provided great leadership during a boat fire in the middle of the night in January 2011. Only the Fire Chief sustained injuries and boat damage was minimal. In September 2012, Norm seemed to be everywhere in Seward providing help during a damaging flood.
Norm gets things done. Twice in 12 months we had construction projects that required moving boats around the harbor. Norm handled this like a master. The two projects were different and Norm recognized that and planned accordingly. On one project multiple moves of each vessel were required, but on the second project finding places for each individual boat were more critical – some wanted to be hauled out, some wanted another slip with power, and some wanted just what was available. Norm doesn’t let an unhappy customer ruin his day – just the opposite. He carefully listens to any complaint and responds with good sensible judgment. Sometime he has to be firm, but he is always fair. Norm Regis is truly deserving of being recognized by AAHPA Members as Seward Harbor Employee of the Year.
Marine Equipment Operator Kyle Rennie is hereby recognized as the Valdez Ports & Harbor Employee of the Year 2013 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Kyle has been on the job for 19 years and safety is his number one priority. He has developed excellent skills in providing customer service and as a Marine Travelift operator.
On July 22nd, 2013 there was an explosion and fire aboard the pleasure vessel Falcon moored at the fuel dock in the Valdez Small Boat Harbor. As the fire burned through the mooring lines with the Falcon fully engulfed in flames, Kyle and another summer harbor employee used the harbor skiff to aid firefighting efforts. They were able to tie onto the burning vessel that was floating toward other vessels moored in the harbor and tow it to the tideline where firefighting crews could reach it. Kyle’s quick actions saved other vessels and docks from being damaged and kept a dangerous situation from becoming a devastating event for the Harbor. Dedication such as this is above and beyond the expected duties of harbor staff and Kyle Rennie is truly deserving of being recognized by AAHPA Members as Valdez Ports & Harbor Employee of the Year.
Officer Mark Allen is hereby recognized as Haines Employee of the Year 2012 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Officer Allen’s attention to detail and enthusiasm is not only contagious with employee but with customers also. Mark does each job thoroughly and completely. He has embraced the Haines Facility Security Plan and has made sure that the Port of Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock meets all requirements as outlined in that document. He is willing to go above and beyond to give the maximum customer service. His demeanor and work ethic reflect great credit to himself, Haines Port and Harbors, and the Haines Borough.
Thank you Officer Mark Allen for a job well done!
Administrative Assistant Johanna Young is hereby recognized as Juneau Employee of the Year 2012 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.
Ms. Johanna Young is recognized for her dedication, attitude and willingness to provide top-notch professional service to harbor patrons. Ms. Young has been an outstanding addition to Docks & Harbors and specifically the Auke Bay staff since arriving in April 2010. She is known to many harbor customers as an extremely competent, hardworking front office Administrative Assistant. Johanna brings a very positive persona to bear when dealing with members of the public. Always projecting professionalism, she handles friendly and challenging customers, similarly and with great pose. Raised in Pelican from a fishing family, she has terrific local knowledge and passes along insight to visiting boaters looking for a SEAK adventure. An excellent scribe for the Docks & Harbors Operations Committee, Johanna delivers precise and accurate minutes. When asked to research historical documentation, she thoroughly and willingly exhausts all avenues to provide answers. Ms. Young is highly regarded and respected by all within Docks & Harbors and deserving of this recognition.
Administrative Assistant Sue Kurle is hereby recognized as Ketchikan Employee of the Year 2012 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.
As the lead member of the team that worked on the solicitation, review, selection and implementation of the department’s new marina management software system, Ms. Kurle’s insights were especially helpful during the vendor interview and the installation process and were critical to ensuring the department would have access and use of the most important data. The new system substantially improved record keeping resulting in increased revenues that led to recovery of the purchase cost of the system in less than 8 months. During development of both the Port and Harbors 2013 budgets, Ms. Kurle conducted a thorough review of the spending history for the past three years in all accounting categories and provided numerous recommendations for reductions or realignment in funding. Ms. Kurle also was responsible for preparing and tracking all of the department’s purchase orders and all of the administrative paperwork to support the management of the departments 10 full time and 37 seasonal employees.
2011 Haines Port & Harbor Employee of the Year
Joe Parnell is hereby recognized as Haines Employee of the year 2011 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.
The most significant element that Joe brings to Haines Harbor Department is a sense of anticipation in the harbor’s mission and getting things done without having been told to do so. He is dedicated to the facilities needs without worrying about the face if the clock. Joe is a dedicated employee upon whom I depend in thick and thin and in dark and wind.
Joe has met every challenge presented to him and has made every effort to improve his skills in harbor management.
Joe Parnell is truly deserving of being named Haines AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2011 Juneau Port & Harbor Employee of the Year
O.M. Supervisor Dwight Tajon
Operations Maintenance Supervisor (OMS) Dwight Tajon is hereby recognized as Juneau Harbor Employee of the year 2011 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.
OMS Tajon goes above and beyond offering customer service to Juneau boat owners. He is currently supervising the staff and maintenance of Statter Harbor in Auke Bay, which is Juneau’s busiest harbor. This transient facility sees a wide variety of fisherman, commercial operators, cruisers, charter operators and pleasure boaters and is particularly busy from May to September.
In addition, he headed up the refurbishing of the DeHart’s Marina. This included extensive repairs to the gangway as well as supervising divers and the repair of floats to make it safe for customers.
Dwight is the Juneau Docks and Harbors Department computer and communications expert getting the VHF repeater on line so communication can be established for all Juneau Docks and Harbors Facilities and worked closely with contractors to ensure that cranes, power and restroom facilities close and operate efficiently by remote operation.
Dwight Tajon is truly deserving of being named Juneau’s AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2011 Ketchikan Port & Harbor Employee of the Year
Assistant Harbormaster William Bousley
Assistant Harbormaster William Bousley is hereby named the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators employee of the year for Ketchikan for 2011. Following exceptionally cold temperatures in early 2011, Mr. Bousley was a key team member in finding and repairing numerous leaks to the potable water systems in several City harbors. He also assisted in the design, fabrication and installation of wooden frames for large harbor signs and maps at all 13 City owned harbor ramps. Mr. Bousley also worked with members of a local Rotary club to fabricate frames and install new life jacket lockers at every City harbor in support of the Kids Don’t Float program. On numerous occasions Mr. Bousley has also been the Department’s go to person in critical situations including vessels in danger of sinking or breaking loose from their moorings, especially during several severe storms in the fall of 2011.
2011 Seward Port & Harbor Employee of the Year
Melody Moline is hereby recognized as Seward Harbor Employee of the year 2011 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.
Ms. Moline has gone above and beyond her listed duties to assist fellow staff, city departments, local organizations and citizens in “doing business” with the Seward Harbor and Seward Marine Industrial Center. This included training two new staff in office on the marina program, harbor policies and office procedures, billing, slip placement, waitlist renewals, records retention and impound procedures. This past year she was key to successful transitioning the responsibility from the finance department to the harbor department for tracking all electric use, billing, and repairs for harbor electrical services.
Ms. Moline has assisted the Harbormaster and Deputy Harbormaster with Code of Ordinances and Port & Harbor Tariff updates and is efficient, logical, works independently to solve problems and is a valuable asset to the Seward Harbor Team.
Melody Moline is truly deserving of being named Seward’s AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2010 Wrangell Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Maintenance Officer, Steve Miller of Wrangell, Alaska
Steve Miller is hereby recognized as Wrangell Harbor Employee of the year 2010 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Steve is the operator of Wrangell’s 150 ton Marine Travelift and yard manager of the Marine Service Center. He took the time to learn the art of running the lift safely and efficiently and taught others in the department to do the same. It seems relatively simple to just pull boats out of the water but to do it as efficiently and safely as Steve does has made it possible for this small department to take on this project and break even within the five year business plan.
Wrangell’s intent was to start this project as a way to retain existing and create new jobs for the community and offer vessel owners in the region a place to repair their boats. This project has created 12-15 new jobs while saving others and allowing business to start up and invest in Wrangell’s marine repair industry. Throughout the past four years Wrangell Harbor has been working very hard to make the Marine Service Center a success and Steve’s commitment to the project and hard work has helped make that happen. Steve Miller is truly deserving of being named Wrangell’s AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2010 Juneau Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Harbor Officer, Dennis Holloway of Juneau, Alaska
Officer Dennis Holloway is hereby recognized as Juneau Harbor Employee of the year 2010 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Officer Holloway goes above and beyond offering customer service to Juneau boat owners. He has organized the daily berthing and winter hot berthing for all three of the downtown harbors. This involves over eight hundred vessels of various lengths and uses. In addition, he was responsible for the refurbishing of the Aurora Harbor gangway and has completed waste heat boiler school reducing oil and hazardous waste as well as maintaining the old waste oil burner and made recommendations to replace it. Officer Holloway is truly deserving of being named Juneau’s AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2010 Ketchikan Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Dan Berg, Assistant Harbormaster of Ketchikan, Alaska
Assistant Harbormaster Dan Berg is hereby named the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators employee of the year for Ketchikan for 2010. In the fall of 2009 Mr. Berg assumed responsibility for developing and managing the waitlist for reserved moorage for all six of Ketchikan’s public harbors. He was then immediately tasked with coordinating the assignment of temporary moorage for all vessels on Thomas Basin floats 2, 3 and 4 during the project to replace all of the finger floats in early 2010. He not only developed a workable moorage plan but even personally assisted in moving over 70 boats whose owners were out of town for the winter. As a former commercial fisherman and charter boat operator he has been instrumental in improving the working relationships between the Harbor Department and key user groups resulting in an increased level of mutual respect and understanding. Never one to shy away from an opportunity to volunteer, Mr. Berg also assisted in the delivery by vessel of supplies in support of construction of a US Forest Service shelter at Black Sands Beach and of portable restroom facilities in support a dedication ceremony for the shelter. On numerous occasions Mr. Berg has also been the Department’s go to person in critical situations including vessels in danger of sinking or breaking loose from their moorings, especially during several severe storms in the fall of 2010.
2009 Ketchikan Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Donna Ryan, Customer Service Representative of Ketchikan, Alaska
Customer Service Representative Ms. Donna Ryan is hereby recognized as Ketchikan Harbor Employee of the year 2009 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Ms. Ryan showed tremendous initiative this past year on a variety of projects that have improved service for Port and Harbors. Ms. Ryan's commitment to improving both the physical amenities and operational procedures in the Port and Harbors Department to the benefit of our customers has made her truly deserving of being named Ketchikan's AAHPA Harbor Employee of the Year.
2008 Juneau Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Senior Operations/Maintenance Supervisor Robert A.Clauder of Juneau, Alaska
Senior Operations/Maintenance Supervisor Robert A. Clauder of Juneau, Alaska is hereby recognized as Juneau Harbor Employee of the year 2008 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Mr. Clauder has served the City of Juneau for over 25 years, working his way up through the ranks to his present position. His attention to detail, knowledge, experience and accomplishments throughout Juneau's Port and Harbor system have made him the single most outstanding employee for many years in the largest Port and Harbor system in the State of Alaska.
2008 Ketchikan Port & Harbor Employee of the Year Award
David Timmerman, Port Operations Coordinator of Ketchikan, Alaska
Port Operations Coordinator David Timmerman of Ketchikan, Alaska is hereby recognized as Ketchikan Harbor Employee of the year 2008 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Mr. Timmerman is tasked with overseeing the operations and security of the Ketchikan cruise ship docks. As one of the busiest cruise ship ports in Alaska, it has been recognized as having the most comprehensive and proactive security presence in Alaska. Through Mr. Timmerman's exceptional leadership and communication he ensured the port was operated securely, safely and efficiently, even on days when over 10,000 passengers flooded the downtown docks.
2008 Seward Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Deputy Harbormaster Jim Lewis of Seward, Alaska
Deputy Harbormaster Jim Lewis of Seward, Alaska is hereby recognized as Seward Harbor Employee of the year 2008 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Mr. Lewis has served the City of Seward Small Boat Harbor for over 21 years. He has demonstrated supreme leadership capabilities serving as Acting Harbormaster after the retirement of the former Harbormaster until the position was filled. His extensive knowledge of historical projects with the Seward Harbor and Marine Industrial Center has been integral to development planning for these areas. During 2008 he lead the department through several projects to include overseeing cleanup efforts for abandonded 55-gallon drums, $3.5 million dollar expansion project, travel lift extensions and upgrades, harbor vessel, dock and landscape improvement projects and new employee training.
2007 - 1st Annual Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Lon White, Deputy Harbormaster of Kodiak, Alaska
Deputy Harbormaster Lon White of Kodiak, Alaska is hereby recognized as Harbor Employee of the year 2007 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Deputy Harbormaster White has served the City of Kodiak for 25 years beginning his career as the port maintenance mechanic in 1982. Since 1994 he has served as the principal operations officer for all of Kodiak's Port and Harbor facilities. Deputy Harbormaster White's dedication to his staff and customers is clearly evident in the top-quality facilities he provides and maintains. Boat owners sincerely appreciate his attention to detail and friendly customer service. Deputy Harbormaster White freely shares his knowledge with other harbors via professional organizations such as the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators and Pacific Coast Congress. The impact of his expertise is evident at ports along the entire west coast.
2007 Bethel Harbor Employee of the Year Award
Harbormaster Peter Williams of Bethel, Alaska
Harbormaster Peter Williams of Bethel, Alaska is hereby recognized as Bethel Harbor Employee of the year 2007 by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators. Mr. Williams has served the City of Bethel Harbor since 2003 first as Port Attendant until 2006 when he became the first Dock Operations Chief. In 2006 his title was changed to Harbormaster occasionally fulfilling the duties of Acting Port Director. Mr. Williams contributions to efficient and professional Port Operations for the City of Bethel cannot be overstated. Without question, he has provided the expertise, skills and leadership necessary to achieve the highest level of terminal operation proficiency.