Wednesday October 31, 2012, Happy Halloween!

Post Sandy assessment.

We faired remarkable well during Hurricane Sandy. Crews worked Saturday, Sunday and Monday preparing for the worst but thankfully we got 2 levels below that. We did get gusts of nearly 70mph and lost a few shingles but that appears to be the only damage. All boats on the land came through fine. Craig and the crew hauled all but one boat on Sunday. The tide surge was not nearly as bad as they had predicted. We picked up everything off the floor in the lower building, the Service Department and Marine Store, but the water only licked at the back door and did not come in.

Both the Yacht Club and the Allen Harbor Marine floats anchored in the mooring field survived with no damage. The dredge and its fully loaded scow were adequately tied down and anchored and suffered no damage according to Craig Burnham of Burnham and Associates in an email to the Town Administrator. Burnham noted that the dredging operation would resume as soon as the sea state allowed offshore to move the scow safely. He expected this to be Thursday or Friday of this week.

Our regular jobs of winterization and shrink wrapping continues today with a full crew in attendance.

Friday October 26, 2012

The Robert B. Our Company continues to pull our pilings from the docks. They have completed the main dock and it has been floated to the mooring field and secured with pilings. Now thy turn their attention to our middle dock and are catching up quickly to our hauling crew who are getting the last of the boats out of the water so this dock can be dismantled and then they can move to the gas dock to dismantle it.

We continue to watch the progress and time frame of Sandy. The dredge continues to dredge and fill the scow in the harbor but at a slow rate because it is expected that soon the incoming storm will create large swells offshore and it will make transit to the dumping grounds in MA Bay unsafe and impossible. This condition will probably last at least until Thursday. This cuts several days from their already tight schedule. We must be finished the dredging by January 15, 2013 so the Fluke can come in and spawn uninterrupted.

Wednesday October 24, 2012

Today we are beginning to see real progress in the dredge project. Prep is going on in a feverish pitch. The dredge is in the harbor with its pusher tug. The Robert B. Our Company has removed all the pilings at the Yacht Club and has floated the docks to the mooring field. They have secured the docks in the mooring field with pilings.

Now the Robert B. Our Company has moved to the Marina and is pulling pilings from the main dock today. Craig and his Dad Bob have completed the nesting of our fingers and disconnected the water and fire suppression system, and our electrician has unhooked the main bank of electricity to the docks. Once the pilings are removed, by late this week, our docks as well will be floated to the mooring field and attached with pilings.

The dredge scows have left Boston and are in route to Harwich Port with an expected arrival on Thursday. Dredging will begin shortly after that depending on the weather as the dredge scows will need to be towed to the dumping site. This is about a 24 hour trip to and from the dump site.

We are also keeping a watchful eye on the development of tropical storm Sandy. The storm still in the Bahamas has some models calling for it to be along the New England coast early next week. This will cause high seas offshore which will hamper trips to the dump site. One more saga in the Allen Harbor dredge project.

Tuesday October 23, 2012

The dredge arrived just off the harbor at 3am Tuesday morning and waited for the high flood tide to proceed into the harbor. It is now awaiting the arrival of the dredge scows into which the dredge material will be put.

Meanwhile finishing touches have been put on the Yacht Clubs docks and pilings and Robert B. Our will be moving to the Marina to start pulling the pilings. The docks from both the Yacht Club and the Marina will be placed together in the mooring field temporarily while the dredge works at the Yacht Club and then at the Marina. It is hoped the dredge will be able to begin within the next 24 hours.

We are keeping a weather eye out for Tropical Storm Sandy which may make its way up the coast early next week.

Great News! Monday October 22, 2012

The Allen Harbor dredge project is about to begin. We received word that the dredge SAMSON, and push boat STRIDER departed Boston Sunday evening at 8pm bound for Harwich Port. Its expected arrival is 6am Tuesday morning.

Today Craig helped set the buoys which will mark the dredge/no dredge lines for areas in the harbor. Robert B. Our continues to dismantle pilings and docks at the Yacht Club and will begin work on our main dock by the end of this week. We have been contacting owners of the last few boats in the water telling them the good news and letting them know we will be hauling their boats shortly.

Check back often for pictures of the dredge.

Friday October 19, 2012

We have been informed that the dredge will leave from Salem on Sunday for its journey to Allen Harbor. It is expected to take 1 to 2 days. The removal of pilings at the Allen Harbor Yacht Club should be done by the end of next week and then they will turn their attention to us here at Allen Harbor Marine for the removal of our pilings.

October 18, 2012

The work has started at Allen Harbor Yacht Club. They have been pulling pilings all day today in preparation for the arrival of the dredge from Salem. It is hoped it will be in the harbor by the first of next week. The Town will apply for an extension if need be to insure the job will be completed.

Good News, Wednesday October 17, 2012

We have heard from the Town that an amended contract has been signed by the dredge operator and he is expecting to mobilize after the storm clears out of the Atlantic. The dredge operator will provide the town with a weekly progress report. It is our hope to keep you up to date with pictures once the dredge gets in the harbor so don’t go away, but check back often.