Port rejects marine proposals

Published on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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The Port of Bellingham has decided to decline all business proposals for the former Westman Marine site at the end of Marine Drive in Blaine.

In a letter sent to the four businesses that submitted proposals, Lydia Bennett, director of real estate for the port, said the port itself needs to more fully define what it wants to see for the whole Blaine shipyard industrial area. Bennett said the port will issue another request for proposals once that work is done.

Bennett said the current operator at the site, Norm Walsh, will continue to operate the facility on an interim basis.

Walsh said he has worked at the shipyard since 1977 when he was hired by Westman Marine’s original owner, Carl Westman.
His father Ron Walsh and grandfather Bob Walsh worked many years for the Alaska Packers Association.

The business is a full-service boatyard including boat haulouts, repairs to wood, steel, fiberglass and aluminum; painting, sail mast stepping, engine replacement, shaft alignment, repairs, sandblasting, welding and fabrication.