U.S. Opens Port Of Coos Bay To Polish Ship Repairs

The U.S. Government, pushed by Senator Bob Packwood (R-OR) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), in concept, has given permission on a "case-by-case" basis for Polish fishing vessels operating off the Pacific Northwest coast to enter the International Port of Coos Bay for long-term repairs and drydocking service.

Frank Martin, general manager of the International Port of Coos Bay said, "The agreement gives us the opportunity to bid on $22 to $24 million in annual maintenance of Polish fishing vessels that ply American waters. The Congressional teamwork that led to this decision is greatly appreciated by this region." Currently, as many as 24 midwater fishing vessels operate in the Polish North American fleet. Because drydock facilities in Coos Bay remain closed to the Polish vessels, this works is now being performed in Vancouver, British Columbia at a cost roughly 30 percent higher than the cost at Coos Bay.

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