Seward Harbormaster has released the harbor maintenance policy for this season. A PDF of the document can be downloaded here.

The policy is based on the Clean Harbors plan, available here.

SEWARD SMALL BOAT HARBOR

VESSEL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR POLICIES

NO DEBRIS OR POLLUTANTS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE WATER OR CONTAMINATE FLOATS, DOCKS, FINGERS OR ADJACENT VESSELS.

  1. Whenever possible remove vessel from water to do maintenance or repairs.
  2. HOT WORK PERMIT REQUIRED when welding, grinding, torch work or when any other open flame apparatus is being used.
  3. No more than 50% of surface area of vessel may be worked in a 24 hour period. More extensive work is prohibited in the harbor. Scaffolding on the docks, floats, or city property is not allowed and may not extend beyond the confines of the vessel.
  4. NO SPRAY PAINTING. Brush or roller only. Air-dry empty paint cans before disposal.
  5. Always mix paints, solvents, etc. on impervious surfaces (tarps, plastic, in a tote, or other form of containment).
  6. Tarp or plastic enclosures are required when sanding, grinding, or painting on exterior of vessel.
  7. Sweep and collect paint chips immediately after scraping or sanding. Don't hose or sweep debris into the harbor.
  8. Use damp cloth to wipe off small amounts of sanding dust, or use vacuum sanders and grinders to reduce the risk of contaminants entering the water.
  9. Plug scuppers to contain dust and debris.
  10. Store collected scraping of sanding residue on your vessel under cover in a manner that minimizes contact with water or stormwater until properly disposed of.
  11. No sanding or grinding in high wind situations (above 20 knots).
  12. When painting or sanding on hull proper containment for residue is required to keep paint, chips, etc. from getting into water. Cover gap between boat and slip with tarps or plastic. Reverse boat in slip to work on other side.
  13. If using raft to conduct maintenance or repair activities, a tarp or plastic must be between raft and vessel to collect all by-products of work being done.
  14. Use minimal abrasion when cleaning hull below waterline. No scraping or abrasive process that will remove paint. Frequent hand washing should not cause any paint to abrade or chip off.
  15. Minimize the use of soaps and detergents when washing vessel above waterline. Use phosphate-free and biodegradable cleaning agents and detergents.
  16. Maintenance materials shall not be left on floats or fingers for more than 8 hours and may not impede the flow of traffic on floats or fingers.
  17. Prop and zinc changes are allowed. Dispose of zincs properly at aluminum recycling stations.
  18. Dispose of used oil and anti-freeze in collection sites provided around harbor.
  19. Changing of oil or any other maintenance activities are not allowed in parking lots.
  20. A permit is required from the Harbormaster for maintenance activities which cannot be completed within the confines of the vessel. Exceptions to this policy require written consent from the Harbormaster prior to conducting vessel maintenance and repair activities within the Seward Harbor.