Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Nothing speaks to harbor reconstruction progress like tying up to a brand new dock.

Twenty-three fishing vessels were assigned slips this week on E Dock, the first freshly installed dock in Crescent City Harbor to take on tenants since reconstruction began last summer.

Before the March 2011 tsunami rocked the harbor and destroyed docks already weakened by a 2006 tsunami, the harbor had more than 200 slips. With the 23 new slips on E Dock, the harbor is now accommodating 86 vessels, but 24 more slips on the new F Dock are expected to be available by Jan. 15.

Dungeness crab season is scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15, although fishermen are allowed to start setting traps as soon as 12:01 p.m. Jan. 13.

"It's good to see (the new docks)," said Harbor Commission President Ron Phillips. "I wish we had more ... but it is what it is, and we'll live with it."

More sections of H Dock, the 16-foot-wide, 8-foot-high dock designed to lessen the force of tsunami surges entering the harbor, are currently being cast near Fashion Blacksmith.

New terms, same officers

During a Wednesday night meeting, the Crescent City Harbor Commission voted to keep the same officers in place for the new term with Phillips serving as president and Commissioner Pat Bailey serving as vice-president. Commissioner James Ramsey dissented.

"We want to be consistent," Phillips said. "We have a big project under way and didn't want to change anything."

The commissioners also voted to allow a smaller insurance requirement for vessels less than 30 feet in length.

Since the harbor district implemented a new insurance requirement for vessels this year, the district received a few requests that the requirement be reduced for smaller vessels. Boats less than 30 feet in length are now only required to have $300,000 worth of coverage.

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