I hope you are doing well and enjoying this welcome Pacific Northwest sunshine this summer. 2020 has been a challenging year and getting out on the water is a great way to get away from the day-to-day and to truly enjoy nature, sport fishing, the maritime vistas, and the best aspects of our local waterways.

The Port Orchard and Bremerton Marinas have been designated as essential infrastructure and continue to operate in a limited capacity through this difficult time for your boating needs. Boating may be one of the safest ways to recreate this summer and our marinas have instituted measures and procedures to provide safe and sanitary facilities to be able to be enjoyed by boaters throughout this year.

Thank you for visiting or keeping your boat at the Port of Bremerton Marinas. The Bremerton and Port Orchard Marinas endeavor to provide boaters with first-rate moorage, state-of-the-art facilities, and professional service. Our goal is simple: provide accommodations and services that will make the Bremerton and Port Orchard Marinas your favorite ports of call in Puget Sound.
The Port of Bremerton facilities include the Port Orchard Marina, the Bremerton Marina, Harper Pier, the Chico Boat Launch, the Bremerton National Airport, and the Olympic View Industrial and Business Park. A quarterly newsletter is published regarding all the activity regarding the entire Port of Bremerton and the 2020 Spring Newsletter is located here:  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Port-Report-Spring-2020.html?soid=1102672454335&aid=wRs1NyntS8o
The Suquamish Tribe, in cooperation with the Port of Bremerton, wishes to inform all marina residents, visitors, and waterway users to anticipate commercial net fishers exercising their reserved right to fish in and around the waters of Port Orchard & Sinclair Inlet. Treaty commercial fishing will begin on Sunday, July 19, and could continue through September, with the most active period occurring during the month of August. Nets are most often fished during the night-time hours and so boaters should be alert for nets strung along the surface of the water with small white corks and flanked by larger, often orange to red-colored floating buoys. Please exercise caution when navigating our local area waters during these months. More information is available at: https://www.portofbremerton.org/media/dynamic/files/1036_POB_Salmon_Flyer_2020.pdf
The Port of Bremerton has changed our marina software to bring our business operations up to date and to streamline our processes to better serve our customers. With the new system, we are now able to offer our customers the opportunity to have their marina charges automatically taken out of a credit or debit card. Automatic checking or savings account withdrawals are no longer able to be processed, and for those automatic payments to continue, marina customers are requested to update their accounts through the Marina office with a debit or credit card. Additionally, marina customers may continue to call the marina office to pay, or mail in a check, or to pay their bills online at the Port of Bremerton’s website:  www.portofbremerton.org
Marina nighttime security services will be provided at the Port Orchard and Bremerton Marinas, seven nights a week. You may see SAFE Security personnel walking the docks at night, checking on facilities, or when parking your car in the evening. Please don’t hesitate to say hi to our new security team members. Please remember that in an emergency, always call 911.  
Currently having access to reliable internet and Wifi has become more important during this time of quarantines and needs for remote access. The present demand and volumes for bandwidth are more than ever experienced. Given the importance of today's needs there are a number of measures that can be taken to improve access to Wifi. 

Most boaters have been very successful incorporating a simple exterior Wifi booster antenna on a bridge deck or external to the vessel and connected to an interior router to improve access for private devices. A couple of articles regarding that process are below.

You may not be aware, but each individual slip can have a dedicated high-speed connection via your local cable provider. The providers identified below can provide your vessel individual connections upon your request. These accounts are independent from the marina, but the infrastructure is in place for your convenience if this option is desired. 

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COVID-19 Updates:
On Friday, May 1, the Governor issued a four-phased approach moving forward and reopening business and events in Washington state in combating COVID-19. This current phase of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order supported boating and outdoor recreation as allowed activities with social distancing and the Port of Bremerton Marinas have prepared for those activities.

Marina services have been reinstated, public restrooms reopened, vessel pump-outs have restarted, and the marinas are undertaking additional cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in restrooms, laundry facilities, marina offices, public gates, public restrooms, and any doorknobs or gate handles within public spaces. In an abundance of caution and to best serve the tenants and community, these cleaning efforts are undertaken multiple times daily.  All marina staff have been advised of best practices related to recent concerns and informed on the most current procedures to maximize cleanliness at our marinas. Masks are now required within the Marina office buildings and while inside the fuel dock building.

The Port of Bremerton is committed to protecting employees, tenants, visitors, and local citizens.  Although marina offices continue to be closed with limited access during this phase, all marina business is still being conducted via email, online, by phone, or U.S. Mail. With future phases of the Governor’s order, the marina offices are in preparation for reopening with additional staff training, new signage, staff protective gear, and installations of retail customer service screens.

A full list of the marina’s current aspects of the Governor’s COVID-19 order is located at the following website: https://www.portofbremerton.org/marina-office-closure-details

James Weaver
Director of Marine Facilities
Port of Bremerton