After a 30-minute discussion during a work session on Monday, the Port of Olympia commission is now set to vote Oct. 26 on whether to approve a contract that would bring two, 600-plus foot ships to the marine terminal for the next five years.
If approved by the commission next week, the two ships, Admiral W.M. Callaghan and Cape Orlando, would arrive March 2021, according to the port. The potential deal is set to pay the port $3.5 million.
But the two ships have also generated a lot of questions, both at a port meeting on Oct. 12 and again Monday afternoon, which led Marine Terminal Director Len Faucher to go through a list of questions submitted by the commission.
One of the main questions: Are they military ships?
Faucher said they are not military ships. However, it’s a confusing answer because ships in the Ready Reserve Fleet, sometimes also