46 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 • FOGHORN MEMBERNEWS Let MCM manage your insurance so you can focus on your voyage MCM is a leading independent insurance brokerage based in the Pacific Northwest. Our marine practice group has more than 100 years of combined experience placing insurance and managing the marine industry’s unique risks. Whether we’re working with vessel operators, builders, repair facilities or suppliers, we create specialized solutions that meet each client’s needs. EMpLoyEE BEnEfits | ExECutivE BEnEfits | REtiREMEnt pLans insuRanCE advisoRy | pRopERty & CasuaLty Contact Damon L. Nasman at (206) 262-6375 or email damon.nasman@mcmnw.com www.mcmnw.com The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board of Directors officially opened the new Ron Cowan Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility in Alameda on December 13. The $50 million facility serves as an operations and maintenance hub for WETA’s San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet serving Alameda, Oakland, Harbor Bay, San Francisco and South San Francisco. The project repre- sents the first new major construction at the former Naval Air Station Alameda and is a part of the Alameda Point de- velopment. The facility was built to streamline WETA’s ferry service operation, make routine maintenance and repairs of the vessels more efficient and provide important emergency response capabilities. Providing emergency water transit is a key piece of WETA’s statutory mission. “Our new Central Bay facility is the foundation for the San Francisco Bay Area ferry system of the future,” said WETA Opens New Ferry Maintenance and Operations Hub in Alameda Nina Rannells, WETA’s executive director. “WETA’s long- range strategic plan calls for more frequent service and ad- ditional terminals: a tripling of the fleet and a quadrupling of ridership. The Central Bay facility will allow that to be possible by making our fleet operations more efficient.” Features of the new facility include: • Marine facility with berthing slips for 12 ferry vessels • Equipment and working yard that supports light repair and maintenance work • Dispatch and operations hub Speaking at the opening of the new maintenance and operations hub in December,WETA Executive Director Nina Rannells says the new facility will make ferry operations more efficient.