AUGUST 24, 2017


Maritime industry is growing, but the workforce is aging

Jennifer Sasseen, August 23, 2017, HeraldNet

The owner of a private maritime-training school in Edmonds sees a lot of opportunity opening up in the industry for young people.

“What we’re finding in our industry is that we have too many people retiring and not enough young people getting involved,” said Julie Keim, owner of Compass Courses, located in Harbor Square on Dayton Street.

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Business booming at area ports, industrial parks

Dawn Feldhaus, August 24, 20187, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

As the Port of Camas-Washougal continues to increase construction on its properties, building is booming at other ports in the region, with both the Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver reporting increased interest in industrial park property.

The Port of C-W’s existing 450-acre industrial park, located off state Route 14 and 32nd Street in Washougal, has had a 100-percent occupancy rate for the past four years. More than 40 companies have offices in the park, with a combined workforce in excess of 700 employees. Now, companies are interested in building on available Port land. Several projects are in the works already, including the following:

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Elochoman marina to receive non-motorized boat assessment

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, August 24, 2017, The Wahkiakum County Eagle

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (Estuary Partnership), Wahkiakum Port District 1, and Columbia River Kayaking are spearheading a project at the Elochoman Slough Marina to investigate opportunities to improve non-motorized boat access.

The Elochoman Slough Marina is a key site on the Lower Columbia River Water Trail and a popular spot for paddlers to launch and land. Improving non-motorized boat access at the marina will lessen crowding and conflicts at the existing boat launch, create safer launching conditions, generate a better experience for paddlers, and promote the Elochoman Slough Marina as a paddling destination.

Landscape architecture firm Shapiro Didway will formally evaluate possible launch locations, and develop a final conceptual design and preliminary cost estimate for one site. The assessment will also be used as a case study in a national publication called the River Access Planning Framework, which will help other communities design non-motorized boat facilities.

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NWSA sees 5% container growth in first half 2017

Mark Edward Nero, August 23, 2017, American Shipper

Container volumes at the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle and Tacoma rose 5 percent during the first half of the year despite a 1 percent dip in throughput for the month of July, according to recent data from the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), the ports’ marine cargo operating partnership.

Year-to-date, combined full import volumes at the ports were up 6 percent to 803,357 TEUs, while full exports were flat at 540,344 TEUs. Total international container volumes, including empties, increased 9 percent to 1.7 million TEUs during the first half. Year-to-date 2017 total international TEU volumes were the highest since 2007, NWSA said.

July, however, was an all-around bad month for full container volumes at the ports. Full imports dropped 2 percent to 109,182 TEUs compared to last year, while full exports were down 13 percent to 63,599 TEUs for the month.

But empty exports, mainly containers being sent to Asia to be refilled with goods, grew

39 percent, according to NWSA data.

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