Port of Olympia moves forward with plan to acquire buildings in Lacey
Rolf Boone, August 9, 2016, The Olympian
The Port of Olympia commission Monday night voted to move forward with a plan that could see the port acquire three commercial buildings in Lacey.
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Oakland Port has busiest month in a decade
Mark Edward Nero, August 9, 2016, Pacific Maritime Online Magazine
July 2016 was the busiest month in 10 years at the Port of Oakland as far as container volumes go. On Aug. 8, the port said it handled the equivalent of 223,619 TEUs last month, the most since it lifted 227,996 20-foot containers in August 2006.
Cargo volume was up across the board, according to the port, including both imports and exports. The port says it believes the upswing may signal hope for the upcoming peak shipping season.
“The numbers are encouraging and with holiday shipments set to commence, this could be the start of something good,” Maritime Director John Driscoll said.
Among the positive signs last month in Oakland were that total container volume jumped 8.8 percent from July of 2015; and that export volume, up 3.6 percent, increased for the sixth time in seven months, strengthening Oakland’s status as a to-Asia gateway.
Port of Port Angeles facilities called instrumental to a Cascadia earthquake response
August 9, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
William R. Fairchild International Airport and Port of Port Angeles’ harbor terminals are key to the North Olympic Peninsula’s response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Jim Buck, an earthquake-preparedness activist and former state legislator, said Monday.
Buck, Clallam County Fire District No. 3 disaster-planning responder Blaine Zechenelly and county Emergency Management Program Coordinator Penelope Linterman gave port commissioners a presentation on the dire impacts of the cataclysmic ground-shaker at the commission meeting.
Buck emphasized the port’s importance in an interview after his PowerPoint presentation, forebodingly titled “Matter of Time.”
“Without the port, we’d be in really big trouble,” Buck said. “There’s only two ways to get in here, the airport and by sea, and they control both.”
During his presentation, Buck detailed the consequences of a 6 minute, 30-second 9.2 subduction-zone temblor off the Washington and Oregon coasts, where the Juan de Fuca and North American plates meet.
Kids’ playground ready to open at Bremerton National
Kitsap Sun Staff, August 8, 2016, Kitsap Sun
Bremerton National Airport Director Fred Salisbury set out this year to build “a place where kids’ dreams can take flight.”
That place, an airport-themed playground next to the terminal, will officially open Tuesday, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 6 p.m.
The playground is designed to inspire interest in aviation, according to a Port of Bremerton news release. The rubberized play surface mimics an airport runway and taxiway. Toys are modeled after planes and helicopters. The climbing structure resembles an air traffic control tower, complete with wind sock.
The playground was developed by PlayCreation Inc., which also worked on the playground at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton. The project was funded with a combination of private donations and port money.
The port met its goal of completing the playground before the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association fly-in, scheduled for Aug. 19-20. The fly in is expected to draw several hundred aircraft and thousands of visitors to the airport.
Bremerton National is located at 8850 SW Highway 3.
Shippers urge ILWU, PMA to start contract negotiations
Chris Dupin, August 9, 2016, American Shipper
A group of 128 trade organizations representing shippers and transportation organizations have joined together to urge the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and their employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), to begin contract talks.
“We applaud your organizations for considering an extension of the current contract. However, we now call upon you to agree to the requests and begin the negotiations,” they said in a letter sent Monday to ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna.
The letter was signed by manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers, and other supply chain stakeholders. Shipper groups that signed the letter included the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the National Retail Federation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, while transportation groups that signed it included the American Trucking Associations and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America.
The letter was a follow up to similar correspondence on March 15 that encouraged the ILWU and PMA to begin early discussions on either a contract extension or a new contract.
“You have both recognized the negative economic impact of disruptions and slowdowns that occurred during the last negotiations,” the letter sent today said, referring to slowdowns and reduced hours that marked the contentious contact talks between the ILWU and employers in 2014-15.
“We believe starting negotiations early will help avoid a repeat of that experience.”
The letter also added, “We strongly believe a contract extension is critical to ensure stability and predictability at West Coast ports. A new model for future negotiations needs to be developed, one which stresses early and continuous dialogue. This should include a pledge by both parties to ensure there are no disruptions to cargo movement during negotiations. Maintaining the arbitration mechanisms in the existing contract for the duration of the negotiations, even if the contract expires before a final agreement is reached, is critical to that process.”