DECEMBER 1, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Port commission approves budget for 2015The Port of Olympia commission Monday night approved the port’s 2015 budget, which projects $14.8 million in revenue, $10.6 million in operating expenses and operating income of $426,000 — the highest for the port in years. 

Port of Seattle OKs budget The port commissioners approved a 2015 budget that reduces the tax rate but keeps stable the total amount raised from King County property owners. 

Port of Longview approves operating budget; $3.22 million expected from tax levyRising property values will give a small boost to the Port of Longview next year, making more money available for a major projects such as Willow Grove Park improvements.

 

 

CHANNEL DEEPING/DREDGING

 Port of Walla Walla plans to dredge Burbank barge slipThe Port of Walla Walla may spend about $522,000 next year to bring a barge slip in its Burbank Industrial Park to a useable condition. 

Port of Kingston begins dredgingThe Port of Kingston started a dredging project this week that should be complete by Dec. 30.

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Temco grain terminal expansion nearly completeA $50 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal is nearing completion at the Port of Kalama after almost a year of construction. The expansion is expected to double the terminal’s capacity and employment. 

Tacoma, Seattle focus on intermodal to protect, expand market share The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are scrambling to improve their intermodal access to the hinterland to protect the discretionary cargo they have, and, perhaps, even regain business lost to Southern California and Canadian ports.

 

 

TRADE 

No Holiday Cheer In Ports DisputeFor some people, gifts may be delayed by the congestion and long-running contract negotiations at West Coast ports. 

Guest: Port slowdown’s potential devastating impacts on Washington businesses President Obama and Washington’s congressional delegation must intercede to prevent the contract dispute between West Coast unions and the Pacific Maritime Association from upending the economy, write guest columnists Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney. 

13 carriers reinstate congestion surcharges to US West Coast JOC.com has confirmed 13 carriers will assess port congestion fees on cargo shipped on or after Nov. 26. Those fees average $800 per 20-foot container, $1,000 per 40-foot container, $1,125 per 40-foot high cube container and $1,266 per 45-foot container. 

Potato industry impacted by labor disputes at portsThe potato industry is feeling the effects of an ongoing labor dispute at Seattle and Tacoma ports. 

Port slowdowns hurt Washington apple exports The Washington apple industry is losing tens of millions of dollars weekly in sales because of the longshoremen’s work slowdown at West Coast ports over contract negotiations.

 

 

UNIONS 

Union says West Coast ports won’t shut down, others not so sureWest Coast ports may be slower, but they will not shut down during the holiday season. 

Editorial: As contract negotiations drag on, get ports back to full speed Union dock workers have a right to bargain for a new contract, but slowing down the port hurts businesses and consumers.

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