DECEMBER 10, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Rideshare services could soon share same pickup area with taxis at Sea-Tac Airport

By Linzi Sheldon, December 8, 2015, KIRO News

Rideshare services could soon share the same pickup area with taxi drivers at Sea-Tac Airport.

Sea-Tac is taking a crucial step in allowing car services like Uber-X to pick up travelers as soon as sometime in January.

But the trips would include an additional charge for customers.

Port of Seattle commissioners discussed their new proposal on Tuesday after six months of study.

Read more here: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/rideshare-services-could-soon-share-same-pick-area/npfh5/

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Change of plans: All American Marine will move to Bellingham waterfront

By Dave Gallagher, December 7, 2015, Bellingham Herald

Faced with not getting the environmental cleanup funds it was hoping for, the Port of Bellingham is making significant changes to its expansion plans with All American Marine.

The Bellingham shipbuilder’s new facility will be moved to Hilton Avenue, near Bornstein Seafoods and a U.S. Coast Guard station. At 40,000 square feet, the new facility will be about the same size as the original plans but will no longer be in Fairhaven. All American Marine also will have access to two nearby buildings, which combined offer 10,000 square feet of space for shipping/receiving and material processing.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article48525770.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Kennewick increases CEO spending authority, despite Pasco concerns

Geoff Folsom, December 8, 2015, Tri-City Herald

Port of Kennewick commissioners agreed Tuesday to give more authority to the port’s chief executive officer, despite concerns of public perception in the wake of embezzlement scandals in Pasco.

The list of changes in the delegation of authority to CEO Tim Arntzen gives him the ability to approve some service contracts up to $200,000 without board approval. The previous limit was $50,000.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article48729480.html#storylink=cpy

 

TRADE 

US West Coast port congestion woes still echo through supply chains

William B. Cassidy, December 9, 2015, JOC.com

Ripples of disruption from the West Coast port crisis are still affecting supply chains, shippers said at the JOC Ports Performance North America Conference.

“There’s a misperception that it only affected us for a limited time,” Willis Weirich, senior group manager of international transportation for retailer Target said at the two-day event here.

The impact of last year’s labor dispute, which nearly brought West Coast port operations to a halt from last November through February “is much bigger and longer than that,” Weirich said. “It’s had a long-term impact on how we plan for supply chain disruptions,” he told the conference during a panel on shipper perspectives on port performance and congestion problems.

Read more: http://www.joc.com/port-news/port-productivity/cargo-may-be-king-congestion-threatens-throne_20151209.html

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