DECEMBER 15, 2015


Port of Olympia commission expands video coverage of its meetings

By Rolf Boone, December 15, 2015, The Olympian

The Port of Olympia commission — including its newest member, E.J. Zita — voted unanimously Monday to expand video coverage of its meetings.

It also will end its broadcast arrangement with Thurston Community Television (TCTV) and move forward with a new company.

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George Barner’s tenure on Port of Olympia commission comes to a close

By Rolf Boone, December 15, 2015, The Olympian

George Barner’s tenure on the Port of Olympia commission came to an end Monday night after the two-term commissioner participated in his last commission meeting. He will be replaced by former Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee member Joe Downing, who defeated Barner in the general election.

Fellow Commissioner Bill McGregor; Keith Bausch, president of the longshore local that serves the port; and the newest commissioner, E.J. Zita, thanked Barner for his service to the port and community.

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US ports eye more automation as discharges from large vessels intensify

Bill Mongelluzzo, December 14, 2015,

The arrival in Los Angeles on Dec. 26 of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, with a capacity of almost 18,000 20-foot container units, confirms the business case for automated terminals in Southern California and other major U.S. gateways, according to port planner Larry Nye.

“Why do I think container terminals in North America will gravitate to automation?” the senior vice president at Moffatt & Nichol asked the JOC Port Performance Conference last week in Iselin, New Jersey. “In most cases, the current operating modes simply will not suffice into the future,” Nye said

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