Port tries for $7 million grant for Pier 2 improvements
Joan Pringle, December 14, 2016, GoAnacortes
During a tour of Pier 2 with Ann Seabott from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s office Friday, Port of Anacortes Executive Director Dan Worra pointed out some areas on the asphalt that are settling due to the sheet wall below it failing.
The port wants to repair the wall and make other improvements at Pier 2 through a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies or FASTLANE grant program aims to provide $4.5 billion for projects in fiscal years 2016-2020, with approximately $787 million to be awarded for 2017.
Edmonds seeks federal funding for overpass to waterfront
Sharon Salyer, December 15, 2016, Herald Net
The city has a plan for ensuring emergency access to the city’s waterfront — building a $24 million overpass.
Now it’s making the case for money for the project with federal and state officials.
Last week, city representatives, including Mayor Dave Earling, flew to the nation’s capital. They explained the need for the project to representatives of the federal Department of Transportation as well as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, staff of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens, and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Tacoma, who also represents the Olympic Peninsula.
Port of Bremerton spent $240,000 decontaminating building
Tad Sooter, December 14, 2016, Kitsap Sun
Port commissioners accepted final contracts with two companies hired to complete the cleanup of the Olympic View Industrial Park building. Three Kings Environmental of Battle Ground billed the port $49,000 for removing toxins from the floors, exterior and office spaces in the building. Rivers Edge Environmental of Maple Valley charged $95,000 to decontaminate the walls, ceiling and mezzanine.
Those costs were added to money the port already spent on testing, initial cleaning and waste disposal. With the final tally for cleanup in hand, port attorneys can seek reimbursement from former tenants.
FMC supply chain innovation teams to turn focus on exports in 2017
Eric Johnson, December 15, 2016, American Shipper
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said Wednesday that port executives from Houston, South Carolina, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance would anchor the next phase of the Federal Maritime Commission’s supply chain innovation team project.
While briefing the commission about the findings of the import phase of the project, whose teams were led by executives from the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York/New Jersey, Dye said the export phase next year will be led by Jim Newsome, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Ports Authority, Roger Guenther, executive director of Port Houston, and John Wolfe, CEO of the Northwest Seaports Alliance.
Dye called the first phase of the project a success and she hoped it would act as a stimulus to some sort of pilot project to increase terminal efficiency and visibility at U.S. ports. She said, however, that it was not up to the government to undertake such a pilot.
Charleston exploring potential alliance with another Southeast port
Reynolds Hutchins, December 14, 2016, JOC.com
The South Carolina Ports Authority is in “hypothetical and anticipatory” discussions with US federal regulators over a potential alliance with an undisclosed Southeast port authority, similar to the pact struck by then-competitors Seattle and Tacoma in 2015.
The most likely partner for the Port of Charleston would be the top Southeast container port and its fierce competitor, the Port of Savannah. Georgia Ports Authority hasn’t indicated whether they are open to such a pact, saying only that they are open to partnerships beyond jointly developing with SCPA a $5 billion terminal between Savannah and Charleston.
The potential for port alliances “represents a fair balancing of interests in the mega-alliance/consolidation era,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. Shippers “would benefit from continued significant investment in modern, reliable port facilities to handle anticipated growth and the deployment of ultra-large container ships,” Newsome said. Though, he added, such a match-up may require some burueacratic maneuvering, including “a specific enabling agreement with the FMC,” to ever be realized.
Port of Kingston admits liability in public records lawsuit; penalty hearing December 16
Richard Walker, December 13, 2016, Kitsap Daily News
The Port of Kingston admits it “failed to provide responsive public records in a timely manner” to Beth Brewster and Tania Issa, the port’s attorney wrote in a letter to Brewster and Issa’s lawyer.
The letter from Kathleen J. Haggard of Porter Foster Rorick, dated April 11, states that the port “does not wish to prolong this litigation or increase litigation expenses,” and seeks “not only to resolve the litigation but to bring the agency into compliance with state law.”
But both sides differ on what the port should pay as a penalty. According to court documents, Brewster has calculated the port’s liability to her, based on penalties set by state law, to be $494,700; the port claims its penalty should be around $32,000.
Port Commissioners respond to community concern
Greg Hertel, Mike Ahrenius and Barbara Marrett, December 14, 2016, San Juan Journal
We, the port commissioners, recognize the concern of some community members in understanding restructuring at the Port of Friday Harbor. It is a situation we do not take lightly.
The No. 1 job we tasked our new executive director with was to complete the Spring Street Landing project. He had overseen rebuilding of infrastructure at the Port of Brookings Harbor after a tsunami and has a 20-year history of construction management and negotiation.
This skill set rendered redundant of the activities at the Spring Street Landing project of the marina facilities manager, who was acting as the port’s representative. By all accounts, the change was successful in getting the project moving quickly.
Thurston Chamber celebrates ‘Boss of the Year’ winners
Rolf Boone, December 14, 2016, The Olympian
Three “Boss of the Year” winners for 2016 were celebrated Wednesday during a Thurston County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
The winners were Rozanne Garman, who owns Lacey-based general contractor RHD Enterprises; Kevin Johnston, general manager of Capital Mall; and Ed Galligan, Port of Olympia executive director. Honorable mentions went to Tumwater City Administrator John Doan, Joint Animal Services of Thurston County Executive Director Ric Torgerson and Choice Regional Health Executive Director Winfried Danke.
Wednesday’s gathering was the seventh Boss of the Year awards, which are sponsored by the chamber and Express Employment Professionals, a local staffing agency. Business students at Saint Martin’s University interview the nominees.
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article120968323.html
Dayton tourism get high marks in survey
Dian Ver Valen, December 14, 2016, Union-Bulletin.com
What visitors like most about this community is its “small-town feel.”
But they also appreciate the access to outdoor recreation they find here, the many historic sites to visit and the lovely views.
“Visitors describe Dayton as a small, quaint, friendly and historic town,” said Heather Hart of A.L. Baker Consulting, LLC.