DECEMBER 9, 2016


Public hearings for timber and Murrelet slated for Port Angeles

December 8, 2016,

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just released two draft environmental impact statements for public review on the Marbled Murrelet Long-term Conservation Strategy, and the Sustainable Harvest Calculation for state trust lands.

The first draft impact statement analyzes six alternative approaches to long-term conservation of marbled murrelet habitat on DNR-managed lands within 55 miles of marine waters. The seabird is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The second draft analyzes the sustainable harvest calculation. It will help determine the volume of timber that DNR will harvest from 1.8 million acres of western Washington state forests during the 2015-2024 planning period.

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Port of Port Angeles completes repairs of Terminal 1

Jesse Major, December 9, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles has completed nearly $5 million in repairs and improvements on Terminal 1, its oldest piece of infrastructure.

During the $4.9 million project, crews replaced more than 380 wooden piles with coated steel piles, contracted a new barge dolphin and made major repairs to the head tie dolphin, said Chris Hartman, director of engineering.

Dolphins are mooring points not attached to the dock.

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Miami terminals seek alliance to negotiate with container lines

Reynolds Hutchins, December 8, 2016,

US regulators are reviewing a proposed agreement between two marine terminal operators at the Port of Miami that would allow the terminals to jointly negotiate terms and conditions with container lines — a first for the United States.

Although the port of Seattle and Tacoma came together operationally as the Northwest Seaport Alliance in 2015, this is the first time two marine terminals have sought the Federal Maritime Commission’s blessing to create their own alliance. Miami’s South Florida Container Terminal and Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company want to jointly negotiate, set, and approve terminal rates, charges, rules, and regulations, and rates of return between the terminals.

The terminals’ request parallels the vessel-sharing agreements container lines have formed to pool their cargo in larger ships in order to mitigate overcapacity and broaden their networks. Through the alliances, the container lines still compete with fellow members, and are forbidden from jointly marketing, selling, or contracting with third-parties, such as tug operators and stevedores.

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WA:  Longtime port director heads for retirement

Christine Pratt, December 9, 2016, Aviation Pros

Economic development takes a long time when 80 percent of your county’s lands are publicly owned wildlands and unavailable for development. Mark Urdahl’s in a good position to know that.

The infamously casual dresser, Deadhead and motorcycle road tripper will retire at month’s end from his job as executive director of the Port of Chelan County.

The milestone caps nearly 24 years of leading teams and advising elected port commissioners intent on luring new companies to Chelan County, creating jobs, identifying promising trends and fostering grassroots business opportunities.

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