FEBRUARY 12, 2015

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Hard Drive Marine locates in La Conner Aluminum boat manufacturer employs up to 10 workers with plans to grow.

 

 

LABOR 

West Coast Labor Dispute Brings Crippling Delays to SeaportsThe slowdown escalated this week as owners said they would suspend the unloading of container and other cargo ships on Thursday, Monday and the weekend because of what they called “a strike with pay.”

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Portland’s loss is Seattle’s gain as Hanjin ends operations at Oregon port The Port of Portland lost a big chunk of its container traffic Tuesday when South Korea-based Hanjin, one of the largest shipping lines in the world, announced it would no longer be shipping goods through the Port of Portland beginning in March.

 

 

TRADE 

More signs of West Coast port woes spurring cargo shift to opposite coastWhen U.S. West Coast port congestion clears, there are increasing signs that shippers’ frustrations with shipment delays of weeks will spur them to permanently re-route freight through the East Coast, much like they did in 2002 following a 10-day marine terminal lockout.

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