Port of Seattle may block sale of bankrupt Hanjin’s waterfront operation
Mike Rosenberg, January 9, 2017, The Seattle Times
The Port of Seattle is objecting to the sale of the operations center at Terminal 46, where bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin is trying to unload its business to one of the world’s largest cargo firms.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which operates the Seattle and Tacoma ports, says it hasn’t received financial background information or a security deposit from the proposed new owners of the terminal facility.
On Friday, it asked a judge to block the pending sale unless the buyers hand over the financial documents and pay a minimum one-year lease charge of $11.25 million.
Ports discuss countywide fiber, channel dredging at meeting
Joan Pringle, January 10, 2017, GoAnacortes
Dredging the Swinomish Channel and creating a county-wide broadband network were the major discussions of a joint meeting between the ports of Anacortes and Skagit on Jan. 5 at City Hall.
Kym Anderson, chief of the Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Section, gave the two commissions an update on the workings of the agency when it comes to keeping the Swinomish Channel open and navigable, a key transportation way for economic and recreational purposes.
One goal is to keep the 11 miles of the channel from Saratoga Pass to Padilla Bay dredged to 12 feet deep. Funding for dredging comes from the federal government, but dredging has to be done every few years and securing that money has been a recurring challenge.
Construction at cannabis growing facility proceeding quickly
Dan Hammock, January 11, 2017, The Daily World
Construction of the marijuana growing facility at the Port of Grays Harbor’s Satsop Business Park is proceeding quickly, and developers expect it to be growing a high quality crop by the early spring.
“They’re on a pretty fast construction path,” said Jerry Derevyanny, general counsel for Global Real Estate Properties. “I expect it to be going in the early part of the second quarter.”
Global Real Estate Properties and its subsidiary, Fuller Hill Development, share common ownership of the operation, according to the Port of Grays Harbor. Global and Fuller Hill were the driving force behind the largest marijuana producer and processor in the state, Northwest Cannabis Solutions in Olympia. They are putting more than $6 million into the 15,000 square foot Enterprise Building, getting it ready to provide the space and equipment needed for the grow operation. The final tenant who will run the operation has not been named yet, “but we are working on getting them moved in ASAP,” said Derevyanny. It is that tenant who will be doing the hiring for a projected 60 to 70 positions in the spring.
Craft3 lender leaving Ilwaco, consolidating in Astoria
EO Media Group, January 10, 2017, Chinook Observer
Regional lender Craft3 will consolidate its Ilwaco and Astoria offices at the Fisher Bros. building in Astoria in February.
Carl Seip, a spokesman for Craft3, said the move is about locating in a regional economic center. The lender will house 12 to 15 staff as the sole tenant of the Fisher Bros. building, located at the corner of Astor and Seventh streets near the waterfront. Craft3 is currently building out its offices in the building. Seip said there are also plans to refurbish the historic Fisher Bros. mural outside.
“We’re excited to move down there,” he said. “It gives us a lot more visibility in a community we’ve lent in for well over two decades now.”
Port of Olympia approves lease and option agreement with downtown developer
Rolf Boone, January 9, 2017, The Olympian
The Port of Olympia commission’s first action of the new year was to unanimously approve a ground lease and option agreement for an East Bay parcel with prominent downtown developer Walker John.
John’s previous projects in downtown Olympia include: The Cunningham building at Fourth Avenue and Adams Street Southeast; the Thurston First Bank Building at Franklin Street and Legion Way Southeast; and the Campus Lofts & Townhomes at 12th Avenue and Jefferson Street Southeast.
The vote came after the three-member commission heard from about a dozen people on Monday who raised concerns about sea-level rise and whether the proposed project would block an effort to restore Moxlie Creek, which flows underground much of the way from Watershed Park into the East Bay of Budd Inlet.
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A record shipload is unloading at Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Tacoma terminal
Andrew McIntosh, January 10, 2017, Puget Sound Business Journal
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is setting a record by unloading more than 4,800 Kia vehicles from a Korean transport ship Tuesday.
The Glovis Composer ship, known as a roll-on/roll-off (“ro-ro”) vessel, is unloading after berthing at Tacoma’s Terminal 7 Monday, NWSA spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.
During this call, the NWSA’s South Harbor will receive 4,818 Korean-made vehicles from the ship’s hold in addition to six “high-and-heavy” cargos, making it the single-largest auto discharge off a vessel in the Port of Tacoma’s history, Mattina said.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance to handle single-largest auto discharge in Port of Tacoma history
AJOT, January 9, 2017, American Journal of Transportation
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is expected to unload more than 4,800 vehicles off the Glovis Composer auto ship upon its Jan. 9 arrival. The roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ship from Korea will berth at Terminal 7 in Tacoma. At 656 feet long (200 meters) and 106 feet wide (32 meters), the ship has a total capacity to transport 6,400 vehicles. During this call, the South Harbor will receive 4,818 vehicles in addition to six high and heavy cargoes, making this the single-largest auto discharge off a vessel in the Port of Tacoma’s history. In 2016, discharges from this same vessel averaged around 1,825 cars.
These vehicles will be transported throughout the country and will reach as far east as Chicago and Ohio. The Glovis Composer is expected to return to Korea Tuesday night.
Molly Bold selected by Port as new Westport Marina District Business Manager
Dan Hammock, January 10, 2017, The Daily World
Molly Bold, a leader in a group advocating for commercial fishing, will join the Port of Grays Harbor’s senior management team as the new Westport business manager, the Port announced Tuesday.
In the newly created position, Bold will be responsible for operations, planning and management of the Westport Marina District properties, including the Westport Marina moorage facilities, upland properties, and public access facilities. She begins her new job Jan. 23.
Over the past three years, Bold successfully established and actively led the local non-profit group known as WEfish. Prior to her work with WEfish, Bold owned and operated a thriving local photography business. She and her husband, Ryan, also own Bold Fisheries, a fishing business that operates from California to Alaska.
Port of Olympia’s Ed Galligan is a finalist for Vancouver, WA port job
Rolf Boone, January 10, 2017, The Olympian
Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan, who has led the port for 11 years, is one of three finalists for the Port of Vancouver’s top job of CEO/executive director.
The three finalists were announced Tuesday by the Port of Vancouver USA. The other finalists are Julianna Marler, the Port of Vancouver’s interim chief executive, and Arthur Scheunemann, a former president and chief executive of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.
Finalists are set to be interviewed Jan. 19 in Vancouver by a panel of port and community stakeholders. The Port of Vancouver commission will evaluate the applicants’ qualifications in a special executive session Jan. 20, then the commission could pick a finalist Jan. 24.
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Port of Vancouver names CEO finalists
Conrad Wilson, January 10, 2017, OPB FM
The Port of Vancouver has named three finalists for CEO.
The candidates include: Edward Galligan, the executive director for the Port of Olympia; Arthur Scheunemann, the former CEO of the economic development council for Seattle and King County; and Julianna Marler, the Port’s current interim CEO.
The finalists were chosen from about 80 applicants, according to Port officials, who hope to have a new CEO in place by March.
Port of Pasco Chief of Police confident in airport security
Justin Lum, January 9, 2017, KEPR TV.com
The Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting has shaken several passengers sense of security when flying.
Here at the Tri-Cities Airport, it’s business as usual according to the Chief of Police.
TSA says the authorities at the Port of Pasco have confiscated unchecked firearms just once in each of the last two years.