JANUARY 20, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Tacoma Residents Will Get A Chance To Weigh In On Plans For Giant Methanol Plant

By Ashley Gross, January 19, 2016, KPLU

A Chinese-backed group wants to build what they say would be the world’s biggest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma, raising lots of concerns among nearby residents, who will have a chance to weigh in on the project at a scoping meeting this Thursday.

Northwest Innovation Works is the company that’s planning to build the Tacoma methanol plant, as well as two more plants along the Columbia River: one at the Port of Kalama and one in Oregon at the Port of St. Helens. The company is a joint venture partly backed by the Chinese government.

Read more here: http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-residents-will-get-chance-weigh-plans-giant-methanol-plant

 

 

LABOR 

U.S. Ports Should Work With Unions on Automation, Labor Secretary Says

By Erica E. Phillips, January 19, 2016, Wall Street Journal

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

Mr. Perez, who toured automated operations at the Port of Hamburg over the weekend, said as the U.S. expands its efforts to boost exports, they could learn from more advanced operations. That includes Hamburg, which he called “one of the most modern ports in the world.”

Read more here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/us-ports-should-work-with-unions-on-automation-labor-secretary-says-1453237735

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

One of Oakland Port’s Biggest Tenants Moving Out

By Erica E. Phillips, January 19, 2016, Wall Street Journal

Just two weeks after welcoming the largest container ship to ever arrive on U.S. shores, Ports America, which runs operations at dozens of ports in the U.S., said it would terminate a 50-year lease with the port of Oakland and cease cargo operations within 30 days.

In a statement, Ports America said its joint venture in Oakland’s Outer Harbor Terminal would be returning the leased property back to the port. The company will instead focus on investing in terminal operations in other cities, according to the statement: “Ports America is active in planning its expansion and investment opportunities in its existing locations at both the Port of Tacoma and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.”

Read more here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/one-of-oakland-ports-biggest-tenants-moving-out-1453248509

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