JANUARY 29, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014 Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday.

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Area around Port of Olympia marine terminal evacuated following chemical spill The Port of Olympia and businesses within a quarter mile of the port’s marine terminal were evacuated for about three hours Wednesday after a hydrogen peroxide spill sent plumes of steam billowing up from the port yard and city streets.

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Environmental groups target Port of Seattle plan to lease Terminal 5Environmental groups object to the Port of Seattle leasing Terminal 5 to company that is working for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.

 

TRADE 

Canadian shippers see sailing reliability suffer as West Coast congestion ripples north –  Many Canadian importers are receiving shipments two to three weeks longer than usual and exporters are missing sailing windows because of container vessels delays at U.S. West Coast ports are rippling north. 

Vessels backing up at an alarming rate on the West CoastVessels are backing up at an alarming rate at West Coast ports due to congested marine terminals and work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. 

Damage to US exports from West Coast gridlock, trade group saysU.S. exports of several agricultural products including pork, beef, poultry, apples and forage products are shrinking, and some export opportunities could be lost permanently because of dockworker slowdowns and the gridlock that has emerged at West Coast ports, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition reports.

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