Port of Port Angeles Oks rent credit for Merrill & Ring
Jesse Major, July 13, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Angeles has approved a nearly $70,000 rent credit for Merrill &Ring after the company paved the port’s airport log yard.
The $136,529.80 paving project solves one of the top issues for the log yard, said John Nutter, director of finance and administration.
“The primary issue that has come up at the log yard is debris and mud track out onto Airport Road and Lauridsen Boulevard,” he said, adding that it allows most truck traffic to stay on the pavement and workers don’t have to wade through ankle-deep mud.
Nailing it down: Unemployment rate down, bicyclist numbers up
Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty, July 15, 2017, The Daily World
Here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor we’re not just interested in helping others buy, fix up or rent a home. We also like to encourage the overall health of our community — including its economic health.
That’s why we were so encouraged recently when the 2017 Grays Harbor Economic Vitality Index was released.
This document is compiled by the staff at Greater Grays Harbor Inc. — our regional chamber of commerce, economic development council and visitor information center all rolled into one.
Water-rights issue is at crux of Legislature stalemate | In Olympia
Bob Smith, July 13, 2017, Kitsap Daily News
No issue in the state Legislature illustrates the urban-rural split in Washington state than what’s euphemistically called “the Hirst fix.”
It refers to stalled legislation in Olympia, crafted mainly by Republican legislators representing rural districts, that seeks to reverse a state Supreme Court decision made in October, the Hirst case, that severely restricts property owners from obtaining permits for new wells.
The Senate, which is ruled by the Majority Coalition Caucus of Republicans and a few conservative Democrats, has passed Senate Bill 5239, authored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, who also chairs the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee.
Marina expansion, outdoor stage explored at Port of Allyn
Arla Shephard Bull, for Mason County Life, July 11, 2017, Kitsap Sun
As Allyn continues to steadily grow in population, some residents and officials want to dream big as to the future look of the Allyn marina and waterfront park.
The Port of Allyn has submitted a grant to the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office to bring water and power utilities down to the port’s marina in order to create 12 slips for boats with 30 amp and 50 amp connections, said Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola.
The reimbursable grant requires a 25 percent match, or a little more than $101,000 from the port, but part of the match can be through in-kind donations, including the port’s own labor and materials, Coppola said at a July 5 port meeting.
Port of Othello sells property to Betaseed Inc.
Bob Kirkpatrick, July 14, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
Betaseed Inc., out of Bloomington, Minn., has purchased 6.3 acres of land from the Port of Othello and is currently in the process of erecting a storage facility to house sugar beet stecklings.
“It’s wonderful to have another business in the area to help stimulate the economy here,” said Port Director Doyle Palmer.
The purchase price of the property, Palmer said, was $132,000.
Old grain terminal could finally be demolished
Marissa Luck, July 15, 2017, The Daily News
After nearly 30 years of sitting vacant, the old grain silos at the Port of Longview could soon be torn down, opening up more space for the port to attract a new industrial tenant.
Port of Longview commissioners last week approved a $280,000 contract with Seattle-based Crete Consulting Inc. to begin an environmental assessment for demolishing the derelict silos. Because each of the silos were built in different decades between 1927 through 1951, each uses different building materials that could present unique challenges.
Contractors will evaluate whether there are any hazards or toxins in the silos that could affect demolition. They’ll also see whether any of the concrete or other parts can be salvaged, and give the port an estimate for how much time and money it will take to remove the old terminal.
On the Waterfront: White Coral takes on logs in Port Angeles Harbor
David G. Sellars, July 16, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
At the beginning of the week, the Panamanian flagged cargo ship White Coral moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 3.
When she departs for China on Sunday, the 576-foot vessel will be loaded with approximately 5.3 million board feet of debarked logs that were harvested from private land in Western Washington.
I was speaking with a fellow recently who told me he used to sit in his office on U.S. Highway 101 and watch as boats built by Armstrong Marine were towed to and from the waterfront, all the while holding covetous thoughts.
Terminal consolidation is coming
Mark Szakonyi, July 15, 2017, The Journal of Commerce and JOC.com
Amid the devastating cyber attack on Maersk Group and Cosco Holdings buying OOCL with the help of Shanghai International Port Group, an interesting development on the US West Coast may have missed your notice. Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM’s) decision to shut down its operations at its Port of Los Angeles terminal because the new alliances have cost it volume is a harbinger for more consolidation on the coast.
Terminal consolidation on the US West Coast is set to be much slower than carrier consolidation because of the length of leases marine terminal operators (MTOs) have with port authorities. Middle Harbor, for example, has a 40-year lease with the Port of Long Beach. If other terminals want to get out of their leases, the ports would have to negotiate a financial arrangement with the MTOs to protect their interests.
The exit terms of California United Terminals (CUT), the operating sister company of HMM, from the 91-acre facility at Pier 400 are unclear, as JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo reports. MTOs tend to commit a certain volume to the port in the lease, but it’s not clear if CUT failed to meet its minimum annual guarantee of volume with the Port of Los Angeles or APM Terminals, which has subleased the land to the HMM subsidiary.
Fun on track during Clamshell Railroad Days
July 12, 2017, Coast Weekend
The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum celebrates Clamshell Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, with expanded events and old favorites, the museum announced.
The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days. Kids under 12 are admitted free.
What the Port of Edmonds does | Port View
Bob McChesney, July 14, 2017, Edmonds Beacon.com
Did you know that Washington state has the largest locally controlled public port system in the world?
There are 75 port districts in Washington, all of which are governed by an elected commission and operate independent of local governing agencies. Port districts vary greatly across Washington state, but we share a common goal: to provide economic stimulation for our communities.
The Port of Edmonds’ mission is to operate in a fiscally sound and environmentally responsible manner.
Three face off in Bremerton mayoral primary
Josh Farley, July 15, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Filling long-vacant storefronts. Rebuilding neglected roads and sidewalks. Accelerating the construction of affordable housing.
The three candidates vying for Bremerton mayor have their share of overlapping talking points. They want to bolster bus service. They each fear a Bremerton without a community hospital. And as downtown becomes more dense, they promise to push to bring a grocery store to the district.
But each candidate — Mayor Patty Lent, Councilman Greg Wheeler and Port of Bremerton Commissioner Cary Bozeman — have disparate priorities in how to accomplish those goals, they’ve told voters in recent interviews and candidate forums.
Longshoremen leader faults port for inefficiencies
Marissa Luck, July 13, 2017, The Daily News
Tensions between the longshoremen’s union and the Port of Longview bubbled to the surface this week as a Local 21 leader publicly criticized the port for slow operations and an unaddressed jurisdictional dispute.
ILWU Local 21 President Billy Roberts vented his frustrations at a port commission meeting Wednesday, pointing to a Sunday night accident on the port’s rail line as an example of a changing mentality among port staff.
At about 7 p.m. Sunday, a rail car derailed temporarily at the port after a worker accidentally did not align a switch on the tracks properly. No one was hurt and there was no environmental damage, according to the port. Instead of immediately fixing the switch though, repairs were delayed to the next morning shutting down work on a job.