Port applies for permits for much-needed Westport Marina dredging
Dan Hammock, July 19, 2017, The Daily World
The Port of Grays Harbor has applied for the necessary Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Ecology permits for dredging Westport Marina, but the project is in limbo until the state Legislature passes a capital budget.
At press time, the project was in the budget that has already been approved by the House, but is being held up in the Senate by Republicans who say they won’t pass a capital budget unless the Legislature addresses a Supreme Court decision they say will impede property development. Thursday is the last scheduled day for the third special legislative session called June 21.
“Hopefully, on Thursday we’ll have some answers and we can celebrate with a start date,” said Molly Bold, Westport Business Manager for the Port.
PNW ports’ battle for share hinges on cargo velocity
Bill Mongelluzzo, July 20, 2017, JOC.com
In the battle for market share, Seattle-Tacoma and the British Columbian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert realize it will take more than infrastructure investment to win; it’s going to take faster cargo velocity in and out of the terminal.
While they are expanding their terminals and on-dock rail capacity, and buying larger cranes, the Pacific Northwest ports believe the true competitive edge will come from faster cargo velocity at the terminals, faster truck turn times, and seamless hand-offs of containers to intermodal rail. Given the region’s relatively small local population, the gateway is especially dependent on efficient, competitively priced rail services to population centers in the East.
Thanks at least in part to the pricing strategies of the Canadian railroads, Vancouver has increased its share of US-Canadian Pacific Northwest cargo volume to 48.7 percent through the first five months of 2017, up from 45 percent in 2012, while Prince Rupert has increased its market share to 10.9 percent from 8.3 percent, according to a Journal of Commerce analysis of port statistics.
Keep up with what’s happening at the Port of Anacortes
Dan Worra, July 18, 2017, Go Anacortes
Thank you to the Anacortes American for affording me the opportunity to highlight some of the activities occurring at the Port of Anacortes.
Once a month this year, on the first Wednesday of each month, I will give a Port of Anacortes (PoA) update on current happenings or items of interest. If you have something you’d like to hear about, please contact me at Dan.Worra@portofanacortes.com.
The question I’m asked most is “What exactly is the Port?” So, that’s the subject of this seminal column – Port 101.
Port Townsend port presents plans for renovation at open house
Cydney McFarland, July 20, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
About a dozen people attended an open house hosted by the Port of Port Townsend to see preliminary plans for renovation of the Boat Haven bathroom and laundry facilities.
“Everyone really showed up at the same time” at the open house in the port administration building Tuesday, said port communications director Kimberly Matej.
“It was nice, so [Port Director] Sam [Gibboney] was able to walk everyone through the presentation.”
Homeland security secretary says ports a terrorism priority
Michael Balsamo, July 20, 2017, WGEM.com
Security at shipping ports around the U.S., including testing containers and vessels for biological and radiological hazards, is a top priority to preventing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday.
As he rode aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, near the Port of Los Angeles, Kelly viewed an array of new equipment used to test for radiation and biological threats.
“The threat always changes, so we always have to be on top of that,” Kelly said as the vessel cruised through the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.