City of Chelan approves $5,000 pledge to Pangborn
July 5, 2017, KOZI Community Radio
At their meeting last week, Chelan City Council approved a resolution supporting the Port of Chelan County in their quest to bring non-stop flights between Pangborn Memorial Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
Chelan Mayor, Mike Cooney, told KOZI the council unanimously voted to approve that resolution…
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Guest column: Ilwaco, Chinook ports land $3.7M for 2017 channel maintenance
Guy Glenn, Jr., July 5, 2017, Chinook Observer
The fiscal year 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan was announced on May 24, 2017, and included funding to maintain critical navigation infrastructure near the Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook. The navigation channels leading from the Columbia River into the ports are federally authorized and, depending on funding, maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The entrance channel into the Port of Ilwaco received $2.459 million and the Port of Chinook entrance channel received $1.2 million, for a total of $3.659 million going to support safe, reliable access to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean for these communities. Dredging is expected to take place in both locations in August and September this year.
In addition to this funding, the Trump administration proposed $1.809 million to dredge the Ilwaco entrance channel in 2018, a big win for the project to receive this level of support. Both port districts continue to operate under an interlocal agreement where Ilwaco provides inclusive management to Chinook. The agreement between the ports has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2016.
How a Chinese businessman is going toe-to-toe with Pacific Northwest environmentalists on methanol
Hal Bernton, July 6, 2017, The Seattle Times
Wu Lebin declares himself to be a champion of green development, and he is in a powerful position to make that happen. He is chairman of a multibillion-dollar holding company spun off from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
His office wall prominently features a large, framed photograph of his handshake with President Xi Jinping when both visited Seattle in 2015.
Washington is key to his ambition.
Enviro groups challenge proposed methanol plant in Washington
Richard Nemec, July 5, 2017, Natural Gas Intel
Four environmental groups have appealed a shoreline permit for a proposed $1.8 billion methanol manufacturing plant along the Columbia River in southwest Washington, offering the latest potential hurdle to the massive project.
China-based Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) said its proposed methanol manufacturing and marine export facilities at Port Kalama are the first to be required by the state to follow a new clean air rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Nevertheless, the environmental foursome of Earthjustice, Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity alleges that the permit failed to address threats to climate, safety and public health. They are hoping to get the permit rolled back by the state Shorelines Hearings Board.
Ports shoreline permit returns to commission
Rick Nelson, July 6, 2017, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
Wahkiakum County commissioners on Wednesday conditionally approved an application for a shoreline management substantial development permit to allow the Port of Longview and other upriver ports to begin disposing dredged sand inside Puget Island dikes.
The permit appeared on the board’s agenda just in May, but commissioners sent it back to the county planning commission, at that board’s request, to seek further information.
As a final part of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ channel deepening project, upriver ports, represented by the Port of Longview, have planned to use farmland owned by Philip and Ivy Lou Vik as a disposal site for dredged sand. Sand would be pumped across East Sunny Sands Road and spread over fields, level at the height of the dike road and sloping to a height of 35 feet at a distance of 600 feet from the road.
HMM exit from LA terminal could herald more shake-ups
Bill Mongelluzzo, July 5, 2017, JOC.com
Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM’s) plans to shut down its operations at its Port of Los Angeles terminal because of a loss of business through the new alliances could be a precursor of more US West Coast terminal shake-ups.
The April 1 restructuring of the global vessel-sharing alliances is beginning to have a long-term impact on US terminal operators, as some terminals are gaining business while others are losing volume.
In Southern California, California United Terminals (CUT), the operating sister company of HMM, plans to shut down its operations at the Port of Los Angeles effective Aug. 31. HMM also has a facility in Tacoma, Washington United Terminals, but there has been no announcement of the fate of that terminal, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance Wednesday had no comment on any possible developments.
Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM’s) plans to shut down its operations at its Port of Los Angeles terminal because of a loss of business through the new alliances could be a precursor of more US West Coast terminal shake-ups. The April 1 restructuring of the global vessel-sharing alliances is beginning to have a long-term impact on US terminal operators, as some terminals are gaining business while others are losing volume. In Southern California, California United Terminals (CUT), the operating sister company of HMM, plans to shut down its operations at the Port of Los Angeles effective Aug. 31. HMM also has a facility in Tacoma, Washington United Terminals, but there has been no announcement of the fate of that terminal, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance Wednesday had no comment on any possible developments.
The World stops in Port Townsend
Chris Tucker, July 5, 2017, Port Townsend Leader
The World, a 644-foot privately owned cruise ship, is anchored in Port Townsend bay today. It is to depart July 6.
“They are tendering passengers over to Union Wharf,” said Kimberly Matej, communications coordinator for the Port of Port Townsend.
According the ship’s website, it is the largest private residential ship in the world, with 165 residences.
Stuck fuel tanker on Columbia River refloated, heads to Port of Longview
Allan Brettman, July 6, 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive
A 557-foot tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol ran aground Thursday morning near Skamokawa, Washington, on the lower Columbia River, the U.S. Coast Guard says.
There are no reports of pollution in the river, flooding aboard the vessel or injuries to crew members, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Skamokawa is about 33 miles downriver from the Port of Longview and perhaps 45 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River.