Northwest Seaport Alliance experiences double-digit box growth
Mark Edward Nero, June 22, 2017, American Shipper
Last month was the strongest May on record for total international container volumes at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, including empties, at 255,817 TEUs, according to the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which runs the marine cargo operating partnership between the two ports.
As new ocean carrier alliance services entered the gateway, international container volumes increased by 18 percent compared to last year, the NWSA said.
Full imports grew 10 percent to 115,960 TEUs compared to last year as retailers continued to rebuild inventory levels and a favorable market outlook fueled import demand. Despite the strong U.S. dollar, full exports were up 8 percent to 78,086 TEUs.
Xpress Natural Gas expects to expand customer base on Olympic Peninsula
Port of Grays Harbor, June 2017
The principle “energy attracts energy” seems to be at work at Satsop Business Park.
Built as a nuclear power plant that was never finished, fueled or fired, the Satsop Business Park must have a special energy of its own. It keeps attracting various power-related industries.
The latest, Xpress Natural Gas, (XNG), was up and running last fall serving its anchor customer – Port Townsend Paper Corporation – and is already looking to expand.
Inland Northwest aerospace group looks to elevate its profile
Kevin Blocker, June 22, 2017, Journal of Business
Boasting a membership that extends from the Cascade Mountains to Bozeman, Mont., the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium says is stepping up its efforts to more actively engage its current members while seeking to recruit more.
“Our total membership list is 300 to 400 different companies, but the more active members—those more regularly engaged—is around 100,” says aerospace consortium Chairman Greg Konkol, who also is president of Liberty Lake-based AccraFab Inc., a precision sheet metal fabricator.
Through the years, the aerospace consortium has partnered with Idaho Aerospace Alliance, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, Spokane International Airport, Spokane County, the Port of Moses Lake, North Idaho College, and Spokane Community College.
Pasco leaders visit Wenatchee Public Market, seeking ideas for a Tri-Cities Public Market
Elise Haas, June 22, 2017, KEPRtv.com
Leaders at the Port of Pasco are making strides to turn the idea of a year-round public market into a reality.
The Port of Pasco has joined hands with the City of Pasco to figure out a site that will lead to a successful year-round public market.
“One of the biggest questions we get is, ‘Oh a public market, is it like a year-round farmer’s market?’” said Gary Ballew, Port of Pasco director of economic development and marketing. “And it’s not, it’s different.”
Winemaker Co Dinn uncorks thoughts about industry
Mai Hoang, June 25, 2017, YakimaHerald.com
Earlier this month, Co Dinn opened his new winery at the city of Sunnyside’s former water plant.
Moving to the tasting room and wine production facility at 501 Grant Ave. gave Co Dinn Cellars, a small boutique winery, a more visible presence. For nearly three years, Dinn made his wines at Yakima Valley College’s winery incubator in Grandview.
Dinn, however, has been well known in the Yakima Valley wine industry since arriving more than two decades ago to make wine for Prosser’s Hogue Cellars, one of the state’s largest wineries.
Supreme Court ruling to impact real estate talks at Port of Chehalis
Justyna Tomtas, June 23, 2017, The Chronicle
A state Supreme Court ruling has clarified what public governing agencies can discuss in executive session, limiting the talks that can take place behind closed doors when considering the minimum price real estate can be sold or leased.
The unanimous decision is “the biggest change we’ve ever had to the way we do business in our industry,” Randy Mueller, chief executive officer of the Port of Chehalis, said.
In Columbia Riverkeeper v. Port of Vancouver, the nonprofit environmental group argued the port had kept them out of meetings that discussed more than just the dollar amount of a proposed oil terminal.
Council OK’s shoreline program
Rick Nelson, June 22, 2017, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
Members of the Cathlamet Town Council approved proposed updates to the town’s shoreline management program (SMP) and acted on other business at their monthly meeting Monday.
The town and Wahkiakum County have been working for four years in a joint project to update their SMP. County commissioners will hold a public hearing on the SMP next Tuesday, but they’ve said they have many concerns and will just gather public comments and act later this year.
Council members, however, were happy with the update.
Local man creating hiking/biking trail in Dayton
Ian May, June 22, 2017, The Times
A hillside trail being created for hiking and biking behind the Port of Columbia in Dayton is ready for walkers, and may be ready for biking before the end of the summer, says trail creator Doug Hinds.
The trail was started earlier this year by Hinds, who works as the local lineman for Pacific Power, and is doing most of the work on the trail himself. Hinds wants to provide people an alternative to the Touchet River Dike and other area paths.
“It’s for the community and people coming into town that don’t want to walk the (Touchet River) Dike, or want to hike,” Hinds said.
Fish & Wildlife ready to roll in Ridgefield
June 23, 2017, Vancouver-SW Washington Business Journal
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is bidding adieu to its regional headquarters in Vancouver next week. Beginning Monday, July 3, the department will operate out of a recently completed $8 million facility in Ridgefield.
The new facility, built and owned by the Port of Ridgefield, is approximately 31,000 square feet in size and includes office space for 110 professionals, two public meeting rooms and a fish lab. It also features 10,000 square feet of warehouse space for equipment storage and 8,000 square feet of covered storage for outdoor vehicles and equipment.
John Long, director of regional operations for the Washington DFW in Region 5 (Southwest Washington), said that more than 100 employees will work out of the new space, not including a small contingent of staff from the Army Corps of Engineers that will be stationed there.
Port of Port Angeles Oks $2.2 million contract for Terminal 7
Jesse Major, June 22, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Angeles approved a $2.2 million contract for the completion of its Terminal 7 redevelopment and stormwater conveyance improvements.
During the port’s meeting Tuesday, the board approved the $2,114,342 contract with Interwest Construction Inc., plus an additional $105,000 contingency budget.
That approximately 5 percent contingency is in case the contractor encounters unforeseen site conditions or the project is delayed due to log yard operations, said Chris Hartman, director of engineering.
Moo-ve ‘Em Out: Nautical cattle drive ships dairy cows from Northwest to Vietnam
Tom Banse, June 23, 2017, KUOW
More than 1,500 dairy cows embarked on a long voyage Friday from the Pacific Northwest to Vietnam.
The trans-Pacific cattle drive was a change of pace for Port of Olympia Marine Terminal Director Len Faucher. Instead of seeing logs lifted aboard for export to Asia — the port’s “bread and butter ” — he watched a stream of young heifers marched up a gangplank onto an ocean-going livestock carrier.
“Hup, hup, hup” and “C’mon girls!” a cattle exporter shouted, those words occasionally punctuated by the sounds of longshoremen positioned along the ramp slapping hairy butts to keep the animals moving, although the Holsteins actually needed little prodding to go onboard.
On the waterfront: Livestock carrier slips anchor into Port Angeles
David G. Sellars, June 25, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
Earlier last week, Angus Express came into the Port Angeles port to be refueled by Tesoro Petroleum.
The 338-foot Philippine-flagged vessel is a livestock carrier. I understand during her brief stay, she slipped her anchor twice, requiring one of the Foss tugs and the tug Brian S to help her reset her anchor.
When the vessel left Port Angeles, she went to Olympia to load her cargo of 1,650 head of cattle. On Friday, she departed for Vietnam, where her cargo will be offloaded.