MARCH 20, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port of Walla Walla signs lease with grain storage, barge loading facilityThe port recently entered into a 25-year lease agreement with the Scoular Co. for a vacant grain storage and barge loading facility in Burbank.

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Majority of Vancouver City Council against oil plan A majority of the Vancouver City Council now publicly opposes plans to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

 

 

MISC 

Port of Benton commissioners unanimously approve Crow Butte Park updateA wish list for Crow Butte Park near Paterson includes a new playground, expanding the popular RV campsite and adding more boat slips.

 

 

PEOPLE 

Everett port director to retire at end of yearDuring his 16 years in the post, John Mohr helped the port greatly increase the amount of cargo passing through, especially in support of the aerospace industry.

 

 

TRADE 

B.C. port strike damaging Canada’s trading partner reputationThe work stoppage that has choked the flow of goods and commodities at the Vancouver port is threatening key intermodal traffic for Canada’s two major railways and damaging Canada’s reputation as a reliable trading partner. 

Cargo Diverts Because of Port Metro Vancouver Strike  – Some companies are asking for their cargo to go through a U.S. port in order to discharge it for delivery to Vancouver via truck or rail or asking for diversion to deliver the cargo to a U.S. destination. 

Port Metro Vancouver strike hurting retailers: RaittThe effects of a trucker strike at Vancouver’s port are starting to be felt across the country. Major retailers can’t get their goods and pulp mills could close later this week.

 

 

UNIONS 

Vancouver Port Turns Up the Heat on Striking TruckersIn an effort to turn up the heat on striking truckers, Port Metro Vancouver has announced it will not renew port-issued licenses and permits that are set to expire soon, and will issue new ones only to those truckers who return to work today.

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