MARCH 21, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Wood product companies consider Bellingham Shipping Terminal

Samantha Wohlfeil, March 20, 2016, Bellingham Herald

Bellingham’s industrial waterfront could become the new site for two companies interested in exporting logs and dried biomass fuel.

Since fall, DKoram of Aberdeen and Bio-Fibre Manufacturing of Mission, B.C., have had an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Port of Bellingham.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article66982517.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

MARINAS

Boat launch opens in Bremerton

Josh Farley, March 17, 2016, Kitsap Sun

A new boat ramp and dock opened Thursday at Evergreen-Rotary Park, a fast-moving project that finished ahead of the busy summer season.

A breezy, sunny March day kept celebratory balloons banging against the new dock, which replaces a worn and decayed version. Dignitaries from Bremerton and the Port of Bremerton praised the new site at the park, which has seen many changes in recent years.

Read more here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local/boat-launch-opens-in-bremerton-2e489e35-8ef6-3661-e053-0100007f4e8d-372502921.html

 

 

TRADE

Double-digit gains surge through Northwest Seaport Alliance

Bill Mongelluzzo, March 21, 2016, JOC.com

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma turned in another strong performance in February. Laden import container traffic jumped 29 percent over February 2015, loaded export containers surged 46.6 percent and total loaded international containers rose 28.3 percent year over year.

January and February were both strong months for Seattle-Tacoma compared to the same months last year when West Coast ports were stifled by congestion during the coastwide longshore contract negotiations. The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s year-to-date total loaded international container traffic was up 26.8 percent, with imports increasing 31 percent and exports up 30.9 percent from the same months last year.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/port-tacoma/double-digit-gains-surge-through-northwest-seaport-alliance_20160318.html

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Closing Sodo street to benefit arena plan is no slam-dunk

Jon Talton, March 19, 2016, Seattle Times

Seattle needs to think carefully about the impact on the Port and maritime businesses before it abandons use of a key street in Sodo so Chris Hansen can build an arena.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/closing-sodo-street-to-benefit-arena-plan-is-no-slam-dunk/

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