MARCH 7, 2016

CHANNEL DEEPING/DREDGING 

Port of Everett wants to clean up pollution to make way for bigger ships

By The Associated Press, March 4, 2016, Seattle Times

Port of Everett officials are looking to get started on a $10 million project to remove contaminated sediment in Port Gardner to make way for larger cargo ships.

The (Everett) Herald reports the project is part of the Port of Everett’s $313 million plan to extend the Pacific Terminal to handle bigger cargo ships by 2020. Port officials say they want to have the dredging portion completed by 2017.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/port-of-everett-wants-to-clean-up-pollution-to-make-way-for-bigger-ships/

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Candidates put best foot forward for open Port of Port Angeles commission position

By Arwyn Rice. March 6, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles’ strategic plan, airport issues and development of marine trade jobs were among the goals described by six of the seven candidates for the vacant commission seat.

Candidates for the Port Angeles-area District 2 seat vacated by Jim Hallett, who resigned effective Feb. 1, were interviewed Friday.

A seventh candidate is expected to be interviewed Tuesday.

The two sitting port commissioners plan to appoint a commissioner May 11.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160306/NEWS/303069982

 

 

LABOR 

Labor stability key for mega-ships handling at US West Coast ports

Bill Mongelluzzo, March 6, 2016, JOC.com

With U.S. West Coast ports facing increasing productivity challenges as more mega-ships call their docks, it’s abundantly clear that labor stability is essential if the ports want to keep, and grow, their share of U.S. imports.

Shippers aren’t convinced the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are doing enough not only to mend relations, but to improve the efficiency of cargo handling.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/port-news/longshoreman-labor/international-longshore-and-warehouse-union/labor-stability-key-mega-ships-handling-us-west-coast-ports_20160306.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily%25newswire&mgs1=9985ml0RoZ

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