MAY 18, 2016


Former Olympia mayor to port: Begin shutting down marine terminal

Rolf Boone, May 9, 2016, The Olympian

Former Olympia Mayor Bob Jacobs called late Monday on the Port of Olympia Commission to begin the process of shutting down the marine terminal, saying the waterfront operation is no longer the destination it once was and continues to lose money.

“It’s time to recognize that this (marine terminal) location made really good sense 100 years ago, but the times have changed,” he said. “It really is time to start preparing to shut it down.”

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Port of Port Townsend selects new director with local ties

Charlie Bermant, May 9, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Townsend commissioners have selected as the next port director a long-time government employee from out of town but with ties to Jefferson County.

Sam Gibboney, 54, who is the director of environmental resources/deputy director of public works for San Juan County, will replace Larry Crockett, 68, who is retiring June 1 after 17 years in the position.

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Port of Seattle looks to increase boost to economy from cruise ships

Denise Whitaker, May 16, 2016, KOMO News

The largest cruise ship ever to dock in Seattle – Explorer of the Seas – arrived Monday for the summer cruising season, and it carries more than 3,000 passengers.

Every time the Explorer or any other cruise ship docks here – it’s an immediate $2.6 million boost to the local economy – mostly from the food, flowers, alcohol and all other provisions loaded on board.

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Port of Walla Walla gets ad grant from Seattle’s port

Vicki Hillhouse, May 17, 2016, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Walla Walla’s air travel tourism will get a $6,000 boost from the Port of Seattle.

On Monday the agency announced Walla Walla as one of 13 recipients of nearly $100,000 in grant funds in support of tourism across Washington.

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Seattle, Tacoma throughput rises as trade patterns normalize

Bill Mongelluzzo, May 18, 2016,

Containerized imports and exports moving through the Northwest Seaport Alliance ports of Seattle and Tacoma increased in April as the ports settled into a more normal trade flow pattern following a tumultuous year in 2015, according to numbers released Wednesday by the alliance.

Laden container imports in April increased 7.1 percent, laden exports were up 7.2 percent and total container volume — including empties and the domestic trades with Alaska and Hawaii — declined 3.3 percent from April 2015.

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Seattle, Tacoma ports battling much smaller BC neighbor

Chris Daniels, May 10, 2016, KING 5 News

Container volumes were up 26% in 2014, and 13% the year before that.  It happened at the same time as they were dropping at the Port of Seattle, in particular, where container volumes were down 11% in 2014.

It’s one reason why more money is now being invested in Rupert.  A $200 million expansion is underway, which will increase capacity by one estimate by 60%.  By the time it’s done in 2017, Rupert will be able to handle container volumes on par with what the Port of Seattle was doing before it merged its maritime operations with the Port of Tacoma to form the Northwest SeaPort Alliance.

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