MAY 27, 2014

AIRPORTS 

Boeing spruces up Moses Lake facility for a surge of flight testingThe Boeing building is on the east side of Grant County International Airport, which is the chief asset of the Port of Moses Lake.

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Industrial Growth: Columbia’s deeper channel is a magnet for big business – The $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project, which was derided by some critics as a political boondoggle that would never pay for itself, has been a smashing economic success, lower river port officials and others say. 

Harbor tax rebate could help Seattle, Tacoma ports attract businessCongress this week is expected to approve a bill that will give back a portion of the harbor-maintenance tax on imported goods to high-volume ports like Seattle and Tacoma. The money can be used to give rebates to shipping customers and help U.S. ports compete against those in Canada and Mexico.

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Port of Seattle to Modernize Terminal 5 for Mega-ShipsThe Port of Seattle has proposed relocating cargo activities at its second-largest terminal, the 172-acre Terminal 5, to make way for a modernization project that would make it ready for mega-ships.

 

 

MISC 

Ports of Seattle, Tacoma face sea change in rivalryShifting maritime economy, growing competition, larger ships are pushing Puget Sound rivals into a shotgun marriage of sorts. 

Port of Silverdale looking to add another pierThe Port of Silverdale has applied for a state grant that will cover half the cost of adding a pier for non-motorized watercraft to the Old Town waterfront along Dye’s Inlet.

 

 

 

RAIL

Port of Centralia, Chehalis Clash on Rail Issues – Representatives of the Port of Centralia and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. say they are planning to work together in an effort to make train traffic flow more efficiently from Centralia to Grays Harbor, but Chehalis and Lewis County officials say the lack of transparency around the application has them worried.

 

TOURISM 

Luxury camping in sight at airport – Local independent food and wine writer and consultant Zibby Wilder is working with the Port of Walla Walla on a vacation destination development that will bring the glamorous camping movement known as “glamping” to airport industrial park property adjacent to the winery incubator buildings.

 

 

UNIONS 

ILWU Seeking Three-Year Contract The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is seeking a contract for just three years, significantly shorter than shippers would like.

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