MAY 27, 2016


Port of Skagit saving $232,000 after refinancing bond

Aaron Weinberg, May 25, 2016, Go Skagit

The Port of Skagit is saving $232,000 after refinancing a bond last month that was used to pay for two airplane hangars, according to a news release.

The port took out a $2.2 million bond in 2008 to build a pair of private airplane hangars along Crosswind Drive at the Skagit Regional Airport, port Finance Director Greg Thramer said. The bond runs through 2027.

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Seaport traffic grows for Seattle-Tacoma alliance

Jon Talton, May 25, 2016, Seattle Times

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the container partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma, notched a solid traffic gain in April. Loaded export containers increased 7.2 percent from a year earlier, and loaded import containers grew by 7.1 percent.

The numbers are important because they give the best apples-to-apples data for the alliance so far. The previous months this year were skewed by big volumes in the first months of 2015 in the aftermath of the West Coast labor dispute. Also, the ports held their own in the face of Asian economic weakness and continued consolidation among container shipping lines.

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