NOVEMBER 16, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Radar to the rescue: Keeping runway junk out of jet engines at Sea-Tac

Steve Wilhelm, November 16, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

Radar will be constantly scanning the upgraded center runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport soon, seeking to detect runway debris before it gets sucked up into jet engines.

The Port of Seattle will this week unveil the new system, created by XSight Systems, an Israeli company. The system is part of the $90 million renovation of the central runway.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/11/16/radar-to-the-rescue-keeping-runway-junk-out-of-jet.html

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port of Kalama awards $4.5 million warehouse project

Marissa Luck, November 16, 2015, The Daily News

Port of Kalama commissioners have awarded a $4.5 million contract to JH Kelly for construction of two new warehouses.

The port is building the warehouses on behalf of Steelscape Inc., but will be reimbursed for the costs through increased rent, said port spokeswoman Liz Newman.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-kalama-awards-million-warehouse-project/article_376ad84e-00df-54f4-9c0b-0fbe78de4ca2.html

 

Port directors emphasize potential growth at ‘Port Report’ event

Marissa Luck, November 13, 2015, The Daily News

An estimated 40 percent of jobs in Washington state are tied to international trade, but it’s going to take a lot of effort to keep them competitive and vibrant, director of Cowlitz County’s three public ports say.

At their annual “Port Report” dinner Thursday, directors of the ports of Longview, Kalama and Woodland reviewed new investments and projects they way will enhance the quality of life, attract new business clients and address rising global competition.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-directors-emphasize-potential-growth-at-port-report-event/article_e4c87e98-c199-5252-ae81-58b770a8546b.html

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port opts to hire firm in director hunt

By Vicki Hillhouse, November 13, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

The Port of Walla Walla will hire an employment search firm to help find its next executive director.

The three commissioners on Thursday night authorized $50,000 to be earmarked in the 2016 budget for services related to finding a successor for Jim Kuntz, who plans to retire after 30 years with public port districts next June.

Read more: http://union-bulletin.com/news/2015/nov/13/port-opts-hire-firm-director-hunt/

 

 

LAND USE 

Ports of Tacoma and Seattle to gang up in bid to squash Sodo arena plan

Steve Wilhelm, November 13, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

The fight over Chris Hansen’s proposed NBA and hockey arena in Seattle’s Sodo area is about to go regional, with the two-county Northwest Seaport Alliance preparing to exert its political leverage against the plan.

The Port of Seattle plans to get the Port of Tacoma engaged in fighting the proposed arena just south of downtown Seattle, Port of Seattle Commission Co-President Stephanie Bowman said in an interview.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/11/13/ports-of-tacoma-and-seattle-to-gang-up-in-bid-to.html 

 

 

TRADE 

Quiet U.S. Ports Spark Slowdown Fears

Robbie Whelan, November 15, 2015, Wall Street Journal

America’s busiest ports are sending a warning about the U.S. economy.

For the first time in at least a decade, imports fell in both September and October at each of the three busiest U.S. seaports, according to data from trade researcher Zepol Corp. analyzed by The Wall Street Journal. Combined, imports at the container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif. and around New York harbor, which handle just over half of the goods entering the country by sea, fell by just over 10% between August and October.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/quiet-u-s-ports-spark-slowdown-fears-1447583406

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