NOVEMBER 23, 2015


Haven Energy’s plan B didn’t pan out

Marissa Luck, November 21, 2015, The Daily News

The public may have thought Haven Energy’s bid to build a $300 million propane dock at Port of Longview was dead after commissioners unanimously rejected it in March, but recently released documents show Haven continued to pursue the port for at least a month afterward.

The documents shed light on some of the port’s frustrations with the project, and they suggest the propane facility could have materialized had Haven been more flexible about the location of its facility and more savvy about longshore workers’ concerns on the waterfront earlier on. The lessons from the experience could inform the port’s handling of a new propane proposal from a different Texas company, Waterside Energy.

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Seattle’s aging fishing fleets provide hundred-million-dollar opportunity for shipbuilders

Steve Wilhelm, November 20, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

Some vessels in the Seattle-based North Pacific fishing fleet are more than 70 years old, and replacing them could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of work to regional shipyards.

That, according to Port of Seattle Co-President Stephanie Bowman, is at the top of a list of maritime-industrial business possibilities for the region.

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Northwest Seaport Alliance sees modest growth

Bill Mongelluzzo, November 19, 2015,

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma recorded modest growth in container volume in October, but it was sufficient to push the ports’ year-to-date performance into positive territory.

This is important because Seattle and Tacoma, like all West Coast ports, started the year deeply in the hole due to work slowdowns, employer retaliation and stifling port congestion during the prolonged contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

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1,430 cows headed from Olympia to Vietnam

The Associated Press, November 18, 2015, Seattle Times

More than 1,400 dairy cows have been shipped out of the Port of Olympia and are on their way to Vietnam.

KING-TV reports that crews loaded the 20 truckloads of cattle onto a livestock cargo ship Tuesday. The trip is expected to last 29 days.

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