NOVEMBER 4, 2016



Port of Chehalis shows support for dam near Pe Ell

Justyna Thomas, November 3, 2016, The Chronicle

Port of Chehalis commissioners approved a letter last week in support of Alternative One in the Department of Ecology’s draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement presenting options to reduce flooding and improve conditions for aquatic species.

The letter strongly encouraged state officials to take actions to address flooding in the Chehalis Basin, and said Alternative One, which includes the construction of a dam near Pe Ell, appeared to be the best choice to reduce flood impacts in the local community.

The letter was unanimously approved by port commissioners and will be submitted to the Department of Ecology.

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Seattle-Tacoma ports claw back share from Canadian rivals

Bill Mongelluzzo, November 3, 2016,

A solid performance by the Northwest Seaport Alliance in September and year to date indicates that Seattle and Tacoma may have regained regional market share from the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, helping rescue US West Coast ports from what was shaping up to be a lackluster year.

John Wolfe, CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, attributes the turnaround to a concerted effort by the entire port community to optimize service levels in one of the most competitive port regions in North America. “We are really focused each and every day on providing reliable service, on staying in touch with our customers,” Wolfe said.

West Coast ports have struggled all year with soft imports, and the loss of cargo from Hanjin Shipping, which declared bankruptcy on Aug. 31, hit all of the gateways hard. As a result, total laden container volume in September increased only 1.3 percent compared with September 2015. Year to date, total laden container volume at US West Coast ports is up 2.2 percent compared to the first nine months of 2015, according to statistics published on the website of the Pacific Maritime Association.

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