BHP requests the City of Hoquiam lower shorelines permit fee
Dan Hammock, October 12, 2017, The Daily World
The company considering a $440 million potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor told the City of Hoquiam the $445,000 shorelines permit application fee calculated by the city is “in excess of that which could be considered reasonable relative to expected costs” and asked the city to cut it by more than 75 percent.
A letter signed by Trevor Heuer, Senior Management Studies for BHP Potash Projects, the Australia-based company proposing the facility, stated, “BHP respectfully requests the city cap the project value at $100 million for the shoreline fee calculation and include costs associated with the administration of the permit applications (e.g. third party review) in this fee.”
Marine Trades Association members speak up on Port Townsend port hikes
Cydney McFarland, October 13, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
More than 120 people crowded in and around the Port of Port Townsend administrative building as port staff and commissioners and members of the Marine Trades Association discussed a need for more regular communication between port officials and lease holders.
The nearly 2½-hour meeting Wednesday night circled mostly around the issues of communication and rate hikes.
Port of Seattle appoints new Seaport Director
MarEx, October 12, 2017, Maritime-Executive
The Port of Seattle’s director of environmental and planning programs, Stephanie Jones Stebbins, has been named the new managing director of the port’s maritime division. Jones Stebbins will be responsible for directing the operations of the port’s cruise, commercial fishing, merchant marine and recreational marina business lines, plus its marine maintenance and industrial properties. The port – which forms one-half of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, along with Port of Tacoma – has two cruise ship terminals, a large fishing terminal for the North Pacific fleet, a grain terminal, a public cargo terminal and four public marinas.
“Stephanie Jones Stebbins has proven herself a strategic and agile leader in moving policy priorities forward here at the Port of Seattle,” said Interim Executive Director Dave Soike. “She will bring these qualities to her new role as Maritime Director.”
New Port of Longview Director of Marine Terminals brings over 20 years of experience
AJOT, October 13, 2017, American Journal of Transportation
Bringing a wealth of maritime experience, Mark Price joins the Port of Longview as Director of Marine Terminals. Price will manage cargo operations and ensure that Port facilities operate at a high volume.
“Mark is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Port of Longview Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel. “His experience and knowledge of Northwest ports provides valuable input to our operations and business development.”