Port postpones Bridgeview deal, longshoreman worried
Marissa Luck, October 13, 2017, The Daily News
With millions of dollars and potential new jobs hanging in the balance, Port of Longview commissioners Friday postponed taking action on a new five-year lease agreement with International Raw Materials.
The port struck a tentative agreement with IRM Tuesday, and it was expected the commission would approve the lease at special meeting Friday. IRM already has two customers lined up to use the dock on Oct. 24.
Port of Port Angeles dedicates John Wayne Marina room to late executive director
Jesse Major, October 16, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Angeles has dedicated a room at John Wayne Marina to the late Jerry Hendricks, a former port executive director who was instrumental in the development of the facility.
Ethan Wayne, whose father is the namesake for the John Wayne Marina, said at a Saturday gathering that without Hendricks, his father’s vision for the property would never have become a reality.
Stephanie Jones Stebbins is named new managing director at Port of Seattle
Donal Scully, October 15, 2017, Splash24/7
The Port of Seattle, Washington, has named Stephanie Jones Stebbins as the new managing director of the port’s maritime division.
AASHTO Special Committee on Freight holds first meeting
Washington Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar chairs
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is looking at freight issues through a new lens. At its September annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the organization launched its newly formed Special Committee on Freight. Chaired by Washington Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, the committee’s first meeting brought together freight experts from across the country.
Composed of representatives from transportation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the committee gathered in Phoenix to launch its charter. Focused on evaluating and developing policies, legislation, regulations, and issues related to the safe and reliable movement of goods, committee members shared their perspectives and experiences with their counterparts from other states. The committee plans to address issues such as boundary regulations, various modes of transportation to move goods, and how freight needs intersect with other transportation concerns. The intent is to ensure the freight focus is understood and integrated into AASHTO’s larger policy deliberations.
As chair of the committee, Secretary Millar is excited about this national opportunity to support the freight needs of the nation as a whole.
“Washington is the second most trade-dependent state in the country. That provides us with an exceptional perspective on the many challenges and opportunities facing the freight communities,” Millar said. “I’m excited to see how our experiences compare to those of other states and regions. We’re all looking forward to tackling some key topics that will allow us to improve conditions, work together more cooperatively, and move our goods in better ways.”
The next order of business is to identify top priorities and create subcommittees to focus on the leading freight issue areas. Members will be assigned to work on those topics of greatest importance to their states, with the goal of developing action plans for implementation.