Port of Port Angeles considers tax increase
Jesse Major, October 28, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
Port of Port Angeles commissioners are considering raising the port’s current property tax rate by 1.87 percent.
If the two resolutions are approved during a Nov. 14 meeting, the owner of property assessed at $200,000 would see about a 74-cent increase in property taxes, said John Nutter, the port’s director of finance.
The current tax rate is roughly 20 cents per $1,000 dollars of assessed value. The tax hike would provide about $27,000 more for the port.
Yakima County economic development board boosts Selah, Sunnyside port projects
Mai Hoang, October 27, 2016, Yakima Herald
Selah’s efforts to bolster downtown economic development and the Port of Sunnyside’s renovation plans to support a new business earned approval from a Yakima County economic development board Thursday.
During their quarterly meeting, members of the Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) board recommended funding an economic plan feasibility study for the city of Selah and a building modification project submitted by the Port of Sunnyside.
Their recommendations go to the Yakima County Commissioners, who will make the final decision.
Port mulls leaving CREST
Edward Stratton, October 28, 2016, The Daily Astorian
The Port of Astoria Commission will discuss Tuesday whether to leave the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce, but the Port’s executive director believes it is important to maintain the relationship.
Port Commissioners Stephen Fulton and Bill Hunsinger have called for the Port to end its membership.
Fulton, a wetlands specialist for Warrenton Fiber, has clashed with CREST over the possible removal of the Eighth Street Dam in Warrenton. The company has urged the city to take control of the dam from the Skipanon Water Control District over potential flooding concerns.
Spring Street Landing nears completion
Port of Friday Harbor, October 26, 2016, San Juan Journal
The Port of Friday Harbor is wrapping up construction on the new waterfront building located at 10 Front Street Friday Harbor. The port will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
The building replaces 1960s construction that was destroyed by a fire in August of 2013.
The state-of-the art building required reconstruction of the deteriorating seawall and removal of contaminated soils from a former fuel operation. The port’s contractor Wellman & Zuck completed the bulk of its responsibilities as of mid-October.
Read more here: http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/news/398742841.html
Developer hopes to buy ‘last great waterfront piece’ of downtown Bremerton
Tad Sooter, October 28, 2016, Kitsap Sun
The Port of Bremerton has found a buyer for a prominent waterfront property overlooking Bremerton Marina.
Development company Sound West Group, which has several projects ongoing in Bremerton, is negotiating the purchase of the 2-acre hillside site on Washington Avenue. Sound West partner Mike Brown said the group would likely create a mixed-use development on the property incorporating apartments, retail and public amenities. He said plans are still very preliminary.
“We have a lot of homework to do,” Brown said.
Downriggers opening November 10
October 28, 2016, San Juan Islander
Downriggers restaurant reopens November 10 after a three-year absence from Friday Harbor. The original restaurant was destroyed by fire August 17, 2013. A little more than three years later, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Port of Friday Harbor building, which houses additional businesses on the lower level, was held on October 28, 2016.
South Korea steps in to help ailing shipping sector
October 31, 2016, BBC.com
South Korea has announced plans to support the country’s shipping industry as the sector is squeezed by a continuing slump in global trade.
The government said it would establish a state-backed financing company worth 6.5tn won ($5.7bn; £4.7bn) to help both shipping and ship building industries. Both sectors are suffering from a global downturn in international trade.
South Korea is home to the world’s largest shipyards and has been rocked by by the collapse of Hanjin Shipping.
Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37820212
‘Fishing For Energy’ adds Washington port to collection program
Staff, October 28, 2016, Recycling Today
The Fishing for Energy partnership, a public-private effort that protects marine wildlife from becoming trapped in lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear, has announced a partnership with the Port of Grays Harbor’s Westport Marina to recycle an estimated 1,050 crab pots and other marine debris.
The project is being managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Quinault Indian Nation. A new Fishing for Energy collection bin has been placed at the Westport Marina in Westport, Washington.
Fishing for Energy is a nationwide partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program; Covanta, a waste and energy solutions company; and Schnitzer Steel Industries, a Portland, Oregon-based metals recycling and steel producing company. The partnership offers collection bins for disposal of old fishing gear, making it easy for fishing communities to deal with the issue of derelict gear. As a result, the partnership reduces the amount of gear that ends up in U.S. coastal waters, recycles gear made of metal and processes the remaining gear and debris to generate renewable energy at Covanta’s Energy-from-Waste facilities.
Olympia stands in the way of fracking
Brian Huseby, October 27, 2016, Socialist Worker.org
ABOUT 250 protesters gathered at the Port Plaza adjacent to the Port of Olympia in Washington on October 22 to chant the message that “Mni Wiconi” (Water is life) and show, as their signs put it, that “Olympia stands with Standing Rock Sioux.”
Approximately a month earlier, the port accepted a shipment of ceramic proppants destined for the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. Ceramic proppants are materials used in the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The proppants keep fracture created by fracking open, allowing oil and natural gas to be extracted.
In North Dakota, Native Americans have led a struggle to try to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being completed. The pipeline is designed to transport oil extracted from the Bakken fields more than 1,000 miles to Illinois.
Results of ‘Unnecessarily Difficult’ permit process review released
Justyna Tomtas, October 25, 2016, The Chronicle
An external review of the permitting processes in three local jurisdictions has been completed, showing some positive results while also indicating room for improvement.
The project, taken on by Clarity Consulting, focused on the customer experience of the permitting processes in Centralia, Chehalis and Lewis County in relation to building and land use permits.
“The permitting process can really be the grease for getting all that going, or it can also be like molasses,” Kelly Johnston, with Clarity Consulting Partners, told Port of Centralia commissioners last week. “It can slow it down and have a vicious cycle that spirals in on itself.”
Back on Track: Port approves railroad plan
Charles H. Featherstone, October 25, 2016, Columbia Basin Herald
Port of Moses Lake commissioners voted unanimously Monday to build a railroad link connecting the port to a Columbia Basin Railroad line in Wheeler, allowing the port to have rail access while at the same bypassing the tracks that wind through downtown Moses Lake.
According to Jeffrey Bishop, the port’s executive director, the rail line could most likely be built for less than the $20 million in state transportation grants the port has on hand.
If the port fails to use the funds, it will have to pay them back to the state, Bishop told commissioners.
Northwest Seaports launch new mobile apps
MarEx, October 30, 2016, Maritime Executive
The Northwest Seaport Alliance will launch two new mobile applications early November to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel.
DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.
The apps were designed specifically for, and in partnership with, the port industry to align with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) architecture and StrongPorts initiative.