OCTOBER 31, 2017

BUDGET/FINANCES

Port of Port Angeles approves emergency replacement of log storage anchor chains

Jesse Major, October 24, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles commissioners unanimously approved the replacement of aquatic log storage anchor chains in Port Angeles Harbor during an emergency meeting Monday.

The port discovered while replacing a buoy east of the aquatic storage that the top section of the anchor chain was so degraded that it could fail during rough weather.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-angeles-approves-emergency-replacement-of-log-storage-anchor-chains/

 

 

Port of Brownsville considering tax hike for marina upgrades

Nathan Pilling, October 22, 2017, Kitsap Sun

Port of Brownsville commissioners are looking at forming a new taxing district that would raise taxes on properties in the port district to pay for a series of improvements to the port’s marina.

After hearing extensive public comment against the creation of an industrial development district (IDD) Wednesday night, a split on the port’s board ended with commissioners tabling consideration of the item, which was proposed to be used to raise property taxes by 17 cents per $1,000 of property value each year for 20 years.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/10/22/port-brownsville-considering-tax-hike-marina-upgrades/784698001/

 

 

Port of Port Angeles approves emergency replacement of log storage anchor chains

Jesse Major, October 24, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles commissioners unanimously approved the replacement of aquatic log storage anchor chains in Port Angeles Harbor during an emergency meeting Monday.

The port discovered while replacing a buoy east of the aquatic storage that the top section of the anchor chain was so degraded that it could fail during rough weather.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-angeles-approves-emergency-replacement-of-log-storage-anchor-chains/

 

 

Port of Port Angeles to refrain from tax increase

Jesse Major, October 27, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles will not increase property taxes next year, despite being allowed under state law to impose a 1 percent increase each year.

“I continue to be in the opinion we should not increase our property tax levy as long as we are in the black at the end of the year and we don’t have specific projects to go after,” said Port Commissioner Connie Beauvais during a port meeting Monday. “We don’t need to increase taxes even though we can.”

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-angeles-to-refrain-from-tax-increase/

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Infrastructure woes cost Moses Lake investment, jobs

Charles H. Featherstone, October 25, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

Moses Lake recently lost out on a major investment because of “a lack of infrastructure,” according to Jeffrey Bishop, executive director of the Port of Moses Lake.

Bishop, speaking during a question and answer period at the 2017 Rural Jobs Summit held at Big Bend Community College on Tuesday, said the investment would have meant “several thousand” new jobs for Moses Lake and “several billion dollars in investment” as well.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/business/20171025/infrastructure_woes_cost_moses_lake_investment_jobs

 

 

Port of Port Townsend open house gathers input on Point Hudson

Cydney McFarland, October 27, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Community members filled the Port of Port Townsend’s open house to learn about possible developments at Point Hudson that could affect the local marine trades and a number of businesses that rely on tourism from the historic marina.

The open house Thursday was the port’s effort to get feedback from the community on what it wants to see in Point Hudson and to look at possible partnerships with stakeholders, such as the Northwest Maritime Center, in an effort make Point Hudson financially sustainable with a $3 million jetty project already planned for this summer.

Read more here:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-townsend-open-house-gathers-input-on-point-hudson/

 

 

Port of Centralia approves 51,000 square-foot addition to Rogers Machinery

The Chronicle, October 20, 2017, The Chronicle

Port of Centralia commissioners approved a resolution on Wednesday that would allow the existing Rogers Machinery facility to add a new 51,000 square-foot building on an adjacent parcel.

The building will consist of 45,000 square-feet of warehouse space and 6,000 square-feet of office, conference and training space, according to the master plan for the project.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/port-of-centralia-approves-square-foot-addition-to-rogers-machinery/article_a5d200ac-b613-11e7-8448-0b6ccf7db77a.html

 

 

Port of Moses Lake getting its moment in the sun

Charles H. Featherstone, October 31, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

The Port of Moses Lake is trying hard to capitalize on its current status as a good place to do business.

“We’re trying to take advantage of our 15 minutes,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Bishop. “With SGL Automotive and Mitsubishi (in the Port of Moses Lake), we continue to get attention.”

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/local_news/20171031/port_of_moses_lake_getting_its_moment_in_the_sun

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

Washington state must reconsider Longview coal-terminal lease

Hal Bernton, October 28, 2017, The Seattle Times

Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview got a boost Friday from a Cowlitz County judge who ruled in their favor in a legal battle with Washington state.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning ruled that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) improperly denied a tidelands sublease to operate docks at the facility along the Columbia River.

Read more here:  https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/court-orders-dnr-to-reconsider-a-sublease-in-longview-coal-case/

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Ecology’s decision harming state’s future

October 22, 2017, The Daily News

The Washington Department of Ecology seems determined to oppose any industrial development in Cowlitz County. And the rest of the 19th Legislative District.

About three weeks ago, Ecology issued an opinion denying a water-quality permit sought by Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) to complete its coal export facility. Ecology bureaucrats claimed that the project would cause “significant and unavoidable harm” to nine environmental areas: global air quality, vehicle traffic, vessel traffic, rail capacity, rail safety, noise pollution, social and community resources, cultural resources and tribal access to traditional fishing locations near Bonneville Dam.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/opinion/editorial/ecology-s-decision-harming-state-s-future/article_5c821e6f-f2c3-5f38-b2b0-f15751844711.html

 

 

Port of Chehalis adjusts permit application to ask for lower amount of mitigation

Justyna Tomtas, October 27, 2017, The Chronicle

Port of Chehalis commissioners have decided to decrease the amount of wetland impact requested in an application for the renewal of the port’s regional general permit, which lapsed in September of last year.

The permit is used to offset wetland fill on port-owned property at the Pleasant Valley Mitigation Site near Adna.

Port commissioners originally requested 40 acres of impact, but after the state Department of Ecology only certified 25.7 acres through its 401 certification process in relation with water quality, commissioners decided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would likely do the same.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/port-of-chehalis-adjusts-permit-application-to-ask-for-lower/article_5c7a9b4a-bb8f-11e7-b061-bb34ddb5ddbb.html

 

 

LAND USE

Industrial road project in George underway

Shawn Goggins, October 25, 2017, iFiberOne

A road that opens more access to the industrial park in the city of George is under construction.

The 1,400-foot road links the industrial park to Beverly Burke Rd., a county road that encompasses the northwestern flank of George. The Industrial Park No. 5 Road Improvement project is funded by the Port of Quincy. The estimated cost of the project is about $560,000.

Read more here:  http://www.ifiberone.com/columbia_basin/industrial-road-project-in-george-underway/article_dd76244e-b9d2-11e7-9e58-e3edb21a8eac.html

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Traffic at USWC ports rises 6% in August

Mark Edward Nero, October 23, 2017, American Shipper

The five major container-handling seaports on the U.S. West Coast – Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma and Seattle – collectively moved 55,808 more inbound TEUs in August 2017 than they did during the same month in 2016 for a year-over-year gain of 6 percent, according to newly data compiled by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA).

However, the data also show that growth was held back by a mere 0.9 percent rise in inbound traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance ports – Seattle and Tacoma – as well as a 0.6 percent dip at Oakland, according to the PMSA, which released the data Oct. 20.

Read more here:  https://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/30ccde8b-b5b2-4f70-ac8c-58e2bdd2836a.aspx

 

 

Peak shipping season red-hot at container ports

Ari Ashe, October 25, 2017, Transport Topics

The peak 2017 shipping season remains red hot, with nearly every major port reporting greater container traffic in September than a year ago.

The data comes in at a time of the year when many retailers import consumer goods for the upcoming holiday season.

Read more here:  http://www.ttnews.com/articles/peak-shipping-season-red-hot-container-ports

 

 

MISC

Port of Port Townsend seeks owner of sailboat beached near Point Hudson

Cydney McFarland, October 25, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Townsend officials have notified state and federal agencies and are attempting to track down the owner of a sailboat that has been beached at Point Hudson for a week.

The small sailboat has been beached on the north side of Point Hudson since heavy winds brought it ashore last Wednesday night.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-townsend-seeks-owner-of-sailboat-beached-near-point-hudson/

 

 

Island Beach Access says thanks for accessibility project help

October 25, 2017, South Whidbey Record

Island Beach Access would like to thank the people of Whidbey Island for making the Clinton Beach Universal Accessibility Project such a great success. The generous support of the Port of South Whidbey, local non-profit groups, and private individuals over a two-year period enabled us to create the first public beach on Whidbey that can be accessed and used by everyone. We hope that this idea will spread throughout our Salish Sea.

Read more here:  http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/letters/island-beach-access-says-thanks-for-accessibility-project-help/

 

 

Old Town’s ‘Living Room’ ordered shut down in Silverdale

Josh Farley, October 27, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The end looks near for Kitsap County’s most venerable of dive bars, within one of Silverdale’s most historic of buildings.

The Old Town Pub, a four-decade-old drinking hole so homey its regulars call it their “living room,” also happens to house 10 people in rooms on its second floor. None of it is safe to occupy, say county officials, and everyone at 3473 North Byron St. got a two-week notice to be out by Nov. 2.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/10/27/old-towns-living-room-ordered-shut-down-silverdale/808985001/

 

 

Northwest Seaport Alliance:  Innovative, ideally located and together as one

Joseph Keefe, October 31, 2017, Maritime Professional

In an era where the fiercely competitive business of global trade is changing in ways that could not have been imagined just one decade ago, ports, terminals and their collective stakeholders are rethinking how to also remain relevant. Shifting liner alliances, an uncertain regulatory climate, the expanded Panama Canal and the possibility of changing trade agreements mean that the status quo won’t be enough anymore. On the U.S. West Coast – Washington state, to be precise – that’s already become only too obvious.

Located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington state, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, formerly two separate and diverse entities, compete with everyone else for market share. Until recently, they competed against one another, as well. That all changed in August of 2015 when the two formed what is now known as the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA). That’s not to say that the two ports didn’t collaborate in certain ways prior to that. They did. Today’s NWSA, however represents something far more powerful and in an era where political leadership fails to meet in the middle for the common good, this is one instance where the so-far one-of-a-kind relationship is already yielding fruit.

Read more here:  https://www.maritimeprofessional.com/news/northwest-seaport-alliance-innovative-ideally-310743

 

 

SECURITY

NW Seaports seek veterans for security jobs

MarEx, October 26, 2017, Maritime Executive

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma are working together with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help veterans access opportunities for security-related jobs.

The targeted positions include K-9 police teams, divers, bomb disposal experts, marine patrol personnel and container terminal security – skilled functions that are well-suited to the capabilities of military servicemembers and veterans. The ports call their outreach program “Guardians of the Gateway,” and they are offering a workshop with employers’ representatives to give applicants a better idea of the available career options.

Read more here:  https://maritime-executive.com/article/nw-seaports-seek-veterans-for-security-jobs

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