Port of Chehalis commissioners authorize purchase of downtown building with contingency
The Chronicle, October 5, 2017, The Chronicle
Port of Chehalis Commissioners have authorized the purchase of a property at 478 N. Market Blvd. in Chehalis, as long as a grant that has been recommended comes through.
The downtown building would be purchased for $115,000 and would house a coworking space where people could rent desk space by the day, week, or month.
Tim Quigg bids on pontoon property
October 7, 2017, The Daily World
A company under the control of Tim Quigg, whose family has been involved in the maritime business on Grays Harbor for decades, has entered a bid to purchase the state-owned Aberdeen property once used to build the massive pontoons for a floating bridge across Lake Washington.
His plans call for a facility that would do maintenance and repair on ocean-going barges and tugboats, although he would bring in another company to operate it, he said.
Ecology certifies port for 25.7 acres of wetland impact as regional general permit moves forward
Justyna Tomtas, October 5, 2017, The Chronicle
After taking a tour of the Pleasant Valley Mitigation Site last week, the state Department of Ecology has decided it will authorize 25.7 acres of additional wetland impacts for the Port of Chehalis as the process of renewing the port’s regional general permit continues.
The permit, which is used to offset wetland fill on port-owned property, lapsed in September of last year. Twenty-five acres of credit were authorized under the original permit, six of which have already been used. Officials from Ecology said they wouldn’t have a problem authorizing wetland fill for the 19 acres left at the site, but later increased that amount after touring the mitigation site. The port’s application requested 40 acres.
Park for pooches: Parcel looks promising to let dogs roam off-leash
Dawn Feldhaus, Otober 5, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Camas and Washougal residents hoping to take their dogs to a local off-leash park may soon have something to celebrate.
Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioner John Spencer has proposed using a location north of Camas, on a 5.5-acre parcel next to Grove Field Airport, as the area’s only off-leash dog park.
Steve Cernak elected AAPA chairman
MarEx, October 4, 2017, Maritime-Executive
Steve Cernak, chief executive and port director for Florida’s Port Everglades, has commenced his one year term as the 2017-18 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).
Cernak succeeds Mark McAndrews, port director for the Port of Pascagoula, in Pascagoula, Miss.
Port finance director leaving for new post
Paul Gottlieb, October 4, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
New pastures are becoming old hat for John Nutter, the Port of Port Angeles’ director of finance and administration.
The former Port Angeles police officer and one-time Olympic Medical Center finance director travels to new employment climes Dec. 1 when he starts as the new chief financial officer for Airborne Environmental Control Systems, he said this week.
AAPA’s new chairman from Port Everglades begins one-year term
October 6, 2017, Transport Topics
Steve Cernak has officially begun his duties as the new chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, replacing Mark McAndrews.
Cernak is the CEO of Port Everglades, a Florida port that handles a little more than 1 million industry-standard, 20-foot-equivalent unit containers, or TEUs, annually, putting it in the top 15 in North America.
Port of Columbia, Frontier Rail to reopen Washington short line
October 6, 2017, Progressive Railroading
The port owns a 37-mile stretch of rail that spans two counties and provides service from Dayton to Walla Walla, Washington. A segment that runs between Prescott and Dayton has been closed for nearly three years due to repair work on eight bridges and a section of track near the Touchet River, port officials said in a press release.
Grand reopening takes place Saturday for short line railroad
Vicki Hillhouse, October 4, 2017, Union-Bulletin.com
The Port of Columbia’s short line railroad is back on track this weekend.
A grand reopening of the line takes place Saturday at the Dayton Historic Depot, 222 E. Commercial Ave.
ILWU’s supervisor unionizing push expands
Bill Mongelluzzo, October 5, 2017, JOC.com
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) will turn to organizing supervisors at other terminals in Southern California, and possibly the entire coast, after successfully negotiating a contract for newly organized supervisors at the APL terminal.
However, it will be a slow and risky process for labor and management. If the ILWU’s organizing efforts at other terminals are successful, the traditional relationship between management and labor, the intra-union dynamics between supervisors and foremen, and eventually decisions on how cargo is handled on behalf of beneficial cargo owners, will be forever changed.