Hanjin’s collapse ripples into Puget Sound ports

Jon Talton, September 1, 2016, The Seattle Times

It didn’t take long for Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy Wednesday to reach the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which handles seaborne cargo for the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma.

Alliance spokeswoman Tara Mattina said this morning that Terminal 46 at the North Harbor (Seattle), Hanjin’s main home here, is not accepting any Hanjin deliveries. Husky Terminal in the South Harbor (Tacoma) is prepared to unload imports but not accepting any exports or empty containers. Both terminals have private operators.

No Hanjin Shipping vessel is in port here now, although one was scheduled to arrive Saturday. It might not make it, Mattina said. “We’re hearing reports of ships anchoring in open water because pilots, terminal operators and others along the supply chain are asking for cash up front before anyone will work the ships or touch Hanjin cargo.” Indeed, reports elsewhere say the company is afraid its ships might be seized by creditors, or it’s already happened.

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Bankruptcy of Hanjin, key Port of Seattle customer, worries retailers

Kyunghee Park, James Nash and Jungah Lee, September 1, 2016, The Seattle Times

Hanjin Shipping’s vessels are getting stranded at sea after the South Korean container mover filed for court protection, roiling the supply chain of televisions and consumer goods ahead of the holiday season and worrying retailers.

LG Electronics is trying to find new carriers for its goods, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of televisions said. Shipments through Hanjin account for between 15 percent and 20 percent of LG’s deliveries to America.

Hyundai Merchant Marine, the nation’s second-biggest container line, stepped in saying it plans to add 13 more vessels to ease the squeeze.

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Waterfront opportunities

Dawn Feldhaus, September 1, 2016, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Lance Killian envisions the former Hambleton Lumber Company property, in Washougal, to be a place to “play, work, connect, shop and live.”

A mixed-use development is among the potential components of a Parker’s Landing LLC project, on a portion of the former Hambleton property at 335 S. “A” St.

The LLC is represented by Killian, of Killian Pacific, a commercial real-estate development and investment company.

The port owns 27 acres, and Parker’s Landing LLC owns 13 acres on the waterfront.

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Blackberries everywhere at Bremerton Blackberry Festival

Madeline McKenzie, August 31, 2016, The Seattle Times

Find blackberry pastries, smoothies and wine, and cute, little blackberry mascots adorning posters, clothing and toys at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5.

Blackberry pie, cobbler, jam and other taste treats will be available, along with two varieties of blackberry wine to sample for 25 cents a taste. Blackberry beer is among the choices at the beer garden overlooking the marina and the festival main stage.

Saturday features the Berry Fun Run and a Fly-In and Car Show with antique, classic and contemporary aircraft, classic cars, and World War II vehicles and equipment. Shuttle service provides access between the festival and the Fly-In at Bremerton’s airport.

The Blackberry Festival is on the waterfront adjacent to the ferry terminal, handy for walk-on passengers from Seattle’s Colman Dock terminal. Downtown Bremerton parking is available on streets, in pay lots and at the Olympic College S-4 parking lot, with a $2 shuttle to and from the festival. The Bremerton/Port Orchard foot ferry runs throughout the festival for $2 each way.



Owen marks 98th birthday

Cheryl Schweizer, August 30, 2016, The Columbia Basin Herald

Clyde Owen, the last commander of Larson Air Force Base and the first director of the Port of Moses Lake, was the guest of honor at his 98th birthday party Monday.

About 40 friends and former colleagues gathered in honor of Owen, who chose to leave the Air Force and stay in Moses Lake to take the job at the port. “I made the best decision I ever made in my life,” he said.

Owen donated some of the memorabilia from his Air Force days to the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, some of which was on display. That included his uniform jacket, “and I’ll bet it still fits,” said emcee Larry Godden, although Owen disputed that.

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Port of Longview special meeting

August 31, 2016, The Daily News

Special port meeting — The Port of Longview Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting to consider filling the CEO position and to review financial management policies. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the port offices, 10 Port Way, Longview.



Washington:  Railroads must show they can handle oil spills

September 1, 2016, The Daily News

Washington’s Department of Ecology has adopted a new rule requiring that railroads shipping oil through the state demonstrate that they can immediately respond to any spills.

The department said Thursday the rule takes effect Oct. 1, and it brings railroads into line with rules for companies moving oil by pipeline and by vessel.

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