SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

State audit critical of Port of Longview’s 2013 financial statementsA state audit has dinged the Port of Longview for some lax accounting.

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port commissioners pour water on Gunn proposalPort of Olympia Commissioner Sue Gunn has proposed eliminating the port’s citizens advisory committee and replacing it with two new community advisory councils: one focused on the airport, the other on the marine terminal.

 

 

PEOPLE 

Bill Virgin: Fick as Seattle port’s leadership pick comes with little elaborationYou don’t normally introduce a new hire with, “he’ll do,” or “she’s the best we could find,” so it was not surprising that it was all smiles and good cheer and lots of verbiage about the right person and great teams and leadership at the Port of Seattle’s Sept. 11 meeting at which it approved Ted Fick as its CEO, starting at the end of this month through the end of September 2017.

 

 

RAIL 

To restore service quality, BNSF will invest heavily in northern tierBNSF Railway is spending billions of dollars to double-track key segments of its northern tier route, purchase equipment and hire additional crew, but a company executive told grain shippers this week it could take two to three years for the investments to produce all of the results they are looking for.

 

 

UNIONS 

Mum ILWU, PMA negotiators likely dealing with productivity issuesHaving reached a tentative agreement Aug. 26 on the crucial issue of medical benefits, negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have spent the past month discussing operational issues at marine terminals.

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