OCTOBER 4, 2017

AIRPORTS

Port of Moses Lake to stage emergency drill

Charles H. Featherstone, October 3, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

The Port of Moses Lake will be conducting two disaster exercises on Friday, Oct. 13, to test the Port’s and the area’s ability to respond to a major accident at Grant County International Airport.

“Every three years, the FAA requires airports like ours to a full-scale emergency exercise,” said Richard Mueller, director of facilities and operations for the Port of Moses Lake.

The exercise must be based on typical airport traffic, Mueller said. The last time Grant County International Airport did this, Mueller said they simulated a general aviation accident. But this year, officials with the port are working closely with Mitsubishi and constructing their accident scenarios with a “regional jet” in mind.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20171003/ARTICLE/171009968

 

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Port eyes next year’s spending

Paul Gottlieb, October 4, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles’ status quo $8.28 million draft operating budget for 2018 includes $150,000 for dredging and foresees a continuation of end-of-2017 log yard activity.

It also dispenses a 2.3 percent pay increase to port employees.

There’s no more consulting and special projects funding for the Composite Recycling Technology Center, housed in a port building upgraded with $4 million of county, state and federal grants and $300,000 committed by the port, according to a draft spending plan presented to port commissioners in its first iteration at their meeting Monday.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-eyes-next-years-spending/

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Eat All About It:  Port bets food pod will put Osprey Pointe on map

Wendy Culverwell, October 3, 2017, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Pasco’s newest food truck outlet launched this week surrounded by a sea of crushed concrete in a parking lot.

The Food Pointe opened with two newcomers to the food truck business amid the remains of the foundation of a building that once stood in the 900 block of East Ainsworth Street. It’s between the port’s offices and the Columbia River.

There’s method in the parking lot madness, said Gary Ballew, the port’s director of economic development and marketing.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article176827536.html

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Drayage chassis supply tight as Seattle, Tacoma ports

Mark Edward Nero, October 3, 2017, American Shipper

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are dealing with a shortage of the chassis that are used by drayage truckers to haul goods to and from the ports, the alliance that runs the ports’ marine cargo operations said Oct. 2.

“As we enter the peak season for both imports and exports, the Northwest Seaport Alliance asks for empty containers to be returned as quickly as possible,” the NWSA said in a message to customers.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/drayage-chassis-supply-tight-at-seattle-tacoma-por-69220.aspx?source=Little4

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