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Big ship coming to Bellingham; Port hopes more to follow

From the Bellingham Herald

A very big ship will soon be arriving in Bellingham Bay, another sign the shipping business is finally making a comeback in the area.

The 590-foot MV Diana Bolten is scheduled to dock at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal on Sept. 28 and unload 10,700 metric tons of organic corn and soybeans […]


Port of Bellingham hires new Marine Terminals Business Development Manager

The Port of Bellingham has announced the hiring of Chris Clark as its Marine Terminals Business Development Manager. Mr. Clark will be responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal and Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Mr. Clark has over 30 years of experience establishing new shipping routes for bulk and break bulk […]


Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]


New lease brings logs, longshore jobs to Bellingham

The Port of Bellingham signed a lease with a company that will ship timber out of the terminal to Asia. Photo by Evan Abell

Excerpts from ‘Port of Bellingham signs deal with company that will ship timber to Asia’ in the Bellingham Herald:

The Port of Bellingham announced Wednesday that it had signed a […]


Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with […]


Kinder Morgan drops plans to build coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens

From the Oregonian:

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.

Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at […]


Port Of Bellingham Director To Resign

A top local public official is resigning amid a clash over spending concerns.

Port of Bellingham Commissioner Mike McAuley confirmed [this week] that Executive Director Charlie Sheldon is leaving the port.

Port Commissioner Scott Walker … told KGMI last month he disagreed with Sheldon sending a port official and a consultant to the Bahamas for […]


ILWU clarifies position regarding third-party protests at ports

A third-party proposal to shut down terminals on December 12 has not been vetted by union’s democratic process

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 2011) — In response to recent third-party announcements that community activists will attempt to shut down various West Coast marine terminals on December 12, 2011, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) […]


Economists: Gateway cargo terminal would bring fewer construction jobs, slightly more permanent ones

The Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point could create more than 1,200 permanent jobs when indirect impacts are factored in, three local economists said Thursday, Oct. 27, at a Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast presentation.

The economists said they were hired by SSA Marine to review an earlier jobs analysis provided for […]


Hundreds turn out to Bellingham mayor’s cargo terminal meeting

More than 300 people packed into Mayor Dan Pike’s community meeting Wednesday, June 1, to discuss concerns about the environmental effects from the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal and bulk cargo export terminal that SSA Marine wants to build at Cherry Point.

David Warren, past president of the Whatcom Central Labor Council, said union leaders had […]


Bellingham port hopes to reactivate its cargo terminal

Port of Bellingham commissioners hope to revive their long-dormant deep-water shipping terminal to create both jobs and port revenue.

“We’re back at ground zero,” said Darren Williams, a spokesman for Local 7 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, at a recent port commission meeting. “We don’t have anything to ramp up. What we do […]


‘Express’ ferry service between Washington and Southcentral Alaska begins in June

M/V Kendicott

June 4 is the departure date from Bellingham, Wash., for the first-ever Alaska Marine Highway ferry run to Southcentral Alaska that won’t require a change in vessels in Southeast. The M/V Kennicott will stop in Ketchikan, Juneau and Yakutat before crossing the Gulf of Alaska to Whittier, reports The Turnagain Times. The […]


Alaska ferry will link Bellingham, Anchorage beginning in May

Bellingham Herald photo of the Kennicott in Bellingham Bay in 2009.

Beginning May 7, 2011, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Kennicott will make a biweekly run from Bellingham to Whittier, near Anchorage.

The Kennicott’s departures will be on Saturday evenings every other week, with scheduled arrivals in Whittier on the following Thursday morning. […]


Port of Bellingham candidates tout leadership skills, experience at public forum

The three finalists for the Port of Bellingham executive director position met the community on Sunday, Oct. 4. About 60 people attended a reception at Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Mark Beaty, 55, said the port can balance economic interests with the environmental values of the community as it focuses on bringing new jobs to Whatcom County.



Port of Coos Bay leader could be on the move

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay could be losing their Executive Director to the Port of Bellingham, Washington, as Jeff Bishop has shown up as a finalist for their open spot.

Bishop has been heading up the Port of Coos Bay since January of 2005. Prior to that he had served as Manager […]