The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Grays Harbor urges Hoquiam to adjust shoreline permit fees

From The Daily World:

The Hoquiam City Council will take a long hard look at the city’s shorelines permit application fee structure after hearing testimony Monday from Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson that the current structure making the city look unfriendly to larger projects.

“We have a long legacy of industrial use […]


BHP requests lower shorelines permit fee for proposed potash facility at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

The company considering a $440 million potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor told the City of Hoquiam the $445,000 shorelines permit application fee calculated by the city is “in excess of that which could be considered reasonable relative to expected costs” and asked the city to cut it […]


Pasha expanding auto shipments at Port of Grays Harbor

ILWU Local 24 joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pasha facility in Grays Harbor, Washington. Photo credit: The Daily World

From The Daily World:

Automotive import group Pasha is growing its business at the company’s Port of Grays Harbor facility, expanding its shipments of Chrysler vehicles by about 500 per month and adding another […]


Company planning crude oil project at the Port of Grays Harbor terminates lease

Port of Grays Harbor, WA

A company planning to bring crude oil to the Port of Grays Harbor has terminated their lease at Terminal 3.

Port of Grays Harbor Public Affairs Manager Kayla Dunlap tells KXRO that Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, which is owned by U.S. Development Group, terminated their option to lease the […]


Port of Grays Harbor channel deepening slated for fall, to finish in 2018

The work on deepening the Port of Grays Harbor’s navigation channel has secured federal funding and is expected to begin sometime this fall, officials said at the Port’s Tuesday meeting.

Federal funding will provide $15 million for the project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Branch Chief Jessica Winkler told Port officials.

A project […]


WA legislators call to broaden scope of Grays Harbor terminals review

The Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

Seven members of the Washington State legislature issued a letter to Imperium and Westway and ICF International.



Washington blocks permits for two Grays Harbor oil terminals

There are several places in the Northwest considering taking oil arriving by rail from North Dakota to be transported onto ships. Meanwhile, there’s talk in Congress about weakening rules against exporting American oil. Graphic by The Columbian.

Two oil-by-train terminals proposed for the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast were dealt a set […]


Politics, environmental worries threaten new coal ports in the Northwest

Growing environmental objections to exporting coal from Washington state and Oregon have begun to endanger the coal industry’s hope to restore its flagging fortunes by shipping much more of the embattled fossil fuel to China and India.

Port officials recently dropped plans for a terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., just days after the governors of […]


Port of Grays Harbor Receives Award for Soybean Export

KXRO reports the increased export activity created more than one hundred FTE longshore jobs for handling the cargo.

Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner, Jack Thompson, and Executive Director, Gary Nelson were in Minnesota to receive Minnesota Soybean’s 2012 International Marketing Committee Partner of the Year Award.

Minnesota Soybean, which represents more than 25,000 soybean farmers […]


Hearing on Grays Harbor oil export terminal

The Port of Grays Harbor is holding a public workshop Wednesday in Aberdeen on proposals for trains to deliver crude oil to an export terminal.

Three companies have proposed “crude by rail” projects: Imperium Terminal Services, LLC, Westway Terminal Company, and U.S. Development Group, LLC.

The crude oil would likely come from shale formations in […]


Port of Grays Harbor Prepares to Export 100,000th Vehicle

Autos at the Port of Grays Harbor

As the Port of Grays Harbor preps to ship their 100,000 auto next week, Lakeside Industries is prepping to pave about 12 acres of parking lot to hold that many at once for the port “We think with this added asphalt, that will probably give us capacity […]


AGP expands shipping terminal at Greys Harbor

From Feed and Grain:

Cooperative’s partnership with the Port of Grays Harbor allows it to become the leading soy meal exporter on the West Coast.

On the shore of the estuarine bay of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA, Ag Processing Inc.’s (AGP) new port terminal elevator sits only 12 miles away from the Pacific Ocean […]


Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper

1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would […]


Scrappy Grays Harbor riding surge of auto exports

Port of Grays Harbor

From the Puget Sound Business Journal:

The newly constructed marine terminal rail complex at the Port of Grays Harbor serves as the backdrop for Chryslers being loaded for Asia. The port west of Olympia — once best known for handling giant logs — built more than 37,000 feet of track […]


Northwest coal export projects could have 'significant' public health impacts, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency wants a thorough review of the consequences of coal export through Northwest ports, saying the first project in the pipeline — at Oregon’s Port of Morrow — “has the potential to significantly impact human health and the environment.”

It’s not a full victory for environmentalists and tribes near the Columbia […]