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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.

Washington State House passes bill limiting contributions in port campaigns

From The Columbian:

A bill that would limit campaign contributions in port commission elections is moving to the state Senate after passing the House with near-unanimous approval.

“It’s about fairness, transparency and accountability,” Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, the sponsor of House Bill 2647, said in a news release. “This legislation makes sure that our port […]

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Lawmakers, ports and unions ask Congress to reform Harbor Maintenance Tax

From The Lens:

Stakeholders from the retail sector, port leadership and labor leaders are voicing strong support for a measure which would request Congress to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) so that it no longer places a handicap on West Coast ports vying for business from U.S.-bound shippers.

HJM 4012 asks Congress to reform […]

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BNSF offers new rail service at Port of Portland

From Progressive Rail Roading:

BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Portland have begun offering a new service at Terminal 6 that enables shippers to move their products on a rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports.

The new partnership will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma, where goods can be loaded onto ocean carriers. […]

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Port of Seattle names Stephen P. Metruck as new executive director

From TTN:

The Port of Seattle recently announced the appointment of retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as the port’s new executive director.

Metruck brings more than 30 years of maritime experience to the role. In the past, he has overseen as many as 3,600 military and civilian personnel and tackled a […]

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Analyst lists 10 U.S. seaports with greatest import growth

Excerpts from analyst Ken Roberts at Forbes:

One look at the list of the 10 U.S. seaports with the greatest increase in the value of their import trade this year, and you can find validation for the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates this year and continue to do so in 2018. The list […]

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Port of Seattle reaches $8 million settlement over wrongful firings

From the Seattle Times:

A jury awarded $16 million to two former Port of Seattle employees it determined were wrongfully fired, among the biggest verdicts of its kind in state history. A settlement between the plaintiffs and the Port caps damages at $8 million, with all sides agreeing not to appeal.

The settlement is the […]

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Backers of Port of Seattle-area sports arena switch tactics

From a Seattle Times article titled ‘Sodo group says KeyArena renovation should be public, not private, process’:

Yet another twist in this city’s ongoing arena saga now sees entrepreneur Chris Hansen and his group adopting a strategy once used against him by the Port of Seattle and its allies.

Hansen’s land-use lawyer, Jack McCullough, has […]

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Port of Seattle appoints new Seaport Director

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Seattle’s director of environmental and planning programs, Stephanie Jones Stebbins, has been named the new managing director of the port’s maritime division. Jones Stebbins will be responsible for directing the operations of the port’s cruise, commercial fishing, merchant marine and recreational marina business lines, plus its marine maintenance and […]

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Port of Seattle recognizes season’s millionth cruiser

From Seatrade Cruise:

A couple on Holland America Line’s Eurodam found themselves at the center of an impromptu party Saturday as the Port of Seattle recognized the millionth passenger to pass through its cruise terminals this season.

This is the first year the port reached the million-passenger milestone. Port of Seattle commissioner John Creighton […]

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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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Port of Seattle Commission begins search for new Executive Director

From SeaTac blog:

The Port of Seattle Commission officially opened its search for an Executive Director to applicants by posting a job description and announcing the results of an extensive outreach effort seeking input about the critical qualities and attributes for the next Port leader.

The public outreach included a web survey that received more […]

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NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app

From Maritime Executive:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.

When DrayQ first launched at NWSA […]

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Northwest Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May

From the Seattle Times:

Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.

Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for […]

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Port of Seattle survey seeks public input in search for new chief

The Port of Seattle Commission has launched a public process to find a new executive director to lead the organization in its mission to create jobs, stimulate economic development and protect the environment.

The commissioners are seeking input from the public, customers and employees about the qualities and experience desired in a new leader. An […]

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Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line open renovated cruise terminal at Pier 66

The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) showcased the new Bell Street Cruise Terminal at the Port’s Pier 66 building in a grand celebration this week. The newly renovated terminal features three times the square footage within the same walls of the prior facility, and is custom designed to handle the […]

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