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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Port Of Seattle News

An aerial view of the NWSA Seattle docks (CREDIT: NWSA)

NWSA's Terminal 18 Breaks Records with 2018 Volume

SSA Marine’s Terminal 18 surpassed 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in yearly container volume last week, marking the first time in Washington state history that a single marine terminal handled a million TEUs in a year.Located in the North Harbor of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the terminal is on track to top 1.1 million TEUs by the end of 2018. “We are proud to announce that Terminal 18 has handled over 1 million TEUs so far this year,” said Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of the NWSA.

William Friedman, AAPA's 2018-19 Board Chairman

AAPA Elects William Friedman As 2018-19 Board Chairman

Friedman is Port of Cleveland's President & CEO. At its 2018 Spring Conference on March 20, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—elected William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2018-19 activity year that begins in October. Mr. Friedman is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 2018 Annual Convention, set for Oct.

Stephen Metruck (Photo: Stephen P. Metruck)

Port of Seattle Names Metruck Executive Director

The Port of Seattle Commission has appointed retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2018. Metruck will succeed interim executive director Dave Soike, who took over following the resignation of port CEO Ted Fick in February 2017. Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3…

John Wolfe (Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO Wolfe Receives 2017 Connie Award

John Wolfe, CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, received the 2017 Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute in Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, September 19. Since the formation of the NWSA in August 2015, Wolfe has led the marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. “This is an incredible honor for John and The Northwest Seaport Alliance,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “John leads through hard work and a well-grounded vision.

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Tacoma to Add Four More Container Cranes

The Northwest Seaport Alliance to purchase four more container cranes, invest additional $2.9 million in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. Managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance have approved a $52 million purchase of four more container cranes to join four others already on order for Husky Terminal in the South Harbor in Tacoma. They also approved an additional $2.9 million in improvements at Seattle’s Terminal 18 in the North Harbor and Tacoma’s West Hylebos Log Yard and Pierce County Terminal in the South Harbor.

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Seattle Continues Search for New Port Director

The Port of Seattle Commission has launched a public process to find a new Executive Director to lead the organization . The Commissioners are seeking input from the public, customers and employees about the qualities and experience desired in a new leader. An electronic survey is available to provide feedback until June 23. The Port Commission has retained a local executive search firm to conduct a regional search and anticipates hiring a new leader this fall. “The Port of Seattle is one of our region’s greatest public assets…

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Seattle Kicks Off Its Biggest Cruise Season

The Port of Seattle has kicked off its biggest cruise season yet with more than one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast. The cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, providing more than 4,000 jobs and $18.9 million in state and local taxes, with each homeported vessel generating $2.7 million to the local economy. “A record number of cruise passengers this season means local agriculture and food companies…

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs. The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry. “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy…

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Seattle/Tacoma Box Volumes Rise in March

Total domestic and international container volumes at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma increased by more than 14 percent for the month of March, and year-to-date volumes were up 10 percent. March international container volumes performed strongly post-Lunar New Year. At 120,018 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), full imports grew almost 26 percent compared to March 2016. At 99,603 TEUs, full exports were up more than 9 percent in March, making it the strongest month for exports this year.

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Port of Seattle CEO Resigns

Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick tendered his resignation at a public port commission meeting Thursday after more than 2.5 years at the helm. Fick was recently placed on paid administrative leave due to “personnel issues” and the separation was described as “mutual”. “We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,” said Commission President Tom Albro. Port of Seattle Chief Operating Officer Dave Soike, a 35-year port veteran, will serve as interim CEO. The port said the public process to find a replacement will begin later this year.

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Port of Seattle Commission Elects 2017 Leaders

The Port of Seattle Commission has elected its officers for 2017. Commissioner Tom Albro will serve as president, while Commissioner Courtney Gregoire will serve as vice president. Commissioner Stephanie Bowman will serve as secretary, Commissioner Fred Felleman will serve as assistant secretary, and Commissioner John Creighton will be commissioner-at-large. Among its goals for 2017, the Port of Seattle will focus on environmental and economic development initiatives, particularly those focused on reducing carbon emissions and connecting more people to Port-related careers.

Seattle Commuter Light Rail Ship Launch Photo Holland American Line

Holland America Line Launches Commuter 'Ships'

Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb…

Port of Seattle Welcomes New Commissioner

The Port of Seattle welcomed its newest commissioner, Fred Felleman, as he took the oath of office along with reelected Commissioner Courtney Gregoire at Tuesday’s  Commission meeting. The commission officers for 2016 were also announced. Commissioner John Creighton will serve as Commission President while Commissioner Tom Albro will serve as Commission Vice President, Commissioner Stephanie Bowman will serve as Commission Secretary, Commissioner Courtney Gregoire will serve as Assistant Secretary, and Commissioner Felleman will be Commissioner-at-Large.

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Anti-Arctic Drilling Activists Hold 'Shell No' Protest in Seattle

Seattleites took a dramatic stand, er paddle, against Arctic oil drilling. Local Native Americans and concerned citizens took to kayak and canoe and surrounded a giant, Arctic-bound Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig currently making a layover in the Port of Seattle. The group that planned the event, called the “Paddle in Seattle,” said Saturday’s demonstration began a three-day “massive peaceful resistance,” the Associated Press reports. The group plans to block access to the oil giant’s rig parked in the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 and delay preparations for drilling on Monday.

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers. Each homeported cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.6 million for the local economy. “Cruising to Alaska continues to be an economic driver for our region," said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. Seattle’s cruise business—currently leading all cruise homeports on the west coast in passenger volume—is responsible for over 3…

David McFadden (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Hires Economic Development Director

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick has hired David McFadden as a member of the port’s executive team, effective July 21. McFadden joins the Port of Seattle as the Managing Director of the Economic Development Division, responsible for a portfolio that includes recruiting and retaining businesses especially in aviation, manufacturing and maritime sectors. He is also tasked with driving economic development activities at the port to maximize opportunities while making Seattle a gateway for international commerce.

Elizabeth Leavitt Photo Port of Seattle

Leavitt Heads Seattle Port's Environment Protection, Development

After an extensive national search, the Port of Seattle has promoted Elizabeth Leavitt to lead its work to protect and enhance the environment. The Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability is a newly created position leading a center of expertise that consolidates environmental, sustainability, and planning functions. Leavitt will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will serve on the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team. “It is impressive that, within the large candidate pool, the Port’s own staff provided excellent people who rose to the top,” said Port COO Dave Soike.

David Freiboth (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Hires Director of Labor Relations

David Freiboth has been hired as a member of the Port of Seattle’s executive team, assuming the role of senior director of labor relations effective July 16. In his new position, Freiboth will be responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance for labor relations, helping to support workforce development throughout the Puget Sound region. He will also work to build and enhance communication between a wide range of labor unions and the Port of Seattle. The position will report directly to port CEO Ted J. Fick.

Paula Chan Edelstein (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Hires Senior HR Director

The Port of Seattle has hired Paula Chan Edelstein as senior director of human resources. Joining the port’s executive team July 27, Chan Edelstein will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the port’s human resources and development functions including talent acquisition; talent development; employee relations; organizational development; diversity; employee communications; HR technology; compensation, benefits, employee recognition; and employee health and safety, the port said. The position oversees six direct reports and approximately 35 employees.

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Norwegian Cruise Line, Port of Seattle Ink 15-year Lease

The Port of Seattle signed a 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The deal secures NCLH ships in Seattle for the full term of the lease and provides passenger volume guarantees estimated to bring $73 million dollars of revenue to the port. “We thank Norwegian Cruise Line for their commitment to Seattle and the Alaska cruise business,” said Commissioner John Creighton. “Cruise in Seattle means $440 million in annual economic impact for this region.

Lindsay Pulsifer (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Names Interim Maritime Division MD

Lindsay Pulsifer, general manager of marine maintenance for the Port of Seattle, has been selected as the interim maritime division managing director. Pulsifer will be responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of maritime environmental services, harbor services, marine maintenance, industrial properties and cruise operations until a maritime division managing director is identified. “While providing excellent leadership to diverse teams, Lindsay has demonstrated strong support for talent development…

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Port of Seattle Commission passes paid parental leave

The Port of Seattle Commission approved a motion to provide four weeks of paid parental leave for non-represented employees during the 12 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child in the employee’s home – effective Jan. 1, 2016. “This action ensures that every Port employee will have dedicated paid leave to recover from birth and/or bond with a new child,” said Port of Seattle Commission Co-President Courtney Gregoire. “We recognize those first days and weeks are important to the health of all the members of the family.

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Seattle’s Terminal 5 Closer to Becoming ‘Big Ship Ready’

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions of the property. “Based on public comment we are including a number of improvements, such as shore power for vessels…

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New Apps Aim to Save Fuel, Accelerate Cargo Flow

The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it is set to launch two new mobile applications in early November aiming to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.

The new Araho. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Modernization of The U.S. Fishing Fleet

Coming in the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is an insightful report on the modernization of the U.S. Fishing Fleet, with a focus on the ubiquitous Pacific Northwest. Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, a study by The McDowell Group for the Port of Seattle, has made the rounds and given weight to the idea that a major fleet upgrade really is underway. With average 2014 gross revenues having run between $2 million for Bering Sea/Aleutian Island trawl vessels to $16 million for some catcher-processors…

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Hanjin Sells Operations at Port of Seattle

Bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin will sell its operations of the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 to Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping COmpany (MSC) subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), reports AP. The Seattle Times reports Hanjin will sell its majority stake in the terminal operating companies at the Seattle and Long Beach ports for $78 million. Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August, worrying local retailers about the fate of their cargo.