SEATTLE Port of Seattle Commissioners have approved the ports 2015 budget, which projects growth at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, stable revenue in the seaport division and continuing recovery in the real estate business. Anticipating continued business growth in most of the ports divisions and strong property values, the approved budget keeps the tax levy stable at $73 million while reducing the tax rate from $0.2151 to $0.1896 per $1,000 of assessed value. Tax levy funds are used mainly for General Obligation (G.O.) bonds debt service, local transportation and Seaport and Real Estate environmental clean-up efforts. The ports 2015 operating revenues are budgeted at $551.8million, a $14.4 million or 2.7 percent increase from the 2014 budget. Operating expenses are budgeted at $332.9 million, a $9.5 million or 2.9 percent increase compared to 2014 budget. Net Operating Income before Depreciation is budgeted to be $218.9 million, a $4.8million or 2.3 percent increase. The ports capital budget is $373.8 million for 2015 and $2.2 billion for the next five years.
OLYMPIA The Port of Olympia Commission is seeking applicants for the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee comprises 9-14 citizen volunteers who meet monthly, or as needed, to address assignments from the commission. Individual members also may be asked to participate with port staff on a range of port programs and projects. The committee has contributed citizen advice and assistance to the port since the commission formed it in 1994. Applicants must be Thurston County residents. A port commissioner, the executive director and the chair of the committee will interview applicants and recommend appointments to the commission. Criteria for selection are community and economic development activities; volunteer, board or committee experience; work experience; experience or knowledge of theport; and reasons for serving. For an application form and information about past and current Citizen Advisory Committee projects, see http://www.portolympia.com/Commission/POCAC or call 360.528.8014. The application deadline is Monday, December 15, 2014.
BLAINE, WA U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at the Lynden, WA, port of entry arrested two Canadian citizens from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Sunday for what appeared to be chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine. Calum James Buchanan (41) and Lola Crystal McKay (24), arrived at the Kenneth G. Ward port of entry in Lynden shortly after 7 p.m. driving a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am. CBP officers referred Mr. Buchanan and Ms. McKay for a secondary examination where they discovered a plastic tote tub sealed with plastic wrap containing an unknown liquid and other suspicious materials in the rear seat area of the vehicle. A CBP officer performing the secondary inspection of the vehicle and contents became ill after breathing the fumes from the materials and was transported and successfully treated at Saint Joseph Medical Center, Bellingham. Out of an abundance of caution for public safety, northbound and southbound traffic was diverted away from the Lynden port of entry. Due to the unknown nature of the materials, CBP requested and received assistance from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), City of Lynden Fire and Police departments, Bellingham Police Departments Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit and the Washington State Patrol (WSP). Mr. Buchanan and Ms. McKay were taken into custody and turned over to HSI special agents for further investigation. Monday afternoon they made their first appearance before a Whatcom County judge for possession with intent to manufacture.
HONOLULU Matson, Inc. has announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Micronesia services by $225 for both westbound and eastbound containers, effective January 25, 2015 and for the company's Hawaii service by $225 per westbound container and $110 per eastbound container, effective January 4, 2015. The increases will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Maritime Commission. The $225 rate increase also applies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. There will be no adjustment made to the company's terminal handling charge (THC).
Evergreen Line reports
it will adjust its existing AEF joint service and enter
into an slot exchange agreement with CMA CGM and Emirates
Shipping Line on their ASEA service. Both moves will take
effect in December. This increased cooperation with its
service partners will double Evergreen's sailing
frequency on the Asia - East Africa trade to twice
weekly, one dedicated to Mombasa (Kenya) and the other
one to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). The port rotations,
vessel sizes and effective dates of the changes in
service are as follows: