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NEWS BULLETIN
Friday, April 17, 2015

Turbine Building now available
at Port of Grays Harbor business park

Federal Maritime Commission Oks
Pacific ports operational agreement

Disabled ferry VICTORIA CLIPPER
escorted to homeport in Bellingham

Port of Seattle taps Collins
as director of public affairs

Port of Los Angeles releases
container numbers for March

Turbine Building now available
at Port of Grays Harbor business park

ABERDEEN, WA — The Turbine Building in the Port of Grays Harbor's Satsop Business Park is now available for lease after being occupied the last five years by a tank manufacturing company. The 300,000 square foot facility is suited for heavy industrial/manufacturing including tank construction, aerospace and large component construction for industrial and energy projects. The building features three stories with 11 cranes. The top floor has two 250-ton cranes and the bottom floor has nine cranes ranging from five to ten tons. The structure was originally designed to house steam turbine generators for the twin nuclear plants that were never finished. With ten acres of laydown area, there is room for storage and parking. Additionally, there are 14,300 square feet of flexible office space including cubicles, a kitchen and conference room. For more information, visit satsop.com/turbine-building.html.

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Port of Seattle taps Collins
as director of public affairs

SEATTLE — Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick has appointed Julie Collins as a member of the port’s executive team, effective May 1. As senior director of public affairs, Ms. Collins’ portfolio will include government relations, community outreach, strategic communications and airport public relations. In addition, she will serve as a member of the executive team supporting the executive office and commission and will report directly to the CEO. As chief external affairs officer at the Port of Tacoma, she had oversight of government affairs, communications and community relations functions and also served on the CEO’s executive team. Additionally, she serves on the executive Due Diligence team to develop the Seaport Alliance. Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma in 1998, she worked as district director for U.S. Representative Jennifer Dunn and U.S. Representative Rod Chandler and also was Chandler’s senior legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. Her local experience includes issues management for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and event planning/fundraising at Columbia Resource Group.

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Federal Maritime Commission Oks
Pacific ports operational agreement

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has announced that after review it voted unanimously to allow the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201227) to become effective on April 17, 2015. The commission’s review included evaluation of information received from the agreement parties in response to questions raised by staff and commissioners during the review period; removal of agreement authority to address commission concerns, including proposed authority to impose fees and charges on third parties; as well as consideration of public comments submitted on the agreement. The pending agreement between the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (FMC Agreement No. 011284), the West Coast MTO Agreement (FMC No. 201143), and almost every vessel-operating carrier and marine terminal operator serving U.S. West Coast ports, would authorize the parties to discuss and exchange information, and reach agreement on measures to address and improve efficiency of operations at U.S. West Coast port facilities to reduce congestion.

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Port of Los Angeles releases
container numbers for March

SAN PEDRO, CA — March containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 17.3 percent compared to the same period last year. The port handled a total of 791,863 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), the second-highest month in the port’s history. The busiest single month was October 2006, when the port moved 800,063 TEUs. For the first three months of 2015, overall volumes (1,823,854 TEUs) are down five percent compared to the same period in 2014. Imports increased 31.5 percent, from 327,497 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in March 2014 to 430,898 TEUs in March 2015. Exports declined 22.5 percent, from 187,826 TEUs in March 2014 to 145,536 TEUs in March 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports increased 11.86 percent, from 515,323 TEUs in March 2014 to 576,434 TEUs in March 2015. Factoring in empties, which increased 34.7 percent, overall March 2015 volumes (791,863 TEUs) improved 17.3 percent. Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

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Disabled ferry VICTORIA CLIPPER
escorted to homeport in Bellingham

SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews escorted the VICTORIA CLIPPER passenger ferry to Seattle following a reported electrical fire aboard the vessel near Port Townsend, Thursday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter TERRAPIN, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles escorted the VICTORIA CLIPPER to its Seattle pier after the ferry’s crewmembers reportedly extinguished the fire aboard the vessel. The VICTORIA CLIPPER was reportedly carrying 223 passengers from Victoria, B.C., to Seattle at the time of the incident. There were no reported injuries. The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the fire. Weather on scene was reported to be calm seas, three mph winds and an air temperature of 57 degrees.

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