Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Maritime cargo volumes last month fell 10.3% to 309,123 TEUs at the Northwest Seaport Alliance seaports of Seattle and Tacoma, with imports tumbling 15.4% and full exports dropping 8.8% compared to the same month last year, according to data released July 19. The ports saw lowered vessel calls brought on by congestion at other ports, ongoing service suspensions and above average import numbers from June 2021 as factors in the declining numbers, Seaport Alliance data show. Year-to-date volumes are behind by 4% to 1,806,732 TEUs, with imports down 6.9% and exports falling 24.2%, according to NWSA’s figures. “Ocean carriers have…
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Port of Seattle Sues Boeing Over Superfund Cleanup Costs

Port of Seattle Sues Boeing Over Superfund Cleanup Costs

The Port of Seattle filed a civil lawsuit against Boeing Co. on July 19 saying that it wants Boeing to reimburse the port for millions of dollars in superfund cleanup expenses in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. The Seattle seaport is asking Boeing for reimbursements spanning 22 years and is also seeking the court to establish “a fair share for Boeing to pay for future cleanup costs.” The port said that for decades the company “pumped polychlorinated biphenyl from numerous transformer vaults (holding leaking transformers) at its Plant 2 facility directly to the Lower Duwamish Waterway.” The port also contends that…
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Port of Seattle Police Chief Job Finalists to Participate in Forum

Port of Seattle Police Chief Job Finalists to Participate in Forum

The two finalists for the chief of police position at the Port of Seattle are expected to field questions from the public during a virtual community forum scheduled for June 27. Eric Sano, a captain with the Seattle Police Department, and Michael Villa, deputy chief and acting chief with the Port of Seattle Police, are vying for the opportunity to lead a department of more than 115 commissioned police officers and 40 non-commissioned personnel responsible for providing law enforcement activities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and seaport properties. The port is gathering questions from the public to present to the finalists…
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Seattle, Tacoma Ports Mark 50-Plus Years of Mazda Imports

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Mark 50-Plus Years of Mazda Imports

The Seattle and Tacoma seaports recently marked more than a half century of moving Mazda vehicles through the Pacific Northwest. The carmaker first started importing vehicles through the region on April 14, 1970 – first through Seattle, and then through Tacoma almost a decade later – making Mazda the longest-running automobile to move through Tacoma. So far, roughly 1.9 million Mazda vehicles have been processed through the Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway, according to data from the ports. The NWSA estimates that every Mazda ship call generates an average of 40 to 45 longshore worker jobs, as well as other supply…
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Seattle Port Executive Director Named Puget Sound Maritime Public Official of the Year

Seattle Port Executive Director Named Puget Sound Maritime Public Official of the Year

Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck was recently named the Puget Sound Maritime Public Official of the Year at a Seattle Maritime Day Breakfast event, the port revealed May 25. The Seattle Propeller Club’s Public Official of the Year Award honors policymakers who have demonstrated leadership and support for the maritime industry. Port Commissioner Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, who announced the award, spoke of Metruck’s strong leadership and experience, particularly through the pandemic. “Steve led the port through the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring no interruption of essential aviation and maritime operations and moving ahead with critical capital…
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Port of Seattle Hires New Cruise and Maritime Marketing Director 

Port of Seattle Hires New Cruise and Maritime Marketing Director 

The Port of Seattle has hired cruise industry veteran Linda Springmann as its new director of cruise and maritime marketing.  Springmann has over 25 years of experience in the industry, including her work as vice president of onboard revenue for the Holland America/Princess Cruises/Seabourn brands, vice president of deployment and itinerary planning for Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises, vice president of Alaska marketing and director of product marketing for Holland America Line.  She was also appointed by the governor to the Alaska Travel Industry Association — Alaska’s State Tourism Board — for eight years, and served as chair of…
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