Seattle-Alaska Cruising Season Enters 25th Year

Seattle-Alaska Cruising Season Enters 25th Year

Twenty-five years of cruising to and from Seattle and Alaska has officially begun with the arrival of the Norwegian Bliss Bell at Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, the Port of Seattle announced April 6. This year’s cruising season, which is scheduled to run through Oct. 28, is anticipated to have 275 sailings and support 5,500 jobs. It’s also expected to create almost $900 million in economic impact and 1.7 million revenue-generating passengers (translating to roughly more than 800,000 unique passengers), according to the port. David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line, said his company is proud of…
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Port of Seattle Commission Elects 1st Black Female President

Port of Seattle Commission Elects 1st Black Female President

Hamdi Mohamed is the Port of Seattle Commission’s president for 2024, making her the first Black woman to hold the leadership position, the port announced Jan. 9. Meanwhile, Toshiko Hasegawa is the new vice president and Ryan Calkins is now secretary. Mohamed, who serves as director of the city of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, was the first Somali woman elected to public office in Washington state and the first Black woman chosen to be on the port commission when she was elected in November 2021. She also became the first Black woman to serve on any of…
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Port of Seattle Creating Fund to Address Legacy Industrial Pollution

Port of Seattle Creating Fund to Address Legacy Industrial Pollution

The Port of Seattle is establishing a fund dedicated to cleaning up legacy industrial pollution on its properties, the port announced Nov. 14. Port commissioners have authorized the executive director to create a new Environmental Legacy Fund with property tax revenue to pay for the cleanup of longtime industrial pollution on port property. The port’s currently involved in 18 environmental remediation projects, many of them in partnership with other government agencies and organizations. The new fund, which the port said it intends to launch with $30 million from tax levy money collected annually from King County homeowners, would help pay…
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Port of Seattle to Build Maritime Innovation Center

Port of Seattle to Build Maritime Innovation Center

The Port of Seattle plans to build a Maritime Innovation Center in the Ship Supply Building at Fishermen’s Terminal, the port announced Aug. 8. Port commissioners have agreed to invest $32.6 million toward building the center, which would house incubator and accelerator programs for businesses and nurture workforce development programs in the maritime industry. The center is expected to be built sustainably. “The transformation of the port’s oldest building into a world-class center is a reflection of the port’s commitment to investing in innovation so that the maritime industry and marine environment will thrive for generations to come,” Port Commissioner…
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NWSA Sees Biggest Monthly Container Volumes of 2023

NWSA Sees Biggest Monthly Container Volumes of 2023

The Northwest Seaport Alliance saw its biggest container volume month of 2023 last month when it handled 252,232 units, according to data released by the alliance July 19. The NWSA, which is the marine cargo partnership jointly operated by ports of Seattle and Tacoma, also reported a 16.1% increase in June in full imports and an almost 5% jump in full exports last month over May. “Ocean service schedule consistency has improved at the gateway, helping drive the month-over-month improvement,” the NWSA said in a statement. Meanwhile, year-over-year statistics continue to reflect 2022’s pandemic-driven numbers and continued softening of import…
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Port of Seattle Hires New Deputy Executive Director

Port of Seattle Hires New Deputy Executive Director

Kitsap County Administrator Karen Goon has been hired as the Port of Seattle’s new deputy executive director. Goon, who starts her new position in mid-July, is taking over for retiring deputy Dave Soike, and will report to Executive Director Steve Metruck. “After conducting a thorough search amongst dozens of candidates throughout the country, Karen’s qualifications stood out in terms of the breadth and depth of her experience in the Puget Sound region,” Metruck said. “She brings decades of public service knowledge and experience that will help us deliver for the people of King County and the Port of Seattle’s customers…
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Seattle Maritime Jobs Campaign Kicks Off

Seattle Maritime Jobs Campaign Kicks Off

On May 11, Seattle-based maritime organizations, including the Port of Seattle, kicked off a local “Maritime Works” campaign drawing awareness to local opportunities for young adults looking for a high-wage career based in Puget Sound. For the first time, essential maritime career information is consolidated on one website, washingtonmaritimecareers.org, where multiple career paths are presented including contacts, wage scales, education requirements and necessary tools to get started. Campaign partners, including the Port of Seattle and Propeller Club, launched the campaign at the annual Seattle Maritime Breakfast. “Maritime and industrial businesses are part of Seattle’s future,” Port of Seattle Commission President…
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Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Port Agree on Renewable Natural Gas Purchase

Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Port Agree on Renewable Natural Gas Purchase

The Port of Seattle’s Maritime Division and Economic Development Department plans to buy over 240,000 therms of renewable natural gas from Puget Sound Energy in a move that’s expected to annually reduce carbon emissions by about 1,291 metric tons, the port announced Feb. 6. The port department said that it plans to use the renewable natural gas at all its facilities that use natural gas, including Pier 66, Terminal 91 and its maintenance facilities. “PSE’s Renewable Natural Gas program will immediately cut our own maritime division greenhouse gas emissions almost in half,” said Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “That reduction helps…
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Port of Seattle Announces Organizational Changes

Port of Seattle Announces Organizational Changes

The Port of Seattle on Jan. 13 announced some organizational changes, including the creation of engineering as its own port department and elevating Sandra Kilroy, the port’s senior director for environment and sustainability, and Janice Zahn, the director of engineering.  Kilroy brings more than 30 years of experience in environmental and natural resource management, which encompasses wastewater management, habitat restoration and water quality.  Zahn, who was assistant engineering director, brings more than 35 years of experience in the private and public sector engineering and project delivery in her new role as director of engineering. “One of the most fundamental challenges…
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Seattle Port Commissioner Appointed to U.S. Travel, Tourism Advisory Board

Seattle Port Commissioner Appointed to U.S. Travel, Tourism Advisory Board

Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman has been appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced Jan. 12. The board includes 32 leaders from businesses and organizations in the domestic travel and tourism industry. Members advise the secretary on how government policies and programs affect the travel and tourism industry and offer counsel on current and emerging issues to support sustainable industry growth. Felleman has been a vocal advocate for the Port of Seattle’s role as a regional and national tourism leader, particularly in developing ecotourism opportunities in and around Washington…
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