Port of Seattle Hires New Labor Relations Director

Port of Seattle Hires New Labor Relations Director

The Port of Seattle has hired longtime labor veteran Mikel O’Brien as its new senior director of labor relations, the port announced Dec. 1. O’Brien, who had been the port’s senior manager for labor relations since 2015, brings more than 25 years of human resource and labor relations expertise to the new role, 22 of which were with the port. She also worked in HR and labor relations in Utah and Washington state.  As senior manager, she oversaw a team responsible for “negotiating and administering 24 collective bargaining agreements covering over 1,000 employees,” as well as managing compensation studies, serving…
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Port of Seattle to Provide $4 Million for Maritime Training

Port of Seattle to Provide $4 Million for Maritime Training

To help nurture the next generation of maritime industry workforce, Port of Seattle commissioners agreed to invest $4.1 million over three years toward that effort, the port announced Nov. 18. The money is expected to be used to collaborate with employers and offer training and help to youths ages 16-24 and internship opportunities that could lead to entry-level full-time work, according to the port. Social services organization Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, sustainable development organization Washington Maritime Blue and private school The Polytech are expected to partner with the port on this pilot program, which seeks to aim resources at…
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Port of Seattle Releases 2023 Budget, Five-Year Spending Plan

Port of Seattle Releases 2023 Budget, Five-Year Spending Plan

The proposed 2023 budget and five-year spending plan for the Port of Seattle includes significant investments in seaport infrastructure and workforce development. Expected to be adopted by port commissioners on Nov. 29, the budget proposal introduced by Port Executive Director Steve Metruck includes a record $5.3 billion investment in capital projects over five years (with $725.8 million being proposed for 2023), as well as more funding for environmental and workforce development initiatives, according to the port.  The 2023-2027 plan includes $522.3 million in maritime and economic development-related projects such as berth-replacing at Terminal 91, electrification work at Pier 66, and…
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Port of Seattle Deems 2022 Cruise Season a Success

Port of Seattle Deems 2022 Cruise Season a Success

The Port of Seattle has declared its 2022 cruise season a success that shattered new records and achieved new milestones in economic impact, environmental initiatives and community investment efforts. The port said Oct. 24 that the cruise season brought 1.28 million revenue passengers, or 640,000 individual travelers, to the port on an Alaskan cruise, a new passenger volume record that netted a 6% uptick over the 2019 volumes. “In 2020, when the port and region lost the expected revenue of an entire cruise season, we outlined a recovery strategy to bring the industry back healthier and stronger than ever,” Port…
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Seattle Port Participates in Pilot Business Program

Seattle Port Participates in Pilot Business Program

Seven community groups will help area small businesses through the Community Business Connector program, a pilot effort funded in part by the Port of Seattle and other cities and led by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and King County, it was announced Oct. 10. As “Connectors,” these groups will receive a one-time award ranging from $30,000 to $40,000 over a 12-month period to help local small businesses recover from the pandemic and nurture their growth. “The pandemic highlighted ongoing challenges faced by small business owners and operators, especially those in our BIPOC communities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said.…
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Seattle International Propeller Club Chapter Named Port of the Year

Seattle International Propeller Club Chapter Named Port of the Year

The International Propeller Club’s Port of Seattle chapter has been selected as the 2022 Port of the Year by the International Propeller Club, the chapter announced Oct. 4. Seattle Propeller Club Vice President Heather Haugland accepted the during the 96th Annual International Propeller Club Convention, held Sept. 20-22 in Athens, Greece. “The Seattle Propeller Club was recognized for a variety of accomplishments, but particularly our resiliency and creativity throughout the pandemic to remain active, as well as our recent, strong growth in membership,” said Club President Tosca Pinder, who credited the club’s board members who volunteer their time to make…
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Port of Seattle Launches Hiring Effort

Port of Seattle Launches Hiring Effort

The Port of Seattle said in late September that it has kicked off an effort to hire for various positions throughout the seaport and airport, particularly police officers, bus drivers, skilled trades and capital projects positions. The hiring effort comes as the port anticipates a heightened demand in the future trade and travel, with plans for $4 billion of infrastructure construction at the seaport and airport in the next five years, the port said. Roles in skilled trades range from capital project managers and leaders to engineers, and construction roles, the port said. “As the port serves the region now…
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Port of Seattle to Begin Public Meetings on 2023 Budget Proposal

Port of Seattle to Begin Public Meetings on 2023 Budget Proposal

Starting Sept. 27, the Port of Seattle is planning a series of public meetings to discuss the port’s proposed 2023 budget and five-year capital plan. Port commissioners are expected to hear more about the port’s operating division budgets on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11. There are also plans for two public open houses on the budget and capital plan. The open house for the Maritime and EDD divisions is set to take place online at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, while the Aviation Division’s open house is set online for 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. The public may take part or check…
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Seattle Port Commissioner Going on Nordic Trade Mission

Seattle Port Commissioner Going on Nordic Trade Mission

Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins is expected to travel this week with a delegation from Washington state on the Nordic Study and Trade Mission being led by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington Department of Commerce, the port announced Sept. 9. The mission encompasses travel to Finland, Sweden, and Norway, and includes visits to the U.S. Embassies in Helsinki and Oslo, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the KTH Royal Institute and the Wallenberg Wood Science Center in Stockholm, the Maritime Competence Center in Aalesund, Norway, and to Oceantech Innovation, Trondheim, which delves into technology aimed at supporting…
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Greater Seattle Partners to Host Meeting on Export Opportunities

Greater Seattle Partners to Host Meeting on Export Opportunities

Small and medium-sized business owners can explore the growth potential of exporting their goods and services, especially in the South Korean market, at a conference week month hosted by the Greater Seattle Partners organization, in partnership with the Port of Seattle, Washington State Department of Commerce and e-commerce company Coupang. “South Korea consistently ranks as Greater Seattle’s top three trading (partners) for exports and imports with total trade exceeding $80 billion between us in the past 10 years,” Greater Seattle Partners CEO and President Brian Surratt said. “This long-standing mutually beneficial relationship provides a strong foundation for more of our…
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