I interviewed Port of Tacoma Executive Director Tim Farrell Wednesday night about the port’s new lease with NYK Line, a shipping company that currently uses the Port of Seattle.
I asked him then if the Port of Seattle knew that NYK Line would be moving to Tacoma.
“I think they know,” he said.
Maybe. Regardless they are not pleased with the announcement, according to the story in today’s Seattle PI.
Seattle port officials called the deal “a very serious blow to the relationship between Seattle and Tacoma” and termed it “another case of Tacoma expanding at Seattle’s expense.”
Port Executive Director Tay Yoshitani gave a speech to the Seattle Rotary at 1 p.m. Wednesday – the day before the port officially announced the deal.
He had few nice things to say about Tacoma:
“While we cooperate with the Port of Tacoma on things like security, environmental programs and some infrastructure issues, they are extremely aggressive in soliciting business away from us,” he said.
“I have no reservation in reporting to you that Tacoma currently is attempting to negotiate away a couple of our key customers. I strongly believe they ought to be looking at taking cargo away from California, rather than from us. This kind of competition makes no sense from a regional or state-wide perspective, but they don’t seem to see things that way.”
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