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Category: Port and Trade


Port of Tacoma Commission raises member salaries to $1,800 monthly

The Port of Tacoma Commission raised salaries for future commissioners Thursday to $1,800 a month, more than triple the $500 monthly commission members now receive.

The salary increase is the first in 21 years for commission members.  The higher salary won’t apply to present commission members unless they successfully run for re-election this fall.  Three of the commission’s five members, Connie Bacon, Dick Marzano and Don Meyer, are running for re-election.

The new salary would apply to them or their successors beginning in January when their new terms begin.  Two other commission members, Clare Petrich and Don Johnson, whose terms

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Foss seaplane float dedication set for Wednesday noon

It isn’t exactly Sea-Tac Airport, but Tacoma next week will open a significant addition to the area’s aeronautical assets.

A long-sought seaplane float will be formally dedicated at noon Wednesday on the west side of the Thea Foss Waterway near Thea’s Park.

The float will be only the second such facility in Pierce County. The other is located on American Lake.

The float was a joint project of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and the Foss Waterway Development Authority.  The pre-owned dock was donated by Tacoma’s Marine Floats Inc., and the association and the authority raised funds for planning of the

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Foss Waterway Development Authority elevates interim director to permanent status

The municipal authority that promotes and governs redevelopment of downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway has named Su Dowie as its executive director.

Dowie had served as the authority’s interim director for three and a half years since executive director Don Meyer retired. Dowie joined the authority in 1998. Before her appointment as interim director, she was the authority’s second-in-command.

The authority delayed naming a permanent replacement for Meyer, now a Port of Tacoma commissioner, because the authority’s finances were hit hard by the recession.  Development activity along the formerly industrial waterway ground to a halt in 2008, impacting the authority’s

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Port of Tacoma honors four Tacoma-area businesses for contributions to the community

The Port of Tacoma has named four of its customers recipients of the 2013 Summit Awards in recognition of their contributions to the port and the Pierce County community.

The port presented the awards at its annual breakfast last week.

Those awards and their recipients were:

Livable Community Award: Targa Sound Terminal
“Targa Sound Terminal works with a variety of nonprofit organizations to demonstrate its commitment to the community, with two main areas of focus: Rebuilding Together South Sound and Tree House. Rebuilding Together South Sound helps elderly, disabled, military and low-income families stay in their homes by providing necessary

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Atlanta-based moving and storage company opens Northwest base in Tacoma

Atlanta-based Atlantic Relocations Systems has expanded its geographic reach to the Pacific Northwest with the opening of a Tacoma location.

Atlantic, an agent for Atlas Van Lines, now has 13 branch locations stretching from Tacoma to Florida. The company purchased a warehouse formerly owned by Bekins Moving and Storage Inc. at 2121 S. 80th St.

“We’ve seen a great deal of growth in the last 12 months,” said Jon Schroeder, president and  Atlantic Relocation Systems chief operating officer. “There has been a resurgence of a couple of segments of our business, including household goods moves and residential services. There is

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Port of Tacoma container numbers up nearly 35 percent for year

The Port of Tacoma’s container traffic numbers, a key measurement of the port’s prosperity, have jumped by nearly 35 percent in 2012’s first four months, new figures from the port show.

The port’s terminals handled 617,076 container units through April.  That compares with 458, 477 in 2012.

Much of the credit for those bigger numbers goes to the Grand Alliance, a consortium of four shipping lines that moved to the Port of Tacoma from the Port of Seattle last July.  The four container lines, NYK, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd and Zim, share ships and capacity in the transPacific container trade.

For April,

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Delta Air Lines challenging partner Alaska Airlines in Seattle-LA market

Delta Air Lines, which recently began flying three times daily between Sea-Tac and Los Angeles International Airport, is increasing the frequency of its flights next fall.

The Atlanta-based airline will fly five times daily between the two cities using 90-passenger regional jets operated by Skywest.   The route is one of Sea-Tac-based Alaska Airlines’ most highly patronized routes.

Alaska flies 12 times daily between Sea-Tac and LAX using larger Boeing 737 jets. Alaska has 55 percent of the market share on the route. Delta code-shares with Alaska on Alaska’s flights from LA.

Two other airlines already compete for passengers to LA,

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Free UWT symposium will explore Washington state’s role in larger Asia-Pacific relationship

A free symposium scheduled for Wednesday at the University of Washington Tacoma campus will offer insights into Washington state’s role in the United States’ growing Asia-Pacific emphasis.

The event, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at William W. Philip Hall  is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Pierce Military and Business Alliance, The News Tribune, Topia Technology and the UW Tacoma Chancellor’s Office.

Featured speakers will include Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Daniel Malarkey of the Washington State Department of Commerce, Michael Rawding from Deerhorn Advisors and Beth Rivin from the University of

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