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Inside Line: New TOTE lease tops Thursday's agenda


Port of Tacoma's e-news update.

January 3, 2011

In this issue:

On the agenda

New TOTE lease tops Thursday's agenda
Commissioners are expected at their Thursday meeting to consider a new 22-year lease with Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE). The new lease better reflects the current needs of the Alaska terminal operator and the Port, while also securing jobs related to TOTE's Tacoma location through 2034.

The commission will also consider approving a nearly $90,000 assessment to the Washington Public Ports Association and emergency work to repair a waterline leak at Port terminals, as well as an amended lease with Washington United Terminals.

See the full agenda, which includes electing new commission officers.

Commission meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are available live and on demand from the Port's website.

In the community

Port habitat site featured on TV Tacoma's CityScape
TV Tacoma's CityScape program will feature the Port's Place of Circling Waters habitat site this month.

The 30-acre salmon-friendly site located along Hylebos Creek was completed this past summer. To build the site, the Port reclaimed a former gravel mine and removed more than 250,000 tons of contaminated material. Intertidal channels were created and 35,000 native trees and shrubs planted.  

Volunteer at Julia's Gulch Jan. 14
Pull blackberries and spread wood chips with Friends of Julia's Gulch Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northeast Tacoma site.

Volunteers will meet rain or shine at View Point Park on Norpoint Way and walk up to the site. Tools will be provided, but if you have a favorite pitchfork, pointed shovel or clippers, bring them along. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Around the industry

Exports, auto imports show gains in November
Agricultural products continued to fuel strong export volumes through the Port, with full export containers up 14 percent for the year through November. Full import containers showed a 1 percent gain, reflecting continued reluctance by U.S. consumers to open their wallets.

Strong U.S. sales drove auto imports through Tacoma up 36 percent year to date, while industrial and agricultural machinery exports contributed to a 71 percent gain in breakbulk tonnage. The Port handled nearly 16 million tons of cargo through November, a 6 percent increase. See all cargo stats.

Lincoln Avenue corridor opens
With the opening of the Lincoln Avenue Bridge to traffic last week, the corridor in and out of the Tideflats is complete. Vehicles can now travel across the Puyallup River and over four sets of railroad tracks, allowing cargo and commuters to move more efficiently.

The City of Tacoma replaced two bridge deck spans and repaved two other sections of the bridge. Bearing, sidewalk and guardrail repairs, as well as a new coat of paint, completed the transformation.

Local program highlights Tacoma-Alaska trade connection
The South Sound Business Report last month highlighted Tacoma's trade connection with Alaska, the Port's third largest trading partner. Nearly three-quarters of all waterborne trade between Alaska and the lower 48 crosses Port docks.

The 20-minute television program included an interview with Harry McDonald, CEO of Carlile Transportation Systems. Carlile's largest terminal outside of Alaska is located near Port terminals on the Tideflats and employs about 120 people.

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