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Port of Tacoma News - March 2011


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March 2011

February container volumes continue upward trend
The Port of Tacoma's container volumes for February continued to improve, showing a 15 percent increase year-over-year. This upswing was driven by a 33 percent increase in imports. View all cargo stats

Dollar volume of Port's FTZ #86 cargo triples in 2010
The total dollar volume of cargo moved through the Port of Tacoma's Foreign Trade Zone #86 tripled for the U.S. federal government fiscal year 2010 (October 2009 through September 2010). The total dollar value of domestic and foreign status merchandise moved through the FTZ totaled more than $1.3 billion, up from approximately $440 million for fiscal year 2009. Learn more.

Annual Port breakfast to focus on trade challenges, opportunities
Speakers at the Port's annual breakfast April 19 will cover various aspects of trans-Pacific trade and U.S. exports. Walter Kemmsies, chief economist for Moffatt & Nichol, will give the keynote address at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma. Other speakers include Robert Sinner, president of SB&B Foods; Scott Mason, president of ILWU Local 23; Connie Bacon, Port commission president; and John Wolfe, Port CEO. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Register online.

High-speed rail funding also helps freight
Signed agreements that guarantee $590 million in federal stimulus money to improve the Amtrak Cascades rail corridor from Portland to Seattle also will benefit freight.

Amtrak, BNSF Railway and the Washington State Department of Transportation signed an agreement that outlines how rail investments will be made based on service outcomes and passenger rail performance on rail lines shared by freight and passenger rail.

Several safety-related projects slated to be completed with the money include grade separations and the latest technology in advanced-warning signal systems. These projects will reduce passenger/freight congestion. Read more about planned improvements.

Jordan named director of Port's environmental programs
The Port of Tacoma recently named Jason Jordan director of environmental programs. He joined the Port in 2008 as the senior environmental project manager in the environmental department.

Port undertakes energy-saving project at auto facility
The Port is installing energy-efficient lighting in the parking lots of the 144-acre Marshall Avenue Auto Facility. The project involves retrofitting 389 lights from 1,000 watt to 750 watt bulbs. The new lights are expected to reduce power costs by about 25 percent and energy consumption by 30 percent.

A special Tacoma Power business rebate program is helping fund the project.


March 23-24
Northeast Trade and Transportation Conference
Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT)

Wednesday, April 6
Tacoma Transportation Club lunch
(Joint with Transportation Club of Seattle)
Speaker: Jim McKenna, president, Pacific Maritime Association
Rainier Country Club

Thursday, April 7
Connie Awards
Marriott O'Hare
Rick Gabrielson of Target and George Schember of Cargill will receive the first Connie awards to be presented at a Midwest event by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute.

April 10-12
Global Supply Chain Summit
The Columbus Renaissance Hotel
Columbus, Ohio
Presented by the National Retail Federation
The Port of Tacoma is an event co-sponsor. 

Tuesday, April 19
Annual Port of Tacoma breakfast
Hotel Murano
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $20

Wednesday, April 20
Tacoma Propeller Club scholarship dinner meeting
Tacoma Yacht Club
5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Detective Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Cost: $25
RSVP: 253-627-0671 or cnigretto@portoftacoma.com

May 17-18
Pacific Northwest Intermodal Conference
Benson Hotel
Portland, Oregon
The Port of Tacoma is a co-sponsor of this event

Friday, May 20
Tacoma Propeller Club Chowdown
3701 Taylor Way, Tacoma
5 p.m.
Cost: $75.00
RSVP: 253-627-0671 or ranigretto@alpind.com


On April 15, the first baseball game will be played in Tacoma's new Cheney Stadium.

When Cheney Stadium first opened in 1960, Tacoma's baseball team was the farm club for which major league baseball team?

E-mail your answer to businessreport@portoftacoma.com. Three lucky winners, chosen at random, will win a special gift. Entries close April 11.

Answer to last month's trivia: Tacoma and Kaohsiung became sister ports on January 28, 1988.

NOTE: Port of Tacoma employees and family members can enter for fun, but they are not eligible to win the prizes in this contest.

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