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NEWS BULLETIN
Friday, May 27, 2016

Port of Edmonds names Johnston
to vacant Port Commission post

Capt. Williams Timmons taking helm
of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River

Port of Seattle recruiting students
for summer high school hiring program

Trade between NAFTA partners
down during month of March

Diana Shipping sets charters
for pair of dry bulk vessels

Port of Edmonds names Johnston
to vacant Port Commission post

EDMONDS, WA — At a special Port of Edmonds Commission meeting on May 25, 2016, the port interviewed three candidates for the open position of Port of Edmonds Commissioner, At Large Position #5. Following the interviews, the commission convened to an executive session to discuss the qualifications of the applicants. Steven A. Johnston was nominated for the position, and the motion passed unanimously. The Port of Edmonds attorney administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Johnston, swearing him in for the office of Commissioner At Large Position #5, for the remainder of the term. New Commissioner Johnston comes to the port with a background in development and redevelopment, planning, and environmental and engineering consulting. Having previously worked for 28 years at Landau Associates, he has experience working in the Edmonds community, as well as working alongside the Port of Edmonds on projects relating to the waterfront and Harbor Square. Commissioner Johnston replaces Mary Lou Block who resigned in March after serving nearly four terms on the commission over 14 consecutive years. The Port of Edmonds is located in the City of Edmonds on Puget Sound in Snohomish County, Washington.

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Trade between NAFTA partners
down during month of March

WASHINGTON, DC — All five transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in March 2016 compared to March 2015. The total value of cross-border freight carried on all modes fell 5.8 percent from 2015 to $90.5 billion in current dollars, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The value of commodities moving by truck declined 1.1 percent, the smallest decrease from 2015 to 2016 of any mode. The value of freight carried on other modes also declined: rail 7.7 percent; air 9.0 percent; vessel 31.9 percent; and pipeline 33.2 percent. Trucks carried 67.3 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $31.4 billion of the $48.0 billion of imports (65.3 percent) and $29.5 billion of the $42.5 billion of exports (69.4 percent). Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.5 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 4.5 percent; air, 4.0 percent; and pipeline, 3.6 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.4 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

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Capt. Williams Timmons taking helm
of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River

WARRENTON, OR — The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River will hold a change-of-command ceremony, today, as Capt. William Timmons will relieve Capt. Daniel Travers as commander and captain of the port. Capt. Travers will retire after 26 years of Coast Guard service. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander Coast Guard 13th District, will preside over the change-of-command ceremony. The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

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Diana Shipping sets charters
for pair of dry bulk vessels

ATHENS — Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Bunge S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v NAIAS. The gross charter rate is US$5,000 per day, minus a five percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of about five months to about seven months. The NAIAS is a 73,546 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2006. The company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Bunge S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v ARTEMIS. The gross charter rate is US$5,350 per day, minus a five percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 10 months to about 13 months. The ARTEMIS is a 76,942 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2006. The employments of NAIAS and ARTEMIS are anticipated to generate approximately US$2.3 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.

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Port of Seattle recruiting students
for summer high school hiring program

SEATTLE — Nearly 100 high school students will get a jump start on their careers this summer as part of the Port of Seattle’s summer high school internship program. In addition to the 70 teens who will work at port facilities, another 20 will work with private manufacturing and maritime-related employers. Students from the Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs at Seattle’s Rainier Beach and Cleveland High Schools will be recruited. The port is asking local businesses to contribute by hiring the 20 interns for the summer. There are also opportunities to explore family-wage careers in aviation and maritime by working at Sea-Tac Airport and within the port’s Marine Maintenance Department. The port is working with the City of Seattle’s Youth Employment Initiative to fill almost half of the available internships. A dozen of those interns will be taught how to design and build SharePoint solutions to solve real business problems. To find out more or to apply to host a summer intern, visit the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative website at: http://murray.seattle.gov/youthjobs/#sthash.sYcE745Y.A59sKdQi.dpbs.

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