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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Port of Tacoma sees jump
in March container numbers

ATA Truck Tonnage Index
posts gains during month

Port of Seattle presents
Sea-Tac Green Gateway awards

Port of Vancouver, USA
earns clean audit report

Boeing taps English
as new vice president

Port of Tacoma sees jump
in March container numbers

TACOMA — Container volumes through the Port of Tacoma bounced back in March, posting a nearly 11 percent gain over the same month last year. The increase in international volumes was expected as production ramped up in China following factory closures during the Lunar New Year holiday in early February and empty containers were sent back to Asia ahead of the peak shipping season that traditionally begins in the summer. A strike by container truck drivers at Canada’s Port Metro Vancouver last month also diverted some cargo to Tacoma. Through the first quarter of the year, Tacoma container volumes remained flat, up 0.5 percent year to date to 471,490 TEUs. Full containerized exports improved four percent to 140,290 TEUs, and imports grew nearly three percent to 177,027 TEUs. Domestic volumes remained flat. Breakbulk cargo volumes and auto imports continued to perform well year to date, up 25 percent and 14 percent respectively in March. Grain exports appear to be rebounding, posting a 14 percent gain year to date.

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Port of Vancouver, USA
earns clean audit report

VANCOUVER, USA — On April 17, 2014 the Washington State Auditor’s Office released an official audit for the Port of Vancouver USA. The independent audit found the port to be in compliance in all areas of financial reporting, including federal laws and regulations. The Port of Vancouver was also the first port in Washington to complete its 2013 audit. There were no findings of deficiencies or recommendations for improvement. State Auditor Troy Kelley sent the 42-page report to port board of commissioners. In his letter Kelley stated, “The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under government auditing standards.” The audit period was from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. The Washington State Auditor’s Office also examined the port’s internal controls and found that they “were adequate to safeguard public assets,” and that the port “also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.”

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index
posts gains during month

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.6 percent in March, after rising 1.9 percent the previous month. February’s gain was less than the 2.8 percent reported on March 18, 2014. In March, the index equaled 127.3 (2000=100) versus 126.5 in February. The all-time high was in November 2013 (131.0). Compared with March 2013, the SA index increased 3.1 percent, which is the largest year-over-year gain of 2014. During the first quarter, tonnage dropped 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, which was the worst quarter-to-quarter reading since the economic recovery began in the third quarter of 2009. Compared with the first quarter 2013, tonnage rose 2.3 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 129.4 in March, which was 12.1 percent above the previous month (115.5). ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month.

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Boeing taps English
as new vice president

CHICAGO — Boeing has named Ursula English as vice president of its Environment, Health and Safety organization. She will be responsible for leading the company's workplace safety programs and its efforts to improve the environmental performance of Boeing products, services and global operations. Effective April 25, Ms. English will report to John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. Ms. English, 48, replaces Kim Smith, who was recently named vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Ms. English previously served as the director of supplier management for the Commercial Aviation Services business of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where she was responsible for leading the extended supply chain, including contracting, supplier development, strategy development and performance. Before that assignment, she was director of supplier management on the 787 Dreamliner mid-body team at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In prior roles, she also served as a manufacturing superintendent on the 787 and managed teams in Intellectual Property Management and C-17 product support. Ms. English joined Boeing in 1988 as an aircraft mechanic on the MD-80 program in Long Beach, Calif., after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic.

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Port of Seattle presents
Sea-Tac Green Gateway awards

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle Commission has awarded the fourth annual Green Gateway Environmental Excellence Awards at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, honoring airport business partners who best champion sustainability. Airline, airport retail and dining tenants received kudos for projects that save fuel, reduce carbon emissions, waste and energy consumption. Three companies -- Alaska Airlines (Airline Tenant – Environmental Innovation Category), Dufry AG/The Hudson Group (Airport Retail Tenant – Environmental Performance Category), HMSHost (Airport Dining Tenant – Environmental Performance) -- received recognition for their environmental leadership in implementing a wide variety of projects that range from electrification of ground support vehicles, fuel-saving satellite-based aircraft descent approaches, energy efficient lighting and waste reduction through food bank donations and reusable food service ware. The Port of Seattle created the awards program in 2010 to recognize the environmental accomplishments of Sea-Tac Airport business partners. Nominations are accepted for projects that promote environmental leadership and stewardship in three categories, including Environmental Performance, Environmental Education and Outreach and Environmental Innovation.

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