Taking another key step in forming The Northwest Seaport Alliance, commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted Friday to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission for approval.
With Sen. Patty Murray’s leadership, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for a critical provision that would reform the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and significantly benefit the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.
A bill passed by the state Legislature and signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee provides the ports of Seattle and Tacoma the ability to form a port development authority in support of the Seaport Alliance.
The Port of Tacoma recognized its strong, supportive relationships with customers and stakeholders by honoring three with the fourth annual Summit Awards for their outstanding contributions to Port business and the Pierce County community.
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma welcome the proposal by the Washington State Senate for a $15 billion transportation revenue package that would benefit the state’s economy by speeding the movement of cargo through the ports.
In light of U.S. West Coast ports’ limited activity this weekend, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma continue to press the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union to resolve the impasse in contract negotiations.