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Business
8:33 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma Form Alliance To Better Compete Against Canadian Rivals

The Port of Tacoma
Tender Young Pony of Insomnia Flickr

After years of stealing each other’s customers, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are going to work together. They’re not merging into one entity, but they’ve formed what they’re calling a seaport alliance to jointly run the marine cargo terminals and market to customers together. 

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5:16 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Planned Crude-by-Rail Terminal in Tacoma Scrapped

Port of Tacoma
vidaarctique Flickr

A fuel terminal developer has unexpectedly scrapped a project at the Port of Tacoma. It was intended to receive crude oil by rail. The reasons for the cancellation are murky.

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Business
5:21 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Invest for Growth—But Will it Come?

FILE - The heavy lift ship Zhenhua 23 delivers three 267-foot tall cranes to a Port of Seattle terminal Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Chris Grygiel Associated Press

Container volume is down more than 8 percent at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma in July, most likely a reflection of the weak economy. But the ports also face longer-term challenges.

Competition from Canadian ports is fierce. Then there’s the widening of the Panama Canal, set to be done in 2015, which some people say could divert ships away from the Pacific Northwest. And then there’s the Chinese economy to think about.

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Business
1:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Murray, Cantwell Want to Change Tax on Cargo Coming to U.S. Ports

Mr T in DC

Washington’s senators say they want to change the tax that applies to cargo coming into U.S. ports. They say the tax, as it stands right now, is pushing shipping companies to divert containers to Canada and Mexico. 

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Environment
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Snail Eradication Leads to Costly Settlement for Port of Tacoma

An attempt to get rid of tiny pests has proven costly for the Port of Tacoma.

The Port and two contractors have agreed to pay a half-million dollar fine and spend more than $4 million to restore and enhance wetlands under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The wetlands at Hylebos Marsh were damaged during attempts by the Port to eradicate an invasive snail. The dime-sized vineyard snail comes from the Mediterranean and can destroy grain crops.

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Business
3:19 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver ports aim to reduce air pollution

Bari Bookout

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are working together to dramatically reduce emissions. And they’re trying to do that without scaring away any cargo companies. 

Most of the diesel air pollution at the ports comes from ocean-going ships, but also from tug boats, cranes, trucks and trains. 

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Business
9:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Pierce County economy to grow faster this year

Increased traffic at the Port of Tacoma is expected to help lift Pierce County's economy
Port of Tacoma

A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.

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Business
10:02 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Tacoma takes cargo shipping business from Seattle

TACOMA, Wash. — A new cargo ship called Monday at the Port of Tacoma.

The containership Dusseldorf Express was the first ship from the Grand Alliance of three shipping lines that once called at the Port of Seattle.

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Port wars
10:36 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues

The winner of this round: Port of Tacoma
Tom Colins Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — A Port of Seattle commissioner says the Port of Tacoma's winning away three shippers Thursday represents a "race to the bottom" that hurts the region.

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