Pier Side: Feasibility study for former Arkema Inc. site tops Thursday's meeting

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Port of Tacoma Pier Side e-newsletter

Aug. 14, 2017

In this issue:

Feasibility study for former Arkema Inc. site tops Thursday’s commission agenda

Commissioners will consider a request at Thursday's meeting to authorize $2.3 million for work associated with the feasibility study of legacy contamination at the former Arkema Inc. site.

Commissioners will also consider greenhouse gas reduction targets in keeping with the Paris climate accord.

The meeting starts at noon on Aug. 17. See the full agenda. Commission meetings are held in Room 104 of the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are streamed live.

Elected officials tour Port of Tacoma from water


The Northwest Seaport Alliance hosted a group of federal, state and local elected officials Aug. 9 on a boat tour of the Port of Tacoma.

The tour provided an opportunity to share the alliance’s public policy priorities that would improve the competitiveness of the gateway, including Harbor Maintenance Tax reform, infrastructure investments and environmental restoration projects.

Special thanks to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, state Sen. Steve Conway, state Reps. Mark Hargrove and Shelley Kloba, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, Pierce County Councilman Doug Richardson, Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe and Fife Councilman Pat Hulcey for joining us.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Local photographers take the port by storm

The Port Biologist led a group of 10 local photographers on a tour Aug. 11 of the “Place of Circling Waters.”

The 26-acre site at the mouth of Hylebos Creek features valuable intertidal marsh, stream channels and forested open space. The site, connected to several other restored areas along the creek, is part of a larger effort to rejuvenate salmon runs on the tidally-influenced stream.

Stay tuned for another photo tour in the fall.


Port of Tacoma earns national award for 2017 budget document

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Port of Tacoma its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the port’s 2017 budget document.

The document also included an addendum for The Northwest Seaport Alliance. The alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

To qualify for the award, the port “had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation,” according to the association’s award announcement. “It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

Read the full release.

NWSA relaunches DrayQ mobile app with improvements, solidifies commitment to test emerging technologies

To help speed the flow of cargo in the Tacoma Tideflats, The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched the mobile application DrayQ. It's designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals and traffic camera views at the touch of a fingertip. The app is also designed to reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel along local freight corridors.

Drivers can use the app to determine the best time to enter a terminal and reduce the time spent in traffic, which helps reduce air emissions from idling and saves fuel. For dispatchers or shippers, it helps to optimize schedules and improve customer expectations.

When DrayQ first launched last October, drivers expressed concerns that the wait times listed weren’t accurate enough. Wait times are determined when the driver’s smartphone reporting GPS data passes readers set in the streets leading to the terminal entry and within the terminal boundaries so that specific times within areas of a terminal yard can be monitored and recorded.

To address the accuracy concerns, we added more readers. As more truck drivers use the app, the data will become more reliable.

This is one of several tools in our truck management program to support the goals of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy and its Clean Truck Program.

The NWSA is committed to exploring emerging technologies that help drive best-in-class service delivery to make the gateway the easiest with which to do business. The alliance welcomes other truck management systems and emerging technology solutions. Considerations may be sent to tms@nwseaportalliance.com.

The app is available for free download for both iOS and Android smart phones and tablets.

NWSA continues pilot program to extend terminal gate times through peak season

The Northwest Seaport Alliance will reimburse up to $2 million to extend gate hours at its international container terminals during peak season.

After last year’s successful pilot program, the Managing Members again approved the program to help the marine terminal operators avoid congestion on surface streets in the port industrial area and keep import and export cargo flowing efficiently.

This pilot program will reimburse terminal operators for some of the costs to operate additional hours during off-shift gates. Off-shift gates are after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or any shift on Saturday or Sunday.

During last year’s peak season, international container terminal operators added about 70 to 90 hours per week, which accounted for about 8 to 10 percent of the total NWSA gate volumes.

This pilot program is one more way the NWSA seeks to be the easiest gateway in which to do business. By using the extended gate hours, truck drivers can reduce the time spent in traffic, which helps reduce air emissions from idling and saves fuel.

The updated program kicked off the week of Aug. 12 and will last through the peak season.

Truckers should confirm each terminal's schedule on its website: