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Port of Seattle Commission Elects Steinbrueck

The Port of Seattle Commission has elected Peter Steinbrueck Commission President for 2020. Commissioner Fred Felleman will serve as Commission Vice-President, with Commissioner Sam Cho serving as Commission Secretary. Newly elected Commissioner Sam Cho was sworn in by his mother.  Re-elected Commissioner Fred Felleman was sworn in by Suquamish Tribal Chairman, Leonard Forsman.

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WA State Maritime Accelerator Launched

Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs have partnered to launch Washington’s first maritime accelerator to help maritime companies innovate and grow. The accelerator, which is currently accepting applications through November 18, aims to advance three key strategies for Maritime Blue and the Port of Seattle: help maritime companies innovate and grow, establish Washington as a global leader in maritime innovation, and increase the sustainability of maritime businesses in both Seattle and beyond.Funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Departmen

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Port of Seattle Names Metruck Executive Director

The Port of Seattle Commission has appointed retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2018. Metruck will succeed interim executive director Dave Soike, who took over following the resignation of port CEO Ted Fick in February 2017.   Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel, and before that, responsibility for planning and execution of the $10

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

opportunities, maritime is an unsung hero industry,” said Marléna Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.   “One of the port’s goals is to build the talent pipeline and connect young people to careers in the maritime industry,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “The results of this study show that maritime continues to be a cornerstone of this region’s economy, and can provide family-wage jobs for those without a college degree.”   Dr. Spencer Cohen, lead author of the study, presented the findings

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Port of Seattle CEO Resigns

Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick tendered his resignation at a public port commission meeting Thursday after more than 2.5 years at the helm.   Fick was recently placed on paid administrative leave due to “personnel issues” and the separation was described as “mutual”.   “We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,” said Commission President Tom Albro. “We are currently working through the details of his departure and will defer further comment until those details are resolved.”   Port

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Modernization of The U.S. Fishing Fleet

Coming in the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is an insightful report on the modernization of the U.S. Fishing Fleet, with a focus on the ubiquitous Pacific Northwest. Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, a study by The McDowell Group for the Port of Seattle, has made the rounds and given weight to the idea that a major fleet upgrade really is underway. With average 2014 gross revenues having run between $2 million for Bering Sea/Aleutian Island trawl vessels to $16 million for some catcher-processors, there’s a feeling that owners can afford

Port of Seattle Welcomes New Commissioner

The Port of Seattle welcomed its newest commissioner, Fred Felleman, as he took the oath of office along with reelected Commissioner Courtney Gregoire at Tuesday’s  Commission meeting.   The commission officers for 2016 were also announced. Commissioner John Creighton will serve as Commission President while Commissioner Tom Albro will serve as Commission Vice President, Commissioner Stephanie Bowman will serve as Commission Secretary, Commissioner Courtney Gregoire will serve as Assistant Secretary, and Commissioner Felleman will be Commissioner-at-Large.   “The Port of

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Port of Seattle Names Interim Maritime Division MD

Lindsay Pulsifer, general manager of marine maintenance for the Port of Seattle, has been selected as the interim maritime division managing director.   Pulsifer will be responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of maritime environmental services, harbor services, marine maintenance, industrial properties and cruise operations until a maritime division managing director is identified.   “While providing excellent leadership to diverse teams, Lindsay has demonstrated strong support for talent development, keen business acumen, and organizational guidance during

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Norwegian Cruise Line, Port of Seattle Ink 15-year Lease

Cruise contract is port’s largest ever, cruise line homeports at Seattle's Pier 66 for 15 years   The Port of Seattle signed a 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The deal secures NCLH ships in Seattle for the full term of the lease and provides passenger volume guarantees estimated to bring $73 million dollars of revenue to the port.   “We thank Norwegian Cruise Line for their commitment to Seattle and the Alaska cruise business,” said Commissioner John Creighton.

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Port of Seattle Hires Senior HR Director

The Port of Seattle has hired Paula Chan Edelstein as senior director of human resources.   Joining the port’s executive team July 27, Chan Edelstein will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the port’s human resources and development functions including talent acquisition; talent development; employee relations; organizational development; diversity; employee communications; HR technology; compensation, benefits, employee recognition; and employee health and safety, the port said. The position oversees six direct reports and approximately 35 employees. The human

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Port of Seattle Hires Director of Labor Relations

David Freiboth has been hired as a member of the Port of Seattle’s executive team, assuming the role of senior director of labor relations effective July 16.   In his new position, Freiboth will be responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance for labor relations, helping to support workforce development throughout the Puget Sound region. He will also work to build and enhance communication between a wide range of labor unions and the Port of Seattle. The position will report directly to port CEO Ted J. Fick.    “David has been a key player in the local

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Port of Seattle Hires Economic Development Director

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick has hired David McFadden as a member of the port’s executive team, effective July 21.   McFadden joins the Port of Seattle as the Managing Director of the Economic Development Division, responsible for a portfolio that includes recruiting and retaining businesses especially in aviation, manufacturing and maritime sectors. He is also tasked with driving economic development activities at the port to maximize opportunities while making Seattle a gateway for international commerce.   “David brings over 20 years of experience in economic development

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Collins Named Port of Seattle’s Public Affairs Director

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick has appointed Julie Collins as a member of the Port’s executive team, effective May 1.   As senior director of public affairs, Collins’ portfolio will include government relations, community outreach, strategic communications and airport public relations. In addition, she will serve as a member of the executive team supporting the executive office and commission and will report directly to the CEO.   “Julie brings deep knowledge of ports, elected officials throughout the state, and a proven ability to lead dynamic teams,” said Fick.

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Port of Seattle Co-Presidents Reelected for 2015

The Port of Seattle’s co-presidents Stephanie Bowman and Courtney Gregoire have been reelected by the port’s commission for another full-year term. The commission also elected John Creighton to serve as vice president, Tom Albro to serve as commission secretary and Bill Bryant to serve as assistant secretary.   “We began 2014 with a focus on critical issues including enhancing the competitiveness of our seaport, finding the right executive leadership for the port and expanding job opportunities in our communities,” said commission co-president Gregoire.   In August

Port of Seattle Preparing for the Future

;and our economy— moving. One of the key pieces in the freight puzzle is the challenge of the first and last miles, the transfer of goods between the container ships that tie up in our ports and the network of fast-moving rail and highway arteries that web our nation.   Yesterday at the Port of Seattle, I saw firsthand how intermodal freight transfer is an essential function in our transportation network and how it can clog the flow of goods. I also saw a port making strategic investments to speed up that transfer and maintain its competitiveness in the decades ahead.   Each day,

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Wärtsilä Reinforces West Coast Presence with Seattle Facility

Wärtsilä inaugurated its West Coast workshop in Seattle with a customer appreciation lunch on May 20, 2014. The event was held in the new facility located just minutes away from the Port of Seattle. Guests were invited to tour and learn about the comprehensive portfolio of services that Wärtsilä provides. The occasion opened with Frank Donnelly, Managing Director, Wärtsilä North America, Inc., welcoming the group and Walter Reggente, Director, Service Unit USA, highlighted that the relocation was made in efforts to be closer to the customer; “Wärtsilä

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