Friday, May 8, 2015

Action Alert: Port of Seattle Commission

The City of Seattle has issued a notice to the Port of Seattle that a lease with Foss Maritime at Terminal 5 needs additional permits to moor and load rigs bound for the Arctic this summer. The Seattle Port Commission will discuss its next action with the public on Tuesday, May 12 at a regular hearing. The Washington Maritime Federation notes there are great pressures on the Commission to rescind the lease, which could cost hundreds of direct maritime jobs, thousands of jobs in the region, and seriously affect future business opportunities at the Port.

In order to remind the Commission about the importance of Washington State’s maritime industry and the dangerous precedent rescinding the lease would set, local maritime professionals are asked to attend the Port Commission meeting in person and write/email the Port Commissioners.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM (Please arrive by 12:30) at Pier 69, in the Commission Chambers. Joshua Berger, Coordinator of the Washington Maritime Federation, urges maritime leaders and their employees to email the Port Commissioners and urge them to keep their lease with Foss. Please copy