Port of Tacoma on watch for bad containers

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2011

JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

The Port of Tacoma plans to spend some $1.5 million to deepen water adjacent to one of its main containership terminals because sediments have restricted the terminal’s use.

Puget Sound pilots guiding ships into Husky Terminal on the port’s Blair Waterway warned the port in the summer of 2010 that several high spots on the waterway’s bottom were making it difficult to berth ships at the terminal. Later tests confirmed the pilots’ reports.

Those tests showed that sediment flowing from the nearby Puyallup River and scoured from the Blair channel by tugboats’ propellers and the bow thrusters of the ships passing down the waterway had reduced the depth along Piers 3 and 4 significantly.

The port’s lease with containership operator “K” Line requires the port maintain a water depth of at least 51 feet at low tide to allow the ships to tie up.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/22/1917440/port-of-tacoma-to-spend-15m-on.html#ixzz1fDlMKaUG

STEVE MAYNARD has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department wants to purchase a new saltwater patrol and rescue boat to replace its last one, this web
The Reliance, Hemorrhoids
which sank over the summer.

The new boat would be larger, illness
faster and more expensive. The price tag: $730,000.

Talk about sticker shock.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/20/1914602/pierce-county-sheriffs-office.html#ixzz1fDltFgMi

JOHN GILLIE has the story in the News Tribune:

Tacoma longshore workers say they’re taking a cautious approach to potentially explosive shipping containers that are arriving at the Port of Tacoma.

The International Longshore Workers Union and shipping lines have agreed on a procedure coast-wide to screen out those containers after three workers in Vietnam and Brazil lost their lives this year from explosions in the containers’ refrigeration units.

Those explosions appear to have been caused by contaminated refrigerant used to recharge those containers’ refrigeration units at a Ho Chi Minh City, side effects
Vietnam, container maintenance facility. That refrigerant is corrosive to the refrigerant units’ parts and explosive if exposed to air.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/26/1921500/port-on-watch-for-bad-containers.html#ixzz1fDmp2Lwn

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