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Joint Study Session Meeting on Oct 12, 2009 9:01am

Minutes for the Port Of Seattle Commission meeting, held on Oct 12, 2009 9:01am

        Commissioners                                               Tay Yoshitani 
                                                                                          Chief Executive Officer 
                  Bill Bryant 
                   Chair and President 
               John Creighton                           P.O. Box 1209 
                 Patricia Davis                           Seattle, Washington 98111 
               Lloyd Hara                             www. portseattle.org 
                Gael Tarleton                              206.728.3000 

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                     APPROVED MINUTES 
                     SPECIAL JOINT STUDY SESSION 
                  PORT OF SEATTLE - PORT OF TACOMA 
                           OCTOBER 12, 2009 
          The Port of Seattle Commission met in a special work session with the Port of Tacoma at 12:00 
          p.m., Monday, October 12, 2009 in the International Conference Center, Airport Office Building,
          Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA. 
          Present were: 
             Port of Seattle 
            Commission President, Bill Bryant 
           Commissioner Lloyd Hara 
           Commissioner Pat Davis 
            Commissioner Gael Tarleton 
            Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer 
            Port of Tacoma 
            Commission President, Clare Petrich 
           Commissioner Connie Bacon 
           Commissioner Don Johnson 
           Commissioner Richard Marzano 
             Tim Farrell, Executive Director 
          Port of Seattle Commissioner Creighton was absent from the meeting. 
       CALL TO ORDER 
          The special joint study session was called to order at 12:03 p.m. by Port of Seattle Commission
          President Bryant. 
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       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
         (00:01:03) OPENING REMARKS 
          Commissioner Petrich made opening remarks, thanking the Port of Seattle for the invitation to
          participate in the joint study session at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Airport)
         Conference Center. She also commented on the last joint study session, held in April, and what
          has been done since then to address initiatives and items of concern which had been raised at that
          time. She stated that today"s study session would address competitive issues, not between the
          two ports, but all along the coast as well as world-wide. 
         In his opening comments, Commissioner Bryant spoke about the conference in British Columbia
          which had been attended by the two Commission Presidents, and noted that at that conference it
          was very clear that the Canadian government is working hand in hand with their ports,
          principally Vancouver Metro and Prince Rupert, on developing a corridor between those ports
          and the American Midwest, specifically Chicago and St. Louis.
         Opening comments were made by Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani as well as Port of Tacoma
          Executive Director Tim Farrell, including remarks regarding challenges to the competitive
          environment as related to current economic conditions; expectations of a relatively long-term
          recovery in growth to where the economy was a few years ago, meaning that competition will
          remain for quite some time. 
          CEO Yoshitani then introduced John Martin, President, Martin Associates, who provided a
          presentation on competitiveness. A computer slide presentation titled "The Dynamics of the US
          Container Market and Shifting Trade Patterns  Resulting Implications" was provided. 
          Mr. Martin noted the importance of recognizing not only competitiveness issues of the west
          coast and Pacific Northwest ports, but also of the significance of changing dynamics.
          Items covered as a part of Mr. Martin"s presentation included: 
            Growth in containerized cargo since 1990 
              TEU"s (twenty-foot equivalent unit) of various locations 
                o  North Atlantic (Boston, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE) 
                o  South Atlantic (Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Miami, Port
                   Everglades) 
                o  Gulf Port (Gulfport, Houston, New Orleans, Freeport) 
                o  West Coast (Long Beach, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma, Oakland, Portland, OR) 
             Changes in logistics patterns of importers 
             Growth of all water services, including Panama Canal and Suez Canal 
             Related growth of distribution centers 
             Increasing distribution center activity near East Coast and resulting Asian services 
             Significance of all-water routes vs. use of intermodal 
             Implications for Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports 
            Implications for West Coast Ports 
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             Implications on infrastructure funding 
            Two major issues of importance 
                o  Regaining the seamless flow of transportation that Seattle-Tacoma had, with a
                     focus on moving freight directly from a ship, right on to a rail car, and right to the
                    importer. 
                o  Making sure that rail is a partner with the ports since Seattle and Tacoma have an
                   intermodal market. 
          Discussion followed regarding next steps to be done before next February when the next joint
           study session is likely to occur. Steps included: 
             Identify gaps in transportation and labor through the Joint Inland Infrastructure
             Committee 
             Market each others" strengths 
             Influence the Army Corps of Engineers" regarding dredging schedule 
             Identify available Federal funding sources and submit proposals 
             CEO"s and Commission Presidents meet with Labor before February 
          Further comments by Mr. Yoshitani and Mr. Farrell were made on the topics of 
            Recent POS/POT engagement with major west coast ports to recognize the importance of
               the ports and competitive issues being faced 
             Engagement with the two western railroads at the CEO level and work on strategies to
               make the west coast gateways more attractive 
             Ongoing efforts and engagement with Labor and with the Pacific Maritime Association 
             The need to assure that the West Coast remains competitive 
          Additional discussion followed regarding the following: 
            Importance of marketing and necessary budgeting 
            Harbor Maintenance Tax issues 
             Relief funding possibilities to Northwest areas should flooding occur 
          Highlights of collaborative efforts were noted, including: 
             Recent meeting in Washington D.C. with Congressional delegation to discuss
               competitive challenges being faced and the importance of West Coast ports to the
               economic success of the nation 
             The hopes of creating an overall US freight strategy 
             Pursuing large grants at the federal level 
             Leveraging key strengths and focusing on "green initiatives" 
          A brief overview was of the Maritime and Port Security Summit which was held in May at Bell
         Harbor Conference Center and co-chaired by Commissioner Tarleton. Commissioner Tarleton
          suggested drafting a joint statement to be sent to Congressional delegations regarding efforts
          being made to enhance regional security. 
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      ADJOURNMENT 
          There being no further business, the joint special study session was adjourned at 2:22 p.m. 

         Lloyd Hara 
          Secretary 















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