8g. Memo

Commission International Travel 2023

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                 Item No.               8g 
ACTION ITEM                           Date of Meeting        May 23, 2023 

DATE:     May 18 , 2023 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Karin Zaugg Black, International Business Protocol Liaison 
LeeAnne Schirato, Commission Deputy Chief of Staff 
Aaron Pritchard, Commission Chief of Staff 
SUBJECT:  Approval of Commission International Travel – Supplemental Second Quarter 2023 
and Third Quarter 2023 Requests. 
Commission approval of international travel requests for known travel for in the second quarter
of 2023 was approved in March 2023.  This memo request includes supplemental additional
international travel in the second quarter of 2023. It is also the approval of known international
travel requests in the third quarter. 
Article III(5)(h)  of the Commission’s Bylaws and Rules of Procedure requires approval of
Commissioner international travel requests by Commission authorization. The authorization shall
include: the number of commissioners traveling (if applicable), the port-related reason for travel,
and the dates and destination of travel. International travel requests shall be submitted to the
Commission Office 21 days in advance of each calendar quarter. Travel change requests for
previously approved international travel shall again be put before the full Commission for review
and action. Commissioners not receiving advanced travel authorization for international travel
shall report to the Commission regarding the purpose of their travel, dates of travel, location of
travel, benefit received by the Port through the travel, and shall seek majority approval of the
post-travel authorization in order to submit claims for travel expense reimbursement. Travel
requests of Commissioners should be equitable to all members and consistent with the interests
of the Port. Domestic travel requests are approved by the Commission President consistent with
the requirements of Article III(5)(h). 
The following are known travel requests for approval as of this authorization date: 

Template revised January 10, 2019.

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Meeting Date: May 23, 2023 

Travel    No. of     Reason       for  Destination     Other Information 
Dates     Attendee  Travel 
May    1        Seattle Metro    Reykjavik,     Commission President Sam Cho will
22-27                Chamber &        Iceland;        join regional leaders to travel to
Greater Seattle    Bergen &       Iceland and Norway to examine their
Partner’s          Oslo, Norway    maritime ecosystems and
International                       sustainability efforts related to ports 
Leadership                       and airports, in order to bring back
Mission                            innovative ideas for our port
July 3-7   1            International       London,         Commissioner President Sam Cho
Maritime         England        will travel to the IMO’s Marine
Organization                       Environment Protection Committee
(IMO)’s Marine                   to represent the Port of Seattle’s
Environment                    leadership in our maritime
Protection                        sustainability programs. 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).


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