DIESEL EMISSIONS TACKLED
The Port of Portland on June 22 joined a diverse group of stakeholders in committing to tackle diesel emission issues when Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt signed a Declaration of Cooperation as part of the North Portland Diesel Emission Reduction Project.
“For a number of years the Port has been working to reduce emissions from on-road and off-road vehicles,” said Environmental Affairs Director Cheryl Koshuta. “Joining this group is a great step for the Port, because we can have a bigger impact by working together.”
Project members include both public and private entities. Proposed solutions will focus on voluntary actions that can be achieved without regulatory intervention. The Port has already taken a number of steps to reduce air emissions:
Implemented the “Quick Pay” automated parking toll plaza, which has reduced parking idling time at Portland International Airport (PDX) by 50 percent
Became one of Portland’s first users of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, which the Port voluntarily uses in marine terminal equipment
Increased the percentage of the Port fleet that runs on alternative fuels
Started using biodiesel B20 in PDX diesel vehicles in 2002
Replaced diesel busses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses for PDX’s passenger transport fleet
Purchased renewable power from PacifiCorps’ Blue Sky energy program and Portland General Electric’s Salmon-Friendly and Clean Wind Power program since 2001
Stephen Kafoury and Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt
BICYCLE VISIONARIES SPIN IN HIGH GEAR
Your average airport view it was not: 100 cyclists spun along a multi-use path from Portland International Airport (PDX) comprised of elected officials, planners and bicycle advocates. But PDX is not an average airport. It is one of the only airports in the country that encourages, plans for and provides bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The cyclists came together for the second annual Cycle Oregon-sponsored ride to explore opportunities for connecting the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region with a network of state-sponsored trails in Oregon and Washington.
The riders’ 40-mile route took them to the 3,000-acre Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands in north Portland via Marine Drive, across the I-5 Bridge to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, east along the Columbia River to the new Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, and back to PDX via the I-205 bridge.
“The ride also raised awareness of the PDX bicycle and pedestrian improvements the Port is continuing to develop in the airport area, such as a new multi-use path that leads directly to the terminal and a secure bike parking area for employees,” said Jason Gately, Port aviation planner.
WILLAMETTE EARLY ACTION CLEANUP MOVING FORWARD
The Port is moving forward with design of the cleanup method for contaminated sediments at marine Terminal 4 as directed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In May, the EPA chose the cleanup method that the Port is now designing/ planning to implement.
The cleanup emphasizes dredging contaminated sediments and placing them in a confined disposal facility (CDF) that will be constructed at Terminal 4’s Slip 1. The cleanup also includes the use of monitored natural recovery (allowing natural processes to reduce risk) and capping (covering sediments with clean materials), all of which are proven cleanup methods. After cleanup is complete, the newly created land of the CDF can be used for water-dependent commercial purposes.
Construction of the CDF will begin after the design work is finished in spring 2007.
T4 Dredged sediment
The Port has been meeting with Terminal 4 tenants and area citizens, and hosting open houses to share information about the design and construction and to answer questions. For more information visit www.portofportland.com/T4_EA_Home.aspx.
CLEANER-BURNING FUEL POWERS REHAB WORK
Cleaner burning low sulfur diesel fuel powered the equipment being used by workers to replace worn asphalt and concrete aircraft parking pads on Portland International Airport’s (PDX) Taxiway T this past summer. The lower sulfur content produces fewer diesel particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions when the fuel is burned. Minimizing impacts to air quality is one of the Port’s environmental objectives.
Aircraft use Taxiway T to travel around the terminal concourses and access the north and south runways. The two-year $25 million Taxiway T and Terminal Apron Rehabilitation Project also includes widening to conform to Federal Aviation Administration standards and construction of a very short, new taxiway between Taxiways T and A. The new taxiway relieves congestion and enhances safety by separating smaller commercial and general aviation aircraft from larger jets.
1,700 linear feet of the riverbank at Toyota’s Terminal 4 Vehicle Distribution Center has been restored to improve wildlife habitat.
TOYOTA’S FACILITY CERTIFIED SALMON-SAFE
Toyota Logistics Services, Inc.’s (TLS) Terminal 4 Vehicle Distribution Center recently added Salmon-Safe to its growing list of environmental accomplishments. The independent certification recognizes the proactive approach of TLS for managing environmental health at the facility.
“Salmon-Safe certification fits with Toyota’s company-wide commitment to continuous environmental improvement. We think Salmon-Safe certification is a powerful way to ensure that best management practices are used in our storm water management and landscaping programs. We welcomed the independent review of our corporate environmental efforts,” said Doug Warneke, environmental, health and safety manager for TLS.
The Toyota Redevelopment Project, completed by TLS and the Port at Terminal 4, includes components to improve the facility’s environmental “footprint.” This included a storm water management system that directs runoff to bioswale culverts that naturally filter the water, or to a mechanical system that removes oil and solids before releasing storm water into the Willamette River; restoration of 1,700 linear feet of riverbank that improves wildlife habitat; and new energy-efficient buildings and directional yard lighting to conserve electricity.
“Toyota is joining , Kettle Foods and other pioneering corporations working to create healthier Northwest landscapes so salmon can spawn and thrive,” said Dan Kent, Salmon-Safe managing director.
GOVERNOR AND PORT MAKE TRADE THEIR MISSION
50-Member Delegation Heads to Korea and Japan
In an effort to increase the $12 billion worth of goods and services exported from Oregon last year, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt, Port Commissioners Jay Waldron, Judi Johansen and Junki Yoshida and a platoon of other business and government leaders headed to Korea and Japan to help drum up more business with two of Oregon’s largest trading partners.
“Our mission is to encourage Korean and Japanese companies and investors to do even more business with Oregonians,” said Kulongoski. “Though the Koreans and Japanese already buy Oregon’s products, we will show them why they should buy even more of those products.”
Many of the trade mission calls were to long-standing Port customers and partners. In Korea the trade delegation met with the President of Hanjin shipping, J.W. Park and the line’s senior management team to thank them for their commitment to Oregon. In Japan, delegation members met with Tokyo Kasei, which runs Tokyo Chemical Company, one of the Port’s oldest customers.
“Our overseas customers were obviously thrilled to have Oregon’s governor come to their offices and thank them for their business,” said Waldron. “I have every confidence that this trade mission will result in stronger relationships with our customers and increased business opportunities.”
Annette Price Joins Public Affairs Team The responsibility of ensuring the Port gets the support of Oregon’s elected officials falls to the Port’s State Government Affairs Manager, Annette Price.
“The Port of Portland’s job is to help regional businesses get their products to market and people to places,” said Price. “My role at the Port is to work with state legislators and state agencies to ensure Oregon remains connected to the world marketplace. It is both an honor and an exciting opportunity to put my skills to work in this arena.”
The Port lured Price from her position as president of Williams Price Ltd., a strategic communications and government affairs firm she co-founded in 2000. Price joined the Port in April this year. Her background also includes serving as chief of staff to four presidents of the Oregon Senate and as the Legislative Field Director for the Republican National Committee.
“While I truly loved running my own business, the challenges and opportunities at the Port were simply too enticing to pass up,” Price said.
Port staff and commissioners celebrate with Gov. Kulongoski after a Tokyo reception for 425 guests that featured Oregon’s wines and talents, such as Rock Ishii, a Nike designer.
“Annette has earned a reputation for being fair, knowledgeable and forthright, and she has the respect of the people and organizations the Port depends on,” said Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt. “She’s going to be a tremendously valuable asset to the Port team.”
DIRECTOR OF JAPAN OFFICE RETIRES, NEW DIRECTOR HIRED
Japan Director Retires After representing the Port for 22 years in Japan, Mineo (Mike) Yoshimatsu retired in August. Yoshimatsu first joined the Port in 1984 as director of marketing in the booming Japan market. During the 1980s and 1990s, the success of the Port’s office in Japan was tremendously important to the success of the Port of Portland and the regional economy.
“In his 22 years with the Port of Portland, Mike has promoted the Port to countless potential and existing customers,” said Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt. “He has played a vital role in creating the successful Port you see today.”
Yoshimatsu came to the Port with relationships and skills built through many years with Yamashita Shinnonhon Line. His circle of contacts and friends within the Japanese transportation industry proved to be an advantage for the Port and the region.
Yoshimatsu was instrumental in:
Attracting the Shikishima Baking Company
Attracting the Showa Sangyo Co., Ltd. (known today as Ajinomoto Frozen Foods)
Representing the Port in the World Harbor and Transport Association as both a leading member and president
Helping to found the Oregon Japan Friendship Association, which supports trade, economic relationships and friendships – professionally and culturally – between Oregon and Japan.
“Mike has been the “guiding light” when Port Commissioners and staff visit Japan,” Wyatt said. “He will truly be missed.”
New Director for Japan Office The Port recently hired Masaaki Mukouchi as the new director for the Port’s Japan office in Tokyo to fill the position held by Yoshimatsu.
The Port of Portland is a major U.S. West Coast gateway for a variety of cargoes going to or coming from Japan, including containerized freight, automobiles, steel products and bulk grains.
Mukouchi started his career with Yamashita Shinnihon Steamship Company (YS Line) in 1969 after graduating from Kobe City University of Foreign Language where he majored in Russian. He served in numerous capacities and locations throughout his many years with YS Line, including stints in the U.S. and Germany. Following mergers of YS Line he worked with Navix Line and then for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and its subsidiaries at Kobe Marine Terminals and Green Engineering. Mukouchi retired from Green Engineering in 2004 after serving as company president. He may be reached at email@example.com.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER COOKING IN RIVERGATE
The Port of Portland Commission approved a 2.29-acre sale to Lee Land Company LLC., a real estate holding company and subsidiary of Chin’s Import Export Co., Inc., during its June monthly meeting. The Port will sell the property, located on North Rivergate Boulevard in the Rivergate Industrial District, for $497,735. Chin’s Import Export plans to build a 25,000-square-foot building on the site to serve as a warehouse and office for its Asian specialty food distribution business.
New Corporate Media Relations Manager Martha Richmond joined the Port in July as the Corporate Media Relations Manager. Her responsibilities include managing the Port’s public information program and staff to represent the Port to the media and the public.
“Martha brings a wealth of communications experience and strong relationships with Oregon’s media,” said Chief Public Affairs Officer, Bob Applegate. “She’ll bring her considerable skills to help us spread the word about the Port’s positive projects and initiatives.”
“I am extremely excited to be part of the team here,” said Richmond. “The Port is a critical part of the economic engine that drives our state. I know I will find my work here stimulating, challenging and rewarding.”
Before joining the Port, Richmond served as public affairs director for the Portland Development Commission (PDC), where she was responsible for the Commission’s internal and external communications, media relations, marketing and public participation programs. Prior to her work at PDC, Richmond held public relations positions with Portland General Electric, Electro Scientific Industries and Pihas Schmidt, Westerdahl, a Portland-based advertising and PR firm.
Richmond is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and did post graduate work in New Zealand. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is a certified yoga instructor.
Chin’s Import Export expects to employ 20 people at the site.
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