Senator Highlights Importance of Ports

U.S. Senator Patty Murray yesterday delivered remarks at the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) Conference to discuss steps the next Congress can take to promote trade and global competitiveness.

Murray called for both parties to build on bipartisan work done this year on the budget, appropriations, and other issues, and work across the aisle to create jobs and make critical investments in the future.

Murray highlighted priorities including monitoring Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to ensure an agreement works for Washington state, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, and finding a long-term solution to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

Senator Boxer’s WRRDA bill took important steps toward reforming the Harbor Maintenance Tax to keep our workforce strong and our ports competitive in the global maritime economy,” Murray said.

And through the annual appropriations process, we were able to secure funding for Washington state priorities like: the Sound Transit University Link project, the TIGER program, which supported a $20 million investment in the Port of Seattle to ensure it can stay competitive, and new investments in innovative research at our universities.

“The task ahead of us in Congress is to build on that foundation of working across the aisle.

“Because it is very clear that when it comes to our economic competitiveness, there is a lot we need to get done—for Washington state and for our country as a whole. Especially because, while we dealt with one fiscal battle after another in recent years, other countries focused on investing in their infrastructure, their workforce, and their future economic strength.”

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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