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Len Faucher

Marine Terminal Director


Kim Kawada-Schauer

Business Development Coordinator


Port of Olympia & ILWU Local 47 assist those in need during COVID-19

The Port of Olympia (Port) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 47 partner with The Moore Wright Group to expand warehousing and distribution of goods to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Moore Wright Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and abandonment in communities by providing hope. They partner with major organizations, such as Walmart, Good360, U-Line, Amazon, and many others, to accept donated items to help aid in accomplishing their mission.

During the pandemic, The Moore Wright Group is choosing to expand their focus from assisting local agencies and organizations with needed goods, to assisting government agencies, and organizations throughout the region with items communities desperately need. A few of the agencies and organizations they assist include police and sheriff departments, hospitals, senior centers, and Tribes. They are helping provide goods such as cleaning and hygiene supplies, heating and cooling household items, children's toys and educational items, and even mattresses. This expansion and abundance of donated goods caused The Moore Wright Group to look for opportunities for additional space. The Port of Olympia and ILWU Local 47 were happy to assist.

“We see this as an opportunity to step out and serve Washington and our neighbors during this pandemic to give hope”, said Tanikka Watford Williams, The Executive Director of The Moore Wright Group. “We were getting calls from companies with truckloads of items they wanted to send to us, and at the same time getting calls and emails from organizations needing more items than they ever did before. We know firsthand funding is tight and the need is great. This partnership with the Port of Olympia and the ILWU Local 47, allows us to accept every truckload and accept partnerships to help our communities to be able to thrive again and give hope”.

The Port is donating all space and equipment to move and store the many truckloads and pallets of goods being donated. They are also facilitating the receiving and distribution of goods. ILWU Local 47 is donating all their time to receive and inventory the goods as well as receive and package orders for pick up.

Port of Olympia Executive Director, Sam Gibboney said, "Ports play a unique role in emergency response and disaster recovery. We are proud to partner with our Local Longshore Union 47 and The Moore Wright Group to help aid our community during this unprecedented and trying time."

Due to the Port and ILWU Local 47’s assistance during this time, The Moore Wright Group is able to service a greater demographic in expanded service areas of Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Pierce, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Pacific, and Clark counties. The Moore Wright Group is serving over 58 non-profits and hospitals, as well as government agencies, and school districts. Over the next two weeks The Moore Wright Group anticipates additional truckloads of hygiene items, children’s toys, educational items, household items, cleaning products, and personal protective equipment (PPE) items designated for healthcare agencies to arrive at the Port of Olympia.

*This isn’t the first time the Port, ILWU Local 47, Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), and other tenants have joined to assist with relief efforts. After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, bottled water was donated and loaded onto a log vessel destined for Japan. Port staff were also allowed to cash out vacation leave in order to donate to the effort.


40 Years on the Working Waterfront

There’s a saying at the Port of Olympia that if you were to cut some of the employees open they wouldn’t just bleed red, they would bleed red and blue, Port of Olympia colors. That statement couldn’t be truer when talking about Mike Crawford.

As the Port of Olympia’s longest standing employee, Mike looks toward retirement this coming May 2020. As he reflects on his time at the Port of Olympia, he wouldn’t change a thing.

For over 40 years, Mike Crawford has driven through the Port of Olympia marine terminal gates to do a job he loves on the working waterfront. Today, Mike is the Marine Terminal Foreman and Facility Security Officer. He has seen the Port grow and change due to market, fiscal, national, international, and even pandemic conditions.

While some may find Mike to be just another guy who works on the waterfront, those who know him would tell you he isn’t just another person working on the waterfront, he is the working waterfront. He lives and breathes the working waterfront and he is who most people think of when the Port of Olympia’s marine terminal is mentioned.

Mike started his career at the Port of Olympia in 1978 as a facilities maintenance technician on the Marine Terminal. Mike soon became a valuable asset to the Port of Olympia and moved his way up through the ranks to become the Marine Terminal Foreman in 1999.

A lot can change in 40 years, and Mike has witnessed the Port undergo many changes. He has worked under 16 Port Commissioners, one general manager, six executive directors, one deputy executive director, and eight marine terminal department managers/directors. He has watched the landscape of the Port change with reductions in the footprint of the marine terminal, removal of warehouses, and increased security requirements. The public could once drive through the middle of the log yard (Washington Street) to get to Port Café or the many different restaurants that previously occupied the space that Anthony's Hearthfire Grill now resides, or park alongside the ship loading operations to enjoy the view while eating their lunch. Today, there are restrictions and security in place for both the security and safety of those working within the terminal as well as the public. He has also witnessed modernizations such as having a terminal with a Whirley Crane, to two container cranes, to the current mobile harbor crane. Mike has also helped with operations for more than 25 different types of cargo at the Port of Olympia marine terminal.

In 2001, after 9/11 took place, the U.S. Coast Guard evaluated the most vulnerable assets in the United States and marine terminals ranked near the top of the list. At that time the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was formed and new security requirements were placed upon working waterfronts. Fencing was to be placed, security guards were mandated to be at the entry points and each marine terminal needed to designate a Facility Security Officer. Who better to take on this role than the person who had dedicated his working career to assuring the marine terminal ran a safe and smooth operation?

Not only did Mike take the lead on implementing the required changes, but he also built relationships with various military branches. Mike served as the Port representative on the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) for a number of years, and following former Marine Terminal Director, Jim Amador’s term became the Honorary Commander for Joint Base Lewis McChord’s 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron[K1] from 2016 – 2018. Mike also held relationships with Capital Lakefair, working with the U.S. Navy and the Canadian Navy to welcome the USS Olympia submarine and the Royal Canadian Navy Frigates to the Port of Olympia marine terminal. He has even ridden his way into the marine terminal upon the USS Olympia submarine. Mike has also built and maintained strong relationships with our local first responders such as Olympia Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff, Olympia Fire Department, as well as others.

Mike’s relationship building and years of service to helping aid our local partners was recently recognized by the Olympia Police Department who awarded Mike with the highest honor, their coin. This honor is very difficult to receive and is rarely given outside of the police department.

Ask anyone what Mike means to the Port of Olympia and the community and they will tell you that he is the heartbeat of the Port. Many staff look to Mike as a leader for the entire organization. He approaches tasks with reason and no problem is too large for him to solve. He creates innovative ways for the Port to accomplish tasks while saving money.

However, what you will hear from most everyone is that Mike has a sense of humor that people are naturally drawn to. He loves to laugh and will tell you that is what’s most important about life.

Port Commissioner Bill McGregor also had the pleasure of being Mike's boss for nearly a decade, beginning in the late 1980s. "Mike has been one of the most loyal, dedicated employees that I have ever run across in my 40 plus years in this industry. He could be counted on to take on almost any – and I do mean ANY – task that was asked of him. As he grew in years, his responsibilities and reliability grew with him. He had a 'Port-first' and 'I can do it' attitude that was beyond belief. His reputation for being level headed, a square shooter, hard worker, and ready to speak his mind in a respectful manner are all part of the make-up of the LEGEND known as MIKE CRAWFORD."

When asked what has kept Mike working for the same organization for over 40 years, he said; “The People. It’s that simple. They are my family and they are what have made my time at the Port enjoyable.” When asked what he will miss most about the Port when he retires, his answer is the same, “The People.”

What will a Port of Olympia without Mike Crawford look like? It may take some time to adjust, but the mark he has made on the almost century-old organization won’t be forgotten anytime soon. He has passed his knowledge, innovation and passion for the organization to those coming up behind him. After he has retired and moved on, look close because you’ll still find him here in many ways.



During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of Olympia's Marine Terminal remains open for business. 

Seaport News and Notes...

Port Commissioner Bill McGregor (right) presented the M/V BBC Fortune Captain with a Maiden Voyage plaque for first arrival to the Port of Olympia.

Olympia Fire Fighters IAFF Local 468 spent three days with Port of Olympia Marine Terminal and Weyerhaeuser staff learning about both operations and how to better assist if and when needed.

Green Marine Magazine featured the Port of Olympia's joint effort with LOTT and the City of Olympia to finalize a Sea Level Rise Response Plan. Click here to read the article. 

Drew Mikkelsen and King 5 News spent some time at the Port of Olympia to feature livestock cargo. Find the story here

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to our first responders and healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank You!

The Port of Olympia is always happy to partner with the Washington State Patrol for their K9 training. Washington State Patrol K9 explosives training took place at the marine terminal in April. 

Mike Crawford, Marine Terminal Foreman & Facility Security Officer, was honored by the City of Olympia Police Department (in a socially distant manner). This honor is difficult to receive and is rarely given outside of the police department. Congratulations, Mike.

The Port of Olympia is proud to be part of a Regional Economic Task Force that is working to develop and coordinate a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout the broader Thurston County community. More information can be found here.


Three heavy duty, privately marked flat rail cars are now available for short or long-term lease. These 235 ton 60-straight flat deck cars are ideal for handling a wide variety of cargo. Click here to learn more.


With a strategic Pacific Northwest location and a productive workforce, you can count on innovative service and competitive pricing. We are ready to meet your unique cargo and performance needs. 

Click here to view our facilities & services pamphlet. 


Sea camels intended for vessel standoff are available for sale or lease. Each section is 4.5' x 66' and weighs approximately 25,500 lbs. Click here to learn more. 


When it comes to special handling needs, the Port of  Olympia has the equipment, experience, and know-how to get the job done right. When you make the move with us, you can expect customized, efficient shipping services that enhance your bottom line.

Owned and operated by the Port of Olympia, our 66-acre terminal is situated on Budd Inlet at the head of Puget Sound. We are centrally located to serve Puget Sound and the Columbia River Basin, providing ready access to local, regional and international markets.

  • A complete cargo facility focused on breakbulk, bulk and ro-ro goods.
  • Rail service provided by Union Pacific and BNSF with an on dock rail loop. Switching provided by the Olympia and Belmore Railroad.
  • Three modern, deepwater berths.
  • Strong working relationship with the ILWU to efficiently and safely expedite your cargo.
  • Heavy machinery, conveyor system, a heavy-lift mobile harbor crane, and truck scales.
  • A 76,000 sqft on-dock warehouse.
  • Easy access to Interstate 5.
  • Midway between Vancouver, Canada and Portland, Oregon.

    The Port of Olympia would like to thank our customers and partners for their flexibility and patience as we continue to implement practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this unprecedented time.

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