ILWU Local 47 Sets Port of Olympia Apart from Competition
“A successful working waterfront adds to the fabric of the community by having international trade and international exposure,”
Robert Rose, Business Agent ILWU Local 47
When you choose to move your cargo through the Port of Olympia (Port), you become part of the team. One of the many things that set the Port of Olympia apart from its competition is ILWU Local 47 (Local 47).
The unique partnership the Port and Local 47 have is evident in the approach they take when working with a potential, first-time or returning customer. Local 47 typically becomes involved in the logistical discussions early on, lessening time and planning for any unexpected circumstances that may arise.
With a proven record for productivity, Local 47 has earned a reputation for rolling up their sleeves to move cargo efficiently and reliably. Their combination of customer value, full-service equipment, and experience with top-notch problem-solving skills guarantee customer satisfaction.
Understanding customer needs is the center of a successful business. Local 47 exemplifies customer value by being available throughout the entire process. They not only strive for excellent service but also make sure the customer succeeds. Working alongside the Port of Olympia team, they provide 24-hour availability with a reputation for productivity. With the goal to exceed expectations, the Port of Olympia and Local 47 make it a top priority to build relationships based on trust.
“We are always there to be a part of the process; the whole way through,” said Robert Rose, Business Agent ILWU Local 47. “We want the customer to have a great experience from start to finish so they will return to the Port of Olympia for business.”
When asked what Local 47’s top 3 values were, Rose was quick to answer. He stated that their values were safety, production, and flexibility. Rose explained that when handling cargo, Local 47 puts safety first. Whether that be the safety of the Longshore themselves or of the cargo, safety is a top value. Being timely with their production, they try to exceed expectations, while always remaining flexible.
As other West Coast ports concentrate on container cargoes, the Port of Olympia has focused on a variety of breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes. In recent years, these operations have included forest products, livestock, bulk grains, steel, oil and gas products, minerals, and military cargoes.
“The Port of Olympia is fortunate to have the dedicated individuals of Local 47 as a partner in helping to provide our customers efficient, safe, and adaptable cargo solutions,” said Port of Olympia’s Marine Terminal Director, Len Faucher.
Olympia longshore has historically had a reputation as record-setting work crews. Over the years, the dynamic of ILWU Local 47 has remained the same. Due to generations of longshore working in the union, there has been consistency amongst the group. Currently, there are 32 longshore in ILWU Local 47.
“We operate in a family-like atmosphere,” said Rose. “We’ve worked together for a long time, some even going down family lines, which has made the dynamic stick. We work well together.”
Local 47 is active in the community. Whether it be the local food bank, Harbor Days, Teddy Bear Tea Party, Adopt-a-Troop, or their exhibit at the Hands on Children's Museum, Local 47 is open to help when an opportunity arises. Currently, they are donating their time by working with the Port of Olympia and the City of Olympia to build 60 micro housesfor a local mitigation site.
No matter the cargo or the conditions, customers can trust Port of Olympia and ILWU Local 47 to get the job done safely and on schedule. Succeed with us. Choose Olympia.
The Port of Olympia has the equipment, facilities, and experience to handle your breakbulk cargo. Our versatile team can service diverse shipping needs with one port of call. Our team is waiting to discuss your bulk, breakbulk, heavy lift, and project cargo needs. Contact us today at +1 (360) 528-8015 or visit us on the web at https://www.portolympia.com/.
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Kim Kawada Retires from the Port
After over 21 years at the Port of Olympia, Marine Terminal Business Development Coordinator, Kim Kawada retired on January 31, 2021.
Kim began her career with the Port of Olympia after working on the Port’s marine terminal with Holbrook, a tenant at the Port. She quickly became a dedicated employee that both staff and customers could rely on.
Serving her entire Port of Olympia career as part of the marine terminal team, Kim coordinated logistics for over 30 different cargoes destined for or originating from over 12 different countries. Some of these cargoes included logs, garnet, windmill blades, gold ore, and military. Kim also spent the last few years recruiting new business for the marine terminal.
Not only was Kim a visible member of the Port team on the marine terminal, she also served as Honorary Commander of the United States Air Force 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base Lewis McChord from November 2018 to November 2020. Kim was an active member of the Northwest Marine Terminal Association, completed her term as President prior to her retirement. Kim also led the wellness program for Port staff, organizing numerous activities and events to keep staff healthy, both mentally and physically.
If you have a chance to stop into the marine terminal gatehouse, check out the bell hung in her honor that will be rung anytime new business makes its way to the marine terminal.
We would like to thank Kim for her dedication and service to the Port over the past two decades and we wish her well as she takes time to focus on herself and her health.
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Rail service provided by Union Pacific and BNSF with an on dock rail loop. Switching provided by the Olympia and Belmore Railroad.
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