Port of Tacoma revealed the recipients of the inaugural  Summit Awards this
morning during its annual breakfast.

Port Commissioner Dick Marzano said the concept of the Summit Awards came
from the staff wanting to recognize some of its partners.

“For the port to be successful, we need our partners to be successful,” he said.

2012 Summit Award winners include: 

• Business Magnet: MacMillan-Piper – With a presence in Tacoma since 1985, MacMillan-Piper currently handles bulk and provides warehouse transloading services at two facilities in the Tacoma Tideflats.

In the past year, the company doubled its warehouse transloading space to 202,000 feet to support handling bulk cargoes. MacMillan-Piper also reduced the number of idling and draying trucks by unloading import containers and loading them with exports in the same location, helping to improve air quality.

• Environmental Stewardship: Totem Ocean Trailer Express – Port terminal operator Totem Ocean Trailer Express, which serves the Alaska trade, was the first commercial cargo carrier in the Puget Sound to install shore power. Its ships now plug into electricity while at berth, reducing diesel emissions.

The ISO certified company (in quality, environmental and safety) was also the first to install rain gardens at a marine terminal to manage stormwater quality. The gardens now serve as a demonstration project for other industrial sites interested in innovative, inexpensive ways to meet state water quality benchmarks.

• Livable Community: International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 – In 2011, the port's longshore labor partners donated more than $200,000 in money and goods during holiday toy drives, auctions, walks and other fundraisers that benefited schools and local agencies, including the Foss Waterway Seaport Working Waterfront Museum, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and the YWCA women's shelter.

Union members also volunteered thousands of hours for such organizations as Tall Ships Tacoma, the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Rainier School, St. Leo's Hospitality Kitchen and Paint Tacoma-Pierce County Beautiful.