A total of $71,488,445 in federal grants have been awarded to five Washington state ports, with the grants offered through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).
The five recipients are the Port of Grays Harbor, Northwest Seaport Alliance Port of Seattle, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Port of Olympia and the Port of Port Angeles.
The Port of Seattle will receive a $17,035,900 federal grant for an ongoing expansion and emissions reduction project.
“Terminal 5 expansion is central to our strategy to reduce port congestion, strengthen the supply chain, and create more good-paying maritime jobs in Seattle,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said of the grant.
“This $17-million grant will fund new cargo storage space needed to reduce backlogs and improve export efficiency so our famers and exporters can get their products on ships and delivered to markets around the world,” she explained. “This grant will also fund the construction of additional truck lanes and scales to improve movement of freight at the port, reduce delays, and lower costs facing shippers and consumers.”
The remaining four grants, through MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program, were for:
- Port of Grays Harbor, $25.5 million–Terminal 4 expansion and redevelopment.
- Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, $11.073 million – the Master Plan, pier design and boat ramp construction.
- Port of Olympia, $9.27 million – the Seaport Throughput Improvement Project
- Port of Port Angeles, $8.6 million – the Intermodal Handling and Transfer Facility Improvements Project.
More about the program and the 41 total projects funded across 22 states is available at https://tinyurl.com/4s488c4x.