Port of Everett Awarded $5 Million for Pier Electrification, Modernization

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The Port of Everett said June 5 that it’s receiving a financial boost from state lawmakers to fund dock electrification at Pier 3 and modernization projects.

The Washington State Legislature has awarded the seaport $5 million in community project funding to fast-track efforts to electrify the 650-foot Pier 3 and update port infrastructure and utilities.

The projects aim to lower emissions generated from operations at the port, which include cutting diesel generator use at Pier 3. When the new upgrades are done, the port anticipates the elimination of more than 630 tons of carbon dioxide in the first year. 

The infrastructure improvements such as plug-in capability also help bolster the port’s ability to support electric tugboats and other future technology.

 “The Legislature has made massive investments in electrifying our transportation sector in recent years, but I was especially excited to secure funding for such a crucial project in our community in Everett,” Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett), said. “Electrifying Pier 3 will help protect our environment for future generations all while modernizing the maritime industry – a massive win for Everett.”

The funding builds on the port’s more than $150 million investment in seaport modernization over the past 10 years to improve its facilities and sustainably increase cargo flow.

By Karen Robes Meeks