The updated terminal allows the port to accommodate bigger ships and heavier cargoes, including the new 777X and other wide-body aircraft, and more diverse cargo. It also supports efforts to bolster the regional economy.
In the last 10 years, over $125 million has been put into port facilities to meet market demand and the needs of its customers. The South Terminal is vital to the port’s modernization efforts. In 2018, the port started on the second phase of the project to strengthen the wharf and included moving two Post-Panamax container cranes from the Port of Los Angeles, and improving the electrical dock infrastructure for shore power.
“Having this modernized facility now open for business is more important than ever as our region and nation focuses on the economic recovery needs in front of us in light of this pandemic,” Port Commission President Glen Bachman said. “Completion of this project directly benefits our local, regional and national economies, enhances our national transportation network in support of the movement of commerce, and maintains and grows the 40,000+ family-wage jobs supported by Port operations.”