NWSA’s Terminal 46 Welcomes First Automobile Vessel in 20+ Years

NWSA’s Terminal 46 Welcomes First Automobile Vessel in 20+ Years

For the first time in more than two decades, the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 welcomed the arrival of an automobile vessel, according to the Northwest Seaport Alliance. On Feb. 2, the GLOVIS America logistics services vessel Silver Sky called at the terminal, carrying more than 2,500 automobiles bound for KIA and Hyundai dealerships in Canada. The new auto imports business builds upon the gateway’s automobile volumes, which saw a 96% year-over-year increase in December 2023, internal data show. “Terminal 46 is a key marine cargo property, and we are glad to work together with International Longshore and Warehouse Union…
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Port of Tacoma Hires Familiar Face as Accounting Director, Auditor

Port of Tacoma Hires Familiar Face as Accounting Director, Auditor

The Port of Tacoma has hired Don Kelley as its new director of accounting and port auditor, overseeing accounting activities for the port and the Northwest Seaport Alliance, it was announced Nov. 22. Kelley, who officially started Nov. 16, takes over for Darren Arakaki, who is expected to retire at the end of the year. This is a homecoming for Kelley, who spent 21 years of his career at the Port of Tacoma, starting as an accountant in 1999 before being promoted to manager of financial accounting and deputy auditor. He left in 2020 to become senior manager of general…
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Northwest Seaport Alliance Sees Overall July Cargo Dip

Northwest Seaport Alliance Sees Overall July Cargo Dip

The Northwest Seaport Alliance moved 9.9% fewer cargo containers last month than it did in July 2022, according to data released by the NWSA Aug. 17. The alliance, consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, moved 234,875 TEUs in cargo overall last month. Although full imports inched up 0.2% full exports fell 7.6% between July 2022 and July 2023. “Year-over-year comparisons continue to reflect the pandemic-driven conditions of 2022 and ongoing soft import demand relative to last year,” the alliance explained in a statement. So far in 2023, NWSA moved more than 1.63 million TEUs, a 21.2% year-over-year decrease,…
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NWSA Sees Biggest Monthly Container Volumes of 2023

NWSA Sees Biggest Monthly Container Volumes of 2023

The Northwest Seaport Alliance saw its biggest container volume month of 2023 last month when it handled 252,232 units, according to data released by the alliance July 19. The NWSA, which is the marine cargo partnership jointly operated by ports of Seattle and Tacoma, also reported a 16.1% increase in June in full imports and an almost 5% jump in full exports last month over May. “Ocean service schedule consistency has improved at the gateway, helping drive the month-over-month improvement,” the NWSA said in a statement. Meanwhile, year-over-year statistics continue to reflect 2022’s pandemic-driven numbers and continued softening of import…
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Puget Sound Zero-Emissions Truck Collaborative Launched

Puget Sound Zero-Emissions Truck Collaborative Launched

For the first time, the Puget Sound Zero-Emissions Truck Collaborative convened more than two dozen trucking firms, warehousers and other industry stakeholders to in effort to create a plan for a “transition to zero-emission drayage trucking in the Puget Sound region by 2050,” the Northwest Seaport Alliance announced June 30. The collaborative, which is expected to meet bi-monthly until December 2024, is tasked with creating a Decarbonizing Drayage Roadmap, a blueprint for maximizing new opportunities such as government funding increases and dealing with specific challenges, including the high cost of zero-emission trucks and lack of charging and fueling infrastructure, according…
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Soft Demand, Labor Talks Affect NWSA Cargo Numbers

Soft Demand, Labor Talks Affect NWSA Cargo Numbers

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, saw its March cargo volumes tumble 24.6% year over year, from 901,234 TEUs in March 2022 to 679,820 TEUs last month, according to new data released April 17. Loaded imports fell 37.2% in March, which the alliance said is a result of soft consumer demand and shippers’ uncertainty over contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. In the months leading up to contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, shippers have been diverting their cargo to East and Gulf…
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Northwest Seaport Alliance Launches Shore Power Capability

Northwest Seaport Alliance Launches Shore Power Capability

For the first time ever, a vessel was able to use shore power at a terminal in the Northwest Seaport Alliance on April 10 when the nearly 9,000-TEU vessel MSC Brunella plugged into shore power while at berth at the Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 5. The new infrastructure enables vessels to shut down diesel engines and connect to the electrical grid while at berth, which lowers diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions. This is part of a larger effort to green port operations under the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, which aims to install shore power infrastructure on international container…
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2022 Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Seaports: PMSA Data

2022 Cargo Volumes Down at Major West Coast Seaports: PMSA Data

The U.S. West Coast’s five major seaports collectively saw their total volumes fall in 2022, while total volumes rose at major U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report, released Feb. 23. West Coast’s Big Five – the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Port of Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma – saw total cargo numbers drop 5.6% (-1,480,468 TEUs), while East Coast ports rose by a combined 3.7% (+989,111 TEUs) and three Gulf Coast ports gained a combined…
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NWSA, Advent eModal Launch Online Trucker Appointment Dashboard

NWSA, Advent eModal Launch Online Trucker Appointment Dashboard

In an effort to help supply stakeholders get real-time capacity information at maritime terminals in Seattle and Tacoma, the Northwest Seaport Alliance and technology platform Advent eModal have launched an online Trucker Appointment Capacity Dashboard, the NWSA announced Nov. 4. The dashboard helps to alert trucking firms of available container pickup and drop off appointments at port terminals, giving them more room and control to plan out dual transaction appointments, allowing for quicker turn times and lowering the amount of time a truck is idling at the port and how long cargo dwells on the docks. There are more than…
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NW Seaport Alliance Names North Star Award Winners

NW Seaport Alliance Names North Star Award Winners

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Industrial Tacoma and drayage provider Campbell’s Trucking have been honored with the 2021 North Star Award winners by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the alliance announced Oct. 13. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Industrial Tacoma received the Cargo Anchor Award, given to a company whose efforts have bolstered cargo numbers in the NSWA gateway and fostered regional economic growth, according to the alliance. WWIT has seen its machine throughput grow by 25% from 2019-2021, drawing “high and heavy” cargo through the gateway, according to the Seaport Alliance. Last year, the company’s ships called at Tacoma 65 times and carried nearly 50% more…
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