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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NWSA Approves Logistics Company Lease at Terminal 10 in Seattle

NWSA Approves Logistics Company Lease at Terminal 10 in Seattle

Ray-Mont Logistics’ footprint in the North Harbor is about to grow, thanks to a new lease with the Northwest Seaport Alliance. NWSA managing members on Oct. 4 adopted a lease with one of the biggest containerized transloading terminal operators in Canada for Terminal 10, a 13.19-acre property on the west portion of Harbor Island in Seattle. About 8.1 acres of the site will be used for a containerized transloading facility for mainly agricultural products. Ray-Mont Logistics specializes in the exports of agricultural goods, resins, forest products and other emerging commodities, according to NWSA. “Ray-Mont Logistics is glad to partner with…
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NW Seaport Alliance Receives 1st Shipment of Hyundai Vehicles

NW Seaport Alliance Receives 1st Shipment of Hyundai Vehicles

The first delivery of nearly 2,000 Hyundai vehicles recently arrived at the Port of Tacoma’s South Harbor on the vessel Grand Mercury, thanks to a new partnership between logistics service GLOVIS America, shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and the Northwest Seaport Alliance, it was announced Sept. 23. The partnership is expected to significantly bolster finished vehicles and breakbulk operations, and more business to local partners, the NWSA said. “The GLOVIS America consolidation expands upon a longstanding partnership between GLOVIS America and NWSA at the Port of Tacoma,” NWSA Managing Member John McCarthy said. “In addition to Kias, many thousands of…
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BNSF to Operate New Tacoma Harbor Facility

BNSF to Operate New Tacoma Harbor Facility

BNSF Railway Co. and managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance in July agreed to a 16-acre lease that would allow the rail company to create and run a domestic intermodal facility at Lot M in the Tacoma Harbor. The new facility is expected to bolster cargo movement between the NWSA and inland U.S. markets, giving NWSA the business advantage of being served by two mainline railroads for domestic container movement. “Growing the NWSA’s domestic intermodal volumes has long been a goal for the Seattle and Tacoma gateway,” NWSA Co-Chair and Port of Tacoma Commissioner President Don Meyer stated. “The…
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Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Maritime cargo volumes last month fell 10.3% to 309,123 TEUs at the Northwest Seaport Alliance seaports of Seattle and Tacoma, with imports tumbling 15.4% and full exports dropping 8.8% compared to the same month last year, according to data released July 19. The ports saw lowered vessel calls brought on by congestion at other ports, ongoing service suspensions and above average import numbers from June 2021 as factors in the declining numbers, Seaport Alliance data show. Year-to-date volumes are behind by 4% to 1,806,732 TEUs, with imports down 6.9% and exports falling 24.2%, according to NWSA’s figures. “Ocean carriers have…
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NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

The Northwest Seaport Alliance scored Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain Partner honor for the sixth year in a row. The NWSA, which consists of the marine cargo operations at ports of Seattle and Tacoma, was among the 75 organizations across the supply chain industry chosen by the longtime trade publication to spotlight their sustainability efforts. NWSA, one of only two U.S. port agencies chosen in 2022, said it was being acknowledged for enacting “best practices that ‘leave a positive footprint on the world.’” This recognition highlights NWSA’s commitment to protecting the environment through proactive and collaborative partnerships with supply chain…
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