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Terminal 5 groundbreaking in Seattle

Northwest Seaport AllianceManaging Members of The Northwest Seaport Alliance — port commissioners of Seattle and Tacoma — along with the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers of Local 19, and president of local terminal operator SSA Terminals have broken on Terminal 5. Located at the port of Seattle, the upgraded terminal is expected to enhance competitiveness of the regions trade gateway.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington state, The Northwest Seaport Alliance offers U.S.-to-Asia transits, as well as a deep connection to Alaska.

Modernising the 185 acre Terminal 5 will allow the NWSA to handle some of the largest container vessels calling at West Coast ports. As container vessels in the 14,000 TEU size regularly call at terminals in the North and South harbors, modernisation of Terminal 5 will allow for vessels up to 18,000 TEU.


“Four years ago this August, our two ports announced the joining of our operations in order to better compete on a global scale. Today is proof that we made the right decision as our efforts here at Terminal 5 provide us new opportunities for cooperation and the creation of family-wage jobs,” said Clare Petrich, Port of Tacoma commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance.


Northwest Seaport Alliance estimates that Terminal 5 activity will result in 6,600 new direct jobs and more than $2 billion in business activity. Managing Members of the NWSA voted to fund the project in April, pledging $340 million in construction funds, with private partner SSA Terminals contributing up to $160 million toward the project. The terminal is expected to open in two phases, with one major berth ready to handle international container cargo in spring of 2021, and the other berth ready in 2023.

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