Friday, February 15, 2013

Tacoma Port Hires Terminal Development Director

The Port of Tacoma has hired former Horizon Lines regional sales manager Tom Bellerud to lead the port’s container terminal business development efforts.

In his new position, Bellerud is responsible for the profitability and growth of the port’s international and domestic container business, including strategies for capital investment, maintenance and repair, and new business solutions. He takes over for Brendan Dugan, who left the port in 2012.

Bellerud brings more than 20 years of experience in the maritime and transportation industry: in addition to Horizon Lines, he also has held management positions with CSX Lines, Sea-Land Service, CSX Intermodal and CMX Trucking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

He joins the port during an uptick in business: container volumes at Tacoma rose 16 percent in 2012, reaching 1.71 million 20-foot equivalent units, up from 1.47 million in 2011.

The increased container volumes are attributed in part to the addition of the Grand Alliance and associated carriers in July, as well as significantly stronger volumes from established customers. The new Grand Alliance services helped increase container vessel calls at Tacoma by 10 percent, according to port data.

For 2013, the port is forecasting 14 percent growth in container volumes, along with a seven percent boost in auto imports and moderate gains in grain and log exports.