Friday, July 11, 2014

Shipping Line Moving from Seattle to Tacoma

By Mark Edward Nero

Puyallup, Washington-based Westwood Shipping Lines is shifting its maritime operations from Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle to the Husky Terminal at the Port of Tacoma near the end of the month, the company said July 7.

The move is necessitated by the discontinuation of cargo operations at Terminal 5 so that the terminal can be renovated. Westwood says its last ship call at Seattle is expected to be the Westwood Olympia 61E, arriving at Terminal 5 on July 23.

Utilizing Husky Terminal will allow Westwood to maintain its service levels for container and project cargo customers without any interruption to its vessel or rail schedules, the company said in a statement on its website announcing the shift.

The first import ship call at Husky Terminal is slated to be the Westwood Discovery 29E, which arrives July 30; the first export ship is planned to be the Westwood Discovery 30W, which is scheduled to sail Aug. 6.

Westwood operates about half a dozen sailings monthly between the Pacific Northwest and Asia.
The Port of Seattle in May announced a plan to modernize Terminal 5 in order to accommodate larger ships. As part of the plan, Eagle Marine Services, which operates the terminal, is relocating its cargo and break bulk activities to Seattle’s Terminal 18.

“We are pleased Westwood Shipping, when faced with the need to find a new terminal, has opted to remain in the Puget Sound gateway,” Tacoma Commission President Clare Petrich, who indicated that the Seattle to Tacoma shift was the result of a discussion agreement between the two ports that was formed in January and allows them to “gather and share information” with one another.

“The ongoing conversations between commissioners at the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, under a Federal Maritime Administration Discussion Agreement, are focused on this exact situation – ensuring valued shipping lines remain in Puget Sound and that we work together to attract new services,” Petrich said.