Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tacoma Port Handles Largest Auto Discharge in Its History

By Mark Edward Nero

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is the maritime operations operating agreement between the Seattle and Tacoma seaports, says that it unloaded over 4,800 vehicles off the Glovis Composer upon its arrival in Tacoma on Jan. 9.

The Glovis Composer, a Hong Kong-flagged roll-on/roll-off auto vessel is berthing at Terminal 7 in Tacoma during its stay.

At 656 feet (200 meters) long and 106 feet (32 meters) wide, the ship has a total capacity to transport 6,400 vehicles. During this call, the South Harbor is receiving 4,818 vehicles in addition to six high and heavy cargoes, making this the single-largest auto discharge off a vessel in the Port of Tacoma’s history.

In 2016, discharges from this same vessel averaged around 1,825 cars.

The vehicles are scheduled to be transported throughout the country and reach as far east as Chicago and Ohio. The Glovis Composer is expected to depart for a return trip to South Korea on the night of Jan. 10.