Friday, August 24, 2018

Everett Starts Terminal Modernization Project

By Karen Robes Meeks

Earlier this month, the Port of Everett broke ground on its $36 million South Terminal Modernization project, the port’s largest capital project in history by dollar value.

The project allows the port to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new [Boeing] 777X.

“I find it fitting that as we celebrate the Port of Everett’s centennial year in 2018, we continue to be forward-thinking, preparing the Port’s infrastructure to carry us into our next 100 years,” said Glen Bachman, Port of Everett commission president. “Completing critical infrastructure upgrades like this will better position the Port and its facilities to handle the larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett, including aerospace parts for the new 777X and other opportunities on the horizon.”

The South Terminal facility project calls for fortifying the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure and upgrading the wharf’s electrical capabilities. When it is done, the dock will be strong enough to support a pair of 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shore power while at the dock.

The project will bring more jobs, prosperity and commerce to the waterfront,” said Port of Everett Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber. “Since 2015, the Port has invested millions of dollars to adapt its facilities to support the next generation of shipping, and this major infrastructure investment is a continuation of that effort. This project has come to fruition thanks to the strong, reliable and forward-thinking leadership of our Port Commission and the continuous support of our project partners at the local, state, federal and tribal levels.”