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Port of Everett Receives First Shipment of Volvo Construction Equipment

Post Date:06/13/2006

Everett, Wash. - During a recent trade mission to Japan, the Port of Everett received confirmation from its shipping customer, Eastern Car Liner (ECL), that it earned Volvo Construction Equipment's business to bring 20 to 40 excavators through the Port each month.

This cargo, which previously was discharged in Seattle, will be transported on an ECL ship from Masan, Korea to Everett. This business is in addition to ECL's regular ship calls that bring breakbulk, containerized and project cargoes through the Port of Everett. Having regular ship calls from Korea allows us to access other potential cargoes from the country, said Carl Wollebek, director of marina terminals for the Port. This initial shipment will be the gateway for other cargo opportunities in Korea, he said.

"This is a very big deal, and a strong move forward for the Port of Everett," Port Commissioner Connie Niva said. "I want to thank our longshoremen for having the highly-specialized skills necessary to load and unload this type of equipment. This was a major factor in securing this additional business."

All of this business means more ship calls and cargo tonnage for the Port. In 2006, the Port will see approximately 120 ships and 52 barges come through Everett, which is up from 35 ships in 2005 and 13 in 2004.

"A regular port call from South Korea to Everett has been achieved by a contract with Volvo, which will help us provide more steady service to our customers," said Mark Nakagawa, ECL Americas' Pacific Northwest Regional Vice President.

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