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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port Commission authorizes staff to bid Pacific Terminal Wharf Upgrade; crane painting and maintenance to begin

Post Date:09/19/2005

To better handle the increased cargo volumes at the Port of Everett's marine terminals, Everett's Port Commission authorized staff to go out to bid on the Pacific Terminal Wharf Upgrade.

The upgrade is necessary to relocate the Port's two gantry cranes from South Terminal to Pacific Terminal on an interim basis. The bid, however, would not be awarded until the Port has received all required permits for the crane relocation.

"The fact is, the interim crane relocation is necessary to improve the Port's efficiency in loading and unloading cargo," said Jim Shaffer, president of the Port Commission. "By putting these cranes into use, we drastically improve our ability to retain, and attract more container activity on the waterfront."

Prior to relocating the cranes, the Port has agreed to paint the orange-colored cranes a "smoke blue" color, which was selected by the Port Gardner Neighborhood Association (PGNA) last March. The Port Commission has already authorized the million-dollar expenditure to paint and service the cranes, and staff expects this work to begin shortly.

The cranes, which were obtained from the Port of Seattle in 2003 at nearly no cost, need to be serviced and painted before they can be placed into operation. The cranes are needed to accommodate the efficient loading and unloading of cargo created by firm commitments from FESCO, Eastern Car Liner (ECL) and Westwood Shipping Lines to ship through Everett.

Currently, the cranes aren't in use because the South Terminal isn't equipped to handle container shipments. To meet customer requirements the Port is requesting the cranes be moved to the Pacific Terminal on an interim basis until the Port can complete its Master Planning of its entire marine terminals.

"Relocating the cranes will allow us to be more responsive to the shipping demands, as well as embark on the redevelopment of the South Terminal," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett. "We can't afford not to put those cranes into operation."

The Port advertised the bid for wharf upgrades on Sept. 15. For more information on the gantry cranes, please contact Lisa Mandt, community relations representative, at 425-388-0617.

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