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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port of Everett Secures Weekly Container Service from Japan

Post Date:07/05/2005

Starting in late summer, the Port of Everett will have a weekly shipment of containerized aerospace parts coming in directly from Japan.

The Port is partnering with Westwood Shipping Lines, a shipping company that specializes in containerized and oversized cargo, and The Boeing Company to improve the efficiency and seamless transport of aerospace parts to Everett. Currently, the parts are shipped to either Seattle or Tacoma, then transported by barge to Everett.

"Securing this direct shipment provides more opportunities for continued containerized growth, longshoremen jobs and a consistent source of revenue for the Port of Everett," Port Commission Vice-President Phil Bannan said. "This news just confirms that Everett is making its niche in the containerized industry."

Earlier this year, Fesco Agencies North America committed to utilize the Port of Everett as its Pacific Northwest base to receive cargo for its regular shipments to the Russian Far East. The shipments include mining machinery, oil extracting equipment, trucks, heavy equipment and food products. As a result, within the next 12 months, the Port expects to see more than 80 ships come through the Port of Everett. Last year 13 ships arrived at Everett's port.

"These shipments will significantly increase our overall activity," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett. "The economy is bustling right now, and we are seeing the benefits first-hand."

In order to accommodate the increased activity, the Port will need to employ additional longshoremen, streamline its cargo-handling processes and upgrade cargo-handling equipment.

The Port, Westwood and Boeing have been assessing the feasibility of direct shipments for more than two years, and today's announcement is just a glimpse of what's to come, Mohr said.

"We are excited about providing this customized service for The Boeing Company," said Craig A. Lawrence, president of Westwood Shipping. "Westwood's experience in handling a wide variety of cargos, and our ability to provide a consistent, reliable weekly service will support Boeing in its effort to improve the delivery of parts to Everett."

The direct shipment also will allow the Port to better assist Snohomish County's aerospace companies, including Boeing. In addition, the shipment will compliment the Port's Rail/Barge Transfer Facility, which is expected to be under construction by August. The facility is designed to transport oversized cargo, such as large aerospace parts, that don't fit into standard trucks or rail facilities. The cargo will be transported by rail from the facility in south Everett to Paine Field.

For more information about the direct shipment, please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative, at 425-388-0617 or by e-mail. For Westwood Shipping Lines, please contact Frank Mendizabal at 253-924-3357.

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