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Port of Everett Awards South Terminal Modernization Project to Support 777X and Other Seaport Customers

Date: Mar 1, 2018
Largest Marine Construction Project on the West Coast at this time

Everett, Wash. – On February 23, the Port of Everett Commission awarded nearly $25 million in construction contracts, kicking off the second phase of the Port’s South Terminal Modernization project – the largest capital project in Port history, and the largest marine construction project on the West Coast today.

Project awards include a $24.5 million contract with Advanced Ameri­can Construction to complete the South Terminal Wharf Strengthening and Electrical Upgrades (Phase II), and a $192K contract with Emmert International for relocation of the South Terminal Cargo Transit Shed. Construction begins in April 2018 and is expected to last thru December 2019. Further, with the help of the Port’s 2-percent for public access policy, the project is generating $586,000 to the city of Everett to improve public access along the waterfront.


“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 now calling Everett and accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo on the horizon, including aerospace parts for the new 777X which began arriving in the Port this week.”

The South Terminal facility is a key piece of the Port’s overall Seaport Modernization efforts. It’s the largest of the Port’s docks by land footprint; however, the dock was originally built in the 1970s for log operations, and in its current state, can only accommodate 500 pounds per square foot (psf).  Modern cargo operations require a minimum of 1,000 psf. The $36 million South Terminal Modernization Project (Phase II) strengthens the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure (140-feet was strengthened as part of Phase I in 2015), and makes electrical upgrades at the wharf. Upon completion, the dock will be strong enough to accommodate two, 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shorepower while at the dock (see conceptual image above). In 2017, the Port completed two rail upgrade projects totaling more than $8 million.

“The Port is a major economic driver for Everett and the entire west coast and a vital partner in supporting and growing our aerospace and advanced manufacturing network,” said Mayor Cassie Franklin. “I applaud their forward-thinking approach to ensure that our region is ready to fully support the next era of aerospace, while bringing more jobs and opportunities to Everett.”

The Seaport Modernization was supported by dozens of businesses, educational institutions and public agencies in our region. It was also the recipient of nearly $15 million in federal loans from the TIGER, FAST Lane and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) programs.

Comments from our Congressional Delegation

United States Senator Patty Murray

“I was proud to create the TIGER grant program to help make our communities and transportation systems safer and more efficient, and I am pleased to see these key investments flow to important projects like this terminal modernization at the Port of Everett so it can better serve our families and businesses and meet the economic demands of the 21st century. Without a doubt the Port of Everett has long been critical to our regional economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs in our community. As a voice for our state in the United States Senate, I will continue fighting for the TIGER program to help strengthen investments in vital infrastructure assets like these at the Port of Everett to secure its utility for generations to come.”

United States Senator Maria Cantwell

“This project will help our economy continue to grow by improving our infrastructure to help get Washington state products to overseas markets. That is why I worked to create the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, and I am proud that this program has provided funding to improve infrastructure to reduce delays, increase safety, and generate job growth in Everett.”

United States Congressman Rick Larsen

“The Port of Everett is an economic pillar of the region, and a federal investment in the port is an investment in the long-term economic growth of the community. The final stages of the modernization efforts will ensure continued support for the hundreds of businesses and the tens of thousands of jobs that depend on the port to connect local goods and services with global markets.”

For more information, contact Lisa Lefeber, at or by phone at 425-388-0617.


About the Port of Everett Seaport

The Port of Everett, located 25 miles north of Seattle, is a strategic self-operating seaport that supports nearly $30 BILLION worth of U.S. exports annually, the largest customs district in Washington State. Everett is home to The Boeing Company’s largest manufacturing facility and also homeport to Naval Station Everett. Its regional transportation network supports more than 35,000 jobs and $313 million in state and local tax revenue. Everett’s seaport is a strategic port that specializes in high-value, over dimensional cargoes. Most notably, the Port of Everett serves as an extension of the aerospace manufacturing process, and plays a critical role in the industry’s just-in-time-delivery schedule. The Port has also been identified as a recovery port to provide resiliency within the region in the event of a man-made or natural disaster near the consumer ports of Seattle and Tacoma (NW Seaport Alliance). It also serves as backup support for the Department of Defense.