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Port of Everett, Project Partners Celebrate Completion of $57M South Terminal Modernization

Today, the Port of Everett and its valued project partners, celebrate the completion and official grand opening of the modernized South Terminal – a $57 million maritime infrastructure project designed to support the next generation of larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett.

South terminal serves a vital link in the quick and efficient handling of cargo to support the aerospace logistics needs for the new 777X and other wide-body aircraft that depend on the Port’s custom facilities, and creates a unique opportunity for cargo diversification to help fast track local and regional economic recovery efforts now underway.

A virtual ribbon-cutting program commemorates this momentous occasion, and includes remarks from Port officials, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, U.S. Congressman Larsen and representatives from the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, Washington State department of Transportation, Snohomish County and City of Everett. View the virtual program at www.portofeverett.com/ribboncutting.

“Having this modernized facility now open for business is more important than ever as our region and nation focuses on the economic recovery needs in front of us in light of this pandemic,” Port of Everett Commission President Glen Bachman said.

“Completion of this project directly benefits our local, regional and national economies, enhances our national transportation network in support of the movement of commerce, and maintains and grows the 40,000+ family-wage jobs supported by Port operations,” Bachman said. “On behalf of the Port Commission and the entire Port of Everett team, I want to thank the many project partners and supporters who have helped get us to the finish line.”

The South Terminal project was supported by dozens of businesses, educational institutions and public agencies in our region. This project was made possible thanks to $22 million in various Department of Transportation grants and loans, including the federal TIGER and FAST LANE grant programs championed by Snohomish County’s federal delegation, and the Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program.

 About Seaport Modernization & South Terminal

Over the past decade, the Port has invested more than $125 million to modernize its Seaport facilities in response to 21st Century market demand and customer needs. The South Terminal is a key piece of the Port’s overall Seaport Modernization efforts as it’s the largest of the Port’s docks by land footprint. The South Terminal dock was originally built in the 1970s by The Weyerhaeuser Company to support forest products, and in its previous state, was only able to accommodate 500 pounds per square foot (psf); modern cargo operations re­quire a minimum of 1,000 psf.

The Port broke ground on the South Terminal wharf strengthening (phase 2) project back in 2018, and at that time, it was the largest maritime construction project underway on the U.S. West Coast. The project completed strengthening of the 700-foot South Terminal wharf, acquired and relocated two Post-Panamax container cranes from the Port of LA to the dock, and upgraded dock electrical to support future shore power to allow ships to plug in and reduce emissions. Earlier work included on-dock rail upgrades, totaling $8 million to support the modernized facility. 

For additional information, contact Catherine Soper, Public Affairs Manager, at 425-388-0680 or by e-mail at catherines@portofeverett.com.

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About the Port of Everett Seaport
The Port of Everett Seaport, located 25 miles north of Seattle, is a natural deep-water, self-operating seaport that supports nearly $21 BILLION worth of U.S. exports annually, ranking as the #2 export customs district in Washington state – #5 on the U.S West Coast. The Port of Everett is the third largest container port in Washington state and is the region’s premiere breakbulk cargo facility, handling high-value, conventional and overdimensional cargoes in support of the aerospace, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, energy and forest products industries. Most notably, the Port of Everett serves as an extension of the aerospace manufacturing process, accommodating 100-percent of the oversized aerospace parts for the 747, 767, 777, 777X and K-C Tanker programs. The Port of Everett’s regional transportation network supports more than 40,000 jobs and $433 million in state and local tax revenue. With more than 60 percent of jobs tied to trade in Snohomish County, the Port of Everett continuously looks for ways to expand cargo handling capabilities and keep freight moving efficiently. Visit www.portofeverett.com/seaport to learn more.