Terminal 5 Quarterly briefing, PCT maintenance dredging, and NWSA government affairs agendas top Tuesday’s meeting

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January 28, 2022


Terminal 5 Quarterly briefing, PCT maintenance dredging, and NWSA government affairs agendas top Tuesday’s meeting

At their February 1 meeting, The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members will receive a quarterly briefing on the Terminal 5 Modernization project. With the north berth operational, construction continues on the south berth in preparation for operations to commence in 2023. Staff will provide a status update on terminal construction, operations, and any changes to projected project milestones.

Managing Members will consider accepting a $4 million Department of Commerce Reefer grant to install reefer components at Terminal 5. Also, they will be requested to authorize funds to continue work related to the PCT maintenance dredging project.

Finally, Commissioners will be briefed on the 2022 state and federal government affairs agendas. Managing Members will be asked to adopt the agendas for use by the NWSA government affairs team.

View the full agenda.

The virtual meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. Meetings are streamed live from the alliance’s website.

To deliver comments during the public comment portion of the meeting, please send an email to nwsacomment@nwseaportalliance.com by 9 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2022, that includes your name, the telephone number you will be calling from, and the agenda topic you wish to speak to. Please include “speaker” in the subject line. Written comments may be submitted to the same email address and will be provided to the commissioners. 

Record volumes in breakbulk cargo for 2021

Handling 366,184 metric tons of breakbulk cargo, 2021 boasted highest breakbulk volumes in NWSA history.

The majority of breakbulk cargo in 2021 was comprised of ro-ro (roll-on, roll-off) cargo with construction equipment making up 67% of the past year’s cargo volumes. Additional breakbulk types include agriculture, machinery, and mining equipment. The surge of breakbulk cargo can be attributed to new customers and carriers calling the NWSA gateway as well as rebounding volumes from covid-impacted operations in 2020. Additionally, high containerized cargo rates have incentivized container cargo shippers s to seek creative transportation solutions, utilizing ro-ro.

The NWSA is strategically positioned to excel at moving breakbulk cargo, offering multiple terminals that handle both breakbulk and auto cargo allowing customers to mix their ro-ro shipments in the NWSA gateway.

Breakbulk 2021 Volumes

Video: Terminal 5 open for business in Seattle

T5 Opening Video

Check out our latest video highlighting Terminal 5 and the additional capacity it brings to the NWSA gateway.

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TEU volumes increase 12.5% for the year

NWSA full-year 2021 volumes improved 12.5% to 3,736,206 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), with full imports growing 16.8% and full exports declining 12.5%. Full imports were fueled by strong consumer demand, while full exports were impacted by a shortage of equipment and space. Read More about 2021 cargo statistics.

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