Terminal 5 Quarterly Briefing and Terminal 46 Substation Replacement Project top Monday’s Meeting

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April 28, 2022


Terminal 5 Quarterly Briefing and Terminal 46 Substation Replacement Project top Monday’s Meeting

At their Monday, May 2 meeting, The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members will hear the quarterly briefing on the Terminal 5 Modernization Project. This briefing will provide updates from Q1 2022, sharing details about the project schedule, budget, and construction updates on the Phase 2 South Berth progress.

Managing Members will also consider approving the Terminal 46 Substation Replacement Project. This project aims to replace the 25-year- old Substation No. 1 at Terminal 46 which has been deemed unsafe and unserviceable. The NWSA plans to replace the substation, in coordination with Seattle City Light’s transformer replacement project, to streamline construction processes and costs. The total cost of the Substation No. 1 replacement will be shared 80% by the NWSA and 20% by the Port of Seattle, which requires a special Port of Seattle vote during Monday’s meeting.

View the full agenda

The in-person meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at Fabulich Center. Meetings are also streamed live from the NWSA’s website.

To deliver comments by phone during the public comment portion of the meeting, please send an email to nwsacomment@nwseaportallianice.com by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022 that includes your name, 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.

New Marine Highway Project Designation increases funding opportunities for domestic trade

TOTE Maritime

On April 19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced additions to America’ Marine Highway Program (AMHP) including Northwest Connect: Critical Lifelines between Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. This new designation on the M-5 Marine Highway Route will further support the transport of freight to and from Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington.

Last year, The Northwest Seaport Alliance and the Port of Alaska teamed-up to apply for the AMHP Project Designation. The announcement of the Northwest Connect designation provides new opportunities for federal funding for ports and port customers in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii.

Grant requests for AMHP funding are limited to organizations on a Marine Highway Route with a Project Designation. The recent focus on supply chain resiliency has led to the AMHP receiving record levels of investment by the federal government. Almost $40 million in grant funding is available for the program this year, with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the FY 2022 Appropriations Act.

Ream more here.

NWSA full import container volumes set Q1 record

Continued strong consumer demand and retail inventory restocking during the quarter helped push Q1 2022 full imports at the NWSA to an all-time high. A record 365,088 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of laden international imports moved through the gateway during the quarter. While fewer vessel calls in March led to a decline in full imports for the month, overall import demand remains strong.

Read more here.

NEW: Ports Clean Air Quarterly Newsletter

Ports Clean Air Quarterly

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Tacoma and Port of Seattle have established a new, joint newsletter focused on clean air and climate activities. The special “earth month” kick-off edition highlights some of the exciting projects happening at the ports with each newsletter slated to showcase projects and milestones across our gateway, highlight an industry or community partner who is focused on environmental sustainability, and provide additional opportunities for community engagement, such as bus tours, commission meetings, or upcoming webinars!

Take a look at the first edition release this month: Here

Sign up to receive the Port Clean Air Quarterly: Here