Breakwater: South Harbor berth deepening, automobile business, and Capital Investment Plan set for Wednesday’s meeting


September 1, 2023


South Harbor berth deepening, automobile business, and Capital Investment Plan set for Wednesday’s meeting

At their Wednesday, September 6 meeting, The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members will take action on design and permitting for deepening projects in the South Harbor for Husky Terminal and Washington United Terminal. The berth deepening projects are in preparation for the Blair Waterway Deepening Project that is being undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alongside the Port of Tacoma.

Managing Members will also be taking dual action on several agreements relating to the South Harbor breakbulk and automobile business. The items include considering the authorization of an interlocal agreement between the NWSA and Port of Tacoma for the use of additional properties totaling approximately 25 acres. Additionally, the items include entering into a 13-acre lease for breakbulk and automobile storage between the Puyallup Indian Tribe and Port of Tacoma.

The meeting will also include a study session on the NWSA’s Capital Investment Plan.

View the full agenda.

The in-person meeting begins at 11:30 am at Port of Tacoma’s 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 by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, 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.

Quest for Quality Awards recognizes The NWSA as leading West Coast port

Quest for Quality Award

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is proud to be selected as the leading West Coast port in the 40th Annual Quest for Quality Awards by Logistics Management. The NWSA received the highest overall rating among West Coast ports with top scores in the Ease of Doing Business and Value categories.

The NWSA's leadership in these categories speaks to its dedication to providing cost-effective solutions without compromising service quality.

Through hundreds of millions of dollars in recent infrastructure investments, dedicated maritime partners, and a team of devoted staff who work alongside shippers to support the customer experience, the NWSA gateway of Seattle and Tacoma is proficiently moving import and export goods across the Pacific Northwest region and U.S. Midwest.

The Quest for Quality Awards, conducted by Logistics Management, recognizes outstanding performance and customer satisfaction in the transportation and logistics industry. Through an extensive survey process that spanned from January to May of this year, qualified buyers of logistics and transportation services provided more than 3,500 responses to the Logistics Management research group.  The Quest for Quality award celebrates companies that have garnered the trust and approval of their customers, distinguishing them as models of operational excellence in the industry.

Learn more about the Quest for Quality Awards and NWSA’s distinction here.

Cargo Stats: NWSA auto units up 121.6% YTD

In July 2023, container volumes reached 234,875 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), with total container volume decreasing 9.9% over July 2022. Full imports increased 0.2% while full exports for the month decreased 7.6%.

Year-over-year comparisons continue to reflect the pandemic-driven conditions of 2022 and ongoing soft import demand relative to last year. Total TEUs declined 21.2% YTD to 1,631,448 TEUs, with full imports and exports declining 25.7% and 4.3%, respectively.

Beyond containerized cargo, NWSA’s auto volumes were 187,615 units, up 121.6%. New General Motors business coupled with GLOVIS America’s consolidation of its KIA and Hyundai business in our gateway from September of last year will make for continued favorable month-over-month comparisons in 2023.

View the full July 2023 cargo reports here.

NWSA receives 2023 Green Marine Certification

Green Marine Certification

The NWSA recently received the 2023 Green Marine Certification. The NWSA has been a Green Marine member since 2016. To obtain certification, participants must comply with several requirements including the assessment of their environmental performance and an external verification of the results. The program covers maritime activities and related land-based operations in North America.

Learn more about our environmental stewardship activities here.

Partner Shout-out: The NWSA applauds local response to Maui fires

The Northwest Seaport Alliance extends our deepest condolences to the families impacted by the devastating fires in Maui. As a major gateway of domestic trade to Hawaii, our Seattle and Tacoma harbor tenants and labor partners have stepped up to support relief efforts for those impacted.

The NWSA would like to recognize Honolulu-headquartered Matson and Aloha Marine Services for their response to the deadly wildfires. These NWSA tenants are working closely with federal, state, and local response agencies to prioritize the flow of emergency equipment and relief supplies, working with customers to send relief supplies to the island, and provide support barges for various needs including debris removal.

Additionally, the NWSA wass proud to support the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 23 and Local 19 who generously collected much-needed relief items that were shipped via container to Hawaii.  Numerous volunteers supported this effort by donating key items to support families in need.

The NWSA applauds our gateway partners for their quick action supporting the families in need.

*Photo Credit ILWU Local 23

ILWU Collection for Relief Response