Port Of Everett To Expand South Terminal

April 20, 2016

Everett, Everett Economy

Port of Everett

Graphic courtesy Port of Everett

Port of Everett officials say they are running out of room and with larger ships bringing bigger cargoes including parts of the new 777x.

They’re looking to the federal government to help with expansion. Here’s an overview of the project and the ask for $20 million dollars in grant dollars to help pay for it…

The Port of Everett’s South Terminal Intermodal Modernization Project is a stand-alone project that creates independent utility to meet current and future multimodal freight shipping needs of the region and nation. This project allows the Port to modernize its facilities to meet 21st Century demands to efficiently and safely serve larger vessels that are currently being chartered by its eight shipping lines; particularly larger ships carrying aerospace cargoes. Most notably, the Port of Everett serves as an extension of the aerospace manufacturing process, and plays a critical role in the just-in-time-delivery schedule. It transports ALL the oversized parts for the 747, 767 (military and commercial), 777, and soon to be 777X airplane programs. It also serve as a backup facility to the 787.

Click here for aerospace logistics video.

This project is necessary for the Port to accommodate the heavier containers being used to transport the airplane parts for the new Boeing 777X program and other breakbulk export cargoes that utilize port facilities.


Roll -on-Roll-off photo courtesy Port of Everett.

The wharf strengthening is needed for the intermodal transfer of goods from ship to shore, and the rail infrastructure is needed to stage the cargo for transport to the inland states without creating congestion on the BNSF Railway mainline to the Midwest.

The Port needs this project, because by the end of 2016, we will have three of the larger charter ships calling our port on a routine basis. We have reached a point where our infrastructure is no longer keeping pace with the industry changes. We are now on an aggressive path to complete the strengthening of the South Terminal as soon as possible to meet our customer’s needs.

The funds will be used to modernize the Port’s South Terminal and prevent future freight bottlenecks in Everett, Washington by strengthening the terminal to provide for intermodal transfer of cargo and adding on-dock rail to handle heavier loads being shipped on larger ships. The larger ships are anticipated to off load more cargo at the Port than in the past. Thus, the ondock rail facility will be used to move the additional cargo volume by rail instead of adding truck congestion to the local/regional roads and highways.

The project will improve transportation choices for freight and improve the mobility of the local and regional population. The on-terminal rail facility allows cargo to be unloaded from the larger ships that are starting to berth at the Port in 2016. The cargo can be placed directly onto rail within the terminal. The cargo is then dispatched to its inland destination, with minimal disruptions to the local road and rail network. This rail option provides shippers with a cost effective transportation option not currently available at the South Terminal.

The project includes:

• Strengthening 560-feet of dock to 1,000 pounds per square foot (psf) and installing crane rail to create a 700-foot modern berth, additional Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo berthing capacity that allows for the intermodal transfer of goods from ship to shore in support of the local aerospace industry, as well as other industries that serve the global marketplace.

In 2015, the Port completed Project I of this dock strengthening project, to construct a “heavy-lift” section on a 140’ X 110’ square foot area at the north end of the wharf.

• Extending new high voltage power systems into the Port’s existing South Terminal to provide power and equipment to allow shipping vessels to “cold iron” while at berth.

• Constructing approximately 3,300 lineal feet of additional rail sidings to increase on-site storage from 46 cars to a total of 106 cars.

• A new warehouse to support intermodal cargo movement at the South Terminal.

You can click here for many more details on the projects and the costs and benefits as described by the Port.

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