The Port of Everett held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of the Port’s South Terminal Modernization project.
Everett plays a key role in the supply chain for Boeing, and the US$36M South Terminal Modernisation project is designed to handle the next generation of over-dimensional cargo in Boeing’s “big boxes” , including aerospace parts for the new 777X. Everett began handling these in March this year at its Pier 1 terminal.
The South Terminal facility is now being redeveloped to support Boeing’s business, and other cargo, with the help of nearly $22M in funding through federal loans and TIGER grants. The dock is being upgraded to support a minimum load of 1,000 pounds per square foot for modern STS cranes, and the electrical system upgraded. “Upon completion, the dock will be strong enough to accommodate two, 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shore power while at the dock”.
On the land side, In 2017, the Port completed two rail upgrade projects totalling more than $8M.
The groundbreaking ceremony, was attended by officials from the Port, City of Everett, Snohomish County, Tulalip Tribes, U.S. Maritime Administration, the offices of U.S. Senators Murray and Cantwell, and The Boeing Company itself.
“I find it fitting that as we celebrate the Port of Everett’s centennial year in 2018, we continue to be forward-thinking, preparing the Port’s infrastructure to carry us into our next 100 years,” said Glen Bachman, Port of Everett Commission President. “Completing critical infrastructure upgrades like this will better position the Port and its facilities to handle the larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett, including aerospace parts for the new 777X and other opportunities on the horizon.”
“Today we celebrate the kick-off the much-anticipated South Terminal Modernization project that will bring more jobs, prosperity and commerce to the waterfront,” said Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett Acting CEO. “Since 2015, the Port has invested millions of dollars to adapt its facilities to support the next generation of shipping, and this major infrastructure investment is a continuation of that effort. This project has come to fruition thanks to the strong, reliable and forward-thinking leadership of our Port Commission and the continuous support of our project partners at the local, state, federal and tribal levels.”