The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

New shipping alliances jam up truck traffic for Port of Seattle

From KOMO News:

Ocean carriers realigned their partnerships last month to better manage costs. Now those ships are just arriving to the West Coast out of Asia and operating under these newly forged alliances. However, this quickly evolving industry is causing major slowdowns for the Port of Seattle.

At Terminal 18, the global shipping changes […]


Seaport alliance marks highest container volumes since 2007

From the News Tribune:

Last year’s container traffic through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle was the highest since 2007, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The seaport alliance formed a little more than a year ago as a partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. The […]


Port of Seattle gives go-ahead to sale of bankrupt Hanjin’s local operations

From the Seattle Times:

After a brief spat, the Port of Seattle has dropped its objection to the sale of bankrupt Hanjin’s operations at Terminal 46 west of the stadiums.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which controls the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, said Friday it had struck a deal with the proposed new owners […]


Port of Tacoma unloads largest-ever load of vehicles

From the Business Examiner reported on Monday:

The Glovis Composer, a roll-on/roll-off vessel carrying a shipment of 4,818 vehicles, is berthing today at the Port of Tacoma’s Terminal 7, marking the largest single-vessel auto discharge in the facility’s history.

The ro-ro ship from South Korea is 656 feet long and 106 feet wide, with a […]


Seattle pushes for bond for former Hanjin terminal

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Seattle wants a financial guarantee for Terminal 46 lease payments.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is attempting to block the sale of a terminal once owned by now-defunct Hanjin Shipping unless Mediterranean Shipping Co., the buyer, posts a security bond to protect the interests of the Port […]


Port of Seattle concludes environmental study on Terminal 5

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions […]


Night gates relieving congestion at Seattle and Tacoma ports

Port of Seattle (shown here) and Port of Tacoma, united in the Northwest Seaport Alliance, are participating in the night gate program.

From the Northwest Seaport Alliance:

Terminal operators have added about 50 hours per week this peak season through The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s extended gates program.

The NWSA launched a 12-week program to […]


Hanjin’s collapse ripples into Puget Sound ports

The Seattle Times reports that ”The South Korean government declined to step in and prevent the collapse, an unusual setback for a unit of a powerful Korean conglomerate.”

From the Seattle Times:

Northwest Seaport Alliance spokeswoman Tara Mattina said this morning that Terminal 46 at the North Harbor (Seattle), Hanjin’s main home here, is […]


Port of Seattle wants to ready Terminal 5 for big ships

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On Monday, the Port of Seattle released a draft environmental impact statement for a modernization project, and opened about a month’s worth of public comment.

The port proposes dredging by Terminal 5, strengthening […]


Ports of Tacoma, Seattle approve first big purchase of Seaport Alliance

From the News Tribune:

A slate of multi-million dollar upgrades along the Blair Waterway on the Tacoma Tideflats will eventually allow the two of the world’s biggest containerships to dock there at the same time.

The enhancements valued at $141 million were approved unanimously by the Northwest Seaport Alliance — a joint vote of the […]


Megaship Benjamin Franklin makes first Seattle call

ILWU representatives welcome CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in Seattle. From left to right: Justin Hirsch, Local 19 Labor Relations Committee; John Persak, Puget Sound District Council (PSDC) president; Rich Austin Jr., Local 19 president; Gordon Baxter, lobbyist for PSDC.

From ”Massive cargo ship arrives in Seattle’s Elliott Bay” in the Seattle Times:

The largest […]


Port of Tacoma terminals busier than those at the Port of Seattle during 2015

From the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Container terminals at the Port of Tacoma were nearly twice as busy as those in Seattle during 2015, according to statistics from the Pacific Maritime Association.

The statistics show that Port of Tacoma terminals handled the equivalent of 1.62 million 20-foot containers, a measurement called TEUs, during 2015. […]


Northwest Seaport Alliance off to strong start

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Instead of competing against each other as they had for many decades, the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma now present a united marketing and planning effort to sell itself as the nation’s third largest ocean […]


Port of Tacoma joins Seattle Arena debate

The Port of Tacoma has officially entered the fray of the Seattle Arena debate. It’s part of the new dynamic after the Port of Seattle joined their neighbors to the south to create the Northwest SeaPort Alliance.

It led to a meeting Tuesday morning in which the commissioners for the combined maritime operations discussed their […]


Northwest Seaport Alliance container volumes up, marking 9th month of growth

Container volumes through The Northwest Seaport Alliance improved 5.9 percent in November when compared with November 2014, the Northwest Seaport Alliance reported recently.

November marked the ninth consecutive month of growth for the combined effort that joined the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle earlier this year.

Containerized exports improved 10.8 percent through […]