Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle is the busiest container port in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The port in 2015 formed the Northwest Seaport Alliance with the Port of Tacoma so that the two may cooperate on marketing efforts and their future development to better spend limited funds needed to modernize their container terminals so they can handle mega-ships plying the trans-Pacific trades.

12 Jul 2021
American Association of Port Authorities tells Congress that Customs and Border Protection needs to beef up staffing at ports or else shippers will continue to see delays in getting their freight.
03 May 2016
The West Coast ports’ share of Asia imports heading into the United States was shrinking even before congestion nearly paralyzed ports from Long Beach to Seattle last year.
19 Apr 2016
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma in March registered its third consecutive month of increased containerized exports, although imports declined 36.4 percent compared to an especially busy March 2015, according to statistics published by the alliance on Monday.
08 Apr 2016
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma on Thursday approved a berth realignment project at the Husky Terminal that will allow the facility to work two mega-ships simultaneously.
01 Apr 2016
U.S. West Coast ports in February handled 33.7 percent more laden containers than they did last February, demonstrating a solid recovery from the dark period in early 2015 when labor problems created the worst port congestion in more than a decade.
18 Mar 2016
Washington state legislators are once again pushing to reform the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Fee in an effort to secure more funding for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, two gateways facing stiff competition from Western Canadian ports for U.S.-bound cargo.
18 Mar 2016
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma turned in another strong performance in February. Laden import container traffic jumped 29 percent over February 2015, loaded export containers surged 46.6 percent and total loaded international containers rose 28.3 percent year over year.
09 Mar 2016
LONG BEACH, California — For beneficial cargo owners, the marine terminal used to be a big black hole that their containers would fall into and somehow magically emerge a few days later. Today, BCOs are an extension of the operations staff at the most successful ports.
Benjamin Franklin, CMA CGM container ship, at Port of Oakland
06 Mar 2016
With U.S. West Coast ports facing increasing productivity challenges as more mega-ships call their docks, it’s abundantly clear that labor stability is essential if the ports want to keep, and grow, their share of U.S. imports.
03 Mar 2016
Thursday’s announcement by CMA CGM that beginning in May the carrier’s Pearl River Express service will operate each week with mega-ships carrying up to 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units sent West Coast ports into a frenzy of preparatory efforts.
22 Feb 2016
Washington state suffered an economic impact of $769.5 million due to labor disruptions at West Coast ports this past year, according to one of the most detailed analyses of the impact of a labor disruption on U.S. business and industry.
17 Feb 2016
International container volume at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma surged 25 percent in January compared to the same month last year, beginning what port officials say should be a strong year for container traffic.
21 Jan 2016
International container traffic in the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma increased 8.4 percent in December from December 2014, driven primarily by strong exports.
06 Jan 2016
After struggling all year with cargo diversion due to labor problems, West Coast ports in November finally turned the corner, registering gains in all categories of container throughput.
28 Dec 2015
Container volumes at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma increased strongly in November compared to the same month last year, which was when work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union began and terminal productivity plummeted in line with their coastwide contract negotiations.
09 Dec 2015
The revolutionary arbitration system contained in the new West Coast waterfront contract should significantly reduce the number of dockworker challenges involving technology and automation and will help to foster port growth in the coming years, the president of the Pacific Maritime Association said Tuesday.
19 Nov 2015
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma recorded modest growth in container volume in October, but it was sufficient to push the ports’ year-to-date performance into positive territory.
03 Nov 2015
West Coast ports in September suffered a drop in container volume as well as import market share, but it is too early to determine if this is the beginning of a trend or just a one-month anomaly for ports that appeared to be recovering from the loss of business earlier in the year.
Port of Tacoma WUT terminal
01 Nov 2015
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has outlined the goals and strategies that will guide future development of the Seattle-Tacoma gateway in an era that will be dominated by big ships, mega-alliances and fierce competition among ports for a larger piece of the North American container trade.
27 Oct 2015
The labor strife of the past year was so devastating to West Coast ports and their customers that no one, including the dockworkers union, wants that scenario to play out again in the 2019 negotiations, Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer at the Port of Long Beach.
21 Oct 2015
West Coast ports are perfectly capable of accommodating even greater cargo surges from big ships in the years ahead, but to do so they may have to turn to more exotic measures.
20 Oct 2015
Total international containers handled by the Northwest Seaport Alliance increased 3.7 percent in September from the same month last year as the ports of Seattle and Tacoma continue to regain traffic lost earlier in the year due to port congestion and labor disruptions associated with the coastwide longshore contract negotiations.
06 Oct 2015
Container volumes handled by West Coast ports are returning to historical levels, but the weekly manpower requirements for handling the containers is about 15 percent higher than in the past. That suggests terminal operators are struggling to adjust to the complexities caused by mega-ships, vessel-sharing alliances and chassis shortages.
24 Sep 2015
West Coast ports rode a wave of Asian imports in August to take back market share they had lost to East Coast ports during the year-long labor issues associated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract negotiations.
18 Sep 2015
Volume through the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma rose at double-digit clip, the latest potential sign that importers are returning to the West Coast amid peak season.
20 Aug 2015
The newly-formed alliance of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma increased their container throughput nearly 8 percent in July and grabbed a bit of market share from their Canadian competitors.
05 Aug 2015
Eight ports on the U.S. East Coast made substantial gains in import market share in the first six months of 2015. A booming import market, West Coast diversions tied to the recent labor crisis, and port investments helped East and Gulf Coast ports edge out all but one of their West Coast counterparts.
04 Aug 2015
The commissioners of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have given the final OK needed to launch an alliance aimed at helping the former rivals stave off growing competition, and regain market share.
31 Jul 2015
After bleeding market share in the first few months of 2015 because of congestion and labor problems, the Seattle-Tacoma gateway appears to be leveling off in the competitive Pacific Northwest. Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, is likewise leveling off, but Prince Rupert continues to register impressive double-digit gains compared to last year.
Port of Tacoma
22 Jul 2015
A new era of cooperation between Seattle and Tacoma will dawn Thursday when the Northwest Seaport Alliance becomes effective following approval of the agreement by the Federal Maritime Commission.
20 Jul 2015
U.S East Coast ports took eight spots on a list of top 10 fastest-growing major U.S.
11 Jul 2015
After bleeding market share earlier this year due to congestion and labor problems, the Seattle-Tacoma gateway appears to be leveling off in the competitive Pacific Northwest region. Port Metro Vancouver, Canada, is likewise leveling off, although Prince Rupert continues to register impressive double-digit gains compared to last year.
27 Jun 2015
U.S. agriculture shouldn’t expect dramatic improvements in cargo-handling productivity to come out of the new West Coast longshore contract, said Ed DeNike, chief operating officer at SSA Marine, said the contract itself will not deliver productivity.
05 Jun 2015
In what is potentially the most extensive port collaboration effort to date in the U.S, harbor commissioners from Seattle and Tacoma voted Friday to submit their final agreement on the Northwest Seaport Alliance for Federal Maritime Commission approval.
19 May 2015
Container traffic in Seattle-Tacoma returned to normal in April as the vessel and container backlogs that had developed over four months of labor slowdowns dissipated.
11 May 2015
Vessel, yard and gate operations at West Coast ports are not yet back to normal after almost seven months of crippling congestion, but the ports and port users are confident that “normal’ will happen by the end of May.