WORK has started on the expansion of Seattle’s Terminal 5 so it can handle container ships of up to 18,000 teu.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance, between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, said the facility is being made ‘big ship ready’ and adding the capability to simultaneously handle two very large container ships.
The Alliance said that expanding Terminal 5 will result in 6,600 direct jobs and more that $2bn in business activity. The Alliance has pledged $340mn in construction funds, with the private partners SSA Terminals contributing up to $169mn towards the project.
The 185-acre terminal is expected to open in two phases, with one major berth ready to handle international container cargo in the spring of 2021 and the other berth ready in 2023.