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1990 - 1999

 
The world seems to grow smaller as the Internet and other new technologies contribute to the increasing globalization of business. The Port expands both physically and economically. New and upgraded facilities are added, including a new Port headquarters, and the Airport and Seaport broaden their international ties. The Port mirrors the nation, which enjoys its longest period of economic growth in this decade.
1990
More Space for Trains: Expansion of the on-dock rail facility at Terminal 18 begins.
 
An Historic Day in the Neighborhood: The City of SeaTac is born. Created from the neighborhoods around the airport, the new city helps Sea-Tac neighbors address local issues.
 
Working Smarter: More advanced electronic shipping information systems are developing and Seattle is at the leading edge, with systems like LINX, an electronic cargo network shared with Port of Tacoma, and TELEPORT SEATTLE, which connects the Pacific Northwest to overseas trading partners.
 
Lowering the Volume: The Sea-Tac Noise Mediation Committee adopts a package of long- and short-term noise reduction measures for the adjacent areas to reduce aircraft noise by 50% by 2001. 
 
1991
Fresh Fruit: The world’s largest on-dock chill facility at Terminal 91 exports 1.9 million cartons of apples and pears. Expansion in 1993 brings that number to a ripe 4 million cartons.
 
More Air: Months of negotiations result in two new international carriers, China Eastern Airlines and Malaysia Airlines System, for Sea-Tac.
 
Number 4: Seattle is the fourth largest Port in the U.S., with $25 billion in trade value.
 
A New Plan: Creation of The Container Terminal Development Plan sets forth blueprints for expansion and attracting new shipping customers. Connections via road and rail are part of the key transportation objectives to ensure smooth growth.
 
Going Green: Environmental programs get $3 million in funding to ensure proper investigation and cleanup at marine and airport facilities.
 
1992
WWW: The World Wide Web is available for home use.
 
More for APL: Vying for APL’s continued business, the Port promises to double the current container space for their operations. The expansion at Terminal 5 is expected to generate 1,500 new jobs and $4 million in tax revenue.
 
More Moorage: The Port buys property along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, just east of Fishermen’s Terminal. Formerly a Coast Guard Station, this Maritime Industrial Center will complement Fishermen’s Terminal’s ship repair and mooring facilities.
 
Going Abroad: Seattle is named “the best city for global business in the U.S." by Fortune Magazine.
 
Parking for Cars and Planes: Completed projects include 3,500 new parking spaces in the Airport Garage (bringing the total to 8000), a new short-term parking area, a pick-up and drop-off plaza and six new arrival/departure gates.
 
Fighting Fog: Sea-Tac completes new ground radar and traffic control systems and becomes the first U.S. airport authorized to operate during extremely low visibility conditions.
 
PSATC: The Port works with the Puget Sound Air Transportation Committee to examine ways to manage regional air transportation growth. This is just one of many community partnerships for the Port.
 
1993
New Digs for Port Staff: Staff moves into new Port headquarters at Pier 69. The entire pier was gutted, leaving only the concrete pier and supports. The concrete supports are now exposed architectural highlights, and themes of land, sea and air are reflected in the décor and art.
 
APEC and Clinton: In November the Port leadership welcomes business leaders to Seattle for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. President Bill Clinton draws international attention with his effort to forge partnerships for global alliances and promote an economic shift to the Pacific.
 
Spokane Office: The Port opens a regional office in Spokane, underscoring its commitment to partnering with Eastern Washington and promoting international trade.
 
Low Vis: United Airlines sets a record for the lowest-visibility landing ever approved for a commercial aircraft at a U.S. airport when it lands with no more that 400 feet of runway visibility at Sea-Tac.
 
1994
Taming Noise: More than 80% of the Sea-Tac’s flights are now by Stage III (the quietest) aircraft.
 
First Apples: Dozens of ships leave Seattle carrying the first-ever shipments of Washington state apples to Japan.
Groundbreaking: The Central Waterfront Project begins with the first groundbreaking at Bell Street Pier.
 
Beijing: The Port opens a trade development office in Beijing.
 
Terminal 5: Planning for expansion at Terminal 5, called the Southwest Harbor Project, begins. Over the next few years, the Port will clean up 110 acres of contaminated soils as part of an E.P.A. Superfund Site. The clean-up also creates a park - the Jack Block Public Shoreline and Access Park and restored aquatic habitat.
 
1995
Safety First: Sea-Tac earns the FAA’s “Outstanding Safety Innovation Award” in recognition of its pioneering efforts in low-visibility and on-ground safety programs.
 
Big Projects: CEO Mic R. Dinsmore is featured on the cover of Washington CEO magazine for overseeing the Port’s large-scale infrastructure improvement projects at Terminal 5, Harbor Island, Bell Street Pier and cruise ship terminal, on-dock chill warehousing operation, and Sea-Tac Airport’s runway planning and noise mitigation.
 
Bigger Terminal: Terminal 18 expansion planning begins, and the Port works with SSA, the terminal operator, to customize the facility to their needs.
 
1996
Scottish Cargo: Cargolux begins the first nonstop cargo service from Seattle to Scotland.
 
A Train on the Way: Voters approve the money needed to build the Link Light Rail, which will connect Seattle to Sea-Tac Airport via a quick train ride.
 
Records: For the 14th consecutive year, Sea-Tac breaks records for the number of passengers, and this time it’s 24.3 million travelers.
 
Freight Mobility: Seattle and Tacoma work together on a $400 million plan to improve truck routes between the two ports.
 
Bell Street: The new Bell Street Pier opens with prime central waterfront recreational moorage, an International Conference Center, Maritime Museum and restaurants.
 
1997
Box Around the World: The Boomerang Box, an educational project by the Port, American President Lines, Seattle schools and King County, is a 40-foot shipping container that can be tracked online as it moves around the world. It shows two-way trade and the value of waterborne commerce to King County. One piece of cargo that the box brought to Seattle was a Chinese Pavilion for the Seattle Chinese Garden.
 
Celebrating the Big Five O: Sea-Tac marks its half-century anniversary by launching a “World-Class Upgrade,” a $1.2 billion renovation and expansion.
 
Out with the Old: The Commission adopts the final version of the Airport master plan, which includes the third runway, and the FAA approves it. The Port begins stockpiling dirt and acquiring properties for the project.
 
Getting a Job: PortJOBS, which provides job opportunities for disadvantaged people in the Port-based economy, is in full swing. From 1993 to 1997, it helps 891 people get jobs.
 
1998
Shiny New Number 5: Vice President Al Gore dedicates a new, state-of-the-art Terminal 5 that serves as APL’s Global Gateway North. The $270 million price tag includes land acquisition, equipment and environmental cleanup.
 
Quieter Homes: Sea-Tac continues to be a leader in this area, installing noise insulation in more than 1,000 homes this year.
 
Labor Relations: The Port, labor and industry form Seattle World Port Coalition that aids relations between labor and management. The labor force in Seattle is one of the most productive in the country and has been for many decades.
 
Growing by the Ton: Air cargo grows by almost 9% to 428, 272 metric tons.
 
T18: Construction officially begins on the expansion at Terminal 18. SSA signs a 30-year operating lease with the Port. The project will double the terminal’s acreage.
 
Y2K: The Port gears up for the anticipated Y2K failures with testing, and remedial and contingency plans.
WTC-SE: World Trade Center Seattle (West Building) opens. More on the ups and downs of the World Trade Center development.
 
Perfect Score: Sea-Tac receives its second perfect score from the FAA on its comprehensive safety and security inspection.
 
1999
Taking a Cruise!: The Port opens Bell Street Cruise Terminal and welcomes passenger cruise ships to Seattle, a site not seen since the 1950s.
 
Working Together: The Port and leaders of local trade unions sign an historic Project Labor Agreement guaranteeing living-wage jobs for workers and on-time and on-budget project completion for the more than 100 projects in the first phase of World Class Upgrade at Sea-Tac.
 
WTO: WTO comes to Seattle for a week. The meetings bring together leaders from 160 nations to discuss critical trade issues, but also spark massive demonstrations.
Relations: China and Seattle celebrate 20 years of trade. China is now the Port’s second largest trading partner.
 
Boosting Trade: Even in a year of tough competition, seven new shipping services steam into Seattle, including China Shipping Container Lines, Zim Israel Navigation Co. and the Grand Alliance between NYK, OOCL and P&O Nedlloyd.