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.
Expansion of the on-dock rail facility at Terminal 18 begins.
The City of SeaTac is born. Created from the neighborhoods around the airport, the new city helps Sea-Tac neighbors address local issues.
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.
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.
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.
Months of negotiations result in two new international carriers, China Eastern Airlines and Malaysia Airlines System, for Sea-Tac.
Seattle is the fourth largest Port in the U.S., with $25 billion in trade value.
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.
Environmental programs get $3 million in funding to ensure proper investigation and cleanup at marine and airport facilities.
The World Wide Web is available for home use.
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.
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.
Seattle is named “the best city for global business in the U.S." by Fortune Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Port opens a regional office in Spokane, underscoring its commitment to partnering with Eastern Washington and promoting international trade.
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.
More than 80% of the Sea-Tac’s flights are now by Stage III (the quietest) aircraft.
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.
The Port opens a trade development office in Beijing.
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.
Sea-Tac earns the FAA’s “Outstanding Safety Innovation Award” in recognition of its pioneering efforts in low-visibility and on-ground safety programs.
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.
Terminal 18 expansion planning begins, and the Port works with SSA, the terminal operator, to customize the facility to their needs.
Cargolux begins the first nonstop cargo service from Seattle to Scotland.
Voters approve the money needed to build the Link Light Rail, which will connect Seattle to Sea-Tac Airport via a quick train ride.
For the 14th consecutive year, Sea-Tac breaks records for the number of passengers, and this time it’s 24.3 million travelers.
Seattle and Tacoma work together on a $400 million plan to improve truck routes between the two ports.
The new Bell Street Pier opens with prime central waterfront recreational moorage, an International Conference Center, Maritime Museum and restaurants.
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.
Sea-Tac marks its half-century anniversary by launching a “World-Class Upgrade,” a $1.2 billion renovation and expansion.
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.
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.
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.
Sea-Tac continues to be a leader in this area, installing noise insulation in more than 1,000 homes this year.
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.
Air cargo grows by almost 9% to 428, 272 metric tons.
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.
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.
Sea-Tac receives its second perfect score from the FAA on its comprehensive safety and security inspection.
The Port opens Bell Street Cruise Terminal and welcomes passenger cruise ships to Seattle, a sight not seen since the 1950s.
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 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.
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.