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Did you see the new Super Post-Panamax cranes make their way through Puget Sound last week? They’re now at Terminal 5 in Seattle and getting ready to be installed as part of a modernization program that began in 2018. The upgrade is a program of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) – a marine cargo operating partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma.
Bigger ships require bigger infrastructure. This program upgrades the dock and supporting infrastructure at Terminal 5 and secures larger cranes to unload containers from bigger ships. SSA Terminals is the owner and future operator of the cranes, which will be among the largest cranes on the West Coast. Learn more about the critical infrastructure improvements being made to accommodate larger vessels and how they provide jobs, market access for Washington exports, and regional and national economic benefits.
The four ZPMC Super Post-Panamax cranes have a longer reach to load ultra-large container ships. Standing at 316 feet tall with a 240-foot outreach boom, each crane can lift 100 tons of cargo. To support the larger cranes, the north section of the dock has upgraded beams, pilings, deck panels, and new 100-foot gauge crane rails. The waterside crane rail is supported by 178 concrete piles. The slope on the north end of the berth is stabilized by 388 steel pinch piles.
Larger cranes require more electrical power, so the power supply will be upgraded from five megawatts (MW) to 25MW. The power upgrades provide shore power capabilities that allow vessels to plug into electricity while at berth for quieter, cleaner, and greener operations. It also increases the capacity for refrigerated containers.
When complete, Terminal 5 will have 185 acres of capacity to move cargo. The ability to add capacity to port operations is unique among West Coast ports and offers a strategic opportunity for the NWSA to compete for more containers that increase economic opportunities in our local communities.
And this upgraded terminal expands the ability to get Washington products to market, which is essential for the state’s economy. Washington boasts strong agricultural activity that moves goods like apples and hops through our ports to export markets in Asia and beyond. Terminal 5 will provide more opportunities for exporters like the Washington Fruit & Produce Company to move their goods through the NWSA gateway.
Learn how the Washington Fruit & Produce Company of Yakima has expanded to global markets by partnering with the Port.
Marine cargo operations at NWSA facilities support over 58,400 jobs and drive $12.4 billion in economic activity in Washington state. Every direct job at the NWSA gateway translates into 1.9 additional jobs in other sectors across our region.
Terminal 5 will increase job opportunities for workers in the labor, transportation, and retail sectors. This project is forecast to create 2,400 full-time temporary direct design, engineering, and construction jobs over the project period. And by 2050, the improvements will generate an estimated 6,600 permanent new direct jobs. (Source: NWSA Terminal 5 Uplands Modernization and Rehabilitation Project Fact Sheet)
Terminal 5 in West Seattle has long been considered a premier container cargo facility on the West Coast because of its naturally deep berth, wide footprint, and the availability of on-dock rail, which allows containers to be rapidly transferred from ship to train.
The arrival of the four ZPMC Super Post-Panamax cranes mark an important milestone towards the Phase 1 opening of a modernized Terminal 5 in early 2022.
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