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See the Port in Action

August 13, 2013

Have you ever wanted a first-hand view of what it takes to run a global hub for cargo, millions of passengers, and a thriving fishing industry?

The Port U series offers members of the community an opportunity to learn about their Port through exclusive access to Port services with overviews and tours delivered by Port of Seattle employees. Each fall, when students head back to school, four Port 101 programs are offered to the general public. The programs include boat tours of the Duwamish Waterway, Seattle’s only river, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal, where Seattle’s maritime and commercial fishing industry thrives. In addition, behind-the-scenes bus tours of operations at SeaTac International Airport and the Northwest Seaport Alliance international cargo terminals are offered. Port customers and partners also join in on the action helping to lead the tours. Partners include companies like Boeing, Alaska Marine Lines, Ballard Oil, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, SSA Terminals and BNSF Railway and organizations such as the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, EPA, and ILWU.

These free events were started in 2008 as a way for the Port to provide citizens with an insider's view of how the Port operates and serves the region. Programs are typically booked to capacity in just a few weeks, and priority is given to first-time attendees each year with a wait list generated to maximize attendance.

“Port 101 has been a runaway success because it offers citizens a way to see their Port up close and learn the inside scoop on a fascinating array of topics. We are thrilled with the response and look forward to seeing new students each year,” Port Community Engagement Director Sally del Fierro says. 

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