A ground breaking ceremony was recently held by the managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, along with the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers of Local 19, and president of the local terminal operator SSA Terminals and port commissioners of Seattle and Tacoma (NWSA) at Terminal 5.

The ceremony marks the first stage of the development of terminal 5 to make it ‘big ship ready’ with additional capabilities to manage and handle two of the shipping industry’s largest container vessels at the same time.

Co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port of Tacoma Commission President, Clare Petrich explains, “Four years ago this August, our two ports announced the joining of our operations in order to better compete on a global scale. Today is proof that we made the right decision as our efforts here at Terminal 5 provide us with new opportunities for cooperation and the creation of family-wage jobs.”

Stephanie Bowman, who is also Co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, added, “Today we begin the modernization of Terminal 5, the best container handling terminal in the Pacific Northwest. When complete, it will be a cornerstone of our region’s economic activity for decades to come.”