Capital Initiative #1: Modernizing our Seaport Facilities

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Project Quick Facts

Project Budget:

     - 2016: $18.5 million

     - Total project: $313 million

Timeline: present - 2022

Project Location:

Project Contact:

Lisa Lefeber
Director of Communications & Policy 
Phone: 425.388.0617 | E-mail


Quick Links:

January 5, 2016: Capital Initiative Work Plan for 2016 - Preparing for Larger Ships 

Preparing for Larger Ships Feature  Article in the Port Side Winder 2016

Port of Everett Marine Terminal Master Plan

About the Project

Port of Everett Seaport stability and growth lies in the potential of its current infrastructure. As the
shipping industry continues to see a trend of larger vessels, the Port of Everett looks­­­ to infrastructure opportunities to stay competitive and support 34,000+ regional jobs. Per the Port Commission’s direction, Port staff is working toward implementation of the Marine Termina­­ls Master Plan (2008), which includes strengthening and expanding docks to add a minimum of 300 feet of capacity in the next five years to meet 21st Century shipping demands. 

SOUTH TERMINAL WHARF STRENGTHENING
Located at the south end of the Seaport sits the 700-foot concrete deck superstructure known as South Terminal. Although one of the Port’s largest docks, a majority of South Terminal is currently being underutilized due to its limited load capacity and major repair needs. The facility was originally constructed in the late-1970s by the Weyerhaeuser Company, designed to accommodate forest products with a load capacity of 500 pounds per square foot (psf). Modern cargo operations, such as the Port’s high and heavy cargo mix, typically require 1,000 psf or greater.

Plans to re-invest in the facility have been in the making since the late-2000s during development and adoption of the Port’s 2008 Marine Terminal Master Plan (MTMP). The plan calls to strengthen and expand the dock, install two 100-foot gauge rail mounted gantry cranes, dredge and upgrade paving, shore power, lighting and other utilities.

In May 2015, the Port completed Phase 1 of its South Terminal strengthening project, which included construction of a 140 foot by 110 foot ‘heavylift' pad rated at 1,000 psf. The pad allows for heavy cargo operations on the north portion of the dock.  Work on phase 2 of the strengthening project is currently underway.

NEW CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENT
The Port is exploring the opportunity of two, 100-foot gauge container cranes on surplus from the Port of Seattle. If acquired, the cranes will begin supporting larger vessels at South Terminal by 2018. The cranes would be painted “smoke blue,” a color previously selected by neighbors. The need for these cranes were envisioned in the 2008 MTMP.

ON-DOCK RAIL IMPROVEMENTS
It’s critical for the Port to invest in its rail infrastructure to improve regional freight mobility and rail loading at the Seaport. Work is currently underway on a $10.2 million terminal rail improvement project to do just that. Phase 1 of the rail project includes adding 800 lineal feet of new track at the northern end of the Seaport and rehabilitating and extending the South Terminal rail spur. This phase is anticipated for completion in spring 2016. Phase 2 includes constructing a double rail siding of approximately 3,600 lineal feet to provide the on-dock rail capacity necessary to support enhanced rail operations and reduce congestion and delays on the mainline. This phase is expected to conclude in 2017.

INTERIM ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP (MILL A)
In summer 2016, the Port will begin a $10 million Interim Action Cleanup to environmentally restore and maximize Pacific Terminal. This capital investment, currently in the permitting phase, includes dredging approximately 1.7 acres at the south end of the berth to remove nearly 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment and creating an extended usable berth depth. Today, Pacific Terminal can accommodate ships up to 640-feet in length. This project will expand the berth capacity to approximately 690-feet, allowing the Port to handle larger ships starting to call the Port. This project is expected to be funded in part by the Department of Ecology. Final cleanup action for Mill A, that may integrate with terminal expansion, will take place in the 2020 timeframe. 

Shift in Vessel Size

Project Benefits

Although smaller than many ports by land footprint, the Port of Everett Seaport is a critical component of our regional transportation network. The Port of Everett is considered a strategic port, and is known in the shipping industry for its niche of handling high-value, overdimensional cargoes. Everett’s customs district exported $24.7 billion worth of goods in 2014 alone.

Further, the Port ranks as the third largest container port in Washington State – third to Seattle and Tacoma, the state’s major commodity ports. A large percentage of the Port of Everett’s containerized cargo accounts for its tie to the aerospace industry. Everett’s seaport accommodates 100-percent of the oversized aerospace parts for the 747, 767, 777 (777X) and the KC-tanker airplane programs whose parts travel in oversized containers direct from Japan to Everett. 

That being said, it’s crucial for the Port of Everett to continue to plan for and construct phased infrastructure projects to support its cargo mix and the job base as larger ships start to call Everett. In 2016, the Port’s capital budget of $45.9 million includes $18.5 million in seaport projects, including harbor dredging, rail infrastructure, purchasing cargo equipment and planning for 1,000+ foot berths. Approximately $280 million is the anticipated need to modernize our Seaport facilities to meet 21st Century shipping demands.  

Investing in larger berths couldn’t come at a better time for Everett. In August 2015, the Port welcomed shipping vessel Westwood Robson, a 686-foot container ship transporting aerospace parts and other general cargoes from Japan to Everett. The newer, larger vessel could only be serviced at the Port’s Pier 1, because its bow could extend into the waterway – 36 feet beyond the end of the pier. Typically, these aerospace shipments are handled at Pacific Terminal, but its current berth length is only 640-feet.

Status Report 

Work Completed to Date:

Project 1: South Terminal Wharf Strengthening - COMPLETE
Heavylift Section (140-foot by 110-foot section)

  • Project planning and design
  • Acceptance of a Washington State Department of Commerce Grant in the amount of $1,455,000
  • Obtained Corps of Engineers permit, and local state and federal approvals and permits
  • Advertised for bids for steel pipe pile supply and construction (Sept. 2014)
  • Awarded steel pipe pile supply contract to Skyline Steel, LLC (Oct. 2014)
  • Awarded construction contract to IMCO General Construction, Inc. (Nov. 2014)
  • Pile driving (Dec. 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015)
  • Construction of the Heavylift pad (Dec. 2014 - May 2015)
  • Contract closeout (August 2015)

Project 1: Marine Terminal Rail Improvements

  • Project planning
  • Acceptance of two WSDOT Rail Bank loans in the total amount of $1,811,715
  • SEPA Public Comment Period (March 23, 2015 - April 6, 2015)
  • Obtained project permits and approvals (March 2015)
  • Finalized engineering design of tracks (May 2015)
  • Awarded $2.5 million construction contract to Granite Construction 
  • SEPA Public Comment Opportunity

Next Steps:

  • Project 1: Marine Terminal Rail Improvements
    • Project Construction (UNDERWAY)

  • Project 2: South Terminal Wharf Strengthening – UNDERWAY Strengthening the remaining 560 lineal feet of dock, utilities, lighting, paving
    • Complete Design, Engineering and Permitting (Q3 2016)
    • Explore financing and grant opportunities (all 2016)
    • Construction of improvements (estimated in Q4 2017 – Q2 2018)
  • Project 2: Marine Terminal Rail Improvements
    • Awarded engineering contract in January 2016
    • Bid phase II rail (Q3 2016)
    • Start construction (Q4 2016)

  • Project 3: Dock Expansion & Additional Berth Depth
    • Project time frame 2019-2022
    • Preliminary design underway