Port of Everett Reflects, Shares Gratitude One Year from Onset of COVID-19 Shutdowns
Today, as we find ourselves at the one-year mark from the onset of state and local shutdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Port of Everett would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and express our sincere gratitude.
In looking back over the year, it’s hard to comprehend the devastating loss of more than 5,000 lives to this virus in our state and thousands throughout the nation. We continue to keep those who have lost loved ones in our thoughts.
We also share our thanks to the essential workers who have been working the frontlines since the beginning – from healthcare workers, grocery and food service workers, our maritime workforce and everyone in between. Thank you for keeping our region moving forward as safely as possible.
As an essential function of our local, regional and national economy, the Port has remained committed to keeping freight moving as efficiently as possible, while keeping the health and safety of our teams and community a top priority. We are proud of what our small but mighty Port team has been able to accomplish during this period of uncertainty and change.
We continued to unload ships and haulout boats. We kept maintaining our facilities. We pushed forward on capital projects. We reinvented our technology so that we could work efficiently and effectively in a socially distanced environment. We maintained access for our customers. We continued to ensure those that were dependent on us could continue to go to work. We supported our waterfront restaurants and businesses so they could survive the shutdowns. We were able to maintain our financial health. We continued our outreach to our local agencies and community. We made sure our facilities remained secure. We continued to sign leases and make investments. We kept up our environmental restoration efforts. We kept our workforce safe and avoided operational shutdowns. And, most importantly, our Port team did it with a can-do, flexible and positive attitude.
Here is a snapshot of some of the key accomplishments this past year.