Northwest Ports See Increase
by Kelly Kearsley, The News Tribune
The Port of Seattle was North America's fastest growing container port last year, according to information released by the port Monday. A record 2,088,000 containers moved through Seattle, an 18 percent increase from the previous year. The Port of Tacoma reported last week that 2,066,446 containers moved through its port in 2005, a 15 percent increase from 2004.
This is the second year in a row that Seattle's container business has grown faster - percentage-wise - than any other port in the country. The port commission's president credited the growth to increased trade with China and the addition of major distribution centers to the Puget Sound area.
The port's cruise business also grew, with passenger volume increasing 22 percent to 686,357 two-way passengers and the number of cruise ship calls increasing 14 percent to 169.
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