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Port of Tacoma Shatters Cargo Records

by Julia Kuzeljevich
Canadian Transportation & Logistics, February 3, 2006

TACOMA, Wash.--The Port of Tacoma says it has completed the strongest year by cargo volume in Port history. The Port's 2005 volumes include a record 20.4 million short tons - up 8.3%, and a record 2.07 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) - up 15% (international TEUs up 20.3%; domestic up 1.3%).

Port of Tacoma Commission President Connie Bacon said the expansion of trans-Pacific trade and continued diversification of Port of entry by shippers helped fuel Tacoma's growth.

"The Port of Tacoma's record-setting year is a reflection of our investment in facilities, infrastructure and regional transportation. It can also be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our customers, transportation partners, labor partners and our Port staff," she said.

The Port invested $95 million in capital projects in 2005, highlighted by the grand opening of three new and renovated container terminals - Pierce County Terminal (Evergreen Marine, Hatsu Marine and Lloyd Triestino), Husky Terminal ("K" Line) and Olympic Container Terminal (Yang Ming Line).

"Once again, the Port of Tacoma and our partners showed why this Port is the most efficient and reliable intermodal gateway in North America," he said. "The Port, our terminal operators, our labor partners, Tacoma Rail, the Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway stepped up with new operating efficiencies and infrastructure to handle a nearly 30 percent increase in intermodal volume. Our joint efforts continue," said Timothy J. Farrell, Port of Tacoma Executive Director, who emphasized that it wasn't just expanded terminal capacity that drove the growth in container cargo; the entire transportation and logistics system expanded.

Julia Kuzeljevich
Port of Tacoma Shatters Cargo Records
Canadian Transportation & Logistics, February 3, 2006

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