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April 19, 2016

$141M project at Port of Tacoma will rebuild piers, add 2 big cranes

Photo courtesy of Northwest Seaport Alliance [enlarge]
Work will allow two large container ships to dock simultaneously at Husky Terminal in the South Harbor. Pier 4 is the angled pier with the berthed ship. It will be rebuilt to align with Pier 3 on its left.

Northwest Seaport Alliance approved $141 million worth of construction and cranes in Tacoma earlier this month.

Work will allow two large container ships to dock simultaneously at Husky Terminal in the South Harbor.

The alliance also approved a 20-year lease extension allowing Husky Terminal and Stevedoring to operate the terminal until 2046.

The Husky Terminal upgrades include reconstruction of Pier 4 to align it with Pier 3, creating a contiguous 2,960-foot berth, as well as the purchase of two more super-post-Panamax cranes to join two already ordered.

The improvements will allow two ships each with space for 18,000 cargo containers, or 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), to dock at the same time. Currently the terminal can serve ships that carry 6,500 TEUs.

The reconstructed berth will also include conduits for future shore power to allow ships to plug into electricity while at dock.

Port of Tacoma is seeking construction bids for the project. The estimated contract amount is $83.3 million to $92 million.

Work will include dredging; pier, pavement, building and utility demolitions; and construction of a wharf, upland utilities and a 7,000-square-foot marine building.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road.

Bids are due by 2:30 p.m. May 17 to Port of Tacoma Purchasing. See the notice in the April 11 DJC for more details.

Construction is slated begin later this year and finish in 2018.

Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton described the project in a statement as “historic.”

“It's the first major investment that the two commissions will be approving in our harbors and our gateway,” he said.

Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Future Terminal 5 improvements in the North Harbor are under environmental review. The improvements would be to allow the terminal to accept two 18,000-TEU ships at the same time. Construction could begin in 2017.

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