Northwest Seaport Alliance Unveils Gate Extension Plan


A gate efficiency programme has been launched by the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) to expand gate hours and drive higher levels of performance.

The authority, located in the US, has asserted that terminal congestion is a top concern throughout the industry, especially for itself with container volumes growing across the NWSA gateway.

According to a statement, the programme is designed to help marine terminal operators extend gate hours, thereby avoiding back-ups and bottlenecks both within the terminal facility and outside the gate.

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In order to combat this challenge, managing members of the NWSA have agreed to reimburse up to USD $2 million to fund the incentive-based initiative, which will come into effect on July 1, 2019 and continue until December 31, 2020.

The programme is said to offer three options to international marine terminal operators in Seattle and Tacoma, which will each be reimbursed based on the number of weekly, off-hour gates that are made available during the 18-month period.

From August 5, 2019, an extended gate fee of $38 per export container that loads to a vessel will be assessed to the BCO or trucking company, regardless of when the container arrives.



This decision has been made to allow the terminal to operate extended gates on a permanent basis, increasing its cargo handling capacity while reducing turn times and truck emissions.

SSA Terminals will be the first operator to participate in the extended gates project and will do so initially with the incentives offered by the Gate Efficiency Programme.

Dustin Stoker, Chief Operations Officer at NWSA, commented: “It takes the entire supply chain to make the Gate Efficiency Programme successful as a long-term strategy in keeping our gateway competitive.

“We’re thrilled for SSA Terminals’ commitment to be the first terminal operator to participate in the programme.”

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