Container volumes at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) improved by 12.5% for 2021.
Like many US ports throughout the pandemic, changing spending habits resulted in increases in import volumes for the NWSA. Full-year volumes reached over 3.73 million TEU, with imports increasing by 16.8%.
Full exports fell by 12.5% on the year due to shortages in equipment and space.
NWSA handled 254,102 TEU in December 2021, a 15.8% decrease from the same month last year. Full imports declined 20.6%, while full exports decreased 36.3%. The December volume decline can be partially attributed to weather-related terminal closures.
Domestic volumes grew 8.7% compared to 2020. Alaska volumes increased 5.6% while Hawaii volumes grew 22.8%.
Terminal 5 (T5), in the Seattle Harbor, re-opened for business earlier this month with the arrival of the MSC Monterey. Completion of Phase One of the T5 Modernization Project adds berth and terminal capacity to the gateway while expanding big-ship handling capabilities.
The NWSA has also recently adopted near-term implementation plans that guide emission reduction efforts for seaport related activities.
Announced in December 2021, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy covers six sectors of port activity: oceangoing vessels, cargo-handling equipment, trucks, harbour vessels, rail and port administration, and tenancy facilities.