NWSA welcomes automobile vessel for the first time in 20 years

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NWSA inaugurates automobile vessel for the first time in 20 years

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) Terminal 46 has welcomed the Glovis vessel Silver Sky, which transports autos to Canada.

More than 2,500 automobiles were discharged at Terminal 46, in the NWSA gateway, where they will await transport to Canadian KIA and Hyundai dealerships later this month.

As the first automobile vessel to visit the port in over 20 years, this new automobile carrier aims to boost automobile volumes in the NWSA gateway, which were up 96 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in December 2023.

Terminal 46 is said to have played an important role in supplying available capacity for varied cargo demands across the gateway during the last few years.

READ: NWSA moves over 260,000 TEU in December 2023

In response to post-pandemic containerised freight surges, Terminal 46 transformed into a critical near-dock storage facility.

Kristin Ang, Port of Tacoma Commission President and NWSA Co-Chair, said: “The NWSA works hard to ensure we can accommodate the needs of our customers and we are glad to have strategic properties like Terminal 46 to help facilitate more cargo movement in our region.”

READ: NWSA announces terminal gate revamp

Hamdi Mohamed, Port of Seattle Commission President and NWSA Co-Chair, stated: “Terminal 46 is a key marine cargo property, and we are glad to work together with International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, GLOVIS, Customs and Border Protection, and the stevedore Pacific Terminal Services Company to expand cargo volumes in our gateway.”

Rich Austin, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, said: “The skilled women and men of Longshore Local 19 are ready to meet your cargo needs whatever they may be: containers, autos, general cargo, etc. Seattle is ready to be shippers’ port of call.”

In January 2024, NWSA received $12 million from the newly-formed Federal Zero-Emission Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program.

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