Port of Everett opens new $40 million cargo terminal

Port of Everett opens new $40 million cargo terminal

The Port of Everett has opened the new Norton Terminal, the first all new cargo terminal to open on the US West Coast in more than a decade.

The $40 million maritime infrastructure investment introduces 40 acres of new upland cargo capacity to the national freight network and power conduits to support future electric tugs.

According to the port authority, this nearly doubles the Port of Everett Seaport’s cargo handling footprint.

The news follows the port’s recent $57 million investment to its ‘South Terminal Modernization’ project, which added a full-service berth in Everett in 2021 to support larger ships and heavier cargo.

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“With most trade-compatible properties along our nation’s waterways already spoken for, it’s extremely rare to see an all-new cargo facility come online and add much-needed capacity to a strained logistics chain – which we have all had a front row seat to witness over the past year,” said Port of Everett CEO, Lisa Lefeber.

“The new Norton Terminal, combined with our upgraded South Terminal, are game changers for our working waterfront and region, allowing us to do our part to keep freight moving efficiently, restore thousands of meaningful family-wage jobs to this site, and support a thriving economy.”

The completion of Norton Terminal caps off the port’s five-year $150 million ‘Mills to Maritime’ initiative, set out to transform a former contaminated mill site into a new sustainable maritime hub.

The two projects are slated to add more than 1,000 jobs to the waterfront and generate $14.5 million annually in state and local taxes.

The Norton Terminal project was partly funded by a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant and $9.15 million in Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grants.

The state of California recently allocated $94 million in Transportation Department grants to bolster infrastructure at six California ports.

The investment focuses on electrification, emissions reduction, and port congestion.

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