The Port of Seattle will receive a $17,035,900 federal grant for its ongoing expansion and emissions reduction project.
US Senator Maria Cantwell made the announcement on 3 November.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).
The news comes as the USDOT announced more than $703 million to fund 41 projects to improve port facilities.
Funds will be used to construct new container storage yard and truck gate complex at Terminal 5, according to the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA).
The improvement project will consist of two major components:
- Construction of a new truck gate complex by relocating the existing gate lanes and expanding the number of lanes equipped with truck scales.
- Construction of a cargo container storage yard by demolishing an unused warehouse and repurposing the land for container sorting and storage.
“Terminal 5 expansion is central to our strategy to reduce port congestion, strengthen the supply chain, and create more good-paying maritime jobs in Seattle,” Senator Cantwell said.
“This $17 million grant will fund new cargo storage space needed to reduce backlogs and improve export efficiency so our famers and exporters can get their products on ships and delivered to markets around the world.
“This grant will also fund the construction of additional truck lanes and scales to improve movement of freight at the port, reduce delays, and lower costs facing shippers and consumers.”
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The award is one of five PIDP grants awarded to ports in the State of Washington totalling $71.4 million.
Last month, NWSA Managing Members adopted a lease for Terminal 10 in Seattle with Ray-Mont Logistics Lease to support agricultural trade.
Terminal 10 is a 13.19-acre site on the west side of Harbor Island in Seattle, of which 8.1 acres will be utilised as a containerised transloading facility for agricultural products.