Evergreen Marine Corp has officially
opened the new state-of-the-art Pierce County Container Terminal at the
Port of Tacoma, launching a new period of expansion for the Taiwan-based
global ocean shipping group that this year celebrates 30 years of serving
the United States. The milestone was celebrated at an opening ceremony
at the port on 28 January 2005, attended by Evergreen executives and Washington
The new facility constitutes the largest single container terminal north of Los Angeles and will handle 1.2 million TEU annually for Evergreen Marine Corp, Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione Spa and Hatsu Marine Limited - all members of the Evergreen Group.
Commenting on the development, Capt S Y Kuo, Vice Chairman of the Evergreen Group,
ago we told the port of Tacoma what we needed to make the Pacific
Northwest a major
North America gateway. They met our expectations and worked
with us to develop this superior facility."
"Our shipping customers in North America, many of the world's most important brand
names, deserve the most reliable intermodal shipping services.
This new terminal in Tacoma highlights our continued commitment
to service excellence as the importance of efficient intermodal
infrastructure in the United States has never been higher."
The new 171-acre facility, designed for straddle carrier operation with on-dock
rail, is the largest such facility north of Southern California.
It will be expanded to more than 300 acres later. The terminal is
being developed in two phases. Phase 1 has been completed with 140
acres of terminal and berthing area, plus 31 acres of intermodal
rail interchange area ready for operation.
The terminal has 2,260 feet of combined berth length along two preferential linear
berths capable of handling two of the world's largest container ships
simultaneously. Five post-Panamax cranes are available to work vessels
supported by a 12-track intermodal rail yard with capacity for 72
double-stack rail cars. Total annual capacity for the terminal is
Phase II will add 53 terminal acres and 13 rail yard acres, bring total annual
capacity to 1.2 million TEU.
"With this, the
largest construction project in the Port of Tacoma’s 85-year
history, Evergreen has made it clear that we will be partners
in the future of
said Executive Director of Port of Tacoma, Timothy J. Farrell.
"This project helps our port become a new intermodal gateway
to America. We
are grateful for the economic development and job growth this
brings to the South Puget Sound region."
About Evergreen and the Port of Tacoma
Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp., one of the largest ocean container carriers in the world, offers shippers a wide variety of options to move containerised cargo from point to point via an all-water service to and from all coasts of North America and the rest of the world, or via double-stack and conventional rail services.
In North America, Evergreen vessels and its slot-charter partners on various services call directly at major ports. For more information, visit the Evergreen website at www.evergreen-america.com.
As a major North American gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma's
stated mission is to create sound regional economic growth through
maritime commerce and related development.
Established in 1918, the port today ranks among the largest containerised
cargo handlers in the nation, moving more than 1.44 million TEU in 2002.
Other major freight categories include automobiles; bulk cargoes such
as grain; forest products; breakbulk; and project/heavy lift cargoes, such
as military equipment and industrial machinery. This all contributes to
US$471 million in annual wages in Pierce County while generating more than
US$77 million each year in state and local taxes.
For more information, visit the Port of Tacoma on the Internet at www.portoftacoma.com.