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Issued on 28 JAN 2005

Evergreen opens new state-of-the-art terminal at Port of Tacoma

 

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 State officials.

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, said:

 

"Three years 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 840,000TEU.

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 this port," 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.

 


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