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66 Seattle Throughput: 1,584,596teu


(-7.0%)


Following a volume decline of 119,896teu in 2009, the port of Seattle expects volumes to grow by 5-10% in 2010. Measures taken in 2009 to cope with downturn


included 10 unpaid furlough days for all port employees, staff layoffs, an early retirement program and other budget cuts. Container terminal operators were offered a customer support package that included a deferral of certain fees, rent abatement and other near term cost reduction measures. The port tells CS its most important challenge is to


help carriers, terminal operators and other partners to recover from the recession and grow container volumes through the port. Implementation of the Clean Truck Program is cited as another critical goal. A number of road infrastructure projects are underway


to improve access between the cargo terminals and interstates 5 and 90. Most planned major terminal expansion projects have been completed and the port has


the capacity to double container throughput without making major capital investments. The port received 719 container vessel calls in 2009


and welcomed Maersk Line and CMA CGM as new customers in June 2009.


67 Incheon Throughput: 1,578,003teu


(-7.0%)


The global recession and throughput downturn in Northeast Asia led to a slump of 125,359teu at South Korea’s third largest box port in 2009. The port authority blames falling demand for products in China and Southeast Asia. In response to the decline, the port has expanded its


incentive programme – aimed at shipping lines, shippers, warehousing firms, forwarders and related companies – to KrW$2.3bn (US$1.8m). Port officials tell CS they are confident it will this year rebound to its 2008 level of 1.7m teu. The City of Incheon hopes that Incheon New Port –


currently under development with the first phase due to open in 2014 – will elevate Incheon to become a logistics hub for Northeast Asia. Other infrastructure developments underway include


the Aham Logistics complex and a new international passenger terminal. The port believes it is emerging as a hub for trade with


China, one of the fastest growing markets, and it offers passenger and cargo services to the main port cities in eastern China.


August 2010 Options for combined sea/air transport services have


been improved by the opening of Incheon Grand Bridge in October 2009, linking the port and the adjacent Incheon Airport. The port accommodated 2,153 vessel calls in 2009 and welcomed YSC line as a new customer.


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