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for Asian imports to the United States. Stambaugh notes cargo volumes

began to pick up

during the second half of the year, increasing through the fourth quarter of 2020. In


intermodal rail service was launched between NWSA and Minot, ND. Additionally, the BNSF Railway began a new five-day per week intermodal service that connects to key markets in northwest Ohio. The Seaport Alliance has

budgeted $370 million for capital


container and non-container terminal facilities and other infrastructure investments over the next five years. to handle larger container vessels, improve operational efficiency and increase capacity. These improvements

include modernizing Terminal 5 in Seattle to make it capable of handling 18,000-TEU vessels. Major capital improvement projects at Husky Terminal in Tacoma are now complete,

and the terminal is capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships. NWSA is pursuing channel deepening projects for both Seattle and Tacoma harbors. On the environmental front,

as of early 2019, NWSA has participated in the Clean Truck Program that reduces diesel particulate matter emissions by up to 90% per truck. Long-term plans call for shore power upgrades across all major international container and cruise terminals as funding becomes available. NWSA also has received an EPA grant to replace six existing diesel tractors with electric cargo trucks.

Port of Longview

The bulk of exports at the Port of Longview are agricultural primarily to China. Laurie Nelson- Cooley, Manager of Business Development, expects this to continue into 2021. “Cargo volumes were slightly

lower than projected in 2020 but that was due to our primary log


serves the marine terminals and industrial tenants. By adding new track and realigning an existing track, the project will eliminate an existing rail bottleneck and increase overall rail capacity, thereby improving the flow of cargo movements and creating railcar storage necessary for staging inbound/outbound rail traffic.

A drybulk dock at the Port of Vancouver, the furthest inland deep-water port on the Columbia River. (Port of Vancouver USA photo.)

export customer unexpectedly exiting the marketplace. And while lower than anticipated, cargo volumes were still significantly above 2019 volumes (2020 MT: 7,629,896 vs. 2019 MT: 6,661,898),” says Nelson-Cooley. “Additionally, the loss of logs was buffered by the award of unanticipated cargo -- like wind cargo for a project in Canada that was rerouted from a Canadian port to the Port of Longview because of a clearance issue.” Nelson-Cooley

explains the

wind cargo was rerouted because of a cooperative movement underway in the Pacific Northwest among


to establish the High, Wide and

Heavy Corridor. It is

a multimodal inland trade route intended to attract cargo away from the Gulf and Canadian ports and into the Pacific Northwest Planning and design work

for the Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion to increase rail capacity is underway. Nelson- Cooley says plans include increasing the corridor from two tracks up to eight tracks total. The North Rail Connection


Project improves a critical link in the port’s rail system, connecting the Industrial Rail Corridor to the internal

rail network that Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver USA has seen a shiſt in several trade routes over the past several months, primarily driven by trade policy, reports Alex Strogen, CCO, Port of Vancouver USA. “Specifically,

the concentrate export copper volumes,

which had historically been almost exclusively directed towards China, have seen fragmentation across Southeast Asia and Europe,” Strogen acknowledges. “In addition, we have seen a change in the source locations for wind energy components. In the past, many of the components originated in China, but we have seen a

sourcing strategy shiſt to India as well as Southeast Asia.” In 2020, the port had the

best year in terms of revenue generation in its 108-year history. “The record performance was driven by an unprecedented surge in wind energy cargoes,” Strogen says. “COVID-19 posed a significant challenge to the port and its customers as the lack of available labor became the determining factor in the ability to operate at the velocity that would otherwise have been expected.” Also last year, the port

undertook efforts to clear obstacles that would inhibit the movement of massive wind components. “With wind energy components as large as the Statue of Liberty, the port had to clear fencing and level the gradient to provide a safe exit for these components,” notes Strogen. The Port of Vancouver USA

incorporates pollution prevention measures, habitat management and

sound environmental

practices into daily operations,” Strogen explains “Being thoughtful of how we operate

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