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Port of Everett

The natural deep-water Port of Everett has experienced uneven trade among its main Trans- Pacific trade routes since the onset of the pandemic, as many projects have been delayed or cancelled,

says Lisa Lefeber,

CEO/Executive Director, Port of Everett.

“All of our import

customers in Canada have been unable to travel into the United States – we received two steel shipments from Turkey this year, which is very unusual. I expect the standard patterns to continue to be unpredictable until the world returns to some semblance of regularity, and we continue to remain nimble as we respond to these rapidly changing times.” As a result of pandemic

uncertainty and disruption, cargo volumes at the port were down in most areas in 2020. “Our import breakbulk was down, our import and export containers were down, and log industry continues to be heavily affected by tariffs, acknowledges Lefeber. “One bright spot is that Everett started exporting pulp bales to China in 2020.” In recent years, the port has

invested $8 million in on-dock rail upgrades, adding an additional 3,300 LF of terminal trackage to its facilities. “We now have 12,500 lineal feet of on-dock rail track in here in Everett,” Lefeber says. “We also operate a shuttle wagon that can move rail cars around our facility and we are served by BNSF directly, and do not need the services of a short line.” Lefeber notes the Port of

Everett just wrapped up a $57 million South Terminal Modernization that rehabilitated and strengthened an existing 700-foot wharf, added two, 100- foot

gauge container cranes,

upgraded dock electrical, and added infrastructure to support future shore power at the berth. The Port is also constructing a new 33-acre marine cargo terminal (Norton Terminal) at an adjacent site the Port acquired last year. “Green and sustainable

programs are incorporated into all areas of our operations, and our seaport is Green Marine certified,” asserts Lefeber. “We operate and maintain a fleet of

A transformer transported at one of Port of Longview’s eight marine terminals. (Port of Longview photo)

Modification Project. This

project will serve to deepen and widen the footprint of the 15-mile shipping channel allowing for significantly larger ships to call at the Port of Coos Bay, supporting expansion for existing marine terminals and promoting future development.

green equipment and we actively work with other Puget Sound ports to ensure we continue to collectively meet federal air quality standards and implement emission reduction measures.” Lefeber reports the port is

considering creating a short-sea shipping route between Port of Everett and the Ports of Seattle/ Tacoma. “Once on-line, this effort sets out to reduce the amount of truck traffic on the regional highway system, in turn, greatly reducing overall air emissions.”

Oregon Port of Coos Bay

Trade routes have remained largely consistent at the Port of Coos Bay, with primary export markets in Asia, and primary import markets in Canada and South Africa, reports Margaret Barber, Director of External Affairs. Domestic rail volumes

increased by approximately 6% due to increased demand in the finished forest products sector, salvaged raw logs from the widespread West Coast wildfires and construction aggregate. “However, maritime volume was down year over year by 15% from 2019 to 2020,” she says. “This is due in large part to increased tariffs on U.S./China trade and reduced shipping in Q2 related to the Coronavirus pandemic.” Barber

reports the Coos

Bay Rail Line (CBRL) project making structural repairs and improvements to all nine tunnels along the CBRL is completed. Also, the port is preparing to embark on a $25 million project to repair 13 steel bridge structures and fully replace two steel bridges and plans to invest $10 million into the line to conduct major tie and ballast replacement. Additionally, the port has

completed approximately 90% of the engineering and design for the Coos Bay Channel

Issue 1 2021 - FBJNA The Tunnel Rehabilitation

Project incorporated drainage improvements including fish runs, ladders, and cobble, which have improved waterway transit and habitat for fish species in the state. The upcoming bridge

rehabilitation project will include replacement of


bridges along the CBRL. Replacement of these bridges will include a storm water collection plan to capture water


from impervious surfaces. Water will be collected through piping structure and transferred to a bioswale for treatment. The port rebuilt the ice plant

facility in Charleston, in 2020, which serves the commercial fishing fleet. The reconstruction project

included removal of

over 100 creosote piles, which were replaced with steel piles and associated decking, greatly reducing the environmental impact of the structure.

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