Port of Tacoma Deepens Sitcum Waterway

Thursday, September 19, 2002
Keeping an eye to its future, the Port of Tacoma has started a new waterway-deepening project that will assure that the Pacific Northwest's largest container port will continue to attract the world's largest container ships. "We already serve Maersk Sealand's S-Type container vessels -- the world's largest," said Jack Fabulich, President of the Port of Tacoma Commission, adding that these Maersk container ships, at 380 yards (347-meters) long, are expected to be eclipsed by even larger ships in the near future.

"We feel it is critical that the Port of Tacoma remain a step ahead of our competitors and be able to accommodate these large vessels -- fully loaded -- at both high and low tides." The Port of Tacoma has a naturally deep harbor that does not require maintenance dredging. At low tides, however, some of these very large ships cannot be fully laden; so Seattle-based Manson Construction is deepening the Sitcum Waterway, already at 46-48 ft., to a depth of 51 ft. The $1.024 million contract calls for approximately 170,000 cubic yards of material to be removed over a five- to six-week period. Manson will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week using a 24-cubic yard clamshell bucket to remove material, which is barged to and deposited at a Department of Natural Resources-approved site in Commencement Bay (approximately 500 ft. in depth). The Sitcum Waterway was dredged to its current depth during 1994 environmental remediation dredging. The sediments of this project allowed a 25-acre expansion of the Maersk-Sealand Terminal (APM Terminal) in 1996. Today, the Sitcum Waterway serves three significant terminal operations: Maersk Sealand Terminal (APM Terminal): Calling at this terminal is Denmark-based Maersk Sealand and vessels operated by CSX Lines, a domestic container carrier serving Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. The facility boasts 132 acres (53 hectares) and two berths totaling 2,200 ft. (484 meters). Four with 18-container-wide outreach and one crane with a 14-container outreach load and unload containers. This facility offers immediate access to the Port's South Intermodal Yard. Husky Terminal (Terminal 7, Berth D): Three cranes with 14-container-wide outreach on this 1,000-foot (305-meter) berth serve container ships operated by Japan-based "K" Line. The terminal is directly adjacent the Port's North Intermodal Yard; containers move between the terminal and the intermodal yard without leaving Port property.

Terminal 7 (Berths A, B and C): With 2,700 ft. (823 meters) of berth space, this Port-operated terminal is used for breakbulk shipments, RoRo cargoes and heavy lift/project cargoes. The facility features two cranes with 14-container wide outreach (Berth C) and a bulk materials crane (Berth B). With a rail spur on the dock, there is easy access to the Port's North Intermodal Yard.

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Maersk Returns to the Port of Baltimore

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, along with congressional, state and local officials, officially welcomed Denmark-based Maersk Line, part of the Maersk Group

BMT Awarded Port Geographe Coastal Engineering Contract

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group,  has been awarded a contract by the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) to provide services as

KPA: Striking Mombasa Port Workers Must Return by Friday

The Kenya Ports Authority said on Thursday striking workers at the Mombasa port should resume work by Friday morning or lose their jobs, and that normal activities

Environmental

New Monitoring Network for Scottish Ports

Historically, ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions

BMT Awarded Port Geographe Coastal Engineering Contract

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group,  has been awarded a contract by the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) to provide services as

California Okays Ship Emissions Capturing System

Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM)'s emissions treatment system for ocean-going vessels has been approved by the California Air Resources Board, giving operators

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1142 sec (9 req/sec)