The Northwest Seaport Alliance is reconfiguring Pier 4 on the General Central Peninsula to align with an adjacent pier to create one contiguous berth capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships. The improvements will support larger container cranes and vessels.
The introduction of ever-larger container vessels has triggered dramatic changes in the container shipping. Vessels with capacity for more than 10,000 TEUs are currently calling at West Coast ports, and even larger vessels are expected in the future.
To remain competitive and meet industry needs, NWSA terminals must be ready to handle the larger ships entering the trans-Pacific trades.
Contractors received permission from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue driving piles for Pier 4 in the Tacoma Tideflats through Feb. 28.
Pile driving through this extension is expected to occur during standard hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
Construction began on Phase 2 of the Pier 4 Reconfiguration project.
The lease with Husky Terminal and Stevedoring Inc. is extended 20 years to 2046 and construction is approved for the Pier 4 Phase 2 Reconfiguration. Two additional container cranes are ordered.
Two container cranes are ordered for the upgraded Pier 3. Delivery is expected in 2018.
February 2015 to February 2016
Compete the Pier 4 Phase 1 Removal Action. Work included demolishing most of Pier 4 and removing contaminated material discovered during required sediment sampling for the Pier 4 Reconfiguration.
August 2013 to December 2014
Complete the Pier 3 Upgrade to strengthen the wharf to support larger container cranes. The $20 million project included installing new pilings, constructing the pier, adding 100-gauge crane rail and building a new electrical substation.
Commissioners authorize design and planning work for the second phase of terminal redevelopment to reconfigure Pier 4 to align with Pier 3 on the General Central Peninsula.
Commissioners authorize planning and design work to upgrade Pier 3 to meet lease commitments to provide larger container cranes. It is the first phase terminal redevelopment on the General Central Peninsula.
Husky Terminal begins operations at piers 3 and 4 on the General Central Peninsula. Existing container cranes include four 64-gauge cranes with an outreach of 16- to 18-containers wide.