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NWSA Statement Regarding Terminal 18 Operations
Operations at Terminal 18 in the Seattle Harbor
Updated June 17, 2021, 7:55 PM | The Northwest Seaport Alliance releases the following statement:
The Northwest Seaport Alliance respects the expression of first amendment rights and prioritizes the safety of both workers at our properties and those exercising their free speech rights.
The NWSA is the fourth-largest international seaport in the United States and keeping lanes of commerce open to international trade is essential to our region and country.
The ZIM San Diego is part of a regular service that calls Terminal 18, carrying routine import cargo from Asia, including medical and PPE equipment and picking up export cargo from our Washington exporters. Local retailers and businesses across the Midwest rely on the import cargo delivered by vessels to our terminals.
Port of Seattle Police and Seattle Police Department have worked to provide a safe zone for protestors to ensure individual expression is protected while maintaining access to Terminal 18 to allow scheduled operations to continue.
Law enforcement provided multiple warnings to individuals obstructing the right of way and made approximately ten arrests of individuals who refused to comply and continued to obstruct roadways. We continue to monitor the situation as port operations return to normal.
The NWSA remains committed to close coordination with all stakeholders to ensure a safe environment for all.