Port of Seattle Breaks Cargo Record in 2010
Moret han 2.1 million TEUs make this the port's biggest year
The Port of Seattle broke its cargo volume record in 2010 with more than 2.1 million TEU's (20-foot equivalent units).The record breaking year surpasses the previous high in 2005 of 2.08 million TEUs.
"The cargo volumes are exciting, and we are proud of our record year," said CEO Yoshitani."But the thousands of family-wage jobs generated by those two million containers are even more important.We are grateful to the customers and labor partners who worked with us to make 2010 so successful."
Several factors contributed to the increase in container volume.Exports remained strong throughout 2010, and other factors like the addition of Maersk/CMA CGM container ships, increases in the sizes of ships calling at the port, and its 'fee free' policies at the terminals contributed to the record success.
"The Port of Seattle has worked hard for its competitive advantage, and these numbers reflect that," said Linda Styrk, Managing Director of the Seaport. "We have the capacity for larger container ships, we remain fee-free, and have great proximity to rail facilities and major highways."
The Port of Seattle maintains four major world-class container terminals, with 24 cranes, 11 container berths up to 50 feet deep, along with close proximity to two major national rail hubs, and two major interstate highways within minutes of all terminals for efficient truck access.
Cargo handled at the Port of Seattle's seaport generates over 135,000 jobs for Washington, and creates over $2 billion in annual business revenue for the region. L earn how the Port of Seattle has served as an economic engine for King County for 100 years.