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Dedication ceremony marks completion of $32 million wharf extension at Port of Tacoma

fficials from Hyundai Merchant Marine, Port of Tacoma, Washington United Terminals (WUT) and several guests Tuesday celebrated the completion of a $32 million extension of the WUT wharf on the Blair Waterway. Officials cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of the 600-foot wharf extension at Washington United Terminals. Ribbon-cutting for $32 million project: Officials cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of the 600-foot wharf extension at Washington United Terminals. Pictured (left to right): Dick Marzano, Port of Tacoma commissioner; Alec Colemen, vice president, Washington United Terminals; Y.I. Song, head of HMM America, Inc; John Wolfe, Port of Tacoma CEO; Don Meyer, Port of Tacoma commissioner; G.B. Kim, president, Washington United Terminals and California United Terminals.

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Speeches and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting marked the
official opening of the new wharf. The construction project added 600 feet to the terminal's existing 2,000-foot berth to support two "super post-Panamax" container cranes the terminal added in January 2009. The 273-foot-high cranes can serve a ship 24 containers wide, making them among the world's largest. Built by Shanghai-based ZPMC, the cranes joined four others at WUT with an 18-container-wide reach.

"This wharf extension provides WUT with the additional terminal capacity we need for our two largest container cranes, and allows us to handle two container ships at the same time at our facility," said Y.I. Song, head of Hyundai Merchant Marine America, Inc. "It also gives us greater capacity to handle additional business at this terminal and accommodate the industry's largest container vessels."

The project began in December 2009 when Port of Tacoma Commissioners approved the contract with Seattle-based Manson Construction to extend the wharf.

"This project is a great example of how we work together with our shipping lines and terminal operators to make investments that create additional capacity for our future growth," said John Wolfe, Port of Tacoma CEO.

Subcontractors on the project included Amaya Electric, Concrete Technology, Hayward Baker, Rhine Demolition, Scarsella Brothers, Skyline Steel and Tucci & Sons. All of these subcontractors are based in Pierce County. Other companies involved in the project included Berger-ABAM, who did the engineering design, and GeoEngineers, who did the geotechnical design.

Construction work for the project through August totaled more than 55,000 labor hours. The payroll for project construction work during that same time period is estimated at about $4 million.

"Especially in these challenging economic times, our Port is pleased to have a project like this that helps create construction jobs and business opportunities throughout our region," Wolfe said.

About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.
 

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