June 20, 2012
Global services expand through Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is pleased that Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will bring additional cargo and associated jobs this summer to our community.
Based in Germany, Hamburg Sud is part of a vessel-sharing agreement with Hapag-Lloyd. Hapag-Lloyd is a member of the Grand Alliance consortium with Orient Overseas Container Line, NYK Line and associated carrier ZIM Integrated Shipping.
The Grand Alliance announced earlier this year that its three members, as well as ZIM, will begin calling Washington United Terminals at the end of June.
Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will begin calling that same terminal in early August, bringing an estimated 32,000 container units a year through Tacoma. The two shipping lines jointly operate the Mediterranean Pacific Service from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Northwest.
The weekly service consists of eight Hapag-Lloyd and two Hamburg Sud vessels. The service originates in Livorno, Italy and serves Asia and the west coasts of Central and South America.
Cargo from Italy, France and Spain will include wine, spirits, branded mineral waters, such agricultural products as olives and olive oil, as well as marble, flooring and tiles. Exports from the Pacific Northwest will include seafood from Alaska and apples from Washington state.
Washington United Terminals is a 105-acre container terminal on the Blair Waterway. The marine terminal features four post-Panamax and two super-post-Panamax cranes, capable of handling the largest ships in the world, on-dock rail and a newly extended berth measuring 2,600 feet.
The Port of Tacoma remains confident that, together with our labor partners, we will continue to provide outstanding service to our valued customers and community, and in doing so, will continue to realize new business opportunities in Tacoma.
About the Port of TacomaThe 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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