Port of Tacoma, Wallenius Wilhelmsen welcome Volvo Cars to Pacific Northwest
Next time customers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska drive home in a new Volvo, that vehicle most likely arrived through the Port of Tacoma and processed at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions’ (WW Solutions) Taylor Way Auto Facility.
WW Solutions began operating at the new, 90-acre Taylor Way Auto Facility in December 2018.
The addition of Volvo Cars emphasizes WW Solutions’ commitment to its four-corner strategy and growing the marine cargo business in the Pacific Northwest. It also diversifies the Port of Tacoma and The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s cargo portfolio, which remains a cornerstone of our business philosophy and a driver for profitability.
In 2019 the Port of Tacoma and the NWSA celebrated a record year, handling nearly 200,000 auto units.
WW Solutions has called in the Puget Sound region with roll-on/roll-off ships since 1992. The Norway-based shipping company signed a 30-year lease with the Port in 2018 to build an auto processing facility at the former Kaiser Aluminum site. The NWSA also signed a 10-year vessel services agreement with WW Solutions and manages the cargo-handling operations.
Since 2006, the Port of Tacoma has spent $11 million remediating this formerly contaminated property. The Port’s efforts in putting this valuable land back into productive use shows its commitment to the region’s job growth and sustainability.
About Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions
WW Solutions is a part of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group, a market leader in RoRo shipping and vehicle logistics. Wallenius Wilhelmsen operates 130 vessels servicing 15 trade routes to six continents, together with a global inland distribution network, 120 processing centres, and 11 marine terminals. Our purpose is to build sustainable supply chains, imagining new, more efficient solutions for the changing world of mobility and transport on land and sea. Our goal is a zero emission full-lifecycle supply chain for vehicles; working in partnership with customers and business partners we can get there.
About Volvo Car USA
Volvo Car USA LLC, is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCUSA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States. For more information please refer to the VCUSA media website.
About The Northwest Seaport Alliance
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Combined, the ports are the fourth-largest container gateway in North America. Regional marine cargo facilities also are a major center for bulk, breakbulk, project/heavy-lift cargoes, automobiles and trucks.
About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound. More than 29,000 jobs are generated by port activity, which also provides $195 million per year in state and local taxes to support education, roads and police and fire protection for our community. As a partner in The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Tacoma is also a major cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska.