Willie Adams’ mother wanted him to be a minister. He wanted to be a Hollywood star. Neither ever dreamed he’d make history.

From Almond Roca and John Deere tractors to apples and grain, exports are a big part of our Port of Tacoma's cargo activity and our regions economy.

In honor of Black History Month, we are flying the Black Lives Matter flag for the first time at the Port Administration Building.

To the casual observer, the Port of Tacoma’s Taylor Way Auto Facility looks like little more than a vast parking lot used to process imported vehicles on the Tacoma Tideflats. But, to those familiar with the site’s history and what happens under the asphalt every time it rains, the facility is an unassuming symbol of the Port’s and tenant Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions’ (WW Solutions) commitment to protecting the health of our waterways.

Happy New Year! Here are five things we’re hoping we can do again in 2021!

  • In-person commission meetings: Port of Tacoma Commission meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. Until we can meet in-person again, you can attend a virtual commission meeting. 

In a year filled with challenges, this holiday season will be unlike any other. Throughout the season and into the new year, we wish you peace, strength, health, and connection with family and friends.

When fog blankets Puget Sound, it sounds like a concert on and near the water. Sirens sing from piers, bells chime on rocking buoys and horns bellow from ships and bridges. The more traffic, the louder the band. And, like any concert, whether this sounds like beautiful music or just a bunch of noise depends on who’s listening. 

Earlier this week, high winds snapped the lines of a Port of Tacoma tenant’s barge that was carrying a container crane. The barge and crane eventually drifted down the Ruston Way waterfront where it came into contact with Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our tenant for their work to safely recover the barge and bring it back to the Port.

Every summer, as the snow recedes from Mount Rainier, tiny particles on the mountain (known as glacial flour) hitch a ride into the Puyallup-White River watershed and eventually end up in Commencement Bay.

We’re bidding farewell to four of our older cranes after decades of service.