October 27 - The Port of Everett commission in the USA has authorised the second phase of the south terminal wharf modernisation project.
The capital improvement project and the double rail siding that is currently under construction will, according to the port, ensure its facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new Boeing 777X centre coming online in late-2018.
The first phase of the modernisation project strengthened 140 ft (42.6 m) of the dock structure in 2015. The USD36 million second phase will strengthen the remaining 560 ft (170.7 m) of the 700 ft (213.4 m) dock structure and make electrical upgrades at the wharf.
"This is the largest capital project the port has undertaken since the construction of Mount Baker Terminal in 2005. Staff have been doing a great job in thinking strategically to phase, finance and permit this project in a way that delivers this project by December 2019," explained Port of Everett ceo Les Reardanz.
The port commission will be accepting construction bids in November 2017, with construction anticipated to begin in April 2018 and last until December 2019.