HBJ staff, July 23, 2013, Herald Business Journal
The Port of Everett received a $1.5 million grant from Washington state to help complete the second phase of its roll-on/roll-off cargo facility, a project that will allow the port to accommodate the largest Ro/Ro ships in the world.
“Our ability to support the aerospace logistics chain will be greatly enhanced with state funding for this project,” Port Executive Director John Mohr said. “I want to specifically thank Gov. Inslee, Sens. Nick Harper and Steve Hobbs and Reps. Hans Dunshee, Mike Sells and John McCoy for their efforts to secure project funding.”
Ro/Ro capabilities are critical to maintaining the Port of Everett’s ability to meet the shipping needs of the local aerospace industry and nearby U.S. Navy installations. Just recently, Gov. Jay Inslee rolled out a strategy to ensure Boeing’s upcoming 777X wide-body, twin-engine jet is assembled in Washington state. Among the list of strategies was the investment in the port’s Ro/Ro dock.
In support of the grant, Gov. Inslee wrote, “Invest in the Port of Everett roll on/roll off cargo berth. This will boost efficiency and add capacity at the main point of entry for airplane parts manufactured in Asia, and help ensure the 777X and future Boeing airplane programs are built in Washington.”
The first phase of the project enhanced the existing dolphin berth to handle larger ships. With the additional funding, the port will be able to begin the second phase of the project that further strengthens the dock for loading and unloading cargo. The port is also rebuilding the rail spur on the terminal with the help of a state rail bank loan.
The key seaport project was also identified as a priority in Snohomish County’s Regional Priorities, as well as the Governor’s Working Washington Plan.