Port of Tacoma

Empty space at Terminal 5. It's been closed to containers since last summer. Nine years ago it was operating at its designed capacity.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The container terminals at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are running at less than half their capacity, according to a study conducted for the ports.

The study by Mercator International of Kirkland – one of several last year – said no other major port complex in North America is so underused.

File photo of the Port of Seattle.
Courtesy of the Port of Seattle

Marcie Sillman talks to Mark Szakonyi, executive editor at the Journal of Commerce, about the Northwest Seaport Alliance, a management agreement between the Port of Seattle and Tacoma that is expected to be approved by August.  

Port of Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter John Gillie about the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and whether or not recent closed meetings violated state law. 

Port of Seattle, port, stadium, Century Link
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Marcie Sillman talks with Gail Tarleton, state representative and former Port of Seattle commissioner, about the future of maritime in the region after the Port named Ted J. Fick as its new boss.